This Heart For Hire

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A convent reared innocent and a gunslinger with no memory struggle to survive and find love while crossing the dangerous west Texas frontier. More

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About Elysa Hendricks

Elysa Hendricks is 5'6" tall. She has curly hair and brown eyes. She's an author, a wife, a mother and a daughter. Everything else is subject to change without notice.

After trying her hand at a variety of careers, insurance underwriter, video storeowner, home day care, and domestic goddess for other people, Elysa Hendricks, a longtime reader sat down to write a short contemporary novel. When her heroine turned out to be a winged, telepathic alien, Elysa decided she enjoyed writing stories set in different places, times, and realities. She's published 14 full-length books, ranging from sweet contemporary to sexy sci-fi, as well as numerous short stories.

While living in north east Illinois she helped found the Windy City Chapter and the Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapters of Romance Writers of America, and taught workshops on writing at writer’s conferences and at community colleges. Recently relocated to sunny Florida she’s happy to be part of the TARAN family.

Her "real life" motto is: Boring is good. Excitement is vastly overrated, so she saves the adventure and excitement for the characters in her books.

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Review by: Carol on Sep. 15, 2013 : star star star star
This western romance has enough grittiness to add some depth to the story to balance an incredibly naive heroine (a convent graduate no less).
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Shannon Sonneveldt on May 02, 2013 : star star star star
The author of the book provided me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review after reading. I love the differences between the characters in this book – the hardened and cynical male and the sweet innocence of the female character. The way the characters pasts are connected but not recalled due to the lack of memories both physical and traumatic, adds a wonderful element to the story as you gradually learn more about the threads that bind the characters. The battle fought between feelings/emotions and what is ‘right’ is an interesting element to the story as well that is weaved throughout. The story made me laugh and totally made me cry at one point. A wonderful book is one that pulls emotions, and this one did that. There is some adult content but it is not excessive and doesn’t take over the story line.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Parents' Little Black Book Reviews on May 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Betrayed by his fiance' and half brother, Jake leaves the ranch he and his brother have invested their life savings and the hearts into. Alone, with no other family, he lives a life of secrecy. While he tries to infiltrate a murderous gang of thieves and gunslingers he finds himself the unwilling savior of an innocent young woman.

Christina has left the convent she was reared in after the death of her mother to travel back to the Texas ranch she will inherit when she reaches her majority. As she and her brother are caught up in the manipulations of her stepfather, she realizes they must flee or forfeit their lives. Her step-fathers greed for the ranch and all it contains, including Christina, forces them on a clandestine journey to St. Louis.

Two weeks into their journey Christina and her brother take rooms above a saloon for a night of rest after nights spent by the campfire. To her horror things take a turn for the worse and she is once again in mortal peril. Jake comes to her rescue and together they must cross the desert in an attempt to escape pursuit. On their journey, Jake loses his memory and they both lose their hearts.

The set is Texas in 1870 this is a western period romance that feels current. The characters and situations are presented in a way that draw you into the story without the era or old west locale being in the way of a good story. Setting the story with such a well drawn backdrop enhances the tension and makes room for a broader brush.

The secondary characters are well developed. They allow room and movement of the plot while keeping the focus on the story line. I was particularly entranced by James, who brings a unique and occasional welcome comic relief with quirky and fun dialogue and interference.

This is a very good romance with an old west setting that will keep you turning the pages. It did for me. Very enjoyable book.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mary Roya on April 01, 2012 : star star star star star
A wonderful adventure. I found the book hard to put once I started reading. I enjoyed the characters the interaction. I highly recommend this book. Well written, full of twists and turns.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anna Markland on Jan. 12, 2012 : star star star star
If you like historical western romances, you’ll love This Heart for Hire, by Elysa Hendricks. At $3.99 this more than 100,000 word story is great value for money. Elysa takes us, and her hero and heroine, on a harrowing odyssey across Texas and New Mexico. Her descriptions of the landscape are rich, and you can imagine yourself travelling with them. The journey is fraught with dangers, both physical and emotional as Jake tries to come to terms with his past—the memory of which has been stolen from him by the after effects of a head wound. After her strict religious upbringing in a convent, Christina too struggles to cope with the hardships and new fears and emotions she experiences. Her journey is one to self discovery and acceptance.
The author doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities that people faced in the time she is writing about. Murder, violation, family betrayal, hunger, thirst, brutality, torture, and greed all conspire to separate our hero and heroine. It’s a plot with many twists and turns. I’m not usually a fan of westerns, but I recommend this one. Jake is my kind of hero!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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