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Pierce My Heart (Women of Willowbrook #1)

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It all began with a choice...

Anna Pierce had, by all accounts, a blessed life. She grew up in a home full of laughter, love, and support. Where the biggest problem she faced (other than how to deal with her family's crazy antics) was deciding her plans for college. Little did she know the ugly path her choice would drag her down.

A choice that left her free-falling...

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Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published August 9th 2016
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Mandy
Mar 02, 2017 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5

I really enjoyed this book! The writing definitely reminded me of a Kristen Ashley book and Jake was all alpha male but really sweet. The steamy scenes were really hot and I loved the extended epilogue. Looking forward to reading more by this author!
Annamaria
Aug 07, 2016 Annamaria rated it really liked it
Four Heartwarming Stars! Anna grew up in a family full of love and laughter when something tragic happens which changes her personality. Then we fast forward and Anna meets Jake which changes her life forever. Jake makes her feel again and makes her very happy. Will Jake give Anna the happiness that she needs and deserves? This is the first book in the Women of Willowbrook Series and is a stand alone novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the author's style of writing. The characters had gre ...more
Charlene Petryshyn
Aug 08, 2016 Charlene Petryshyn rated it really liked it
Great debut from a new author!

This is the story of Anna and Jake whose immediate attraction and chemistry is off the charts. Anna is so sweet, but was in an abusive relationship and now suffers with low self esteem. As Evan, Anna's best friend, pointed out to her, there's a shadow blocking out the light in her life. Jake isn't without darkness in his past, but he's determined to be the one to get rid of her shadow. He's a no nonsense guy who thinks she's beautiful and wants to make sure she know
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A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
Pierce My Heart by Kelsey Jensen ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pierce My Heart is a sweet, lighthearted romance. It's the first book in the Women of Willowbrook series and the author's debut novel. While it's not a holiday book, it would make the perfect heartwarming read during the holidays.

The characters were well developed and likable. Anna has self esteem issues that many woman can relate to and is "broken," having come out of an abusive relationship. Jake is a persistent, swoon worthy alpha male. Can Jake bring Anna
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FunUndertheCovers
Aug 08, 2016 FunUndertheCovers rated it really liked it
Great debut from a new author!

This is the story of Anna and Jake whose immediate attraction and chemistry is off the charts. Anna is so sweet, but was in an abusive relationship and now suffers with low self esteem. As Evan, Anna's best friend, pointed out to her, there's a shadow blocking out the light in her life. Jake isn't without darkness in his past, but he's determined to be the one to get rid of her shadow. He's a no nonsense guy who thinks she's beautiful and wants to make sure she know
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Julie Reveles (ILST BLOG)
Jul 24, 2016 Julie Reveles (ILST BLOG) rated it really liked it
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4 Stars!

Pierce My Heart was a cute light-hearted story. All the characters were great, and I liked Jake and Anna's story. Jake brought the best out of Anna even though she didn't believe in herself. After dating Jake, I liked seeing that she believed she deserved everything Jake gave her. He definitely brought her out of her shell and showed her exactly what she meant to him.


“Beauty like yours adopts a dog from a pound because she sees loneliness in her eyes and wants to stop it. Beauty like yo
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Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
5

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, suspense, and heartbreak.

This is Anna and Jake’s story. Anna had it all until one event changed that. Now her life is different. She is existing but not really living. Jake sees the pain in Anna’s eyes and makes he want to feel and live again. Can she move on from the past or will it drag even her time with Jake down. Can Jake make her see a future with him that is happy? Or is she so far into just existing that he can’t reach her?

I hig
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Jackie  Kluyts - Kiwibooknerd
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I love discovering new authors and this is one of the best discoveries EVER!! I loved this book. The hero was so alpha, sweet and gorgeous and the heroine was sassy and full of fun. All the other characters in this book were also phenomenal and I cant wait for them to all get their own books!!!!

Bring on the next one!!! :)
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

Kelsey Jensen is a brand spanking new author to me and definitely one I will be stalking.... errr following in the very near future. You know... every once in a while I take a chance on a book and author I've never heard a peep about and with this book, I did just that. I went in blind and that was probably the best reading decision I have made in a while.

Pierce My Heart was a sexy, sweet, intense, passionate, and captivating romance full of love, lust, feels, and intrigue. I swooned. I
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Louise Easthope
Anna is still getting over an abusive relationship with her ex, with the help of her best friends and 2 brother so her brother Robby is worried when she meets Jake due to his former reputation as a "player".
However there are no other women for Jake from the minute he see's Anna at the adoption centre where she has gone to adopt a dog. He wants to take care of her and makes it his personal mission to make her see her worth and to get rid of the negative image she has about herself. Can she get pa
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Kristi
OMG.
Seriously. What was that fantastic freaking book I just read? Where can I read more of this author's work? I immediately searched for more books ...and found out this one was the first?? Wow.

Incredible. So KA like. You just had to fall in love with Anna and all her quirks..she had a great family, awesome friends, and then BOOM! Here comes Jake...
This book is low angst. It is all about the relationship building between Anna and Jake. Jake is absolutely the PERFECT alpha book boyfriend. I have
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Carrie
Feb 25, 2017 Carrie rated it it was amazing
OH MY HECK!

This AMAZING story was a random FB find for me, and I'm so happy I decided to one-click it! Jake & Anna's story is one of insta-love, alpha-y goodness, with a lot of depth (I know, sometimes that's not true of insta-love stories, but it's totally there w/ this one!) and character development. I was a little leery in the beginning - there is a LOT of description going on regarding clothes, decorating, that kind of thing, which can feel a bit bogged down. But push through, if that s
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Stacey
Mar 14, 2017 Stacey rated it really liked it
Pierce My Heart is Kelsey Jensen's debut book. This is an insta-love story with plenty of chemistry between Anna and Jake. Anna has been through the worst and most unimaginable with her prior relationships and suffers from low self esteem because of those relationships. Jake has his own demons that haunt him, but he is there to boost Anna's self esteem and build her confidence every step of the way.

Pierce My Heart was heart warming, funny and at times deeply emotional. I absolutely loved the fa
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Heather Senechiame
Mar 20, 2017 Heather Senechiame rated it liked it
This just didn't work for me like I hoped. It had just good reviews and I went straight into it but I didn't love it. What happened to Anna in the past was horrific and I felt for her but she rubbed me the wrong way. There was always way to much into what she was wearing down to the details of her jewelry every day practically, I was over it. I started to skim and finally got to Jake and really liked him, he is what kept the rating at 3 stars. I actually liked the secondary characters more. I th ...more
Amy
Feb 25, 2017 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud hilarious!

This book had me laughing out loud, tearing up and smiling throughout. Anna has issues from past relationships. Jake has his own issues. Will they be able to help each other through? Read and find out. A totally feel good read you will enjoy, start to finish from this brand new author. Cannot wait to see what else is in store for Kelsey Jensen.
Lorena
Feb 12, 2017 Lorena rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It was perfect. So sweet and tender... Jake and Anna were great.
Jessica
Nov 20, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing

4.5 STARS!!!
To say Anna Pierce has grown up in an overprotective bubble is an understatement. Being the only daughter and growing up in a family with two very protective brothers, and an extended suedo family who gives her own flesh and blood a run for their money she always has someone wanting to come to her rescue and shelter her from the world. But what sometimes appears to be the fairytale life can also sometimes cripple us and cause us to make poor decisions, when Anna is faced with this re
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Timberlee
Sep 22, 2016 Timberlee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book Pierced "MY" Heart!

I absolutely loved this book. What woman doesn't want a Jake in her life?! I highly recommend everyone to read this book. I PROMISE it'll be well worth your time.
Trish Kitty Taylor  ***UNBOUND BOOK REVIEWS***
A brand new author for me & seriously I loved every bit of this debut novel. From the very beginning it held my heart, sending my emotions into crazy land.. Kelsey had me laughing, yelling like a lunatic, sighing & sobbing - i literally didn't know which way was up.

Anna, oh boy she is special. Heart of gold, beautiful & sassy. She is surrounded by love, yet thanks to a really bad relationship she feels broken & ashamed. A shadow hangs over her spirit, holding her very essence hos
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Mary
Feb 22, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! I can't wait for the stories to come from this author! Impatiently waiting for Evans story!
The Big O Book Blog
Aug 26, 2016 The Big O Book Blog rated it really liked it
Pierce My Heart was a sweet, heartwarming romance that had me rooting for the Jake & Anna from their very first encounter! It made me blush, laugh, roll my eyes & shout out some mild curses with each turn of the page. Loved so many of the characters in this story!

I was incredibly happy to see Anna get her second (well, really third) chance at love & that it was with a great guy like Jake. Everything about that man was so damn sexy. Every chuckle, every smirk, every waist grab, every
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Sassy Southern
Nov 01, 2016 Sassy Southern rated it really liked it
Anna Pierce is trying to stay far away from relationships after her last two. Although her family keeps trying to set her up with friends. When Anna sees an incredibly hot guy at the animal shelter she is instantly attracted to him, although she doesn't have the self-confidence to believe that someone like him could like a girl like her.


Jake Taylor is instantly smitten with Anna and has no idea why she doesn't see what he sees in her. As Jake and Anna get closer he will do anything to keep her s
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ACSquared Book Blog
Aug 22, 2016 ACSquared Book Blog rated it it was amazing
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This was one of the best books I've read in a while. From the very beginning to the very end I was completely head over heels for this book.

At the beginning I thought Anna was a little odd and this really intrigued me, then we got her back story. INSTANTLY I felt nothing but awe for her, having overcome everything in her life that she had. The moment I really realized how amazing she was, was when she saw the dog adoption letter. I knew then that she was going to be someone who always kept me w
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AnessaRenee Reviews
Aug 27, 2016 AnessaRenee Reviews rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful debut novel. The author knows how to capture your heart in all the right ways. Anna has gone through some life altering events that change a person. She has allowed it to mold her into someone she never was or wanted to be. When Jake is brought into the story you instantly fall in love with him. He is a great guy who wants to show Anna how much she means to him. He himself has a past also. Will these two be able to work through things and be happy together? Like they both de ...more
Miranda Brock
Aug 22, 2016 Miranda Brock rated it it was amazing
Pierce My Heart is a wonderful story about Anna and Jake. Anna is living a happy life but a shadow from her past continues to hang over her. That is, until Jake enters her life. Will Anna finally let her shield down and let Jake in or will she continue to be haunted by her past?
I really loved this story! I don't read much romance. I find too much of it to be overly gushy and unrealistic. Pierce My Heart was not like that all! The characters felt so real and Kelsey did a great job making me reall
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Kelly
Sep 18, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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Sweet and hot, funny and moving

Anna Pierce longs for the kind of loving relationship she sees with her parents, and with her older brother and his wife, but she's a little gun shy after a couple of bad relationships. Jake Taylor makes it clear from the start that he wants to make that happen for her, if she's willing to take the chance.

Very sweet, and I'm not just talking about all the desserts Anna makes. Also funny, hot and very moving at times. I loved both Anna and Jake, and there's a great
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Rebecca Austin
Sep 18, 2016 Rebecca Austin rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book and loved Jake!! He was such a kind guy that had some things to overcome but he was truly dedicated to Anna and loved her so much.

Anna had ghosts in her past, and rightfully so. It's so hard for people to get over any past trauma and emotional abuse and feeling not worthy. I loved Anna's relationship with her best friend, Evan, (Evangeline Grant) and that was a friendship that every girl would love to have.

The two definitely had some hurdles but it's amazing what comm
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Sharon
Aug 08, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story about a woman Anna, overcoming being physically abused with the help of her best friend Evan and her brothers Robby and Nate.
So when Jake comes into the picture, her brother Robby is worried he will use Anna and toss her aside but when Jake met Anna there was something that he saw in her eyes and he just wants to take care of her. Can she get past what happened to her and trust another man? Is Jake as hot as he is really interested in a girl like Anna?
Kelsey wrote a beautiful st
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Wendy Fisher
Sep 27, 2016 Wendy Fisher rated it really liked it
A nice and sweet romance. Anna hasn't had the best experiences with men until Jake came along. A definite connection is made when their eyes meet, but Anna will protect herself at all costs. Will Jake walk away or pursue her? Can he convince her she's alot more than she believes she is? Can he catch her any time she "falls"? Is she good enough for him and him for her? A nice romantic story with well written characters and nice family storyline. An easy read that will you will hopefully also enjo ...more
April
Jan 16, 2017 April rated it really liked it
This book hit home for me. I could see myself in Anna's shoes. My heart broke in a million pieces for her. Her self-esteem has been crushed due to her ex. Who by the way, didn't get what he deserved. This was a heartwarming tale of learning to love yourself again and seeing what others see in you. Jake was a serious alpha male and not letting Anna get away with putting herself down.
This had the family aspect and all the love of a big family. Evan, I just loved her and would love to see her and
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Kelsey is a romance hoarder, a Bob Seger groupie, and a die-hard fan of all things leather, fringe, silver, classy, and full of sparkles.

She was never a writer in the normal sense, but she was always a creator of stories. From Barbie's to The Sims, Kelsey made sure they lived…interesting lives. Summer of '15, Marcus Mumford's voice crooning in her ear, a character started to speak to Kelsey and r
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