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Hidden Under Her Heart (Chance For Love) [Kindle Edition]

Rachelle Ayala
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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FROM WORLD LITERARY PRESS, RACHELLE AYALA
Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off sex to land a marrying man. But a party she attends turns into a drinking binge, and she is raped.

Lucas Knight is a biracial athlete intent on winning the Ironman Triathlon. He finds Maryanne the next morning bloody and unconscious. Since Maryanne cannot identify her attacker, he becomes the prime suspect.

When Maryanne finds herself pregnant, she plans to abort, but the identity of her rapist is hidden in the baby's DNA.

A trap is set. Lucas races to clear his name, but the secret Maryanne hides threatens to drown their chance for true love.

99,000 word HIDDEN UNDER HER HEART is a heartfelt love story mixed with controversy over difficult decisions.

CHANCE FOR LOVE Series:
#1 Broken Build (Dave & Jen)
#2 Hidden Under Her Heart (Maryanne & Lucas)
#3 Knowing Vera (Zach & Vera)
Author's Note: Each book can be read standalone, but earlier plots will be revealed by reading later books.
 
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This is a wonderful love story between Maryanne and Lucas. They have so much pain between them that I do believe that they were truly were meant to be. They were each others healing stars. - My Thoughts for Thought

I also loved that Ayala made Lucas a very lovable man of color (half black, half white).  Honestly, I'm OVER the whole bad boy thing...  It's nice to have a wholesome man who we can love! - Sandling All Day

The hero, Lucas, was my favorite. He started off great and he had me rolling! He's upbeat and hilarious at opportune times, but straight forward and serious, letting his voice shine when it all boils down to his compassion for life. - Finding Forever in Romance

you become a character in her book. You live the adventure, the romance, the thrill, the mystery. Putting the book down is literally impossible until you've finished it, because it becomes your life. - Mom's Thumb Reviews

The book takes you on a journey through a new romance plagued with unfortunate circumstances,   It tears at your heart, and manages to also lift you up. - Domesticated Breakdown

The issue is covered from both sides of the table regarding abortion and I thank the author for that. There are a lot of one sided novels out there, that do not touch on the real emotion that a woman is feeling when trying to make this decision and fighting with herself from the inside. - Manic Mama of 2

This book is a book about choices. The choices we make, and those made for us. - Thoughts of a Mother, Wife, and Daughter

Best described as an emotional, fast-paced rollercoaster ride that is sure to grip and tear hearts of all who read it. - Hearts and Hands More Than Full

From the Author

This is the Revised Edition and suitable for Christians and Young Adults. The mild love scene between Maryanne and Lucas has been removed as well as any reference to premarital sex between the hero and heroine. Revised: November 5, 2013
If you downloaded this book earlier and would like the "clean" version, please contact KDP to update.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481993410
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: World Literary Press; 2 edition (January 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0YBI92
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Roller Coaster Ride January 29, 2013
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Hidden Under Her Heart is a story by Rachelle Ayala that takes the reader up and down the emotional scales in the lives of Maryanne and Lucas. From their first meeting, the ride begins when Lucas plays a ridiculously immature prank on Maryanne who's on duty in her job as a nurse. Maryanne is equally immature in her vow to remain celibate until she finds the right man, but then when she and Lucas go on their first date, she teases, flirts, and makes it seem as if she'd like more. As the story moves forward, the reader learns that all she wants is to be loved.

As the book proceeds, choices are made by both of them, forcing them to grow up and face their demons.

I admit I wasn't sure I'd like this book because of its pro-life bent, but I decided to give it a chance because I'd read other books by Ms. Ayala that I enjoyed, and the premise also sounded interesting. As a pro-choice woman, I found the book an interesting study of the choices we make when life hands us rotten eggs.

The author does not shout her beliefs, which allowed me to continue the story. She merely shows through her characters that when it comes to pregnancy, adoption, abortion, and parenthood, consequences ensue so those choices must be made with extreme consideration.

Subtle religious overtones emerge throughout the book; yet again, there was no shouting. I'm a spiritualist, open to many religions even though I was raised as a Christian. The religious aspects of this book only confirmed my belief that faith in God sees us through the brightest and the darkest hours.

I give Hidden Under Her Heart five stars for its honesty. I also give Ms. Ayala five stars for her bravery in writing a story on a controversial subject in such a thoughtful and considerate way.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read January 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Rachelle Ayala tackles the sensitive and controversial topic of abortion with compassion and ease. A must read story about a young women forced to decide her fate and the fate of her unborn child after devastating and life changing events. A great premise that drives the story forward and allows the reader to wonder what will happen next. Regardless of your beliefs, this story will pull at your heart and make you think.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, thought provoking January 15, 2013
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I loved this book! I have been following Rachelle Ayala and reading everything she writes and in my opinion this is her best work yet.

First off, I really like Lucas. He has his flaws and is perhaps a bit extreme in some of his views, but deep down he is a loving, caring man who was someone I could really relate to and admire. He stands by his convictions and tries to do the right thing. My favorite part about Lucas was the growth his character took in the book. Maryanne is also a realistic character. Even though her opinions are at the different end of the spectrum from mine, I could feel her turmoil and enjoyed her journey and watching her conflicts. The cast of supporting characters was enjoyable too, complete with difficult family members and friends who sometimes caused more harm than help.

For me, this book was pretty intense and I read it in just 2 evenings because I had to find out what happened. This story touched me and also made me really think about my opinions on abortion and why I feel the way I do. Overall, the romance between Maryanne and Lucas was satisfying and the action parts were exciting and fun to read. This one is a hit, and my favorite book of Ayala's so far. Looking forward to more from this author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Under Her Heart March 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The physical attraction between Maryanne and Lucas was so tangible I felt every moment of their very troubled relationship. Ayala deals with the most controversial topics from rape, abortion and modern technology in a very insightful way. Maryanne must learn hot, sexy men aren't necessarily out to hurt her and that sometimes bets are meant to be lost. Lucas must learn that work isn't everything and also how to deal with the intentional and sometimes unintentional emotional upheavels in a woman's life. I am so glad I took time out of my busy schedule to read Hidden Under Her Heart. Ayala is a top-notch writer and I really enjoy her entertaining, page turning novels.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok March 1, 2013
By Serene
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I some what enjoyed the book. I understood the central theme of the book and about how abortions are hard on both people. And the after effects. However as an avid reader, this book was too long and drawn out. I really did not need about every conversation and the story line, to me, made the characters unbelievable. He seemed to good to be true and she seemed just bent on being destructive with her relationship the young man. Although they both had flaws it was just too much.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny miracle March 23, 2013
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This book was inspiring to never give up hope, and when we can't do anything to trust our Lord that he will help us,
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinated by the male lead and his stand on abortion January 16, 2013
By Hammy
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm usually in cahoots with the heroine of the story, as in 'You gettem girl! Tell him off and don't let him dictate your life!' But not this time. The hero, Lucas, was my favorite. He started off great and he had me rolling! He's upbeat and hilarious at opportune times, but straight forward and serious, letting his voice shine when it all boils down to his compassion for life. We never really see too much of the male prospective when it comes to decision making and life choices, but Lucas was strong and never backed down. In all honesty, he was Maryanne's stronghold, and I believe she would have fell, hard, if she didn't have such a wonderful person to encourage and push her in the right direction.

Maryanne has definitely had some rough times and never really blames anyone for the position she wound up in, other than herself. She chose to drink, but she didn't choose her fate nor the horrible things that were done to her. I do feel she was a weak woman and would have followed through with her original plan if her hospital stays hadn't prevented her from missing her appointments. And the fact that Lucas kept at her, constantly prodding and pointing her in the right direction.

And then we have the Triathalon/Ironman contest Lucas had been training for. This was written so well that I really felt Lucas as he competed. Felt his sweat, his muscles burning and begging to quit, his adrenaline rush as he pushed harder, focused on his goal, the prize at the finish line, and then his triumph. He's just a wonderful, awesome, and droolworthy male!

Nearing the end of the story, I was totally amazed to witness some pretty scary, yet beautiful things through the eyes of Lucas. He's definitely going to be hidden under some womens hearts ;b.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh.
I cannot believe I paid for this book. It's just one long anti-choice rant with the lot of judgmental blather thrown in for good measure. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. L. Hirsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance that's actual romance!
Maryanne Torres is a nurse with a heart of steel. She's doing well with her 'no sex' bet with her friend, Vera, until Lucas Knight becomes one of her patients. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Literary Litter
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden under her heart
A must read,wont-wanna-put down book. Its both heartwarming and inspirational. go ahead and indulge yourself in it .love it :)
Published 3 months ago by Simply phenomenal
2.0 out of 5 stars So so
Overall the idea/premise of the book was good
However the back and forth between Maryanne and Lucas did get a bit old and redundant. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bianca Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching
My first impression of this book after reading the above description was that it would be an awesome Lifetime movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shannon Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!
Awesome book highly recommended. What a roller coaster ride of emotions. Make sure you hang on for dear life. Spectacular
Published 4 months ago by lj
5.0 out of 5 stars TORE UP through love
Ok I have read some of the reviews about Love Hate- but the thing is if you have ever been in a real relationship or broken hearted... you would see that is part of life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Roller Coaster! But totally Amazing!
Hidden Under Her Heart is book 2 in the Chance for Love series. It is a story about a nurse who works in an allergy clinic that wants love, she wants life, and she wants a real... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tiffany joly
4.0 out of 5 stars We will survive this
Good message, a hard read at times as it is so true to reality.... Especially good read for those involved in the Pro-Life movement to see the inside story of a person who becomes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cecelia Cody
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Under Her Heart
Hidden Under Her Heart is a book about choices. The choices we make, and those made for us due to circumstance. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Misty Battle
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More About the Author

Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.

Rachelle is an active member of the California Writer's Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.

Visit her blog at http://www.rachelleayala.com or contact her at http://rachelleayala.me/author-bio/contact/

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