Review: Black Heart by R.L. Mathewson

Posted March 20, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Review: Black Heart by R.L. Mathewson
Black Heart
by R.L. Mathewson

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: 22 June 2013
Series: Cursed Hearts #1
Published by Self Published
Pages: 418
Format: eBook
 

 I just didn’t connect very well with this book ~ Under the Covers

Marty has an addiction. No matter how much she distances herself, no matter what she does, the addiction is always on her mind. Tristan Black. He has ignore her since high school, is the biggest ass hole she has ever met and yet, somehow, she still is head over heels for him. Having Marty close by is like torture for Tristan, he needs her, but pushing her away is for her own good, he has secrets, dangerous ones…

I am a big fan of R.L. Mathewson, so I was pleased when I saw this book, somehow I had missed it in my initial R.L. Mathewson binge! But, although I enjoyed it and it had a vibe similar to the books in her Neighbour from Hell series, it seemed to lose its way once a paranormal element was inserted into the book.

In general though, I just didn’t connect very well with this book, the characters although I liked them, they were so similar to her characters form other books, that I found myself getting bored. The introduction of the paranormal although I liked the idea, the last 25% of Black Heart became really drawn out and a little tedious, which meant excitement I felt over certain events in the book quickly dissipated.

But, despite this seeming like a fairly negative review, I did like the book, especially the beginning. It made me laugh and it had some great sexy moments as well. I will also continue to read this series, so all in all, I definitely don’t regret that £0.49 I spent on Black Heart.

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About R.L. Mathewson

Before I tried my hand at writing I was a receptionist, cafeteria worker at the college I attended, museum worker, bellhop, and about a dozen other different things that are pretty embarrassing so we're just going to skip over those things and pretend that they never happened ;D

I can't just sit around with nothing to do while I try to be deathly silent so that I don't wake up one of my children and send them into a blood curdling screaming fit. So, to fill the time I started to read again. When I was in school I was a bookworm, but got away from it as I grew older. I was drawn back into my love of reading by Julia Quinn's What Happens In London. It was a wonderful, witty book and I fell instantly in love with romance novels.

Some of the romance novels that I read were great and I couldn't get enough, I started to play with the idea of writing a book. Several months later I finally gave in and tried. For four months straight I worked day and night until finally I finished my first book. Then of course I re-read what I wrote, cringed and deleted the entire book and started over again.

After reading an article about self-publishing I knew that was the way I wanted to go. I like the freedom to write what I want, when I want and publish a story that I hope others will enjoy reading. It gives me a great deal of freedom and allows me to retain full control over my work, which of course allows me to set the prices of my books and make them affordable for everyone 🙂 Which of course is the reasoning behind the $0.99 price tag for my books.

That's how I became a writer and why I self-publish. Well, that and I'm pretty laid back and don't want to be hassled with contractual obligations. That would just cut into my writing time, time with my kids, reading time and my hot cocoa addiction. Yes, I am thoroughly addicted to hot cocoa and if you're interested in experiencing the perfect cup of cocoa you can find the recipe for my cocoa somewhere on my author blog.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne.

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Thanks for the review, I just finished Truce by R.L. Mathewson yesterday and have this book on my TBR pile.

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Thanks for the honest review suzanne