It Takes Heart

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Published by: Montlake
Release Date: August 10, 2021
Pages: 339
ISBN13: 978-1542029650


Heart Resort, a private resort in the Outer Banks, is a romantic getaway for couples but a hotbed of family drama for its proprietors, the Puso family. Brandon Puso, the youngest of the four siblings, prefers life on his own as a licensed contractor in DC after a falling-out with his eldest brother.

After a hurricane plows through the Outer Banks, Brandon has a change of heart. He returns to the resort to help with the grand reopening but encounters his big sister’s best friend, designer Geneva Harris, who’s there to do the same thing. But Geneva and Brandon have a secret. Years ago, they had a secret romance that ended in heartbreak.

With the resort’s future at stake, Brandon and Geneva decide to put the past aside and to keep peace with the family. But as their mutual attraction heats up, they have to decide if history will repeat itself—or if this time, love gets a second chance.

Content Guidance: Sex on page, curse words, death of parents (prior to story). Character with anxiety.

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Marcelo loads their darling romance with touching drama and sweet moments while seamlessly weaving in Filipino culture, language, and food, adding depth and authenticity to the plot. The endearing protagonists, dramatic sibling rivalry, and idyllic coastal setting make for a feel-good romance that readers won’t want to miss.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Readers will yearn for more stories about these compelling characters.”

“Another home run for Tif Marcelo! This time as she takes us behind the scenes of a family-run romantic couples resort on the eve of its grand reopening—complete with sibling rivalry, long-held family secrets, and a slow simmering can’t-take-your-eyes-off-the-page romance between two family friends determined to try to keep a lid on the burn. With her signature style and deftly drawn characters and setting, Marcelo takes us on a storytelling journey of family and love and second chances and explores them with a fresh new lens, reminding us how it feels to escape—and more importantly—how it feels to finally come home.”
—Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning author of I Know How This Ends

“Compelling family tensions, a captivating second chance romance, and an evocative beachside setting come together beautifully in Tif Marcelo’s gem of a book. I fell in love with Heart Resort and the Pusos, and I can’t wait to return to this world in the next installment!”
—Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man