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The Heart of the Matter (Welcome To Redemption Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Stacey Joy Netzel
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Book Description

Author's Note: This series is NOT to be considered Christian Fiction
All Allie Daniels ever wanted was a family of her own--until her doctor informs her she'll never be able to have children. She hides her desolation, refusing to let any man close enough to see her broken heart. Most certainly not the town veterinarian, who's cute three-year-old son reminds her of what she'll never have.

Rick Wilde had a serious crush on Allie back in high school, but life took them in different directions. Now a single parent, he returns to Redemption several years later to raise his son, Lukas. His interest in Allie is renewed, but her shoulder is colder than the bitter winter wind.

Brought together by an orphaned kitten, Allie finds herself helpless to resist Lukas's impish innocence--not to mention Rick's warm charm and sexy good looks. Does she dare take a chance on an impossible dream, or will Rick's desire for more kids devastate their future?

"Seriously?" he asked after a long moment, his brows arched.  "That's why you avoid me--why you walk the other direction when you see me at the grocery store or on the sidewalk?  Because you think I was mean to you back when we were in high school, over fifteen years ago?"

She glanced away.Sounded petty and absurd to her too, but it wasn't like she could tell him the real reason why, so she kept her mouth shut.

"You want to know why I acted like that back then?"

The low question made her stomach lurch and brought her gaze back to his.  Her heart started racing again, especially when he crowded her in the corner, darkening it with his shadow. 

"Even as a freshman, you were the smartest person I knew.  You were in all the college classes with me and got better grades than I did.  Every time I opened my mouth around you, nothing came out right, and you'd give me this...look, and I felt stupid.  Not the most mature way to handle it, but there you have it."

Allie fought to keep her mouth from hanging open in surprise.  She'd had no clue.  In fact she'd always felt stupid around him.

He leaned closer. Palms and back flattened against the wall, she stared at his chest, unable to say a single word.  Besides, if she looked up, she'd see his mouth so close to hers and want to rise on her tiptoes.  He'd been drinking beer earlier, but now he smelled winter fresh.

He braced one hand against the wall beside her head.  The other he tunneled through her hair to cup the back of her head while his thumb tipped her chin up.  Her heart banged into her ribs.  Gum.  He'd been chewing gum in the truck.  She swallowed as if a piece were stuck in her own throat when his gaze locked with hers.

"And then there's this.I've wanted to do this since the day you corrected Mr. Counsell's equation in advanced chem the second week of class."

She'd guessed he was going to kiss her, but, Oh, my, God, Rick Wilde was kissing her!  She closed her eyes and savored the moment she'd waited for since grade school.  The feel of his warm, firm lips on hers.  His strong, calloused fingers caressing the nape of her neck.

The faint smell of the bar was quickly overwhelmed by his scent that rose up in the heat from his closeness.  She inhaled woodsy scented soap mixed with the leather of his jacket, and no hint of overpowering cologne.  Just clean, hot male.

As a first kiss went, it was pretty tame, but all the more remarkable for the fact that he simply explored the contours of her lips, almost as if tasting them, instead of trying to shove his tongue down her throat like Brent had earlier.  It lived up to and far surpassed the many daydreams she'd had in high school.

She lifted her hands to pull him closer when a blast of frigid air blew through her thin nylon Packer jersey.  When his lips left hers, and she sensed he'd drawn back, she opened her eyes to find him watching her. 

Editorial Reviews


5 Stars *Reviewer TOP PICK* "I really loved these characters and I wanted them together no matter what obstacles they may have faced from either their past or even their present. I highly recommend not only this story, but also the entire six book series. Don't pass these stories up!" Diana Coyle ~ Night Owl Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to this series! September 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the final book in the Welcome to Redemption series and I felt that it was a perfect ending to a perfect series. I have to say that I was smitten with Rick early on and I had hoped that Allie would give him a chance to correct the things he did to her in the past. I just hoped that it wasn't too late for them since so many years had already passed. I really loved these characters and I wanted them together no matter what obstacles they may have faced from either their past or even their present. I felt these two were the perfect couple and I loved how Ms. Netzel told their story. I highly recommend not only this story, but also the entire six book series. Don't pass these stories up!

Diana Coyle
Night Owl Reviews, Book Reviewer
(Full review @ Night Owl Reviews website)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this series down October 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
From book 1 to book 6 I couldn't put the books down. The author really knew how tie the books together and make you feel like you lived in Redemption!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good book! May 9, 2014
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This is a well written book and a heartwarming story. It's about a small town in Wisconsin and you soon get to know all of the characters in it. It's so much like the real towns in Wi. that you feel you are right there with them. Living in a small town now in Wi. and being from a small town in Illinois, you do get the feeling of small town life. It's nothing like life in a city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mother's Love July 19, 2013
By Barbara
Format:Kindle Edition
The Heart of the Matter (Welcome to Redemption - Book Six)
Rick and Allie classmates in High School, had silent crushes on each other.
Rick now a single father has returned to Redemption to raise his son.
When Allie learns it is not possible to have children, she withdraws and refuses Rick attentions.
When Allie is forced to babysit for Lukas the wall she has built comes crashing down.
Will Allie and Rick finally get together?
Will Lukas become the child Allie desires and allow her to feel a Mother's Love?

Welcome to Redemption focuses on a small Wisconsin town and its citizens.
While each story can stand alone, it is fun to get to know the people, and expand on your friendships.
See if you can find the character that appears in every book of the Welcome to Redemption series.
I'm not telling. Get to reading!

I am ready to contact Tara and start looking for a home in Redemption!
These authors write with the same voice. You forget that there are two authors, the story line is seamless.
Stacey and Donna paint such a picture with their words!
I see the the town of redemption so clearly.
I want to stop in at Coffee to Chai For order a cup of tea and tasty treat walk across the street to check out a book from the library.
I continue down the street waving to friends and neighbors.
I stop in the park to watch the dogs and owners play and enjoy the day.

I want more! The characters have come to life. I feel as though I have expanded my family. I have so many new friends!
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More About the Author

I fell in love with books at a young age, so for me it seemed only natural to graduate to writing them. I credit my parents for encouraging my dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends I've made in Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA) since joining in 2004.

An avid reader and lover of movies with a happily ever after, I live in Wisconsin with my husband and children, a couple horses and some barn cats. In my limited free time I enjoy gardening and canning, and visiting my parents up north at the cabin on the lake with the whole family.

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