The fifth book in the Healing Harts series from author T.J. Kline is on the blog today – a series that combines family, healing and romance all rolled into a big warm ball of fuzzy. Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25 gift card to the eRetailer of your choice. But first
Change of Heart
Bringing to mind again just how much this series has nestled itself into my heart, T.J. Kline’s fifth book in the series just keeps the warm feelings alive with this second chance at love and life story. The fourth I’ve read, Change of Heart is the story of Leah and Gage, and the changes brought to them together and separately.
Leah has never had an easy life, and her choice of career as a children’s therapist reflects that history. What is not unique about Leah, however, is her own lack of effort put into her own growth to put the past behind her and move forward. This makes her a bit of a prickly hedgehog when it comes to adult relationships, even as she is well-respected in her field, as evidenced by her new position at Heart Fire Ranch.
Gage is a ‘sort of’ local, with family near Heart Fire, recently back to visit after a bit of difficulties in a business that had always been seemingly effortless. A bit shaken by the turn of events, he’s back to regroup and readjust, and never expected to be rescuing a damsel in distress from a broken down car.
These two are SO in need of the magic that is the Heart Fire Ranch. Leah slowly learns that she doesn’t always have to be in control, with her walls up, and that Gage isn’t someone intent on hurting her, but curious about her. He’s just an all-around good guy, never pushy and VERY patient with Leah’s back and forth behavior. His time away has shown him the importance of real friends and family, and the attitude adjustment after his difficulties have him seeing things with fresh eyes.
Slowly their relationship develops, in an organic and plausible way, and with the wonderful dialogue, great cast of secondary characters and a litter of kittens there is plenty to love in this story. A touch more poignant and drawing on reader’s empathy, T.J. Kline has added yet another wonderful moment in the lives touched by the Harts and their ranch.
Title: Change of Heart
Author: T.J. Kline
Series: Healing Harts #5
Also in this series: Taking Heart, Close to Heart, Wild at Heart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 10 May, 2016
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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The fifth and (for now) final book in TJ Kline’s Healing Harts series.
Bad luck has plagued Leah McCarran most of her life, until the tide turns and she lands her new dream job as a therapist at Heart Fire Ranch. But when her car breaks down and she finds herself stranded, the playboy who shows up to her rescue makes Leah wonder if her luck just went from bad to worse.
Gage Granger has risen above the circumstances of his youth, enough that people now believe he has the Midas touch, especially in business. But when one mistake suddenly threatens everything he’s built, he takes some time to visit family near Heart Fire and figure a way out of the mess. The last thing he expects to find is a feisty therapist who needs his help, even if she won’t admit it.
Leah learned a long time ago that other people will always let her down. She doesn’t want that kind of hurt again, but Gage isn’t giving up. And finding out he’s staying next door isn’t going to make it any easier to avoid the kind man who is set on changing her heart.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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