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Leaping Hearts
     

Leaping Hearts

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by J. R. Ward, Jessica Bird
 

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A.J. Sutherland knows her own mind.
She also knows a champion when she sees him…

Everyone thinks A.J. Sutherland is crazy to buy a rogue stallion that no rider or trainer has been able to tame. But if anybody has the hustle to make something out of that hell-raiser, it’s her. She can’t do it alone, however, and goes after the great

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A.J. Sutherland knows her own mind.
She also knows a champion when she sees him…

Everyone thinks A.J. Sutherland is crazy to buy a rogue stallion that no rider or trainer has been able to tame. But if anybody has the hustle to make something out of that hell-raiser, it’s her. She can’t do it alone, however, and goes after the great Devlin McCloud, an equestrian legend with a bad leg- and a worse attitude.

Devlin recognizes a fighter when he sees one- and that horse isn’t a wallflower, either. Before he knows it, he’s got a wild stallion in his empty stable and a hot-headed, heavenly-bodied rider sleeping on his couch. But can he get all three of them through the championship in one piece? This passion he’s found with his rider is compromising training- and at this level of competition, any distraction is not just unprofessional, but downright deadly...  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451230867
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
347,771
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

J. R. Ward lives in the South with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in health care in Boston and spent many years as chief of staff for one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation.

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Leaping Hearts 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At a Virginia horse auction, A.J. Sutherland buys four-year-old thoroughbred Sabbath for thirty thousand dollars though the steed has a nasty reputation and her stepbrother, the family finance expert Peter Conrad, objected. Following her instincts, A.J. pays with her own personal money. When she returns to Sutherland Stables, Peter informs her that he sold the horse. An upset A.J. blithely says he cannot sell what the stable does not own and leaves with her horse though she has no place for Sabbath to stay. A desperate A.J. travels to the nearby home of Devlin McCloud to beg the once golden boy of horse jumping to allow her steed to stay in his stable. Devlin still uses a cane from the injury he suffered last year that led to the euthanasia killing of his beloved horse Mercy. He wants nothing to do with A.J. or Sabbath, but would never allow an animal to suffer because of human stupidity. Soon he finds himself training horse and woman. As A.J. and Devlin fall in love, both fear commitment with a human.

Though readers will wonder how the father of A.J. could allow the cruelty of not stabling Sabbath for at least a night, fans will appreciate this warm contemporary romance. The story line is exciting as Devlin and A.J. leap from love even though the dangerous matchmaking skills of the key third character Sabbath pushes them together. LEAPING HEARTS combines a good horse jumping competition with a strong romance into a fine debut by newcomer Jessica Bird.

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stephgordy25 More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Another great read from JR. Loved the plot, the romance and the characters. Having read the preface, this book is special to JR as it was one of her first novels that she wrote as a budding writer. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun little romp of a love story
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Kanne More than 1 year ago
“This heat between us… I can’t be rational when I want you so much” He scorchingly wants her, she desperately wants him naked and all that… But wait there is a big competition and they have to think about it. Like massive amounts of sexual tension is a good idea around a 1000 lb. animal with impulse control issues. All I am saying is.. Tease Tease Tease !
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Fantastic and wonderful. Romantic in all the right places and emphasizes the human spirit will always endure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book. I loved the chemistry between Devlin and AJ. Great storyvline, once I started reading, couldn't put it down. J. R. Ward is by far one of my fave aurhors
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It was a good book it was great Sincerly Normandy 32 years old
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So many spots where the story could get deeper, and didnt. Good, fun, hot. Would enjoy having JR write another draft now to see where the characters would be enhanced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is where the warriors in training sleep. There is space for several apprentices & lots of soft moss.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and entertaining. Very good book. finished it very quickly