In a heartbeat (Heartbeat #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

This is the first book of the New Adult contemporary series 'Heartbeat'. It's recommended for readers 17+ due to language, sexual situations and incredibly hot Italian lifeguards.
It's the complete story of Stella and Max, the other two books of the series will be about different characters, so there's no cliffhanger ending.

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In a heartbeat (Heartbeat #1)

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Overview

This is the first book of the New Adult contemporary series 'Heartbeat'. It's recommended for readers 17+ due to language, sexual situations and incredibly hot Italian lifeguards.
It's the complete story of Stella and Max, the other two books of the series will be about different characters, so there's no cliffhanger ending.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044416642
  • Publisher: Teodora Kostova
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Heartbeat , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 176,321
  • File size: 980 KB

Meet the Author

Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a five year old.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Good plot...some un-needed details

    Loved Stella & Max, but 800+ pages was a lil much...

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    ** 3.5 stars ** I chose to read In a Heartbeat for a few differ

    ** 3.5 stars **

    I chose to read In a Heartbeat for a few different reasons. What first grabbed my attention was the gorgeous cover. I love the black and white (-ish?) photo with the splash of color in the font and the cover model's nail. I also was interested in the European setting, particularly Italy. Even though I'm 1/8 Italian, a book is likely the closest I'm going to get to Italy until my kids graduate. And most surprising, considering how anti-cancer books/movies I am, occasionally I like to test my feels to see if they still work. I don't mind crying happy tears -- I welcome that -- but sad, somebody's going to die tears are not something I'm fond of in books and movies.

    In a Heartbeat also provides another theme that pulled my interest, how fleeting life is. How everything can literally change in a heartbeat. This is what drives the heroine, Stella's, life. Her father and brother, taken in a heartbeat. Her health, taken in a heartbeat. It's not something I like to think about, but it is a fact of life. After years of living in perpetual fear, and knowing her health is still at risk, Stella is ready to take a summer and live it the way she wants.

    The story started out a bit slow for me, with the establishment of Stella's past, her current health status, and gives motivation to why she's prepared to leave her home for the summer. To stay with family in Italy and live the next three months to the fullest. Once she meets Max, the story does become a little more intriguing, but still, a bit slow moving. This isn't always the case for me, but the third-person narration did make it a bit difficult for me to get into the story for a while.

    I guess I would describe it as a slow burn. I won't complain about it, though, because the author does take the time to let the characters get to know one another. But I felt like not a lot was happening, besides Stella swaying back-and-forth over whether to become involved with Max. And honestly, the girl is nineteen years old, and has gone through more than most. If any heroine has reason to be wishy-washy, it's Stella.

    The second half of the In a Heartbeat really picked up on intensity, and I found myself caring about Max and Stella. There's also a bit of a side story involving Stella's cousin Lisa. At first this seemed irrelevant to the main story, but it actually served a purpose in helping Stella move forward. Anyway, back to Max and Stella, I liked them as a couple. The author made me believe in their feelings, and I was hoping against fate for a happy ending. Did they get one? I won't say, but I will say that the epilogue came as a but of a surprise. A pleasant surprise.

    And yes, In a Heartbeat is a standalone. But, there is a companion Then, Now, Forever coming soon. This is Max's best friend, Beppe, and sister Gia's story. Based on what we get of them in In a Heartbeat (it's sooo good!), I've already put it on my to-read list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book! It's not often that I read books s

    I absolutely loved this book! It's not often that I read books set in Italy and it made me fall in love with the country (and the men) even though I've never been there! The story was sweet and heart-warming and gut wrenching all at the same time. I hope it inspires people the same way it inspired me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Bad

    What a bad book! Couldn't finish! I gave it 1 star,only because i couldn't give it a "BIG" fat zero!!

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

    This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I hone

    This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I honestly don't know that I can give it high enough praise. To start off, it is definitely my favorite book of 2013. And I think it has a really good shot of being my favorite book of the year. I just know it.




    The story is incredible. It's well written, addictive, and beautiful beyond words. Stella and Max have the most amazing chemistry. They have the love that every woman dreams of having one day. It's an earth-shattering, I'd-do-anything-for-you type of love. Teodora does it so well that your heart breaks from the incredible power of it. Their love blossoms into something so real that you can almost touch it. It's tangible. Max and Stella are the perfect pair, they were made for each other. This was a definite soul-mate pairing. I couldn't help but fall in love with them.




    In A Heartbeat is a complex story. It revolves around not only a great cast of characters (each and everyone of them are a delight), but also a wonderful setting that becomes as much of the story as the characters. It's also not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of tragedy in the story, but I think that's what makes the story, and especially the ending, so special. One of the things I took away from IAH was to always have hope and to love with everything you have.




    This book will reel you in completely. I couldn't get enough of it. By the end, I felt so emotionally drained, but it was so worth it.




    I hope that there is another book because I would love to visit some of the other characters and see what happened with them. Okay, I also want to see Max and Stella too, but who wouldn't?




    It's honestly the first time a book has destroyed me. I sobbed, I laughed, I loved every second of it. It was sexy, tragic, beautiful, powerful. Now I just want to curl in a ball and reread it again. If that's not book love, I don't know what is.




    I would give In a Heartbeat ten stars if I could. I think it is that deserving. It's a book that I can see myself coming back to again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

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