4 stars: Review of CHARITABLE HEARTS by EJ McCay

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The Rundown

Maggie Lawrence does charity work for The Middleman foundation, where she helps other charities make sure their funds go into the hands of people who actually need help, and not into the hands of board members, who may get inflated salaries.

One day, Maggie meets with Hollywood hunk, Levi Martin, to assist him with his charity, Geeks for Fibrosis, to help people meet the medical costs of dealing with Cystic Fibrosis.

They immediately click, and Maggie senses an attraction. But Maggie’s husband recently died in a car crash. She blames herself for the accident and is having a hard time being vulnerable again.


But Levi is not so bashful. He unexpectedly arrives at Maggie’s small cottage in the woods. She relaxes in his company and she thinks she may be able to open her heart after all. Since she doesn’t completely trust him or want to open up to him, their time together is cut short.


Levi invites her to a party at his house so they can get to know each other better. Maggie, concedes. Levi and Maggie connect at the party until she catches him kissing a beautiful Hollywood starlet named Sonja. If Levi already has a girlfriend, how can Maggie trust him?


Unbeknownst to Maggie, Levi and Sonja are just pretending to date in order to keep the paparazzi at bay and give Levi some desperately needed privacy after his recent ugly divorce.

Sparks continue to fly between  Levi and Maggie, which is fine with Levi, but not with Maggie, since she is just not ready to trust another man.

Levi knows what he wants, but Maggie hesitates. Will this would-be couple be able to overcome a flurry of miscommunications, the pressures of Hollywood and their past hurts or will they be able to overcome the obstacles facing them and find love again?


The Recommendation

The novel is well-written from start to finish, with fleshed-out, likeable main characters. A good, solid read for the romance genre. Fans of Sweet Romance, as well as those who like sneak peaks  into the lives of the rich and famous, will enjoy this story.

The Rating Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars

4 Stars (out of 5): Recommended. For the right audience, this book is a great read. It can hold its own against any traditionally published novel in its genre.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Characterization
Cons: Starts slow

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