Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Rival Hearts

(Abingdon Press - June 17, 2014)


Tara Randel


Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. After finding Romantic Times magazine in a bookstore many years ago, she found information about writing organizations. Soon after, she joined Romance Writers of America. She located the local RWA chapter and immediately attended her first meeting. There was no stopping her after that!

Through Tampa Area Romance Authors, Tara learned all about the business of publishing, starting with the craft of writing to behind the scenes of publishing. She served as contest coordinator for four years and served as President for one year, enjoying the organization and the lasting friendships made there.

When not writing, Tara owns a business with her husband and stays busy with her two daughters. She lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery. Enjoy!


Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

My thoughts:

I've read 18 of the 19 books in the Quilts of Love series and I have to say Rival Hearts is now included in my favorites in the series.

I really liked both the main characters - Molly and Ben - as they were both endearing and down to earth. I couldn't help rooting for both of them to win the editor position as I read the book. I loved Molly's heart for helping people and the great group of ladies she had to support her. And Ben, well, to tell you the truth, his fondness for my favorite baseball great, Cal Ripken, Jr., is one of the things that had me leaning in his favor.

This is a great offering by Tara Randel for the QoL series. If you're a lover of Christian romance with some great give and take between the leading lady and leading man, don't pass this one by.

My sincerest thanks to CFBA and Abingdon Press for generously providing a copy for review.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rival Hearts, go HERE.