Check My Heart
The death of his little brother turned Kurt Lundquist’s world upside down. He channeled his grief into skating his heart out--and ultimately leading his hockey team to win the championship. Now, all he wants to do is throw a party with the Cup in his brother's honor. He’s got no clue where to start...until he runs into the gorgeous hospice nurse who took such great care of Jasper. She’s waaay off limits, but he’s desperate, and hires her to help him. Lisette Broussard’s heart broke a little more every time a patient died. Losing the brave brother of a hockey star was the last straw. Learning a new specialty was supposed to change her life for the better, but it used up her savings. Then the slam dunk job with the New Orleans championship hockey team mysteriously disappears. So she jumps at Kurt’s offer of a job, no matter how temporary. No matter how...dangerous, given how much she’s always crushed on him. No matter how risky it is to fall for Kurt, since he’ll always associate her with the grief of losing his brother. But the more time they spend together, the deeper they both fall. Kurt’s heart begins to thaw...and then heat. Lisette can’t resist him, and throws caution to the wind. She’ll take whatever time he gives her. Can they move beyond the pain of the past and focus on a future together?

Check My Heart Details

TitleCheck My Heart
Author
FormatKindle Edition
ReleaseJul 17th, 2017
Rating
GenreContemporary, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Check My Heart Review

  • Emma
    July 14, 2017
    I really loved Christi Barth's Naked Men Series and was very intrigued to read Check My Heart after reading the synopsis. Christi has a way of digging deeply into the emotional aspects of the characters and how one particular life event has shaped them. Kurt and Lisette are brought together under tragic circumstances; the losing battle against cancer of Kurt's younger brother, Jasper. Lisette being Jasper's hospice nurse during the last months of his life. Jasper's death affected Kurt and Lisett I really loved Christi Barth's Naked Men Series and was very intrigued to read Check My Heart after reading the synopsis. Christi has a way of digging deeply into the emotional aspects of the characters and how one particular life event has shaped them. Kurt and Lisette are brought together under tragic circumstances; the losing battle against cancer of Kurt's younger brother, Jasper. Lisette being Jasper's hospice nurse during the last months of his life. Jasper's death affected Kurt and Lisette deeply making them re-evaluate the direction they are heading with their lives and making a few major changes along the way. Lisette has faced the reality that dealing with hospice care is too emotionally damaging for her. Making the decision to change her speciality, Lisette has to re-certify without a steady pay check to offset the cost. Her new vocation bringing her back into contact with Kurt and a job with the hockey team he plays for as part of the physical therapy team.Kurt and Lisette have always had an underlying attraction between them but due to the circumstances neither were in a position to make a move. Lisette's appearance at the hockey club brings Kurt's feelings back to the surface as well as his grief over his brothers death and lack of direction with his own life after fulfilling his brothers last wishes. Unfortunately, Kurt manoeuvres Lisette into a position of working for him rather than the job she desperately needs.Although there is an intense chemistry between the pair it is often overshadowed by the cloud their grief casts over it, creating a strong barrier for the possibility of a real relationship. They don't trust the emotions they bring out in each other because of the connection to Jasper. Check My Heart is a novella length story that is jam packed. I really liked the way in which the loss Kurt and Lisette experienced made them re-evaluate their priorities and focused the need to embrace the positives in their lives. At times I felt as if Jasper was playing a helping hand in connecting Kurt and Lisette, adding to the heart-warming feel of the story as a whole. 
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  • Yvonne
    July 15, 2017
    I became a fan of Ms Barth when I read her series Naked Men. I enjoyed reading that series, and was hoping to enjoy this book as well.This one I didn’t just enjoy, I LOVED!!!The story centers around hockey player Kurt Lundquist, who took his team to win the Stanley Cup, and who won it for his brother. A young boy that lost his battle to cancer and whom Kurt is still mourning. The other main character is Lisette, the brother’s hospice nurse, who has been so drained by all the losses she has had , I became a fan of Ms Barth when I read her series Naked Men. I enjoyed reading that series, and was hoping to enjoy this book as well.This one I didn’t just enjoy, I LOVED!!!The story centers around hockey player Kurt Lundquist, who took his team to win the Stanley Cup, and who won it for his brother. A young boy that lost his battle to cancer and whom Kurt is still mourning. The other main character is Lisette, the brother’s hospice nurse, who has been so drained by all the losses she has had , that decided a new career move was necessary. for her wellbeing.These two meet again and through some manipulation from Kurt’, they start developing relationship.All that said, it’s also a story about grieve , guilt , loss of a love one, and betrayal. About the loss that not only affects the families, but also the dedicated people who work in hospice. A very touching story and one I hope will continue in a series. I can almost see the F- Bombs getting their own story.Thank you Ms Barth, for another wonderful, and heartfelt story.I was gifted this copy. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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  • Beth
    June 29, 2017
    I received this copy of Check My Heart from Christi Barth. This is my honest and voluntary review.
  • RaeLatte
    June 22, 2017
    Check My Heart by Christi Barth has it all. A smoking cover and check out the hockey puck! I would love one of those!Kurt has just won the Stanley Cup and is preparing to throw the most amazing party, if only he could have the one thing that he desires most.Lisette has a job that gives of herself, taking care of those who can't take care of themselves. That job forever changes her and is the reason she pushed Kurt away.The hockey season is officially over, but Kurt might land in the penalty  box Check My Heart by Christi Barth has it all. A smoking cover and check out the hockey puck! I would love one of those!Kurt has just won the Stanley Cup and is preparing to throw the most amazing party, if only he could have the one thing that he desires most.Lisette has a job that gives of herself, taking care of those who can't take care of themselves. That job forever changes her and is the reason she pushed Kurt away.The hockey season is officially over, but Kurt might land in the penalty  box and throw everything away. Will he fix it in time? It will take a leap of faith, trust and forgiveness to discover their hearts can be mended.This was the first story I read from Christi Barth and I look forward to reading her backlist!
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  • Christine
    July 20, 2017
    Frankly, I'm waffling between 3 and 4 stars with this one. However, since I loved the Naked Men series so much, I can't seem to give this one 3 stars. I didn't love it. I liked it... just OK. I had a hard time really understanding either Kurt or Lisette's actions all the time. She was easier, but he was really an enigma for me. His instantaneous reaction to her trying to get a job with his team was odd and mean. Maybe I just wasn't reading carefully enough some of the time, but switching names u Frankly, I'm waffling between 3 and 4 stars with this one. However, since I loved the Naked Men series so much, I can't seem to give this one 3 stars. I didn't love it. I liked it... just OK. I had a hard time really understanding either Kurt or Lisette's actions all the time. She was easier, but he was really an enigma for me. His instantaneous reaction to her trying to get a job with his team was odd and mean. Maybe I just wasn't reading carefully enough some of the time, but switching names up for people and organizations is kind of jarring to me. I don't like to read a book and stop and say, "huh?" Kurt is sometimes referred to as Hawk, and sometimes not. Consequently I kept forgetting his name. The team is sometimes called The Rage and apparently also The Rajuns. I can certainly understand nicknames, but these came rather uncomfortably out of the blue. Maybe it's just me.Their chemistry was pretty undeniable, but their lack of acting on it was also weird. All in all, I felt pretty conflicted about the story. The premise is a good one, and their love for Jasper is heartwarming. The whole business with The Cup is great. I did, however, not understand the absence of his family until nearly the end of the book. So I enjoyed a lot of the book and spent the rest of my time scratching my head about it. I guess I'll settle on 3.5 stars, but round up for the sake of the author. I do hope her next book is better though.
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  • 2kasmom
    July 17, 2017
    Kurt met Lisette while she was working with this dying brother. When they meet again, she brings back memories of that time in his life. She is looking for work with his team, and he is not up to seeing her everyday.Lisette just wants to find a job in her new field. Being a nurse is fulfilling, but working with terminally ill patients has a cost. She is hoping to get into a new field, helping heal those she can. Kurt has always been attractive to her. Under such sad circumstances can they learn Kurt met Lisette while she was working with this dying brother. When they meet again, she brings back memories of that time in his life. She is looking for work with his team, and he is not up to seeing her everyday.Lisette just wants to find a job in her new field. Being a nurse is fulfilling, but working with terminally ill patients has a cost. She is hoping to get into a new field, helping heal those she can. Kurt has always been attractive to her. Under such sad circumstances can they learn to love where they have a future?This story was as sad as it was sweet. The genuine love felt for a family member can be very strong and this felt very real and sincere. I was touched by the gentle way the author had it brought out in the book. ***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
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