BLOG TOUR + REVIEW: What The Heart Takes by Kelli McKracken


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Compelled by fate, will he sacrifice everything to save her?

Dylan McBride has never liked hiding—from his fans, the press, or his father. He’s left with no other choice after his father threatens Heaven’s life. Protecting his wife and unborn child is the only thing that matters. He’d do anything to save them. Even tolerate a connection she shares with her Keeper, the man sworn to save her life. The man he used to call his friend.

Layne’s struggling with his pyrokinetic abilities, as well as accepting his role as Heaven’s Keeper. As if kissing her didn’t make things awkward enough, he learns that their connection is more complicated than he ever imagined. So complicated, it affects not only his mind, but also his soul.

Though he’s taken to his Keeper duties, Heaven senses a battle between Layne’s heart and soul. A battle that’s preventing him from accessing his abilities. There’s only one sure way to help him. Their friendship must deepen. But nothing’s ever easy, and she soon discovers there’s a thin line between love, hate, and What the Heart Takes.




Soulmates #1 – What the Heart Needs
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Soulmates #2

What the Heart Wants

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In What the Heart Takes we see the bond between Heaven and Dylan continue to grow stronger.  Instead of being able to focus on their new roles of husband and wife, they’re learning about their abilities and trying to ensure the safety of Heaven and their unborn child.  Now that Layn knows his role in Heaven’s life, his struggle only grows as he battles with his feelings for Heaven.

Throughout the story we learn more of the history between the parents and the “secret society” they were born into.  Bonds are tested and more secrets are revealed that will pull you to the edge of your seat.  We meet new characters as the support for Dylan, Heaven and Layne grows.

“Love isn’t about what our hearts want or need.  It’s about what our hearts take to keep breathing.  My heart takes you.”

I found myself so consumed with this story that I couldn’t put it down.  I kept my Kindle app open and couldn’t put my phone down.  The storyline and intense emotions between the characters more than made up for the fact that I could barely see straight for a couple of days.  This latest installment of the Soulmate Series is a rollercoaster for your emotions.  I felt the story drag just a bit in some spots but overall, I was impressed. The ending had me rolling around screaming because I have to wait for the next book.  It was not something I expected.  Another very well written story from Kelli McKracken.

This Naughty Mom gives What the Heart Takes 4.75 stars


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Author Bio


As a curator of characters, you’ll normally find Kelli McCracken sitting at her desk, working hard on her next novel. When she’s not arguing with those persistent people inside her head, you can find her hanging out on Facebook, chatting with readers about books and upcoming writing projects.

“It seems like all I ever do is write…and listen to Layne. He’s always whispering something naughty in my ear, like being dipped in chocolate. Now I’m craving a Kit-Kat. Welcome to my zany life, where sanity is optional, romance is required, and liquor is most definitely quicker. Jack Daniels keeps me sane, my characters, not so much.”

Kelli lives with her husband, four children, and her German Shepherd fur baby in the Ohio Valley region in the United States. If you’d like to learn more about Kelli, please visit her on the web at Kelli McCracken ~ Author » Writing About Love, Fate, and Soulmates

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