Not for readers under 18. Contains strong language and adult sexual situations.
Matt Calvin has watched Gina Carruthers sway up and down the doctor's office hallway once a month for four long years. It’s time to do something about this fascination he has with her. He knows he's not relationship material, but he doesn’t expect it to get that far. He just wants to talk to her, and put himself out of his misery once and for all. Things never go as planned, though, and when fantasy crashes and burns into reality, Gina pays the price. Gina doesn’t blame Matt for her injury, but she is appreciative when he steps into her crazy life to help out. Proximity fires the sudden attraction between them and Gina can’t believe she’s overlooked the sexy carpenter for this long. Tattooed and intimidating, he’s not the type she's normally drawn to, but something about him tugs at her heartstrings. When a dire situation develops and they have to save a little boy, Matt loses control of his tightly held emotions. Though his heart aches, Matt walks away, both for Gina’s safety and his own sanity. It’s up to Gina to convince him love can heal any heartache.
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Oh my goodness! I do believe my Kindle is smoking! More likely, it is just J.M. Madden's scorching writing. Phew! A Needful Heart was a hot, yet endearing read. Matt is described as a BIG, strong, tattooed man. I couldn't help but think how yummy he would be, yet intimidating at the same time. Then, you add in the fact that he is a tortured soul and that was it. I melted into a puddle on the floor. What women wouldn't want him in her arms...to...uh...hug and to...uh...console. Gina comes across as a gentle, nice, and easy-going woman. She is somewhat new to the area and she hasn't heard anything about Matt, his father, and their rocky past. However, Matt knows about Gina. It only took one look from afar at a fair and he was hooked. He then spent the next four years seeing her at the doctor's office and trying to muster up the courage to speak to her.
The circumstance in which Matt finally gets his chance to speak to Gina is not ideal and is actually downright...
I downloaded this book as soon as I saw this free alert earlier...and I made the mistake of opening it at work. Now I am finished reading it. ALL OF IT. And I have to say...this might be one of the VERY best books I can EVER remember reading. I found myself in tears many times as I read Matt's struggle with feeling worthy of being loved and how he opened up under Gina's loving kindness and open heart. I cannot recommend this story enough. It is just so, SO good that I cannot seem to find the words to really do it justice.
I found this novel very refreshing. You'll find all the elements of a romantic and passionate love story but combined in an original way. The plot is very simple but the story carries a heart touching spell that makes it very difficult to put the book down. Matt is a rough man tainted by his past and believes he's not capable to be engaged in a healthy relationship with a woman. Despite that, he can't help to feel compelled toward Gina, which he barely knows. One day, the destiny literally pushes her into him. She realizes how caring and gentle Matt is despite his looks. Matt becomes involved in Gina's life and in that of an orphan she protects from an abusive tutor, and this forces him to overcome the boundaries he's imposed to his heart. The author gives to Matt's character a depth that distinguishes him from the typical male characters of this kind of novel. He's awesome and muscular but is not self-assured or a womanizer, on the contrary he's self-deprecating and gnawed by his...
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