Thursday, September 10, 2015

Book Review: Paper Hearts (Hearts #2) by Claire Contreras #Giveaway

When I read the prequel to this, Torn Hearts, a few weeks ago, I was immediately hooked into this sad story and I couldn't wait to get my hands on Paper Hearts. I enjoy a good second chance romance but I also needed to see if and how this couple could overcome such devastating heartbreak.

Mia and Jensen fell in love as teenagers, but him going to college on the opposite coast and the situations that came with it tore them apart. Now five years later, Mia is in New York City on a temporary job before she starts her permanent one back home in California. But her temp job happens to be for the same publication Jensen works for. She thought she could ignore him, ignore the pull to him that is still there, but she is very, very wrong. Cans he finally move past the pain that tore them apart and find a happily ever after with Jensen? Or will this just be the closure that both of them need to finally move on?

I fell in love with Claire's writing in Kaleidoscope Hearts and this was another beautifully written story. I felt like I was living Mia's pain for her. The book is predominantly from her point of view, with some from Jensen in the form of his blog posts/articles. I enjoyed that unique way the author added Jensen's voice to the story. However, I struggled a bit with Jensen himself. He held anger towards Mia  because she never forgave him and let him back in. Excuse me Mister, but YOU are the one who screwed up. YOU were the one who walked away. I very much felt Mia was justified in reaction and I know I probably who have reacted the same way. So I had a hard time connecting with Jensen because of this. That being said, I did like everything else about him (hot dad alert!) and I very much wanted a happily forever after for these two. It was heartbreaking and painful at times but oh so good.

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


I don’t take ownership in a lot of things. I rent an apartment, lease a
car, and go to a no-contract gym. I have a wandering heart—an
incessant mind. It’s hard for me to look at something and see forever;
though I had a forever once.
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.

Read the first chapter HERE!

Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Claire Contreras
Series: Hearts #2
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.


About the Author
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. Shelives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

Twitter: @ClariCon

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