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    Sweet story. Quick read.

    Very sweet story. You know where it's heading from the very start but it's a cute story along the way. Quick read. Finished in one day.
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    An unexpected and altogether sweet romance

    Justin wasn't looking for a relationship — or anything even close to one. But when a very famous, very pregnant woman crashes on the road just in front of his veterinary practice, he finds himself offering her help and trying to deny the sparks of attraction that fly between them. After all, she's married and clearly carrying another man's child. But his heart has other ideas. The Verdict: I'm sort of over my penchant for romances in which the regular person falls in love with someone ridiculously famous, but I couldn't pass up the chance to read another story by T.J. Kline. And of course, I loved it! Justin has been the meddling big brother in previous books, and while it was always clear that he was a good guy, it was hard to really get to know him. He's always been all business — except when it comes to looking out for family — and finally getting a look inside his mind was really interesting! For one, he was a little angry and put out by Alyssa's need for help, but he didn't have it in him not to lend a hand. That right there made him a lot more believable than the typical white knight who's head over heels in five minutes and ready to play protector. Alyssa's not your typical celebrity, either. She made a big name for herself in Hollywood, but then her marriage to a power-hungry agent happened, and it's all been downhill from there. He's more or less sabotaged her career and left her nearly a has-been just a few years after the height of her fame, and now that she knows for certain that he's been cheating, she's completely lost. Not to mention alone and without a plan. On the outside, her life looks perfect, but on the inside, she's desperately trying to figure out who she is and what her next step should be. The last thing she expects is for the cowboy who comes to her rescue to rescue her heart as well. Her car crash is serious enough to send Justin running to help but minor enough that she walks away without a scratch. However, she's now stranded at Justin's country veterinary practice, urging him to save the dog (and soon puppies!) that caused her to wreck in the first place, and struggling internally with what her next move should be. I love that Justin didn't immediately know who she was, though I could have done without his immediate judgement of her once he realized her famous identity. Fortunately, he's fairly quick to recognize that she's not as glamorous and perfect as the tabloids would have everyone think, and while he's not sure they have anything in common, he's also not about to fall for the media gossip. Justin's pride and Alyssa's lost sense of self-worth are the biggest obstacles between them, though you'd think her pregnancy would be an issue. Surprisingly, Justin's only real issue with that is that she's just coming out of a relationship, which really raised him up in my opinion. Instead of worrying what other people might think or that he was rushing into things too quickly, he followed his feelings and allowed himself to become involved during a situation that would have most men running for the hills. Alyssa's husband was simply reprehensible, and I could have done without Justin falling for his lies, but at the same time, I can't really blame him considering the whole crazy scenario. I mean, who among us wouldn't be insecure when it came to holding onto the heart of someone who'd been on a hundred magazine covers? Their relationship seemed at first to move too quickly, but in reality it was several weeks into things before it got deeply serious on an emotional level they were each willing to admit, which sounds just about right for new love. And of course, she's exactly what he needs to loosen up a bit and give into his feelings, and he's exactly what she needs to help her stand on her own two feet again. Close to Heart is the story of finding love when you least expect it, when you aren't even looking for it, and in the most difficult of circumstance, which is a big part of what makes it such a wonderful story. T.J. Kline has once again served up complex characters with plenty of personal obstacles to overcome, and the result is an unexpected and altogether sweet romance. ***FicCentral received this book from Harper Collins (via Edelweiss) for free in exchange for an honest review.
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    Emotional

    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.
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    Worth a read!

    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***
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