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"a rollercoaster ride of emotions, action and highly sensual romance"

Contrary to what some people might think, every day isn't Christmas Day when you're the only daughter of St. Nick. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but he's not a jolly, old fat guy! In fact, he can be overbearing, inflexible, and a complete dictator when it comes to his precious only daughter, Holly. Desperate to have a say in her own life, she devises a plan to gain her freedom, at least briefly. But can she evade Rhys, her dad's gorgeous right-hand man, and top tracker? Does she really want to?

This is the sequel to Shiloh Walker's title, Make Me Believe, which told the story of Nikolai ("St. Nick") and Chelly, and was part of a Christmas anthology. Though this title stands on its own merits, after reading Hearts and Wishes, I'm going to have to get Make Me Believe, because I want more of the supporting characters! As well as being a touching and highly sensual romance, this is a story that deals with family relationships, and the hurt we inadvertently visit upon our loved ones, as well as being a tale fraught with danger and suspense (who knew Christmas elves could be so murderously violent?).

I thought Ms. Walker did an especially good job with her characterizations—there's Holly, who knows she's loved and pampered even as she grows more and more depressed and solitary because of her father's overbearing efforts to keep his "little girl" safe; Nik, who's so afraid to give up any control for fear that he might lose someone he cares about that he alienates the ones he loves most; Chelly, torn between her love and concern for her daughter, and her devotion to her husband; Bryan, the big brother who feels guilty for not seeing sooner how badly Holly needed his help; and Rhys, who has grown to admire Holly's grit and quiet determination as much as her physical beauty, but who is torn by his loyalty to Nik, and his assignment to hunt down the rogue elves who threaten the safety and secrecy of their whole world.

Hearts and Wishes is a rollercoaster ride of emotions and action, of erotic love scenes, family drama, and murderous intrigue, brought together with style and originality by the talented Shiloh Walker. If you like your elves hot enough to melt snow in January, your stories fast-paced with plenty of action, but with well fleshed-out characters, then it's a safe bet you'll like this book. I've already re-read it...twice!

Reviewed by Julia Clark
Posted May 31, 2008

SUMMARY

This is the sequel to Make Me Believe.

She is the daughter of one of the most famous men in existence. Pampered, protected…and stifled. Holly will give up everything just for a chance at freedom.

Rhys knows he should keep his hands off his pupil. He agreed to teach Holly how to use her magick, not see what kind of magick they can make together. But she has the saddest eyes, the sweetest smile and a body that makes him burn.

Holly's loneliness and Rhys' need lead to an explosive night. But when an unknown threat appears on the horizon, Rhys is sent to deal with it, leaving Holly behind. A broken promise pushes her over the edge, and desperate to escape her stifling life, she flees. But that unknown threat has been watching—has been waiting. And if Rhys doesn't find her soon, Holly's need for freedom is going to end up killing her.

Sexual Content: Rated E-rotic
Genre: Valentines Day / Fantasy
Book Length: Novel

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Hearts and Wishes
(sequel to Make Me Believe)
by Shiloh Walker

Ellora's Cave
February 1, 2008
Available: February 13, 2008
ISBN #1419915614
EAN #9781419915611
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Shiloh Walker

Hunter's Rise
Hunter’s Fall
Hunt Me
Hunter's Need
The Hottie Next Door
Good Things Come in Threes
The Redeeming
My Lady
Fragile
Playing for Keeps
The Missing
Guilty Needs
Private Places
Vicious Vixen
Through the Veil
Hunter's Edge
Hunter's Salvation
Always Yours
Heart and Soul
I'll Be Hunting You
Hot Spell
Hunting The Hunter
Back From Hell
The Huntress
Dreamer
Jonathan and Lori
Mythe & Magick
Byron and Kit
Touch of Gypsy Fire
Coming in Last
Her Wildest Dreams
The Hunters 2: Eli and Sarel
Make Me Believe
Once Upon a Midnight Blue
The Dragon's Warrior
Declan and Tori
Voyeur
Whipped Cream and Handcuffs
Her Best Friend's Lover


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