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Crossing Hearts
Series: Cross Creek #1
Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Red's Rating: 5 Spellbinding ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!


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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Here Is A Special Excerpt From Crossing Hearts:

(The setup is that heroine Emerson has just come back to her hometown of Millhaven after twelve years and is working as a physical therapist)

"I’ve got a patient for you, so I thought I’d pop over to see if you have an opening today," Doc Sanders said.

Emerson thought of her schedule, complete with the tumbleweeds blowing through its wide- open spaces, and bit back the urge to laugh with both excitement and irony. “I’m sure I can fit someone in. What’s the injury?”

“Rotator cuff. X-rays and MRI are complete, and Dr. Norris, the orthopedist in Camden Valley, ordered PT. But the patient is local, so I figured if you could take him, it’d be a win-win.”

“Of course.” An odd sensation plucked up Emerson’s spine at the long-buried memory of a blue-eyed high school boy with his arm in a sling and a smile that could melt her like butter in a cast-iron skillet. “Um, my schedule is pretty flexible. What time did he want to come in?”

“Actually, he’s a little anxious to get started, so he came directly here from the ortho’s office . . .”
Doc Sanders turned toward the hallway leading to her waiting room, where a figure had appeared in the doorframe. Emerson blinked, trying to get her brain to reconcile the free-flowing confusion between the boy in her memory and the man standing in front of her. The gray-blue eyes were the same, although a tiny bit more weathered around the edges, and weirdly, the sling was also a match. But the person staring back at her was a man, with rough edges and sex appeal for days, full of hard angles and harder muscles under his jeans and T-shirt . . .

Hunter Cross.
Emerson stood with her feet anchored to the linoleum, unable to move or speak or even breathe. For the smallest scrap of a second, she tumbled back in time, her heart pounding so hard beneath her crisp white button-down that surely the traitorous thing would jump right out of her chest.

A blanket of stars littering the August sky . . . the warm weight of Hunter’s varsity jacket wrapped around her shoulders . . . the warmer fit of his mouth on hers as the breeze carried his whispers, full of hope . . . “Don’t go to New York. Stay with me, Em. Marry me and stay here in Millhaven where we’ll always have this, just you and me . . .”

“Emerson? What . . . what the hell are you doing here?”

The deeper, definitely more rugged-around-the-edges version of his voice tipped the scales of her realization all the way into the present. She needed to say something, she knew, she knew, but her mouth had gone so dry that she’d have better luck rocketing to the moon in a paper airplane right now.

“I work here,” Emerson finally managed, the truth of the words—of what they meant—delivering her back to reality with a hard snap. She hadn’t returned to Millhaven for a jaunt down memory lane. Hell, she’d only come back when her process of elimination had dead-ended in total despair. She was here for one thing, and one thing only. To bury herself in as much work as her body would allow.

Even if her first client probably hated her guts.

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Kimberly Kincaid

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 known as "The Pleather Bomber", she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today best-seller and 2015 RWA RITA® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

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After receiving a devastating diagnosis Emerson Montgomery has decided to leave the life that she has created for herself behind, and return home in hopes of creating a quieter life where she can learn to adjust to her life altering condition. But returning home also means facing the man she left behind, she loved him with all her heart, but she had big plans for herself and his choice to settle down on his families farm in Shenandoah wasn't something she wanted, so she said goodbye and never looked back. She knew coming home and facing all she left behind would be hard, especially being armed with her life changing secret, but once she is face to face with the man that once held her heart she feels the full gravity of it. She can sense the lingering anger and disappointment, but she can also feel the sparks they once shared making an re-appearance and it scares her... she wants to give in to them, but the minute he learns her secret she is sure he'll leave, and she is certain her heart can't handle losing him again.

Hunter Cross watched the woman he loved walk out of his life years ago, taking his heart along with her, and it still stings everyday, so much so, that he hasn't put a lot of effort of traveling down that path again. He just can't bring himself to let anyone in again, Emerson did a number on him and his heart and doesn't have it in him to go another round. But his world gets turned upside down when he makes a trip to the doctor's office for his bum shoulder, and comes face to face with the woman who stole his heart years ago...and she is even more gorgeous than he remembered. And so damn tempting, but he can't give into the temptation...his heart can't withstand another round with her!

From the moment I cracked this book open, I knew I had discovered something truly special, barely three sentences into the story and I immediately felt a connection to the characters, and felt myself being drawn into Hunter and Emerson's world. When Hunter wandered onto the page I knew he was going to leave a mark and definitely a character that would stay with me long after the story was over. There was just something about him that struck a cord with me, he was sweet when he needed to be, strong when Emerson needed someone to lean on, and the fact that he was a former hometown football hero definitely scored a few points with me too! This story spoke volumes to me, it opened my eyes, stirred my emotions, and left my heart overflowing... definitely one of my favorites from Ms. Kincaid to date!!

Highly recommend you give this one a try, Ms. Kincaid's endearing characters are sure to find a way into your heart and leave you inspired!!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.





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