Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book Review: Crossing the Line (Battered Hearts #3) by Kele Moon

Wyatt has only ever loved one girl. When she left him without a word more than 10 years ago, she took his heart with her. Now she is back in Garnet and no one is going to stop him from seeing her. Tabitha didn't leave Wyatt because she stopped loving him; she left to protect him. But protect him from what, only her and a few other people know. Now that she is in town to help her sick mother, she will have to come face to face with the man she broke. Do they have any chance of reconciling with her secret still looming over them?

I have to say that I was apprehensive when I started this book because I wasn't very fond of either character. From the bits and pieces Jules mentioned of Tabitha in book two, I hated her fro breaking Wyatt's heart. But then I also thought Wyatt was a complete jerk for saying some hurtful things to Jules when she finally found her own happiness. It didn't take me very long to change my tune though.

This book is broken up into several "parts", many of which take place in the past showing us how Wyatt and Tabitha got started. Tabitha was the poor girl from the other side of the tracks while Wyatt was part of the well loved Conner family and grandson of the Sheriff (and then son of the Sheriff). At 5 years old, Wyatt didn't care about their differences. All he saw was the pretty red headed girl whom he instantly fell in love with. Over the years, with his ridiculous persistence, Wyatt wormed his way into her life and her heart and they become good friends. However she never let on how bad her home life is with a neglectful alcoholic mother and a verbally and physically abusive older brother. I could tell the direction Tabitha's story was going in and it broke my heart.
As we go through time and watch their love fore each other continue to grown and deepen, you can't help but wait for it: the inevitable event that will change their lives because we already know it is coming. We just don't know what it is. And even though you are preparing yourself for it, that doesn't make it hurt any less. While I completely understand why Tabitha chose to leave, I don't agree with it, She was young then so I can forgive her for that, but they are adults now so it was frustrating when she still refused to explain it all to Wyatt. And god love Wyatt because as much as he wanted to know the truth, he welcomed her back into his life without a second thought. I no longer thought he was a jerk, just a man who had his heart shattered.

This was really a wonderful journey to read. I went from starting out with cold feelings towards both characters to fully embracing them and their love by the end. getting to go back to the beginning and get a glimpse of Wyatt and Tabitha at each important stage of their young lives really gives you some great insight into the challenges they faced both alone and together and how they became the adults they are today. I wanted nothing more for them to get the happily ever after that they deserved all of those years ago. Crossing The Line was another great read in this series and I am looking forward to more. Especially Tino and Nova someday, who make more appearances in this book and my love for Nova and his loyalty continues to grow.

She let Wyatt doctor her shoulder, savoring the feel of his touch that was tender despite his large size and dangerous fists. Her nerves had settled considerably and for just that moment she focused all her energy on trying to remember everything about being with him again. Like the combined smell of Wyatt’s soap and expensive aftershave. The cool feel of the ointment on tender skin. The sound of the bandage being opened. The general hum of powerful energy that seemed to vibrate off men like Wyatt. Assured, successful, handsome, and charming, he’d always had such a strong sense of self. The path Wyatt was supposed to take in life had been crystal clear for him from a very young age. Knowing the right route to take had made him extremely self-confident and that’d forever be appealing to Tabitha.

“All better,” Wyatt announced as he closed the first-aid kit. “Unless you’d like me to kiss it to speed up the healing process.”

She laughed. “I’m sure that’s the last thing you want to do.”

“I wouldn’t be that sure.”

Tabitha’s heart did a little flip in her chest when she heard the catch in his voice that sounded like the cross between a promise and a threat. She craned her neck curiously, looking at him in surprise. “Wy—”

“I’m gonna take off and let you rest.” Wyatt made a move to leave, but Tabitha grabbed his hand on instinct and squeezed like her life depended on it. Something about that desperation must have translated because Wyatt closed his eyes as if looking for strength he didn’t have. “Tab, you should lemme go. I ain’t so sure I can be the fella you remember. I’ve been lonely for too long. That can make a man go feral after the first decade.”

Tabitha heard the warning that she was holding on to something akin to a caged tiger—one who was angry, lonely, and neglected by the very person who’d sworn to love him. The confession held terrible implications. It was something she’d never even considered, that Wyatt had been as sexually isolated as she was, with only the memories of something long lost to sustain her. She hadn’t wanted that for him, not once in all the years they’d been separated. The pain welled up between them as he stood there stoically. She squeezed his hand tighter, willing all the loss to disappear, if even for one day.

“I want you to kiss it better,” she whispered, not knowing how else to convey the need to fix what felt irrevocably broken. “Please.”

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Title: Crossing the Line
Author: Kele Moon
Series: Battered Hearts #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Blurb:
Wyatt Conner is a hard man. A sixth generation sheriff in his hometown of Garnet. A former MMA fighter. His life is about following the rules and making sure everyone else in Garnet follows them too.

Before life hurt him, Wyatt was different. Love had once blinded him to his upbringing and made him defiant against anyone who tried to separate him from the girl he loved. He easily broke laws to ensure her safety.

When she left it destroyed him.

Now she's back.

Tabitha knew coming home was a mistake, but family obligation demanded it. She wasn’t expecting to run smack into the love of her life the same day she returned.

Despite the danger, Tabitha is powerless against the wild rush of desire that explodes between them the moment she finds herself in Wyatt’s arms again. She needs a second chance too, but she can't risk Wyatt finally discovering the real reason she left.

Even for another taste of true love.

Tabitha knows her haunted past will destroy both of them if Wyatt finds out. What she suffered through was too terrible and it's the one thing that will have him crossing the line for revenge.


About the Author
A freckle faced, redhead born and raised in Hawaii, Kele Moon has always been a bit of a sore thumb and has come to enjoy the novelty of it. She thrives off pushing the envelope and finding ways to make the impossible work in her story telling. With a mad passion for romance, she adores the art of falling in love. The only rules she believes in is that, in love there are no rules and true love knows no bounds.

So obsessed is she with the beauty of romance and the novelty of creating it she’s lost in her own wonder world most of the time. Thankfully she married her own dark, handsome, brooding hero who had infinite patience for her airy ways and attempts to keep her grounded. When she leaves her keys in the refrigerator or her cell phone in the oven he’s usually there to save her from herself. The two of them now reside in Florida with their three beautiful children who make their lives both fun and challenging in equal parts–They wouldn’t have it any other way.
Twitter: @Kele_Moon

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  1. I'm so glad Tabitha and Wyatt won you over! Thank you soooo much for taking the time to read and review and being part of the tour!!



  2. I totally believe in second chances. Not sure about a book I have read about second chances off the top of my head.

  3. I think there can be second chances on things and people in life.

  4. I believe that we think that we can get second chances... and we hope for them... but I think that we only get a few and I also think that they usually don't work out how we planned.

  5. I would say it depends on the circumstances and if corrections have been made to bad behavior/attitudes. Possible but one should be very cautious the second time around.

  6. I believe in second chances. You do not often get a chance to go back and try out your what IF with someone..

  7. Sometimes things end for a reason. People should get second chances....but sometimes it's better to leave the past in the past.

  8. It depends sometimes second chances work out.


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