July 20, 2015

Review: Treasure My Heart by Altonya Washington

Review: Treasure My Heart by Altonya WashingtonTreasure My Heart by AlTonya Washington
(Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: Embrace My Heart, Lover's Origin: Black Island (Ramsey Tesano), Provocative Attraction, In the Midst of Passion, Lover's Life: A Tesano Story
Published by Kimani Press on July 21st 2015
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
two-half-stars
"The man every woman wants...wants her " There are flings, and then there's real life. Minka Gerald, assistant to one of the country's top financiers, is too smart to confuse the two. But a business trip to Miami is the perfect place for a workaholic to let loose, and Oliver--brother to her boss's fiancee--is the ideal partner-in-pleasure. And with his heartbreaker reputation, that's as much as she expects. A ladies' man doesn't become a one-woman guy overnight. But once property developer Oliver Bauer has a taste of real connection, he wants more. Outwardly reserved but full of fire, Minka could hold his heart forever. Can he make her believe in him, before an old enemy's quest for revenge puts her safety and their sizzling new love in jeopardy?

I signed up for Harlequin’s Reader Service again two months ago which means I get about four new Kimani Romance novels a month.

I know what you are thinking: Natalya, you don’t need any more books! I know and I agree with you. I don’t know what possessed me to do this. I will probably keep it up for another month or so and then see if it is needed.

One of the books I received in my last batch was the latest by Altonya Washington: Treasure My Heart. Treasure My Heart was a sequel of sorts to Embrace My Heart which I reviewed earlier this year.  I would suggest reading my review before continuing.

Treasure My Heart follows Vectra’s (from Embrace My Heart) brother, Oliver, and Qasim’s assistant Minka. As much as I hate to say it, this book fell short for me similar to the previous one surrounding these characters. There were three main plots in this book and they weren’t as cohesive, in my opinion, as they needed to be.

As the blurb on the back of the book suggested, Oliver is described as a ladies’ man. This is something that we are made aware of pretty quickly but almost overnight falls in love with Minka. Now I am not saying that I don’t believe in love at first sight because I do think its possible but I wished we saw a bit more of the progress for Oliver. To me it seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. I didn’t really believe his claims until the last five or six pages in the book which was a bit too late.

The other plot point dealt will Will’s schemes which those of us who read Embrace My Heart will remember. He was fired after a few shady dealings that were uncovered by Minka. He reappeared in this book to seek revenge and there was a bit missing from this story line. Minka didn’t seem to take Will’s threats seriously until it was almost too late for her. While I wouldn’t say she was nonchalant about it, she was more lax than I expected her to be. Given her reactions, as a reader I wasn’t quite fazed by Will either. The danger could have been ramped up a bit as I found the climax a bit disappointing, I like a little drama in my romance novels; what can I say? 🙂

Minka was revealed to be a heiress to a multi billion dollar empire in this book and honestly, we could have done without that revelation. It didn’t advance the story that much and wasn’t central to Oliver and Minka falling in love. That is unless we consider the fact that her grandmother was insistent upon her finding someone to help ground her as she took the reins of the company. I’m also a little confused as to why she didn’t want anyone to know her true wealth. She seemed like a great person and I doubt that anyone she associates with would have had a major problem with it or distanced themselves from her.

I am pretty sure we will get at least one more book where these characters are featured and while I wouldn’t consider this a must read, it is Altonya Washington so I will continue to support.

Treasure My Heart is available in paperback now but via Kindle on August 1st, 2015.

About AlTonya Washington

AlTonya Washington has been a romance novelist for 12 years. She’s the winner of two Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Awards and recently won the Romance Slam Jam EMMA Award for Best Steamy Romance of 2014. She lives in North Carolina and works as a College Reference Librarian.

She began her writing career with BET’s Arabesque imprint and now writes traditionally for Harlequin’s Kimani Romance line. Under the pen name T. Onyx she crafts erotica and plans to release a new title in the genre next year. In 2015 AlTonya will begin to conclude her popular Ramsey/Tesano Series with the release of “Lover’s Origin: Black Island”, “A Lover’s Return”, and “Book of Scandal: The Tesano Elders”.

When she’s not writing, she can be found with a good book, a good movie, or a good movie based on a good book!

AlTonya wears many hats, but being a mom is her favorite job.

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