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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Whittaker Jones could have funded the Interior Department’s conservation budget with his own pinup calendar.

The last thing this sexy forest ranger wanted was to go on a search and rescue mission for a stubborn college co-ed throwing a temper tantrum. He’s got a hot date manning his front porch like a grumpy old man in his rocker with a carton of take-out for di
Published October 29th 2019
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Tanja Kezmic
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book three and it's kinda picking up for me in the liking department as far as this series is concerned. This time we have a park ranger who is funny and all-around great guy and has fallen for a young woman who is still figuring out what her deal is. As you can imagine they hit a few bumps on the way but they manage to get around them in order to finally see that they are meant to be.

This story had a few eye-roll moments due to age difference but It was still an enjoyable read. I'm hoping next
Linda Reads
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super steamy story where the man falls hard for the girl
Amelia Rae Faust aka Lia is mad as He!! b/c she just found her boyfriend-to-be lip-locked with her roommate on a camping trip where she had other plans. She’s stomping through the woods calling him everything she can think until she realizes she’s lost AND just felt a twinge in her leg during one of her more aggressive stomps. Then the cheaters’ voices are heard and she hides. When they leave, she sets out to go back but now she knows
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. It started out a little shaky for me, but I really enjoyed Amelia (Lia) and Wittaker (Witt) figuring out that they were probably meant for more. Lia is in college and goes camping with some "friends" but gets upset and goes for a walk without knowing where she is going. Witt is a park ranger and he has to go and find Lia when she doesn't find her way back to camp. You would think they wouldn't work, but they do and actually complement each other. There were lots of f ...more
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Stars!

M.C. Cerny is back with the third standalone romcom in this fantastic series and y'all, that cover and that blurb... it's what initially drew me in but what's within the pages was unputdownable and unforgettable and this book is definitely being added to my reread list.

Heartburn was a really good romance... age gap that had my heart beating soooo fast (I'm a sucker for these!!) and a forest ranger that had me with all the swoony eyes. A fast read packed with laugh
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Age doesn’t always matter

This story was easy to read, and I’ll definitely be looking for more books written by this author! In fact, I now feel compelled to read the first two of this series!

Amelia and Whit’s story keeps you intrigued, as two very likable and relatable characters. Lia is 20 year-old college student who goes on a camping trip with some friends from the football team. On this trip, her roommate/so-called friend, hooks up with the football star she came to b
Samerah Ibrahim
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M.C. Cerny will keep you entertained and has a way to keep you engaged with each characters.
Amelia is 20 year old student of New Paltz University who’s undecided what she wants to major in. She goes out on a camping trip With friends and her roommate Dinah, planning to sleep with her crush football player Ryder. Dinah ends up hooking up with Ryder and Amelia runs off into the forest & off the path where she get lost and now its dark and raining. Her so called friend end up calling for help.
Terry Miller
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
M.C. Cerny keeps delivering in her “Love by Design” book series. This time we meet Lia, a 20 year old college student and Whit a 28 year old forest ranger. Whit rescues Lia after she gets lost in the forest. From there on the sparks begin to fly. There’s only one problem - the age difference. Lia is still trying to find her way and is enjoying her newly found independence and falling into the usual college experiences. She feels like an outsider when they are with Whit’s friends. Whit is afraid ...more
Courtney Anderson
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was super excited to get to read Whit and Lia’s story because I thought the idea of him rescuing her and an age gap was super cute. Whit is a forest ranger and is sent out to find a missing college student that wondered off. He is a super alpha, hot, stubborn man but his attraction to Lia is undeniable and he refuses to let this go. Lia is a college student only 8 years younger than Whit, she is smart, talented, stubborn, and tired of being under the microscope of her mother, so she is all abo ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Whit. I think I’ve always liked Whit. There’s just something special about his brand of ‘strong silent type’. It works for me. I liked Lia too. I’m twice her age and I still feel like I haven’t made any more headway deciding what to do with my life than she has. I can totally sympathise with her. They have the kind of meet-cute that romance novels are made of. Case in point. But there’s a whole lot of fuss and bother over the eight year difference in their ages. Too much for what the diff ...more
Vicki Stephens
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartburn is the third book in the Love By Design series by M.C. Cerny. The novel is a fun romance between Amelia (Lia) Faust, a college student disgusted with roommates who steal the guy your crushing on and the outdoors, and Whit Jones, a forest ranger. They meet when Lia becomes lost in the forest due to her preoccupation on her roommate and the guy she wanted to date. Whit is sent out on a search and rescue mission to find her. Lia is found by Whit and they spend a steamy night sharing body ...more
Jackie Roberts
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whit Jones works as a ranger with the Park Service and feels like a grumpy old man at 28. Just wants to go home but ends up looking for a lost college student. He is instantly attracted to Amelia (Lia) who got lost after she was upset that her roommate hooked up with her crush. Lia feels like she doesn't fit in and is having trouble picking a major and feels pressured by her parents to get her life in order. Lia acts on her attraction to Whit and asks for one night fling with him. After their n ...more
Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartburn is going to leave you with a huge smile on your face and a happy sigh. I have loved getting to know this tight group of friends and knew I'd want Whit and Lia's story!

Whit is so freaking sweet. Did not expect that at all! He literally falls head over heels for the quirky and insecure Lia. Whit shows his sweet side as well as his insecure side. Lia is sweet and sassy. I loved her old soul. She may be 20, but her soul is much older. She goes toe to toe with Whit and I loved their verbal
KL Cassanello
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lia goes camping with her college friends. When she finds the guy she likes kissing her roommate, she takes off. Walks away, without her jacket or backpack. When the weather turns nasty, her friends beg the ranger to look for her. Whit finds her - finally - but they're both soaked, the rain isn't letting up, and the temp is dropping. They spend a passion-fueled night in an abandoned cabin. When she leaves the next day with her friends, he's feeling dejected. He's not used to that - he's a player ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Opposites that fit together

Heartburn is about Whittaker(Whit) and Amelia (Lia). They are opposites in a lot of ways and this causes more than a few issues in their relationship. But they do fit together in a lot of ways also, not the least with some sizzling chemistry. They have to sort through their feelings, expectations and wants in order to determine if they really should be together or not.
This story had a number of funny moments along with romance and hot steamy chemistry. I thought
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This is the third installment in the Love by Design series and focuses on Whit and Amelia's relationship. Whit is a park ranger and meets Amelia while rescuing her in the forest after she gets lost. The only thing that I didn't like about this story was how much of the story was spent dealing with the difference in ages between Whit and Lia. This seemed to be Whit's main problem throughout the entire book. They do have some depth-filled moments, but a lot of their time is spent either having sex ...more
Tara Peters
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whit stole my heart. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me intrigued and up later than I should have stayed up. He didn’t really think he wanted a series relationship until he met Lia. Lia is a college student who has horrible luck with men she gets lost in the woods. He saves her and sparks fly.
She prefaced their night together as a one night thing so the next morning they are both awkward. He can’t stop thinking about her and finds her. I appreciated the fact that he didn’t let her walk aw
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Lighter Young Adult Read
I thought this was a hot and fast romance, easy to read, mostly feel good.
Whit being 28 and Lia only 20, the age difference seems huge, especially when friends start their razzing. Lia wants her space to find herself and Whit is overly jealous, thinking she will move back to her younger crowd. Neither one is that secure in themselves, or that this will last forever until fate steps in, obliterating all the small stuff that shouldn't matter.
Story intent was good, c
Debra Floyd
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amelia and Whit’s story keeps you intrigued. Amelia a college student goes on a camping trip with some friends from the football team. She brings her roommate who hooks up the the football star she came to be with. Hurt she runs off into the woods to get away and gets lost. They college kids then go to the ranger station when Amelia (Lia) doesn’t return.

Park ranger Whit Jones goes off looking for her. He finds her and it has been raining and she is soaked and lost and cold. Ranger Jo
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amelia "Lia" is college girl, who gets in a snit gets lost in the woods and Whittaker Jones "Whit" goes on a search and rescue and finds sparks that flame to life. I like Whit much more than I like Lia in the beginning of this story. I like the chemistry. I like their interaction. I do not like so much how quickly she "gets over" and moves on from her crush on Ryder. I do not think the age gap should have been such a big deal. I like that Whit seems to know what he wants and I like that Lia lear ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good romance
Very good romance, well written with an original beginning, because Amélia, a student, gets lost in the woods following a disappointment as well friendly as sentimental. She is saved by Whit who is a Ranger in the park where she got lost and they spend the night together for one night stand only. But quickly, both understand that even if they did not look for each other, they may have found the one they missed.
The points of disagreement appear especially on their age and
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**Please note, I was given an ARC for each of these books for an honest review of them. These reviews are my own thoughts and feelings and I have had no financial compensation to provide these reviews to you**

Not gonna lie to y’all. I struggled with this book. I tried multiple times to pick it up and read it and struggled through. Not sure if that struggle is because I had an ARC or if it’s how the book was written, as MC Cerny is a new author to me and I haven’t read any of their wo
Christine Garza
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a sensational romantic comedy, filled with witty banter, humor, laughter, insecurities, passion, friendship, and love. Witt is a park ranger who's as mature as any 28 year old would be. Enter Lia a somewhat naive 20 year old who is trying to discover who she is and they have a disaster waiting to happen. Or do they? Witt and Lia must learn to communicate without fighting and trust each other in order to overcome overprotectiveness, naivety, jealousy, and insecurities. Heartburn is a hilario ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whit was not happy when he had to go into the forest to find a lost young woman who he was certain had a temper tantrum and was not really lost at all. Instead he finds a scared wet young woman. Lia did not mean to get lost when she stormed off into the forest after she found out her room mate had stole the football quarterback from under her nose and she certainly did not expect to have a one night stand with the sexy forest ranger who found her. But it was warmer skin to skin when stuck in the ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heartburn is the third book in Love By Design series and it is an enjoyable addition to the series. You will enjoy the ride - the ups, downs and every pretty little bump in between. The storyline was engaging and kept my interest as well as the drama, twists, mistakes and emotional turmoil that created tension for the couple.
Whit and Amelia are both strong characters and that made for a well balanced couple. The attraction between the couple simmered along nice as they engaged in a chemist
Sondra Olbrias
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amelia is a college student who is trying to find her place. She heads to the woods with some kids from school only to get lost. Whittaker is a ranger who goes out to look for her. A little bit of instant attraction hits. Eventually over time they get closer. Both have issues to work through. Whittaker's are age and trust. Amelias is family and compromise as well as self understanding. The question both has is if this is the real thing or just something tthey must walk away from before the other ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Should actually be rated 4-1/2. While this book wasn't nearly as hilarious or witty as the previous ones, it still had its moments, and the author did a good job handling the age difference without it becoming something that dragged the characters down. SPOILER ALERT! While Whit and Lia were aware of the age difference and often reflected on it since their actions were sometimes a result of it, they did not dwell on it and use it to make it impossible for them to have a relationship. I thought i ...more
Kari Hansen
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lia is a college student who has been trying to attract the attention of the star quarterback with the help of her roommate only to find out her roommate has decided that she wants him for herself. All she wanted was to get away and now finds herself stranded in the woods.

Whit is the forest ranger who has been tasked with finding Lia which is the last thing he wanted to do this evening. However now that he is rescued her he is not sure he wants to give her up.

Fun and flir
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 Stars

Whit’s twenty eight to Lia’s twenty wasn’t too big of an age gap, but Lia wasn’t an old soul and behaved very young and childish at times. Their mutual physical attraction was their main connection as Whit was the total outdoors man and Lia was a city girl. He mostly worried about her throughout the whole book and her irresponsible behavior. I did like the way he adjusted his expectations for her age and I thought he was pretty patient with her.

I received a free copy of t
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whit and Lia’s relationship started under stressful circumstances. After they shared an unforgettable night together, they parted ways. Whit was finally able to track Lia down and asked her to try a relationship with him. Whit was older and ready to settle down but Lia was young and wanted to try things on her own. Their banter and hot chemistry kept them coming back for more from each other. After a traumatic event, they both realize how much they mean to each other. Great ending and I can’t wa ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great addition to the Love by Design series! Whit, a park ranger, rescues Lia, a college student, after she lost her way in the park. What starts as one night evolves into a sweet, but conflicted relationship. Lia is 20. Whit is 8 years older. Lia is still finding her place in life after escaping a controlling mother and neither saw themselves as “relationship “ types. Can they make it work? Is the age difference an issue they can’t ignore? Cross your fingers and hope they get that HEA!
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