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Crossed Hearts: A Hearts and Scars Novel by [Vale, K.]
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One heart’s been broken. The other is secondhand.

Kory Vansant doesn’t deserve to be alive.

As time sucks him dry of energy, sapping the final ounces of strength from his congenitally enlarged heart, he's forced to end his career as Kory Kent, porn star. Staring down death, he questions his life choices and prays for a miracle. For another chance at life, he vows to change who he is at his core.

His prayers are answered. A perfect heart now beats in his chest, but it comes at a heavy price. The donor is an innocent young man cut down far too prematurely.

Kory's blemished history and his donor's spotless past are far from ideal matches.

As his debts skyrocket, Kory can’t help but think his resolve to walk the high road is being tested. After he meets the adorable Will Squire at the gravesite they both visit, he’s doubly damned because there’s no way he can keep up his end of the bargain. What happens when a man breaks a deal with a higher power?

Will often prefers the company of the dead to that of the living. Following a bad breakup, he pours himself into his two jobs—funeral director at his uncle’s mortuary and part-time paramedic. He’s drawn ever closer to Kory, as if fate sticks her fickle hand in and pushes them together like two unlikely puzzle pieces. But sometimes history can’t be buried, and maybe divine intervention isn’t always right. Will discovers everyone is imperfect, no matter how pretty the outer package, and opening one’s heart is never easy, but can be oh, so worth the pain.

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  • Publisher: Kimber Vale; 1 edition (April 27 2015)
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  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9b80d600) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc65150) out of 5 stars Such a sweet book! I absolutely loved this. July 13 2015
By Kendra T - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book via the Don't Buy My Love program in exchange for an honest review

Such a sweet book! I absolutely loved this. Kimber strikes gold again. I loved other books I read from her, and this was no exception.

Will is a mortician working at his uncle's funeral home, who also works part time as an EMT. Will is dumped by his jerk "boyfriend" at the beginning of the book. One night while working his EMT shift, he gets called to the high school football field where a player collapsed. Brandon ends up not making it and is an organ donor. Will is very affected by the death of this young guy, especially after he also assists with the funeral.

Kory is a former porn star who had had a bad heart and required a transplant. He ends up moving from California to New Jersey when he gets the call that there is a heart for him. Brandon's heart. He had prayed and promised that he would leave his past behind him and make his life better if he got a second chance. Kory has a few moments where he has to determine exactly what this means for him (does it mean no more porn? no more men at all?)

Will meets Kory at the cemetery where both guys are visiting Brandon's grave. There is an immediate attraction between them. They form a friendship that eventually leads to a lot more. The story between the guys is sweet. Kory has never had a boyfriend before and Will has been burned in the past, so it starts slow and progresses conservatively, which I think helped them grow closer. They seem to be on the same page throughout the whole book and it was adorable.

Of course there has to be drama. Will's jerk ex knows Kory is a porn star and gets mad when Kory doesn't want to hook up with him. Then he tries to get Will back and is very threatening. He is the ultimate jerk. I could have lived with out Darryl in the book, but I think it was important for the guys to finally get to deeper truths with each other, and Darryl helped them get there. Jerk. Sorry, did I say that already?

The ending epilogue? Absolute perfection. I wouldn't mind getting a short down the road to see their happiness. I loved them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b807cd8) out of 5 stars reviewer's choice by redz world reviews July 22 2015
By Tina Brunelle (Redz) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved Crossed Hearts by author K.Vale. There is humor, love, and a whole lot of self realization. I really couldn’t stop reading it. This is the first book in the Hearts and Scars series and I hope not the last. The emotional connection and love just jumps off the pages of this book. A must read for a real true romance lover.
Kory well Kory used to be a porn star. He likes sex, he likes getting paid. He didn’t see why he couldn’t combine that and make some money. The problem though is Kory had severe heart problems. So bad that he had to have a heart replacement. This causes him to reevaluate his life. Does he want to waist this second chance he was given? He decides to turn his life around. He drops doing porn and becomes a bouncer. He is a good person trying to do the right thing. Even though all his friends keep trying to drag him back into the porn business.
Will we meet him at the start of the book. He is paramedic that ends up being called when a football player goes down. He is with the kid till the end and ends up being the mortician as well. He finds out Kory has the heart of the boy, and wants to know more about Kory. Will is shy and kind of geeky he doesn’t think he has a chance with the beefy hunk that is Kory. But when he finds he does. He really is a kind sweet man. But Kory doesn’t want to tell anyone he used to do porn. He wants to leave that behind. But will that secret be the thing that tears the new relationship he has with Will apart?
I would love to read many more books by K. Vale. The heart and soul in this one made me want more more more! True love is amazing to watch unfold. I highly recommend this book, I know it is going on my keeper shelf.

Five shooting stars and A Shining star Award
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b77f6c0) out of 5 stars Making the most of a new life! Tender M/M romance. July 9 2015
By V. Rundell of V's Reads - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars for this contemporary M/M romance.

Kory is a man with a new chance at life. He was an artist and gay porn star, but his congenital heart defect led to heart failure. He makes a promise to live a good, clean life if only he can continue living. A new heart has come available, and thought he's grateful, he's also melancholy. He learns that his donor was a teenaged boy who died suddenly and Kory doesn't think he can live up to the expectations in front of him. He goes rather hermit-like, and only reaches out to one man, Will, whom he meets when will lays flowers on his donor's grave.

Will is a full-time mortician and part-time EMT. He was on the field the day a teenboy suffered a traumatic head injury, and he regrets that boy's loss. He is stunned to meet Kory, who is super sexy and shy, but Will isn't ready for a new relationship. He'd recently broken off from his high school crush, Darryl, a man he thought loved him, but was really a closet-case who "spread it around." Kory's tentative overtures at friendship, and maybe more, are a welcome boost to Will's self-esteem. Soon, they decide that maybe a little physicality would be good. Kory's afraid to get too excited, despite his medical "all clear," though they find ways to be intimate that are not too strenuous (but TOTALLY SEXY!)

Throughout, there is a measure of deception on Kory's part. He tells Will he was a "nude model" which is really only a piece of his history. I can appreciate that Kory held back on his past, on account of it's kinda startling, and Kory's also sworn off returning to that lifestyle. He's never had a real boyfriend, and it is all too clear that is the direction in which he and Will are heading. Darryl makes his appearance several times, and he naturally knows Kory's past. He's also bent on turning Will back his own direction, and isn't afraid to use force to gain his desires.

I really liked the cautious development of this love story. Kory didn't only hold back because of his medical history--he relished the opportunity to go slow, become friends with Will. Will is absolutely adorable; a kind and generous man who helps out without acclaim. I also loved the parents of the heart donor, the Diaz family. They are all so gracious and loving, wanting to have a connection to both Kory and Will. Will's bestie, Holly, is a hoot of "beard" and the practical half of Will's brain. She made me snort with laughter. It was a bit tense after Kory's big reveal, but man, that closing scene with Darryl at the bar was...freaky. I still shudder thinking of it. Dark! Glad that Kory came out of it okay! Additionally, I really enjoyed the frank discussions regarding the medical care and Kory's on-going treatment. All the medical deets were spot-on, and having a couple scenes where CPR was warranted, I was glad to see this handled accurately. 30 compressions and 2 breaths, people!

Expect some sexytimes, some super tender moments, and a bit of sap in addition to a big bad ex and a couple bar room brawls. I received a copy of this book via the Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love group in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d332df8) out of 5 stars Heart Crossed Lovers June 12 2015
By The Jeep Diva - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I was a little worried about the heart that has a major role in this book and how it crossed Will and Kory. The blurb states how Kory gets this very important organ and what it means to him. Where does this heart tie Will into this tale was my concern. I was hoping Will was not chasing the last living piece of a loved one. I am pleased to say he was not. I also liked how everything worked out for Will and Kory getting together through a character who has a major role, but not a role at all in this extremely sweet and mildly sexy little romance.
Setting out to be a porn star was never Kory’s goal in life. He enjoyed his success and lived what he thought to be a fairly good life. An enlarged heart puts him into early retirement and the poor house. His medical bills are more than he can handle and his heart is shortening his all too young life. He does the only thing left to do, prays for a miracle. That miracle is granted in a price that Kory doesn’t feel he is worth. Thankful for all that has been given to him he vows to pay it back and live a good life. That good life includes an honest career and no more questionable life choices.
Proposing to the man you love and want to spend the rest of your life with is not supposed to end with insults and slammed doors. That’s how Will finds out that the man he thought he’d spend the rest of his life with is not that special someone after all. He has his jobs and his home, he will survive. He thinks about those who didn’t survive and pays his respects to them often. It’s on one such visit to the cemetery that he meets Kory and discovers that he has one very special heart.
There’s an ex-boyfriend, former porn star, and characters that don’t feel their worth. I knew exactly where this was going to go. It was kept short and to the point with very little dramatics. It worked and didn’t annoy or seem predictable. I loved the non-character and his role here. Vale has given readers an against the odds romance with a new and different twist on second chances. I liked this. Will and Kory are so deserving of so much more than they have ever had before that them getting the best things life has to offer with each other makes for an all-around great romance and entertaining read. I’m hoping that I’ve guessed correctly where this Hearts and Scars series is going with the next book/character.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc6e780) out of 5 stars Great Connection! May 11 2015
By LoriCaroline - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the love that formed in this story. Considering the past was all that stood between them, their love was like a blank canvas. So many adorable moments. Falling in love, even in all the awkwardness, felt very real. :)