I'll be honest. Even though JR Ward is my favorite author (alongside Larissa Ione), I was really skeptical about her human romances so I stayed away from them and kept on the BDB and Fallen Angels series. Well, it didn't take long for me to run out of books to read and what was I left with? Ms. Ward's contemporary romances as Jessica Bird, of course. So I gave one a shot. My first was the Player (or His Comfort and Joy, same thing I guess). It was wildly different than what I was used to from her, but as she was still the genius writer that I knew she was, I could appreciate it. This one caught my attention before I could actually go through the entire Moorehouse Legacy series from start to finish because I'm an animal lover so I thought I would be able to connect with this one better. Love love loved it. Still not the exact same writing style I used to seeing from her, but still pleasant to read nonetheless. Bought the Heart of Gold paperback to read next but didn't get very far before her next installation of BDB/Fallen Angels came out so it's been on the back-burner for a while. Will definitely pick it up after finishing The King, and I know I'll love it.
This was such a great book. The story revolves around the horse jumping world. The author really seems to know her stuff when it comes to the particulars of this sport. The main male character, Devlin, is a tough, no nonsense type of guy. I’m pretty sure I fell in love with him while reading this book. He ends up falling for AJ, a tough no nonsense type of girl. This book had me laughing, (Chester) crying, (Mercy) and yelling (Devlin and AJ) through the whole thing. This is a really sweet love story and definitely worth the read.
After reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood all the way through - TWICE - I decided to delve into other books by this author.
If you love horses and the world that revolves around horses, you'll really like this book.
A tormented past, Devlin, has given up the horse world after a disaster hits while competing. Broken and hurting physically and emotionally, he distances himself from everyone.
A.J. has a jerk for a step-brother who seems to have it in for her and when she falls in love with a black demon stallion and buys him with her own money, she finds her beloved family has turned her out with no place to board her new stallion or herself.
With nothing but her new stallion, a truck and trailer, and a cold night coming on too fast, she needs a place to stay and takes a gamble and convinces Devlin to let her sleep on his sofa and board her demon stallion for the night.
Surprises and turns in this book keep Devlin and A.J. in turmoil, but you know that all of them, including Sabbath the wild stallion find that talented rider A.J. and Devlin the equestrian genius make an outstanding team destined to win and to love.
I've read all of JR Ward's newer works and enjoyed a few of her older romances but this book was hard to get through -- in fact, I quit at the 70% mark. I never felt particularly invested in AJ and Devlin's romance but I was curious about whether they'd manage to pull off the qualifier or not so I stuck with it. Until my least favorite trope reared it's ugly head: the heroine being pigheadedly dishonest until the inevitable reveal, leading to anger, break-up, strife, blah blah blah.
I threw my kindle -- softly -- onto the table and gave it up. I don't care how it ends, though I hope the horse gets a nice home with a smarter rider.
I've now had the chance to read Heart Of Gold and just finished Leaping Hearts. Both books have been great. Strong characters including the stallion have kept me reading through the book until it ends. I can't wait to find more books written by J. R. Ward and/or Jessica Bird. Go J.B.!!
It doesn't matter if it's a book written ten years ago or a new one hot off the press - if it's written by J R Ward - it's going to be fantastic! Leaping Hearts is no exception!
Set amid the elite world of horse jumping, the hero, Devlin McCloud, is the former captain of the US Olympic Equestrian team, a legend in his field before a freak injury took him permanently out of the game. A J is the beautiful, spunky, headstrong heroine who shines as the rich daughter whose family gives her everything she could ever want - except a black stallion no one can ride. She sees his potential as one of the great jumpers of all time and impulsively buys him at auction only to learn he is not welcome at the family training complex.
Refusing to give him up, she goes to the only person who might be persuaded to help her, the now bitter and reclusive Devlin McCloud. The attraction between the two is immediate. Still when he reluctantly agrees to help her, they both struggle to keep their minds on the common goal: to train the black stallion into the world class jumper they both believe he can be.
This is a story of struggle, sacrifice, and ultimate victory against overwhelming odds. It is a love story at it's best as both characters strive to overcome their own personal challenges, and in doing so, find a love deeper than either could have ever imagined.
It is a story by J R Ward. And that, essentially, says it all.
I enjoyed the story line and was caight up enough to cry thru theethe ending. Ihave read all of the Blackdagger Brotherhood and Angel series. Am waitng for more those books and discovered these four romance novels and have enjoyed them as well. JR Ward always suckd me onto her plots and I don't put them dowm. Love the worlds she creates
I really enjoyed this book by JR Ward. The characters are interesting and the story flows. The horse aspects are written by someone who understands horses and the show jumping world. If I had to say something bad about the story, its that the female heroine seems a bit clueless at times and makes bad judgment calls. But I liked the story and would buy the book again.