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Wicked Hearts

(Cross My Heart #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  544 ratings  ·  88 reviews
My big brother and I landed in the care of my aunt and her husband after my parents died in a tragic accident when I was three-years-old. I grew up smothered by love from a family that knows what the bitter sting of loss feels like.

Living under that umbrella afforded me the ability to grow up with the security needed to try my every whim… and I have, now it’s time to figur
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published May 14th 2020 (first published February 11th 2019)
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: May 14, 2020
Actual Rating: 5 stars

Small Town | Brother’s best Friend Romance

Wow! Wow! Woe! I am officially obsessed with this series. I’ve read all three books and each one has left a major impression in my heart. Not only that, I’ve rated each one 5 stars because of how amazing they are! I honestly can’t get enough and highly recommend them to all romance readers! That’s right! If you enjoy romance books that will leave you breathless, those kind of books that make you swo
Melanie (mells_view)
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ah another sweet and easy love story from Poplar Falls. I swear I feel like this series is the low angst gift that keeps on giving. Elle and Walker have been teased a little in the other books, but I absolutely fell in love with them in their story. They start off slow burn, but then they finally come together and give us some secret relationship fun. I love how this author keeps the angst low and has it quickly resolved. It gives you time to really just enjoy the easy/fun parts of getting to kn ...more
Florence ❁

so this was better than the first book and I really liked it. This would be a 5 star read, but my issue with this series is that the main characters don't spend much time together. I mean, I enjoy all the characters, just expected more from Elle and Walker, like more depth in their relationship, feelings, etc.
Halle Reads
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-may-2020
4.5/5 Stars 🌟


Wicked Hearts is the 3rd book in a series of standalones set in the fictional town of Poplar Falls and is Walker and Elle's story who we have met in the previous books. This is an adorable, heartfelt, swoon worthy small town brother's best friend romance and I loved every minute of it.

Walker is by far my favourite guy in this series so far. He was broody, gaurded, conflicted but so incredibly sweet, caring and with a heart of gold. His family background was devasting as was his
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Best one in the series so far, in my opinion. Elle being unsure and finding her path in life is relatable, I always love seeing characters going through that in books. I loved Walker, he cares a lot about the people in his life and he has always been hard-working. Initially, he didn't believe a happy ending with a woman and a family was in store for him because of what happened when he was a teenager.

The romance is so damn cute, they have a really good dynamic. It has the best friend's brother
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Best book of the series so far, & I enjoyed the other 2.

For a brother’s best friend/best friend’s sister(whichever way you prefer it), I found it refreshing neither had been secretly pining for years for the other, especially for the heroine(since it’s typically her), & their feelings evolved as the book went. Wicked Hearts is so well paced progressing from uncovering their new feelings for each other all the way towards the start of their HEA.

I liked how balanced Elle’s character is
Vanessa (nessreads)
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

My first read by Amber Kelly, and now I just want to read all her other books. This book left me an emotional and happy mess. Wicked Hearts is the third book in the Poplar Falls series and it was amazing.

I loved Elle right from the start. She has such a sweet and caring heart. My heart hurt for her and what she lost at such a young age. She’s lost a lot, but she also gained a lot too, especially a wonderful family. She’s come at a crossroads and is unsettled, she doesn’t know what to do
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
(4.1 Stars)

Amber Kelly’s Wicked Hearts captured our emotions, and immediately drew us into the beautiful world of Poplar Falls. Harmless flirtation, and a shared moment of tenderness subtly transforms the course of Elle and Walker’s friendship. This passionate love affair remains a forbidden love, as they keep it hidden from friends and family. However, when their secret is exposed choas erupts! Will their love be strong enough to endure the challenge? A heartwarming novel!
Bookloose Ela
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, I have to be honest and admit that I'm not a biggest fan of 'friends to lovers' trope. So for me, Wicked Harts was a long-desired pleasant surprise.

The relationship between Elle and Walker develops naturally, without forced moments or reactions that do not suit their characters. This is a book without "rolling your eyes and thinking c'mon" because some scene stands out too much from anything previously built, be it the events themselves or the personalization of the character
Sarah Louise
My lifestyle couldn’t be more opposite than the characters of Poplar Falls, but I just can’t get enough of this small-town. Centered around its cattle ranch, I love following the early morning grind and hard work these characters face each day.

After the loss of her parents as a child, Elle has been surrounded by the support of her family, including her overprotective brother, Braxton. While falling for the wild and carefree Walker Reid, longtime worker of the ranch and brother’s best friend, Ell
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Small Town at its best!!!

I found Amber Kelly last year and have been obsessed with her Poplar Falls series. Wicked Hearts is book #3. You can read it as a stand alone, but for the best dose of Rustic Peak, I would say start at book 1.

In Wicked Hearts we watch Elle find her love story. I was so in love with Walker from the beginning. There was just something there....

“He is sexy as hell. And that voice! His voice could melt the panties off an ice queen. And when he plays that guitar, damn.”

Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2020-reads
I've adored every book in the Poplar Falls series and this one didn't disappoint, this one was more of a slow burn romance compared to the other two books as you were half way through the book before any romance actually happened. I have to admit that was one of the things I loved though as I knew Elle and Walker would end up being in a relationship together but it just took them both some time before it actually happened. I adored Walker throughout these books and I was warming to Elle as a cha ...more
4 Stars

Wicked Heart, third book of the Poplar Falls series brings another romance from the Small town that has caught my attention from beginning to end, for bringing fantastic characters, a sweet and well-built character.

Elle and Walker's story is a slow- Burn that makes I enjoy the little moments between them: the look-changing, sexual tension and the fun dialogues. Elle loyal, sweet, who has a big one is great family. And Walker is a lot more than the playboy who appeared to be in the previo
Isha Coleman
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Channel your inner bad girl. A little wicked goes a long way when it comes to an Amber Kelly story. Elle and Walker give emotions a taste of what it means to be naughty. A good girl that has quite a wild side. A bad boy that with more than a hint of heart. Add a small town with more than enough big city scandal and the stage is set for temptation. Wicked Hearts is sweet serendipity.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This was ok. The best part definitely was the family. I loooove them, even Brax and his overprotective OTT attitude. The first half was very nice and the few hints they gave each other was cute but I don't know, there was something missing. I hate how they didn't have a deep conversation about Walker's feelings and trauma. Aunt Doe literally told him "You're a good man, get off your ass and get over your deep wounds and trauma" and he did after struggling with them for 16 years lol. Now that I t ...more
24-year old Elle feels lost in life. She’s always lived in Poplar Falls, but hasn’t found her career or calling yet. But when the ranch her family, friends and brother, Braxton, work on—Rustic Peak—expands and needs extra hands in several sectors of their business, they hire Elle on. And for the first time in a long while, Elle feels like she’s exactly where she needs to be.

When Walker was a teen, he was in desperate need of a job to support his high school sweetheart and that’s when he started
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another solid book in this series. I just adore this place and this family. Poor Walker didn’t know what he deserved and it was love and a family.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Small town - brothers best friend
Ranch life at its finest
This series has everything and I’ve enjoyed it so much!
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5☆ | not a fan of the redeemed manwhore and brother's best friend trope but i really enjoyed this, it was a fun, cute and easy-to-read book. also that prologue made me shed some tears...

the main characters were very likeables, as were the side ones. i really liked Elle, she was funny, quirky and straightforward. and the fact that she was in a middle-20s-crisis without knowing what to do with her life was quite relatable, if i must say so. Walker was a bit crude, but he was cute to Elle and was
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this emotional, witty, and steamy read by Amber Kelly. She has such a a talent for writing real, raw characters that come to life while reading these pages. I couldn’t put this book down and finished in record time.

Another stellar book by Amber Kelly. She writes small town romance like no other. She has created the farm of Rustic Falls. It is a place of family, love, devotion and acceptance. It is a place you come to wish was real. The sense of family is so strong here and su
Tiffany Ross
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jackie Wright
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author and after reading Wicked Hearts I’m left wondering why. I really enjoyed this read even though I haven’t read the previous books, I had no problem following the story or getting to know the characters so I can honestly say Wicked Hearts can be read as a stand-alone although I’m sure like me you will want to catch up with the previous stories.
If you Ike small town romances look no further than this book, it’s a slow burn that will appeal to all ro
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh Walker, you perfect man 💕
Walker and Elle have it all, tenderness, affection, chemistry, passion. They are both a peaceful haven and the greatest adventure for each other. The fact how much they really care and listen to each other is reflected the best at the end of the main drama but also - #snowballfight. They are my favorite couple so far, and not just in this series.
The past, the brother, the age difference, some other supporting characters, it all plays important role, but at no point do
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC for a honest review.⁣

4.5 Stars. Wow. The slow burn was real! Lol Walker and Elle was EVERYTHING! Walker made me swooned so much. I literally think my heart skipped a beat. 😂 Give me a Walker. Lol He comes with a small package that makes him believe he's not good enough for Elle. One thing I love is when the girl was the one who initiated it. Show him who's the boss. I felt like the ending was quite rushed though. I want more of Walker and Elle. An awesome thing about the book
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you guys are looking for a cute small town romance with a big group of family/friends well then I totally recommend you this book!!!! There's something about when na romance books have the big group of friends trope they just warm my heart and make me wish I actually had more than 4 close friends 😭 Elle and Walker were absolutely perfect for each other their sexual chemistry was everything !!! Also I love seeing more and more na books taking about people struggling with their paths in life li ...more
a little bit of everything.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020, owned
i love this series so much. these characters are always a joy to go back to. my favorite thing about these books are how swoon worthy these men are.

Walker is the absolute best. i think he’s my favorite so far. i loved how he realized throughout the book his self worth and that he deserves to be happy. i loved how he treated Elle so much, he was so sweet to her. their chemistry was amazing and i fell in love with their story from start to end.

can’t wait for the next book in this series. i hones
Nikki W
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok did I ever enjoy this slow burn romance! YES YES YES YES! I was so excited for this release cause I have loved the series so much and I was not disappointed! Savored every single word in this book and cannot wait for the next one!!
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-series
Sometimes you just need a lighthearted, low drama and romantic story. Elle and Walker’s story was just that. Their journey was a bit slow for me. Although that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. Finally when they got together it was sweet. Can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This whole series is awesome & gets better each book. I absolutely loved Elle & Walker finding there way to each other!!
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

What I liked: The characters. Both the Walker and Elle were sweethearts. The dialogue between the characters and the relationship that the main characters had with all the other characters. Their friendship an familial relationships were very genuine and a delight to witness.

That being said, it took the characters a long as time to actually be together. I wish we had gotten to know them as a couple a lot more. After all isn't that the reason they were hesitating to tell the brother, Br
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Amber Kelly is a romance author that calls North Carolina home. She has been an avid reader from a young age and you could always find her with her nose in a book completely enthralled in an adventure. With the support of her husband and family, in 2018, she decided to finally give a voice to the stories in her head and her debut novel, Both of Me was born. You can connect with Amber on Facebook a ...more

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