Two Hearts, One Stone

Stone's life was all about the ride...

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Horse trainer Stone Dempsey’s life is all about the ride—with horses and women. He uses his equine talents to impress the country club set and earn money for Smoky Mountain Reining Horses. When his drug-addicted sister deposits her sick baby on his doorstep, he’s suddenly saddled with real responsibility.

Dr. Emmersyn Cole’s goal of starting a practice in her favorite place on earth is finally coming to fruition and she is not going to be sidetracked. Everything is going great until Stone swaggers into her life, half-dressed with a smile that could melt her insides. She's determined to keep her distance…until he rushes into her grandfather’s home, clutching a feverish baby, terrified and vulnerable, and her heart’s hard shell begins to crack.

In only a few short weeks, Stone’s wayward heart suddenly relies on two women—one who needs him—and one that he might not be able to live without.

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His upper lip curled into a snarl, but it did little to dampen her flourishing attraction. She took a step forward and sucked her bottom lip between her teeth. Ready to do just about anything to wipe the forlorn look from his face.

That’s how he does it.

Without even trying, he’d reined her in like his horses. She stood closer, at ease, and far too eager to please him. When she lifted her gaze to his, the slow burn of tension-laced desire beckoned her.

“Oh no you don’t.” Emmy took two dramatic steps backward.

His laugh in response wrought a heat in her cheeks. Annoyed with her behavior, she fisted her hands on her hips and spun away. She was an intelligent, highly educated, independent woman. Absolutely not the sort to get sucked into the Stone Dempsey tractor beam of sex and debauchery.

She only managed half the length of the barn when, abruptly, he stopped laughing.

“Emmersyn.”

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Had the sound of her name ever held such a heated promise?

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Reviews:InD'Tale Magazine on https://www.indtale.com/reviews/contemporary/two-hearts-one-stone-boots-and-babies wrote:

Stone Dempsey loves horses and women. Yet, there still hasn’t been a woman who has claimed his heart. His mindset changes when he meets Dr. Emmersyn Cole. Captivated by the young doctor’s beauty, intelligence and kind heart, Stone decides to win her love. For her part, Emmersyn is attracted to the handsome cowboy, but his reputation as a lady’s man makes her wary. Soon an unexpected turn of events reveals Stone’s softer, more-nurturing side to the young doctor. She must decide whether to follow her heart and risk tit and her future on the wayward young man.

“Two Hearts” is an enjoyable novel. The main characters are well-constructed, if lacking in depth. The story would have been enhanced by allowing Stone and Emmersyn to be a little less perfect for one another, as there is little doubt in the reader’s mind that the two will end up together. A great strength of “Two Hearts” is Ms. Scott’s willingness to take Stone out of his comfort zone, using an original and creative turn of events that fits the flow of the story nicely. More insight into his past would have added a little more flavor to his character and to the story arc. Ms. Scott has a nice light touch on her prose, easily creating an interesting storyline and grounding the reader in the sights, sounds and smells of the ranch. The author adds nuance to her story with inventive details that add fun and humor to the narrative. A lovely book to read.

Long and Short Reviews on http://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/two-hearts-one-stone-by-leslie-scott/ wrote:

Stone can’t help but be attracted to pretty women, but he’s a little gun-shy when it comes to chasing after the delectable Dr. Emmy – his boss’s grand-daughter. Emmy knows full well that while Stone was an exceptional horse trainer, genuinely one of the best, but his personal reputation was that he’d chase pretty much anything pretty in a skirt. And while Stone might make her mouth dry and her knees weak, Emmy doesn’t want her heart broken. Can they each resist the temptation of the other?

I found this to be a fun and wonderfully warm-hearted cowboy style story. Despite his hound-dog ways, Stone was written in a light and cheerful manner and I found myself instantly warming to his character. Being fairly confident that he’d fall head over heels for Emmy just made his eventual blind-siding even more wonderful to read. I also really enjoyed Emmy’s character – I found her strong and relatable and while understandably cautious over Stone’s philandering reputation she didn’t get her knickers in a twist over it or hold his previous conquests over his head in a way I often find unbearable in a heroine. They each went into the eventual relationship with their eyes open and with open hearts and this was just lovely to read and experience with them both.

This has all the elements of a really good romance story to my mind: two strong and capable characters, a few small bumps along the road with easily-addressed misconceptions, a sick little baby and a small-town, cowboy style community with plenty of vibrant and interesting secondary characters. Emmy and Stone become intimate from around half-way in the story. Readers should be aware that there are some sizzling love-making scenes that might make more traditional “doors-closed” readers a little wary. But while the scenes are graphic I found them well-written, tasteful and not too over-the-top.

While I can understand some readers might find this story formulaic and “been there done that” I personally would urge most readers to give this book a chance. While sure, I could write out a dot-point of how the story progresses and it would sound tried-and-true – and possibly like a dozen similar stories – the joy I found from this really comes from the characters, their interactions and a warmth from the familiarity of it all. This is like eating your favourite comfort-food-dinner for the thousandth time, while it might at a glance seem similar to dozens of other meals, it still leaves you happy, warm and feeling deeply satisfied.

A solid read with enjoyable characters, a great plot and some steamy romance to keep you eagerly turning the pages I found this to be a great read. Recommended.

Arlena Dean on Night Owl Reviews wrote:

Ah, this was a sweet quick romantic read where the cowboy horse trainer falls in love with a pediatrician. How these two came together was rather cute.

Stone Dempsy is left a sick baby by his drug-addict sister. It’s a huge responsibility for a man whose just not ready for that lifestyle. He hopes that Dr. Emmersyn Cole will help him out of this tight situation.

The author pulls readers in with the situation and the baby. Plus she gives readers some steamy sexual chemistry. We also get two very interesting characters and a nice setting.

This is definitely one of those reads where the cowboy will be brought to his knees. I enjoyed this read that showed Stone's past and Emmersyn's insecurities. Readers get to see their lives come full course and how quickly one’s life can change for the good.


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