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It's In His Heart

(Red River Valley #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  5,821 ratings  ·  296 reviews

She has a secret. He has a scandal. And they both have an attraction they can’t deny.

Ella Dennings is furious. Soaking wet, muddy, and furious. All she wants is to enjoy a quiet summer retreat in her Red River Valley cabin. Maybe she can finish healing after the death of her husband, Bradley. Maybe she can even finish writing that third book in her anonymously written

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Montlake Romance
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Kathleen Crowell
Jul 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
yet another disappointing Kindle First. why is this something I'd be be clamoring to read?! the premise is not original but interesting enough to get me to read...if I weren't on my tablet, I'd spend some serious time writing about all the ridiculous character/plot issues. let's just say the worst is the unrealistic sex the two characters are having night and day for most of this book. I'm sorry, but Ella being the ELJames of the book is so totally stupid...I can't believe any woman watching her ...more
Miranda Liasson
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great 5-star debut!

Shelly Alexander’s debut is a funny, heartfelt read that will make you laugh and cry from the very first line. Young widow Ella Dennings is a strong heroine you can’t help but love. She goes to her husband’s cabin in Red River, New Mexico for final closure two years after his death, and to finish the shockingly successful erotica series she secretly writes under the name Violet Vixen. But her peace of mind is instantly shattered when she finds her deceased husband’s best frien
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Are wonderful love story!
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
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Carrie Padgett
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
T'S IN HIS HEART is a fun and funny and sweet and sexy debut from Shelly Alexander.

I scored a free early copy as part of Amazon's Kindle First program and I'm so glad.

It's In His Heart by Shelly Alexander
It's In His Heart by Shelly Alexander
Ella Dennings has decided to spend the summer in Red River Valley, New Mexico. It was her late husband's cabin and she wants to spend some time there before she moves on with the phase of her life. She never expected to run into Cooper Wells there, her husb
Shelly Chalmers
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This debut book introduces us to Shelly Alexander's writing and her small town of Red River, with its eclectic and lovable cast of characters – including their pets. :) The writing and story offer a great combination of sharp wit, outright zany humor, and yet is also sexy and warm at the same time. Both the hero and heroine have something to hide, secrets that could potentially destroy their relationship. and secrets are hard to keep in a small town. But the focus always remains on the interacti ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was incredibly boring and disappointingly predictable. The beginning of the book just goes on and on about her feelings but it is all repetitive. I give it 2 stars because the author was good with words but unfortunately, it's the same words over and over. I just skimmed through the sex scenes as they were just like any other sex scene in any other book. Really wanted to like this book but I was so bored. There wasn't a single part of the book I was on the edge of my seat waiting to tu ...more
T.M. Payne
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book: It's In His Heart (Red River Valley #1)
Author: Shelly Alexander
Publication Date: 8/1/2015
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 4 Stars


*May contain spoilers *

New to me author.
This is a story of loss between two people. The best friend and The Wife.
Ella has lost Bradley her husband and in doing so she lost a piece of herself. She has to now go to his favorite cabin and let him go. When she gets there who does she is already there? Her husbands best friend Coop. There i
Dec 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Slowly but surely I’m finally convinced that 9 out of 10 contemporary romance writers are below average. Finally I realize that I have to be super vigilant in choosing my next contemporary romance read. It’s so deflating.
I’m sorry to be so brutally honest, but this author only offered the usual clichés of romantic misunderstandings - and I was bored rather quickly. Not only with the premise of the book, but with the characters. This is a story I read many times before - and yes - I used to enjoy
Oh my. 5 beautiful STARS for love, life and 2nd chances. This was a beautiful read from start to finish. Beautiful mountains, lovely small-town-folks and of course 2 characters which never made me cringe with embarrassment or pretended problems. A bit cheesy but exactly what I expected from the cover, title and description. It felt like a fairytale in real life proximity.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another free book from amazon prime. Not bad, just a little cheesy.
This is Ella and Cooper's story. Ella lost her husband, Bradley, to cancer and two years later decides it is time to move away from Albuquerque and move try to move on. She wants to spend the summer at his cabin in Red River to say her goodbye and to decide where she wants to go from there. She is surprised to find her husband's best friend, Cooper, who co-owns the cabin there and not is planning to leave. They have always had a rocky relationship but they both loved Bradley dearly, so he is not ...more
DJ Sakata
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

Honey, when you shop at the Market, everyone knows what you eat. When I need tampons, I make the forty-minute drive all the way into Taos. Otherwise, the entire town knows it's my time of the month.

Donna purred. Literally purred. Like a cat. Well, more like a mountain lion in heat.

Mission accomplished. You look like a cover girl. Or Aphrodite. Every person in the room with chest hair turned to look at you when you walked in.

You're my new BFF. Anyone thoughtful enough to bring me
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, contemporary
This contemporary romance was not for me. The repeated references to the heroine's Beamer grated on me. Some word choices struck me as odd (photographs “garnished” the walls instead of decorated them, a brand of underwear was “used” instead of worn). The hero lost a lot of points with me when it was explained how he'd never dated a particular woman because he had respect for her. The heroine's references to how much money her romance novels had made her and how popular they were seemed unnecessa ...more
I wasn't that impressed with this book, even with it being a Kindle First title. I thought Cooper was a complete jerk throughout most of the book, and I hated Ella's mannerisms, especially how she constantly mentioned staying by her husband's side as he was dying. If you love someone, shouldn't you want to do that anyway? She made it out to be something extraordinary that she deserved a medal for. The setting was interesting, and I liked the secondary characters, which saved the book from a one ...more
Vikki Vaught
There several great moments that gave me some laugh out loud moments, especially the crazy dogs. I really had a difficult time with Ella. I did not care for what she did before she ever got married to Bradley, her late husband. It did not sit well with me and influenced my feelings toward her a great deal. Others may not have that reaction.

I did like Coop, but if it had been me, I would NEVER HAVE FORGIVEN her, don't want to give anything away, but when you read this one I think you will defini
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for a honest review.

3.5 stars

This is one of those books where you love all the characters. Coop is the bad boy who has denied his feelings for to long. Ella is the stand by your man girl that loves hard. Both have already had a lifetime of heartache, it's time to take a risk if they want a HEA.
Mistee Formica
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down.

Great day read! The story was just enough of love and hate! Enough chemistry to keep the pages turning, and the story moving. I did not want the story to end.
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to this one on audio & really enjoyed it. ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english, ebooks-read, 2020
So much sexism!
Kathrine McAlpine
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute story

Fairly predictable story, man and woman not getting on but sharing a spark. Whilst the plot was formulaic, the characters were believable. High or deep itsn't but it is enjoyable escapism, I liked it.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC copy in exchange for a honest review.

Shelly Alexander's debut novel, It's In His Heart, was a heartbreaking, yet incredibly sweet romance between two characters that aren't looking for love, especially not with each other. Ella Dennings needed a change in scenery. After the death of her husband, Ella can't stand living in the city that holds so many memories. She packs up her life and heads out to spend the summer in Red River Valley. What she thinks will be a summer of solitud
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Like a breath of fresh air comes this beautifully packaged romantic comedy which is full of love and laughter. As I started on the first chapter I knew it won’t take me long to reach the last and thirtieth chapter. Sure enough, I raced to finish it within a few hours. Do I like it? Let me put it this way: it is definitely a great start for a new author.

Drawing inspiration from the real people and real town of Red River in New Mexico which is the setting for the story, the first book in the Red R
Mars Girl
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
The main male character, Coop, in this book is terrible. He has no redeeming qualities. He is a womanizer and possessive (that scene with Ella's friends in the restaurant??) and insecure. I could not buy this relationship, even with Ella wanting to take a walk on the wild side. Guys like Coop are someone you have one guilty fling with... and then you move on.

And as someone who was once a grieving widow myself, I just couldnt buy that this horrible man could be Ella's next love of her life. This
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance lovers
Contemporary Romance

3 out of 5 stars

Explicit sex scenes

The premise begins with the main character Ella Dennings arriving at her joint owned cabin to spend the summer to process her grief. She arrives during a rainstorm and her vehicle is stuck in the muddy rain. With her husban’ds English bulldog in tow, she makes her way to the cabin, only to find her husband’s best friend attacking her with a baseball bat. She retaliates with a can of pepper spray.

Cooper Wells is staying at the cabin in Red Ri
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It’s In His Heart is a romance by Shelly Alexander. It is book one in the Red River Valley novels duo. It is a very good book.
Cooper Wells and Bradley Dennings were friends since grade school. When he realized Cooper had dyslexia and it wasn’t being addressed, Bradley stepped in and helped Cooper with his reading and assignments. He continued to help him through chiropractic school. Both set up a practice in Albuquerque and did well until Bradley met Ella. When Bradley met Ella, it was love at
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
#1 in the Red River Valley Novel...I loved it..Sweet and Really Touching..Love, and Loss..

Ella Dennings heads up to the Red River Valley Cabin where her husband took her on occasion...Since his passing she just could not stay in there home anymore..too many memories. Now this is one more chapter in saying goodbye to him..
The last person she expects to see at the cabin is Cooper Wells. Bradley's best friend..who long story short hated her, and when Bradley got sick never came to see him, just dis
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ella was married to Coop's best friend Bradley for years until she lost him to cancer. When Bradley passed away he left his cabin to both of them. After 2 years of mourning his death, Ella decides it's time to move on but before she does she want to spend some time at the cabin because it was his favorite place. She doesn't expect Coop to be there when she gets there and she definitely doesn't expect the sparks between the two of them. Coop's character was labeled as the "bad boy" womanizer but ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
E-Reader. Romance

Ella Dennings is a widow for two years.  Bradley had a long lasting illness devastated Ella.  They lived in Albuquerque.  Bradley was a Chiropractor and Cooper Wells is also a Chiropractor. 

Bradley and his best friend Cooper Wells owned 50% each of a rental cabin at Red River Valley.  Ella left voice mails she wanted to rent the cabin for three weeks or longer.

When she's almost to the cabin is pouring and lost control of her car and slipped into a very muddy ditch.  She and her
Brenda  Ashworth Barry
This book was a pretty good read. Overall, I enjoyed most of it. The characters left me wanting more. To know them better. I'm not sure I can put my finger on what was missing about them. The story was good and I did finish it. I guess what got to me was the box it fit into. I understand some romance novels have to fit into a box and this one did. For me personally, I never felt like I knew who they really were. And something was missing. But, for you romance readers, I think you'll enjoy it. Th ...more
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Shelly Alexander was a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, a 2019 RITA® finalist, and an Amazon #1 Bestseller in several categories.

Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I

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