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Leaping Hearts | [J.R. Ward]

Leaping Hearts

Everyone thinks A.J. Sutherland is crazy to buy a rogue stallion that no rider or trainer has been able to tame. But if anybody has the hustle to make something out of that hell-raiser, it’s her. She can’t do it alone, however, and goes after the great Devlin McCloud, an equestrian legend with a bad leg - and a worse attitude.
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Publisher's Summary

Everyone thinks A.J. Sutherland is crazy to buy a rogue stallion that no rider or trainer has been able to tame. But if anybody has the hustle to make something out of that hell-raiser, it’s her. She can’t do it alone, however, and goes after the great Devlin McCloud, an equestrian legend with a bad leg - and a worse attitude.

Devlin recognizes a fighter when he sees one - and that horse isn’t a wallflower, either. Before he knows it, he’s got a wild stallion in his empty stable and a hot-headed, heavenly-bodied rider sleeping on his couch. But can he get all three of them through the championship in one piece?

This passion he’s found with his rider is compromising training - and at this level of competition, any distraction is not just unprofessional, but downright deadly…

©2012 J. R. Ward (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-04-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "Light easy listen equestrian based romance"

    Firstly, let me say I'm a huge JRW fan, anything that gets written by her is an automatic download for me - especially after Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels Series however, be warned this is nothing like them and that this 'new release' is deceiving in that it was actually her FIRST published book.

    This is a 'turn your brain off and just listen' type book, it's an enjoyable lighthearted sweet romance about A.J. the daughter of a rich stable owner who buys a thoroughbred horse named Sabbath in the hope of training him for Show Jumping and takes on more than she bargains for. Devlin's, a mentally and physically tormented ex Show Jumping Champion who becomes involved and is forced to help her and their attraction is immediate. Their relationship is developed and established early on in the book so you are left with a lot of equestrian dialogue merging with a few white lies and bad decisions made by them that has disasterous effects on their relationship.

    Worth a credit? No, I was expecting more from the writer of the BDB (not realising it was her first) but if you like the sound of the above then spend your $ rather than a credit 'cause it's cheap enough.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    BA in LA JEFFERSON, GA, United States 07-28-12
    BA in LA JEFFERSON, GA, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2008

    breynolds in LA

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    "Good solid entertainment"

    I've always enjoyed J.R. Ward's Brotherhood series, and took a chance on this book. Excellent! It was an enjoyable listen, well thought out and spot on about her horses! I was impressed by her story telling and development of the characters. Well done!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 07-29-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!

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    "Surprise, I liked it!"

    I bought this book more than 6 months ago, glad I finally listened to it! I am not a horse person, it's fair to say I am ANTI horse...and had I known at the time that is what this book was about it wouldn't have made it into my cart, even for the $5 I got it for, which is a shame because I would have missed out!

    This is the first book JR Ward ever wrote, there is an awesome foreword on here from her too, which makes the book really special! This book is about a spoiled rich girl who is somehow salt of the earth. She doesn't think twice about spending 30k on a horse, but she will be the first to brush and care for it, many contradictions in that but in this story it works! The female lead is strong and smart, and the male lead is damaged but salvageable, and the two of them just work!

    The best news about this story is that the drama was believable and the reactions were appropriate to the issues....I love it when an author gets that right!

    I wouldn't have been sad if I had paid full price, used a credit or gotten it on sale! It was sweet, nice, dramatic, and you get to feel two people fall in love over time, not in a day, and isn't THAT a nice change....the one draw back is the hot scenes weren't actually there, one bad point to me, but others out there may be thrilled to have a romance without an ounce of erotica, so to those people, ENJOY!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Grain Grand Blanc, MI 08-30-12
    Jessica Grain Grand Blanc, MI 08-30-12
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    "Slow moving story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Story was decent but predictable and didn't really have a cliffhanger moment..
    I read a lot of JR Ward books and I know this is her first book so I take that into consideration.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Give it more depth.


    What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s voice?

    Annoying
    Lack of good male voice portrayal


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Not sure...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Long Valley, NJ, United States 07-05-12
    Kimberly Long Valley, NJ, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Not JR Ward's best"
    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Facts were confusing. As a barn mom I was very confused were they show jumping? Or eventing? For a horse person it was very distracting the mixing of eventing and show jumping terms. Also who would spend all day working a horse???? I Love JR Ward other stories but this one was lacking facts.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing I thought the narration was great!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC, United States 09-10-12
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not BDB but still good..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to someone who likes traditional romance. You can tell this book was from her earlier years (before BDB). That's not a bad thing...it's just different.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked A.J. She is very spunky and she grows up throughout the book. The change looks good on her.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was able to individualize the characters which is hard for some narrators to do.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are a few.


    Any additional comments?

    When reading this book you have to separate this one from any BDB thoughts you may have. This is a good book but don't go into it thinking just because it's J.R. Ward it's like BDB. You will like it if you read out...just don't compare. It's a reply different ball game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy CERRITOS, CA, United States 07-18-12
    Kathy CERRITOS, CA, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2008

    I have loved books since I can remember. I love audiobooks as a way to squeeze books into my busy life. Sometimes they provide a welcome safe vacation from reality.

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    "Not her best work"
    Would you try another book from J. R. Ward and/or Kate Rudd?

    If this had been my first J.R. Ward book I would not have been inclined to buy another.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There were some very funny and touching moments in the relationship between the main characters. However, there was too much other in the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

    I liked Kate Rudd's performance fine.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Less horse interaction and more interpersonal interaction.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a good first effort. I am glad that I read her other books so I could see what she became.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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