Half-Broke Heart

Half-Broke Heart

by Tarina Deaton, Jessica Snyder

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Denise Reynolds is used to putting up a good front to show the world a strong, capable woman, but keeps a lot of things buried deep.

Chris Nolton is everything she learned the hard way to avoid -- a sexy alpha-male who could charm her out of her pants and work his way into her heart. If history has taught her anything, it's a deadly combination, but he manages to dig up emotions and longing she's tried to bury for years.

He says all the right things and pushes her boundaries in all the right ways. Letting her guard down is difficult, especially since believing all the right things in the past led to unimaginable consequences.

Being content with her life may no longer be an option, but risking her heart may bring her to her knees.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158806858
Publisher: Tarina Deaton LLC
Publication date: 12/11/2017
Series: Combat Hearts , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 118
Sales rank: 11,364
File size: 363 KB

About the Author

Tarina has spent her entire life in and around the military - first as a dependent and then as an enlisted Air Force member.

In 2015, a friend challenged her to complete NaNoWriMo. She dusted off one of the many stories she'd started over the years, threw it in the trash, and started all over.

Her debut novel, Stitched Up Heart, released in September 2016. The military gives her plenty of material to work with and she strives to create characters who authentically represent all facets of the military life - the good and the not so great.

Tarina is still active duty, a single mom of five-year-old twins, and a closet romantic. Her favorite hobby is sleep. She has delusions of retiring from the military and being a stay-at-home mom.

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Half-Broke Heart 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1st book = great. This one = good, but should be combined with the next one. Several editing issues. Still anxious to read about Denise & Chris.
WrittenWordLoverAB 8 months ago
I really like this story and the characters. I don't like it when stories are broken into two books though. There are grammatical issues which seem to be prevalent in independent book. I wish authors would find good editors to review their books before publishing.
JanaT More than 1 year ago
Half-Broke Heart by Tarina Deaton is a beginning to Denise and Chris’ story and picks up in the middle of the first book in Tarina’s Combat Hearts series and for NO reason, I repeat, for NO reason should it be read as a standalone! Read it after finishing the first book as it is not necessary to have read the 2nd book (maybe it is just me thinking so …). I fell in love with Tarina’s writing the moment I picked up the first book in the series and I absolutely fell in love with everyone in it so when I saw that Half-Broke Heart is the story of Denise (Bree’s best friend) and Chris (Jase’s very good friend), I squealed with glee! Yey! I could just imagine them together though I could see a lot of challenges as well! Also, to let you know, this is just the beginning of their story and it will leave you hanging and reaching for the third book of the series! Anyhow, as I already said, this is the story of Denise Reynolds and Chris Nolton … Denise, so guarded and so funny and so deceptively strong and so broken at the same time … Chris, such an Alpha and carrying such a baggage … It was a great lead-in to their full story that is the third book of the series and I would recommend taking a weekend for their story! You will not regret it! Come along on the journey!
Maura-Harper More than 1 year ago
In the blurb is an “Author’s Note” about how Half-Broke Heart is not a stand-alone. I agree. After I got a few pages in, I actually went back to “Stitched Up” to review what I read a year ago. It’s absolutely worth reading in order. We met Chris and Denise in the first book of the Combat Hearts Series (see my note above) and just knew there was more to them so I am so glad they are getting their story told. Half-Broke Hearts is a novella labelled as book 2.5 in the series which should have told me that it was a set up to a much greater story but I was so psyched to get into it, that I didn’t sit and ponder where it would lead. Half-Broke Heart is quick and to the point, few words are wasted on details and can be read in a spare hour. I’m looking forward to reading the next story in this fantastic series.
rockrchic923 More than 1 year ago
Half-Broke Heart is a novella in the Combat Hearts series by Tarina Deaton, and it was another fantastic read in this great series. This story focuses on Denise Reynolds and Chris Nolton, this was a very explosive relationship. Chris is everything that Denise felt like she didn’t need in her life, alpha male who says and does everything way too smooth, and while he presents as this until we dig deeper to see the real man who is Chris was. This story line was unique because it took place at the same time as Rescued Heart and is the prequel to Locked-Down Heart, giving the reader a chance to see the backstory that lead to how Chris and Denise first met. I hadn’t really read anything by Deaton prior to this series, but I am so glad that I picked this series to start, her writing style is so unique and her way of telling a story made these all such a joy to get to read. I would suggest that this book be read in order of the series as the stories all work in concert together. This is a series that shouldn’t be missed!
Bobbi Wagner More than 1 year ago
Half-Broke Heart (Combat Hearts #1.5) by Tarina Deaton is the second book in her Combat Hearts series. I highly suggest that you read the first book before this one as it meshes together with the first. I enjoyed this book as much as the first one. Her characters are so true to life and the emotional roller coaster they took me on made me laugh, cry and feel compassion. This story picks up in the middle of the first book with Denise and Chris. This is Denise's story. Denise and Chris are best friends with Brew and Jase. You can feel the attraction between them but Denise is reluctant to let Chris in because of a past, bad relationship. He is everything that could bring her down and she would rather keep things buried. What will happen when she decides to give him a chance? Will she finally let him in with the help of her PTSD dog? He says and does all the right things but will she regret her choice? Their story as a couple of twists and turns that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what will happen. Is there more to risk then just her heart? I enjoyed these two together and seeing Denise's side of things. They have such chemistry and attraction that they just belong together. They are both strong characters, they have been through so much. PTSD is not an easy thing and I think this author has depicted those feelings really well. I highly recommend this book, find out what Denise's story is and if there is a happy ending for her!