Leaping Hearts

Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.2 out of 5 stars (280 ratings)

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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.

Critic Reviews

“Fans of Nora Roberts...will savor every well-written page.” ( Booklist)
“Truly awesome.” ( Huntress Reviews)

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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.

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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!!

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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!

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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...

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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!

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Boring

This was a long drawn out out listen. I skipped most of the book. I expected more from JR Ward.

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Leaping Hearts

Just as good in audio as it was when I read it! Definitely worth the return to it.

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great book from a great writer

I really enjoyed the whole story of how A.J. and Devalen meet and how their relationship just took off like alot of real life relationships happen. I hated to see it end. But I have to say I even liked the way it ended!

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Harlelquin

Would you consider the audio edition of Leaping Hearts to be better than the print version?

I probably read this book during my Harlequin days. It is a typiucak Harkequin bok, but I enjoyed it. I really like the author's forward to the book. It made it real....

What did you like best about this story?

Good characters.

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

I am not crazy about her male voices, but otherwise, she is okay. Better than some.

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I Really enjoyed this book.

I love JR Ward.... I've always loved her "Black Dagger Brotherhood" books but very happy to find other great books... Are their going to be more "Bourbon King" books????? Thanks for this great read;