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Hell On The Heart [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Brophy
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Two men. One has goodness, the other only the appearance of it. Like flip sides of a coin, one represents every girl’s dream, handsome and rich. While the other lives an isolated existence, scarred and damaged from a life lived in the trenches. Both are hunters. Both are hunted. And both want the same woman.

Czigany “Cezi” Romney is perfectly happy. Yes, she’d have liked to have graduated high school, perhaps even attended college and become a CSI rather than working for her father and Uncle as an asthmatic sidekick. But leaving Armadillo Creek would be impossible. A gypsy without family would be like a ship without a rudder - directionless, unable to function. Her family loves her, but struggle to contain their disapproval of her unorthodox behavior and worst of all, she’s still single, childless and her chances of marriage are waning quickly. Eighteen is practically over the hill. At twenty-six many doubt anyone would want her.

At thirty-four, Stillwater is a seasoned federal agent who has come up through the military and special ops. His scarred face reflects the life of man dedicated to protecting his country. Currently FBPA Agent John Stillwater and his team suspect they are dealing with a nationwide white slavery ring, but lack evidence to prove it. A murder in a nowhere town in Texas leads John to investigate with his team, who are as close as any family, but still he’s careful not pry into their lives outside of work. John is not a monk. He likes women, but chooses those who understand his rules: don’t bother settling in, you’ll be gone by the morning. But the missing women in his current case wear on his soul. His ability to initiate even a casual relationship is inhibited by how aware he has become of the dangers woman face with every guy they meet.

Cain McIntosh’s career is making him rich. In his chauffeur-driven limo, his tailored suits, his ten thousand dollar watch and his private jet, Cain visits different towns each week and finds the girl of his dreams. Or so he says as he convinces her to come home with him and meet his family. Unfortunately, the girl who agrees to go, knowing she will be the envy of her friends, is never heard from again. His perfect operation grinds to a halt by a short gypsy woman who deflates his ego and a large Fed agent’s relentless pursuit.

Product Details

  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nancy Brophy (April 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XVZPT8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, thy beauty abounds! July 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh my God! I read this novel like some sort of lunatic, giggling, laughing and fidgeting in my chair from start to end. I loved this novel so much, so so much I wanted to read it again right after I'd finished it! I still want to read it again!

Yes, I am fangirling. If you'll read this, and you simply MUST, you'll understand why. For this to be perfectly fair though, I will say this before fangirling all over the place: the version I've read (Maybe some edits might have been done since? No idea.) would need to be re-read and edited a bit. Though few, there are some mistakes, that I attribute to writing under a massive muse-inspiration wave. It would be a pity to give anyone reason to look down on this awesome story.

But Nancy Brophy`s writing is so good, SO good, you won't really care about the little and few mistakes you might encounter now and then! She has that amazing writing style that feels light, natural, fresh, and always so much fun to read. I loved it to bits, and the bits to pieces. As far as the style goes, it's right up there with Becca Fitzpatrick's writing for me, which is a total joy.

The plot itself is original, and I will say well researched. The customs and traditions of the Roma community are well displayed, without pointing them out in any negative way; they're this tight knit family, with peculiar beliefs and exotic accents.
The guys in the story are all crush material, even the bad ones. You'll just love basically any character, well except the slave traffickers maybe, but everyone else, as much or as little present in the plot, you'll love them. Because they just feel alive, so alive and vibrant, you won't be able to put down the book until the very end.

The plot itself is really well written, and interesting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Hell on the Heart by Nancy Brophy is a compelling romantic suspense that not only delves into the sinister world of human trafficking but also presents a fascinating look at how a community of gypsies keeps one foot firmly in their magical world while mastering the high tech potentials of forensic science. This may sound hard to follow, or overly intense, but it's wonderfully presented and well paced. The story is strong and the suspense is interesting and creative.

Hell on the Heart begins with Cezi Romney up a tree with the wolves circling in the form of a really sleazy sexual predator and his sidekicks. But once the motorcycles are quiet and the cavalry becomes actual people, the depth of the story begins to take over. This story takes the reader outside of the sterile offices of acronym agencies and into the sinister world of clients profiling the victim of choice. But the sleek operation across borders in challenged by a culture steeped in mystery in a gated compound in the desert of Texas.

Cezi is a fascinating woman and her destiny with the scarred Indian from a prophesy is the power behind this story. John Stillwater lives up to both his name and heritage, and his training. Even the primary villain, Cain, is presented with layers of delusion that make him compelling.

Ms. Brophy has crafted a unique and fascinating story with rich cultures and a compelling cast of characters. This reader was thrilled to consider the clash of power between ancient beliefs and the latest technology, with some sleek airplanes.

A recommended read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little naughty, and a little nice! July 5, 2011
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Cezi and Stillwater are another couple of well drawn characters. They're quirky, have their problems, you care about what's going to happen to them and they're up against a really good bad guy! Being a Texas immigrant, I thought the hick stuff was a little thick o.~ but really the book takes off from page one and doesn't let up. A sexy, thriller, mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read October 21, 2012
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This was a wonderful book. I loved the mix of romance and police work. This is one of my favorite books, ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read April 14, 2012
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Hell On The Heart by Nancy Brophy is a romantic suspense that probes an eclectic community of gypsies who manage to keep one foot firmly in the world of magic, while becoming masters of the technical world. The world of the gypsies comes to live in vivid colour and charismatic characters.

While Cezi Romney battles her destiny, John Stillwater battles to keep her alive and her community safe and Cain, a sexual predator, attempts to have Cezi as his own. With compelling characters and robust cultures Nancy Brophy has weaved a unique story of human trafficking, forensic science, Native American culture and gypsy beliefs.

This novel is well worth the reading and will appeal to a wide range of mystery/suspense fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Story! January 21, 2012
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Hell On The Heart, a gripping romantic suspense by Nancy Brophy is one of those books you can't put down. Cezi and John's love story is set amidst a clash of cultures, prophecy, and balancing a modern life. Incredibly brought to life with a cast of endearing family, and easy to loath bad guys, this novel is a must read! I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, Interesting heroine! November 27, 2011
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I read a lot of romance...the good, the bad, and the flat out ugly. This one was one of the better than good... really a great read! I loved the character of Cezi and the author's research on gypsies and their lifestyle was obvious. The drawing of chemistry between John Stillwater and Cezi was volatile and came through in every scene! And wow, the creepy bad guy absolutely chilling. I could feel his smarmy, oily nastiness through the pages. Gone are the days when I can consume a book in a single sitting... real life and all, so now a sign of a good book for me is when I am irritated every time I have to put it down to attend to those pesky interruptions. This was definitely one of those books! And brava to the author for creating a fun, strong and challenging heroine for a change.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Just not good, well a good start but was not what I had hopped for. I liked the idea of this more then what it ended up being.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Loved this book so much. Loved the Gypsy,Indian heritage link. Great character development. This book got my attention from the very beginning. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Reader Jeri
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
I really liked the major and minor characters and the gypsy background. The h and h had wonderful chemistry and I enjoyed how they got to know each other before falling in love.
Published 24 months ago by CS
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Intriguing
This was a GOOD read. A few typos here and there, but who hasn't made those when in the throes of pounding out pages? Read more
Published 24 months ago by Wordless1
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I was really impressed with the quality of the writing as well as the story. Normally people, at least ones I know, don't think of a gypsy within the American modern world, but it... Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by Mae Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny, fast-paced ride
Hell On The Heart by Nancy Brophy is a fast-paced ride. The author grips you from page one to very last word. The characters are very real and feel like friends. Read more
Published on September 20, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Acary, funny, intense, and sexy.
Hell on the Heart is a wonderful novel from emerging writer Nancy Brophy.

Ms. Brophy created a story that demands that every character face their all-too-human fears. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by Linda Mercury
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More About the Author

Nancy Brophy grew up reading and writing. Her imaginary friends have rich lives and less self-doubts with stories that have beginning, middles and happy ending all within four hundred pages. She lives in the beautiful, green and very wet Northwest with her husband, two naughty dogs, PB and J, and forty rowdy chickens.

They have spent fourteen nail-biting months living in an apartment while their house was rebuilt from a house-fire in 2010. In the process she has acquired an in-depth knowledge of kitchen cabinets, bathroom plumbing fixtures and leaking roofs. One day she will find all of this funny and will write a story about it. But it won't be this year.

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