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Locked-Down Heart (Combat Hearts #3)

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Denise Reynolds’s tightly controlled life is thrown off kilter when she’s given custody of her young cousins. There are days she has a hard enough time getting herself out of bed, never mind two precocious kids.

If that wasn’t enough, Chris Nolton comes strolling back into town as suddenly as he left it. She’d broken her own rules and given him a chance once before, only t
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Published November 28th 2017 by Tarina Deaton LLC
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Kate's Corner

Before you read this book, you need to go back and read Half-Broke Heart it gives you the reader a better understanding of the characters and their back stories.

4.5 'Murphy' Stars

After everything that has happened to Denise she never expected to become guardians of K-Squared. Those two slayed me. Well done for creating such adorable kids. But trouble is brewing.
Denise never thought that she would see Chris again but now he has come a calling and he is there to sort out the trouble. Chris wanted
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~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
The continuation of Denise and Chris's story was amazing. I was so worried they'd struggle with reuniting but Tarina balanced the normal insecurities of a second chance romance with pure and utter loyalty and faithfulness. Chris was and is the best kind of hero, supportive yet protective. He's absolutely the best kinda of alpha hero. He knew Denise can take care of herself but he wanted to stand beside her.
Denise had so many demons yet with loving Kimber and Kaden she learned giving love is as h
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Lauren
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*4.5*

From the summary alone Tarina Deaton's Locked-Down Heart seemed like the kind of book I would love. I mean, a second chance romance AND a FBI Investigation? I couldn't wait!

Luckily, my predication was straight on - I LOVED Locked-Down Heart. Thrilling, romantic, and heartwarming, Locked-Down Heart is a book that had me hooked from page 1.

One of my favorite parts of Locked-Down Love was the characters. There were so many good ones; however, my top two favorites would have to be Denise and
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Laurie
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Tarina Deaton blew me away with her debut book, Stitched Up Heart, and I also thoroughly enjoyed her second book, Rescued Heart. As soon as I saw Locked Down Heart was out and I felt a bit dejected as I couldn’t get to it right away. Although thrilled to finally start, this quickly turned to confusion since it felt like I’d been plopped down in the middle of a story instead of at the beginning. A bit of research showed I had indeed missed the release of a prequel for this book in May. I’m doing ...more
CC
2.75 stars

Simply frustrating. I LOVED the first book in this series. And really liked the follow up that was written as an offshoot for the Titan Series. However...this could just did not work for me. You really have to read the prequel for them Half-Broke Heart (Combat Hearts #2.5) by Tarina Deaton. This picks up after the cliffhanger.

Again, difficult for me to identify with Denise because she is so closed off and Chris was not my favorite person. Honestly, she should have left him at the curb when he returned. I would have NEVER taken a chance o
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A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog

A relationship based on dishonesty....a family in danger.

I loved reading Locked-Down Heart; this was my first read by the author, I was intrigued by the synopsis (I love military men and second chance romances) this book fit into those categories perfectly.

I can’t wait to read more in the series!!!

Reviewed by: Dana D.
Bobbi Wagner
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Locked-Down Heart (Combat Hearts Book 3) by Tarina Deaton is the third book in her Combat Hearts series. I highly suggest that you read the previous two books before this one, in order to get the full enjoyment from this series. I enjoy this author's writing style as she takes me on a journey that covers just about everything from laughter to suspense. These characters she has created once again took me on an emotional roller coaster ride that I needed to keep reading. They are both connectable ...more
Allyson
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Giving into your greatest fear is one of the hardest avenues one must overcome. An avenue Denise must walk down to continue on her journey of life. A second chance romance that Tarina Deaton has defiantly delivered whole heartedly with Locked Down Heart.

*Note: I highly suggest beginning with Half-Broke Heart so you can encompass Chris & Denise's past.

"Nothing worth fighting for is ever easy."

After losing her best friend and cousin to cancer, Denise picks up the pieces left behind. Taking
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Maura
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, I really have enjoyed this series. Book 3 in the Combat Hearts Series takes place after Half-Broke Heart and is the continuation of Chris and Denise’s story.

As with the other books in the series, the characters are well developed and I connected with them immediately. I really appreciate the fact that the author shows females in active service to the country and females dealing with the after effects of war. Typically it’s all about the male soldier and I like that the gender normat
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Elena
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book can be read as a standalone contrary to what other reviews say. I have read only the first one, Stitched Up, where I was introduced to Denise and Chris and I wanted her story so badly that led me to this book. Of course from book 1 and 1.5 you get a deeper understanding of the characters and their history but if you haven't read those ones it's not like you will not be able to understand what's going on.

Denise is an ex Army, tough as nails and likes to keep appearances that way but dee
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Kim Shofner
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was just perfect. I need a Bree and a Sprocket and I may have a perfect Joseph(my husband), but I could probably fit in a Chris. Denise with the kids is so amazing. She's grown so much over the last few books. Her mom and dad too... they're who I want to be when I grow up. Eddie is where he deserves to be.
I realize this makes no sense but I just finished the book. My thoughts are scattered and I'm just gushing.
Dana
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A relationship based on dishonesty....a family in danger.

I loved reading Locked-Down Heart; this was my first read by the author, I was intrigued by the synopsis (I love military men and second chance romances) this book fit into those categories perfectly.

I can’t wait to read more in the series!!!
Angela Hayes
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Locked Down Heart is the third book in the Combat Hearts series by Tarina Deaton. I am completely blown away by this exceptional series, and this book is such a superb addition to the collection. It picks up where Half-Broke Heart finished and continues Chris and Denise’s captivating story. I have loved each and every book, but this one is the jewel in Ms. Deaton’s crown, so far. I loved every word, zipping through it in one sitting.
Denise has had to live with the burden, and a constant r
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Books Laid Bare
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Almost 4 stars
I hadn’t read the first book in this series and I will admit that after about 15% of this one I realised my mistake and put this one down and started at the very beginning, I would suggest that if you haven’t read Half-Broke Heart you should, for me it filled in the details that I hadn’t known that I was missing!
Denise had suffered, the death of both her best friend and a family member had taken their toll on her and left her in a position that she had never anticipated, looking af
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Jennifer
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book.  This is book three in the series, but the first I've read by this author.  Even though it is book three, it can be read as a stand alone.  I haven't read the others, and even though there were a few references to events in previous books, I was able to keep up just fine.
Right from the very beginning, this book had my heart pounding, and then the tears started.  Denise gets custody of her cousin's kids in the most horrible of horrible ways.  And on top of that, th
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Teresa
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of Locked Down Heart from the author in exchange for a voluntary and honest review**

Locked Down Heart is the third book in the Combat Hearts series by Tarina Deaton. I'd highly recommend reading the previous book Half-Broke Heart as this book starts right after that one ends. I hope that you'll read all three and enjoy each book as much as I have.

Denise Reynolds has been caring for her niece and nephew, Kaden and Kimber, since her cousin, Sarah, entered hospice after her canc
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Kellee
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Locked-Down Heart (Combat Hearts Book 3) by Tarina Deaton 5 stars

This book is NOT a standalone. You must read book 1, Stitched Up Heart (Bree and Jase) and book 1.5, Half-Broke Heart (Denise and Chris, the beginning) before reading this book. This review may contain spoilers to the first two books in the series.

This book starts where the first book left off. This book focuses on Denise and Chris, but continues Bree and Jase's story throughout. When Chris left on his top secret and undercover jo
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Nicole
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Locked Down Heart (Combat Hearts Book 3)
By: Tarina Deaton
4 out of 5 stars

Locked Down Heart is the story between Denise and Chris. This is a second chance romance book that is filled with suspense, loss and healing. Tarina Deaton has done an excellent job of developing and telling the story of a heart locked down. An emotional, touching and beautiful story that draws you in and keeps you hostage till the end. Deaton takes you on a journey of healing, forgiveness and another chance to love.
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Crystal
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars
Locked Down Heart (Combat Hearts Book 3)
By Tarina Deaton

Locked Down Heart is the story of Christopher Nolton and Denise Reynold's . Chris and Denise are the best friends of Jase and Bree from book 1, Stiched Up Hearts). They hooked up and then Chris just "ghosted" on Denise. During this time things hit the fan for Denise and she has since become the legal guardian of her 1st cousins children, Kimber and Kaden.

Let me begin by saying that this book had a great premise behind it and I thi
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Tracy Antonelli Manderson
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Locked-Down Heart (Combat Hearts #3) by Tarina Deaton
5 out of 5 stars
This is the third book in this series but I have only read two of the books and I have really enjoyed them that I have to go back and read book2 and book 2.5. Ms. Deaton has really out down herself with this story with the characters and what they have to overcome their demons to give their family and love what they need. The characters are well developed and the scenery is well thought out. I loved how the characters fed off
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Shannon
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Locked Down Heart begins right where Half Broke Heart ended, so you must read that one first. Actually start with Stitched Up Heart first since that’s book 1 in this series. If you read my review for Half Broke Heart you saw that I said it was a great teaser of a story. Well, Locked Down Heart is a great conclusion! A great story! Simply one of my all-time favorites.

Denise is still trying to stay out of her dark place. Chris is wondering how one woman could have gotten under his skin so quickly
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Lisa
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Locked Down Heart is the third installment in author Tarina Deaton’s Combat Heart Series. This is the conclusion of Denise and Chris’s story that was begun in Half-Broke Heart. Locked Down Heart picks up seven months after the events in Half Broke Heart.
Denise’s life has changed drastically in the time that Chris has been gone, between work, spending as much time as she can with her dying cousin Sarah and taking care of Sarah’s children Kaden and Kimber she doesn’t have time to worry about the m
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Jennifer Pierson
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW WOW! I'm mad as hell that I'm came fashionably late to the amazing party of Combat Hearts, as this is the first book that I've read by the very talented Tarina Deaton! And I can say without a shadow of a doubt that she's been added to my addicted list immediately after I finished it! Denise Reynolds very controlled life has been thrown into chaos when she's given custody of her two young cousins. And if that wasn't crazy enough, their very dangerous biological father has been let out of ...more
E.A.
Locked-Down Heart (Combat Hearts #3) by Tarina Deaton was down right everything I didn't know I needed in a streamy romance novel.

Holy, sweet baby kittens, that was one hell of a read. It has all the things I love from other two books; the witty writing, sassy bickering And Denise, she is by far one of the best female MC's I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. She hit every strong point, she was human to a point where I want to meet her and be her friend. She didn't cause useless drama
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Elizabeth
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Locked-Down Heart is book 3 in the Combat Hearts series by Tarine Deaton. I have read, and loved them all, but this was by FAR my favorite! I didnt want to put it down. Half-broke Heart ended in such a cliff hanger, that I was so glad this story started strong. I was hooked before I even picked it up. It is a continuation of Denise and Chris's story. The storyline was solid, dealing with a lot of intense topics, but it wasnt sappy. It had the right balance of romance and suspense. I highly recom ...more
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Star

Locked Down Heart ( Combat Hearts Book 3) by Tarina Deaton

 

 

 

Locked Down Hearts (Combat Hearts Book 3) is the third book in her Combat Hearts series.I loved this series,I highly recommend you read the first two books in this series as well.I. This way you get the full story and get to know the characters better.Get ready for a emotional roller-coaster ride with some twists and turns that left me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what happens next.This is the story of Denise and
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Rebecca
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Locked-Down Heart (Combat Hearts Book 3) by Tarina Deaton is the third book in her Combat Hearts series. I highly suggest that you read the previous two books before this one in order to understand Denise and Chris story. This is a continuation of Denise and Chris's story. This story picks up where Denise is caring for her little cousins because their moms cancer became terminal. Denise is trying to find a way to balance everything and be there for the ones she loves. Denise has PTSD which her d ...more
Viper Spaulding
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow - what a dynamite book! Denise was a kick-a$$ heroine right from the start, and she was dedicated to keeping her kids - her cousin's children who are now her responsibility - safe from any and all threats, even if that means working against the FBI's plan to take down their criminal father, or even working against the FBI agent that is also her recent ex and soon-to-be-rekindled boyfriend, Chris. Chris is that rare breed of alpha male that is strong and protective yet also can stand aside an ...more
Debi
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Locked-Down Heart (Combat Hearts Book 3) By Tarina Deaton
5 Stars
This is the continuation of Denise and Chris’s story. The last we saw them Denise had thought he just disappeared after giving him a chance in her life. His position with the FBI takes him on missions where he has to cut off all communication and basically turn into a ghost.
Denise is done with all that, she has enough to deal with being given custody of her cousins and trying to figure out how she is going to not screw them up, sinc
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Angela
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Denise and Chris are an awesome couple together! She is a very strong character that has a hard time releasing control and trusting. However, Chris even admits that her trust issues with him have some basis, even if it was out of his control. But she is also a very dangerous character. She has hints of darkness within her that she acknowledges, but she also has a loving a caring side. Her biggest issue is allowing someone in that could potentially hurt her, and trusting herself.

Chris is determin
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Other Books in the Series

Combat Hearts (4 books)
  • Stitched Up Heart
  • Rescued Heart (Titan World) (Combat Hearts #2)
  • Half-Broke Heart (Combat Hearts #2.5)