| BLOGTOUR REVIEW | Hearts Unleashed by Paris Wynters

| BLOGTOUR REVIEW | Hearts Unleashed by Paris Wynters

Hearts Unleashed Book Cover Hearts Unleashed
Paris Wynters
Fiction
Simon and Schuster
September 25, 2017
eBook
224

The shared love of a retired military dog unexpectedly brings together two PTSD survivors in this heartfelt debut novel. After an IED ends his military career, Major John Rathborne struggles to re-adjust to civilian life. Haunted by the death of his brother-in-arms, John’s determined to find his canine partner, Koda, now retired and re-homed. The last place he expects to find her is on a ranch in Absarokee, Montana, where he lands a foreman job and a chance at a new start. Unfortunately, ranch manager Katie Locke just wants the new guy gone. She can’t shake the trauma from the night she was attacked, and God knows she doesn’t need some stranger invading her safe haven. She can’t ignore John’s brooding presence, and even her dog shares an uncanny bond with him. But when her father suffers a heart attack, Katie has no option but to put her differences with John aside to save the future of Three Keys Ranch. As they slowly find a common bond and their attraction heats up, both realize they must heal from their past wounds if they want to explore a relationship. But John hasn’t told Katie about certain parts of his past—including that he and Koda had been partners in Afghanistan. Then he learns someone is out to destroy the ranch, and Katie is in their crosshairs. Has John opened his heart too late? Sensuality Level: Sensual

Today I got a review of a just-published contemporary romance story for you! I received this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Since I loved this book so much, I thought it would be a great idea to participate in the blogtour, to promote the author and this book some more! A while back I did a Cover reveal article of the book, two days ago you could read the release blitz and today I got my non-spoiler review for you guys. Happy reading!

A beautiful and heart-wrenching story-line about an ex-soldier experiencing PTSD and a tough rancher girl with some terrors of her own to deal with. She wants nothing to do with this new foreman her father just hired, but soon she’ll have to acknowledge he’s a great asset for their ranch because he works his ass off and in the meantime he keeps falling in love with this ranch and it’s owners. Right after John starts working at the ranch little ‘accidents’ starting to happen around the ranch with the cattle and later on with Katie and John has a gut feeling something’s way off about the new farmhand he hired for Katie’s dad, Peter. Is John able to keep Katie safe? Or are his secrets about his past and his connection to Koda gonna get him fired?

I wanted John and Katie getting together so much and for them to be each other’s anchors and I loved how real it all felt to me. I wanted to find out who was targeting them and to see how everything would develop after John’s past with Koda would be out in the open and known to Katie and her father. Like I said, I couldn’t stop reading, because I was dead set on getting my answers hehe.

John and Katie warm up to one another and form a deeper growing bond, that’ll have your heart melt at the spot. And the sexy times are just perfect, prrr! The connection and growing bond between these characters is so intense, deep and felt so real and beautiful. I loved reading their stories and see how they intertwined. This was just a really, really great developed romance!

And to top it all of there’s this Ex-army dog present that stole my heart big time. Koda is amazing <3 I loved how the author reserved ‘room’ for this dog’s character in the story and I couldn’t get enough of it. The way Koda is a key line in John and Katie’s story is so beautifully written and developed as well. It’s obvious the author has a love for dogs and really knows how to write them down in a way you feel you are truly connected to the animal you’re reading about, and I loved it so much!

Throughout the book there’s just enough angst in the story-line to keep you on the edge. All the elements in this book – the writing style, romance development, character development, story-line development – are in great balance with each other. I’m in love with the settings as well. I’ve never been to Montana though, but I’ve seen movies and stuff online about these ranches out there and it’s been a dream of mine to go to a ranch like this some day. I could really picture myself out there in the pastures, on horse back, between the cattle and admiring the view all around. Everything’s beautifully and visually written, amazing!

This was such an amazing read, damn! I’m really sad I’ve already finished the story- but I just couldn’t stop once I started. I really can’t wait to read more of Paris Wynters! For every romance reader out there who loves an amazing (ranch) setting, a great romance developing, great characters and a fast-paced story-line; You need this book in your life!!!! I don’t have any flaws to talk about so this book definitely deserves it’s 5 star rating. I had my fair share of teared up moments, knots in my stomach and butterflies flying around in it as well. Just LOVED it!

Exclusive Excerpt:

After their last mission, he and Koda had been unceremoniously dumped from the military. He’d wanted to adopt her, but by the time he’d taken care of the red tape surrounding his return to civilian life, she was gone, assigned to a civilian family.

He undid his belt, leaning back in the driver’s seat as a wave of exhaustion hit him. He’d been holding out for this day ever since he’d left the hospital. Ever since Fort Bragg messed up and adopted Koda out to a civilian family. Handlers always have first rights. Unable to trace her adoptive family through his military ties, he hadn’t given up. He’d turned to social media in an attempt to find his indispensable K9 partner. John closed his eyes, picturing the image he’d plugged into Facebook of him and Koda together. She lolled on the roof of a Humvee, tongue hanging to the side of her mouth as if she was grinning. He leaned up against the vehicle right next to her—the same vehicle that was destroyed by a cheaply made Improvised Explosive Device just a few weeks later.

He knew his chances were slim. His therapy sessions over the last three months revolved around his ability to handle never finding her. And after nine months of searching, he’d come close to losing hope. Until today.

Shutting his eyes, he replayed the moment when she bounded up to him, and he knew—knew she hadn’t forgotten him any more than he could forget her. He felt her rough tongue scrape his cheek and laughed.

I finally found her.

But he could still lose her. He winced, remembering that the Lockes were her legal owners now. And while Mitch was a nice guy—maybe even a little too nice—his daughter was another story altogether.

His mouth soured. Katie might look delicate, but her sidelong glances had been sharp as nails. She’d sized him up pretty quickly. He could make no mistakes around her—not if he wanted to be near Koda. It was clear from her outburst that his former partner was much more to her than a ranch dog. There was no way she’d give Koda up without a fight. Hell, she’d probably even fire him to keep him away from the dog.

He shifted in his seat. He needed this job. Thinking of Katie brought up a spark of annoyance. Her possessiveness irritated him, even if she didn’t know Koda was far more than just a dog to him. He could not see her taking the news that Koda was his canine partner well at all—hell, she’d barely tolerated him standing in their barn. Still, I know Koda’s safe and happy—and working at the ranch, I’ll see her every day. It was enough—for now.

Like hail on a glass pane, the drumming of his fingers was as relentless as it was loud, trying to still his mind. Each thump on the dashboard echoed the tumultuous thudding of his heartbeat. He couldn’t shake off her words—or her soft, inviting lips.

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