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Healing Hearts

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
As a girl, Emma Whiteside asked Adam Caldwell, Viscount Riverton, to wait for her to be of marriageable age. Now, twelve years later, Emma hates Adam as much as she once loved him, holding the former army major responsible for the death of her brother on the battlefield.

Adam already blames himself for the loss of the men under his command. But the fiery young woman Emma's
ebook, 102 pages
Published February 28th 2011 by Carina Press (first published January 21st 2011)
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2 1/2 stars (rounded down to 2 stars because I was disappointed to see a good premise "wasted" like this)

This book has most of the key ingredients to a good romance: an emotionally and physically damaged hero who can't forget the horrors of war + a tortured heroine who blames the hero for her brother's death on the battlefield and is in dire straits due to her father's gambling debts + angsty conflicts heightened by the hero's sense of guilt and inadequacy + steamy love scenes. Unfortunately, al
Fani loves angst
Well, that was one heck of a silly book: everything, besides the epilogue, takes place in less than a day during which the heroes' feeling run from hate to lust to love in just a few hours. Yes, that's right: the heroine starts the book hating the hero for the death of her brother during the war, but she soon discovers she wants him anyway and finally admits that she even loves him. The hero's feelings at least start one step higher, skipping hate and moving directly to lust, before eventually t ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2011
This was one of those slow, sweet books that winds around you and lets you flow into the lives of the characters. Relatively short, the book draws you in and lets you feel how two people on the edge of very different precipices find a way to come together.

Emma's sadness over losing her brother is translated into anger toward Adam, her brother's commander and long-time friend of the family. Her father has abandoned her in his grief and she's on the edge of losing everything she holds dear. Adam f
Stacey Kennedy
Mar 10, 2011 Stacey Kennedy rated it it was amazing
This is one of those short stories that could have been an amazing full length novel, but I’m so happy Ms. Kincaid kept it short. It didn’t need the length to be spectacular! It focused on the moment two people longing for each other reunited and I enjoyed every darn minute of it.

I promise not to ruin anything, but I have to share the scene that melted my heart. Emma is a child and Adam a teenager. She demands something of him that is so innocent, yet so Emma. I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll k
Feb 21, 2011 chanceofbooks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Elizabeth Hoyt, Samantha James, Shirley Karr fans
4.5 stars. It is darn near impossible to write a complex, emotionally satisfying love story with a real conflict in a mere 74 pages, but somehow Kincaid pulls it off, and for that alone, I have to salute her. If you enjoy slightly gothic regencies, like Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series or Samantha James's or Shirley Karr's work, you will enjoy this tale of a young woman confronting the man she spent most of her life idolizing, but now blames for the death of her twin brother. With vivid detai ...more
Feb 15, 2011 LynnMarie rated it really liked it

Dodie's Review

This is a Regency romance in its finest form. There's something simple and pure about a Regency Romance. The hero and heroine can interact without the modern distractions of daily life. When done properly, its a story beautiful in its simplicity. I'm sure that people in that real era had real, difficult problems that weren't so easily solved, but in the fantasy world of books, things are easily solved.

At first glance, Adam is colored through Emma's anger at the loss of her brother
Laurie Garrison
Healing Heart’s is a sweet romance with tons of sexual tension. I enjoyed reading this novella. You’ll find the hero very damaged from a war and the heroine very mad at him, but it doesn’t take long for her to warm up. This is not a fast paced action read, it heartfelt story between two people that already loved each other. I loved the authors writing style and I will be reading more of her books in the future. I recommend this to anyone that would like a hot sweet novella romance.
Mar 08, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Taryn Kincaid did a beautiful job of really showing the complexity of the human heart and its capacity to overcome pain. Adam is the perfect hero. I'm in love with him. I will be buying anything Ms. Kincaid writes from now.
Lisa Fox
Feb 24, 2011 Lisa Fox rated it it was amazing
A fast moving, highly sensual story about two people who were totally meant for one another. The writing is superb and the love scenes are hot!
Jess the Romanceaholic
As a girl, Emma Whiteside asked Adam Caldwell, Viscount Riverton, to wait for her to be of marriageable age. Now, twelve years later, Emma hates Adam as much as she once loved him, holding the former army major responsible for the death of her brother on the battlefield.
Adam already blames himself for the loss of the men under his command. But the fiery young woman Emma's become sparks his arousal, as well as emotions Adam thought long dead. The passion between them makes him want to reclaim the
Karyn Gerrard
Feb 21, 2011 Karyn Gerrard rated it really liked it
I have been enjoying the ebooks I have been reviewing, more than I thought I would, this story is no exception. They say there is a fine line between love and hate, never so much so than in this story. Emma Whiteside's feelings are are storm tossed as the gale that blows all around her, as she watches Viscount Riverton slowly make his way toward her, his gait impeded from a war injury. A war that claimed Emma's beloved twin brother Michael, a death Emma lays squarely on the viscount's broad shou ...more
Mar 09, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Healing Hearts by Taryn Kincaid is a must read for those of you who love the Regency period. Add the backdrop of the Napoleonic War and the story becomes even more powerful.
Taryn weaves a story of love-hate-love with skill, beautifully chose words and the perfect pacing. She makes you believe you are actually there-at the cliffs, then in the manor house-seeing, feeling touching the pain Emma and Adam go through. You feel their passion when Emma finally confesses her love only to have Adam say no
Apr 03, 2011 Lori rated it liked it
I adored the beginning of this book. The damaged hero and the hostile heroine, who was secretly in love w/ hero. Having said that, this book is a perfect example of a book that suffered from word count anxiety. The author tried to cram so much in, and there wasn't enough time to fully explore any of it, which is a shame because most of the threads were worth exploring deeply and thoroughly. The romance felt rushed to me, which saddens me since it had such huge potential.
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Taryn Kincaid has written a regency period romance novel with a large amount of sexual tension, her words flowed easily and her descriptions were well thought out so the reader can visualize the scenes around this story. Her writing was so good she made me laugh and want to cry all at the same time. This novel makes you feel the passion and the need between Emma and Adam.
Wendy Marcus
Mar 04, 2011 Wendy Marcus rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Taryn's word choice was amazing and her use of period phrases transported me back in time. This book is wonderfully written and I highly recommend it.
Mar 26, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing
Nice, fast read with characters I was rooting for right from the start. Loved Adam and Emma's story. Past history, tortured hero, spirited heroine - all the things I love in a romance.
JoAnne Kenrick
Mar 15, 2011 JoAnne Kenrick rated it it was amazing
Utterly fantastic!
Lisa Jo
Aug 27, 2011 Lisa Jo rated it really liked it
Healing Hearts is a sweet historical romance story that any girl could love. This tale is the perfect combination of drama, angst and passion that will entertain you throughout. If you are looking for that stunning, but all to brief read, Healing Hearts is the novel for you.

I was amazed by how deeply I was sucked into this short story. You barely have a hundred pages to understand the characters past, their passion and their pain but Kincaid does a amazing job of condensing their story. The hero
Mar 21, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, net-galley
I debated long over the amount of stars to give this book. Here are my reasons for the 3:

1. It's good, but it's just too short. I really liked the premise, but the execution was so rushed and overwhelming. We never really learn about Emma's change of heart. We are told, over and over, in an amazing assortment of melting-ice metaphors, about her resentment fading away, but good writing is about showing feelings and character development. Besides the romance, which happens in just one day, I reall
May 05, 2011 Habrewer rated it really liked it
Healing Hearts by Taryn Kincaid
* I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Healing Hearts is a touching tale about two souls finding forgiveness and comfort in one another. Emma has loved Adam since she was a child but now she blames him for her brother’s death. Even though she despises him, she is drawn to him like no other.

Adam is home from the war, a bruised and battered man. He wants to go see Emma feels that he is not worthy of her. He has encased his he
Mar 30, 2011 Alex rated it liked it
At First Sight: Emma Whiteside is angry and in dire need of help. Ever since her brother died during the war a year ago, her life has been going from bad to worse and now she has reached the end of her rope as her father has disappeared, leaving her to deal with ever growing debts.

Her only comfort comes from blaming everything on Adam Caldwell, Viscount Riverton, the man who - when she was but eight years old -she made promise her to wait until she was old enough to marry him, and the official
Jun 27, 2011 April rated it really liked it
RATING: 4.5)HEALING HEARTS by Taryn Kincaid is an exciting historical romance set in Regency England. It is a quick read full of guilt,romance,love, sweet sensuality and family. Emma finds herself without friends,family,her twin brother killed during the war,her father has disappeared leaving her with mounting debts and only one way out and keep her home,to sell herself.But Emma can't bring herself to do that. Viscount Riverton,Adam,has returned from the war with guilt,Emma's twin brother was ki ...more
Apr 05, 2011 Cleffairy rated it really liked it
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Healing Hearts by Taryn Kincaid is a very moving love story, and it makes me ponder a lot. It is a historical romance written in a very passionate way, and I love how the characters develop as I read about them page by page. One of my favourite phrase from the book is this:

“But despite the depths to which I may have fallen, I have managed to retain my manners.”

Jan 07, 2012 Tana rated it really liked it
Title: Healing Hearts
Author: Taryn Kincaid
Page count: 106
Genre (Sub genre if available) – Fiction, Historical, Romance, Erotica
Healing Hearts by Taryn Kincaid
Review Rating: 4 stars, recommended read.
Heat ratings: 3, blush worthy

Taryn Kincaid has written a regency period romance novel with a large amount of sexual tension, her words flowed easily and her descriptions were well thought out so the reader can visualize the scenes around this story. Her writing was so good she made me laugh and want
May 31, 2011 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2011, novella
Healing Hearts is another quick read from Carina Press. I enjoyed Healing Hearts. It's a classic story of two broken people who find life and happiness in loving one another. Adam has been wounded not just physically, but emotionally by the war in Spain. Emma still loves Adam even though he might have led he brother to his death. I think I liked this one so much because the hero is flawed. I can empathize better with the character that way. The epilogue was very amusing and a great way to end th ...more
Mar 21, 2011 Angie rated it liked it
A straightforward romance leading quickly to the point because it's short and happens in a few hours time. That explains why the characters are not complex but it's not unpleasant and you don't have time to get bored.

Jan 28, 2012 Dev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story! The beginning was a bit slow, but it soon picked up pace and I devoured it. Wonderful chemistry between Emma and Adam. Would definitely recommend.
Jennifer Probst
Jennifer Probst rated it it was amazing
Apr 04, 2011
Nov 23, 2013 Missy rated it really liked it
A hot sweet read. A wonderful short read loaded full of sexual tension & unfullfilled love.
Mar 27, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Nice short historical love story. :)
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