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Silent Hearts
Hamilton Stables #3
By: Melissa West
Releasing Date May 10, 2016 
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In Silent Hearts (Hamilton Stables #3) by Melissa West, Nick Hamilton has lost a few important people in his life, but the death of his father has hit him hard. He’s at odds with his brothers, and he’s running himself ragged trying to keep his father’s company afloat. Yet, there’s always been one person he can turn to when he needs to talk. That person is his best friend, Becca Stark. Except lately, he’s been thinking about her as more than just his best friend. Can he finally convince Becca to give him a chance? Read More
The Hamilton brothers have horse racing in their blood, and their sprawling Kentucky farm is the family’s pride and joy. But they’ve got plenty of passion to spare…

Nick Hamilton has always known he’d take the reins of the family business when his father died, but that doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes. Especially with his two siblings tempted by a shrewd offer from a huge corporation to buy Hamilton Industries. Needing advice, Nick turns to his sensible childhood friend, Becca Stark—and finds her suddenly grown-up beauty ignites brand-new confusion, and crystal clear desire…

Becca has loved Nick for as far back as she can remember, but she decided long ago that telling him would be a mistake. Stubborn, strong Nick doesn’t see her as anything but the tomboy she used to be—or does he? As she helps him untangle his feelings about the ranch’s future, the familiar bond between them heats into an explosive attraction—and the kind of love that just might take the lead…
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Becca closed the freezer and then, missing its wonder, she fanned herself with her tank top. “It’s time I reconsider a move up north, but then snow and driving in snow.”

“Yeah, that’d be pretty dangerous with your track record.”

She continued to fan herself. “What? It was one mailbox, not the whole street.”
“Two mailboxes.”
“All right, fine. Two. But I bought them replacements.” She grabbed a flyer from her stack of mail, folded it in half, and used it as a makeshift fan. “Ahhh.”
“What are you, menopausal or something?”
She pointed at him. “Watch your mouth, boy.” He laughed, the sound so glorious she almost closed her eyes again so she could bask in it, but then that would be all sorts of awkward, and Becca tried to maintain her cool around her best friend. Even if right now she was anything but cool in every sense of the word.
“Now spill it.”
Becca pulled out a bottle of water and leaned a hip against the counter.
“You could at least drink with me.”
“It's five thirty. I like to keep my alcoholic tendencies for nighttime hours.”
“It's P.M. That stands for nighttime.”
“Wow. Is that what that Ivy League education of yours taught you? 'Cause you might want to ask for a refund. At least a partial, right? Because night starts with an N, not a P, and time starts with a T, not an M. And, in fact, P.M. stands for post meridiem, so you can send me that money they give you for the refund.”
“All right.” Nick pulled out his wallet, counted out several bills, and tossed them onto the counter. “Now go turn on the damn A/C. It's hot in here.”
With a loud, long, and drawn-out sigh, Becca pushed the money back toward him. “You know I'm not taking that.”
“Well, I'm not taking it back, so take it or burn it.” He shrugged. “It's nothing to me.”
“See that right there? That's why you can't get a solid date. No girl wants a guy who burns money. I mean seriously. Not only is that six shades of insane, but hello, fire hazard, right?”
He cracked a smile and she grinned back, lost in those amazing blue eyes, crystal clear even through his glasses. Years and years around him and she still couldn't pinpoint the exact shade. They were sky blue with flecks of navy and turquoise. They were perfect...he was perfect.
And now she'd drifted into lala land again.

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Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn't like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction. 

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Inspiration Behind the Characters
Hey there! I hope you’re well today. To tell you a little about me, I’m a Southern girl from Georgia, who adores the South. So naturally, I write Southern romance…with a dash of spice. ;)
My latest release, SILENT HEARTS, features Nick, the middle Hamilton brother in my Hamilton Stables series, and his childhood best friend, Becca, who has always been in love with him, but Nick has no idea. Cue all the tension! The story is full of playful banter and lots of fun times as Nick and Becca dive into their feelings for one another.
Here’s a little example:
“You can’t do anything without spewing Nickisms all over it.”
“You know, that sounds a little dirty. What kind of Nickisms are we talking about here?”
Becca rolled her eyes and he tried to feign seriousness. “I take offense. I can sit in a class and keep my mouth shut.”
“Fine; prove it. You can go to the class today, but if you issue even one Nickism, you’re out of there.”
For celebrity casting, I immediately thought of Ryan Gosling for Nick, especially Ryan with glasses. And if we’re getting really specific, the “Hey Girl” meme Ryan Goslings, ha! Nick is funny and sarcastic, but he has a very hot guy next door feel to him. Despite his family’s wealth, he’s very real and authentic.
For Becca, my heroine, I would choose Evangeline Lilly, particularly as Kate in Lost. Becca may be a little insecure and question a few of her life choices, like why she’s still using a coffee-maker that requires her to press the ON button a zillion times to turn it on, but she doesn’t take anything from Nick. Or anyone else, really. Just like Kate. :)
If you like small town romance, consider checking out Nick and Becca in SILENT HEARTS!


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  1. Thank you for hosting SILENT HEARTS today!

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