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She fell in love with him before she ever saw his face… Rory Fowler has taken Sam Miller’s billboard orders for a long time, and the poetic words he wrote intrigued her long before she heard his raspy voice. Or accidentally bumped into his classic car, during a lunch meeting neither expected would ever happen. She also didn’t expect a six-foot-plus bald guy with enough She fell in love with him before she ever saw his face… Rory Fowler has taken Sam Miller’s billboard orders for a long time, and the poetic words he wrote intrigued her long before she heard his raspy voice. Or accidentally bumped into his classic car, during a lunch meeting neither expected would ever happen. She also didn’t expect a six-foot-plus bald guy with enough muscles to bench press a semi would have the sweetest heart—and say some of the dirtiest words—she’d ever known. Sam definitely didn’t plan on asking Rory to follow him home after their fender bender…or that she’d end up on her knees. She’s a revelation to him in every way after grieving for his dead wife, and mourning the relationship they’d lost even before she passed. But Rory is like the rainbow after the storm. A reason for him to keep going when he’d thought he’d lost that forever. Physically, their chemistry is off the charts. But putting his heart on the line is a different story, unless he takes the wildest, most seductive risk he’s ever imagined... Previously published in 2012 by Ellora's Cave


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She fell in love with him before she ever saw his face… Rory Fowler has taken Sam Miller’s billboard orders for a long time, and the poetic words he wrote intrigued her long before she heard his raspy voice. Or accidentally bumped into his classic car, during a lunch meeting neither expected would ever happen. She also didn’t expect a six-foot-plus bald guy with enough She fell in love with him before she ever saw his face… Rory Fowler has taken Sam Miller’s billboard orders for a long time, and the poetic words he wrote intrigued her long before she heard his raspy voice. Or accidentally bumped into his classic car, during a lunch meeting neither expected would ever happen. She also didn’t expect a six-foot-plus bald guy with enough muscles to bench press a semi would have the sweetest heart—and say some of the dirtiest words—she’d ever known. Sam definitely didn’t plan on asking Rory to follow him home after their fender bender…or that she’d end up on her knees. She’s a revelation to him in every way after grieving for his dead wife, and mourning the relationship they’d lost even before she passed. But Rory is like the rainbow after the storm. A reason for him to keep going when he’d thought he’d lost that forever. Physically, their chemistry is off the charts. But putting his heart on the line is a different story, unless he takes the wildest, most seductive risk he’s ever imagined... Previously published in 2012 by Ellora's Cave

30 review for Heart Signs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michele ~ la Smoocherina

    This book was fabulous! I was in a slump after reading Motorcycle Man. Nothing was working for me. Well this did! It featured a man, Sam, who was writing his dead wife love letters and taking out billboards to do so, even before she died. And Rory works for for the billboard signage company. When Rory finds out that Sam's wife has died, she calls to offer her condolences. Sam asks her to lunch and things grow from there. Sam is rusty when it comes to love. He and his wife were estranged before h This book was fabulous! I was in a slump after reading Motorcycle Man. Nothing was working for me. Well this did! It featured a man, Sam, who was writing his dead wife love letters and taking out billboards to do so, even before she died. And Rory works for for the billboard signage company. When Rory finds out that Sam's wife has died, she calls to offer her condolences. Sam asks her to lunch and things grow from there. Sam is rusty when it comes to love. He and his wife were estranged before her death, but Rory is anything but shy. They adore each other from the beginning and a sexual relationship starts to grow slowly between the two, including some very hot phone sex. it's a perfect combination of sweet, sexy and nasty-hot! Plus! It has a KICKASS EPILOGUE! Which for KA fans is a must! NSFW: My Rory My Sam (during phone sex)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    Okay, so I understood the premise from reading the blurb. What I didn't understand until I actually READ the book is that the dead wife is ever-present during the duration of this read. Each chapter, until the last two or so, started with another letter to her. It was like going on a first date and listening to him talk about his ex-girlfriend the entire time. Really, who needs constant reminders about the woman who came before you and how hurt your man was when she left? Not me! Second thing tha Okay, so I understood the premise from reading the blurb. What I didn't understand until I actually READ the book is that the dead wife is ever-present during the duration of this read. Each chapter, until the last two or so, started with another letter to her. It was like going on a first date and listening to him talk about his ex-girlfriend the entire time. Really, who needs constant reminders about the woman who came before you and how hurt your man was when she left? Not me! Second thing that really bothered (disgusted) me, and this could be a minor spoiler in regard to their first sexual encounter- is the way that Rory was SOO sexually aggressive. Here's Sam, obviously still grieving over his late wife, and as soon as the two are alone for the first time, Rory starts giving him a BJ. They hadn't even known each other for an hour. Sam starts to try to back off, feeling uncomfortable...as this is the first sexual encounter that he's had in years...and poor wittle Rory gets her feelings hurt. What?! A couple more eewww moments for me...at one point they are kissing, and Sam says something about how their ice cream is dripping all over the place. Rory replies with a "That's not the only thing dripping." Um, ew!!! Then, right before they actually do the deed, Same says, "I hope your ready." Rory then states, "oh,yeah, I'm ready...And look at that, I even came prepared. One tidal wave, at your service." Really, her crudeness knows no bounds. I think this was supposed to be a romantic story about a woman and a man who communicate for years prior to meeting in person. Rory thinks that Sam and his wife have a great marriage and only later finds out that the wife has been dead then entire time. Then they meet by chance, sparks fly, Rory heals Sam's wounded soul, and they live happily ever after. The idea was great, the execution just didn't do it for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    MBR

    Cari Quinn’s first release of the year 2012 is an emotionally gripping one. Samson Miller (Sam) is a man who is unable to let go of the memories of his dead wife. Sam keeps punishing himself for all that he had failed to do during their marriage by working to keep the love he had for Dani alive by posting love notes on billboards. Rory Fowler works at JD Signage and deals with Sam’s requests to put up the billboards. Rory and Sam’s many interactions had certainly made them e-mail friendly over t Cari Quinn’s first release of the year 2012 is an emotionally gripping one. Samson Miller (Sam) is a man who is unable to let go of the memories of his dead wife. Sam keeps punishing himself for all that he had failed to do during their marriage by working to keep the love he had for Dani alive by posting love notes on billboards. Rory Fowler works at JD Signage and deals with Sam’s requests to put up the billboards. Rory and Sam’s many interactions had certainly made them e-mail friendly over the past 2 years. Rory finds Sam’s love notes romantic, her fascination with his love notes something that she keeps to herself. When she finds out that Sam had recently become a widow, her only intention in reaching out to Sam is to pass on her condolences. But Rory reaching out to Sam sparks something that has long since being buried deep inside of him and thus starts a chain of events that changes both their lives for the better. The small spark of feeling that flares to life inside of Sam has him seeking out Rory’s company because for the first time in 2 long years, Sam feels something more than desolation and despair. Rory’s quirky and energetic nature, together with the way she blurts things out without thinking and the way the big and beautiful man that Sam is practically melts with Rory’s touch works as a healing balm on his tattered soul, bringing Sam back to life. Sam Miller is such a big sweetie that all the while I was reading the story I just wanted to draw him into my arms and never ever let go. There wasn’t one inch of him, and I mean this literally and figuratively, that I didn’t want. Sam’s is a bleeding soul, the love notes that he writes to his wife practically seeping with emotion that one cannot help but be drawn towards the man who writes such beautiful words made all the more poignant by his tortured nature. Rory Fowler is the character that zaps this story to life. Her vivid and vibrant nature that brings color to the story as well as to Sam’s life, lighting both up until you can’t help but be mesmerized by the events that unfold and lead Rory and Sam to a place where they attain their happily ever after. And beneath all the emotional angst that Cari so effectively delivers in the story lies that unique thread of humor that had me bursting out into laughter in several places. Final verdict? Lovable characters, intense emotions and mind melting hot sex. Erotica doesn’t get any better than this. Rating=4.5/5 Original review posted on MBR's Realm of Romance My Quotes included below.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    This review posted on Guilty Pleasures RECOMMENDED READ Cari Quinn’s Heart Signs is an emotionally gripping story of love and heartache. Sam Miller is putting up billboard love notes to his dead wife Dani, to atone for his guilty feelings during their brief marriage. Rory Fowler is the worker for the sign company that takes the billboard orders and has slowly romanticized about Sam. Over the course of two years they have established an email relationship exchanging small talk about sports and life This review posted on Guilty Pleasures RECOMMENDED READ Cari Quinn’s Heart Signs is an emotionally gripping story of love and heartache. Sam Miller is putting up billboard love notes to his dead wife Dani, to atone for his guilty feelings during their brief marriage. Rory Fowler is the worker for the sign company that takes the billboard orders and has slowly romanticized about Sam. Over the course of two years they have established an email relationship exchanging small talk about sports and life but nothing beyond the ordinary. When Rory sees the latest billboard and sees that his wife has died she calls him up to express her condolences and things change for both of them. They meet under funny circumstances which somehow ignites feelings again in Sam, which he hadn’t felt in a very long time. I love the two characters of Rory and Sam. Rory is quirky and says what is on her mind most of the time. She loves sports and hangs out with the guys watching football at the sports bar. She is in no way perfect, from her uncensored comments to her insecurities of what to wear for their date, it makes this story more realistic for me. Sam is broken and in limbo after the death of his wife and doesn’t know the next step on how to move forward. Sam wants to try a new tactic with his budding relationship with Rory and get to know her first before they make it physical. I think it was a good call on his part to take it slow and it wasn’t something that Rory was used to herself. He wasn’t ready to move forward just yet but he had feelings that Rory and he were something. What made me love this story were the little things throughout. I loved all the notes at the beginning of each chapter which showed me a little more about Sam and his feelings. They were tender and genuine and my heart was breaking at times. But then he starts to write them for Rory. One of the best lines in the book was his first email to her in which he says ‘Longing for you is the sweetest anticipation I’ve ever known.’ I think that sums it up really nicely of what he was doing with her. Creating the anticipation and falling in love without either of them really knowing it. In the beginning they took advantage of talking on the phone for hours at a time and had some amazing phone sex. Who does that anymore? They have a give and take, and sometimes a push, but it all comes back to Sam deciding if he is ready to truly move on. Heart Signs is a compelling love story with raw emotions with two wonderful characters. You follow their story from instant attraction, to slow growing friendship and then to a passionate and loving couple. It is a book that had sensual heat building for both Rory and Sam and their first time together was somewhat magical. I absolutely love stories that draw all kinds of emotions out of me that had me tearing at tender moments and laughing out loud with silly funny moments. Ms. Quinn has done it again for me with another one of her well written stories (Insatiable) and I hope you will feel the same way too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/02/22/... One of the things I love most about Quinn’s books is that she creates such unique and interesting situations in which her main characters meet and fall in love. This book is one of the most intriguing ones I’ve read to date. Rory works for her family’s billboard company and has been taking Sam’s orders for awhile now. Through the passionate words he’s left for his wife, Rory has developed a deep connection to him. When she fin Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/02/22/... One of the things I love most about Quinn’s books is that she creates such unique and interesting situations in which her main characters meet and fall in love. This book is one of the most intriguing ones I’ve read to date. Rory works for her family’s billboard company and has been taking Sam’s orders for awhile now. Through the passionate words he’s left for his wife, Rory has developed a deep connection to him. When she finds out his wife has passed away, she reaches out and contacts him to offer her condolences. Little did she know that they would connect on an even deeper level. Sam’s wife left him before she died, but he never stopped loving her. The billboard was his way of reaching out and apologizing to her. When he meets Rory for the first time, he is amazed at the dept of the feelings for her. While he is still in love with his life, Rory also offers him the chance to move on with his life. But will their connection be enough to pull him out of the grief and despair and into a life filled with love? Again, I couldn’t believe at how well Quinn portrayed both Rory and Sam and their situation as a whole. It’s painfully obvious how much Sam regrets the way his life with his wife ended. It’s also evident that he continues to beat himself down with the grief and guilt over it. It’s almost as if he refuses to move on with his life, and it isn’t until Rory walks into his life that he is able to accept things and move on. I felt for him and wanted desperately for him to be happy once more. Rory was a character with a big heart and, at times, what felt like some misguided decision making skills. She seemed to throw her sexuality in the forefront and kept a lot of her personality hidden behind walls, constructed to keep her heart safe. I was so glad to see that the physical aspects of their relationship were put on hold by Sam, as he didn’t feel ready to take that leap. Although he did it for his own reasons, I could see just how good it was for Rory to come to him as a person first and not a lover. Their relationship consisted of a lot of smoking hot conversations on the phone as they got to really know one another. There was a tension filled build up in their relationship and I absolutely loved it. I thought it was done so well and so beautifully. Rory really learned to respect herself as a woman and Sam was given the chance to deal with his grief and come to grips with what he wanted most for himself. All in all I really enjoyed this Quinn book. It was filled with a wide range of emotions from each character that had me rooting for them both as individuals and as a couple as well. The letters that Sam shared with Rory tore at my heart and had me wishing the story was longer and more in-depth. I can’t wait to see what Quinn cooks up next! I give Heart Signs a B+

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dorel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the 1st book I read by Cari Quinn. I'm sorry this book's story line was boring & I didn't understand how Rory was falling for Sam because billboard signs. This is the 1st book I read by Cari Quinn. I'm sorry this book's story line was boring & I didn't understand how Rory was falling for Sam because billboard signs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    For years Rory has been fantasizing about the man who leaves love letters to his wife courtesy of her families billboards. She is shocked when she gets his latest request that reveals his wife died six month ago. Taking a leap out of her comfort zone she contacts him to give her condolences only to be shocked when he invites her to lunch. The instant attraction is mutual but Sam isn’t sure he is ready for a relationship after his monumental failure of his first one. What he finds in Rory can’t b For years Rory has been fantasizing about the man who leaves love letters to his wife courtesy of her families billboards. She is shocked when she gets his latest request that reveals his wife died six month ago. Taking a leap out of her comfort zone she contacts him to give her condolences only to be shocked when he invites her to lunch. The instant attraction is mutual but Sam isn’t sure he is ready for a relationship after his monumental failure of his first one. What he finds in Rory can’t be denied and soon it’s his own comfort zone he is stepping out of. Can Sam finally heal and accept that his mistakes in the past shouldn’t mess up his chance at a future? Heart Signs is the newest book from Cari Quinn…that woman can sure crank out the books. I feel like I am saying “the newest….” every few days! There is no waiting when it comes to Cari…you want something new? BAM, she has it! I found this one to be quite unique because the way in which it is written is unlike anything I have seen from her yet. Heart Signs is about Sam, a man who had lost communication with his wife and had taken to renting out a billboard every month in order to profess his love to her. Terribly romantic to the outsider, but to Sam, an outlet for what he had trouble saying to her in person. He also wrote letters to her. Letters he would never send but were used as a therapeutic outlet for him. When his estranged wife dies he keeps up the billboards out of a sense of responsibility and guilt. He had failed her in their marriage but everyone will know that he will continue to love her regardless of her death. When Sam emails his billboard contact to put in his latest order he has no idea that who he has been corresponding with over the years wasn’t a man. He is quite surprised when Rory calls him herself and even more surprised when he invites her to lunch. He seemed to be torn between wanting to move on and feeling like he has to grieve forever because he was a lousy husband. Rory ignites a instant reaction from him that he can’t deny, no matter how much he seems to want to. I really didn’t like Rory at the beginning. Her back-story was that she used to be chubby, had recently lost some weight and now that she felt prettier she dressed provocatively. Shorter skirts then decent and tighter tops that showcased her assets isn’t something I generally find appealing in my heroines. I want them to like themselves for who they are….not for what they look like. Her “I’m going to sleep with this man without even knowing him because I can” attitude was a bit much at the beginning of the book. I didn enjoy his spunky one liners and the way she was constantly putting her foot in her mouth. Gave the book a bit of a lighter feel when the majority was so emotional and dark. Sam was a complex character on his own. Throw his instant attraction to Rory in there coupled with his grief from his past and it spelled disaster. I enjoyed him wanting to take things slow with her (well after he let her give him a BJ lol) as that was a complete role reversal from other novels. The phone sex they had instead of actual sex was spicy enough to keep me reading. There is just something about a person describing what they would do to you that is almost as sexy as actually doing it. My favorite thing about Heart Signs was the letters. Sam’s story is told to Rory through love letters he wrote but never gave to his wife. Instead in an effort to explain to Rory why he is so damaged in his own eyes, he gives them to her. Fully expecting her to read them and then run away. His heart and soul was laid bare for Rory to read. They were extremely touching and the addition of them made the story feel complete without nearly as much conversation as there typically is in books. I found I got misty eye’d several times while she was reading them. Eventually, as Rory starts understanding Sam more her character grows. She seems to mature a bit and start acting less like a, for lack of a better word…hoe, and more like the wonderful woman she is truly capable of being. Though I thought the process was a bit like turning on a light switch, it kind of had to be because of the length of the book. I would have liked a bit more, overall, but as is I did enjoy it. Heart Signs is probably the most emotional read from Cari Quinn to date, so keep the kleenex ready just in case. I give Heart Signs by Cari Quinn 3.75 stars!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christi Snow

    My Review: Okay, you read the story overview, right? If not, stop right now and go back and read that bit up above. I'll wait for you here. Okay, you get that this is not a fluffy story with bunnies and rainbows, but it does have it's fun and light moments...even a fuzzball of a kitten, so it's not all depressing. In fact, surprisingly enough, it's not really depressing at all. It's more enlightening and thought-provoking. Am I talking in abstract enough? Yes, okay on to the review. Rory is that g My Review: Okay, you read the story overview, right? If not, stop right now and go back and read that bit up above. I'll wait for you here. Okay, you get that this is not a fluffy story with bunnies and rainbows, but it does have it's fun and light moments...even a fuzzball of a kitten, so it's not all depressing. In fact, surprisingly enough, it's not really depressing at all. It's more enlightening and thought-provoking. Am I talking in abstract enough? Yes, okay on to the review. Rory is that girl. You know, the one that hangs out with the guys and fits right into their world. In fact, Sam & Rory have been corresponding via email for over 2 years and their correspondence has developed into friendly chit-chat about sports, cars, etc. It never even occurs to Sam that Rory is a girl. So he is shocked when she calls to offer condolences about the loss of his wife and she has this sexy voice that immediately turns him on. He wasn't even sure that part of him worked anymore after the grief and loss that have been his life for the past two years. But there is Rory and she is so unlike anyone else and I loved her character for it. She says exactly what she thinks. She doesn't have any kind of filter between her brain and her mouth and it gets her in trouble all the time. But that aspect of her is something that Sam needs in his life. He talks about the fact he's been living in this shell that is his life....she immediately starts chipping away at that shell with her personality and attitude. I don't know how to even explain how the dynamics in this book work, but they work so well. These characters are amazing and the way that Cari has written this romance is just gorgeous and so unexpected. Sam is a huge, bulky, buff guy...6'4" and he works out all the time. But he's drowning in his own sorrow, grief, and guilt. Things are not as they seemed on the surface with his wife and he regrets so much about that. He knows that he's in a bad place, but he doesn't know how to get himself out of it. All he knows is that Rory helps. She's good for him and he's incredibly attracted to her. Regardless of that, he's so honest with her and himself about where he's at mentally. He refuses to do something that's going to hurt her. He is not going to have that kind of relationship again, so they form a friendship...with a LOT of sexual tension...hehe (that part of this story is INCREDIBLY HOT!) I love everything about this book. I loved these two characters and thought Cari wrote them incredibly well. There are extremely complex dynamics going on here and I couldn't see how she was going to straighten them all out into a romance/relationship that works, but she did and she wrote it brilliantly. The more I read the more of Cari's work, the more I marvel at her amazing story telling abilities. This is another fabulous book!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather in FL

    Cari Quinn writes such great characters. Both Rory and Sam were damaged in their own ways. Rory's damage had to do with previously being overweight (so some self-esteem issues) and never really giving relationships a chance. She had hookups, but never anything where her heart was truly involved. And then Sam had made mistakes in his marriage and had been pining for his estranged wife for two years before she passed away. During those two years, he wrote her love notes on a billboard every quarte Cari Quinn writes such great characters. Both Rory and Sam were damaged in their own ways. Rory's damage had to do with previously being overweight (so some self-esteem issues) and never really giving relationships a chance. She had hookups, but never anything where her heart was truly involved. And then Sam had made mistakes in his marriage and had been pining for his estranged wife for two years before she passed away. During those two years, he wrote her love notes on a billboard every quarter, trying to make amends. The billboard orders were placed through Rory. When Rory realized his wife had died, she reached out to him to offer condolences. And something clicked. But neither one was sure what to do with this new "thing" between them. Sam didn't feel worthy of Rory. And for her part, Rory thought if she gave him sex, it would bring him solace in some twisted way. But Sam didn't want just sex. He saw something much bigger in Rory but was so uncertain what to do with it. Plus, he was reticent to let go of his grief and self-punishment over his lost life with his wife. He attempted to push her away several times. At a couple of points in the book, my chest hurt for what they each were going through. But when it all resolved, my heart was happy. Each chapter began with one of Sam's letters to his wife that were never sent. It's an interesting format, to see how lost he was for two years while he's building this "something" with Rory. Interesting story line, interesting characters, and a cute HEA. I'm a happy girl.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I'm not sure what I just read but if I had to do it over again, I would not have read this book. There were so many ick factors. Sam has been sending messages via billboards to his wife. Rory works at the place that makes sure the messages are going up. One day as she is driving down the road she notices that the sign indicates the passing of Sam's wife. What does she do? She calls him. Why? He is a customer! For some reason he asks her to lunch. Fast forward and on the way to lunch she hits his I'm not sure what I just read but if I had to do it over again, I would not have read this book. There were so many ick factors. Sam has been sending messages via billboards to his wife. Rory works at the place that makes sure the messages are going up. One day as she is driving down the road she notices that the sign indicates the passing of Sam's wife. What does she do? She calls him. Why? He is a customer! For some reason he asks her to lunch. Fast forward and on the way to lunch she hits his car and he asks her to follow him somewhere. Which happens to be his home. Next thing you know out of the blue she starts giving him a BJ. He freaks out when he sees his wedding band and stops her. Sam is still grieving not just for his wife but the children that they lost also. His wife had kicked him out of their home, not sure why, it wasn't totally explained. He hasn't had sex in many years and not sure if he ever can. Rory is all over him every chance she gets...desperate much! Rory keeps pushing for him to drop the messages on the billboards and to move on and take off his ring. How old are they in this book? I just found this book a little to much. NOT a romance book whatsoever! Just a pathetic woman desperate to have a man. Plus when she was to meet Sam at Loki's so she can introduce to friends and she has slept with 2 of them and one of them is touching her intimately in the bar. GROSS!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karla Doyle

    I started reading this book while eating lunch. "Just for a few minutes", I told myself. Before I knew it 75 minutes had flown by. I still couldn't put it down. So, Ms.Quinn cost me an afternoon of productivity, but I'm not complaining! I loved the characters, their struggles, the intimacy between them. Heart Signs was hot, sweet, and unputdownable. Awesome book! I started reading this book while eating lunch. "Just for a few minutes", I told myself. Before I knew it 75 minutes had flown by. I still couldn't put it down. So, Ms.Quinn cost me an afternoon of productivity, but I'm not complaining! I loved the characters, their struggles, the intimacy between them. Heart Signs was hot, sweet, and unputdownable. Awesome book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Funzee Shu

    Longing for you is the sweetest anticipation I've ever known.... Well....uhm.... I can't say I like or dislike this book, or wheather this story is good or not.... I just feel.....it's not like what I expected when I read the blurb.... It ended as "just-another--so-so" read for me.... That's it.... Longing for you is the sweetest anticipation I've ever known.... Well....uhm.... I can't say I like or dislike this book, or wheather this story is good or not.... I just feel.....it's not like what I expected when I read the blurb.... It ended as "just-another--so-so" read for me.... That's it....

  13. 4 out of 5

    MaggieReadsRom

    Review coming shortly!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    ✳✳ Copy provided by the author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    For full review including excerpt and dialogue highlight, please visit Reader's Edyn at: http://bit.ly/ymL4ZH Review: Rory has admired the love Sam has for his wife from afar for along time. She has always processed his billboard love letters to his wife and, although subconsciously on some level, she longs for the same kind of love in her own life. When the order comes through with a date of Sam’s wife’s death, she is compelled to call him to convey her condolences. She rationalizes her intent beh For full review including excerpt and dialogue highlight, please visit Reader's Edyn at: http://bit.ly/ymL4ZH Review: Rory has admired the love Sam has for his wife from afar for along time. She has always processed his billboard love letters to his wife and, although subconsciously on some level, she longs for the same kind of love in her own life. When the order comes through with a date of Sam’s wife’s death, she is compelled to call him to convey her condolences. She rationalizes her intent behind the phone call, but again, subconsciously she is trying to connect on some level with the guy that seems to good to be true. Unexpectedly, Sam invites Rory out for lunch, ultimately setting into motion a chain reaction that was never meant to be … or maybe it was. Sam married young and, like many young men who are not ready for the responsibility that comes with marriage, makes plenty of mistakes. Unfortunately, by the time he had realized the error of his ways, his wife had had enough and kicked him out. Stuck in a limbo from which he has no escape, Sam tries to pay his debt to his now deceased wife by refusing to move on and keeping her memory alive. She may have been moving on with her life at the time of her death, but Sam continues to wallow, not quite sure how to let go and simultaneously afraid of what happens once he does let go. And then Rory walks into his life basically by accident and sucker-punches him back into the world of the living. Except Sam has been resigned to his loneliness for so long, he doesn’t know if he can figure out how to let go. And even if he does, can he take another chance with his heart? And will he even remember how to go back to the cheerful guy he used to be? Or is he destined to cause Rory the same pain he caused his wife? Either way, the feelings Rory provokes within him gives him enough of a push to try. But the pain of moving forward may be more than he can overcome; with or without Rory’s help. Rory has always been a bit of a “buck-the-system” kind of girl. She lost a lot of her chunkiness and now dresses provocatively to show off what she has. She will never be skinny, but her curves are something she is more comfortable with now. Despite her Aunt’s requests to tone it down at work, she continues to dress how she wishes. She also allows herself to be stereotyped. Many assume she is a tramp and she allows them to think so, never trying to correct their incorrect assumptions. She is comfortable with herself and her lifestyle and that is all that matters. In fact, she is somewhat of a guy’s guy – a fanatical sports enthusiast and a lover of classic cars. Rory is also known to speak her mind and frequently shock or offend with her blunt tendencies. Not one to fall for the belief that there is true love somewhere just waiting for her to find it, she prefers to keep her relationships casual. But the sparks that she and Sam ignite simply from a look are undeniable. And soon, Rory is longing for things she never dreamed of. And she couldn’t possibly have chosen a more broken man to try and cultivate a relationship with. She tells herself that being friends would be okay, but she knows, and Sam knows, that their relationship can have no half measure. It will be all or nothing. And nothing seems more likely with Sam’s inability to allow his former love to rest in peace. Heart Signs is one of the best short stories in erotic fiction I have read, hands down. What better combination is there than a heroine who is persistent and determined; who realizes her own desires, but puts the needs of someone else above her own wishes; who is willing to help to the best of her ability with no guarantee of a happy outcome? Pair her with the broken hero – nearly beyond broken – who has loved and lost and is stuck in that loss, with not a single clue how to move forward; who admits a deep desire for the woman in front of him, but doesn’t know if he is deserving of another chance at what he squandered; who really is an all around good guy that messed up and paid a heart-wrenching price. Okay, maybe I am laying it on a little thick, but I admire the fact that Ms. Quinn was able to present the hero that is borderline unsaveable. He is right in the edge of being too far gone without being beyond redemption. And Rory is equally flawed in her own ways. Flawed characters are the type that make the reader root for them, make the reader identify with them is some way, make the reader want to see them finally happy in life and love. For me, Rory and Sam fit this description perfectly. The story is short, so there is not a deep storyline that has to be sorted out. Everything is laid out on the table at a fairly quick pace, giving just enough to understand while refraining from overwhelming. Shockingly, Ms. Quinn was able to elicit some pretty strong emotional reactions from me in a seriously short amount of time. I sped through this little gem in about 3 hours. And in the 3 hours, I went through the emotions I believe the reader was intended to experience. The heart-break, the happiness, the frustration, the stimulation – this book was packed with emotion. My only issue with the book was actually a secondary character, Rory’s Aunt. She seems inconsistent at best. A bit of a bulldog at first, then possibly a person who really cares about Rory, then almost instantly into a bitter wretch. I’d like to think that as Rory’s Aunt, she cares for her well-being and wants to see her happy, wishing only the best for her. But that brief glimpse into a “possible” moment of compassion leaves me doubting her affection towards Rory. But what I could possibly say was the post enjoyable part of the story was the epilogue. I feel like epilogues are almost necessary for stories that may not be or are not part of a series. If the reader is not likely to experience these characters in the future, then it is highly probable that he or she will want to know what happens to them in the future. Rather than compromise a well-written story by trying to tie everything up within a few paragraphs at the end, Ms. Quinn made a positive move and included an epilogue. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I have had stories ruined by the abrupt ending before. Such is not the case here. Despite the raw emotions stirred within this story, I felt that they enhanced this story in a way that made it more endearing. The reactions were believable and I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with Rory and Sam. An emotionally gripping tale of love, loss, and second chances, Heart Signs is sure to pull at your heart strings. (Digital copy provided by author for review.)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elena Johansen

    I feel a little cheated. There's a lot going on in this story, and it ended up being half as long as I expected it to be, because the end of the book is at 54% of the Kindle file. The rest? Promo material for other books. It does feel like I read half a story. Sure, it's got a beginning, middle, and end, but it's not at all long enough to cover what should be a complex topic--moving on from grief to start a new relationship. It doesn't get explored with any real depth, and Sam especially gets sho I feel a little cheated. There's a lot going on in this story, and it ended up being half as long as I expected it to be, because the end of the book is at 54% of the Kindle file. The rest? Promo material for other books. It does feel like I read half a story. Sure, it's got a beginning, middle, and end, but it's not at all long enough to cover what should be a complex topic--moving on from grief to start a new relationship. It doesn't get explored with any real depth, and Sam especially gets shortchanged by the lack of nuance. I had glimpses of a story, and a hero, that I might have loved, only it was pared down to a sappy premise with a few semi-raunchy sex scenes and a tiny bit of actual dating. The "baby solves everything" epilogue also left a sour taste in my mouth, even if it was set three years after the main story. Sam's unborn children by his dead wife were a murky plot point at best--they seemed to be related to his problems with her before her death, but that was never explained to my satisfaction--and proving he got his happy ending by giving him a baby didn't sit right with me. (Not that he couldn't have ended up there in a more well-developed novel, but then there'd be more substance to back it up.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    CJ

    I believe this to be a really romantic sexy book. It dealt with a lot of emotion and growth. He needed to finish healing and she showed him how to start. It may not be a book foe everyone, but I liked it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Mills

    Great story I fell in love with Sam, too. The plot line was very different. Not many guys would write anything, never mind to a dead spouse and certainly not on a billboard for 2 plus years. Rory was also a fun, quirky and loveable character. I really enjoyed the story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jaimed

    Cute I liked the story. Sam is a softy once he gets over blaming himself and Rory softens as she reads his letters. They seem like a good mix and I enjoyed the read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Evie

    An incredible sweet story of second chances... Rory is a girl's just wanna have fun type of girl. Falling in love with someone is the farthest thing from her mind. Casual sex is simply that, casual sex. She's a guy's girl, as in, she hangs out with her guy friends as if she were just one of the guys. It isn't that she doesn't believe in love, she doesn't really care for it. If one day true love knocks on her door, she wouldn't know what to do with it. Yes. There she is: fun, sweet, loving and car An incredible sweet story of second chances... Rory is a girl's just wanna have fun type of girl. Falling in love with someone is the farthest thing from her mind. Casual sex is simply that, casual sex. She's a guy's girl, as in, she hangs out with her guy friends as if she were just one of the guys. It isn't that she doesn't believe in love, she doesn't really care for it. If one day true love knocks on her door, she wouldn't know what to do with it. Yes. There she is: fun, sweet, loving and caring Rory for you. Sam.. aawww Sam! He's a teddy bear in my mind. A BIG teddy bear. Throughout the story I wanted to reach out, and hug him. He's broken hearted. He loved; still loves his deceased wife. He's not ready to let go, or thinks he isn't until he meets Rory. His heart is shattered, he wasn't the best husband he could've been, and by the time he tried to make it up, it was already too late, his wife had moved on. The guilt is eating him inside out. Then he stumbles upon Rory, and needless to say she rocks his boat. The love letters Sam writes for his wife telling her everything he never had a chance to, and the love quotes/poetry on the billboards made me teary eyed. Rory's ways help Sam accept what he can't fix and be OK with moving on. Sam's let's-not-rush ways take Rory for a ride in the TRUE LOVE HIGHWAY. I had never read anything by Cari Quinn before, and now, I am a new fan. Heart Signs made me aawww so many times I lost count. It's that great! Check out my blog, for my version of Sam. / Blurb: The heart has a language all its own... Rory Fowler has taken Sam Miller's billboard orders for the last two years, but they aren't to advertise they're love notes to his wife. Sam's most recent billboard about his wife's passing hits Rory hard. When she calls Sam to offer condolences, it sets off an unexpected chain of events that ends with Rory in Sam's apartment-and his arms. Reading Sam's love letters tugs Rory into the romance between him and his estranged, now-deceased, wife. Their lives soon intertwine so completely that Rory wonder how she'll ever forget the man who makes poetry out of emotions she's fought to dismiss. And plays her body even more skillfully that he writes love notes. Consumed by guilt and grief, Sam is shocked by the feelings Rory arouses in him, sexually and otherwise. Now he's not thinking about yesterday as much as he's looking forward to tomorrow. He's just not sure if he's capable of moving on...or if the woman who helped him find the will to really live again will be by his side.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ailsa

    My thoughts: I've read, I think 4 Cari Quinn stories now, including this one, and have really enjoyed them all. This story starts with Rory driving past the most recent billboard sign that Sam's commissioned, and unlike previous times, she wasn't the one who took the booking, so hasn't seen it until now. The fact that it's a memorial for Sam's wife, Dani, really affects Rory, even though she's never met either of them. The two arrange to meet, but on the way, Rory ends up bumping his car, and the My thoughts: I've read, I think 4 Cari Quinn stories now, including this one, and have really enjoyed them all. This story starts with Rory driving past the most recent billboard sign that Sam's commissioned, and unlike previous times, she wasn't the one who took the booking, so hasn't seen it until now. The fact that it's a memorial for Sam's wife, Dani, really affects Rory, even though she's never met either of them. The two arrange to meet, but on the way, Rory ends up bumping his car, and they head back to his house to sort out the bump before either of them admits to who they are. Sparks fly almost immediately, and although they get a little carried away, it's not going to work between them right then. Sam hasn't been with a woman for a long time, not since he and his deceased wife separated, and it's going to take a lot to help him work through his feelings for her. I love the way the relationship between these two develops. Although they feel very attracted to each other, things go slowly. They spend a lot of time just talking to each other, often over the phone, getting to know each other very well. I really liked the fact that it wasn't an 'instant love' thing. Gradually as they share more about themselves they become closer and closer. I kind of felt like the ending was a bit abrupt, in that I looked up from reading to realise there were about 20 pages left, when I felt like there should be more, but actually it was a fulfilling ending, and I like the direction the two characters are heading. The love letters from Sam to Dani are very touching, and I found myself in tears a few times while reading. This is a sweet, believable romance from Cari Quinn, who I'm adding to my list of 'favourite contemporary romance writers'. As with her previous stories, it shows a couple in a believable romance with some lovely steamy scenes. I give this one 7 stars. ~Ailsa [Originally posted by me at http://thebookbundle.blogspot.com]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Even though they've never actually met, Rory Fowler feels like she knows Sam Miller. Well, sort of. As the man behind the romantic billboards that Rory's company leases, Sam's words have captivated Rory for years. When they finally meet in person, neither one is prepared for their instant connection. Even Cari Quinn's shorter reads are soulful and, yes, hot as heck. HEART SIGNS had all of the feels, all of the heat, and all of the 'yep, that ending was all that I hoped for, and more' that I'v Even though they've never actually met, Rory Fowler feels like she knows Sam Miller. Well, sort of. As the man behind the romantic billboards that Rory's company leases, Sam's words have captivated Rory for years. When they finally meet in person, neither one is prepared for their instant connection. Even Cari Quinn's shorter reads are soulful and, yes, hot as heck. HEART SIGNS had all of the feels, all of the heat, and all of the 'yep, that ending was all that I hoped for, and more' that I've come to expect and love from Cari. Sam and Rory are both complex characters. Sam is living in a sort of self-imposed emotional exile, doing the things that he does in an effort to make amends for past actions. Rory is an in-the-moment kind of woman, happily living her life at the surface level for fear of getting too emotionally involved. But when the two of them meet, when their tentative friendship begins to evolve into something more, each of them are forced to move beyond their comfort zones. Seeing them grow beyond the walls that they have set for themselves is, by turn, painful, uplifting, and downright steamy. Although I expected to really enjoy it, because, hello, Cari Quinn, I was pleasantly surprised by how much of, well, everything was packed into this story, and how I thought about it long after finishing it. HEART SIGNS is a solid 4.5 star read, and one that you should absolutely add to your TBR. **ARC generously provided for an honest review.***

  23. 4 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by Patti, Book provided by Ellora’s Cave, and Review originally posted at Romancing the Book. Absolutely loved it! Sam Miller and Rory Fowler are one of those couples that I will keep coming back to over and over again. Heart Signs has been on my mind since I picked it up and I can’t stop thinking about it. This will be on my re-read shelf and I will be giving it as a gift to friends. Sam’s tenacious devotion just amazed me. Each page I read just pulled me deeper and deeper until I didn’t Reviewed by Patti, Book provided by Ellora’s Cave, and Review originally posted at Romancing the Book. Absolutely loved it! Sam Miller and Rory Fowler are one of those couples that I will keep coming back to over and over again. Heart Signs has been on my mind since I picked it up and I can’t stop thinking about it. This will be on my re-read shelf and I will be giving it as a gift to friends. Sam’s tenacious devotion just amazed me. Each page I read just pulled me deeper and deeper until I didn’t want it to end. I found the unique way the billboards and letters were used really touched me. It was such an intimate and personal way to really grasp how deeply he felt emotionally. It was a fantastic tool to see how his spirit matured and transformed over time. I wish I could have the ability to put words to paper like that. Rory’s ability to go after what she needs showed such strength of character. Her bold determination was exactly what was necessary to shake up Sam’s world. I really appreciated that even though she could take things into her own hands she recognized and respected that he needed to live his life and make his own choices. I also loved her sense of humor and the way she could look at herself honestly. This tale of two strong people somehow connecting with each other at what seems like the absolutely the wrong time may be one of my most favorite books of the year. It made me cry with delight and sob in heartache. It was amusing, playful and absolutely smoking hot. There is no other way to say it other than to tell you that if you don’t read this you are missing out.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Taryn Elliott

    Okay, you'll see from the quote-a-palooza that I loved this story. Sam Miller is one of those characters that climbs into your brain and burrows in for a good long stay. He's emotional, rough around the edges, sad, guilt ridden, hopeless, hopeful, and a host of other adjectives. You know why I can keep listing off things to tell you about Sam? Because Cari showed me again and again just what Sam was thinking, feeling, and doing all through this novel. And man...I felt for him every inch of the w Okay, you'll see from the quote-a-palooza that I loved this story. Sam Miller is one of those characters that climbs into your brain and burrows in for a good long stay. He's emotional, rough around the edges, sad, guilt ridden, hopeless, hopeful, and a host of other adjectives. You know why I can keep listing off things to tell you about Sam? Because Cari showed me again and again just what Sam was thinking, feeling, and doing all through this novel. And man...I felt for him every inch of the way. Then you have Rory Fowler. She's never trusted her own instincts when it comes to relationships. Instead, she hid behind friends with benefits relationships that she knew would never move beyond that level. She liked the uncomplicated. She may have even needed the uncomplicated. Watching her come to terms with the emotions that Sam brings out in her is messy, funny, sometimes sad. And through it all you couldn't help but root for these guys. The sigh factor is about as huge as you can get. Read this. NOW. Even if you're worried about the 'sad' factor because of Sam's circumstances. It's worth the journey.

  25. 4 out of 5

    litljen

    Heart Signs is an emotional story that is full of hope, happiness, love and pushing past grief and guilt. Sam and Rory have an instant connection but Sam is still dealing with his wife's death when they finally meet after having an online business relationship for awhile. Sam is a very unique character who is incredibly deep. He is a big, hulking, manly man yet he is sensitive and emotional and lives in a self-inflicted world of guilt and grief. He finds his outlet by expressing himself in writi Heart Signs is an emotional story that is full of hope, happiness, love and pushing past grief and guilt. Sam and Rory have an instant connection but Sam is still dealing with his wife's death when they finally meet after having an online business relationship for awhile. Sam is a very unique character who is incredibly deep. He is a big, hulking, manly man yet he is sensitive and emotional and lives in a self-inflicted world of guilt and grief. He finds his outlet by expressing himself in writing, through billboards and letters written to his wife who died 6 months ago. Rory is his contact at the billboard sign company. She is "one of the guys"---the girl who loves sports and cars and fits in with everyone however she is lonely and finds her happiness hooking up with random guys even though she desperately wants to find "the one". Will Rory be the one to finally push Sam to let go of his grief and move on? Will they find their happily ever after? Cari Quinn, as always, gives the reader a sexy, funny and heartwarming story that is sure to put a smile on their face. Grab this book and enjoy the emotional ride!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jean Guy

    Emotional Rollercoaster This story has been the most heartfelt, mind boggling, warming stories I've read in a very long time. Even though it's a work of fiction it could be based on fact. I feel as if I know Sam and Rory and would like to wish them the best. Wish there were more books like this to warm these cold winter days. Highly recommend to anyone who's got a romantic bone in their body. Emotional Rollercoaster This story has been the most heartfelt, mind boggling, warming stories I've read in a very long time. Even though it's a work of fiction it could be based on fact. I feel as if I know Sam and Rory and would like to wish them the best. Wish there were more books like this to warm these cold winter days. Highly recommend to anyone who's got a romantic bone in their body.

  27. 4 out of 5

    WB

    Heart Signs by Cari Quinn is an amazing story. It will grab you in the first few pages & you will stay up way too late. A story that will stay with you after reading. ENJOY today!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Drmgrl99

    This is one of Ms. Cari Quinn's most emotional books. My heart ached for Sam Miller, such a strong man broken down by guilt and grief. Sam's way of dealing with his pain was to write his wife a billboard. Sam would get these billboards from Rory Foller and her family's advertising company. Rory has found herself captivated and enthralled by each billboard Sam would write. Until one day when she saw one about his wife's passing. Taken aback by the news, she felt she had to reach out. Rory doesn't This is one of Ms. Cari Quinn's most emotional books. My heart ached for Sam Miller, such a strong man broken down by guilt and grief. Sam's way of dealing with his pain was to write his wife a billboard. Sam would get these billboards from Rory Foller and her family's advertising company. Rory has found herself captivated and enthralled by each billboard Sam would write. Until one day when she saw one about his wife's passing. Taken aback by the news, she felt she had to reach out. Rory doesn't just reach out to Sam, she collides into him. They are both instantly attracted to each other, their chemistry and humor is just perfect, but their timing is off. This was an emotional read for me…I cried and sniffled a few times. How do you move on from a love, a mistake, and a death? My heart was tied up in this story so much I couldn't put it down until it was over and I bet neither will you.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Wiste

    Heart Signs will pull on your Heart Strings. Very moving and heartfelt read. Cari Quinn has fashioned a very intriguing story, quite different from many of her other written works. This book stages an epic battle of a good mans struggle with guilt and remorse. Heart Signs has its funny side with quick quips and punch lines and man does it have its Phone Sexy Time!! HOT. Sam is a hard working, gruff type of man. One whom you would never suspect would reveal a very soft side especially to the whole Heart Signs will pull on your Heart Strings. Very moving and heartfelt read. Cari Quinn has fashioned a very intriguing story, quite different from many of her other written works. This book stages an epic battle of a good mans struggle with guilt and remorse. Heart Signs has its funny side with quick quips and punch lines and man does it have its Phone Sexy Time!! HOT. Sam is a hard working, gruff type of man. One whom you would never suspect would reveal a very soft side especially to the whole world on a billboard no less! But that public display hides more than anyone knows, until Rory discovers the truth. Rory struggles with the concept of love ever after and lives in the moment. But something about those billboards Sam writes keeps a flicker of hope alive that someday a love like that would be hers. Little did they know it would take the combined struggles of both heir pasts to bring them into the light of a new day.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chera

    I read Heart Signs by Cari Quinn as a selection on Kindle Unlimited. Have you ever driven past those billboards with private messages between lovers and wondered about the people and the story behind the sign. Rory knows part of the story because she works at the sign company responsible for that particular sign. She can't help but think how wonderful the man is proclaiming his love for all to see. When the latest sign is requested, Rory was away from the office. She sees the new sign and is sho I read Heart Signs by Cari Quinn as a selection on Kindle Unlimited. Have you ever driven past those billboards with private messages between lovers and wondered about the people and the story behind the sign. Rory knows part of the story because she works at the sign company responsible for that particular sign. She can't help but think how wonderful the man is proclaiming his love for all to see. When the latest sign is requested, Rory was away from the office. She sees the new sign and is shocked; the wife had passed away. Sam had rented the sign every quarter to post messages to Dani, messages of love for his wife, messages he hadn't been able to express directly to her. When Rory calls him to express her sympathy for his loss, Sam asks her to lunch. He slowly tells Rory the real story behind the loving messages to Dani. The real story is much more heart-rending than Rory ever realised.

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