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"How to heal a hero..."Helping people comes naturally to Zoe Hamilton--she has the advice column to prove it. All she wants this summer, though, is to lick her postdivorce wounds in peace. That's fine by her surly-yet-handsome neighbor, ex-army captain Jake Meyers; he just wants to be left alone.

Jake might believe his emotions are frozen forever, but the pain in his glitte
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Penny Watson
The Heart of a Hero by Barbara Wallace

How to write a perfect book for Penelope?

1. Include an adorable weenie dog nicknamed The Tube Of Terror (love it!).
2. Have a hot, studly tortured ex-soldier/handyman hero (tool belt.....schwing!).
3. Add a newly divorced heroine who writes an advice column (bossy girl!).
4. Setting should be a Martha's Vineyard-type New England island....old rickety beach house, the ocean, and small-town charm.
5. Add lots of sexual chemistry, an emotional storyline involving t
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Zoe Hamilton is the kind of woman who seems to gravitate toward needy people. Her recent divorce from a grasping and financially needy golf pro wannabe is a case in point, and she just wants to put some distance between her past and her present. Her solution is to buy the summer home where she remembers fun times while growing up and where she hopes to recoup the good times in her lives. What she doesn't plan on is the state in which she finds the house, the lack of maintenance given the propert ...more
Rhonda
Its a Reminder about all the hero's out thier who risk thier lives for are freedom and pay a high cost.Zoe buys a beach house from her mother who has let it go. Zoe moves to the island for the summer to help her get over her divorce. Zoe ex needed her money not her.
Next door neighbor wants to be left alone too. He has scars on his face and a limp. He is also the only handiman on the island. She wants to get her chimney swept so she can have a fire to warm the nights.
Why Jake is fixing that he no
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Tracy
~* 3.5 Stars *~
An Unsurprising but Feel-Good Romance

Deeply shaken by her divorce and the bad judgement it implied, advice columnist and inveterate fixer Zoe Hamilton has taken a step back, returning to the small vacation island off the coast of Cape Cod where she'd summered with her parents when she was a little girl. She planned to do a little wound licking, a little healing, and a little home improvement on the cabin she bought from her mother. Little being the operative word, of course.

An unp
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Sheri
My grade: B-. This series romance about a vet suffering from PTSD and a newly divorced woman was handled well. The characters and their motivations all rang true, resulting in a believable story. My only small criticism was the predictability. I knew exactly what was coming every step of the way. I never quite figured out why Zoe was so bright, energetic and full of life, either. At the beginning she was supposed to be depressed and had moved to the island to get away from her life for a while a ...more
Natālija
All in all, this was an enjoyable read. I would have given it a 4 if not for the annoying heroine. Her importunate desire to "help" Jake really got on my nerves. Other than that, it's well worth reading if you like short yet emotionally charged stories.
Hsiau Wei
It is a story of Jake, who cant move on due to his inability to forgive himself for his failure to save his commanders during an open fire before meet Zoe who recently move in next door. Zoe, ever the problem's solver was fascinated with Jake's demure determine to help Jake but Jake doesnt seem to give in to Zoe's interest.. without both realising that they are falling in love with each other.

This is a story that i felt calm reading it. It doesnt have the high intensity which normally has in a r
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Deanna from Deanna's World
This book was perfect for what I was in the mood to read. I loved watching the relationship develop between Jake and Zoe. It wasn't rushed and it also didn't seem manufactured. The relationship was realistic, as was what Jake had to deal with from his past. The author did not magically make his problems go away but dealt with them in a realistic manner. Overall, this was an extremely satisfying read.
Normandy
A sweet romantic read.
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Barbara Wallace has been a life-long romantic and daydreamer so it's not surprising she decided to become a writer at age eight. However, it wasn't until a co-worker handed her a romance novel that she knew where her stories belonged. For years she limited her dreams to nights, weekends and commuter train trips while working as a communications specialist, PR freelancer and full-time mom. At the u ...more
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