Welcome to my stop for Taking Hearts, the second book in T.J. Kline’s Healing Harts Series. Plese be sure to check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought, don’t forget to read the excerpt and please be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could be the lucky winner of one of 5 Digital Downloads of HEART’S DESIRE, book 1 in the Series!
I adore the concept of this series: animals used in therapeutic settings to help others regain pieces of the lives they once had, and T.J. Kline builds this world with stories that call to readers with heart and hope. This is my first encounter with this series, and I was captured from the first moment. Julia Hart has realized first-hand just what a difference a therapy dog can make. A bad and dangerous end to a relationship nearly stole her life, and the constant reassurance of a dog by her side has restored her freedom and confidence in facing the outside world. When a new and unknown client arrives, everyone is on alert: the threat to Julia has them all a bit more protective than normal, but Dylan’s arrival instantly signaled a man who needed her help.
Dylan is at the end of his hope: nightmares and flashbacks from PTSD, with no real relief in the multiple therapies he has sought bring him, reluctantly and near pessimistically to Julia, his brother’s influence pushing him on. He’s difficult to not empathize with, his issues are clearly evident, and the depression they have caused have us meeting a man close to broken.
But not only does Julia see her ability to help him, but an attraction that won’t be denied. In fact, Julia is the first thing to brighten Dylan’s days in a long time. Palpable sparks bounce between them, strengthened by the work they do together with the dog, and the sharing of stories that happens. Julia freely shares her own personal experiences of the effects of her dog by her side, and when her ex is released from jail, the tension and danger bring Dylan and the man he used to be to the front as he is determined to protect her.
Complex and well-developed characters, a solid trajectory on their relationship, wonderful family interactions and plenty of secondary characters to enjoy, not to mention animals and this story just breezes by, leaving the reader feeling as if they know a bit more about PTSD, animal-centric therapies and the power of love. I couldn’t put this book down, and can’t wait for more.
Title: Taking Heart
Author: T.J. Kline
Series: Healing Harts #2
Also in this series: Close to Heart, Wild at Heart, Change of Heart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon, Impulse
Published on: 2 June, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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T. J. Kline's Healing Harts series continues as a soldier suffering from PTSD and a therapy dog trainer find that some scars can only be healed by love...
Julia Hart knows how much good she does training therapy dogs—it's what helped her overcome her own trials after a relationship turned unexpectedly violent. But moving beyond her mistakes meant trusting only her family with her heart.
Dylan, a former soldier, has run out of hope for recovery. Plagued by nightmares and flashbacks, he doubts anything will help him overcome his PTSD. When his brother convinces him to try one last time, he agrees to get a therapy dog.
Dylan didn't expect to find Julia or a chance for a "normal" future again. But when Julia's attacker is released from prison, Dylan and Julia will have to face the past together.
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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.