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  • Mass Market Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books (5 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515153206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515153200
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Emma Jackson on 24 July 2013
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I love all her books... I love reading but don't let it rule me. However when it's one of Janes books I'm reading till I finish or can't keep my eyes open. You fall in love with all the characters, and love watching the families and ties grow. Bring on the next book..........
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By Alison on 2 April 2013
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Janet chapman what more can I say really enjoyed the book love all her books nothing bad to say about any of them
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By vicky gough on 24 July 2014
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Very good, very pleased.
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By Andreas Sarker on 12 Nov 2014
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Magical! 20 Mar 2013
By Sheri V - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I was still in a book coma from my last read, and needed something lighter and something I knew I'd enjoy. So I pulled out the newest from Janet Chapman, they are mainstream romance that are on the sweet with a just a hint of sexy.

We met Nicholas in the last book, and I loved him as the gruff but fun bodyguard to Carolina "Lina" Oceanus. He was mildly in love with the princess and we already had a glimpse of the great hero he would make to his soul mate when he met her.

Julia Campbell works at Nova Mare and adds her own brand of style to the resort cabins, she is struggling with small town life and the vicious gossips spurred on by her past relationship. Her father is the town drunk and she's just trying to survive and protect her siblings, she doesn't have time for a hero. I loved and hated how independent Julia is, I love strong heroines and she had that in spades. I found myself telling her to just give in and fall in love already; I just couldn't see how she could resist Nicholas.

Nicholas was persistent and fought for their love, and that made me love him more. Overall, he was a little less "old-fashioned" then most of the other heroes in this series and the connecting series by Ms. Chapman, that was refreshing, though I do read and enjoy these stories knowing I'm going to find that level of masculinity with the heroes. The animal secondary characters add just that extra amount of charm that I've come to expect from Ms. Chapman, and I would love to spend the weekend in Maine with all of her characters.

I loved this book and recommend it to all of my friends, in fact just buy the whole Spellbound Falls series, and maybe her whole backlist while you're at it. The magic, love and quaint setting of small town Maine is great for light-hearted enjoyable romance any day of the week.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Chapman Does It Again With A Magical Romance.... 17 Mar 2013
By terrylynn - Published on
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Chapman has tapped into gold with her Spellbound Falls Romance series and I for one am very glad she has. The Heart of A Hero is an engaging, magical, heart stopping romance that makes you wish you could meet even one of these men that live at Nova Mare. The hero of this story, Nicholas who along with the other men at the resort, Mac, Duncan, Alec to name a few, is the epitome of the tall, handsome, strong warrior type who is ready to defend and protect the women in their lives, even if those women don't think they need protecting. Fiercely independent Julia is fighting to keep her family together and after Nicholas comes to her rescue against her crazy, drunken father, not once, but twice, she is forced to admit that every once in awhile it's nice to feel protected and cherished. After Julia receives a promotion at the resort, she finds herself attracted to Nicholas, but knowing he is the most sought after bachelor around, she has little hope that he will be attracted to her too, especially with the unfounded reputation that follows her like a cloud. But love and magic are in the air and soon she finds herself being "courted" by a persistent Nicholas who at times seems like a warrior from another time. And she soon finds out how right she is as one mysterious thing after another keeps occurring and her handsome hero is always there to save the day with his special brand of magic.

The Heart of A Hero, like its predecessors, Spellbound Falls, Charmed By His Love and Courting Carolina, is a perfect example of why so many people like romance novels. These books are satisfying on every level...the characters are well drawn and seem real, the emotions are honest, the story lines are solid and leave you wanting more. The men are everything a hero should be, strong, brave, compassionate, handsome and so easy to love. The women are strong characters in their own right, but are smart enough to recognize a good thing when they see it. The setting in northern Maine is beautiful and Chapman's writing can stand with the best of the romance writers out there today. Simply's a treasure from start to finish. I give it 5 stars and will wait patiently for Janet Chapman to take us on our next exciting trip to Spellbound Falls.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This One Didn't Leave Me Spellbound 15 April 2013
By Rose - Published on
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As a fan of paranormal and urban fantasy romances, Janet Chapman is one of the few authors I turn to when I'm in the mood for a less intense read. Sometimes her books have strayed a little too close to the old "bodice rippers" romances, but her Highland time traveler series had just enough fantasy, characters that you could care about, suspense, and romance to make an enjoyable read. Then came the Spellbound Falls series, which added new people, included some from the Highlanders, and changed the time traveling angle to time hopping fantasy. Fair enough. Fantasy is fantasy, and Chapman still has her old fashioned "big, scary guys" that sweep in and solve all of the poor heroine's problems. Some problems that she might not even realize she had before meeting said hunk. Because this is where Chapman tends to borrow from the old-fashioned romances, where formerly proficient females who ran their own lives suddenly cannot walk down the sidewalk without tripping over the cracks. In past books, I've put up with this because the male characters also seem to be at sea as to how to proceed with their ladies, sometimes admit to mistakes, and don't always get their way. And besides, who doesn't fantasize about the love scenes-being wrapped up in big beefy arms of a big strong guy who has eyes for no one but you?

Which brings me to Heart of a Hero. We met Nicholas in the Carolina/Alex book, with Nicholas being the life time bodyguard of Carolina/Lina/Jane. Supposed raised on Atlantis with the Oceanus's, he was actually washed up on the beach as a baby with unknown parentage (or does Titus know?) He is now head of security, a chick-magnet with no last name a-la Elvis or Madonna.(But why then do his 4 hand picked guards from Atlantis also have no last names and no one comments?) He hasn't met anyone that interests him enough to date, and in a surprising dialog that seems to have been dropped and never mentioned again, Rana Oceanus was startled that he showed interest in Julia ("really, Nicolas, a wo-") Hmmm, so someone thought he might have been gay? But that seemed to be the way of this book. Subjects were brought up, then dropped. The first half of the book was so highly detailed that I was shocked when I realized it was all packed into 4 days (at least according to the author). The second half zipped over more than a month and 2 holidays with Nicolas gone for 4 weeks of it. And it seemed like a whole different book! And they still won't admit for sure who his parents are.

Julia, a housekeeper for the resort, had grand plans to get a promotion to help get her and her sister away from her abusive alcoholic father. Known in the small town as the town drunk's daughter, and sometimes the town slut and others the town snob. First we're to believe she's too proud to accept help, but really, the help she is offered sucks. The chemistry between her and all those around her is just wrong. Long-time friends blackmail her into a job she's not qualified while withholding the one she wants and is better qualified for. When she tells friends that after a failed marriage she just isn't ready for that again, they laugh and tell her to just accept. Nicholas laughs and grins at her misfortunes, calling her a walking disaster. Even when he does tell her he loves her, it's as a lesson in unconditional love. Julia's afraid to speak up and ask where Nicholas is when he disappears for 4 weeks, and nobody reassures her. She lets herself be kidnapped and locked up without worrying about the sister she so cared for. The fight scene was over in less than a page.

Definitely not Chapman's best work. If this is the first book of hers that you read, forget it and start her Highland series and see if it isn't more of what you had been looking for. If you're like me, and read all she's written so far, maybe we should check the reviews and not just automatically buy the next one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Magical! I completely loved this story. 11 Mar 2013
By Baroness' Book Trove - Published on
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This story is written by Janet Chapman and is about her Maine, time traveling, super tall and strong highlanders/ wizards/gods. What more needs to be said?

I loved it. Nicholas is a very strong charming warrior, who really has a soft side for little girls and cats. When Julia meets up with him, the attraction is blinding, so much that she tries to fight it. They both have things to learn about each other and themselves before their love can proceed past the physical. They of course come to a happy union. I love that Janet includes the characters from her previous books so we can continue to see that their stories are alive and still throwing magical curve balls where needed.

Oh yes, don't drink the water there in Spellbound Falls, apparently it is full of fertility hormones. That being said, if haven't read this or the others in the series, you should! Janet makes love and life seem magical and reminds us that everyday life is as magical as that first kiss, and some days it is so much more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fun story! 10 Aug 2013
By Dorothy Harriman - Published on
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Very enjoyable. Janet Chapman's Spellbound Falls series keeps you involved in the story. I've read most of the Spellbound Falls books.
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