Hidden Under Her Heart (Chance For Love)
by Rachelle Ayala
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Critique Circle rating 
PublisherWorld Literary Press
Release Date2013-01-13 (added to CC 5 Aug 2013)
Amazon Sales Rank279,514

5-STAR: Women's Fiction, Coming-Of-Age, Contemporary Romance

Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off sex to land a marrying man. But a party she attends turns into a drinking binge, and she is raped.

Lucas Knight is a biracial athlete intent on winning the Ironman Triathlon. He finds Maryanne the next morning bloody and unconscious. Since Maryanne cannot identify her attacker, he becomes the prime suspect.

When Maryanne finds herself pregnant, she plans to abort, but the identity of her rapist is hidden in the baby's DNA.

A trap is set. Lucas races to clear his name, but the secret Maryanne hides threatens to drown their chance for true love.

99,000 word HIDDEN UNDER HER HEART is a heartfelt love story mixed with controversy over difficult decisions.

#1 Broken Build (Dave & Jen)
#2 Hidden Under Her Heart (Maryanne & Lucas)
#3 Knowing Vera (Zach & Vera) [coming Fall 2013]
Author's Note: Each book can be read standalone, but earlier plots will be revealed by reading later books.
Tiaclare is the author of this book

Member Reviews
(22 Dec 2013)
(11 Nov 2013)
This book constantly had me on the edge of my seat as Maryanne and Lucas tried to figure out their relationship, Maryanne tried to decide what to do with the baby and as Barry kept harassing her! It's definitely one of those books that makes you stop and think about what you would do if you were in the situation.

At times, it was very frustrating dealing with Maryanne and Lucas' wishy washy decisions. I wanted to scream at them that they both loved each other so stop fighting it! But that's a sign of a good book when it makes you actually feel something.

I feel like the primary conflict of the book was Maryanne's rape but the book mainly focused on Maryanne and Lucus' relationship. The end of the book was very climatic and then I feel like it took a totally different turn and didn't really address the whole paternity except with a paragraph in the epilogue. Still a good read and one of those books that you can't wait to start reading again!
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