At the close of the first week of its release, four Amazon customers have read and reviewed Hearts in Ruin. The reviews are extremely encouraging (with captions like “Delightful”, “An Intelligent Read” and “Emotionally Charged and Thought Provoking Love Story”) and I hope they are helpful to anyone considering giving the book a read. I’ve also received some direct feedback from readers, all of whom find the story refreshing, unique, and suspenseful. Notably, those both familiar and unfamiliar with the romance genre enjoy the story, and it seems to hit a particular soft spot for anyone that has ever considered, or would like to consider, the romantic allure of authentic archaeology.
“Hearts in Ruin is a delightful romantic romp through an archaeological dig. The author has successfully melded a serious story with a wry sense of humor that keeps it a light and happy romance. Use of details about how a dig comes about and is managed entertain and move us through the plot to become an integral part of the story. I look forward to J.C. Conway’s next book.”
~ Elsa Bayly @ Amazon.com Customer Reviews
“This “sweet” level romance has academia politics and a realistic view of the challenges involved with an archaeologic dig. There are many conflicts and entanglements to keep the reader guessing. The hero is a lovable and sexy beta hero and the first kiss scene is the best I’ve ever read. The heroine is bold, self-confident and competent, and I want to be just like her.”
~ S. Humphreys @ Amazon.com Customer Reviews
“Hearts In Ruin is a page turning, rip-roaring good time. Because I am very, very stingy with my 5 stars, I truly wish I could award this book four and a half stars. It is that rare combination read of intelligence, suspense, and a building love story(ies) that makes you snarl at family members who break in on your reading time because it’s time to fix dinner. It also made me chew over my life choices as to why I didn’t become an archaeologist and is it too late to start a new career. Cheers to J.C. Conway, and thank you for taking me away into another world.”
~JoAnne Lucas @ Amazon.com Customer Reviews
“This is an entertaining and informative novel where the author has taken us on a dig with him. Never had an idea of how complex this is as a long, arduous task where dedication and discipline (and some times years) is required. The love store is complicated and challenges both Andrea and Daniel and the question of betrayal enters the equation. In addition to the archaeology, there is a smidgen of legal maneuvering and dealing with the government’s and the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). Clearly, a page turning read and a good example of the male point of view. Worthy of reading. As I was coming to the conclusion of the novel, I had to hide from family in order to finish. A good read. Like a previous reviewer, I would have given it a 4.5″
~Sandra M. @ Amazon.com Customer Reviews
I hope other readers are as happy with the story. I can say as a writer that I loved writing this story. The characters came alive for me in the process and I learned a great deal in the process.
- New Release Mixes Passion and Archaeology (flashofromance.com)
- Spotlight/Excerpt: Hearts in Ruin by @jcconwaywriter (houstonhavens.wordpress.com)
- First Amazon Reviews Are In (heartsinruin.com)