Monday, February 21, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Healing Hearts By Taryn Kincaid

Carina Press Feb 28, 2011

23,800 words   by Taryn Kincaid


As a girl, Emma Whiteside asked Adam Caldwell, Viscount Riverton, to wait for her to be of marriageable age. Now, twelve years later, Emma hates Adam as much as she once loved him, holding the former army major responsible for the death of her brother on the battlefield.
Adam already blames himself for the loss of the men under his command. But the fiery young woman Emma's become sparks his arousal, as well as emotions Adam thought long dead. The passion between them makes him want to reclaim the man he was before the war.
Though she tries to hold on to her hatred, Emma's longing for Adam is undeniable, especially after the two share a smoldering kiss. Still, Adam is certain no woman would want a man so damaged. Can Emma prove him wrong?


I have been enjoying the ebooks I have been reviewing, more than I thought I would, this story is no exception. They say there is a fine line between love and hate, never so much so than in this story. Emma Whiteside's feelings are are storm tossed as the gale that blows all around her, as she watches Viscount Riverton slowly make his way toward her, his gait impeded from a war injury. A war that claimed Emma's beloved twin brother Michael, a death Emma lays squarely on the viscount's broad shoulders.

Adam Caldwell, despite his injuries, is still a fine figure of a man, a man Emma has been in love with since she was a child, and asked Adam to wait for her, until she grew up. Adam considers himself a broken, damaged man, but a man none the less, and he is affected by Emma. As they stand arguing in the wind, Adam is overcome with pain from his injury, but also lust for the lush, defiant young woman in front of him.

Emma is not exactly immune to Adam, especially when he purrs in a husky voice "There are many ways for a woman to ease a man's pain."
After a heated, passionate kiss, Adam realizes he wants more than a sexual romp. He wanted to find himself again, and soften Emma's heart.
The story stays tight and intimate on the couple, no one intrudes except some foul cretin looking to use Emma as his mistress to pay her drunken father's debts. Adam makes short order of him, and in the interim,  proposes marriage.
Considering this story takes place in such a short period of time, the warring emotions certainly are a little jarring, Emma soon realizes that Adam has gone through his own hell in the war, a man scarred inside and out.
A satisfying read, with a few little twists, and a very good heat level to the love scenes. Ultimately, this is a story of love, long earned, lost, and returned. And the power of forgiveness when two hearts beat as one.

3.25 stars out of 4 for the ebook

KOVER KUDOS: Nice couple shot, just as they are described in the story.The stormy, cloudy background speaks to their relationship and the emotions.

3 out of 4 for the cover


Anonymous said...

Great review Karyn. I always find myself drawn to damaged heroes for some reason, whether physically or emotionally. I suppose it's because after all they suffered, you want them to find their HEA.

Karyn Gerrard said...

Thanks Barbara,

I too, find myself drawn to heroes damaged inside or out, for just the reason you stated.

For a short story, this hit all the right emotional notes. And as you say, you are pulling for Adam to get his HEA. Cheers~