Thursday 10 September 2015

Review ~ Paper Hearts (Hearts #2) by Claire Contreras

Book Description:

I lost her.

No, I didn't lose her. I threw her away.

She was my best friend.

I was never supposed to fall in love with her.

I was careless.

She was heartbroken.

I was doing fine until she came back into my life and reminded me what love was supposed to feel like.

When it's all said and done, she may not want to stay, but this time I'm going to do everything in my power to not let her go.

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 Our Review:

 Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Real love stories never end.”

This one intense, emotional roller coaster but is one that is so flawlessly and beautifully written that you cannot help but connect emotionally with both these characters. What a journey Claire Contreras takes you on.

I am a soft sap, I put my hands up, but the raw emotion that bled through these pages had me in tears. My heart truly broke for this couple, soul mates and first loves, quite the heady combination. But sometimes, it is just not the right time and these two were testament to that. Sometimes, you have to be that bit older and that bit wiser, or the past has a way of making you take a different track but you always hold onto that belief that one day your paths will cross once again and hopefully just hopefully, that will be the right time.

“I let her go, not because I loved her too much to ask her to stay, but because I couldn’t bear to hear her tell me she wouldn’t. Still, every once in a while I wonder. And nothing is more haunting than regret.”

This is a story of re-connection, second chance love, forgiveness and moving on from the past and looking to the future. A book about fighting for what you want in life and most importantly, who you want.

“Fragments of my soul were scattered on those pages...and you burned them.”

We were first introduced to Jensen and Mia in Kaleidoscope Hearts, you could feel the animosity and you just knew that there was a story to be told there and Claire Contreras delivered that in the little novella Torn Hearts. (If you have downloaded the book it is included in the beginning, you must read this first.)

Five years prior this couple split on the worst kind of terms, it wasn’t nice, it wasn’t pretty, and it was darn right heart-breaking. Even in those few short pages of Torn Hearts I cried a river. I was astounded really, because there were so few pages to instigate that kind of reaction, but that is testament to Claire Contreras writing, such is the emotive way she writes that so few words can still pack such an emotional punch. Not many authors can do that.

“But when that whole thing happened, a part of me died. A big part of me died.”

Five years later and Mia is on the move, having been offered the job of a life time. Sometimes though things are always too good to be true and this job has one huge draw back...Mia will be in the same place as Jensen, most probably in the same building as he freelances for them too. But it is a big city so the chances are slim right?

It was inevitable that these two would once again breathe the same air; it was like destiny had already mapped their lives and made their paths cross when the time was right or was it?

“I hate him. I hate him. I hate her. I hate New York. I hate love. I hate my heart for being a fucking living reminder of his love. I fucking hate everything.”

Both Jensen and Mia struggle in their own ways. Jensen with his guilt over what happened five years ago and Mia with how she has only just repaired her broken heart and is reticent to put herself out there once again. Both have internal battles to win and Claire Contreras captures this perfectly throughout this story.

“I’ve lived in pain since the moment I lost you. I’ve learned to live with it, but I haven’t learned to accept it.”

I could ramble for an age about this book, but I do not want to spoil it. I highlighted so much, so many heart felt and poignant sentences and paragraphs to fall in love with. So many beautiful characters that you cannot help but take deep into your heart and arms. This is a book that will tear your emotions apart, yet piece you back slowly, where nothing is rushed yet perfectly played out. Where a story is believable and relatable and you will be championing them home.

“For Mia, who never tried to alter my language, but instead learned to translate the meaning behind my silence.”

This was such an amazing story. I loved the way that we got a further insight into Jensen, the newspaper columns and social media snippets were genius!! In my opinion this is by far Claire Contreras best book to date, what an amazing ride and one that I will definitely be riding again.

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