Blog Tour – Review: Locked Down Hearts (Combat Hearts #3) by Tarina Deaton


Today we have the blog tour for LOCKED DOWN HEART by Tarina Deaton! Check out my review + an awesome giveaway and getyour copy today!!

Denise Reynolds’s tightly controlled life is thrown off kilter when she’s given custody of her young cousins. There are days she has a hard enough time getting herself out of bed, never mind two precocious kids.

If that wasn’t enough, Chris Nolton comes strolling back into town as suddenly as he left it. She’d broken her own rules and given him a chance once before, only to have him ghost on her. But he’s not there for her this time. No, he’s leading the FBI Task Force intent on capturing the kids’ biological father. A man who was sent to prison for manslaughter. A man who was released five years too early. A man who wants his kids back.

The past has a way of repeating itself and once again, Denise finds herself defending the innocent against the evil of world. One wrong decision, one second guess, could have devastating consequences. To protect the most important people in her life, she’ll need to trust the one man with the power to break her.


This is the third book in the Combat Hearts series; but it can be read as standalones; but you might want to read novella to understand the nuances of the MC’s relationship or non – relationship – this is still explained in this book but it just might enhance the experience.  

Denise is a war vet; who is looking after her sister’s kids while she suffers from Terminal Cancer – a responsibility she doesn’t feel she is ready for but has stepped up nevertheless.  

Chris is an FBI Agent; and the man who had to sneak off at night from Denise due to a professional commitment; something he does his best to rectify after he comes back; he is open, honest and definitely is quite an appealing hero, in my opinion! 

Chris and Denise have a good chemistry but for me, honestly; the plot line, in regards to their relationship, did not give enough time to their relationship – too much happened for me to wrap my head around “falling in love” aspect; especially considering that I never felt that Denise got over her own doubts & insecurities let alone trusted Chris; even after what they went through! The suspense with action was the saving grace though! 

Both Chris and Denise are still likeable characters; interspaced with Kimber & Kaden aka K-Squared; hilarious secondary characters + dogs makes this for an adorable read!  


⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

iBooks | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | B&N 

Stitched Up Heart: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon UK | iBooks
Rescued Heart: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon UK | iBooks
Half-Broke Heart: Amazon


win: Kindle Fire (Click on the image below)

Tarina has spent her entire life in and around the military – first as a dependent and then as an enlisted Air Force member.

In 2015, a friend challenged her to complete NaNoWriMo. She dusted off one of the many stories she’d started over the years, threw it in the trash, and started all over.

Her debut novel, Stitched Up Heart, released in September 2016. The military gives her plenty of material to work with and she strives to create characters who authentically represent all facets of the military life – the good and the not so great.

Tarina is still active duty and a single mom of five-year-old twins. Her favorite hobby is sleep. She has delusions of retiring from the military and being a stay-at-home mom.

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