Close to Heart

Close to Heart

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by T. J. Kline
     
 

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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

Overview

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?

Editorial Reviews

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin Miller on CLOSE TO HEART
“Close to Heart combines a cowboy hero with a fish-out-of-water starlet. The chemistry spark off the page, creating an entertaining read I couldn’t put down! Get ready to melt for these two.”
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Ryan on TAKING HEART
“T. J. Kline combines a heartwarming romance, suspense, and sweet rescue dogs into a touching tale.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062396570
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/18/2015
Series:
Healing Harts Series , #3
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
363,835
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

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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Close to Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
230 pages - It was an ok book.
PollyBennett 3 months ago
The Healing Hearts have very serious subjects that entwine a love story. Close to Heart studies spousal abuse. I loved this addition.
ahlewis32 More than 1 year ago
CLOSE TO HEART is the latest installment in T.J. Kline's series, Healing Hearts, about the Hart family of California ranchers. Here we meet oldest brother Justin, a veterinarian and all around decent guy. But when confronted with a pregnant woman who carries heavy baggage both personal and public, he must make hard decisions as to what is right and what will make him happy. Like the other books in the Healing Hearts series, this one deals with the central theme of healing, not just the healing of physical wounds but also emotional wounds. Wounds that can be just as deadly as the physical. The plot is simple, the well-loved “fish out of water" story line, but with the unusual twist of having both fish out of water at the same time. Justin and Alicia come from very different worlds but have similar backgrounds from their childhoods, so while at first it seems they don't get along they have enough common ground to make it work. Supporting characters add much to this story. Justin's younger sisters, Julia and Jessie, who appeared in the previous two books of the series, HEARTS DESIRE and TAKING HEART, have important roles in this book also. With its theme of emotional recovery and privacy, CLOSE TO HEART is an excellent book. I definitely recommend you read the entire series, but this book is a standalone and can be read alone.
jeniNY More than 1 year ago
Alyssa Cole crashes into Justin Harts life literally when she has a car accident right outside his veterinary clinic. She’s an A-list actress, he’s a small down vet. Can two people from opposite worlds, build a life together? Or will Alyssa’s past come back to haunt them? Will Justin’s small town life be enough for the beautiful Alyssa? Can he trust her with his heart? Close To Heart is book three in the Healing Harts series by T.J. Kline. This was my first book by T.J. Kline. I did not read the previous books I plan to go back to read them though. Justin and Alyssa’s book is a sweet love story that happens by accident. Alyssa catches her abusive husband cheating, he kicks her out pregnant and heartbroken. She then finds herself in a small town faced with the possibility of being able to start over. The chemistry between Justin and Alyssa sparks immediately. Justin briefly gives Alyssa a place to stay and they begin to build a slow bond. Justin does not trust easily he has been burned in the past. That trust is tested when Alyssa’s husband comes for her. At this point tough decisions are made, I cried for this couple to come together. Alyssa was a strong female character it was great to read how she grew and changed as she tried to build a new life for herself and her baby. Justin was super sweet I liked him a lot, sometimes he could be a bit of a jerk, but I think that was his trust issues because of his bad relationship luck in the past. This is a very emotional romance that will tug at your heart. It will have you holding your breath in anticipation of what will happened next for this sweet couple. There is suspense, secrets, betrayal, and heartbreak. There is also love, trust, and second chances. The characters were well written and the story kept my interest from the beginning. I would have appreciated the background characters more if I had read the previous books so I recommend reading them first. A sweet and tumultuous romance. I definitely recommend. RECEIVED AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Alyssa has lost herself while trying to please her no-good husband, and now eight months pregnant, she learns what love really when she accidentally ends up on Justin's doorstep. Justin is the complete opposite of her her ex, so I can see why it was so easy for her to fall for him. Their relationship progresses at light speed, and it was just to quick for me personally. Not my favorite of the series, but still a good emotional romance. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, betrayal, lies, secrets, second chances, kidnapping, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Heart's Desire (Healing Harts #1) Taking Heart (Healing Harts, #2) This is Alyssa and Justin’s story. Alyssa is pregnant but she caught her husband cheating with her best friend. He told her to leave so she left. She wrecks her car and hits a dog. Justin is the vet who helps the dog. He also takes in Alyssa and helps her. He wonders about her life. She tells him about her husband but he wonders if her story is true. He husband is reporting her missing but not taking her calls. Who is telling the truth? The more time they spend together the closer they get. But is she really over her husband? When her husband comes for her will Justin ask her to stay or push her to leave? Will Alyssa return to her husband or divorce him like she stated and move on. If she moves on will it be with Justin or alone? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
I loved Justin and Alyssa together, they truly have some chemistry, sparks were flying from the start. They both are very passionate, stubborn, and lively people, the time they had together was a delight. With Justin's help and encouragement, Alyssa finds her true self again, after years of being pushed down and abused by her husband. There were some touching scenes in the story from the vet clinic, and with Alyssa nesting in Justin's home, getting ready to birth her baby boy. It was also good to see the rest of the family, Justin's sisters being so happy and settled with their men. All the secondary characters are charismatic, and to get also the point of view from Alyssa's husband gave all the drama more dimensions. But I did struggle with the timing of the story, it all happens so very fast, and right after Alyssa's scumbag husband kicked her out of their home. Within a day she left her husband, she is attracted to Justin. And soon they are intimate with each other, while she is eight months pregnant, and in a media mess with her husband. Yes, the husband was abusing, cheating, no-good man, but in my mind, I would have liked a little better (or longer) timing for the events. The Healing Harts series is truly that, the Hart siblings have found their place within their mates, and the mending power of the love has worked miracles with their hearts. I hope there will be a story of their cousin Bailey as well. ~ Four Spoons
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
Close To Heart is so much like many of the Adult Contemporary Romance novels out there - it captures your heart and attention with the great characters and storyline. T.J. Kline writes a romantic but yet funny novel that will have you devouring the book in no time. Kline's ability to write characters with whom the reader connects with is so well done, that you just cannot put the book down. I really enjoyed Justin Hart's character, as he is the main "hero" in the book. The way Justin meets the famous Alyssa Cole is somewhat heartwarming in their search for a dog that Alyssa just clipped in her car after running away from her deceitful husband. Soon the readers find themselves in a bit of a love triangle - with Alyssa's husband trying to find his missing wife - a pregnant wife who he threw out. Justin's unwavering support and kindness to Alyssa is so heartwarming and beautifully written. I loved the interactions between the two - and Alyssa's hot headiness. These two are destined for each other in a romance that is so hot it sizzles. I definitely recommend Close to Heart as a must read this summer! It would be good beach read on a hot day, or a nice cozy read inside while the rain pours! Must add to your To-Be-Read-Shelf!
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
I had a difficult start with this book and it took me a while to finish it. Without sounding too spoiler-y, there is an infidelity issue surrounding the heroine’s side of the story and when this was revealed in the beginning, I just couldn’t continue the book. I have a lot of personal baggage with infidelity/cheating and I steer clear of books like those. After being given a pep talk by my fellow Avon Addicts, I was able to continue reading the story and I’m so glad that I did. Because what I found was a beautiful story of heartache, life, mistakes, family, and of love in its purest form. You see, love is not always beautiful, and it’s never easy to attain. It’s often messy and causes tears and trust issues and other equally heart wrenching issues. But like the battles in this story, all the heartache, betrayal, dishonesty, manipulation has finely honed that love into something stronger than steel, hotter than flames and brighter than the sun. That’s just a glimpse of what’s awaiting for you in T.J. Kline’s CLOSE TO HEART. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
gaele More than 1 year ago
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. 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.