Friday, January 27, 2017

[Pat's ARC Review]: "Crossing Hearts"

romance novel covers, contemporary romance, Crossing Hearts by Kimberly Kincaid
Crossing Hearts by Kimberly Kincaid
Publisher: Montlake Romance (February 7, 2017)
Series: Cross Creek, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Hunter Cross has no regrets. Having left his football prospects behind the day he graduated high school, he’s happy to carry out his legacy on his family’s farm in the foothills of the Shenandoah. But when a shoulder injury puts him face-to-face with the high school sweetheart who abandoned town—and him—twelve years ago, Hunter’s simple life gets a lot more complicated.

Emerson Montgomery has secrets. Refusing to divulge why she left her job as a hotshot physical therapist for a pro football team, she struggles to readjust to life in the hometown she left behind. The more time she spends with Hunter, the more Emerson finds herself wanting to trust him with the diagnosis of MS that has turned her world upside down.

But revealing secrets comes with a price. Can Hunter and Emerson rekindle their past love? Or will the realities of the present—and the trust that goes with them—burn that bridge for good? 

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Reviews of Kincaid's Previous Novels:

Gimme Some Sugar (#2) -- Kame + Pat
Stirring Up Trouble (#3) -- Kame
Fire Me Up (#4) -- Pat
All Wrapped Up (#5) -- Pat

Outside the Lines (#3) -- Pat
Pushing the Lines -- Pat

Reckless (#1) -- Pat

Skin Deep (#1) -- Pat

Pat's Review:

This is the first novel in a new series by Ms. Kincaid and one that is a winner as far as I'm concerned. Set in a tiny farming town, it focuses on Cross Creek farm, its owner, Tobias, and three sons Hunter, Owen, and Eli. This first novel features Hunter.

"Town" was a bit relative in Millhaven since the closest thing to a stop light in the entire zip code was the flashing amber caution marker outside the fire station.

Hunter Cross loves his family's land and farming more than just about anything. It's hard work, exhausting, and the weather can wreak havoc, but he wants no other life. He never wanted to live anywhere else.

After re-injuring a torn rotator cuff, he knows recovery will be a struggle. But he had no idea the struggle would be his heart and his new physical therapist.

Emerson Montgomery grew up in Millhaven and left after high school hoping to never return. In the process she knew she broke her first love's heart: Hunter proposed and she left. She worked for her PhD in PT, was working for a champion football team, and had a gorgeous boyfriend when her world fell apart. She's reluctantly back home, working with the local doctor, and keeping her secrets. Hunter and Emerson are shocked to see each other so soon after her return. They resolve to trust each other and move on. But their attraction has never gone away.

Very enjoyable love story, with feuding brothers, overbearing parents, and Emerson's need to keep some life changing news to herself. One interesting fact that is not addressed: the constant anger between Owen and Eli Cross is never investigated. I have a feeling it will be in Cross Creek #2.
Definitely not a cliffhanger but something to keep your attention until the next story.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

*Note: The quote used belongs to Kimberly Kincaid; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim it. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.

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Thanks for the review, Pat!

Remember, since this is a Royal Pick, come back on February 23rd for a chance to WIN an ecopy of your own!

Since this one releases in February, I'm putting it in February's giveaway. 

January's giveaway will be up on February 2nd (my scheduling mistake, sorry!).


Until Next Time,


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