Romance Review | Modern Heart by Belinda Williams

Overview: Limited time only: Dream career! Perfect man! The catch? Emotional availability.

Scarlett Wong has a reputation for toughness. A talented and often feared Creative Director at an award-winning Sydney advertising agency, she doesn't do relationships, she doesn't invite men home, and she never stays the night. The only people who see her softer side are her three closest girlfriends, and they're finally convinced they've found her perfect man: John Hart.

Scarlett's never been one to back down from a challenge and she's not going to start now. But when John secures Scarlett an invitation from one of New York's leading galleries to exhibit her artwork, it means putting herself out there like never before. Scarlett's perfect man wouldn't interfere in her life like this – would he? 

For a woman who thinks she's not scared of anything, Scarlett is about to discover she's not as tough as she thinks. Will she take the chance to turn her secret passion into a career, risk the safety of her advertising career, and let John in? Or will old habits die that little bit too hard?

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Publishing Date: November 26, 2015
Stars: 5
My Review: 5 emotionally invested even when the other one isn't stars. I readThe Pitch and was immediately in love with Belinda Williams's writing. John and Scarlett both meet during The Pitch and their story really starts during it but Modern Heart really fleshes out their story. This novel really picks apart Scarlett allowing the reader to finally understand why she's so distant, prickly, and anti-emotions. 

Scarlett is the only child of Asian immigrants which means she had a lot of pressure to be perfect and successful. The outcome of such standards allowed for Scarlett to not have the emotional support growing up that children need to thrive. Her creative abilities and artistic skills were shunned and seen as useless. 

John is mixed with an Australian father and Asian mother. He had a very different upbringing as he was not an only child and his parents were very supportive and affectionate. John is nurturing, caring, compassionate, intelligent, and successful. He knew he wanted Scarlett from the moment he met her but all she did was brush him off and keep him at a distance. 

They say persistence pays off and it couldn't be more true in this case. Scarlett begins to wear down and not only realizes she's attracted to John but that he's a really good guy. John melts the ice fortress Scarlett has built around herself since she was 18. John makes her better while Scarlett keeps him on his toes. The two may not seem like a good pair at first but once the real Scarlett comes out it is obvious she is a great choice for John.