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Five Senses, #2 Sometimes life’s most simple melodies become songs of love. Pippa Sanders’ life is filled with songs of leaving, longing and loneliness. Since the death of her husband, her children have been her world. She’ll do anything to protect them, including encasing her heart in ice until they’re college age. She’s made a practice of shying away from any relationsFive Senses, #2 Sometimes life’s most simple melodies become songs of love. Pippa Sanders’ life is filled with songs of leaving, longing and loneliness. Since the death of her husband, her children have been her world. She’ll do anything to protect them, including encasing her heart in ice until they’re college age. She’s made a practice of shying away from any relationship that could break her heart when it ends. And it’s worked so far. Clay Mathers has made a temporary move to Granite Pointe, Massachusetts to help with his mother’s Christmas tree farm while she recovers from a stroke. Although his long-range plans don’t include staying in the small town, a little female companionship during his short residency would be welcome. While on duty as sentry against protestors at a military funeral, he finds Pippa visiting her husband’s grave, and begins a campaign to make her into a friend–with benefits. What starts as a simple affair evolves to something more, something that changes the soundtracks of both their lives…the beating of two hearts in harmony. CONTENT WARNING: Contains strong language, hot sex and a spicy hero.80,779 Words...

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Hearts in Harmony Reviews

  • Rhenna Morgan
    2019-04-17 01:45

    This is my second book by Gemma Brocato and I enjoyed it just as much as the first! Like the first in this series, the romance in this story was sweet and sexy. Clay was a fantastic hero with a delightful mix of strong alpha male and underlying vulnerability. Pippa's character is one I'm sure many single moms can identify with and Gemma did an awesome job of demonstrating the struggles they face. What I enjoyed even more though was the overall subject matter. Gemma brilliantly showed the struggles of those those tied with our armed forces--both those on the front line and those waiting for loved ones to return home. It was absolutely beautiful.

  • Mihaela
    2019-03-28 23:53

    Hearts in Harmony is the second book in the Five Senses series. I really liked it. A lot. The story is captivating and the characters are strong and well defined.Clay Mathers is a military consultant for the government and a writer in his free time and Pippa Sanders is a therapist and a single mother of twins. The moment they meet sparks fly.Clay doesn’t do subtle and Pippa doesn’t like his attitude. What they can’t deny is the mutual attraction they feel for each other.I really appreciated the fact that the author didn’t focused on the physical aspect. Yes, she mentioned how attractive and well built he is but that was just a part of his description and necessary for the scene. Instead, she focused on the interactions between the characters and their personalities. The lack of useless details was also very much appreciated. I hate it when I have to dig my way out through details like what they’re drinking, what they’re wearing, what type of car they’re driving and so on just to get to the story.The supportive characters are the same ones that we met in the first book, Cooking Up Love, maybe a few more but not so many as to create confusion or add useless drama to the story.The writing style is good and some of the dialogues are really funny. Clay is an expert at putting his foot in his mouth especially around Pippa.All in all, Hearts In Harmony is a really great novel and I recommend it. You can read this as a standalone but I think it's better if you start with the first volume. It’ll be easier to understand everything that’s happening and it’s really worth reading.4.5 starsHappy Reading!

  • Renee
    2019-03-24 21:48

    Pippa Sanders’ life is sort of stalled. I felt bad for her being a military wife having lost her husband. That was not the worst part, poor Pippa had her twins after her husband's death. She visits his grave regularly for the past six years and nothing is going to change until.....Clay! Yeah he is a love muffin! Being he is in town helping at his Mom's Christmas tree farm while she is recovering from a stroke.They get started with Clay being so obnoxious. I actually felt bad for a second then I was laughing so hard. He is so direct and no nonsense with Pippa and it is what I thought she needed. She is not a well rounded girl so the author creating a character that is just going through the motions meeting someone who tells her basically enough already. He tells her things that to her are offensive, but he does what I felt her friends and family should have done a while ago. He tells her to start living.There are conversations with Clay's Mom about how he wanted a big family and had asked her to have a brother or sister. She explains what happened telling Pippa her story. It was so special. That woman was a wonderful character.This is filled with a plot of a military group running parallel to the love story. I love the cover and I picture Pippa like that. Grab this for the sheer love story and enjoy the military part too.CONTENT WARNING: Contains strong language, hot sex and a spicy hero.

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-10 02:36

    4 1/2 stars

  • Sassy Beta Reading & Review
    2019-03-22 00:51

    I absofreakinlutely loved this book. I was on such an emotional roller coaster ride with this one. This is not a book for the faint of heart or someone wanting a sweet, happy go lucky romance. This one touches on real life possible situations that we in the states find ourselves in today.It brings to the forefront, what occurs and most of us do not pay attention to or think about unless it happens to us directly. It was really a wake up call. I cried from the beginning and felt so emotionally attached to Pippa and her situation. It just tore at the heartstings on what this family had endured and I am so glad that Gemma brought this story to life. I truly felt the heart ache, the pain, the devisation, the anger, the hope, and the love that was written in this story. Gemma did a fantastic job portraying all of this emotion with words. It was so easy to visualize the happenings in this story. The dilaogue of the characters drew me in, letting me feel as if I was a part of the story. The descriptions to details made me feel as if I was there. Thank you Gemma for sharing this story with me and allowing me to go along on the ride. It was breath taking, humbling, and thought provoking. This is written as a multi pov. It is book 2 of the series and can be read as a stand alone. But don't. I recommend reading book 1 as well. Characters from book 1 play a big part in this book.Would I recommend this book? Absolutley. Be warned, this is not a typical sweet, aaawwww romance.Would I read more from this author? Absolutely!Sassy Beta Reading &

  • Reanell Tisdale
    2019-03-23 00:53

    4 magical tree stars!I really enjoyed this one! This is book 2 in the Five Senses series, but book 1 does not have to be read to understand this story. It is a spin off with secondary characters from book 1. We are introduced to Pippa as she is singing at a fallen soldiers funeral, where she meets the guy who gives her sparks, Clay. But she also meets a dangerous man named Dewey. Pippa is a widow with a set of twins that were not born yet when their father died. So for 6 years she's been a single mother. She dated around a little bit but nothing serious. So upon meeting Clay and being so attracted to him threw her off kilter. One thing I kept laughing about was Pippa wouldn't cuss around her children. Some of the stuff she said was...well just plain funny!"When he turned around to face her, she started guiltily. Oh fiddle, he'd caught her staring at his butt."^^ See? That is hilarious to me!This book had everything I look for in a story.AngstHot SexWitty CharactersSuspensefulLikable CharactersI liked how she wrote in details about the protesters at the soldiers funerals. While in college we had a professor who showed us films about the Westboro Baptist Church and those people are crazy! And I think Gemma wrote those characters well!So if your looking for a story with a twist that is funny and sweet this is the book for you!

  • Risbee
    2019-03-23 00:59

    So many of the books I read focus on the emotions and flutters of first loves. They are my go-to. But every now and again, I will read a book that deals with second chances. And that is what I found in Hearts in Harmony.Pippa Sanders is a ridiculously strong woman. After her husband was killed in combat, she is left alone, 4 months pregnant (with twins, no less) and completely heartbroken. But she doesn't let it break her and she throws her heart and soul into being there for her children. Heart and soul, all in, 100%...her children are her life. Her devotion to her kids is completely admirable...and maybe a little bit of a defense mechanism.When an uncomfortable situation at her husband's grave site results in a chance meeting...and heated exchange...with Clay Mathers, the beginnings of a crack develops in the wall Pippa has so carefully constructed and maintained. And when she realizes that maybe she is feeling things she hasn't felt in a very long time, it completely throws her for a loop.And that's where this book gets fun.I'll admit, Clay irked me at first. He is brash and arrogant and completely just...obnoxious. Very much a speak before he thinks character. And I did NOT like him at first. In fact, I almost had to stop reading. But I kept going and before I realized what had happened, I started to think that maybe he wasn't the #&%$ that he first seemed to be.Oddly enough, it was Clay's interaction with Pippa's twins that made me look at him in a different light. And normally, I am not a fan of kid characters in the books I read - they remind me of child actors in Soaps. BUT...that's just me and the fact that I found myself enjoying the scenes with the twins was a pleasant surprise.(I promise that I'm not an absolute ogre like I seem to be in the previous paragraph - I really do like children :) )All in all, I am very happy that I didn't stop reading and that I that I didn't let my initial impression of Clay deter me from their story. I guess where I'm going with this is that second chances can be pretty awesome. And if you are in the mood for a fun, spicy read this summer, add Hearts in Harmony to your to-read list. This review can also be found on my blog, Flutters and Flails

  • Tera Shanley
    2019-03-27 21:51

    Pippa has her hands full raising two six year olds on her own. They are her entire world until a chance meeting with Clay. And their chemistry is HOT. I loved the the hero isn't perfect. He's rough around the edges with a sailor's mouth and an attitude to match. It would take a strong woman to take on his antics, but throughout the story, Pip brings out the best in this rough and tumble hero. And stride for stride, she is every bit as tough as him. She doesn't wait for a man to save her, and Clay wouldn't presume, which is awesome. More female leads could take a lesson or two from Pippa. Clay's emotional growth throughout the book was one of my favorite parts about their love story. Pippa and the kids break his calloused heart open a little more with each encounter, and the way Brocato handles the slow sizzle of their romance is perfect.Brocato's words are like a song, musical, drawing the reader into the story until you are right there with the characters. I teared up in several spots because she has this way of writing sentimentally without manipulating the reader. A difficult balance, and Brocato walks the line effortlessly.I loved the first book in this series, Cooking Up Love, and I've been looking forward to reading Hearts in Harmony in hopes that it would be as good as the first, and it didn't disappoint. Looking forward to more books in this series. I'm hoping Sam will get his day.

  • ~Steph K~
    2019-04-11 05:59

    **ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review by the girls and I at ** I went into this book really not knowing what to expect, especially since this was only the second book written by this author, and let me tell you I have to say I was extremely glad I took the chance and read Hearts in Harmony. Pippa is a widow with six year old twins, Mason and Mia.  She became a widow when her husband was killed in the military while she was just a few months pregnant with the twins.  Her life has been consumed with taking care of her children and putting them first. Clay comes to town every year before Christmas to help his mom with her Christmas tree farm during the busy season.  His job as a novelist and security consultant for the government makes his traveling easy, since he can work from any location.  This year though, he's been in town longer because his mom suffered a stroke during the summer - and he is staying in town until she recuperates and can move back home.They first meet under less than favorable circumstances in a cemetary - and let me say that Clay was not exactly a "smooth talker" during his first couple of conversations with Pippa.  Actually, I was shocked she just didn't give him a good smack - or kick in the shin! Their lives suddenly start to intermingle more - and the attraction and sparks can't be denied between the two of them.  Both have their own issues for not getting involved in a relationship - but these two are drawn together.I loved the way that Clay was with Pippa's children - he truly enjoyed spending time with them and doing things with them - it wasn't just a ploy to get to their mother.  I love a big, strong sexy man showing his gentle side with kids.  Clay was so protective of all them - and he was starting to doubt whether he would be able to leave town again when his mom got healthy.    Honestly there is so much to love in this book.  The military storyline with a little suspense, the different relationships between Clay and Pippa, her kids, and his mother, the mother who struggles raising her children alone-deciding when to start living again after the death of a spouse, and even how music therapy can help stroke patients.  This book kept me wrapped in it the entire time.  I haven't read the first book in the series, but definitely plan to go back and read that, and look forward to more from this author.  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews Sizzling Pages @ Facebook Twitter:@Sizzlingpages

  • Literati Literature Lovers
    2019-03-25 05:55

    ~Robbie's Review~ 4.5O.K. Ladies....if any of you are looking for a new book boyfriend, allow me to introduce you to Clay Mathers...She looked up at the face of the man standing before her. A small, reassuring smile flitted across full lips, giving her a tantalizing glimpse of white teeth. She got a fast glimpse of vivid green eyes and thick, lustrous, dark blond hair pulled back in a ponytail before the newcomer shoved her behind him. . . Even from her restricted vantage point behind the big man, Pip saw muscles bulging and rippling beneath his snug fitting t-shirt.In her novel, Hearts in Harmony, author Gemma Brocato has Pippa Sanders and Clay Mathers first meeting under not so auspicious circumstances when Pippa is accosted by a member of one of those disgusting radical groups who make it their life's work to protest at the funerals of soldiers killed in action. As the widow of a soldier, Pippa is paying a visit to her husband's grave after attending services for a friend. Clay is also visiting a grave nearby and is quick to come to Pippa's rescue. Since the death of her husband, Pippa is used to taking care of herself and her children without the help of a man and rather than being grateful to this stranger who sends the nasty protester packing, Pippa is determined to show Clay she is quite capable of defending herself and show him she does. . .however, her fancy maneuvers backfire and the carefully constructed walls she has built around herself begin to crumble.It had been ages since she'd been interested in a man. Now this foul-mouthed stranger had held her hand briefly, and left her tingling all over. . .Who was this guy? Her next thought when she slid behind the wheel was and when will I run into him again?Pippa has a full life working with clients as a music therapist, raising her children and providing support to military widows like herself.She'd told Sarah to expect her grief to function like a Jack-in-the-Box. Daily or weekly, maybe a year down the road, the spring would wind tightly enough to force the pain out, startling in its intensity. It had been weeks since the puppet last jumped out for her. . . Since she'd met Clay.Her chance meeting with Clay Mathers, who works for one of those government acronym agencies and is in town temporarily, has her dreaming dreams of this green-eyed hunk. And the attraction is definitely mutual.In his forty years, including a career in the military and continued association with the super-secret three-letter government agencies he consulted for, he'd met many interesting people, both men and women. But he's never spent the darkest hours between dusk and dawn picturing any of them without their clothes.How much more attractive could Clay be?? He's beautiful to look at, he loves children, and he's good to his mother. I think readers will find Hearts in Harmony a pleasure to read. I know I certainly did! It's the second book in a series and although I found some of the back story on the other characters to be missing, it was likely clarified in the first book and did not seriously detract from this book. Actually, it made me want to read the first book Cooking Up Love. Hearts in Harmony is very well-written with engaging characters and a story that is touching, funny, steamy and will bring you to the edge of your seat before it concludes just the way it should.

  • My Secret Book Spot
    2019-04-06 02:42

    Hearts In Harmony (Five Senses #2) by Gemma Brocato4 out of 5 StarsPipsqueak, Spitfire, Pippa, Pip...I absolutely loved Phillipa Sanders as the heroine in this story! She is a strong, loving, hardworking mother of two twin six year olds who has remained in love with her deceased soldier for 6 long years. That is until she finds herself involved with the sexy, sarcastic, cussing, but totally chivalrous and romantic Clay Mathers who challenges her career choice, her ability to withstand his physical pull, and her desire to remain alone any longer.After his mother's stroke, Clay commits to helping with the family’s Christmas tree farm and stay on until she's able to take care of herself again but he has every intention of going back to Virginia to his house boat and his bachelor lifestyle as soon as he finishes his commitment and his possible affair with the beauty he met while guarding a soldiers funeral. Although it's his greatest honor, he hasn't shared his work with the Government or much of himself with anyone in town. So when Pippa stays after the funeral to "talk with her husband" she's not aware that a particularly destructive, self-serving group has been protesting Service Member's funerals and working their way up the FBI list and that their local leader has stayed around to get to know her better. However, Clay was enamored of the beauty and her voice and can't let her be hurt by an old Army acquaintance. The first time they touched wasn't all sparks like you normally hear about, but it was definitely worth the connection and made Clay exceptionally eager for another opportunity to get his hands on this amazing woman.As for Pippa, she finds Clay to be the only man who has made her question her future as a single mother, and that's just from the first meeting. What will become of her and her twins if Clay leaves town after she helps his mother recuperate from her stroke but she knows she can't keep him at arm’s length when he starts showing his true interest in her kids. Seeing them smile makes his sex appeal increase beyond anything she can imagine, so when the chance to keep the affair a secret comes up she can't risk letting the opportunity go. However, having Clay in her life also brings the government work closer to her home and her kids. This was a well-paced, sassy, romantic read with a little suspense and some steam thrown in for fun! I truly enjoyed the character development and greatly appreciated Brocato's straightforward characters who didn't go for the melodramatic, indecisive approach to life; They made choices, lived with responsibility and integrity, and held their heads high rather than hid behind secrets and passive aggressive drama. It was refreshing! I highly recommend this book and have every intention of reading the rest of this series! I can't wait to hear about Sam and I'd love to hear more about Noah!!*A complimentary copy was given in exchange for an honest review*Pepper, My Secret Book Spot

  • Janice
    2019-04-07 04:37

    I loved this story. It’s the second story in the Five Senses series by author Gemma Brocato. This is a little different book for me since it’s a contemporary, and I’m a historical fan. But, I love the author’s voice and the characters she’s created in this series. Set in Granite Pointe, Massachusetts, the series focuses on a tightly knit Kerrigan family. It’s a terrific series, full of great characters with a plot that hums along nicely. A widow and mother of twins named Pippa Sanders’ is visiting the grave of her late husband after attending a military funeral. Finding herself at the cemetery after dark, she’s threatened by a Liberty Battalion protester named Dewey. Our hero, Clay Mathers happens to be assigned to keep an eye out on the radical group. He comes to Pippa’s rescue and dispatches the protestor with ease. After delivering a brisk lecture on the foolishness of visiting the cemetery alone, Clay starts to see the attractive widow as a possible friend with benefits. Clay’s not looking for anything long-term, as his real purpose in town is to help his mother recuperate from a stroke. Pippa is cautious about getting involved as she struggles to raise her children as a single parent. But the need for companionship is strong so Pippa can’t see the harm if she and Clay are discrete. Perfect set up for a wonderful and heartfelt romance!The author has a terrific voice and makes her characters come alive on the page. Clay is a laugh out loud wonderful hero. He has no qualms using colorful language to make a point (much to Pippa’s dismay!). For instance, Clay wants Pippa to understand that Dewey is not someone to reason with, and he’s not shy in telling it like it is:“I think that shithead is riding the Bipolar Express with stops scheduled at drunk, disorderly and devious.”Even though he’s rough, Clay’s has a heart of gold. He invites Pippa’s twins to his mom’s farm and takes the opportunity for a little alone time with the lovely Pippa. While passionately kissing, Clay and Pippa are interrupted by her children. Clay delivers a scowl that causes trouble between the couple. In typical Clay fashion, he explains how much he likes her children but while kissing had different priorities: “But I wanted to jam my tongue down your throat more than I wanted to play gentleman farmer with them.” Clay had me from the get go. He is fun, sexy and a wonderfully developed character. Don’t get me wrong. I love Pippa too, but Clay seals the deal for me. He had me laughing out loud at these devilishly delicious ‘Clayisms’ sprinkled throughout this smart and sexy story.I enjoyed reading Hearts and Harmony. Can’t wait for the next to be released in the series.

  • Jody
    2019-04-15 00:53

    Not having read the previous book in this series, or any of Ms. Brocato's previous books, I didn't know what to expect. What I got after the final page was turned was an emotional journey where two lost souls finally start living their lives amidst the political backdrop of war. While the story was immensely satisfying on a personal level, it was a bit overwrought when it came to the discussions of war and homegrown terrorists.Pippa's life has revolved around her children and her music therapy work since the day her husband died in war. She still visits his grave regularly and surrounds herself with other families dealing with the same kind of grief. The day she meets Clay is the day her life begins once again as she and he set out on a rocky yet sensual road to romance. Pippa is a likable heroine, strong-willed, and more than capable on taking care of herself. She's drawn to Clay as he challenges her and their interactions both in and out of the bedroom are combustible.Clay is a man of few words but when he does talk it's cloaked in gruffness. He's a sexy man who exudes power but is very rough around the edges. He speaks his mind which leads to some jaw-dropping moments that put a smile on my face though. He's drawn to Pippa the moment he sees her but doesn't want anything long-term. He and Pippa therefore start off as friends but soon evolve into more in an entertaining dance full of push and pull. Through it all Clay's emotional walls slowly crumble as Pippa and her kids give him a glimpse of what he's always wanted but didn't think he'd ever get. Theirs is a rocky yet immensely satisfying journey to HEA and it's mostly due to the endearing Clay.This was a sweet yet sexy story with likable main characters and a colorful and heartwarming collection of Granite Pointe denizens, particularly Clay's mother, that added to the feeling of family this close-knit group of people portray. The romance was entertaining and full of sexual tension and when the story focused on them I found myself fully immersed in the story. But when the storyline veered off into the political arena in became over-the-top with its villains and felt like a distraction. Dewey was stereotypical in his villainy and I dreaded seeing him. For the most part though this was a delightful story with a great romance that can be read on its own. With the talent shown here, and by the smile on my face, this won't be the last book I read by Ms. Brocato.

  • Michelle ♥ The Romance Vault ♥
    2019-04-07 23:57

    This is the first book I've read by this author and I have to say I was rather impressed by it.Within the 1st chapter Gemma had me in an emotional headspace. The opening funeral was so endearing and the little boy when he sung - arghhhh that did it for me!The first introduction to Clay was also at this funeral he was so cross with Pippa who had remained to talk to her husband at his grave when Pippa was approached by a protestor that had been protesting at the funeral she had just attended. But even though Clay rescued her he wasn't very polite, he was arrogant, arsey and gruff and Pippa I loved because she stood her ground and gave him attitude back.This pretty much is their early relationship and it was definitely fun to watch them interact together and get closer. I loved Pippa's interaction as well with Clay's mum Seeley, that Lady was just so adorable!There is an element of danger lurking throughout the book, for me in all honestly it wasn't as suspenseful as it could have been but nonetheless it did add a dimension to their story and worked well with Pippa's job and the circumstances that brought about the connection with Dewey and was an interesting vein within this book.To sum up Hearts in Harmony, this is a good, sexy read. Clay is an alpha, all swearing and all testosterone full on male and Pippa is a strong single parent with great kids to boot. Pippa is feisty and it's always been just her protecting her kids, she's not dated full on in the past 6 years, so she is very reluctant to let Clay into their lives as the kids won't understand when he leaves. Their relationship is very entertaining as is the job that Pippa does.I'm glad I read this and I will certainly have Gemma's book on my radar to read in the future on the strength of Hearts in Harmony. I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. My reviews are my own and are 100% honest.

  • WildAboutBones
    2019-04-17 22:36

    This story features the sister, Pippa, of the hero in book one (no, you don't have to have read the first book before reading this one). This book doesn't quite have the same small home town feeling of the first book—not a bad thing, just different. Instead it has a military subplot. The story includes small parts for Jack, Gem and Sam from book one. We also get to see a bit more of Butch, their dad.When the hero and heroine meet, there are fireworks...just not the good kind. He thinks she's a sexy spitfire he'd like to get to know. She thinks he's "obnoxious," She alternates between being "intensely angry and ridiculously turned-on." Everything that comes out of his mouth is the wrong thing. LOL! I love it when the H/h start off this way.It was special watching the hero fall head over heels in love with the heroine and her quirky twins. I adored Clay, the hero, with his tough exterior and marshmallow center. He is such a romantic but would deny it.I fell in love with the heroine's twins, who were also introduced in book one. Such sweet little terrors. They are adorable. I also renewed my crush from the first book—brother Sam. Not a lot of surprises here, just a good ole fashioned romance with an idiot bad guy to gum up the works. It was fast paced and a quick read. I read it in two sittings. I am very much looking forward to reading book three. I'm starting to believe Gemma Brocato is going to live on my "must read" list. I still want to move to this small town of Granite Pointe. :)

  • Melissa
    2019-03-30 22:41

    For this review, I chose Heart in Harmony by Gemma Brocato. This is Book #2 in the Five Senses Series. I read book #1, Cooking Up Love, and loved it. Book #3 is called Exposed to Passion, which I am in the middle of reading. I received a copy of the ebook for a honest review of this book.I am thinking this is my favorite book of this series. Pippa lost her husband in combat. Helping other military wives when they lose their husband, she is right by their side. Pippa is a strong loveable woman, who has been to hell, but she has 2 kids to raise, who are the world to her. I kept thinking how can one survive a lost like that? Pippa has her kids to keep her going. A little piece of her husband. The chemisty is HOT between Clay and Pippa!! Passionate. I love the nickname that Clay gave Pippa. When Sarah lost her husband, Pippa was right there for her fellow military wife. I could not help, but think about the what ifs. How would my kids and I survive something like that? Who would be there for us?My favorite part of this book was the suspense! Of course, I am not going to tell you. Read the book! Don't you love when I tell you that! ☆☆☆☆☆I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.Would I recommend this book? Yes! Author? Yes!Would I read more from this author? Yes!Happy Reading!Melissa http://alwaysreadingreview.blogspot.c...

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-04-01 02:42

    First, let me state that I went into this book not knowing it was based on a character we were introduced to in Gemma's first book "cooking up love". To be clear, this isn't a sequel to 'Cooking up love' but more of a 'spin off.' The main character in this book, Pippa was a secondary character in the first (I loved that concept.) First of all, I felt like I already knew Pippa & her background much sooner than if you were just being introduced to her. Second, I like seeing how the main characters (Jem and Jack) in the first book make cameos in Hearts in Harmony this allows you to see snippets of their "happily ever after." With that being said, you didn't need to read "cooking up love" before "hearts in harmony" but it makes for better character development. I'm not a huge 'romance' reader but this book kept my attention until the end. Typically I read 3 books at a time going back and forth between them, but once I started this book, my two other books to tackle were put on the back burner until I finished this. I’d recommend this for a fun, quick read with great storytelling from Gemma. I'm excited to see what the next book is about; if it continues with the group from Granite Pointe of if she'll create a new set of characters. (My vote, keep the next story within Granite Pointe!)

  • Michele
    2019-04-06 21:39

    This ARC was provided for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book. The story line was a bit different from other books out there, which was a nice change. I loved the the twins Mia and Mason, they totally "stole the show". I really liked how the author had Pippa put her kids first and before everything else just like a mother should. The author gave a great look into a soldiers family life and what happens when a soldier dies. There was a little bit of everything in this book, love, humor, angst, action, sexiness, etc... The only negative I can say about this book, is I could not believe some of the things that came out of Clays mouth. He has no filter and I think most women would be a little offended, but Pippa just kept saying to herself that what he said was in some part factual, so it made it ok.

  • Joanne Wadsworth
    2019-04-15 01:55

    Fabulous read.Since her husband’s death, Pippa has raised her two six year old children on her own. Then during a chance meeting, Clay Mathers steps into her life. He’s a rough-edged hero with an attitude, but Pippa’s a strong-willed woman who’s more than prepared to tangle with him.Their relationship is hot from the beginning, and sparks fly when their fling develops.For me this story brought to life both the heartbreak of a woman who’d lost her husband to the war, and also the strength she had to find to move on and be the mother her children needed.This is the second book in a series, and the first book is now on my kindle and ready to read.If you enjoy fresh contemporary romance with a touch of suspense, then this story is for you.

  • Twin Opinions
    2019-03-31 01:51

    Love this! So amazing! What a love story! Wow, wow, wow! Clay is one sexy man. I love that this is not a fast pace race to the bed room. A slow and sexy sizzling romance was a great change of pace. Pippa is such a strong character. She is very relate-able. So real, I feel like I know her. Clay is the man of every woman's dreams, and if he is not he should be. I was captivated by this book on page one. Such great story telling. I adore Pippa's character and feel her loss with her. Amazing character to write a book about. Brocato stole my heart with Pippa's story. This book is perfect for all you romance lovers! you have to read this beautiful love story!

  • Crystal Yawn
    2019-04-15 22:52

     Love, March 8, 2015By Crystal Yawn "Crystal" (Wi)This review is from: Hearts in Harmony (Five Senses series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)I loved cooking up love and this was just that much better. This is another action intense book from love, lust and danger. You can't help but love Pippa and Clay plus the twins. Add in some meddling brothers, snarky teens and bad guys and you have a can't put it down page turner.Really looking forward to reading more the five senses series and anything else from Gemma

  • Drue DePompei-Hoffman
    2019-04-18 03:57

    Hearts in Harmony hooked me right off the bat with the mention of the Honor Guard. Pippa and Clay become absolutely mesmerizing. Pippa is a pretty tough cookie who has dealt with the tragedy of her past as best she could, but now she is realizing that maybe she actually hasn't dealt with the past at all and that maybe it is time to. See Full Review at Drue's Random Chatter

  • Ashley
    2019-03-22 01:52

    Disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. Hearts in Harmony is a sweet and easy read. Pippa and her twins capture your heart from the start. Widowed and left to raise her young children alone, Pippa learned long ago how to take care of herself. When circumstances change and danger makes Granite Pointe it's home, Pippa finds a hero in Clay. Will the danger bring them closer together or force them apart?

  • Negar Arvanaghi
    2019-04-02 05:51

    I confess, I giggled when she cursed. Even though it was such a high-intensity situation, it was funny because of how adamant she was that no one should curse, even if her kids weren't even around. I liked the quick thinking. I LOVED the nickname Clay gives her. Bravo to the author for writing a high-powered book, while still making it realistic. This COULD happen, unfortunately.I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sabine Priestley
    2019-04-04 02:53

    Loved this. Great alpha male Clay, and the spitfire Pippa who tames him. Wonderful family elements (pippa’s a widow with twins who’s treating Clay’s mother with music therapy for a stroke) and rich characters. The story draws on elements we’re all familiar with (family tensions, insecurity, religious zelots and flat out idiots to name a few) and flows perfectly. Highly recommend.

  • Lynn G
    2019-04-20 21:42

    I read this story based on a recommendation from my friend Risbee, and I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the romance between Pippa and Clay was realistic, as was her concerns as a single mother. Sweet, dramatic romance. Just what I was looking for.

  • Mary Kay Thompson
    2019-04-16 01:38

    Yes! Gemma Brocato has written a gem. While I liked her first book, I loved this one. Pippa is a strong character, and the supporting players are well fleshed out. Dewey especially ~ he actually scared me! I could feel the menace coming through the page. Well done! I'm looking forward to #3!!

  • Mandy
    2019-04-20 05:56

    Another good story by Gemma Brocato. It was definitely an intense story mixed with love, family and friendship. I am looking forward to reading the next story in this series. I am sure it will capture my attention the way the first two books have.

  • Stacy McKitrick
    2019-03-31 01:48

    Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I think I’m falling in love with the Kerrigan family and can’t wait to dive into the next book.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-08 02:47

    Gemma does it again. I honestly didn't think you could get any better than Jem and Jack's story. As I still claim Jack as my #bookboyfriend in the series thus far, pippa's story just got to my heart. Pippa lost so much in a short span of time. But in losing, she gained her beautiful twins. Whom, she raised on her own. She played the role of mom and dad, the best she could. When Clay comes out of no where, to her rescue she felt something. Something she thought impossible to ever feel again. They've had so much to deal with, they overcome so many obstacles. Gemma is a Mastermind. She draws you in with each and every word written. I literally could not out this book down. I am over the top excited to read the next book in the series. Actually, I'm going to start that right now.... Grab your copy today and get ready to be drawn in!