Welcome to my review with an excerpt and giveaway for the third book in T.J. Kline’s Healing Harts series. Please read on for the excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Two Digital Download Bundles Including: HEART’S DESIRE and TAKING HEART
Close to Heart
The premise of this series is healing: healing broken hearts, people and giving them a new start. I love the premise, and really enjoyed the other in this series that I had read. I was curious about Justin, as he only got some short appearances, and now the veterinarian gets his chance.
Justin is a vet, and a wholly jaded person at that. Whatever ails him is tossed up in a variety of ways: no trust, skepticism, control issues. He’s constantly second guessing everyone’s motives instead of trusting in himself to make a proper choice. That made him rather unlikable, even though I could see the why behind his behavior, he never really seemed to make positive changes that would stick solidly past the next ‘moment’ when something triggered his insecurities.
Anna was an actress, and has left her agent ex-husband to make a new start far away. There are only a few issues with that: she is pregnant, still married and in attempting to avoid hitting a heavily pregnant dog, she crashed her car. Right by Justin’s clinic.
From the start, these two had chemistry but very little positive on the communication front. Pieces of each person’s story is revealed as the attraction grows stronger, but it always felt uneven: a little progress than a big backslide. There is also some added drama with Anna’s ex, a touch of ‘moving too quickly’ into another relationship without closing the door on the first, and I would have liked to see both Justin and Anna working “well” before they decided that they were going to commit. Any parent knows that a new baby is stressful, not to mention a huge emotional upheaval, add to that the ex and those extra dramas, and well…
It wasn’t a bad story by any means: characters are beautifully developed with faults and complexity, and prone to acting on their emotions of the moment without considering. For Justin, this was a back and forth that never quite settled him for me, but I can see why Anna found him desirable. Anna has some serious growing up to do, and not allow Justin to control freak all over her: it is a situation she dealt with in her marriage, but I don’t see her stepping into the power position as solidly as I would have hoped.
The couples from earlier books make appearances to give their 3 cents and show how far they have progressed, and that does give some hope for this couple’s success. But, as always, I could not stop reading: switching between wanting to shake, slap and hug each person in almost equal measure. Kline is one of those authors that will always leave you with a story to think on, long after the last page is closed.
Title: Close to Heart
Author: T.J. Kline
Series: Healing Harts #3
Also in this series: Taking Heart, Wild at Heart, Change of Heart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 14 July, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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It only took an instant for her world to come crashing down…but Heart Fire Ranch is a place of new beginnings, even for those who find their way there by accident
As the only veterinarian in town, Justin Hart doesn't have time to think about romance. So when A-list actress Alyssa Cole crashes her car outside his clinic, it's entirely unexpected when there's a spark between them he can't ignore. Still, she's a movie star, and he's just a small town cowboy.
Alyssa has learned the hard way not to believe first impressions, especially not in Hollywood. But, 400 miles from her former life with nowhere to go and no one to turn to, she places her trust in the handsome vet who comes to her rescue.
There's no denying the connection between them, but when Alyssa's past shows up at the door, will their new relationship be able to withstand the storm?
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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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