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A Hero to Love

(Changing Tides #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A military police officer on the verge of a new beginning. A beautiful woman devoted to her career and her dream of putting down roots. The hardest thing they’ll ever do is to take a chance on love . . .

Navy Chief Master at Arms Jackson “Jax” Faraday is at a crossroads. He has to decide whether to reenlist or get out while he’s young enough to make a difference in the civi
Paperback, 198 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - "You always were too stubborn for your own good." Stars!

Gail Chianese is an author new to me, and although A Hero to Love is the second book in the Changing Tides series, it can easily be read as a standalone.

Jax and Risa’s story was what I would call and easy-going romance. There is an aspect of suspense to it, but to be honest you would have to be blind to not pick out the villain straight off. It didn’t affect my enjoyment though because I loved the whole story between the two of them,
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I loved the first book in Gail Chainese’s Changing Tides series so it was a no brainer to request the second book, A Hero to Love, and I’m happy to say that it is every bit as good as the first. A Navy MP at a crossroads and a veterinarian meet when his K-9 partner is injured forming a friendship that turns into more despite their reservations about relationships. Smart, fun, and a whole lot of sexy A Hero to Love was an outstanding romance.

Jackson Faraday has enjoyed his time in the Navy even i
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

The only thing better than a man and his dog has to be a military hero and his K9 partner. At the end of his naval career, Jax is devastated when his K9 partner, Bella, is injured during training. Risa is the vet who cares for Bella and sparks immediately fly between Jax and Risa.

It is impossible not to fall for Jax. The man would do anything for his dog, even spending his nights at Bella’s kennel when she’s injured. Where Ris
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
The blurb to this one really drew me in:

Navy Chief Master at Arms Jackson “Jax” Faraday is at a crossroads. He has to decide whether to reenlist or get out while he’s young enough to make a difference in the civilian world. Either choice could mean leaving behind his girl: his K-9 partner, Bella. But when she’s injured during a training session, Jax’s only concern is making sure she’s okay.

As the Navy base veterinarian, town local Risa Reynolds is right where she belongs: close to her parents in
Bette Hansen
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one! But then with a character as yummy as Jax Farraday what's not to enjoy?? Jax has had a long career in the Navy as an MP but now he needs to make a decision. Put in his papers and go civilian or reenlist again. He knows what he wants but landing that perfect civilian job hasn't been as easy as he hoped. Then when his K9 partner Bella is hurt he meets the base vet Risa Reynolds. Getting involved now is a complication he doesn't need but sometimes the desires of the heart ...more
Kari Lemor
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Gail Chianese. She has earned her way onto my list of 'must read' authors. Her stories always pull me in and keep me reading. This book was no different. I loved the characters and their conflicts are very real and easy to understand. The chemistry is well done and believable. This one had a pinch of suspense in it that had me wondering who... and loving the over-protectiveness of the hero. And it looks like one of the secondary characters will have her own book next. Loo ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Risa Reynolds has an easier time with animals than people. At least with animals they love unconditionally and wouldn't ever betray her. However, the moment she meets Jackson 'Jax' Faraday, she contemplates breaking her rule of not dating military men. Yet, the more time they spend together, the more Risa finds herself falling for a man that is determined to make a difference in the world, which means he could -- at any moment -- move on to bigger and better things when it comes to his career. W ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This book has been on my Amazon wishlist after reading the first book in the series (uh, submarine romance, big check!) so I jumped at the chance to read it when I found it on Netgalley.  It's not often that one can say the second book in the series is even better than the first, but I definitely can in this case!

Jax is a Navy MP who is contemplating leaving the Navy, and his dream job is to work for the NCIS. One important factor is his K-9 partner Belladonna, a German shepherd who has been at
Gloria Brzny
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a prize book from goodreads. I am so glad because I could have missed a wonderful, beautiful love story. Yes, it also had a mystery but that was secondary to Risa and Jax love story. It was well written. The way things really are in romance. All the up and downs , needing each other then being so upset at the other person. I can not wait to see if this series continues. I hope so.
Tonya Peterson
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jax is a k9 cop that has to decide to stay or go in a few months. While totally confused he was still holding out for one job to come through. Then one day his k9 got hurt while doing their exercise so he hurried her to the doc with tears in his eyes. Risa is not just any vet she has a house full of animals and loves everyone the two started helping his k9 and found love instead but what happens when risa gets threats and Jax has to leave? This book is super exciting and you just can't the book ...more
Heather andrews
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jax is one caring man, “like heck if I’m just going to sit here and let you walk away when you’re shaking like a victim in shock. What’s going on?” Jax doesn't appreciate when his woman doubts him, "he shot her a look over his shoulder— eyes narrow, mouth scrunched up in a fake frown. “You doubt my mad culinary skills? Prepare to be wowed.” I liked this book, Jax was loving and protective. ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book I felt like I was there with Jack and Risa. The details and storyline together made me want to race through but I paced myself and enjoyed each breathtaking step. Loved this book!!
Avid Reader
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Hero to Love (Changing Tides #2) by Gail Chianese
4 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Unrequited love
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This was a sweet story. There are some communication issues, but it's mostly because both Jax and Risa are scared of the feelings that they feel for each other.

Jax is at a crossroads with his career. I'm unsure why he is seen as being some kind of trouble, but his superiors believe that he needs to get his act together or be sent to a base that
Karen Roma
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Hero to Love is a beautifully written, emotional and deeply romantic story.

Believable characters who encounter the expected struggles and dilemmas that come with real life experiences, make this story even more enjoyable and a must read by all who love their books with just a touch of suspense, a protective hero and some intense chemistry too!

I’m so excited to see where the series goes with the secondary characters and what the author has in store for future books.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Awwwww this is a sweet military romance. He's a k-9 officer, she's the vet who loves them. Some suspense and a whole lotta sweet.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars

I love a good romance and when it involves a hot military soldier and his dog, it doesn't get much better.

Jackson "Jax" Farraday is trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life: stay in the Navy and accept his next posting or try to find a job in law enforcement that lets him stay in New England. One of the main sticking points is that he doesn't want to lose Bella, his K-9 partner.
Yvonne Cruz
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I came across this book by accident, and I have to confess, I am happy I did..
It’s a very heartwarming story about two individuals that did not expect to find love.
But like often happens in life, obstacles are presented. Jax, a Chief Masters at Arms , and veterinarian, Risa Reynolds meet when Jax’s K-9 has an accident and needs help.
Risa has rules about NOT dating any military men, and Jax is on the fence of whether to re-enlist or get out of the Navy. A difficult decision , when his job option
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
Navy CM Jackson a.k.a. Jax Faraday had only one love in his current life, Bella. His beloved German Shepard who shared his tour with him Afghanistan. Now he will be handing her to a new handler and need to decide if he would reenlist in military or find another job.
When he was playing with Bella, she falls and gets injured and rushes her to near Vet in base. He meets pretty vet Risa Reynolds. He wanted to make sure Bella is in excellent health before his time is up with Bella.
Risa reassures hi
Books and Spoons
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A hot military man, a K-9 dog to be adored, a vet with a petting zoo at home, an alluring romance, and a bit of suspense thrown into the mix and I was hooked with the blurb. I read the book one in the series, Love Runs Deep, and was impressed with its originality, so I was excited to see how this story would shape up to be. No worries, this is a completely stand alone tale and does not require you to read the book one in the series.
Navy Chief Master at Arms Jackson “Jax” Faraday was an amazing h
Romantic Reads and Such
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed being there while Risa and Jax fell in love.  Neither one of them is really looking for someone and, while they feel a pretty big pull toward one another, circumstances just want to get in their way.  Luckily they keep getting pushed together because they make an adorable couple. 

Risa has an extremely soft heart - caring and hard-working for her patients & their people.  That dedication has her in Jax's orbit and she's finding him awfully tempting.  One of those super-awesome southern
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is August 22nd, 2017.

This is the second in the Changing Tides series however don't worry if you have not read the first in the series.  I did not read the first and I couldn't even tell you who the first book could have been about so there is no impact whatsoever reading this story as a
Cathy Geha
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
A Hero To Love by Gail Chianese
Changing Tides #2

Navy Chief Master at Arms, Jaxson “Jax Faraday has worked with his K-9 partner for years only to finer her suddenly ho-hum on the job and with him perhaps moving to a new job and her to a new handler things are not right in his world. In steps veterinarian Risa Reynolds when Bella sustains an injury and the possibility of romance between Risa and Jax blooms. Toss in a whack job that has it in for Risa and the story became a bit more complicated. I
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to this book because the heroine is a veterinarian. I love books with animals so I knew I had to read this one. I'm so glad that I did. The story was great. It even had a little suspense element to it as well. I liked Jax and Risa together. I thought they were perfect for one another. Jax is in the Navy, but he's a a crossroads to where he wants to go with his future. Meeting Risa has him thinking in another direction he never thought he would want to go. That suspenseful element som ...more
Eva Scalzo
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
the second book of gail chianese's changing tides series, a hero to love, picks up the story of jackson "jax" faraday, who we met in the first book, and navy base veternarian risa reynolds. risa doesn't date military men. but she's tempted by jax especially once she sees how good he is with animals.

animals are her passion, and jax loves them too. his k9 partner, bella and him have been through a lot. and now bella is suffering from an injured hip and some form of doggy ptsd, but also clearly lov
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet contemporary romance on a Naval Base. A hard working veterinarian in charge of the K-9 dogs on the base, falls in love with a dog named Bella. Her handler is pretty awesome too. But they find Bella not only has physical injuries, she seems listless, not interested in eating or training. They will have to work together to figure Bella out.....if not she must be sent away. Neither one of them wants that. Can a dog have PTSD?
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I enjoyed the relationship between Jax and Bella. Watching them fall in love and figure out how to compromise and support each other was great. The sub-plot of Bella's health and potential adoption didn't make a ton of sense to me (why would he have to sneak around to check on his partner?) but it was a great vehicle to bring together the vet and soldier. ...more
Katie Chapman
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this love story between Russ and Jax! I think I may be slightly in love with Jax, the sexy, nice guy who lives animals... I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
This books started out interesting but I soon lost interest in everything but what happened to the dog.
Book Gannet
After finding the first book in this series (Love Runs Deep) an enjoyable if unexpected read, I was curious to see how this one turned out. Plus it has a dog – I’m sold. Firstly, if you haven’t read the first book, don’t worry, this stands alone absolutely fine. There’s a very brief blink and you’ll miss it reference to Jax’s role in the first book, but that’s it. Secondly, if you’re reading for the dog, Bella starts off as an important character but is quickly sidelined until she vanishes altog ...more
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Gail currently lives in beautiful Connecticut, but originally hails from sunny California. She is the mom of three amazing kids, the wife of a 27 year Naval officer and the rescuer of two furbabies. In her spare time, she likes to ghost hunt with her hubby, geocache with her family and lock herself away with a great book. She loves to connect with readers on her website, and h ...more

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