Saturday, September 5, 2020

Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty

Rescued Hearts

About the Book

Rescued Hearts cover
Book:  Rescued Hearts
Author: Hope Toler Doughtery
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 19, 2017

Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for  animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar-entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.

Discovering the kidnapped, innocent woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.

When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.

My Thoughts:
I truly enjoyed this book.  Gigi is by far my favorite character!  She was just pure awesomeness.  The book started with action and really never let up.  I thought it was going one way and then decided I was wrong, only to change my mind back.  That's one of the things that I love in a book.
Now the main characters were good as well  Mary Wade and Brett were a wonderful couple.  I loved that they had lots of chemistry and their banter was great.  Their friendship grew and so did the chemistry...and the mystery!  Overall, I loved the book.
It was a 5/5 for me.

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book via Celebrate Lit.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions above are 100% mine.

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About the Author

Hope Dougherty
Hope holds a Master’s degree and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Her novels include Irish Encounter and Mars…With Venus Rising, Rescued Hearts, and Forever Music. She’s a member of ACFW and RWA. Residing in North Carolina, she and her husband enjoy visits with their daughters and twin sons.

More from Hope

I live in the country on land my great grandfather owned. For exercise, I ride my bike on our two-lane roads. One afternoon a few years ago, I took a detour off the paved road and onto a dirt path not too far from my house.

The lane meanders by the location of a distant cousin’s long-since demolished house. Trees and a few bushes still outline the phantom house’s parameters, but no boards or bricks mark the spot. Farm equipment waits under nearby shelters.

As I passed the lonely trees and silent tractors, a creepy sensation tickled the back of my neck. My imagination kicked into gear. What if a bike rider rode by an abandoned house? What if she saw a kitten entangled in a honeysuckle vine at the porch steps? What if, while she tried to free the kitten, someone grabbed her and dragged her inside where she was beaten and threatened with rape?

My pedaling picked up speed, and I reached home in record time.

Those questions continued popping up in my mind, however. I began seeing the characters, then hearing them speak every night as I dropped off to sleep. I’d never written a romantic suspense story before, but the characters refused to leave me alone.

Those initial questions led to the first chapter of Rescued Hearts.

Blog Stops

Betti Mace, August 27
Texas Book-aholic, August 28
Batya’s Bits, September 2
Older & Smarter?, September 3
CarpeDiem, September 4
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 5
Life, Love, Writing, September 6
Artistic Nobody, September 7 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)


To celebrate her tour, Hope is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a print copy of Rescued Hearts!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. This sounds like a really good read.

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, it sounds like a must read for me

  3. This sounds like one you can't put down, for sure!

  4. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Rescued Hearts, Ashely. I'm happy you enjoyed the story!