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Changing Tides #2

A Hero to Love

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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 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 a farmhouse full of animals—with room to grow. She’s seen enough to put military men are on her “not happening” list, because they always leave.

But when a tall, hazel-eyed sailor arrives in her clinic with his dog in his arms, Risa finds herself falling hard. And all kinds of rules will get broken when Jax, a man who sticks to the straight and narrow, learns that there’s no predicting the twists and turns of the heart . . .

198 pages, Paperback

First published August 22, 2017

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Gail Chianese

20 books189 followers
Gail currently lives in beautiful Connecticut, but originally hails from sunny California. She is the wife of a 27-year Naval officer, the mom of three amazing kids, and one precious, but demanding pup. 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, www.gailchianese.com, and her Facebook page under Gail Chianese.

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2,309 reviews709 followers
August 22, 2017
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, and Jax’s service dog Bella.

She wanted to break all sorts of rules with Jaxon Faraday...

You are also given a great setting and a bunch of likeable secondary characters, which added depth to the story overall. Both commitment-phobes for their own reasons, there wasn’t a massive amount new or unusual about the story, but the addition of Risa’s many and varied pet’s to the mix helped as did the fact that Jax was pure Southern Gentleman.

"The man has a way of getting past your defenses and leaving you wanting more..."

The last 15% annoyed me somewhat because Risa reverted back to a hormonal teen with her refusal to communicate with Jax, because if she had, I think the end would have been better with the villain being the main issue, and not her refusal to talk to him. It all felt a little rushed because of it.

"Love and hate... they walk a fine line."

That-said I enjoyed it enough to hop onto Amazon and buy book one, as well as all three books of the authors other Kensington series; West Side Romance doesn’t hurt that they are all silly cheap on Amazon at the moment!

Being with Jax was like coming home... It simply felt right.

Disarmed by Love is due February 18, and I am looking forwards to reading Risa’s BF and single-mother Fiona’s story, you get to know her in this book, and I liked what I learned, and cannot wait for her to get her HEA.

ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
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7,013 reviews835 followers
August 22, 2017

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 if an injury kept him out of the SEALs, but he’s ready for a change and time is running out; while he waits to hear back from NCIS, he’s pursing other avenues but most importantly he’s trying to figure out what is going on with “his girl,” Bella his K-9 partner. While trying to break her out of her funk, a freak accident has him more worried than ever, the one bright side the gorgeous, smart, and caring assistant veterinarian, Risa Reynolds.

This is one of those sneaky romances, where the couple meets and it isn’t the right time for either one, but there is something there they can’t ignore. They spend time together helping Bella, some threats to Risa keeps them close, and with each passing day they grow to respect each other more and more. Risa giving Jackson a chance despite him being military was difficult, but he showed her in so many ways that he was a man of his word, and despite her reservations she let him in to her life. She loved the way Jackson made her feel cared for and safe and the fact he understood her family issues and how important her animals were to her. There’s something to be said for the slow burn and the build up that comes with it, and while this book is on the sweeter side of romance, it was extremely sensual and sexy.

Well written and intelligent, A Hero to Love is a highly satisfying romance.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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1,457 reviews30 followers
August 16, 2017
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 Risa is settled in her home and her job, Jax is conflicted and struggling to secure a life beyond the navy. He is an Alpha protector for Risa but he is also able to accept her help and care.

Risa is a fantastic female lead. She is passionate about her work as a vet, she lives with a menagerie of rescued pets and at times she struggles with her human relationships. I love well developed women in romance and Risa is pretty amazing.

As much as this is a very sweet romance, there is also a suspense angle to this story when Risa finds herself the target of vandalism and stalking. Jax helps Risa stay safe as he tries to identify the person who wants to harm her. There are some quite frightening scenes as Jax and Risa evade her stalker.

I really enjoyed this story but I do have to complain about the cover - the story fits best in a romantic suspense category and I’m not sure we ever see these two frolicking on the beach with a dog. The story has quite a bit more grit than the sunny cover suggests.
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2,306 reviews725 followers
August 23, 2017
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 a farmhouse full of animals—with room to grow. She’s seen enough to put military men are on her “not happening” list, because they always leave.

But when a tall, hazel-eyed sailor arrives in her clinic with his dog in his arms, Risa finds herself falling hard. And all kinds of rules will get broken when Jax, a man who sticks to the straight and narrow, learns that there’s no predicting the twists and turns of the heart . . .

A military police hero with an injured K-9 meets the Navy Base's veterinanrian?? Should have been a total meet cute, but the book fell flat for me.

Jax loves the german shephard, Bella, assigned to him for the past six years.

Bella had been more than his partner while deployed; she'd been his anchor, his pillar of strength, his confidant, and his hope when all seemed lost. She wasn't just his K-9 partner. She was his family, and the idea of leaving her was ripping him apart inside. Chances were she could sense his mood and the turmoil going on inside.

She is the love of his life, so when she gets injured, he gets very upset. On top of that, Bella has been showing signs of exhaustion and maybe even some doggie PTSD. When Bella falls playing frisbee, Jax rushes her in to see the vet on call, Risa, who tells Jax that Bella has a fractured hip.

Now let me say, I've had a dog who broke his front leg, and I have another dog who slipped a disc in her back and partially paralyzed her hind legs (I swear I'm a good dog owner). In both cases, my dogs had to have extremely strict kennel rest and took months to recover. I haven't experienced a dog with a broken hip, but I can only assume it's somewhat similar to my dogs injuries. In the book, Bella is taking car rides and walking around Risa's house in just a day or so. It's mentioned that she needs more rest and that she isn't healing as fast as she should. It just didn't make a lot of sense to me. At that point, I can only assume the dog would still be on very high pain medication and would need help walking with a sling.

Besides the unrealistic recovery, I never connected with Jax or Risa. Jax is unsure what his next direction in life is - maybe applying for NCIS or maybe adjusting to civilian life. He is worried he will be separated from Bella and this stresses him out. I feel like there is a lot more telling than showing in this book. We are told Jax is worried about Bella, and worried about his future, but I would have liked to experience it more through him.

Risa has her tires slashed early in the book and while Jax and the police try to figure out who did it, escalation with someone on the base ramps up. I didn't realize this book what have this minor suspense element and it didn't do a lot for me.

While there is a prominent romance, it lacked sexual tension and chemistry. I just didn't feel it between them and unfortunately, the dog didn't save the book for me.

This one is a miss.

Grade: D
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5,059 reviews37 followers
August 16, 2017
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 don't care about timing.

An excellent book and one I highly recommend.
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Author 34 books158 followers
June 27, 2017
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. Looking forward to that! Well done!
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113 reviews
July 7, 2017
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 his side during his last two tours of duty.  He is especially worried as she has been ignoring commands and in the midst of a session, she falls and injures herself. He rushes her to the base vet's office where they meet Risa.

Risa diagnoses Bella with a hip fracture and a more worrisome diagnosis of possible PTSD which could threaten her career as a MWD. She and Jax work together to help Bella heal both physicially and emotionally, while growing closer together themselves.  At the same time, Risa is dealing with multiple personal issues involving a possible stalker and her beloved parents moving away, plus a houseful of critters of her own.

This book has everything in a perfect package-cute animals!  Suspense!  Treehouse sex!  Mention of Gibbs' rules and head slaps! I loved everything about it, but most especially Jax...I'm going to have to expand my book BF list to 6 to include him!!  The guy loves animals-not only Bella, but Risa's assorted menagerie of dogs, a cat, bunnies and goats.  He's willing to risk a career he's wanted forever to keep Risa.  Plus his decorating choice for a door is the best!  

This is one of those books that I wish I could read again for the first time because I love it so much, and I've already put the next book in the series on my Amazon wishlist...even though it doesn't come out until next year, ugh!  (Penguin...Netgalley?  Soon??  Please!!!)  I will also be purchasing this one when it's available in paperback which for me is the true mark of greatness!
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1,630 reviews38 followers
August 25, 2017
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. Will Risa risk getting deeper involved with Jax, or will she end things before her heart gets broken beyond repair?

Ms. Chianese is a new-to-me author and after finishing this book, I want to read more of her stories, especially when it comes to this series, as the main and secondary were incredible; the dialogue was the perfect blend of intense moments due to someone out to get the heroine and playful banter between the hero and heroine as they grow closer; and the ending had me hoping that this couple would be able to overcome the tough obstacles they face to be together such as Risa being able to push past the fear of Jax leaving her and Jax hoping he can discover the person doing their best to drive Risa away. The way this story started had me loving the hero the moment he was introduced into this story, as he has a big decision to make when it comes to his career. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine met that had me reading this story quickly, determined to discover whether Jax could win Risa over, especially considering her rule to not date military men.

The dialogue was well-written and had me hooked due to the main characters back stories, this couple's growing relationship, the trouble someone is causing to scare Risa and the ending that had me concerned for one of the main characters. Will Jax be able to protect Risa? Will Jax discover who is trying to scare Risa with their threats and vandalism? Furthermore, Risa was a wonderful heroine. She's strong, brave and I liked how determined she is to take a chance on Jax, despite her rule not to date military men. I also liked her adoration for animals and that she would do anything to help an animal in need, which is proven by the bond she shares with her own animals as well as the growing bond she shares with the hero's military K-9 partner. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine is her sassiness and the way she interacts with the hero that had me smiling at their banter.

While Jax, I was absolutely charmed by the hero and couldn't get enough of him. He's confident, know what he wants out of life, and I loved the bond he shared with his military K-9 partner. He would do anything to help her, especially since the dog seems to be having a hard time adjusting to a new handler. I also liked how protective the hero was of the heroine, which is proven by all he does for her, even if it means putting his job in jeopardy. Yet, what I liked most about the hero is how determined he was to make a difference in the world, which hopefully he'd be able to do by getting the job he wanted.

Overall, Ms. Chianese has delivered a wonderful and enthralling read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense, the romance nicely-detailed and full of passion; and the ending had me concerned for one of the main characters. Would they be all right? However, in saying that, I absolutely loved how things worked out for the hero and heroine, as what happens makes them both realize that love is worth fighting for. Yet, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly due to the heroine's surprise for the hero. I would recommend A Hero to Love by Gail Chianese, if you love military heroes, sassy heroines or books by authors Nicole Helm, Joanne Rock, Kate Davies and Melanie Shawn.
248 reviews28 followers
October 25, 2022
A Hero to Love by Gail Chianese is the second book in the Changing Tides series. The protagonist, Jackson Faraday, is a Navy MP who is undecided about his career. He dearly loves his K-9, Bella, as she saved his life in combat. When Bella is injured during a training exercise, Base veterinarian Risa Reynolds will do her best to heal the dog. Risa's incredible love for animals makes this such a heartwarming story. The fact that Jackson is handsome and protective only endears him to Risa as someone is harassing and damaging her property. Animal lovers will truly enjoy the character of Risa. Romance readers will enjoy the story of Jackson, Risa and Bella!
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598 reviews120 followers
January 25, 2023
DNF at 57%

The book just couldn't hold my attention anymore.
It was okay, but it's just too much of a 'dime on a dozen' story and I just didn't feel like I HAD to finish it and was in the mood for something else then so I stopped reading.

I therefore won't rate the book because that's just not fair to the story and author.
The story itself had plenty of likeable elements so if it's something that lures you in, definitely pick it up sometime!
253 reviews1 follower
July 6, 2017
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.
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1,129 reviews3 followers
July 18, 2017
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 down.
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9,520 reviews151 followers
July 9, 2017
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.
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343 reviews5 followers
October 5, 2017
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!!
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1,123 reviews33 followers
July 15, 2017
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.
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1,724 reviews
August 9, 2017
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, apparently, nobody wants to be sent to. When his dog, Bella, is acting strange with her new handler, Jax needs to find a way to reach her.

Risa is doing her best to prove herself to the owner of the vet clinic that's on base. She has worked very hard to get where she is and loves it there. She has great friends and even though her best friend has questionable taste in men, she sticks by her.

When Jax and Bella are out playing and Bella is injured, Risa comes to the rescue. It's over Bella that Risa and Jax take a chance on each other. Their relationship is somewhat juvenile, but the relationship progresses quite naturally. I think that the animals helped create the story.

I can't wait to see what happens next.
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2,707 reviews31 followers
August 14, 2017
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.
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1,048 reviews17 followers
August 7, 2017
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. He knows that she's not his dog, but she has saved his life and the lives of his friends on more than one occasion.

When Bella is hurt, local vet Risa Reynolds is on hand to treat her and soothe the ruffled feathers of her handler. Problem is that Risa finds herself wanting to soothe Jax as much as Bella.

Risa has a rule about dating military men but she never really explains why. Risa also seems to have a deep seated fear of being left behind or not being loved enough for people to stay.

Jax has a hard time understanding Risa at times but he truly is the ultimate book boyfriend.

~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
2,852 reviews21 followers
August 3, 2017
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 options are slim. Makes you think about the struggles our military have to go through when they return to civilian life.
To add to the uncertainties, someone has been harrassing Risa, and causing damage to her property. This aspects brings a little suspense to an already well developed plot with interesting characters.
A story that will touch your hearts, and one that will make you a fan of this talented author . If you love animals , you will have another reason to enjoy the story as well.
I was gifted this copy by Netgalley and the publisher, The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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941 reviews2 followers
August 17, 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 him that Bella will be healing soon but it will take close to 8 weeks for her to heal..
Jax is gorgeous looking and finds him irresistible except she has one rule that she won’t date any military guys. She doesn’t want any relationship where people will leave her.
Now she will see him more often then not and she is more attracted to him then ever. When string of incidents are happening to her even though she doesn’t show it, she is afraid it will happen again.
When her house was vandalized only person she could think when all the accidents were happening was Jax. Risa lost her strong stance when she didn’t see her bunnies in her cage and all she wanted was one person, Jax. He was always there to help and calm her. Jax is right there to help her and she decides to give into him.
Both are enjoying each other’s company but Jax is still seeking for his job away from the base.
Nothing scared Risa until her father had a heart attack and she reevaluates her relationship with Jax.
However, Jax’s decision was unbeknownst to Risa and when she hears all the rumors around his departure she can’t focus. She feels betrayed and she doesn’t want to face him again..
Risa feels she is abandoned by everyone and she fears she won’t find another person like Jax.. What will Jax and Risa decide to do when he finally finds a job??

It was fun reading about Vet with love fore so many different animals and has so many in her home. All her pets were quirky and cute in their own paw ways. It was great reading about Vet and soldier with big hearts.

Thanks to Netgalley and Lyrical press, I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
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1,613 reviews30 followers
September 4, 2017
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 hero, I simply loved him. He is a tough alpha man, yet he is kind, considerate, caring man deep inside. He loves all animals, his best friend, Bella the K-9 partner, has been by his side through the thick and thin. He was my favorite part of the story, I loved the banter at the base, how he interacted with his neighbor, with people in general, he was just a good, solid man to have around, and easy on the eyes as well.
The Navy base veterinarian, Risa Reynolds, was a bit of a challenge to me. I liked her and enjoyed the little bit of Britt she had in her. Her temperament and caring for the zoo around her was endearing and entertaining. She had issues with her parents emotionally neglecting her, making her feel outside in her own family. She had sworn off military men, because 'they always leave'.
I really enjoyed the interaction and romance between Risa and Jax even though Risa was demonstrating the 'you're hot and then cold' a little too well there for awhile. But then 'the conflict' came, and she completely spaced out, refused to communicate, and blocked everyone out, and that's when the story flopped for me, unfortunately.
The suspense was predictable, as soon as the first vandalism happened, I knew the culprit. But the threats and attacks were part of the plot providing new twists to the story.
I liked how down to earth the military life was portrayed at the base, it sounded very realistic. The struggle to find purpose in life after years of a military service was eye opening. The choices of future careers are there, yet it takes an effort and hard work to land one of those few coveted spots available for the veterans.
Sometimes the one thing we are running away from turns out to be the one thing to hold the key to our future, as Risa finds out in A Hero to Love. A sweet, fun, passionate tale about falling in love when your life is at the crossroads and the being vulnerable and open to unexpected possibilities scares the boots off your feet.
~ Four Spoons
961 reviews15 followers
September 20, 2017
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 gentleman, Jax was raised right but he's still got a bit of a bad boy streak in him :)  Sexy, attentive, and sharp, he's just about perfect ... except he's also military and that's a big no-no for Risa.  But he's also determined and turns his considerable charm on her.  

My only real complaint came at the very end.  There's this aha! moment with who was causing trouble (although it isn't hard to figure out) but it isn't explained.  I have absolutely no idea why Jax was able to figure it out.  Maybe I skimmed over an important detail in my zest to find out what happened next (which kept me turning pages quickly through a lot of the book) but if I missed it then I'm sure others will too.

Other than that, I will say that I was a little disappointed with Risa.  When the big conflict in their relationship comes up (which pretty much all romances have at some point) she shuts down.  Totally reverts to teenage drama and she should be mature enough to handle things better.  But then the resolution would have been a little too easy, I guess :) 

For a first introduction to Chianese and this series (while this is the second book it can easily stand on its own), I found A Hero to Love a delightful read.  I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next - I understand that it is Risa's uber-cool friend, Fiona.  I'm anxious to see who gets to be her HEA!

*** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
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703 reviews20 followers
August 7, 2017
Review also found at https://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/...

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 stand alone.  Although I am curious about it and may go back and check it out.

I feel the need to talk about Jax for a moment.  Who could not help but fall in love with him?  His number one focus was on his canine companion and he was hot to boot!  Every girls dream, or at least this girls dream as I am a sucker for anything to do with dogs.  Considering Bella was his best friend, I was in love with him from the first word.  Pair him with Risa who is an animal loving veterinarian and you have a perfect match.

While there was an aspect tot he story about someone with an axe to grind with Risa that seemed a little bit random, the story of Risa and Jax was solid.  Perhaps not an overly original story however an entertaining one nonetheless.
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3,757 reviews80 followers
August 17, 2017
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 was entertained by the story and happy with the ending but did feel, at times, that the plot was somewhat predictable.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books-Lyrical Press - This is my honest review.

3 Stars
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3,559 reviews41 followers
September 22, 2017
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 someone has it out for Risa and is causing trouble. Jax helps and that leads to Risa and him getting closer. This book had me hooked right from the beginning. It's my first book I've read by Gail Chianese and it won't be my last.
1,075 reviews
August 23, 2017
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 loves jax and would do anything for him.

risa's rule seems kind of arbitrary and eventually gets pushed aside when her connection with jax proves too strong to ignore. the main issue these two face is that they suck at communicating clearly and talking about the future, because there is a certain moment where risa assumes the absolute worst and has also completely misunderstood jax and they are estranged for absolutely no reason.

i have to be honest that kind of stuff drives me bonkers in romance novels. but at the end of the day, risa and jax are really good together, and other than the giant communication fail toward the end of the book they are perfectly well-suited.

**a hero to love will publish on august 22, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical press) in exchange for my honest review.
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1,252 reviews31 followers
July 23, 2017
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?
2,613 reviews4 followers
August 29, 2017
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.
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224 reviews3 followers
January 19, 2018

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!
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