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Janet Lane Walter’s novel Heart Throbs is a wonderful story about how coincidence and fate often chose who we fall in love with. Magda Malone is determined never to fall in love with a doctor again. After being dumped by her ex who moved on after Magda helped put him through medical school; Magda is determined that she will not commit her heart ever again. Eric Damon Blair III is a cardiologist who has just joined the staff of Rivertown Memorial Hospital. Damon enjoys being footloose and fancy free and feels marriage just might be a trap after all. Magda and Damon meet when Damon moves in next door, and they are both attracted to each other. Before the reader can blink Magda and Damon are sharing much more than dinner together. Unfortunately, they did not exchange quite enough information about their lives with each other. When Magda discovers that Damon is a doctor she immediately ends the relationship. However, Damon and Magda have fallen in love and nothing can cause those feelings to end. Damon and Magda must come to terms with their love for each other and realize that rational thought has little to do with falling in love.
This story is a wonderful mix of fate and lust and the reader soon comes to realize that when it comes to love all the participants are just along for the ride. I found the characters of Magda and Damon to be a unique mix of lust and love. The lust is apparent when they first meet and immediately fall into bed with each other but soon after the reader realizes that they also have fallen in love with each other. I did find the swiftness in which Magda and Damon fell into bed together to be a little disconcerting, however, this fact is nicely balanced by the time the author gives the characters in order to uncover their emotional issues. This book is also just full of fun, the lengths that Damon must go to in order to convince Magda he is true is entertaining and touches the heart. I found this book to be one of the best written and entertaining e-books I have ever read.