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Close to Heart

(Healing Harts #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  34 reviews

It only took an instant for her world to come crashing down…but Heart Fire Ranch is a place of new beginnings, even for those who find their way there by accident

As the only veterinarian in town, Justin Hart doesn't have time to think about romance. So when A-list actress Alyssa Cole crashes her car outside his clinic, it's entirely unexpected when there's a spark betw

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Published July 14th 2015 by Avon Impulse
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Lover of Romance
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Close To Heart is a story that starts off with our heroine, Alyssa accidently hitting a dog at night, and running into Justin Heart’s building. Instantly there is sparks between these two as they fight to save the dog and her pups. Alyssa has just left her husband, and is eight months pregnant, and now with her car unable to work, Justin and Alyssa bunk as roommates together for a short period of time. The build up between these two is
Bette Hansen
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable. Glad to see Justin find his HEA and Alyssa was a great match for him. Ever the protector, Alyssa definitely needed his help. I would definitely recommend this one.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by publisher in exchange for a honest review
There is something about small town romances and me. I’m drawn to them like flies. Maybe it because I grew up in a country that was so close-knit and small community atmosphere.

Close to Heart fit that description perfectly and whilst I’m new to the series I found this to be standalone though Justin did have the a role in other books. Justin is the head of his family and been hard watchi
Home. Love. Books.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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I kind of love the premise of this book, woman is leaving her husband and finds sanctuary in a new place she's never been, the only hiccup in this is that this particular woman who is leaving her husband is pregnant, and I think we can all agree that kind of raises the stakes of the book.

So Alyssa used to be a movie star, until she married her agent and then he slowly started to pull her away from her acting and t
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I couldn't wait to read Justin's story and finally I just finished it. So I did happen to have mixed feelings about this book.

Alyssa used to be an actress who was married and pregnant but when her cheating ex kicks her out she ends up hitting a pregnant dog and meeting Justin in front of his clinic. I know right? At first I'm like wow Alyssa has just the worst luck ever!

I thought the storyline was okay but with the ex involved it was just way too much drama. Some parts could have been taken ou
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I have serious cover love for this book--shallow, I know, but it just gives me all the warm fuzzy feels. I mean look at it--sigh :)

Initially, the characters seemed to live up to their awesome cover.

Justin's a veterinarian, and in the very first chapters of the book he delivers a litter of puppies for a dog who's been hit by a car. Then he takes in the woman who accidentally hit the dog, offering her shelter from the inclement weather and a place to stay while her car is getting fixed. So far, so
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
The Healing Harts series by Kline is a collection that continues to get better each time that a new novel is released. I will admit that I have enjoyed each book within the series, but Close to Heart is my absolute favorite. I loved the entire vibe this book contained from romance to hope this book just made feel good as a reader.

One of the best aspects about the story was Justin, the hero. He's the kind of guy that any girl would want to bring home to their parents as he is a rare find in both
Catherine Crook
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
holy hell!
it was amazing.
full review to come!
Nate Brightman
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Close to the Heart is Book 3 of the Healing Harts series based upon the fictional Hart family, sisters Jessie, Julia, brother Justin the subject of this book and younger cousin Bailey. Justin is the oldest of the three siblings a veterinarian, former college football player and quite honestly not the most lovable character in the previous two books. In this his book Ms. Kline manages to make Justin a much more likable character while not giving him a complete personality makeover. I’ve now compl ...more
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, free-copy

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 ridiculousl
Mignon Mykel
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review; original tour post with excerpt can be found at:
(7/21/2015, 7 am CST)

The J-Harts are finally rounding out with big brother, Justin.

If you had the opportunity to read Jessie and Julia's stories, you know what a loving big brother Justin can be -- but also what a meddling brother he can be. So it was nice to see the tables turn -- his sisters can get all up in his business now.

On a late night as Justin is shu
Defying Tradition Allisia Wysong
Close to Heart is the book I knew would be great, but I wasn’t prepared for the hit to my heart. We have slowly been getting to know Justin Heart through his sisters and know he is stubborn, protective, and always ready to lay anyone out that dares mess with the ones he loves. In his book we get to delve deeper into who Justin is, what makes him tick, what it takes to break down the walls he has kept up for so long. Justin has sworn off relationships, he doesn’t trust easy so to let himself care ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
Review also posted at My Book Snack

Small town sweetness with a cowboy!

Close to Heart was my first time reading anything from T.J. Kline, and I adored her take on a small town romance.

First, I’d like to mention that this story involves a very pregnant heroine and touches on the sensitive subject of verbal/emotional abuse. There is very good reason why Alyssa Cole accidentally winds up in the small town where Heart Fire Ranch is located. She ends up in a dire situation that leads her to meeting ve
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: avon, net-galley, reviewed
A new series from new to me author Anna Stanizewski brings a nice mix of ancient mythology and magic to the life of a not-so-ordinary middle schooler. Twisting together the myths of Cupid and the Grim Reaper works to great effect in this story, adding humor, several ‘oops’ moments and a wonderful developing friendship between our two protagonists.

Lena is a reaper (yes – as in Grim) without the scythe or black cloak. She’s well-adjusted and comfortable in her life, well, as comfortable as anyone
JB's Book Obsession - Jennifer
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alyssa Cole crashes into Justin Harts life literally when she has a car accident right outside his veterinary clinic. She’s an A-list actress, he’s a small down vet. Can two people from opposite worlds, build a life together? Or will Alyssa’s past come back to haunt them? Will Justin’s small town life be enough for the beautiful Alyssa? Can he trust her with his heart?

Close To Heart is book three in the Healing Harts series by T.J. Kline. This was my first book by T.J. Kline. I did not read the
Heather Cavanaugh
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story about second chances and finding yourself again. This was the first book I read in this series and also the first book I have read by T.J. Kline.

Alyssa Cole was a movie star who had everything. When she met her husband and he became her manager he wanted to start his own agency. He used her money and slowly made her irrelevant in Hollywood. His career was soaring and she was happy that he was happy. Till one day her best friend took her to lunch and broke the news. So afte
Books and Spoons
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved Justin and Alyssa together, they truly have some chemistry, sparks were flying from the start. They both are very passionate, stubborn, and lively people, the time they had together was a delight.
With Justin's help and encouragement, Alyssa finds her true self again, after years of being pushed down and abused by her husband.
There were some touching scenes in the story from the vet clinic, and with Alyssa nesting in Justin's home, getting ready to birth her baby boy.
It was also good to s
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
CLOSE TO HEART is the latest installment in T.J. Kline's series, Healing Hearts, about the Hart family of California ranchers. Here we meet oldest brother Justin, a veterinarian and all around decent guy. But when confronted with a pregnant woman who carries heavy baggage both personal and public, he must make hard decisions as to what is right and what will make him happy.
Like the other books in the Healing Hearts series, this one deals with the central theme of healing, not just the healing o
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Close To Heart is so much like many of the Adult Contemporary Romance novels out there - it captures your heart and attention with the great characters and storyline. T.J. Kline writes a romantic but yet funny novel that will have you devouring the book in no time. Kline's ability to write characters with whom the reader connects with is so well done, that you just cannot put the book down.

I really enjoyed Justin Hart's character, as he is the main "hero" in the book. The way Justin meets the fa
Elizabeth H.
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 fo
Cara Ross
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So we are back with the Hart family and I for one am excited. When we were last with them, embezzlement had just been found and now the family is regrouping.

Justin; the über protective brother, had now found himself at a loose end where it came to his sisters, they had their partners and he was sick of being the third wheel that is until this woman arrives in a snow storm with more “baggage” than was expected.

Alyssa Cole seems to have it all! To the public she is a movie star, married to an amaz
Renee Entress
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, betrayal, lies, secrets, second chances, kidnapping, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Heart's Desire (Healing Harts #1)
Taking Heart (Healing Harts, #2)

This is Alyssa and Justin’s story. Alyssa is pregnant but she caught her husband cheating with her best friend. He told her to leave so she left. She wrecks her car and hits a dog. Justin is the vet who helps the dog. He al
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Close to Heart, was a fantastic read. I really enjoyed reading this novel, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Close to Heart was about a woman named Alyssa whose life crumbled around her. Fate sends her to a man named Justin and together the two of them travel down a road of self discovery. Justin helps Alyssa find the girl she once was and lost on her road to fame.

I really enjoyed this novel despite some of the characters (Justin!!) idiotic ways of thinking. This novel seemed
Abigail Books Addiction
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
T.J. Kline has created a wonderful romance story that it will melt your heart away. Every reader is waiting to read Justin story that they will have exciting feeling when they read Close to Heart. In Close to Heart, reader will meet a cute yet confuse women, Alyssa. Alyssa has a hard time in her life since her cheating husband kick her put that she return to a homely hometown that she accidentally hit a dog which she gets to meet the sexy vet, Justin. Justin is the same throughout the book that ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Sometimes when you avoid love and relationships, fate comes crashing in front of you. This is what happens to Justin when Alyssa swerves and crashes in front of his veterinarian office. But fate is never nice and easy so of course there are more ways than one. This story grabbed my attention and held it throughout. The characters are believable and you find yourself in Alyssa's corner. There were times that I was not a fan of Justin, but I know that he has had some issues in his past ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I really enjoyed this book. Wasn't your typical love story since the heroine was pregnant throughout most of the book. Just made me feel like the love was pure and true if you can fall in love with someone while they are carrying another man's child. Great read that will leave you smiling. I highly recommend this book. I received the book compliments of the publisher for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Kline tells a very emotional story of a stubborn cowboy and a pregnant actress in the third instalment of the Healing Hearts series. As every other book in this series, the story is captivating, the characters extremely complex, and nothing quite happens as expected. Ms. Kline's prose is a gorgeous as ever and her storytelling abilities unsurpassed. Not to be missed!
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reads-2015
The last story of the Hart family, it's Justin's heart that now will be captured by the beautiful Alissa. But not everything turns out in the beginning because will a normal hot veterinarian get a chance of loving the beautiful actress whose still married and pregnant?

Read this great story and see what wins the heart and love or the fame and money.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Who are we to question fate. Justin's story had to be the hardest to read because he's such a good man but doesn't find himself worthy. Took Alyssa crashing into his life to make him believe he could have the life they both deserve, if he just chooses to fight for it.
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