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Hidden Under Her Heart (Chance for Love #2)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  221 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Maryanne Torres has sworn off sex. Intent on finding a marrying man, she joins a church youth group. A party at her pastor's house turns into a drinking binge, and Maryanne is raped.

Lucas Knight's only concern was winning the Ironman Triathlon until the morning he finds Maryanne unconscious in the church parking lot. He becomes the prime suspect, even though Maryanne canno
Paperback, 12 pt font, larger margins, gift edition, 308 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Createspace (first published January 13th 2012)
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Chantel Rhondeau
Upon reading some reviews, I can see that this is a book that will likely cause strong reactions, one way or the other. I loved this book! I have been following Rachelle Ayala and reading everything she writes and in my opinion this is her best work yet.

First off, I really like Lucas. He has his flaws and is perhaps a bit extreme in some of his views, but deep down he is a loving, caring man who was someone I could really relate to and admire. He stands by his convictions and tries to do the rig
P.C. Zick
Hidden Under Her Heart is a story by Rachelle Ayala that takes the reader up and down the emotional scales in the lives of Maryanne and Lucas. From their first meeting, the ride begins when Lucas plays a ridiculously immature prank on Maryanne who's on duty in her job as a nurse. Maryanne is equally immature in her vow to remain celibate until she finds the right man, but then when she and Lucas go on their first date, she teases, flirts, and makes it seem as if she'd like more. As the story mov ...more
Melisa Hamling
I'm usually in cahoots with the heroine of the story, as in 'You gettem girl! Tell him off and don't let him dictate your life!' But not this time. The hero, Lucas, was my favorite. He started off great and he had me rolling! He's upbeat and hilarious at opportune times, but straight forward and serious, letting his voice shine when it all boils down to his compassion for life. We never really see too much of the male prospective when it comes to decision making and life choices, but Lucas was s ...more
Ruth Hill
This is the third book I have reviewed by this author, and each one is unique in its own way. But I am going to be honest. Until the last 50 or so pages, I was pretty certain I didn't like this book all that well. There were many things that initially turned me off. One of the main problems for me concerned the main characters. I found that Maryanne and Lucas were just too annoying and stuck on themselves. I had no issue with the abortion element of the story. Indeed the author covered a highly ...more
I don't know if this book really deserves a 3; I almost want to give it a 2. If I try to be objective, then it gets the 3. Here's why. This books deals with the very controversial and difficult subjects of rape and abortion. The author did a good job (quite commendable, really) of showing both sides of the abortion argument in ways that were honest, realistic, and non-condemning. She also did not hide the fact that women who experience abortions often suffer emotionally afterwards. I also really ...more
Diane Rapp
A Woman’s Right to Choose

Abortion has generated vehement political debate and controversy for years. I recently heard a statistic that one out of five women has faced (or will face) this choice during her lifetime—perhaps more than once. It’s a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to face.

Maryanne, the heroine of this novel already endured one abortion (after intense pressure by a sleazy ex-boyfriend) and it left a wound in her soul. She hardly noticed the wound until she faced the decision to
I haven't read a book in a long time that has both touched my heart and also made me think at the same time. The story of Maryann Torres and Lucas Knight is a story of young love but also of trust. The two main characters have a lot of internal issues to work through all through the story. In my opinion, Lucas was a true hero in every sense of the word. He was a good man that even dealt with somethings that he shouldn't have had too. He stood by Maryann no matter what the situation and also lear ...more
Rachelle pens "Hidden Under Her Heart", a beautifully written tale dealing with the consequences of rape and abortion. She handles the pro-choice subject honestly and nicely, and one that I don't think anyone would have a problem with. This book actually touched my heart, which was something that was unexpected. Filled with emotion, I would recommend this book to everyone.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
While Hidden Under Her Heart has a foundation built on controversial topics there is so much more to the storyline that needs to be considered at as well. As I read, I often found it difficult to come to terms with what I felt was the “most important” topic of focus. Author Rachelle Ayala tells a tale of love, loss, healing, family, personal growth, and what I found most compelling…. choice.

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Joana Arteaga
I loved Hidden Under Her Heart! I loved Lucas and Maryanne but they both annoyed me in some parts of the story. I didn't like the way Maryanne kept trying to push Lucas away when he just wanted to be there for her during her pregnancy even though it was not his baby. Of course I haven't been through what she has so I don't know how I would feel if I was in her situation. I also don't believe in abortion just like Lucas but at the same time I don't think bad of anyone that has had an abortion bec ...more
Shawn Remfrey
Maryanne Torres is a nurse with a heart of steel. She's doing well with her 'no sex' bet with her friend, Vera, until Lucas Knight becomes one of her patients. He's handsome and annoying and won't take no for an answer. But, will a sinful and rugged past keep Maryanne from allowing herself happiness?

Lucas is a triathlete who trains special needs children for the Olympics. He's tired of women using him for his body and wants something a little deeper. He's taken with Maryanne from the moment he
Emerald Barnes
Hidden Under Her Heart follows two main characters, Lucas and Maryanne, and their life in California. Maryanne is an allergy nurse, and Lucas is an athlete, training for triathlons and the Olympics.
They meet one day when Maryanne has to give Lucas shots for his various allergies, and after a silly, kind of juvenile prank, they start seeing one another.

Despite Maryanne’s many failed relationships, she tries to be a good person for Lucas. Not too clingy or needy, but that really doesn’t happen f
Debra Chapoton
I purchased Hidden Under Her Heart, A story of Abortion, by Rachelle Ayala because I was hooked on the first scene that I read in the “look inside” feature on Amazon. I liked the allergy nurse, Maryanne, and her handsome and flirty pursuer, Lucas. Both had multi-racial backgrounds and there promised to be some unique insights into cultural differences.

I also liked the Christian explanation of forgiveness and a few other Christian elements although on the whole I thought that Christians were por
Victoria Brinius
This story really made me upset that someone could get raped, and then have to deal with that man's child growing inside her. the fact that people suggested abortion made me even sadder. I am against abortion, except for this 1 circumstance. The author did a great job in making me feel for the characters and I had to see Maryanne through her pregnancy. There are so many different options instead of abortion nowadays. I wish that the author talked more about those options. However by the end of t ...more
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Wow Rachelle Ayala came through in her novel "Hidden Under Her Heart." Two young adults both with their on issues and upbringings come together it's either going to be fireworks or a dull sizzle. Hidden Under Her Heart delivers fourth of July fireworks. Maryanne Torres thinks she knows what she wants and needs to attract a good man; one that will not use her. She makes a decision to abstain from sex until the right man comes along and places a ring on the "correct" finger. Lucas Knight, triathle ...more
Lia Burres
As a couple, Lucas and Maryanne, have to debate over an abortion issue. She became pregnant by going to a party and was slipped a date rape drug. Maryanne didn't remember any of the things that had happened. She didn't even know she was pregnant until later on.
Lucas was framed for her rape. He was training for the Olympics and had to take allergy shots. Maryanne was an allergy nurse and had to give Lucas his shots. They hooked up after a childish prank.

This book tells of the decisions made by t
My Review: This is very timely book about a controversial subject, abortion. Not just abortion but aborting a pregnancy due to rape. Maryanne, a nurse, is given a date rape drug while at a party of the pastors son. Not knowing what happened she woke up the next morning sick and in someone else clothes dumped in the parking lot. Trying to put the incident out of her mind becomes impossible after a tape is released to you tube showing her in a drunken state and then apparently getting raped in a d ...more
Lucas wants to get fit for the triathlon. Maryanne wants to progress in the medical field. And each would like a relationship with “someone who loves you whether you’re sad, glad, or have a bad hair day.” They meet when Lucas comes into Maryanne's clinic for his allergy shots and their conversation strikes sparks. But soon those sparks are warm with the fire of a developing relationship.

Author Rachelle Ayala creates pleasingly natural characters in her novel, Hidden under her heart. Neither want
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Veronica Rawlins
"Hidden Under Her Heart" is well written. The emotion and love between Maryanne and Lucas through the whole ordeal is amazing. I could feel everything as if I was there with Maryanne and Lucas making the decisions and going through everything with them. This book was worth reading and was so hard to put down. I am so sad that it ended but I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a good book about the choices women have to go through and the struggle of making some of those choices when ...more
Sandy Grissett
Very touching

This book involves everyday life with a few twist and turns. Hopefully, everyone will not have to go through the ordeal that they went through. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the book when I first started reading it, but I was glad that I did. It seems hard to find a love as enduring as some, especially with the trials they went through and family member not helping any. You see how everyone is human and we all make mistakes. How God is a loving and forgiving God. And of course y
A beautiful story of love and redemption. I read the "adult" version of this novel but it still contained it's Christian message. It was a bit of a challenge in that I got a little frustrated in the back and forth of the relationship between the two main characters...often times wanting to say "enough already!".

Definitely one I'd recommend to an older teenage girl, but probably the YA version.
Ashley Clark
So, I couldn't finish this. I got 85% done and almost threw my kindle. I couldn't take anymore of the back and fourth of characters. To me I felt the religious parts of it sat on the line of shoving it down your throat. And last of all HOLYCRAP how much bad things can happen to one person! I know bad things happen and it helped make it more really but seriously it was over done. It felt like every other chapter something bad happened to this girl. Ugh I wish I could finish and maybe ill try to a ...more
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Cashea Smart
Summary: Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off sex to land a marrying man. But a party she attends turns into a drinking binge, and she is raped. Lucas Knight is a biracial athlete intent on winning the Ironman Triathlon. He finds Maryanne the next morning bloody and unconscious. Since Maryanne cannot identify her attacker, he becomes the prime suspect. When Maryanne finds herself pregnant, she plans to abort, but the identi ...more
Rebecca Gasper
Rachelle Ayala tackles the sensitive and controversial topic of abortion with compassion and ease. A must read story about a young women forced to decide her fate and the fate of her unborn child after devastating and life changing events. A great premise that drives the story forward and allows the reader to wonder what will happen next. Regardless of your beliefs, this story will pull at your heart and make you think.
Sierra Ferrante
This is a good story book on a very sensitive topic. The characters were well written, and I especially liked Lucas. The book touches on topics of abortion, religion, love, faith, friendship, and strength. There is a lot of back and forth and roller-coaster type drama, but overall I felt it was a good read.

Disclosure: I won a copy of this book on goodreads
Rachelle Ayala has a gift for writing touching stories. In this novel the themes of rape and abortion are treated in a unconventional way. The decision of keeping a baby of a rape is a tough one and the author uses the form of the novel to talk about it.
I suggest this book not only to women but to men too!
This book annoyed me to no end. There actually wasn't a character that I liked. Maryanne kept stringing Lucas along and then pushing him away. Lucas was judgemental and obsessive to the point that it seemed he only cared for the baby Maryanne was carrying with no regard for her. He actually abandoned her during the most critical point in her life. Maryannes dad only cared about money. Lucas's sister was a bitch and tried to destroy his happiness. His mother only supported him when Maryanne was o ...more
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