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Available now!A new-adult, erotic romance


A Flawed Heart  by April Emerson

ISHO Summary
Claire Brighton has just finished college and is abandoning her warm, southern home in favor of gritty New York City. She searches for the perfect roommate and finds Lydia Taylor. Lydia lives a life of privilege in her father’s penthouse, but like Claire, she’s ready to go out into the world on her own. Claire and Lydia rent a little apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, not far from Lydia’s older brother, Jason. Claire is intrigued by Lydia’s stories of Jason, who is the black sheep of the family—and a musician. The minute Claire hears him sing, she falls for him. Claire thrives in her new urban surroundings, treasuring her time with Jason and exploring her new found sexuality, but both Claire and Jason carry shadows with them. They’re each fighting to move on from wounds of their past, but they learn that they will need each other to do it. 

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I was given an ARC of A Flawed Heart by the author in exchange for my honest opinion.  Having read and loved April Emerson’s other book, The Righteous and the Wicked, my arm did not need any twisting.

Right from the beginning I liked Claire.  She’s moved away from home to live in the big city, made new friends and found hot guy Jason. Both Claire and Jason share a tragedy in their lives and I think this is what brings them together, other than the physical attraction and chemistry that they share.

I think it goes without saying that I liked Jason.  Who doesn’t like a sexy, hot guy that sings and plays the piano and the guitar?!  He’s instantly attracted to Claire and becomes quite possessive of her.

I found A Flawed Heart a pleasure to read.  It was easy with a little tiny bit of angst and steamy sexy times.  I expect more great stories from April Emerson in the future.  I gave this five delicious cups of java.

ISHO Excerpt

He’s getting hard beneath me. His hands slide from my waist to my thighs, caressing my skin. He moves them up under my skirt, and his fingers push my thighs apart. He licks my neck—his breath is hot on my skin.“Fuck, I want these clothes off. Stand up.”I do as I’m told, and turn around to face him.

“Open your shirt.”

I unbutton my top as I look into Jason’s hungry eyes. I let the shirt fall away, and stand in front of him in just my bra. I feel exposed and anxious, and the emotion causes me to cast my gaze at the floor.

“Don’t do that. Don’t look away from me. You’re beautiful.” He grips my ass with his hands, squeezing and rubbing it as I stand above him. I breathe in the scent of his hair as he reaches down to my boots, and I hold onto his shoulders as he slips my feet out from each one. He puts them to the side and I open my skirt, letting it drop to the ground. He hooks his thumbs into the top of my panties, and his hands feel rough against my smooth skin. My breath quickens as he slips them down my legs while kissing and licking my waist. He turns me around and kisses the skin on my lower back and my heart thunders in my chest. I reach between my shoulder blades to unhook my bra, but Jason stands and replaces my hands with his. He opens the clasp and the fabric slides down my arms. He nibbles the skin on my shoulder and then kisses the place where he just sank his teeth in. He brings his mouth to mine as he opens the buttons of his own shirt. I reach my hands up to help him, and my fingers trace the black lines on his chest.

“I want to know what these all mean. I want to know each story.”
“And I want you to know. One day I’ll tell you. I promise.”

The novel will be available through Amazon and other retailers on July 21st.


ISHO Author Bio

April Emerson moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in literature. As a nature lover, living in the city was a culture shock, but she soon began to enjoy being surrounded by so much energy. Submerged in perpetual crowds, April developed a fondness for people watching, which inspired her to start writing. Drawn to both the light and dark of humanity, she strives to tell sexy and romantic stories with exquisitely complex characters. When she isn’t writing, she loves listening to music or reading a good book while enjoying a glass of wine.
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