Leaping Hearts

Leaping Hearts

Jessica Bird / Feb 19, 2020

Leaping Hearts Her dreams are within reach All she has to do is learn to hold on A beautiful young woman with a defiant spirit A J Sutherland spends a small fortune on a horse with a wild reputation and is forced

  • Title: Leaping Hearts
  • Author: Jessica Bird
  • ISBN: 9780804119887
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Her dreams are within reach All she has to do is learn to hold on A beautiful young woman with a defiant spirit, A J Sutherland spends a small fortune on a horse with a wild reputation, and is forced to sacrifice her position at her family s stables to keep him She plans to ride the magnificent stallion in the biggest event of the show jumping season andHer dreams are within reach All she has to do is learn to hold on A beautiful young woman with a defiant spirit, A J Sutherland spends a small fortune on a horse with a wild reputation, and is forced to sacrifice her position at her family s stables to keep him She plans to ride the magnificent stallion in the biggest event of the show jumping season and she knows she can win But without the backing of Sutherland Stables, A J must rely on a stranger to help her a man who makes her heart pound, her head spin and who just happens to be a legend in equestrian circles When Devlin McCloud s career was cut short by a tragic accident, he never expected to get back in the ring But when A J asks him to be her trainer, he finds he cannot resist the chance or his stunning new employer And what begins as a business arrangement soon becomes something deeper, as Devlin and A J learn that even in a sport full of hazards, sometimes the most dangerous thing to risk is one s heart

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      • Jessica Bird

        J ssica Bird also writes as J.R WardJessica Rowley Pell Bird was born on 1969 in Massachusetts, USA She is the daughter of Maxine F and W Gillette Bird, Jr She began writing as a child, penning her thoughts in diaries as well as inventing short stories She read her first Harlequin Presents novel in a rose garden when she was in her teens She was hooked immediately By the time she went to college, she had boxes and boxes of Harlequins and Silhouettes Every year, her mother would ask why all those books had to live in the house and Jess would reply that if even one of them disappeared she would know She d catalogued them Jess finished her first romance manuscript the summer before her freshman year of college She attended Smith College and graduated with a double major in history and art history She then received a law degree from Albany Law School Shortly after that, she began working in the healthcare industry in Boston She spent many years as one of the premier medical center s Chief of Staff While working as a lawyer in Boston, she completed two novels and started a number of partials In 2001, Bird married John Neville Blake III Both her mother and her new husband kept telling her to send something in to an agent, a publisher, the Tooth Fairy, anyone She thought they were nuts, but eventually got her nerve up and bought a lot of stamps Since getting published, she has written contemporary romances as Jessica Bird and paranormal romances as J R Ward She has been a Rita Award finalist, received two Romantic Times Reviewer s Choice nominations and has been a HOLT medallion finalist.New England born and bred, Jess is surprised to find herself living south of the Mason Dixon line But that s what happens when you marry a Southern gentleman She and her husband live with their golden retriever, who oversees her writing in a supervisory role.


    759 Comments

    1. Pues me ha encantado este libro de la WardFácil de leer,una historia bonita con su punto justo de drama,Sin muchas complicaciones. .Los personajes principales me han gustado mucho y que haya animales y sobre todo caballos,me ha terminado de ganar.


    2. Estaba entre 1 y 2 pero seré generosa.Me ha parecido sosa. Los personajes fríos y su relación insustancial. al más puro estilo de peliculón de domingo tarde y malo.La emoción durante la historia ha sido 0. Y el final encima precipitado, como si alguien le hubiera metido una tijera y todo girase de pronto!!!Al principio de la novela hay un prólogo extenso donde la autora explica que es su primera novela. Será eso.Que no digo que esté mal escrita, ni que los personajes estén mal definido [...]


    3. Nos encontramos ante el primer libro que escribió J.R. Ward. Sí, aunque haya llegado tan tarde a España, y esté tan consagrada como la escritora de "La Hermandad de la Daga Negra", incluso como reclamo editorial han puesto su nombre, J.R. Ward ocupando un tercio de la portada, en vez de su nombre real con que firmó sus primeros libros, Jessica Bird. A pesar de éste lapsus, pues sé que la editorial lo ha utilizado como puro marketing, puedo decir que el libro funciona sólo, sin que tenga [...]


    4. Me ha dejado completamente indiferente. No es ni bueno ni malo, del montón.Iba con toda la intención de que me gustara: ¿caballos y un atrativo jinete de oscuro pasado? ¿Dónde hay que firmar?En este caso la expectativa ha superado con mucho a la realidad. Los personajes me han parecido planos, a quien más profundidad le he visto ha sido al caballo así que me parece que eso lo dice todo. Aunque nada más que por el caballo lo habría leído porque me ha parecido de lo más mono.Por otro la [...]


    5. Leaping Hearts I must admit I was rather disappointed with this book. If I could I’d give this one two and a half stars, but it’s closer to three than it’s to two, so three will have to suffice. Actually it started great, the middle was okay, but it all "went to hell in a hand basket" toward the end. And it was all the heroine’s fault. A.J the daughter of a wealthy stable owner, didn’t want to be bothered with anything but riding. She didn’t want her name to define her, but her ski [...]


    6. Reviewed for THC ReviewsLeaping Hearts is the first book written by Jessica Bird aka the fabulous J. R. Ward of Black Dagger Brotherhood fame. Sadly, it seems to have rather low ratings on some of the major book sites that I frequent, but I think this may be due to fans of her later work deciding to try her backlist titles only to be disappointed. Like many, I came to be a fan through the BDB, but was still able to view Leaping Hearts as a completely different entity. I also found it to be a fas [...]


    7. I would have liked this one better if it wasn't so heavy on the horse culture and all that it entailed. After a while it got boring and old. I also didn't care for the same basic argument that AJ and Devlin got into. Each time Devlin had the same reaction, to get pissed, yell some harsh words, then run away. For a man in his 30's that was childish. I did love Chester, he was such a great character, too bad he couldn't redeem the things that turned me off.


    8. 3.5 estrellasSigo sin encontrar de momento ese libro que me vuelva loca y me enamore totalmente. Este año ha empezado algo flojo, con la excepción del libro Un canalla que no lo era de Sarah MacLean y tal vez Sirens de Lena Valenti. Por lo demás, en general las lecturas que llevo por el momento han sido bastante medianitas en cuanto a contenido y demás, entretenidas, pero sin llegar a enamorarme o, como en el caso del final de la trilogía Kricket, dejándome un sabor amargo incluso.Pero bue [...]


    9. La autora me encanta, pero esta novela me ha dejado completamente fría. Tengo que reconocer que ha habido bastantes momentos con los que me he aburrido, y eso que el tema de caballos del que trata y se centra es algo que suele gustarme, que si no Le pongo un dos porque está bien escrita, el carácter del personaje masculino me gusta, pero por lo demás, personalmente, no la he disfrutado.


    10. Una historia entretenida para ser la primera de la autora, sin demasiado argumento, pero es bonita y la he disfrutado. Sobre todo por Devlin. Aunque al final quedan cosas en el aire relativas al rancho Sutherland.Reseña completa: cazadorasdelromance/critic



    11. A.J. was pretty likable in the beginning, I liked her personality and values, and I agreed with the decisions she made, which is a pretty rare thing to find. And then she just started getting mean. She would say things to her brother in law that were mean, rude and insensitive, she said things to Devlin that were rude, and even her own father. She had no respect for anyone, and didn’t mind getting mean and impatient with them, especially when they were caring about her and trying to help her. [...]


    12. La mia opinione sul blog, qui: romanticamentefantasy/Da piccola adoravo i cavalli e ho sempre sognato di fare la cavallerizza, quindi non ho potuto resistere alla trama di questo libro, soprattutto considerando che si trattava del primo romanzo di una delle mie scrittrici preferite. Nonostante sia stato pubblicato qui in Italia come suo 4° romance, questo è il romanzo che ha dato il via alla carriera di questa nota quanto apprezzata autrice ed è stato piuttosto interessante scoprire il come a [...]


    13. A romantic tale of horses and the people who love them. My Take The primary theme is having faith in yourself but acknowledging your shortcomings. In other words, never lie to yourself. This is a sweet romance that revolves around show jumping, an unthinking beauty, and a man who has retreated from life. It flows well and has some nice insight on A.J.'s part as she realizes just how good she had it and what her family has had to put up with as opposed to what she thought. I thought the arrangeme [...]


    14. Love Sabbath. Black stallion with a bad attitude? Hard not love him. Hhmm, JR has come a long way since her debut. I found the romance hard and fast. And no. Not in a good way. One minute they're tacking up Sabbath, next, they're macking on each other! I actually had to go back to see if I missed something.JR has learned to pace the romance and tease it out nice and slow. She still slips now and again, but she's only human, not a robot. Well so far as I know LOL. Point is? she learned a thing or [...]


    15. Esta más cerca de 2,5 que de 3 ⭐Aunque me encanta J.R. Ward en la saga de la Hermandad en este libro no le llega a los talones.Creo que tienes un serio problema con la protagonista cuándo lo que más deseas es que ella se caiga del caballo porque solo así piensas esa se tomará en serio lo que los otros dicen.A.J. es retratada como uma mujer que no quiere ser más la hijita de un hombre rico y quiere tener un nombre propio y ser independiente, pero cuando más leemos el libro más mimada y [...]


    16. Ufffff esto demuestra el tan poco tiempo que tengo en estos ultimos meses, casi no puedo ni leer y menos poder entrar a mi cuenta y calificar mis muy poquísimas lecturas :-(En fin, esta es una de esas historias que en definitiva no son de mis favoritas, pero que de alguna manera me entretuvo, no es mala, pero tampoco es algo para tirar cohetes.Personajes principales sencillos, algo complicados y amantes de los caballos, el personaje del caballo me gustó mucho, pero me hubiera gustado se ahonda [...]


    17. A.J, a young female competitive jumper, buys Sabbath, a rambunctious black stallion. Though she's the daughter of a wealthy engineer, the stables she and her mother started are now run by her whiney pretentious step brother Peter. Peter is a caricature of spoiled wealthy white boy, as A.J. is a caricature of every hard working woman who has to pull her own weight. A.J. leaves her fathers house and stables after being denigrated and verbally abused by Peter, and is taken in by Devlin McCloud, a c [...]


    18. I was really disappointed in this one. Everything else I have read by Ms. Ward has been fabulous, but this one missed the mark for me. Way too much detail, not enough plot in some ways, in other too much talking about this or that. I didn't understand how AJ and Devlin never met before when they are both in the same business and live just down the road from each other, I found that really hard to believe. Also, Devlin was kind of a baby, needed to act like a man not a teenager and pout when thin [...]


    19. Author Jessica Bird's first published book - she is aka J.R. Ward, author of Black Dagger Brotherhood series (vampire warriors) Leaping Hearts is a very good solid romance, set in the world of horses & horse competition. Excellent job developing characters, incl. supporting characters & sub-plots - this is a real nice read, a real page turner. Love all the info about horses :-)I'll definitely be reading more of Jessica Bird, and soon!


    20. Novela entretenida pero bastante lenta y en ocasiones descafeinada, mucho, con una trama de esas rápidas que tan poco me gustan porque me resultan artificiales, personajes que podrían haber dado mucho más y un final demasiado precipitado.Había leído con anterioridad "Corazón de Oro" de la misma autora y me gustó mucho, eso me llevó a leer esta novela y no me ha dejado las mismas sensaciones.


    21. Really more like 2 1/2 stars. Cheese fest. Seriously. It is obvious this is early in Ward's career. I still found it enjoyable fluff reading, for the most part, though. What can I say, I like horses! LOL




    22. RESEÑA -> crecererasencilloAcabé ayer este libro y la verdad me ha gustado mucho :) en cuanto pueda publico reseña




    23. Das Cover, was in der Grundfarbe pink ist, passt ganz gut zum Genre Liebesroman und auch die Gestaltung des Covers mit der Frau, die die Schubkarre schiebt, die voll Möhren ist, passt wunderbar zu der Geschichte. Die Blumen auf dem Cover sind auch nicht so schlecht.A. J die talentierte Sprungreiterin und Tochter aus gutem Hause, ersteigert entgegen aller Meinungen und Ratschläge in ihre Umgebung, den als unzähmbar gelten Hengst Sabbath, der in ihren Augen aber ein grosses Potenzial besitzt, d [...]


    24. Che la Jessica fosse una donna nata con la camicia, nella famiglia giusta con il conto in banca giusto, ormai è una cosa nota a tutti. Nei suoi romanzi l'opulenza sfacciata, la ricchezza di famiglia, i soldi antichi spuntano fuori come elementi base, di quelli che si ripetono sempre e che si è sicuri di ritrovare in ogni libro. Non gliene faccio una colpa. è una donna nata benestante e le piace che le sue storie trasmettano quell'aria casual chic che le permette di essere ironica e alla mano [...]


    25. Has Its Ups and DownsThe moment A.J. Sutherland saw the sleek black stallion named Sabbath, she knew. She just knew he would be a champion jumper. The stallion's hellish reputation notwithstanding, she saw him as pure gold and bought him at auction over the strenuous objections of her stepbrother, the contentious pain in the hindquarters who runs the business side of her wealthy father's stables. A.J. was resolute, however, and with one signed check she committed herself to a whole new life. Her [...]


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