Healing Hearts [NOOK Book]

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Jay Longmire had it all--a successful business, a beautiful wife, two loving children. But one normal Sunday evening in Ann Arbor everything was ripped from his arms at knifepoint. He has retreated to Traverse City to hide from the world, nursing his physical and emotional wounds and trying to cope with mind-numbing guilt over his inability to protect his family.

Abby Powers serves him coffee he never drinks and has become obsessed with the ...
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Overview

Jay Longmire had it all--a successful business, a beautiful wife, two loving children. But one normal Sunday evening in Ann Arbor everything was ripped from his arms at knifepoint. He has retreated to Traverse City to hide from the world, nursing his physical and emotional wounds and trying to cope with mind-numbing guilt over his inability to protect his family.

Abby Powers serves him coffee he never drinks and has become obsessed with the movie-star handsome but melancholy man. And the anticipation of his appearance every day takes her mind off her own messy life.

What begins as a near desperate physical connection out of the blue develops into a friendship that has the potential to heal two damaged hearts. But Jay is terrified to love again. While Abby's fierce independence forces them both to acknowledge the deeper relationship they both desire, but that remains just out of reach.
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http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=7622 - Denise Sprung
I had the privilege of ARC reading Healing Hearts by Liz Crowe.

This book will release on January 1st and will launch the new Challenge series for Decadent Publishing. The series will be made of stories where the "challenge" must take a central role in the character's romance. Well, let me say hats-off to Ms. Crowe; she took this challenge and crafted a powerfully emotional, gut wrenching and heartwarming story....
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016149783
  • Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/30/2012
  • Series: The Challenge Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 394,334
  • File size: 433 KB

Meet the Author

Mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town. Years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse, plus making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry), has prepped her for life as erotic romance author.

When she isn't sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.

Her groundbreaking romance subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” has gained thousands of fans and followers who are interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”)

Her beer blog a2beerwench.com is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high-powered real estate offices. Don’t ask her for anything “like” a Budweiser or risk painful injury.
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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    Healing Hearts By Liz Crowe Blurb: Jay Longmire had it all--a su

    Healing Hearts
    By Liz Crowe
    Blurb: Jay Longmire had it all--a successful business, a beautiful wife, two loving children. But one normal Sunday evening in Ann Arbor everything was ripped from his arms at knifepoint. He has retreated to Traverse City to hide from the world, nursing his physical and emotional wounds and trying to cope with mind-numbing guilt over his inability to protect his family.
    Abby Powers serves him coffee he never drinks and has become obsessed with the movie-star handsome but melancholy man. And the anticipation of his appearance every day takes her mind off her own messy life.
    What begins as a near desperate physical connection out of the blue develops into a friendship that has the potential to heal two damaged hearts. But Jay is terrified to love again. While Abby's fierce independence forces them both to acknowledge the deeper relationship they both desire, but that remains just out of reach.
    Two wounded souls meet at a coffee shop and find a way to heal each other. The horror of Jay’s loss was heartbreaking. He deserves a happily ever after. Abby has an empathetic side but she’s also strong and determined to reach her dreams.
    I loved the interaction between the characters. Ms. Crowe draws you into their lives and makes you cheer for their happiness. All of Ms. Crowe’s stories remind you about what’s important in life and show “real” people…people you’re friends with or wish to know. While this story has it’s dark moments, the message of healing is very clear. A recommended read for lovers of stories with heart and heat!

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  • Posted May 29, 2013

    Healing Hearts This is a short book about Abby who works in

    Healing Hearts

    This is a short book about Abby who works in a coffee shop and her mystery customer Jay, whilst she thinks that he is hot it turns out that he has a tragedy in his past that may be impossible to overcome.

    This was a great read but I have to say that Jay's past is really not for the faint of heart- it was one of those moments in a book where I forget it is fiction and want to give the character a big hug as well as feeling faintly queasy!! It is well written with Jay's reactions to trying to get his life going again being very moving and although there is a romance it seemed to take a back seat to the story.

    I would give this book 4 of of 5 stars

    Petra

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, reme

    Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance and love have no end.

    As a personal preference, I have never been a big fan of novellas. Many times I feel the story is just getting started and then it ends leaving me speechless and wanting more. However, since I am a huge Liz Crowe fan and she personally asked me to read her new novella, Healing Hearts, I made an exception. Healing Hearts is the first novella from the Challenge Series, which consists of stories where the “challenge” must take a central role in the characters’ romance.

    The main hero of Healing Hearts is Jay Longmire. And the title “hero” doesn’t even come close to describing his character. The man watched helplessly as his wife was brutally raped and killed as well as his son. His daughter survived the attacks but remained on life support in a coma. Words cannot even describe the hurt and sorrow that I felt for Jay, which is all a reflection on the incredible writing of Liz Crowe. I could feel Jay’s pain. I could feel his sorrow. And I could understand why he didn’t want to live anymore. A central theme ran through Jay’s mind throughout most of the book—that he had somehow failed to protect his family. And isn’t that the goal of most men? To protect and provide for their family.

    Jay spends his days in a coffee shop where Abigail Powers works as a barista. He goes into the coffee shop every single day just so he can see Abby’s smile. He always orders the double skim latte, but he never talks to anyone. He just stares out the window. Abby has her own family issues causing her a different kind of pain. But she takes on extra shifts just so she can see the blue-eyed, model gorgeous Jay. Abby has one goal in life and that is to attend the University of Michigan nursing program.

    A chance encounter eventually brings Jay and Abigail together outside the coffee shop where they are physically attracted to one another but both have so many baggage. At this point in their lives, they just want and need the physical release of sex. No commitments. No expectations. Just to be there for each other as friends…at least that’s what they thought.

    "Her innate soothing nature worked its magic even without words. She reached out and took both his hands. Her skin felt warm against his and every inch of him ached to hold her, to fold her into his arms and never let her go. But the baggage, he couldn’t share it. It was too much to ask of anyone."

    There are scenes in this book which ripped my heart out. I couldn’t help but think about the people who have experienced this type of tragedy in their life. To be that numb to society. I know that I have my faith, but I don’t know what Jay’s religious background is so I’m not sure what kept him going day after day except for the fact that he still had his daughter on life support. This story is incredible, powerful, and emotional, and it will leave you with hope that love does conquer all and that grief and tragedy are only for a time.

    I would also like to go on record saying that besides the fact that I don’t typically read novellas, I also don’t normally read drama-intense/sad books. I like the traditional books filled with hearts and flowers and romance—not murders and sadness. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much I truly enjoyed the storyline in this novella but definitely was not surprised by the talented writing of Liz Crowe. She has definitely raised the bar! Great job Liz. I look forward to the next novella in the Challenge Series! (Yes, that means I will read it!) :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    A Romantic Ride

    Healing Hearts is unlike anything Liz Crowe normally writes but yet it has "Liz" stamped clearly all over it. In this book you will find yourself engrossed in a whirlwind of emotion. Liz manages to make her readers experience every heart gripping feeling her characters go through. Healing Hearts won't disappoint either. Journey with Jay and Abagail as the two of them walk through the tragedies of death and run to the power of love. You won't regret not one moment on is romantic ride. Healing Hearts will make you believe there is life out there!

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    A great new Story by Liz Crowe

    The first book in the Challenge Series Healing Hearts was written by Liz Crowe, author of Stewart Realty Series, as well as many other wonderful stand alone books. Healing Hearts was a wonderfully written story of a man struggling with the horrible aftermath of a family tragedy. I loved this story from the very beginning! You just can't go wrong with a Liz Crowe book, so much emotion, makes her books seem so realistic. Enjoy this story, I highly recommend it!

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