Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: Crossing Hearts (Cross Creek #1) by Kimberly Kincaid

"Why, Miss Montgomery. Did you come over here today to seduce me?" - Hunter Cross

Crossing Hearts
Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Series: Cross Creek #1
Publisher: Montlake
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Source: Publisher for Review

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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?

Kimberly Kincaid's Crossing Hearts, the first in her new Cross Creek series, was a heartwarming, emotional second chance romance. I fell in love with Hunter and Emerson from the moment I met them. I loved how down to earth Hunter was. Family will always come first for Hunter, whether it is playing referee between his two brothers, caring for his stubborn father, or keeping the family farm successful. So when Emerson comes back into his life and his love for her comes rushing back, it's no surprise that his instinct is to help her. Unfortunately for him, Emerson doesn't want help. She doesn't want her diagnosis to run her life and she's determined to hide it from those that matter most. While I admired her tenaciousness, I had a difficult time with her refusing to let anyone know about her illness. I felt that she could still be strong and independent regardless of who knows. I wish she had realized that before it became too late and it started to push everyone away. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Crossing Hearts. As my first Kimberly Kincaid book, it was a good introduction to her writing style and voice. It got me wanting to try more and I'm especially looking forward to the next book in the Cross Creek series.

Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair that she calls “the Pleather Bomber,” she can be found practicing crazy amounts of yoga, whipping up everything from enchiladas to √©clairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today bestselling author and a 2016 and 2015 RWA RITA finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra “Food is love.” She resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

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