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Change of Heart: Healing Harts #5 by T.J. Kline with Giveaway

Change of Heart: Healing Harts #5 by T.J. Kline with Giveaway

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.

Change of Heart: Healing Harts #5 by T.J. Kline with Giveaway

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
ISBN: 006245630X
Published on: 10 May, 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
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About the Book:

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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“We should start over.” Gage held out a hand. “I’m Gage Granger, your neighbor. It’s nice to meet you.”

Leah bit the corner of her lip as the horse nudged her hand. “Don’t do that,” she said quietly. She rubbed her hand over the animal’s face the way Jessie had told her they liked. “We’re both old enough that we don’t need to pretend we get do-overs in life.”

“Ah, another cynic.” He reached out and patted the horse’s neck. The second horse seemed to take notice and ambled slowly in their direction.

“A realist,” she corrected. “Another?”

“Like my brother, or at least, he used to be one.” Gage shrugged but looked back at her, curiosity clear in his dark eyes. “So, you don’t think you can forgive and forget? There’s no starting over?”

“Not really. You can forgive, but it’s a conscious choice. Forgetting something ever happened? That’s impossible. It’s like saying there’s such a thing as love at first sight.”

“Next you’re going to tell me you don’t believe in happily ever after either.” He clucked his tongue and shook his head with a grin tugging at the corners of his full lips. “What kind of therapist are you?”

She didn’t return his smile. “A good one. One who knows what I’m talking about and uses hard facts to get through to people who’ve see far too much reality in their daily lives to believe in fairy tales.”

She leaned one elbow on the railing and faced him. “The people I work with don’t need illusions. They need coping skills because life isn’t some kind of fantasy. Most people you meet aren’t good, and they don’t want to help you.”

Gage narrowed his eyes, trying to see more than what she would allow anyone to see. Leah wondered for a moment if she should have just kept her mouth shut. There was something about this man that made her usual calm, reserved demeanor take a vacation and made her tongue run away without her brain. If she wasn’t careful, she’d end up telling him her life story, and no one deserved to bear the weight of that nightmare.

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About T.J. Kline

T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has written several articles about rodeo for small periodicals, as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter, and has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah. In her spare time, she can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.

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