Hearts in Ruin

Author: J.C. Conway

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Release Date: May 3, 2014

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: EBOOK

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Andrea has worked hard to get her doctorate in archaeology.  All she needs now is one good dig and her dissertation. Along comes Daniel who changes everything. He’s been put in charge of her dig, and what’s worse, his theories fly in the face of commonly accepted theories. Andrea sees her doctorate and her future going down the drain.

There’s no instant chemistry between Andrea Hollister and Daniel Fuchs, at least on Andrea’s side. The best that she can manage is antipathy, bordering on disbelief, that this is the man who took away the lead position on her dig and yet wants her to join him. Daniel knows that he needs her to fill a key position on the dig. He also likes looking at her cleavage.


Daniel and Andrea are the same age, but he got his doctorate while he was young and is used to being in charge. At least on a dig. Andrea throws him off balance.  He likes her hair, her perfume and her work ethic. In other words, he likes everything about her. He worries that when he publishes his theories it will ruin her chances to advance her career. Daniel realizes that he fell into his position easily, but that Andrea has a long, hard path to follow in order to achieve her doctorate.


Despite herself, Andrea pumps everyone who knows Daniel for information about him. She tells herself that it’s just a simple schoolgirl crush. Yet, while she likes him as a person, she feels like a traitor. She is convinced that his theories can’t be right.  She knows that her academic advancement will come at the cost of discrediting him.


Among the forces against them: commercial development of the site. There’s a lot of money at stake and the people involved don’t want to be put off by what they consider a student summer program.  There’s also politics in academia, that is, whoever is in power wants his position supported, not challenged. And a wrangle over whose land the dig is on leads to a court case.


My favorite part: wait until you get to their first kiss. Never in the history of romance novels has there been a kiss like it. The second kiss leads to even better things.


Next favorite part: the modern story is interspersed with the story of the couple who lived there thousands of years ago.  Their problems were just as serious to them as the problems of the people at the site today. The two stories do eventually intertwine.


We have strong willed, intelligent protagonists, who are interested in much more than just throwing smoldering looks at each other. You don’t have to know archaeology or even understand when they discuss strata, vertical or layering. The story is entertaining and modern.  It’s a easy read and a great book.



By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Myra Gabor

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