The Red Heart by Isabelle Rowan ~ Book Review by Teresa

RedHeartLGTitle: The Red Heart

Author: Isabelle Rowan

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/13/2013

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


An ex-soldier and an urban Goth walk into a desert. It sounds like the start of a joke, but for Sam Collins and Daniel Evans, it is the beginning of their story. Daniel walks to shed his drug-filled past and make himself whole. But Sam, who hides the demons of war behind a smile, needs Daniel more than either man knows. An old stockman’s wisdom sends them on their journey together, a long hard road to find Australia’s sacred Red Heart and—perhaps—each other.

My View:

I love stories set in the Outback, especially when the author is able to convey the feel of the desert heat during the day and the cold at night as Isabelle Rowan has done. The scenery came to life on Daniel’s walkabout and I felt the journey both men took.

A common complaint with reviewers is too much telling and not enough showing, but we don’t have this problem here. We are shown Sam’s distress and leftover war wounds; we are shown that Daniel is lost and searching for something. Something he just might have found with Sam.

My only complaint is that I would have liked a longer story or for it to have a sequel as this is really just an HFN ending. Overall, a sweet story of two unlikely people coming together.


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This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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