Heart Failure by Chris Zett

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Author: Chris Zett


An enemies to lovers lesbian romance about daring to open your heart.


Dr. Jess Riley’s life is perfect, ticking all the boxes—successful cardiologist, newborn daughter, and a luxurious condo. That is, until she suddenly collapses from acute heart failure. Her entire world crumples along with her exhausted body.

Jess is forced to face facts—she can’t keep working endless hours, and she’ll have to move back home to recover.

To her shock, her mother has already taken in Lena Walker, a struggling artist who isn’t a stranger to heartbreak either.

At first, an unimpressed Jess resents Lena’s cheerful presence. Gradually, though, the two women form a tentative friendship over tai chi, picking fruit, and evening walks with the baby. A sexy massage leads to friends-with-benefits fun. But is it all too soon? Should two barely mended souls try to risk a future together?


This is a standalone novel set in the same universe as medical romance Irregular Heartbeat.

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Publication Date

January 2020


epub (for Kindle Reader/Kindle Apps, for iBooks, Nook etc.), mobi, and pdf


101,000 words




978-3-96324-317-2 (mobi), 978-3-96324-318-9 (epub), 978-3-96324-319-6 (pdf)


Ylva Publishing

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5 reviews for Heart Failure by Chris Zett

  1. Karola Meyer


    ***free ARC
    After her first book I was curious about this one. Chris Zett did a very good job, it‘s a very emotional book, Jess learns alot from Lena who has emotional problems herself. Getting to know each other and coming to terms with their feelings is the most important thing in this book. Chris Zett has created a very good story.

  2. Betty Harmon


    Chris Zett has written another beautiful and heartwarming tale with her latest novel Heart Failure .

    The story begins with Dr. Jess Riley giving birth to her daughter Ella. Not long after this blessed event, Jess suffers a rare and possibly dangerous form of heart failure, and is forced to move in with her mother as she tries to recover. There she meets her mother’s tenant, Lena Walker, and all kinds of sparks fly between them.

    There is a lot of angst in this story since both characters must deal with heartache from their pasts as well as fear of their present and future. Ms. Zett did an excellent job of creating these characters with their flaws and quirks. It was fun watching the two characters grow individually as people and grow together as a couple. Ms. Zett seems to have a knack for creating memorable characters that she then allows to grow and mature in her books. I noted the same skill in my review of her debut novel Irregular Heartbeat .

    Heart Failure is a standalone novel, but the story is written in the same world as her first novel. You do not need to read the first book before this one. However, if you love a good, angsty medical romance, then you should try both of these books.

    I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.

  3. Ana Leamaro


    ***free ARC
    This is an ok book. I couldn’t connect with Dr. Jess. I normally don’t like rude characters unless there’s a touch of humour in the dialogs. This was not the case. The click never happened. Lena is a more interesting character and I’ve tried Tai Chi because of the descriptions! :))

  4. Karen Reno-Cobb


    A very well-written medical/opposites attract/rich-vs-poor/ice queen story, with a healthy serving of angst thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed the mains coming together to overcome their differences, and although it felt a little long, I do like well-developed characters and plot. I’m looking forward to what this author has coming next.

  5. Carolyn McBride


    Even though I have not read the first book that precedes this one, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. This one is a stand-alone that doesn’t rely on the first for any explanation. I enjoyed that aspect. As for characters, I confess, I spent the first third wanting to slap Jess to pull her head out of her ass. But, there is a point, so it’s okay. She isn’t a bitch for no good reason. She has quite the character arc. All of the characters, in fact, are in the story for a reason. None of them are useless walk-ons, which I appreciated. I enjoyed the overall path of the story as well. The book was easy to read, and after a while, kind of addicting. So I zoomed through it faster than I expected.

    This was a great read when I wanted to be told a story that would allow me to leave my own world behind. So glad I read this! Thank you to Ylva & the author for the ARC.

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