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Heart Stronger

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  54 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
“Sometimes, I feel like I’m watching a movie…that it’s not really me, Claire Richards, getting this second chance at life.”

Single mom and college professor Claire Richards only wanted a few hours of me time to soak in her tub, read a book, and drink wine.

But tragedy struck, and Claire found herself with a lot more me time than she bargained for.
Three years later, Claire i
Published February 19th 2018
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Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-four-stars
4 stars!


Heart Stronger is an emotional, stand-alone romance by Rachel Blaufeld. I love Rachel’s writing and I’m a big fan of emotional reads, so I was very excited to read this book.

Claire Richards is a college professor who’s lost it all. Well, she’s lost the most important thing to her and she’s never been the same. Her life now is very predictable. She works, she comes home, she runs with her dog, repeat. Then she gets a new neighbor… Aiken moves next door, and to this town to get answers ab
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Rachel Blaufeld brings us a story of second chances, healed hearts and discovery in her latest offering between a couple who have a few years separating them.

description I was meant to fall for the beautiful professor and make her happy again.

I’ve only read one other book by Rachel Blaufeld, To See You which I found enjoyable with a writing style which worked well for me. And whilst I didn’t find Heart Stronger a struggle, liking Claire and Aiken in the process, I had some issues with the the pacing whic
Claire Robinson
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 - "For as long as it's meant to be." Stars!

It’s no secret I am a fan of Rachel Blaufeld’s work, I love that this author always puts her own unique spin on whatever tropes she uses, and Heart Stronger once again ticked all the boxes for me.

I’d had enough of goodbyes, and I didn’t want anymore hellos…

Claire Richards, has experienced the most profound loss, and three years on from that is still barely existing in life. Living for her work and avoiding spending time with her thoughts at all cost
Kindling Micky
HEART STRONGER is a contemporary romance with a slight suspense theme underlying the story. It starts with an emotional bang that drags the reader into the story very quickly. I found this book to be easy to read and get into, but with some lulling in the later third of the book.

The heroine of this book, Claire is a college professor who is just existing and almost done with life, the details of which make for a rich back story that pulls on your heart strings. Claire is reluctantly befriended b
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I thought this book was great. I luvd Aiken so much he is so caring patient and sexy. He was just brilliant throughout this whole book. The attraction he had with Claire was instant. Once he knew Claire's story he knew he had a tough job getting close to this gorgeous woman. He didn't know what was goin on he moved next door to Claire and had a job to do. But this woman was the only thing he could think of. Aiken had plans he just didn't think he would
Jewel Ann
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heart Stronger is a raw, emotional, and poignant love story of our time. Blaufeld is an expert at transforming tragedy into second chances at life and love. Five beautiful stars!
Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
Claire has been existing, not living the past four years after the break down of her marriage and then a life changing, horrific tragedy completely flipped her world upside down.

She is 36 years old and lives a pretty reclusive life. Before this all happened she was a college professor and had a pretty busy but great life. She is trying to move forward and get back to some semblance of a normal life but every day is still a struggle to her.

When the house next door is sold and a new neighbour mov
Nicole McCurdy
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emerald Book Reviews

Rachel Blaufeld is one of those beautiful rare gems in the literary world.  Everything she writes is golden.  Everything.  Each and everyone of her books comes with hidden depths, truly emotive plots, complex and engaging characters, as well as passionate and sparkling love stories that is attached to some wonderful, romantic dialogue.

'I'd never wanted someone in my bed as much as I wanted this woman.  

Not only in my bed.


I'd get her.  Save her.  Breathe air back in
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 09-read-asap

I just finished my first book by Rachel Blaufeld. Heart Stronger’s plotline features Claire a divorced professor that thinks her life ended because of one decision she considers selfish now, but that was actually only human and is done by people around the world every other minute. And then there is Aiken her (as she feels) far to young new neighbor who will simply not take now for an answer. The interesting balance between the characters is based on the fact that one is too sweet while the othe
April Symes
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book is a keeper! It had so much wrapped into a one unique and sizzling story. This is a story about heartbreak, second chances, finding love, discovery and everlasting love. Claire and Aiken’s story is a beautiful one. They both have suffered emotional scars in their past, pain that caused them to draw back and seek refuge from their past. They both are seeking answers to the questions that still linger. Clair, in my mind, has suffered the most pain and this story will touch even the harde ...more
Michelle Rodriguez
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a second chance at love trope. You have Claire Richards, a divorced college professor, who is the husk of her former self. Three years ago, she suffered tragedy, and all she wants to do is work, work, work, work, work. That is until she meets her new hot, younger neighbor Aiken. While trying Aiken tries to neighborly, Claire just wants to be left alone, especially from the likes of this "yougin". Oh but Aiken will not be deterred. He's determine to bring down Claire's walls one way or an ...more
Diary Of Book Fiend
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Past- Claire is soaking in the claw foot tub sipping her wine when she receives a phone call that would change her life forever.

Aiken moves in next door to Claire in search for his mom who walked out on him and his dad years ago.

thus begins their love story, however unknown to them there lives have already been weaved together several years ago.

This was a very very sweet book. I mean Aiken about gave me a toothache he was so sweet.

I want to tell you how stunning you are. Every fiber of

“He was the lighthouse and I was the ship lost at sea.”

After suffering an unimaginable tragedy, Claire has spent the last three years barely going through the motions of life. Existing instead of really living, her well ordered life is once again turned upside down when Aiken Ford moves in next door. He’s sweet, slightly younger, and all kinds of interested.

"I'd had enough goodbyes, and I didn't want any more hellos."

Claire couldn’t be more resistant to his charms, but Aiken is nothing if no
Fabiola Francisco
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emotional and gripping, Rachel Blaufeld weaved a story that touched all my emotions. Heart Stronger is a story about loss and finding the strength to keep living.

The chemistry between the characters sizzled and I loved reading how Aiken supported Claire through her healing. Beautiful writing in true Blaufeld fashion.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
HEART STRONGER is so special to me. MY 10h book --- wow, wow, wow!! I can't even put into words what this all means to me.

There is a little bit of melancholy whenever I release a book. It's like saying goodbye to a good friend who you had all to yourself for a weekend.

In Heart Stronger, I twist the notions. The woman is broken, and the man is the fixer. Claire and Aiken are two very broken characters, looking for solace. Can they find it in one another? I can’t wait for you to read it.

I will sa
Books Laid Bare
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An emotional story of learning to live again, of seeing that the loss that has devastated your past doesn’t have to decimate your future too.
The story was intense, it pulled on every heart string and rightly so, it had a point to get across and was willing to do everything it could to ensure that as the reader you got what it was trying to say.
Claire was such a powerful character, she had been through so much, more than many would have been willing or able to deal with but she was still standin
Brittany Elliser
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heart Stronger was a heart pulling, gut wrenching story about a single mom who has gone though hell and back. Literally the worst thing that you could ever imagine happened to her and now she is just floating through life. Until she meets the MUCH younger guy next door, but that doesn't mean that there is any room left in her heart to love and she makes it clear from day one that she is fine just being by herself and doesn't need Mr. Hotty next door.

Claire is such a strong character. I could fee
Sunny Shelly Reads
Heart Stronger is an emotional story of a woman who has lost everything and the younger guy next door who shows her that it is okay to live and love again. Three years ago, Claire's daughter died in a horrific explosion, and ever since, this college professor has been sleepwalking through life. The day that a young Adonis moves in next door to her, everything immediately changes for Claire. Starting with the zap of feelings that have long laid dormant in her heart.

This is labeled as an older wom
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3-3.5 stars

Heart Stronger by Rachel Blaufeld is about healing and second chances. Both the main characters, Claire and Aiken, need closure to losses, and they aren’t looking for love, but they do find it.

Since the death of her daughter four years ago, Claire has just existed. The once vibrant 36-year-old woman avoids life by overloading her schedule with work. Her loss is heart breaking, and it makes her easy to empathize with her. When 32-year-old Aiken moves in next door, she barely acknowledg
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-star
**ARC provided courtesy of Social Butterfly PR**

Rachel Blaufeld is a new to me author. The blurb caught my attention and a friend of mine has raved about this author so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm glad that I did! Heart Stronger pulled at my emotions from the start and never let go.

Claire broke my heart. I sympathized with her very much, even when I wanted her to go out and BE again. She's closed off, but it's logical to her. She's guarding her heart against more heartache-and she's definite
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I get so excited when Rachel announces a new book! She is most definitely an auto-buy/auto-read author of mine.

Heart Stronger is a little different than any other book Rachel has written, in my opinion. I love it when authors change things up with their books. I also believe to keep my review a bit vague as some things happen in this book that I think needs to be learned first-hand.

Claire and Aiken’s story is a beautiful one. They’ve both suffered in the past and are left with questions that t
Sassy Southern
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like all single parents, all Claire, a college professor, wanted was a little "me time" to relax. Care got her wish, but unfortunately, it was in a tragic way and she'd give anything to change what happened. Three years later, her pain is still deep as are the emotional scars she's suffered. When she gets a new neighbor, a man who looks quite young compared to her own years, Claire has no idea her life is about to change again, only this time for the better.

Aiken is in town for personal reasons.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-arc
4.5 Crazy Ass Stars!!!

Ok, I'm gonna start this off with the "bad news" first that way we end on the "good". My only hangup I had was the constant mention of age. It was like beating a dead horse. Age differences really don't bother me but when it's constantly mentioned throughout the entire book, it gets to be annoying.
Despite being annoyed by that, I really enjoyed reading this. The storyline was fresh and I was hooked right from the start. I loved the suspense of what Aiken was up to and how
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
And here is another WINNER by Rachel Blaufeld!
Heart Stronger is a emotional standalone full length novel. Heart Stronger is a raw and gritty second chances at life romance. The book is written in a dual POV.
Meet Claire Richards. Claire is a psychology professor, divorced; and suffered unbearable loss. Shes shattered and only exists anymore.
Her new neighbor Aiken is fascinated with her. Hes several years younger than Claire and has his own agenda. Hes kind, gentle and bold at the same time and qu
Cee Cee Houston
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for a emotional read.

Heart Stronger is my first novel by author Rachel Blaufeld, it’s a tough, second chance at love romance filled to the brim with raw, gritty emotions. It features Claire Richards, and her much younger beau, Aiken. Claire is a college professor and Aitken her new neighbor who falls in love with her.
Claire is divorced and has a painful past that is holding her back. She believes she’s to blame for what happened and doesn’t deserve to be happy again. She teaches psycho
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh, my heart ached for Claire. She has experienced what no mother should have to go through and is trying to find her own normal again, keeping exceptionally busy. Aiken disturbs her peace and has her feeling again. He is younger than her (not sure why this is an issue) and trying to find out why his mother left him and his father and vanished off the face of the planet.

As they discover more about their pasts, there is a connection that could destroy their fledgling relationship.

I loved
This book is the newest contemporary standalone romance from author Rachel Blaufeld. Having enjoyed Ms. Blaufeld's Electric Tunnel series, she is not a new author to me. The story is told in dual POVs. I really liked the character of Claire. So very heartbroken over events in her past. As the book begins, she is bitter woman and content to remain so. Younger hottie, Aiken, moves into the house next door.
Claire is pretty hung up on their age difference for most of the book. But he is 30 and she
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To say the emotions run high in this story from Rachel Blaufeld is an understatement. My heart was shattered, then it was mended in this story. I could only imagine the pain of loss that Claire felt through the tragedy that gripped her. No, not mentioning it as I do not want to give a spoiler. The biggest thing is how does one rebuild after something so heartbreaking and earth shattering? Well, enter Aiken. I think he was the most unexpected experience that Claire could have anticipated but in s ...more
I Dont Get Sundays
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
For just a 'kid' Aiken sure was in tune with what Claire was feeling. He was patient and understanding and helped her with so much. Claire has been living a life no one should, by herself, depending on work to get her through the day. Her new neighbor is a game changer. He doesn't give up. He pushed her boundaries.

I loved watching Aiken make her uncomfortable. He would just do a little movement and she was in panic mode. He didn't run, instead he forced her to decide did she want that movement
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rachel is one is one of my go to authors. I love her books and Heart Stronger did not disappoint at all.

Heart Stronger was beautiful and well written, it was emotional and romantic, it was sweet and sensual. Rachel wrote a story that pulled me in from the beginning and I couldn’t stop reading. The characters were fantastic. I loved Aiken and his willingness to help Claire heal her broken heart. Rachel’s stories are always creative and unique, which I love, and I found the plot of Heart Stronger
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Rachel Blaufeld is a bestselling author of Coming of Age, Romantic Suspense, and Sports Romance fiction. She recently asked her readers to describe her, and the adjectives they came up with included: insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking the heat up in the dead of ...more
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