Review: Unworthy Heart, by Dorothy F. Shaw


Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category/Genre: Adult Erotic Romance

Publisher: Samhain

Pages: 314 (goodreads) and 340 (amazon)


Opposites not only attract, sometimes they spontaneously combust.

The Donnellys, Book 1

Ryan Donnelly’s past relationship may have failed, but he’s determined to make single fatherhood and his career a resounding success. He’s got his eye on the top of the ladder at an L.A. marketing firm when his gaze snags on co-worker Maiya Rossini.

She’s a feisty, witty, tattooed redhead who’s nowhere near his type, but she pushes every one of his hot buttons.

Maiya clawed her way out of her dysfunctional, trailer-park childhood to earn a college degree and establish a promising career. Her future dreams are big, bright and packed with full-throttle fun, but when it comes to matters of the heart and men—especially stuffy corporate types like Ryan—her past slams on the emotional brakes.

In the office and in the bedroom, Maiya and Ryan rub each other in all the right ways. Though Maiya is everything Ryan didn’t know he wanted, he’s got his work cut out for him convincing her she’s worthy of love—or the bright light she’s brought to his life could slip through his fingers.

Warning: Contains a lot of graphic, yummy sex. To those prone to lock their bedroom doors, fair warning. In this book, there are no doors, only windows. With no curtains. For those who aren’t afraid to keep their eyes wide open: Enjoy the show!





I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review. 

This is the first book in the Donnellys series. It can be read as a standalone.

Do you know what attracted me at first upon seeing the cover and reading the blurb? For once the tattooed hottie isn’t the guy.

I know what you’re thinking, but of course I’m not tired of reading books featuring a hot tattooed male character, but it’s nice to shake things up a bit and here, the author does just that.

Don’t get me wrong, some usual tropes are still used here, but it’s well done. I like the characters because they have flaws and hang ups and have a hard time overcoming them. I love it when the author doesn’t rush anything regarding the romance and the big love declaration. Call me twisted, but I love to see the characters work hard to get there. 🙂

That being said, I think there’s one thing the author rushed a bit here. The beginning. I’m not talking about how the characters start to have sex, but about how both characters are introduced. It’s rather fast and without much of a setting to fully get where’s the attraction is coming for between them. I wouldn’t have minded a short prologue to see their IM interactions and/or phone calls for work before they first meet each other (that is a face-to-face meeting) at work taking place in the opening chapter. That’s just my opinion of course.

Other than that, I fell for the author’s writing. It’s easy, flows well and is perfectly balanced when it comes to dialogues and descriptions. The Donnelly family is a gem and I can’t wait to read Jimmy’s story or Cyn’s. It should be interesting.

One character I shouldn’t forget to mention is the little Jacob, Ryan’s son. He’s really cute and brings another side to Ryan’s character I really love.

Now, I’m going to talk about the sex scenes. I may shock some of you, but I think there are almost too many sex scenes here. They’re well-written, don’t leave out anything regarding the plot and the characterization, but at one point I thought it was a little bit too much. Though, it shows well how both main characters are head over heels for each other even though it’s taking a while to acknowledge it to themselves. You see, these scenes are hot and very entertaining, but sometimes I think they make the story drag a little and make the plot circle around a little bit more than needed. Of course, it’s subjective.

In a few words…

If you’re in the mood for a SEXY read featuring a hot, single father (and dominant man in the bedroom) and a tattooed woman who is very afraid of love and relationships, then this book is definitely for you. I recommend it.




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