A Heart in Conflict
A Heart in Conflict (Challenge the Heart Book 2) Opposites attract, it is a well-known fact. At times this leads to insurmountable conflict, when at other times, sit back and watch the fireworks.
Steve Tanakis considers himself cool and calmly confident. Head of a fashion business, he needs to be in control of his life and his business decisions. He decides it is time to find a suitable mother for his son. Through with the pain that comes along with passion, he now considers what he wants is an unemotional wife, one who will fit well into his way of life.
Georgie McNamara, assistant designer in his fashion house, is flamboyant, vivacious, and gregarious, the antitheses to his idea of the perfect choice. The tiny whirlwind turns Steve's organized lifestyle upside down, somehow worming her way into his, and his son’s life, foiling all his plans to find that uncomplicated wife. Along the way Steve comes to realize there is a lot more to this bundle of feminine trouble than he first thought. Is she more trouble than he can handle?
This is a Contemporary Romance set in Australia.
A charming heroine and a brooding, will not let love in, hero make for a sassy and sexy read. That trope may seem a bit hum drum, but I liked the backstories of the characters; it made the story a bit more interesting.
Not sure if I liked Steve and that’s saying a lot, since I love brooders. The fact that he had a short fuse and didn’t really treat Georgie right, left me a bit irritated with him. I felt like he was using her to babysit in some parts as well. So glad that he somewhat redeemed himself, even though his sudden love for Georgie was expressed, I just wasn’t buying it.
Georgie is a character that at times displayed low self esteem; she just didn’t know her worth. I liked that she also grew as a character, but her love for Steve, kind of kept her going in circles. Their arguments were plenty and there were times I thought that maybe they were too opposite in their personalities.
I really think Steve’s son played a huge role in this love story. I felt like he was the glue that kept them together. He was my favorite character. Now his love story I wouldn’t mind reading one day.
Overall, I did like the funny dialogue and cute secondary characters. It made for a fun read. Although, the character POVs changed without warning so it kind of threw me off. This is the first book I read by Tricia McGill and I’m interested to see what else she comes up with.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
“That Marika drives me nuts the way she keeps pawing Dad.” He shuddered.
“You shouldn’t talk about your father’s lady friend like that,” Georgie scolded, while secretly agreeing. Just what did Steve see in Marika Desmos? Stupid question, for she was ravishing.
Jimmy peered through the stair rails. “I’m worried he might marry her.” He made a rude noise. “Imagine a dragon like that as your stepmother?”
Marika was definitely a man-eating dragon. With fangs sharpened ready to eat Steve. The thought of Steve marrying that woman made Georgie nauseous.
Jimmy patted her arm. “I wouldn’t mind you as a stepmother. You’ve got lovely eyes. They’re slanted and they sort of glow.”
“Thank you, Jimmy, that’s the best compliment I’ve ever received.”
“It’s true. I’m hoping he won’t rush into anything. He always says once bitten twice shy.” Tapping his chin he added thoughtfully, “Though he hasn’t said that lately. Do you think I ought to start worrying? My mother left when I was only two, you know.” He sounded unbothered.
“I heard they were divorced ten years ago.” The factory grapevine also disclosed that his ex-wife was now living in America with her new husband. Georgie gave him a gentle smile. “Your father obviously loves you a lot.”
“I know.” His cheeky grin returned. “How old are you?”
“You look younger. What a shame, I was going to ask you to wait until I’m old enough to take you out.”
Award winning author Tricia McGill was born in London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family, she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer? Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart. They say write what you know, and before early retirement gave Tricia the time to write full time, she worked as a pattern cutter in a clothing factory, and even had her own designing and dressmaking business for a while. So, her years in this industry is where the inspiration to write Georgie and Steve’s story sprung from.