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Crossed Hearts

(Hearts and Scars #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  49 reviews
One heart's been broken. The other is secondhand.

Kory Vansant doesn’t deserve to be alive.

As time sucks him dry of energy, sapping the final ounces of strength from his congenitally enlarged heart, he’s forced to end his career as Kory Kent, porn star. Staring down death, he questions his life choices and prays for a miracle. For another chance at life, he vows to change w
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Published April 27th 2015 by Kimber Vale (first published April 26th 2015)
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Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.

I'm a sucker for second chances and this was a little different - one MC a heart transplant patient and the other a paramedic/mortician.

It understandably took Kory a while to get on top of becoming someone who could live up to a the young man who was the heart donor, and simply feel like a better person. Will was dealing with his own grief over the breakdown of a relationship (with what had to be one of the biggest douchebags out) and trusting again.

I like the author's writing style a
Kimber Vale
Mar 26, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-it
**Anyone who adds Crossed Hearts to their "Want to Read" shelf before the 4/27/15 release date will be in the running to win a free e-copy on release day!**

General Info:

Crossed Hearts is the first in a new pseudo-series. I'm planning two more books (rather tangentially related to the first, involving minor characters from book one). Book two will be Mando and Jake's, and book three will be for Matt to get his HEA.

And, finally, here's the warning:

This book contains two dudes getting it on (eventu
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, hurt-comfort

I like second chances stories, and this one was a well elaborated slow-burn hurt/comfort read with loveable characters.

Gotta check out Kimber Vale's other books...

Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dbml-reviews
*A free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
In my opinion we have three MCs in this amazing story: Kory, Will and Brandon. Will has two jobs: one as a funeral director at his uncle’s mortuary and one as a part-time paramedic. One night he tries to save young Brandon but even knowing that the teenager did arrive to the hospital alive, we find out later that he didn’t survive. How? Well… it’s then that we meet Kory. He’s a painter but used to be a model (vi
Kory recovering from a heart transplant meets Will and eventually they get together.
This is a sweet story, not a lot of angst however, I did want to bang their heads together near the end and knock some sense into them.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars...

Oh,the feels (still wiping the tears after that voice mail)...

Just what I needed in this momment...
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
Veronica of V's Reads
I received a copy of this book via the Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love group in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Stars for this contemporary M/M romance.

Kory is a man with a new chance at life. He was an artist and gay porn star, but his congenital heart defect led to heart failure. He makes a promise to live a good, clean life if only he can continue living. A new heart has come available, and thought he's grateful, he's also melancholy. He learns that his donor was a teenaged boy who died sudden
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this story. The blurb had me at "secondhand heart" and I was in.

Will, part time paramedic and part time undertaker at his Uncles funeral home, is sweet, caring and looking for his HEA. He takes pride in both parts of his job, but at times they can cross and he meets Kory at the graveside of Brandon Daizer. Kory, ex porn-star, struggling artist and recipient of Brandon heart, falls for Will after a series of meetings and a "suit" date.

Thus begins a slow burn relationship, but each
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-have, mm
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Kory is a former porn star, who had to leave the business due to a bad heart. Now he's back to his first love, art, and after a transplant, is trying to learn to live again with a new heart. Will works part-time as a paramedic and part-time as a funeral director at his uncle's funeral home. He ends up crossing paths with Kory in several ways. Slowly a relationship develops, but both have issues in their pasts which pr
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This book was provided to me by the author through the DBML Program in exchange for an honest review.

The story opens with an interesting twist as paramedics work to save the life of Brandon Diaz. As anticipated, the next scene takes place as a young man comes out of anesthesia— but the man is not Brandon, it’s Kory Vansant, and he’s coming out of anesthesia for the heart transplant operation he’s just undergone— a heart transplant where he’s just received the heart of Brandon Diaz who did not s
I received the book Crossed Hearts from the author through the M/M Romance group Don’t But My Love program for an honest review. This book is told in third person through the eyes of Kory Vansant and Will Squire.

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Kendra T
I received a copy of this book via the Don't Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review

Such a sweet book! I absolutely loved this. Kimber strikes gold again. I loved other books I read from her, and this was no exception.

Will is a mortician working at his uncle's funeral home, who also works part time as an EMT. Will is dumped by his jerk "boyfriend" at the beginning of the book. One night while working his EMT shift, he gets called to the high school football field where a player col
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-lgbtq-read
*sigh* This story struck close to home because my husband is a Paramedic and the emotional life and death issues that we found in this story are things that are brought home after every shift. The joys of childbirth, the tears of a man or woman struck down in their youth... but when you add to that the fact that Will is not only a paramedic but also a mortician... and had lost his mother to pancreatic cancer at a young age, and I haven't even gotten started on Kory's life issues, yet might lead ...more
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥

I'm disappointed in this book. The blurb painted different picture to me. For the first half of the book it was all morose. The two mc's in my opinion were better off as friends by the way the first half went. I was tired of reading about death. I understand what both mc's went through but it's only so many times we can read through the glum and doom section of Home Depot darling. I think Kory needed a kick in the butt big time. He is rewarded with a second chance at life and it's like he was wa
MiMi Rae
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
was provided this book in exchange for an honest review...

3.5 stars. Liked it!

There are many interesting ideas in this book...almost too many. Kory was a reformed porn star/artist, Will is a paramedic and a mortician, donor Brandon's family meetings, Kory is in massive debt, Will's family backstory has multiple side branches, Brandon and Matt's backstory, and let's not forget Will's relationship with Darryl. I almost needed to take notes to remember what had already happened when the next thing
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. And I thank the author so much for that opportunity. By 8% I was already deeply engaged in the storyline. The two MCs just reached out to grab me. A slow burn friends to lovers romance about two damaged by life guys that hit all my buttons. Kory and Will are perfect together. What a unique situation - a former porn star with cardiomyopathy and the ambulance driver/EMT/mortician who worked on the donor. Beautiful wri ...more
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Kory Vansant (who used to do porn as Kory Kent) has received a new heart since e had a congenitally enlarged heart and was close to dying. when a high school football player dies during a practice he Receive the heart. Will Squires is not only one of the paramedics who worked on him but was the funeral director for his funeral. Kory is also a very talented painter. they meet by chance at the cemetery where they both went to put flowers on the grave. Some secret are kept then found out to explosi ...more
Heloise West
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I got a chance to read this pre-release and loved it. The author took on some difficult subjects and crafted a superb story about lovers and survivors, and about forgiving yourself. Will is cute as a button, and Kory is...well...he can't help it, he's sexy even when he doesn't try.

If you're a fan of K. Vale's, you'll love this book. If you haven't read anything by her yet (The Shooting Stars series) you're missing out.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really wonderful story
Kory gets a second chance at life and def gets it right this time! Great HEA
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challenge
What a beautiful story. I got teary eyed a few times though so thanks for that lol. Really good book, I know for sure I'll be reading more by this author. ...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: request, ebook, romance, m-m, 2015
I was a little worried about the heart that has a major role in this book and how it crossed Will and Kory. The blurb states how Kory gets this very important organ and what it means to him. Where does this heart tie Will into this tale was my concern. I was hoping Will was not chasing the last living piece of a loved one. I am pleased to say he was not. I also liked how everything worked out for Will and Kory getting together through a character who has a major role, but not a role at all in th ...more
Anna Goerlitz
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

4-4.5 stars.

Will is an part time EMT and mortician, with a big heart full of hopeless romantic dreams, which he pins on his bastard of a boyfriend. with the result of him being single quicker than you can say 'douchebag'.

Kory is an ex-pornstar, living in abject poverty, doing his best to start over and trying to be worthy of the new heart he received from a dead teenager.

This was a lovely story. Sweet and ligh
Rebekah Reeves
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfu! Just Wonderful

This is romance at it's finest. Never a boring moment. Kory and Will take control of your heart strings. Love this story.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Crossed Hearts by author K.Vale. There is humor, love, and a whole lot of self realization. I really couldn’t stop reading it. This is the first book in the Hearts and Scars series and I hope not the last. The emotional connection and love just jumps off the pages of this book. A must read for a real true romance lover.
Kory well Kory used to be a porn star. He likes sex, he likes getting paid. He didn’t see why he couldn’t combine that and make some money. The problem though is Kory had
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Another new author for me. And may I say I’m incredibly happy I had the chance to read this book. Not only did it meet every expectation I had for the story, it also has me eagerly waiting for the next books, because there are some fabulous characters in Crossed Hearts that I can’t wait to read more about.

I liked how Will and Kory met and how they bonded. I think Kory’s exactly the kind of a person Will needs t
D.J. Jamison
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moving story of love, regret and redemption

I enjoyed this story of heartbreak, second chances and forgiveness. When Will's ex-boyfriend breaks his heart, he's given a chance to find someone worthy of him. Kory, a recent heart transplant recipient, doesn't consider himself worth much, but Will's love helps him discover he can live and love in a whole new way. Very moving story.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Received for honest review

A truly heart felt love story.

The book started with a bit of a tear jerker. Ugh! But it was worth it and it made sense- especially in the long run.

Kory is struggling to be the man that deserves the donor heart he received. And while he seems to think that he is not worthy, I really think that you can tell how much he has has changed. From porn star to man who wants to live his life without regrets.

Will is a hard working, pretty straight laced guy. He falls for the "new
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review as part of the DBML offerings.

The story is about how Will (part-time paramedic, part-time funeral director) and Kory (former porn star, current starving artist) find each other and fall in love. Kory received a heart transplant as a result of a young man’s death, who was transported to the hospital and then prepared for burial by Will. That sentence exemplifies just a few of the coincidences in the book, which is okay
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
oh my gosh this book...all the feels, wow. the opening scene is...wow.

both of these men are just so much. they both lack the self confidence to be strong individually and are drawn to each other immediately. will's 'boyfriend' was such a sh!t to him that any confidence will had was stripped away by that horrible man. will feels unworthy of any love, especially as someone as awesome as kory. he is super sweet and adorable.

because of his past, kory feels unworthy of anything good. he also made a
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Librarian note: K. Vale is a pseudonym/pen name for Goodreads author Kimber Vale for her M/M genre books.

Kimber Vale is an avid reader, writer and gardener. She worked as an RN once upon a time, but is currently a stay-at-home mom to three busy hobbits. She is fortunate to have an understanding husband who never refuses to help with her “writing research.” He answers questions like, “What do you t

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