Wounded Heart

Nicole Bradley
Wounded Heart
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Publisher
Nicole Bradley
Release Date
December 2010
Genre
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
With her five-year abusive marriage and the loss of her baby behind her, Detective Charity Parris heads home, hoping to make a fresh start. Accepting the detective's position with her father's police force seemed like a good start. But what she hadn't anticipated was to be swept away by Josh Muldoon, her childhood friend and the man she'd fallen in love with at the tender age of fifteen.

When a young prostitute is found murdered in a dirty alley beside a popular New York pub, Charity finds herself not only partnered with Josh to bring a madman to justice, but also fighting a ghost from her past. Unaware of the dangers that lurk in the dark, Charity and Josh become lovers. But their love will be put to the test when Charity comes face to face with her past.

Book Review by Tyra Berger
Jan 25, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
130 people found the following review helpful
This first book in the Heart series by Nicole Bradley is off to a strong start.

Charity Parris is going home. She is a survivor of an abusive marriage that cost her the life of her unborn child. Her ex-husband is now in jail and she is going back to New York to start her life over. Charity comes from a strong, close-knit family. Her mother is a district attorney and her father is the police chief at the precinct where she is now a detective, along with her brother. While her family may not understand why she stayed in her marriage, they are there to support and help her re-build her life.

Josh Muldoon is Charity's brother's best friend and a fellow detective. He is also the brother of her best friend and her teenage crush. Josh has had a long time crush on Charity as well but stayed away from her because she was his best friend's little sister.

Charity and Josh are made partners and have to investigate a murder case that is more than it originally appears. Can the partners learn to trust each other not only with their lives, but with their hearts?

This story has all of the elements to make it great -- strong lead characters, a good story and interesting secondary characters. I loved the extended families and see the potential for many more books based around the two clans. The mystery keeps you guessing until the end and the story line will draw you in. The only problem with this book is there are several disjointed scenes that interrupted the flow of the story. I think with some tighter editing on the next books, this series will be successful.
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