The Heart Rehab Experiment
Publication date: May 10th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pete Redd used to have it all: a solid marriage, two spirited daughters, a fancy home, and a career as a top realtor at a big agency in L.A. He was happy, he was fulfilled. Until a recurrence with cancer took the life of his wife, and along with it—his purpose for existence.
Fast forward six months.
Newlywed Tess Cavanaugh is tired of her freeloading dad lounging around her house dressed in her fluffy pink robe, his morose mood, and most recently—his constant interference of her sex life and plans to start a family.
Desperate, Tess hires self-help author and Interventionist of a successful program, Jules Sweeney to break her dad out of his depression and launch him out of her house. Unaware of Jules’s exact career and possibly blinded by her infectious quirkiness and confidence, Pete agrees to a program he isn’t privy in the details of. Jules has sworn off men after being hurt one too many times, including unintentionally by a father suffering dementia. Despite Jules’s attempts to keep things professional, Pete’s adorkable personality and hot dad-bod immediately win her over.
Starting a relationship based on deception is risky. If Pete discovers the truth regarding the program and the self-help book, Tess’s entire plan could unravel, spiraling him into a worse state than he was in before. And if the program is successful and Tess gets what she wants—her dad out of her house—the saying, be careful what you wish for may never be truer.
Starla DeKruyf started writing when she still had words left to say and everyone stopped listening. Her love of romance novels began when she borrowed her friend’s copy of Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume and kept it hidden from her mom. When she’s not slinging coffee, volunteering with youth, or taxiing her kids around, you can find her jamming out to her playlists and writing her next swoony romance, usually by hand. She lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, three children, their English Mastiff, and a rescue pup.