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Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic romantic suspense and humor-laden, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty, her heroes hot. Needless to say, she's very happy with her job.
Rachelle is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.
Visit her at: http://www.rachelleayala.com or follow @AyalaRachelle on Twitter.
on Oct. 14, 2014 :
I enjoyed this book despite the religious overtones. Lucas has his own issues and Maryanne is head case waiting to happen. The writer dives deeply into the guilt that comes from rape and abortion but barely mentions an attempted suicide. I find that interesting to say the least, it is almost like the more innocent the life the more they deserve to live. Well that was my take anyway. I found it more pro-life than pro-choice despite Maryanne's adamant claims to the latter. An overall good read with two flawed and very trying charactes.
(review of free book)
on June 18, 2014 :
Summary: Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off sex to land a marrying man. But a party she attends turns into a drinking binge, and she is raped. Lucas Knight is a biracial athlete intent on winning the Ironman Triathlon. He finds Maryanne the next morning bloody and unconscious. Since Maryanne cannot identify her attacker, he becomes the prime suspect. When Maryanne finds herself pregnant, she plans to abort, but the identity of her rapist is hidden in the baby's DNA. A trap is set. Lucas races to clear his name, but the secret Maryanne hides threatens to drown their chance for true love.
My Review: I should begin by saying that it has been quite a while since I have read a good Christian novel. I haven't been the best at my Christian ways since going through chemo and going through a lot of hurt from people who should be there from you. That said, when I was given the chance to read this book complimentary from Tomoson.com, I decided that I would give it a go. I usually know within the first 2-3 chapters of a book whether or not I will like the book or even finish it for that matter. When I started reading this one, I was shocked at how much emotion comes out within the first chapter alone. It has some very touchy subject matter (rape & abortion) The story of Maryann and Lucas is one of trust and young love. I feel a little bit like Maryann in the ways that she has such poor self esteem and I can follow those traits. There were a few parts of the story that I was a little confused about, only because most of it was stuff I cannot stand in real life. The breaking up and getting back together constantly bugged me because it happened so much. I was able to put most of it together by the end of the book and was satisfied with how it ended. As you read this book, you come up with your own thought and opinions on the characters, possibly liking one character over another (ie, I didn't like Maryanne by the middle of the book and Lucas was portrayed as this prince charming but I didn't feel it.) Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants something that will keep them reading and not wanting to put the book down. I think it is great for those young adults who are transitioning into womanhood. I give it an A overall.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Dec. 03, 2013 :
As you can tell from the summary, there's lot of drama built into the storyline. Rachelle did an excellent job of making me feel as the reader. At times, I loved Lucas then I wanted to punch him in the face. Maryanne, oh Maryanne, she was full of so much guilt that she couldn't even think straight.
When Maryanne and Lucas were together, all was right but when they were fighting or broken up, it was no good. I wanted to scream at them to stop fighting it, they both loved each other and needed to be happy about it.
Immediately after Maryanne's rape, she has to decide whether to keep or abort the baby. It's a decision that may come easily to some but can be gut wrenching to others. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for her to decide.
I feel like the primary conflict in the book was about Maryanne and the baby yet the main focus of the book was Maryanne and Lucus' relationship. The entire story was building up to the paternity of the baby to figure out who had violated Maryanne and in the last few chapters, I feel like it was swept under the rug and only addressed with a couple paragraphs. Still it was a nail-biter that I would recommend for those who can handle the suspense!
I also totally love the title of the book as the meaning comes full circle in the last few chapters.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 22, 2013 :
Jessica L. Huen
this book is an interesting book, its one of those books that makes a person think about their choices, we all have things happen to us through choices we make but, its all about how we handle the outcome. You can do anything you just have to deal with the consequences of all we do, this book made me really do a lot of thinking... I was glad 2 be able 2 read it.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 18, 2013 :
"Hidden Under Her Heart" is well written. The emotion and love between Maryanne and Lucas through the whole ordeal is amazing. I could feel everything as if I was there with Maryanne and Lucas making the decisions and going through everything with them. This book was worth reading and was so hard to put down. I am so sad that it ended but I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a good book about the choices women have to go through and the struggle of making some of those choices when true love is on the opposite side. I would not recommend this book however if anyone has a serious objection to abortion.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on May 20, 2013 :
I loved this book! I have been following Rachelle Ayala and reading everything she writes and in my opinion this is her best work yet.
First off, I really like Lucas. He has his flaws and is perhaps a bit extreme in some of his views, but deep down he is a loving, caring man who was someone I could really relate to and admire. He stands by his convictions and tries to do the right thing. My favorite part about Lucas was the growth his character took in the book. Maryanne is also a realistic character. Even though her opinions are at the different end of the spectrum from mine, I could feel her turmoil and enjoyed her journey and watching her conflicts. The cast of supporting characters was enjoyable too, complete with difficult family members and friends who sometimes caused more harm than help.
For me, this book was pretty intense and I read it in just 2 evenings because I had to find out what happened. This story touched me and also made me really think about my opinions on abortion and why I feel the way I do. Overall, the romance between Maryanne and Lucas was satisfying and the action parts were exciting and fun to read. This one is a hit, and my favorite book of Ayala's so far. Looking forward to more from this author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)