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Heart of Clay: (A Sweet Western Romance) (The Women of Tenacity Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shanna Hatfield
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Book Description

Have you ever kept a secret?

Deception wars with love in this sweet contemporary western romance.

Strong-willed, successful and determined, Callan Matthews lives the facade of a happy, wonderful life. Unfortunately, unbridled chaos runs amuck in the deep, dark places of her heart as she struggles to keep herself together. Her once beloved husband, Clay, tugs relentlessly at the last few threads keeping her from completely unraveling. His laid-back attitude only serves to drive her further away instead of drawing her back into his arms.

Easy-going cowboy Clay Matthews is a respected college professor. He's the man family and friends turn to for help, or when they need a good laugh, since he's a huge tease and practical joker. Life would be almost perfect, except for his relationship with his wife. Clay is completely baffled by Callan. He thought he knew everything there was to know about this woman but she's turned into a mystifying female he barely understands. He'd give just about anything to recapture the feelings they used to share, but she seems to want no part of it.

Just when he decides to get to the root of the problem no matter the outcome, he discovers a secret she kept from him that's too painful to bear and too big to forgive. Will their love be strong enough to withstand a revelation that could rock the foundation of their marriage?

The Women of Tenacity Series

  • Heart of Clay (Book 1) - Will love be enough to overcome deception and betrayal?
  • Country Boy vs. City Girl (Book 2) - A confirmed city girl finds herself falling for a wanna-be country boy. Sparks fly as a battle of stubborn will ensues.
  • Not His Type (Book 3) - Sometimes what we think we want couldn't be further from the truth...

˃˃˃ Excerpt:

Knowing she should pull away and put distance between the two of them, Callan couldn’t muster the will to do it. It felt too good to have Clay’s arms around her, to sink into his strength and breathe in the wonderful scent of him.

She couldn’t fathom what had gotten into him. She wondered if he realized when he kissed her like that it turned her knees to a gelatinous mass and made her as giddy as a schoolgirl. If he didn’t behave himself, she was going to have a hard time keeping the lid on her box of churning emotions.

Clay had no intention of behaving himself. Taking Callan’s shoulders in his hands, he turned her around and gave her a deep, passionate kiss that left them both breathless and undone. With determination set in his jaw, he reached over and tugged the clip out of her hair, tossing it onto the nearby table. Gently, he ran his hands through her hair, letting it fall down her back and over his arms.

Taking a step back, he stood and drank in the sight of her. “I haven’t seen your hair down for a while. It’s beautiful and so are you.”

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller. Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Shanna Hatfield (June 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056QJHQ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome clean love story!!!!! June 9, 2013
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This book was absolutely awesome!!!! I work fulltime and barely have time to clean house much less read for pleasure…however I made time to read this book and can't wait to read the others in the series… very clean romance!!!!!! Loved it…gotta go "Not His Type" awaits me!!!!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute March 18, 2014
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Cute, sweet romance. It has light Christian overtones, but nothing serious. I enjoyed most of the plot, but it was predictable. I wasn't surprised by any of it. I got sick of jumping to peripheral characters point of view just for them to comment on how wonderful and special a couple they were. There were several places the book could have happily ended. I initially enjoyed seeing their interaction over a longer period of time (the book takes place over a year) but it became tedious towards the end as the author seemed to drag it out. The very end was over the top, in my opinion, and completely unnecessary. It was the only part of the book I had a hard time getting through.
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48 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Soap Opera love - so artificial July 9, 2014
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This book is just so full of soap opera drama. The main Characters are so vain. They are supposed to be Christians but the author was so wrapped with their looks that she made no mention of their Christian community. Not every couple is a Osteen couple or a Bunchen/Brady couple. I personally found it condescending for the author to describe people with lesser look to be worse of than diseased.
As I said, soap opera really. What does the author mean that on a close look Josh did not recognize Callan just because of a hair cut and make up. If you talk about changing hair color, dishing spectacles, hiding freckles and removing braces all at once, that could be reasonable but then, this is so soap opera.
Did I mention the characters are so vain? Got me seething truly. Clay was so rude to Callan's Dad the first day he met him cause he did not want to meet with some daughter that he expected to look ugly. Not someone carrying some air borne disease of mouth odour. How is he a Christian. Clay and Callan were so self absorbed that they did not want to share themselves with children and if Clay was able to cross that (I quote) "after seeing what lurked in the gene pool, it was a somewhat scary dive to contemplate"! Can you believe that? Rejecting an unborn child because of the possibility of it's look! They did not even like being around ugly (to their definition) people.
The author described the kids of Mel and Ted as sweet and tried to sell to us that Mel and Ted themselves where horrible UGLY people. Fact is, kids take the personality of their parents. A gloomy child has a gloomy parent, a smiley child has a smiley parent. The author describes the kids as VERY cheerful and tries to influence the reader to accept that the parents are hideous. Not working.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost! August 3, 2014
By Emma B.
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This little book has so much potential, but feel far short of being believable. First of all, the author needs an editor. A really good editor that can sift through all the lengthy paragraphs and read every word. Several sentences had words that had no meaning within the sentence.
Second issue: author needs to develop Proof Reading Skills! At the beginning of Chapter 8, Clay is wakened by the sound of Callan's car door. Later in the same chapter, Callan wakes to find Clay gone. Okay, Ms. Author--you can't have it both ways. Learn to proof you work.

Hoping I can finish this book. Difficult when main character is described so often as having legs that go on forever. Really! A good writer does not use cliches--and a really good author never repeats cliches.

A lot of work went into this story. Too bad she didn't do more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is truly a realistic love story. I have been married for twenty years and I could relate to how easy it is to overlook and ignore the thing that means the most to you; your spouse, family, or maybe for some a friend. For most people it takes some life jarring moment to snap us back to reality; hence the saying, "sometimes you don't know what you have until it is gone". This story is a cute depiction of what life really is about and our reasons for living life to its fullest. I thouroughly enjoyed reading this book and it kept me very interested to the very end. I think this is a MUST READ!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet July 15, 2014
By Phyllis
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This was just a sweet, innocent love story. It had no mystery, no vivid sex, no cursing and not much plot. It was just a sweet love story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written!!! July 24, 2014
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FINALLY. Finally a good book that had wonderfully developed characters, a beautiful storyline, and not so much unnecessary drama that I wanted to bash my head into a wall. I absolutely loved this entire story. Callan was very annoying to me at first, but she grew on me as she changed. And what woman wouldn't love Clay? Such a beautiful story. The only thing that could make it better would be if they had some kiddos of their own, even if they were adopted. Thank you for this refreshing and amazing story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good April 6, 2014
By C Cobb
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I enjoyed reading a romance regarding a married couple for a change. Romance shouldn't end at the wedding. It was interesting to see how the couple handled each other and their baggage. I did find parts of the story to be stretching believability which is hard to explain without giving spoilers. Overall, I would recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best of the series
Published 2 days ago by Lori
4.0 out of 5 stars To have and to hold, in sickness and health ...
A very nice story about love at first sight that lasts through difficult times as well as the best of times.
Published 2 days ago by Picky Shoppers
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful story
First time I read a book by Shanna Hatfield. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading her other books.
Published 5 days ago by njcustomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book
Published 5 days ago by Allaroundhorse2011
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
Marriage has soured; instead of the love and caring and thoughtfulness of the first few years, now there is resentment and coldness. Read more
Published 6 days ago by nb
5.0 out of 5 stars heart of Clay
So nice to read a story about a couple who were able to come thru very hard times. So still have a good life even though they could not have a child. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Lou A. Nutter
5.0 out of 5 stars radavis
Sweet story that had my heart hoping for a happy ending. It shows the good, the bad , and real life seasons of relationships.
Published 7 days ago by Amanda Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful love story
I enjoyed reading ever word. Callan and Clay's love story was well written with a couple of big surprises I wasn't expecting.
Published 7 days ago by C. Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful story
The realistic story of love and hurt in a marriage. Clay and Call an have a love affair to remember. The couple overcome adversity and find a way to fall in love again.
Published 7 days ago by Eileen
4.0 out of 5 stars A Contemporary Romance Story.....
First, I must admit that it took a bit of reading to really get into this story. When I see "Western Romance," I automatically think western means "historical western... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dorothy
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A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as "reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian" while her contemporary works have been called "laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way."

She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.

To learn more about Shanna or the books she writes, visit her blog http://shannahatfield.com or follow her on Facebook.

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