What’s James Prescott, son of billionaire hedge fund manager Samuel Prescott, to do in THE HEART OF THE DEAL when following effectively in his father’s footsteps doesn’t seem to be an option? How about fall for Kayla Hartman, a company analyst, against all reason, good sense, and company protocol?!
The road to love is not smooth for elegant James and Kayla from Kansas. Kayla isn’t looking for love. Instead she is laser-focused on becoming a portfolio manager ASAP; preferably before 30…and the Charbonneau project just might be the way to make that happen.
Kayla has traveled a long way from life in a trailer park where her mother worked minimum wage jobs. The success Kayla craves is a sense of security above all else. In this new world, however, she discovers some of the pushy, sharp-tongued traits that helped her get this far don’t work as well in French business negotiations; there’s obviously more to learn.
Running thin for a typical romance, THE HEART OF THE DEAL by J.B. Stewart explores themes of family, communication, trust, but has room to expand such layers of character dynamics, along with further developing secondary relationships. Yet the tale could be more engaging. It often falls prey to cliché summary rather than offering visceral, heart-palpitating action and authentic-sounding dialog. For example: “He wanted desperately to walk across the aisle and go sit by her and hold her and stroke her blond curls and kiss her tender young lips.”
Additionally, the book is structured with scene numbers, days, and hours within each chapter, which might be an interesting feature except it feels somewhat extraneous to the plot, making it read more like a film script transitioned into a novel without adequate attention to literary format. There are also a number of spelling errors/typos.
THE HEART OF THE DEAL by J.B. Stewart is a fun read, set in the world of stock options and office politics but sometimes falls prey to cliché summary.
~C.S. Holmes for IndieReader