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A Hearing Heart

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  904 ratings  ·  78 reviews
The heart conveys messages beyond what ears can hear. After the death of her fianc
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Published (first published August 31st 2009)
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Fani *loves angst*
Catherine, a school teacher in a small Nebrasca town in the early 1900s, walks in the city street when she sees three drunk men torturing a young man. Seeing that no one else is helping, she steps in front of the horse that's dragging poor Jim Kinney on the ground and puts and end to this charade. When she goes to check up on him, she finds out that the man's deaf and mute. Taking an instant liking to him and realizing he's not the feebleminded man the town considers him to be, she proposes to t ...more

DNF 30% when "virgin" hero took a whore. It was very detailed and explicit.


I am done with this author
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it

Another enjoyable read by Bonnie Dee! Her characters always get me at the heart-strings and no one more so the Jim, whose had to deal with his deafness all alone in the world, until he meets Catherine a local schoolteacher whom not only saves him from some evil local guys, but starts to teach him sign.
Jim even though he couldn't speak, your able to get into his mindset early on and understand, while he may not be able to talk or hear, it doesn't mean he's not smart, he's very smart but just n
Nick Pageant
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I'm going to admit I bought this solely based on the cover. I'm determined to read all the Bonnie Dee / Summer Devon books because I love m/m historicals and I think these two ladies do them best. This one is not m/m, but I went ahead with it because I love the cover and I figured, "What could possibly go wrong?" Well, nothing went wrong. This is a lovely story that had me sighing happily throughout.
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Catherine Johnson is the new schoolteacher in the small town of Broughton, Nebraska in 1901. Catherine misses New York where there were brick paths, parks and flowerbeds. In Broughton, she has to make do with the wind and dust. As she is walking along Main Street, she watches as a group of drunken men abuse Jimmy Kinney, the deaf-mute who works at the town livery stable. These rowdy men are about to tie Jimmy to a horse and drag him through the town. Catherine is able to stop them before they ki ...more
Eli Easton
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the m/m historicals that Bonnie Dee does with Summer Devon, so I thought I'd try a few of her m/f romances. I particularly like the setting of A Hearing Heart -- a small town in Nebraska in the 1800's. It's hard to find historical romances that aren't regencies these days. I loved the MC, Jim, who was a deaf/mute. I did get annoyed at the schoolteacher's mistreatment of him at times, the way it was beneath her to be seen with a mere stable hand. But it created the main conflict in the st ...more
I read this what seems like a lifetime ago, but I just got the weird and uncontrollable urge to write something about it right now. I'm not even going to pretend I understand how my brain works.
Anyhow, what stuck about this novel is that I loved the realistic and historically accurate atmosphere the author managed to create and really liked the love interest - an endearing, lovable cutiepie, honestly - but loathed the heroine. Entitled, overdramatic little bitch. The plot is nothing new, but did
A wonderful story about a deaf mute man named Jim, who lives and works in the town stables and tavern in a small town in Nebraska, 1901. Catherine, new to town, transplanted herself from Ny to become the town teacher after needing to go away to deal with the loss of her Fiance' who dies in the war. While she is walking past the saloon, she is witness to 3 men beating Jim and dragging him behind a horse. She is the only one who tries and succeeds in stopping this. She goes to his room with his b ...more
Shari Kay
Aug 19, 2017 marked it as not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
if it was after meeting the h...then no
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

I was excited to begin this book as it takes place at the turn of the century in 1901. I enjoy period romances and I thought it was just want I needed; no bad boy alpha-male in sight, just a simple man with a seemingly simple life...

Jim Kinney's life is anything but "simple", as he is an underpaid stable hand and unfortunately, in his foreseeable furture, also born deaf. Catherine Johnson, a previous New York schoolteacher, who has just arrived in this Nebraska small town, will soon tea
Tara Chevrestt
I was torn two different ways by this novel. On one hand, I loved the message it conveys, that deaf isn't dumb and we are just like everyone else with desires, wants, and the need for love. On the other hand, it took me a long time to like the heroine. She does a good thing teaching a deaf man to sign and read, but for a while there, it feels as though she is using him. She loves him, but is embarrassed by him and too afraid of what society will think. It takes her a long time to grow some balls ...more
Jacqueline J
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of American historical romances.
I greatly enjoyed this story. Very nice characterizations and a good feel for the time period which was about 1905. I loved the character of Jim. His handicap was dealt with very realistically. He was a very sweet man without being in any way unmanly. Catherine was also very well drawn. She was a woman of her times, being very fearful of society's strictures. But she was also unable to deny her feelings for Jim. There were a couple of pretty hot but not smutty love scenes but they were in no way ...more
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I put this on my 'Pleasantly Surprised' shelf because I was definitely pleasantly surprised. It's not the greatest book in terms of writing style or flourish, but something about it spoke to me. Jim is definitely a lit crush.

The only real problem I had with it was some of the crass wording. I don't mind words like 'cock' and 'pussy', but they fit awkwardly here (sorry about the double entendre). And since they weren't just limited to use during sex scenes, I sometimes ran into them in what I fe
Miss Rail
DNF at ~ 30%
I just can't "believe" the characters.
I think it's the writing because I've read books with similar plots and enjoyed them...
I ended up finally dropping this book when the "hero" decides it's a good idea to loose his virginity with a prostitute... and the scene is very VERY detailed.
He was already infatuated with the heroine!
Sex with other women, expecially with detailed scenes, are a BIG no no for me.
After just finishing Bone Deep and loving it loving it loving it... This story didn't sink in and grab me.

It's probably the circumstances in the book that have me so unsettled. But I so wanted Catherine to just run away with Jim.

Jim's our hero. He's deaf, though he can read lips. He's never had anyone give him much of a chance. The townspeople think he's dim-witted.

And that makes me angry.

Jim... He's pretty awesome. And the boy has dimples. Dimples, people!

Catherine... I understand where she
Pretty good read; Historical romances are my favorite! Besides I love the strong silent type. A man of few words is so sexy. I just couldn't get enough of Jim Kinney! ;-)
Walks Through Walls
Only on the first chapter or two and I'm already noticing that the writing is a bit... choppy and plain. Inarticulate. Amateurish. "Soandso did this. Then whatshisface said that." Etc.

Still, not quite disenchanted enough to stop reading, so far. We'll see.


"The sight of the dark nipples on his chest sent a wave of fire burning in Catherine’s cheeks and a prickling feeling between her legs."

Okay, starting to go further downhill... Oh, jesus, please don't tell me she doesn't even know what aro
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
2.5 Stars

Catherine Johnson has traveled to a small town in Nebreska to become the town's teacher and to escape the painful memories of her dead fiancee. She never expects that she would have to come to rescue of the deaf man after she seems him brutally beaten. She also never expects the instant connection and attraction she feels towards him. But taking another risk on love may require more courage than she possess, especially with the huge difference in their social stations.

I grabbed this boo
Certainly not Dee's best work, but enjoyable just the same. This time our hero is deaf and our heroine a teacher who helps him learn to read and write, as well as communicate via sign language. They characters did have as much pull for me as many of her others did. I am not sure when this was published with relationship to her other works, but there were many similar plot devices to her other works. E.g. the hero gets frustrated with his disability/problem and rages against the world destroying ...more
Margaret Foxe
I just finished Bone Deep by this author and loved it. This was also very good, though I think Bone Deep is still better. Same sort of story, with a marginalized hero and a woman who loves him despite all of the social stigma of their time. The heroine took a while to finally get over it and love the hero openly, but it was very believable and made the moment when they "come out of the livery", so to speak, very satisfying.

I am reminded, for some reason, of Willa Cather, with the historical Mid
Book Utopia
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: het, historical, romance
While I really liked both leads in this, Jim stole my heart. He’s sweet without being weak, strong without being overbearing, intelligent without being capable of making mistakes. He is by far my favorite Bonnie Dee hero, just as this is likely my favorite of her works. I sometimes find it difficult to engage with her voice, but not so here. This is gentle without lacking drive, emotion-filled without drifting into melodrama.

Its one weakness rests in its ending. While it’s to be expected for the
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The h in this story was very concerned with social standing and reputations (as was normal for this time period) and at the same time, she hated acting like a snob. Catherine was in a small town in NE in a one room school house after her fiance died, trying to get over her loss. She saves the H, Jim, when he was nearly killed by the town's new thugs and she starts tutoring him to read and write and speak sign language (he is deaf and mute). Jim has been thought of as slow and dimwitted so unders ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book because it wasn't your typical love story but honestly, this book was hard to get through. Poor Jim! I felt bad for him throughout the entire book, Catherine doesn't deserve him at all! She was so annoying, one minute she cares for him, the next minute she ignores him then complains about how unfair she's being, just to ignore him again in another chapter. I literally had to skip some parts because it just dragged on. I didn't like how this book made their ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
This was a heart-warming story of a school teacher and a deaf man in 1901 Nebraska territory. It told a tale from their meeting and through their evolving relationship. They started as teacher and student; teaching a deaf man to communicate through written word and eventually signing. They moved quickly to being friends and then evolved into a stronger romantic connection.

I enjoyed the book, but it tended to rattle on a bit. The primary characters and the backstory were nicely done and very bel
I really wanted to like this book, but overall, I was disappointed. My main issue is that I didn't really like either main character, the hero or the heroine.

The hero came across a bit too timid for my taste, and the heroine wasn't much better. She was too cowardly to declare her love for the hero but had no problems jumping into the sack with him, especially for the time in which the story is set.

Also, this is one of those stories where the main characters fall almost instantly in love (if no
Carolyn F.
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jim, a deaf man, works odd jobs in a town in rural Nebraska in 1901. Catherine is the new school teacher in town and when she sees some people roughing Jim up badly, she stops them. She goes with him to his room to wash some of his cuts and bruises and they find there's a connection between them. Now they just have to get through the social class prejudice and a bad guy who is making trouble in town. Very sweet, romantic story, with some hot sex scenes.

Very soul touching book


I really loved Jim. How is he constantly shut down

However I did not like how long Catherine played with him not ready to leave him or ready to commit to him .. I get her really but I felt really sad for Jim he deserve more
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
This wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. Very ordinary in fact. Didn't like the h that much, she was too concerned for a long time with her "superior" status. I know, that's normal for that time period, but still, it took her too long to come around. I loved the H.
Joan (official heroine hater)
Another winner from Bonnie Dee! Just love her characters and sweet (but still with steam) stories.
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I began telling stories as a child. Whenever there was a sleepover, I was the designated ghost tale teller. I still have a story printed on yellow legal paper in second grade about a ghost, a witch and a talking cat.

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“All of a sudden, she was there, breaking away from the little group of women and running toward him. She raced across the space between them and threw her arms around his neck. The force of her body knocked him back a few steps as she wrapped around him like a trumpet vine on a cornstalk.
He regained his footing and snaked his arms around her, holding her close. His
exhaustion disappeared in a moment, erased by the incredible fact that Catherine was in his arms right here on the street in front of half the town, lifting her face to kiss him. He
couldn’t refuse her offer and bent his head to cover her soft lips with his. The heat and pressure of her mouth took away all the residual anxiety and fear still floating in him and filled him with wild elation instead.
After several long minutes of feasting on her mouth like a starving man, he pulled away and his eyes opened. Her tear-streaked face filled his vision. His stomach dropped.
Why was she crying? What had happened to her?
He was aware of the crowd of people around them. Glancing up, he saw many eyes focused on him and Catherine, mouths talking, expressions of surprise and shock. He let go of her and stepped back, although it was far too late to protect her reputation.
Catherine cupped his face, drawing his attention back to her, and her lips were
moving. “…don’t you? Never again!” She frowned and signed as she spoke. “Never!
Understand? I love you.” Her graceful hands made the love sign, which looked as though she was offering her heart to him.
At last Jim realized she was upset with him for putting himself in danger. If he’d doubted that she cared, those doubts evaporated under the force of her fury. He nodded and promised.”
“She turned to go back inside the livery stable. The excitement with which she’d
entered it less than an hour earlier had been replaced by heavy-hearted dread. She didn’t want to see Jim right now, or even think of him and the ramifications of their impossible
He waited for her only a few yards from the door, leaning against Lady’s stall and scratching her forelock. When Catherine approached, he raised his eyebrows.
“Nathan won’t tell.” She pressed a finger to her lips. “We’re safe.”
Jim stood there a moment, his expression unreadable. He took a tentative step toward her, pointed to her and himself and twined his fingers together with another questioning
tilt of his brows.
“I don’t know.” She shook her head. “I don’t know if we’re together or not. I simply don’t know. Please don’t ask me this tonight. I need some time to think.”
His gaze was riveted on her lips, then her eyes. He seemed calm, but she noticed tension in his jaw and neck, signs she’d learned to read to tell her when he was upset or angry. She wished she could give him a better answer, could tell him what he wanted to
hear, but to say “I love you and want to be with you” would be a lie right now. Her conflicting emotions were tearing her apart.
Walking over to him, she tilted her face up and kissed him on the cheek. “I’m sorry,”
she whispered near his ear so he couldn’t see her words. “I don’t mean to keep hurting you. I want to love you, but I’m afraid. You don’t understand what a huge thing you’re
asking of me.”
She stepped back, gave him a small smile, and gestured toward the door. “I have to go now. It’s late. But I’ll try to see you soon.”
He nodded, but the hopeful light had gone out of his eyes.”
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