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Hidden Under Her Heart

(Chance for Love #2)

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A tiny life hangs on the balance. Is it worthless because it is unwanted?

Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off premarital sex, hoping to land a marrying type of man.

Lucas Knight, a dedicated triathlete, is smart, sweet, and everything Maryanne wants in a man. Their romance is cut short when she is preg
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Kindle Edition, 2019 revised edition, 350 pages
Published by Lovely Hearts Press (first published January 13th 2012)
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Melisa Hamling
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually in cahoots with the heroine of the story, as in 'You gettem girl! Tell him off and don't let him dictate your life!' But not this time. The hero, Lucas, was my favorite. He started off great and he had me rolling! He's upbeat and hilarious at opportune times, but straight forward and serious, letting his voice shine when it all boils down to his compassion for life. We never really see too much of the male prospective when it comes to decision making and life choices, but Lucas was s ...more
P.C. Zick
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Under Her Heart is a story by Rachelle Ayala that takes the reader up and down the emotional scales in the lives of Maryanne and Lucas. From their first meeting, the ride begins when Lucas plays a ridiculously immature prank on Maryanne who's on duty in her job as a nurse. Maryanne is equally immature in her vow to remain celibate until she finds the right man, but then when she and Lucas go on their first date, she teases, flirts, and makes it seem as if she'd like more. As the story mov ...more
Chantel Rhondeau
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Upon reading some reviews, I can see that this is a book that will likely cause strong reactions, one way or the other. I loved this book! I have been following Rachelle Ayala and reading everything she writes and in my opinion this is her best work yet.

First off, I really like Lucas. He has his flaws and is perhaps a bit extreme in some of his views, but deep down he is a loving, caring man who was someone I could really relate to and admire. He stands by his convictions and tries to do the rig
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Ruth Hill
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book I have reviewed by this author, and each one is unique in its own way. But I am going to be honest. Until the last 50 or so pages, I was pretty certain I didn't like this book all that well. There were many things that initially turned me off. One of the main problems for me concerned the main characters. I found that Maryanne and Lucas were just too annoying and stuck on themselves. I had no issue with the abortion element of the story. Indeed the author covered a highly ...more
Diane Rapp
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Woman’s Right to Choose

Abortion has generated vehement political debate and controversy for years. I recently heard a statistic that one out of five women has faced (or will face) this choice during her lifetime—perhaps more than once. It’s a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to face.

Maryanne, the heroine of this novel already endured one abortion (after intense pressure by a sleazy ex-boyfriend) and it left a wound in her soul. She hardly noticed the wound until she faced the decision t
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Victoria Brinius
This story really made me upset that someone could get raped, and then have to deal with that man's child growing inside her. the fact that people suggested abortion made me even sadder. I am against abortion, except for this 1 circumstance. The author did a great job in making me feel for the characters and I had to see Maryanne through her pregnancy. There are so many different options instead of abortion nowadays. I wish that the author talked more about those options. However by the end of t ...more
Judy
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review: This is very timely book about a controversial subject, abortion. Not just abortion but aborting a pregnancy due to rape. Maryanne, a nurse, is given a date rape drug while at a party of the pastors son. Not knowing what happened she woke up the next morning sick and in someone else clothes dumped in the parking lot. Trying to put the incident out of her mind becomes impossible after a tape is released to you tube showing her in a drunken state and then apparently getting raped in a d ...more
Debbie
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a book in a long time that has both touched my heart and also made me think at the same time. The story of Maryann Torres and Lucas Knight is a story of young love but also of trust. The two main characters have a lot of internal issues to work through all through the story. In my opinion, Lucas was a true hero in every sense of the word. He was a good man that even dealt with somethings that he shouldn't have had too. He stood by Maryann no matter what the situation and also lear ...more
Susan
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Rachelle pens "Hidden Under Her Heart", a beautifully written tale dealing with the consequences of rape and abortion. She handles the pro-choice subject honestly and nicely, and one that I don't think anyone would have a problem with. This book actually touched my heart, which was something that was unexpected. Filled with emotion, I would recommend this book to everyone.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Heather
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Hidden Under Her Heart has a foundation built on controversial topics there is so much more to the storyline that needs to be considered at as well. As I read, I often found it difficult to come to terms with what I felt was the “most important” topic of focus. Author Rachelle Ayala tells a tale of love, loss, healing, family, personal growth, and what I found most compelling…. choice.

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Gina
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Real people real problems

This story deals with some heavy subjects and the real feelings felt from these subjects. The woman in this story has an abortion at a young age and years later is raped and pregnant and ready to do the same thing. But many things happen and she chooses to have the baby and possibly give the baby up for adoption. But God has other plans and as she faces trial after trial she realizes she needs God's forgiveness before she can forgive herself. The only thing I had a sligh
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Shawn Remfrey
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maryanne Torres is a nurse with a heart of steel. She's doing well with her 'no sex' bet with her friend, Vera, until Lucas Knight becomes one of her patients. He's handsome and annoying and won't take no for an answer. But, will a sinful and rugged past keep Maryanne from allowing herself happiness?

Lucas is a triathlete who trains special needs children for the Olympics. He's tired of women using him for his body and wants something a little deeper. He's taken with Maryanne from the moment he
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Cashea Smart
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off sex to land a marrying man. But a party she attends turns into a drinking binge, and she is raped. Lucas Knight is a biracial athlete intent on winning the Ironman Triathlon. He finds Maryanne the next morning bloody and unconscious. Since Maryanne cannot identify her attacker, he becomes the prime suspect. When Maryanne finds herself pregnant, she plans to abort, but the identi ...more
Amanda
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if this book really deserves a 3; I almost want to give it a 2. If I try to be objective, then it gets the 3. Here's why. This books deals with the very controversial and difficult subjects of rape and abortion. The author did a good job (quite commendable, really) of showing both sides of the abortion argument in ways that were honest, realistic, and non-condemning. She also did not hide the fact that women who experience abortions often suffer emotionally afterwards. I also really ...more
Tiffany Joly
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Under Her Heart is book 2 in the Chance for Love series. It is a story about a nurse who works in an allergy clinic that wants love, she wants life, and she wants a real relationship with trust and honor. Being that she hasn't truly had that in her life she has a hard time trusting. Her name is Maryanne and her life is about to change all because of one man named Lucas that needs allergy shots.

He comes in and she takes care of him thinking that he is like most men flirting to just do it a
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Emerald Barnes
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Hidden Under Her Heart follows two main characters, Lucas and Maryanne, and their life in California. Maryanne is an allergy nurse, and Lucas is an athlete, training for triathlons and the Olympics.
They meet one day when Maryanne has to give Lucas shots for his various allergies, and after a silly, kind of juvenile prank, they start seeing one another.

Despite Maryanne’s many failed relationships, she tries to be a good person for Lucas. Not too clingy or needy, but that really doesn’t happen f
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Amanda
While I really love Rachelle Ayala's book, this was not one of my favorites. Don't get me wrong, the writing is a good as ever, the characters are very complex and realistic, and the story line is great. The reason it isn't my favorite is that it made me so emotional! I found myself so irritated at the main characters that I would have thrown the book across the room several times if I hadn't been reading it on my iPhone! Maryanne is so absolutely frustrating at times. She is determined to ruin ...more
Sara
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Hidden Under Her Heart is a book about choices. The choices we make, and those made for us due to circumstance. In the book, we follow Maryanne as she is attempting to make changes in her life. She wants to move from her life of bad choices in men and sex, to a life where she has a man committed to her and to marriage. She decides to abstain from sex and focus on other things. She starts to date a man named Lucas, who could be that man. One night after a fight with Lucas, she finds herself at a
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Sheila
Lucas wants to get fit for the triathlon. Maryanne wants to progress in the medical field. And each would like a relationship with “someone who loves you whether you’re sad, glad, or have a bad hair day.” They meet when Lucas comes into Maryanne's clinic for his allergy shots and their conversation strikes sparks. But soon those sparks are warm with the fire of a developing relationship.

Author Rachelle Ayala creates pleasingly natural characters in her novel, Hidden under her heart. Neither want
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Becca
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading a lot of light hearted books lately. When I picked this one up and read it I was shocked with how much emotion was running through me. There are lots of women out there that have gone through the same experience as Maryanne. Sometimes people judge. That is just wrong. More people need to read a book like this in order to get the real insight into these touchy subjects of rape and abortion.

Maryanne is given a date rape drug while at a party of the pastors son. She woke up the
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Britt
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow Rachelle Ayala came through in her novel "Hidden Under Her Heart." Two young adults both with their on issues and upbringings come together it's either going to be fireworks or a dull sizzle. Hidden Under Her Heart delivers fourth of July fireworks. Maryanne Torres thinks she knows what she wants and needs to attract a good man; one that will not use her. She makes a decision to abstain from sex until the right man comes along and places a ring on the "correct" finger. Lucas Knight, triathle ...more
Joana Arteaga
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Hidden Under Her Heart! I loved Lucas and Maryanne but they both annoyed me in some parts of the story. I didn't like the way Maryanne kept trying to push Lucas away when he just wanted to be there for her during her pregnancy even though it was not his baby. Of course I haven't been through what she has so I don't know how I would feel if I was in her situation. I also don't believe in abortion just like Lucas but at the same time I don't think bad of anyone that has had an abortion bec ...more
Lia Burres
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a couple, Lucas and Maryanne, have to debate over an abortion issue. She became pregnant by going to a party and was slipped a date rape drug. Maryanne didn't remember any of the things that had happened. She didn't even know she was pregnant until later on.
Lucas was framed for her rape. He was training for the Olympics and had to take allergy shots. Maryanne was an allergy nurse and had to give Lucas his shots. They hooked up after a childish prank.

This book tells of the decisions made by t
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Jessica
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachelle Ayalafollow did it again!! With just the first chapter, I was hooked! The chemistry, emotion & love between Maryanne & Lucas through out the whole book is amazing! I couldn’t stop reading this book until I finished. The description of the book made me want to read it. I am against abortion, but it still seemed like it was going to be a great book. I was, indeed correct, in my assumption! This book is about choices. The choices we make & the ones that are made for us. The book starts out ...more
Carol Mcdonald
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received the chance to review Hidden Under Her Heart by Rachael Ayala. This book contains a story about a women, a man, and a abortion. I love the way Rachael writes her books. She has such a passion throughout the entire book that makes it a page turner. There are a few judgey parts throughout the book but I can overlook. I certainly would have picked up the book at a bookstore, and definitely bought it. When Maryanne meets Lucas, who possibly could be the man she has been searching for, but ...more
Lyssa
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book constantly had me on the edge of my seat as Maryanne and Lucas tried to figure out their relationship, Maryanne tried to decide what to do with the baby and as Barry kept harassing her! It's definitely one of those books that makes you stop and think about what you would do if you were in the situation.

At times, it was very frustrating dealing with Maryanne and Lucas' wishy washy decisions. I wanted to scream at them that they both loved each other so stop fighting it! But that's a si
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Clo
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If i'm totally honest, when I downloaded this I thought that it was a real life story and that's why i wanted to read it.
However, I really enjoyed reading it, though the ups and downs of Maryann and Lucas wore me down and I found myself wishing they would just make their minds up.

Whilst I liked Lucas and the relationship they had, I was annoyed that he kept pushing Maryann not have an abortion - as a woman if I had been raped the first thing i would be doing, is booking myself in for an abortion
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Veronica Rawlins
"Hidden Under Her Heart" is well written. The emotion and love between Maryanne and Lucas through the whole ordeal is amazing. I could feel everything as if I was there with Maryanne and Lucas making the decisions and going through everything with them. This book was worth reading and was so hard to put down. I am so sad that it ended but I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a good book about the choices women have to go through and the struggle of making some of those choices when ...more
KimberlyDawn
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maryanne is a nurse, and she gets a prank pulled on her by Lucas. (He acts quite immature in the beginning of the book.) Lucas finds himself fascinated with Maryanne and pursues her. When they start spending time together, she finds she rather likes him too. But one night changes everything for Maryanne. Something happens to her, and someone is trying to put the blame on Lucas. Can they find out who really did it? Yes, but it will take time. As they struggle through what happened and the ramific ...more
Sam Spencer
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was heartrending, though it admittedly caused me to ask some questions that I have been informed are abnormal. I wonder what it was that occurred to cause Barry's character to behave the way he did in the story (to the outsider it would appear that he had gotten everything he had wanted yet he was resentful toward Maryanne). It also shook my absolute stance on rape, though not intentionally and affirmed my feelings on abortion (not that I'm judgemental, I believe everyone has their ow ...more
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