Change of Heart

Change of Heart

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by T. J. Kline

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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,


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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HarperCollins Publishers
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Healing Harts Series , #5
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4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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T. J. Kline was bitten by the horse bug early and began training horses at fourteen—as well as competing in rodeos and winning several rodeo queen competitions—but has always known writing was her first love. She also writes under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her spare time, she can be found spending as many hours as possible laughing hysterically with her husband, teens, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California. That is, when she isn't running around the California Gold Country researching new stories.

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Change of Heart 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gaele 11 months ago
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. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
PollyBennett 3 months ago
Wow. This fifth book in the series really touches on some very serious live situations. They find love in spite of their pasts. Gage has some work related obstacles that would be enough to get anyone down. A great book.
ahlewis32 7 months ago
Two damaged hearts meet at the Heart Fire Ranch and find the magic it takes to heal their wounds in the fifth installment of TJ Kline’s Healing Harts series. The story is a little more serious than the previous installments, dealing with the issues of child and sexual abuse and their aftermath. Both our hero and heroine, Gage and Leah, suffer from PTSD due to their traumatic childhoods. Both have risen high above their former stations in life but the issues still persist. Only through their love for each other can they rise completely above their pasts. TJ Kline deals with the issue of PTSD in a different way than past books in the series. Most of us equate it with military veterans or people who have suffered serious accidents or violence. But PTSD is common with people who have suffered all types of abuse. Leah had a horrible childhood that could only be described as the stuff of nightmares. I found it interesting to watch the romance play out while both parties dealt with the feelings of inadequacy and anxiety that begin to plague them as a result of their growing love. TJ Kline is brilliant in showing this true to life. There are some references to uncomfortable subject matter in the book, but the descriptions are simple and not too revealing. The story does not need to be graphic to get the message across. It’s the best story yet in the series and should become one of my best of 2016.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 8 months ago
Where can I start. . . I would like to get to know more of the characters from this series. I was intrigued a great deal upon meeting them in passing. I found the main characters Leah and Gage to be down to Earth, realness. I love Gage's persistence. I loved Leah determination. I understood her. I could connect to her easily. I truly want to read the other books in this series, but in no way do you need to have followed the series from the start. You will want to know of the others. I found this read to be very enjoyable and on my list to read again as I begin the series from the start. **This ARC was provided via Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
BooksAndSpoons 11 months ago
What an incredible, emotional journey this story is, this whole series has been really, so real and raw, and getting to you at the core of your being. Leah is doing her best to hold it together, to move on, to find a home, and to make something of her future, something different, something that will count. The way she goes about it, keeping everyone on the arm's length, and holding her emotions deep inside, makes it hard to understand, relate, or at times even like her. She is defensive, surly at times, and uptight most of the time. Until she puts her doctor face on, then she is confident, brilliant, and sure of her way. But Gage sees through all of the facade, pretend, and doesn't give up on her, even when it hurts. And he tries hard, and goes beyond and further than anyone would expect, he proves his good intentions again and again, hoping Leah will open up her heart and mind and let him in. I adored those two together, the story goes far and wide, the past Leah has, is not easy to understand or accept that it could and would happen. But the growth in her, in both of them, as they help each other to find their place in the world, find their courage to claim their place, and take that step, and make a difference, is astonishing. This whole series has been both adventure and crusade to the darker, deeper side of emotions for me. The way this group of characters has touched my heart, and made me want to make a difference, with their example, isn't a lesson easy to be ignored. Sometimes a group of characters becomes your book friends, and I am glad I met this lively family of the heart and blood. This series is something not to be missed, I highly recommend it, and not just romance fans either, but to anyone who dares to let stories touch your heart and mind, and shape the way you see your world ~ Five Spoons!
Rhondaz 12 months ago
Change of Heart by T.J. Kline....Another great addition to the series, T.J. Kline never disappoints. Gage, oh my...what can I say, New book boyfriend, love everything about him. Leah is a little mean and annoying, but she has had a bad life so far and she does not trust people. I enjoyed watching the relationship developed between these two, it was perfect. I absolutely love all T.J. Klines's book and especially this series, so do yourself a favor and read this series and book. I receive a complimentary book for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 12 months ago
After being hurt and let down more times than she can count Leah McCarran built an impenetrable shell around herself in hopes of keeping people and the hurt they cause out. Being a therapist she knows that this isn't the most healthy way of preventing the inevitable pain, but putting that barrier between herself and others has made her life more bearable and given her a sense of safety that she just isn't willing to let go of anytime soon. When she is offered a job at the Heart Fire Ranch she finally feels like things in her life might finally be going in the right direction, and she starts to feel a slight sense of happiness, and the idea of being able to help others heal brings her a sense of excitement she hasn't felt in sometime. With all of her belongings in tow, and a renewed sense of hope she heads out for the ranch and her impending new life... but just like so many times before she is let down once again when her radiator on her car decides to fail and leaves her stranded alongside the road. She is struggling to not lose hope, but every minute that passes on that deserted road she begins to let the doubt seep in... that is until a sexy stranger comes to her rescue. Gage Granger has spent years trying to move on from the circumstances from his past and build a better life for himself than he had growing up, and up and until recently all was going according to plan. That is until he made one minor mistake that caused his company to take a monumental hit, and now he is trying to prepare himself for the storm of backlash that is sure to hit. Running away from the city to his brother's ranch could very well be viewed as a chicken's way of dealing with things, but he needs time to think and regroup and figure out what he should do next, and being on the ranch out of the public eye seems like the perfect place to do that. His trip to the ranch takes an interesting turn when he meets his new neighbor Leah, the minute they meet he can feel the chemistry brewing between them, the problem is she interested in anything he has to say. But that doesn't stop him from trying, never has a woman gotten under his skin the way she does, now he just has to find a way to convince what they share is worth the risk! I have been anxiously awaiting for the opportunity to return to this series and see Gage find his well deserved happily ever after, and after finishing his story I have to say Ms. Kline definitely made it worth the wait!! From the moment Gage waltzed onto the page he captivated my attention and had me at his mercy, his dedication to winning Leah's heart was something to be admired, and appreciated. No matter how much she pushed him away he was right there letting her know he wasn't going to take no for an answer, or let her dismiss what they shared so easily, he knew that they had the makings of something special and he fought hard to help her see it, and completely stole my heart in the process!! I loved every minute of this emotionally charged story, it was inspiring, warmed my heart, and gave me a renewed sense of hope!! Ms. Kline has done it again, this one has bestseller written ALL over it!!
MoniqueD 12 months ago
Child therapist Leah McCarran is on her way to Heart Fire Ranch, when after the morning from hell, her car breaks down. What Leah looked at as finally getting a break is not looking so good anymore. Gage Granger was passing by and offers to help her, and he is nonplussed at her defensive attitude. Gage has been in hiding at his brother Dylan’s for a while, because he needs to fix a situation at work: Gage has made a dreadful mistake which could cost him his company; he has some serious thinking to do. But the very attractive lady in distress could muddle his plans… Gage is a charmer and a real nice guy, but Leah kept being rude to him no matter how hard he tried to be nice. Leah is rude, judgemental, and downright disagreeable. I disliked her immensely, and I hoped I would eventually warm up to her, but I never did. I thought it excruciating to read through all her unpleasantness for a third of the book. I understand perfectly where she’s coming from: she did have an exceedingly horrific childhood. I understand she doesn’t trust anyone, it’s perfectly reasonable given the circumstances. Had the reasons for behaving the way she does been revealed earlier in the book, I might have been able to stomach her bad attitude. Had she been distant, aloof, unresponsive, cold, it would have been more palatable. However, I now understand what the “hero complex” is. Gage understands Leah even without knowing what her issues are, he is willing to take all her nastiness in stride, and it seemed to me he was willing to do all that because he finds her beautiful and he’s sexually attracted to her. That’s where understanding the “hero complex” comes in: I just couldn’t understand why he would bother with Leah. Had I been him, I would have tried to remain on friendly terms with her, but that’s it; I would definitely not have wanted a relationship. But that’s just me, I guess. I did enjoy Gage’s present predicament; it presented interesting ethical dilemmas, and that story line was for me the best part of the book. As befits Ms. Kline, the writing is impeccable: lovely and eloquent; her insight and understanding of the human psyche and its resilience is unparalleled, and the animals are always welcome interludes, in the case of CHANGE OF HEART, mischief-making kittens. CHANGE OF HEART will definitely appeal to readers who enjoy a lot of angst, but this book just wasn’t for me. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.