Friday 19 October 2018

Review ~ The Beautiful Hearts Duet by Emma Scott

Book Description:

I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow. 

I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away. 

But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them. 

Bring Down the Stars is an emotional, angst-filled novel of unrequited love by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) It is Book I in the Beautiful Hearts Duet, coming this summer. Book II, Long Live the Beautiful Hearts, to be released a few weeks later. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage

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Book Description:

Never again would I allow my heart to become the plaything of someone else. 
Never again would I let a man (or men) come between me and my goals. 
Never again would I love without feeling the fullness of that love in return. 
Not until I knew it was real. And if that took me a lifetime to find, so be it. 

Those were my vows, and after all that had happened with Connor and Weston, I was determined to keep them. To protect my heart. 
And then he came home, and my vows became his promises.

He held my heart in his hands with reverence and care. 
He helped me find my soul’s greatest purpose in life. 
He loved me with a love so pure and vibrant, I knew I’d never feel anything like it in a hundred lifetimes. 
It was real.

Until it wasn’t. 
Until it all came crashing down when I discovered the deep love I thought I’d found was nestled in a web of lies—so soft and silken I hadn’t noticed it was there.
Until it was too late. 

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is the emotional, heart-wrenching conclusion to the Beautiful Hearts Duet by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage 
THIS BOOK IS NOT A STANDALONE. It should not be read without first reading Bring Down the Stars

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
Review for complete duet

“Parfois, le cœur se cache derrière l’esprit. Sometimes the heart hides itself behind the mind.”

Emma Scott once again brings her lyrical prose to the hearts of the readers as you cannot help but be swept away in this stunningly beautiful duet. This author never fails to tug at every heartstring and evoke every single possible emotion as her poetic voice brings to life the story of Weston, Connor and Autumn. Three beautiful souls whose lives were intertwined and whose friendships would stand the test of time. Loyalty, friendship and love is the crux of this story, all tested, and all explored as Emma Scott regales the reader from college to the fields of war and the aftermath, tissues will be required.

“Unrequited love. The most painful kind.”

Weston was a character that called to me from the get-go. Quiet in his demeanour, a little nerdish with a penchant for poetry. Weston’s life was dictated by a traumatic event as a child and had used this event as his mantra going forward, even though it was incredibly unhealthy and made him the butt of jokes. Loyal to a fault, self-sacrificing and with a heart of gold, Weston put everyone's happiness before his own, even if that was the last thing he really wanted to do.  However, there was one person that always stood by his side, and that was his best friend, Connor. These two were chalk and cheese, poor and rich, introvert and out-going and yet, these two were inseparable, and their opposites are what levelled the other.

“I worried I would grow up to be trash too, and would hurt any woman I might someday love, so I vowed not to love anyone.”

Connor was a character that all other men wanted to be and looked up to. Connor was drop-dead gorgeous, confident, rich and his personality just shone from the pages. It was that personality though that was his mask for a deeply unhappy man that really felt the pressures of parents expectations and their lack of belief in his abilities. Connor was a hard character to really understand, to really get under his skin and I would have loved that greater depth knowledge to really understand the man. However, I adored his friendship with Weston. These two were more like brothers than best friends, Connor always had Weston’s back, was his biggest supporter in the stands and was more often than not, Weston’s voice when he was unable to speak. Even though the tables turned eventually.

“…pretty words weren’t enough without something real behind them,”

Autumn was a beautiful soul, a heroine hard not to love. A woman with a huge heart, full of compassion, loyalty and love. Autumn came across Weston and Connor and was immediately caught in the middle, love and friendships, blurry lines and the one stuck between a rock and a hard place. Autumn was the one left to pick up the pieces of her own heart and those of the men that she loved. This is not a cheating book though.

“The fight you have to fight is for you so that the love you feel for her has a chance.”

Emma Scott really brings together war and its aftermath, both physical and psychological and she approaches these subjects with empathy and precision. I could see the amount of research undertaken and felt that the author left no stone unturned and dealt with the situations these characters found themselves in with compassion, heart and a whole lot of emotion.

“Feelings,” I said, “are like tonsils. Mostly useless, and occasionally a source of pain and discomfort.”

This would have been a five star read for me and was so up until the last part of book two. I did find the ending predictable and found one element a little hard to swallow, but none the less, I adored these characters, they have buried themselves deep into my heart and soul, and their story will stay with me for a very long time. Once again, Emma Scott brought her ‘A’ game and didn’t disappoint. I love this author’s writing voice and cannot recommend her highly enough.

“For you, I would bring down the stars, wreath their fire around your neck like diamonds, and watch them pulse to the beat of your heart.”

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