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Restless Hearts - RM Alexander

Impact (Strategies of the Heart Book 1)

Impact (Strategies of the Heart Book 1)

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When Texas oil mixes with Hollywood wine, love must prove it is thicker than blood before a murderous adversary calls checkmate in this top 10 finalist for the 2018 Author Academy Awards.

After a nasty divorce, all Paige Reed wants is a little worry-free fun. What she doesn't expect is to come face-to-face with Hollywood insider, Kellen Richards. His charm, wit, and sexy Texan accent sweep Paige off her feet. Then tragedy strikes.

  • Celebrity romance
  • Cinderella trope with a twist
  • A roller coaster of suspense

Full Blurb

After a nasty divorce, all Paige Reed wants is a little worry-free fun. What she doesn't expect is to come face-to-face with Hollywood insider, Kellen Richards. His charm, wit, and sexy Texan accent sweep Paige off her feet. Then tragedy strikes.

Now engaged in a lethal game of chess, the stakes are high. Kellen vows to protect Paige with every weapon at his disposal while she fights to find her place in a world that has been turned upside down. A dangerous game of chess is threatening to rock Hollywood to its core, and they must choose to fight for their love or risk losing their lives...

Sneak Peek at Chapter One

Chapter One

 Paige sat on a simple stool in
front of the breakfast bar and stared hard at the official document. After months of waiting, the finality felt … foreign. She waved the paper and flipped it over once, then twice.

It was actually real. 

Paige scanned the small living room inside the two-bedroom apartment she moved into six months earlier. Most of the
belongings from the marriage remained with her ex. Possessions meant far less
than dignity. The unwanted memories attached to beds and couches held no
attraction. Now, the fresh and new dressed the space she called home—a small,
plain loveseat, television with a stand, a coffee table. The minimal furnishings were enough.

She looked at the document. Ten years of marriage, over. Just like that. Only not really 'just like that'. The tally spanned years of battles and pain and tears followed by months of going back and forth with attorneys while enduring angry phone calls in the middle of the night. The marriage culminated in a single moment in front of a judge.

All of it ended with two simple
questions and a final decree.

Paige gazed across the room out the glass balcony door to a drizzling southeastern Michigan afternoon. Her fingers combed through strawberry strands of hair, then braided a few strands together, unbraided them, and tousled the hair once more. Thoughts stalled, her heart
numb. The hurt she'd felt for so long was gone, replaced with an odd vacancy.
Where was the mourning, the emptiness, she'd heard accompanied divorce?

Maybe there was something wrong with her.

With trembling fingers, Paige
picked up the phone and dialed the one person who would understand.

Her sister answered on the first
ring. “How’d it go?”

“It’s official, Lil." Her gaze
fell on the paper. "I’m divorced.”

A long, careful pause. “How’s it

Paige chuckled. “I wasn't sure. Not until you asked. But, actually, it feels pretty darn good. Like the weight of
the world is off my shoulders.”

“Then why the crackling voice?”

She drew in a steadying breath and reread the legal jargon overstating a simple notion.

 The absolution of marriage between Paige Timmerman and Drew Timmerman.

 The absolution. Paige rested both elbows on the counter and closed her eyes. “It's … strange.” She laughed. “I think
I’m exhausted.”

“You know what you need? A break. Something wild and crazy and fun.”

“I’m thirty-six years old, I don’t
know wild and crazy anymore." She straightened, finger tracing a circle on the counter. "Not altogether familiar with fun these days, either.”

“That’s exactly what I’m talking
about. You need fun. No stress, a little silliness, all with a fantastic sister.”

“And who would that be?”

Lil laughed in a melodic tone.
“Very funny. I heard the filming for that new Grey Richards movie is happening
in Detroit. Let’s go down there, see if we can get a glimpse of Mr. Richards.”

Paige’s face crinkled as she folded the document and shoved it into the black plastic tray at the end of the counter
between other papers. Bills, so many of them, all hers now. A reliable job was more than capable of taking care of them, but the pile resisted the new
addition and signaled yet another clue to her single status. She swiveled away.
“What? Like teenage groupies?”

“Why not? You can’t tell me Grey Richards isn’t as sexy as they come.”

“No, I can’t say that. But still … we’re closing in on middle-age and you want to go hang around a movie set? Grey
Richards wouldn't notice us if we were the only women in the room.”

Lil snorted. “Ouch, that’s harsh.
And you underestimate us. We may be nearing the age of cougar-ism, but we’re still pretty hot. Come on, what do you say? Live a little.”

“This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of.”


“And it’s a total waste of time.”


“When will Grey Richards be in

A squeal forced Paige to pull the phone away from her ear. She smiled. Her single sister remained carefree. At
thirty-four, Lil had yet to find the right person or be jaded by the ugliness of a relationship gone horribly wrong. Lil didn't do long-term relationships
and didn't seem bothered with the built-in revolving door attached to her

Ebook details & links to other stores

Language: English

Number of Pages: 444 pages

Estimated Time to Read: 5 hours

Word Count: 78,903

Series & All Books in Series: Strategies of the Heart (Impact, Mask, Stricken)

Formats: ePub & Mobi Devices:Kindle, Apple, & Android Devices, Nook & Kobo Readers, Computers

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Love this book!

I am new to this author but loved the cover and thought I’d give it a try. Boy am I happy I did! The characters came alive in the first chapter and kept me turning pages until the satisfying end. I loved it so much I’ve already began another one of her books. Can’t wait to read them all!

A powerful and unique romance!

Starting with a heartbreaking opening that depicts parental love and helplessness, this book instantly drew me in. We then are introduced to Paige Reed, a newly divorced 36- year-old, recovering from a controlling ex-husband. Her sister Lil soon convinces her that what Paige really needs to get out and start her life over. So why not go and see Greg Richards, the handsome mega movie star from Hollywood, coincidentally in town for a movie shoot? They drive to the impromptu movie set and Greg is gorgeous, but it’s his brother Kellen who bumps into Paige and it’s attraction at first sight. The question then crops up: What happens when the possible love of your life is only temporarily visiting your city? How do you go from there? As I continued reading, I realized this book could simply have been about a heartwarming romance (which, IMO, can sometimes be a tad boring), but no, this author choose to throw huge curveballs into the story, which kept me furiously turning those pages to find out what was going to happen next.

Patrice Wilton
Suspense/Romance/ a must read story!

Wow! Just Wow! First time I've read this author and won't be my last. Beautiful writing, a wonderful romance, the Cinderella story of Paige, a normal girl from Detroit escaping a marriage gone bad, meeting someone filming a movie, who is drawn to her right from the start. The descriptions are exquisite, making me reread them on occasion, and the people so real that you can't wait to see their HEA. Yet this fairy-tale story does not always run smoothly. Twists and turns, heartache and sorrow, a thrilling suspense thrown in and what more do you need? A must read author, that I'll look for again.

A captivating romantic suspense

Impact is a suspenseful, romantic entry as the first book in the Strategies of the Heart series by RM Alexander. Paige Reed emerges from a difficult marriage determined to put that part of her life behind her. Her bubbly sister, Lil, wins tickets to a movie crew party after swaying Paige to attend a local movie shoot featuring Grey Richards, the reigning heartthrob. Shortly after the event, Paige receives flowers from Grey and decides to drop in on more movie shoots. During one of the shoots, Paige figures shes seen enough of the filming and stops for a quick lunch before leaving the building. Kellen Richards, Greys brother and assistant, strolls in and asks to join her. After lunch, they go on a long walk along the river and realize how much they enjoy each others company. Paige soon finds herself longing to be with Kellen instead of his famous movie-star brother. Kellen is also drawn to Paige and invites her on a weekend trip. Paige decides to take the plunge into a new relationship. As they board the train, Paige learns a family member has been in a severe car crash. With Kellen by her side, Paige rushes to the hospital. Between her job and visits to the hospital, Paiges time with Kellen becomes limited. When the location site filming ends, Kellen returns to Hollywood and Paige remains in Michigan, but that doesnt end their relationship. He calls her almost every day and persuades her to come to L.A. During her flight tragedy strikes again. But was it an accident or sabotage? Can Kellen and Paiges romance survive the devastating event that has changed Paiges life forever? This is an engaging, well-crafted story that shows how Paige manages to handle a life-changing tragedy and how Kellen will do whatever it takes to keep her near him. The author has exceptionally woven disastrous incidents into a heartwarming love story filled with suspense and mystery. I highly recommend this intriguing read!n me up.