Review – Heartbeats by Sarah O’Rourke


Heartbeats BY Sarah O’Rourke


He’ll fight her every step of the way. She’s fighting because there is no other way to keep him alive.

Alpha FBI agent Matteo Cassano gives the orders. He is not accustomed at all to following them. The control-freak legend of the FBI could have any woman he wants, and often had in the past. But when he meets the amazing, younger Brenna Langley, he might have finally found the woman that could change his entire life.

Brenna Langley is professional, focused, and determined to move ahead in her career at the FBI. Having tried a few failed relationships, she had decided that romance would not be in the cards for her. That was, until Matt Cassano enters her orbit and she finds herself on a secret, covert mission to save the great man from himself.

But what happens when these two determined personalities clash and the change is more than either one of them bargained for? And when Matt’s health becomes an issue, can the fledgling relationship survive?

STANDALONE. HEA. Romantica erotica.



Brushing a lingering kiss to the center of her now exposed porcelain skin, he lifted his eyes to hers and smiled wolfishly. “I was just wondering if this couch is gonna provide enough room for me,” he replied as her ran two fingers down the center of her chest until they reached the clasp of her bra.

Her voice caught in her throat at his touch, and it was an effort to even get one word out. “Room to what, exactly?” she asked as her own fingers continued to release the buttons on his shirt. Feeling his lips moving against the fabric of her plain, serviceable lace bra, Bren finally freed that last button on his shirt, her sense of victory easily swallowed up in the sensations he was causing in her body. Burying her hands in the soft springy curls on his chest, she pushed the offending shirt off of his shoulders, her desire to see him too much to ignore. “Whatcha think you’re gonna do here, Cassano?”

Catching her eyes with his, Matteo grinned against her pale flesh. “Sweetheart, there’s no thinking to it. I’ve imagined what I want to do to you a thousand times in a thousand different ways. I know that I’m about to make those fantasies a reality. I’m on the verge of devouring this beautiful body of yours. I’m just curious as to where you’d rather serve me that meal. Here or in a nice comfortable bed? I’m good either place,” he returned huskily a scant moment before his teeth captured her nipple through the material of her bra. Growling against her skin, he suddenly offered a great prayer of thanks to the brilliant genius who first imagined the possibilities of a bra with a front closing snap as his fingers quickly flicked open the clasp.

In one fell swoop, Bren felt her bra leave her body, the insubstantial material flying through the air. If she wasn’t mistaken, she heard it land somewhere on the linoleum in the kitchen, and at some point later on she needed to remember to congratulate him on the distance he’d achieved. At this exact moment, however, that was the last thought on her mind as his wonderfully warm mouth suddenly found her waiting breast, engulfing it quickly in the fiery heat of his mouth.


What can I say, Sarah O’Rourke entertains me with every book and Heartbeats was no exception.  Our hero, Matteo is keeping secrets from everyone in his life and this could cost him that very thing.  He is strong, sexy, and smart but in this one think he is acting like a stubborn jacka**.  Seriously, there were one (or ten) moments when I utterly wanted to strangle the man!!!  His one saving grace????  His deliciously dirty mouth (hello, wet panty alert)!  Enter our lovely and determined heroine, Brenna.  She has been lusting after our hard-headed hero and when she gets the feeling something is wrong with Matteo, she starts to digging.  Brenna is strong and fierce, especially when it comes to those that she cares for and loves. I adored this couple.  They have some pretty funny banter and some truly poignant and heartfelt moments.  I laughed myself sick at some of Brenna’s antics in regards to taking care of Matteo (I won’t give you specifics because I don’t want to spoil the book for you).  They also have some pretty crazy chemistry.  The sex scenes are sinfully hot and passionate.  Brenna knowns Matteo better than he would ever have imagined but when all of Brenna’s hardwork comes out, and backfires, Matteo moves heaven and earth to correct all the ways in which he made huge mistakes.  Matteo has a hilarious family and I adored his mother, who joins Brenna in the fight to save Matteo from….well, Matteo LOL!  Throw in a few meddeling sisters and you have a recipe for some pretty spectacular laughs.  Brenna’s love knows no bounds and when she thinks she may lose Matteo, we see the depth of her emotions.  This book made me laugh and cry and was a completely believable story, one you could picture happening in real life.  And the ending?????  Yeah, that just melted my heart.  Heartbeats was a stunningly real look at the emotion beyond the sex and happily-ever-after and the lengths at which one will go to ensure that a loved one lives a full and happy life, even at the sacrifice of yourself.  The plot moved along at a consistent pace (albiet there were a few chapters that were a little bit too wordy).  It was easy to follow and not bogged down with a tedious storyline.  Overall, this was a fantastic book with rich and intriguing characters.  It kept me on my toes from beginning to end and left me feeling warm and fulfilled after it was over.  I can always count on this writing duo to leave me feeling hopeful and content and they don’t disappoint with Heartbeats!  I would definitely recommend this book especially to those readers who like real-life issues that aren’t glossed over and those readers who like comedy mixed in with their erotic romance.  4.5 stars.



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Sarah O’Rourke is the alter ego of two best friends who bonded over their passion for romantic fiction and erotica. Born and raised in the southern United States, one lives near Louisville, Kentucky, while the other resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly an accountant and a chemist, they are now overworked, stay-at-home moms who adore their children, their husbands…and writing about love in every way possible.

Inspired by their dog-eared copies of Gone with the Wind and their almost warped DVDs of Steel Magnolias, they love to write wildly intense romantic/erotica stories that have multiple characters, but they focus on one couple that will ALWAYS have a happy ending…eventually!


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