Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
Claire Contreras: Paper Hearts – An incredibly raw and passionate story of soul mates who had to overcome unexpected events which set them on a path so different to the one that was intended and should have been. Soul mates who had to find their way again when the time was right in order for their crossed path to heal, for them to discover and reaffirm what never left them. Totally Booked – 5 Paper ♥– Approved!
“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.”
@Reader1: Do I need to read any other books before this one?
@TotallyBooked1: Yes, we read TornHearts (Hearts #1.5) first which follows Mia and Jensen’s story in the beginning. We highly recommend reading this prequel prior to reading Paper Hearts. It is now included in the Paper Hearts ebook so don’t skip it!
‘Ours was a story that would remain untold, because living it was painful enough.’
@Reader2: What is Paper Hearts all about?
@TotallyBooked1: Ultimately, it’s a second chance love story. But not only that, it reiterates the gift and value of sacrifice and forgiveness. Paper Hearts shows what it means to grow and move on from being stuck in a spiral of hurt and pain. Through understanding and fighting for what you want, need and believe no matter the odds stacked against you. It really was an incredibly beautiful and evocative read.
“Real love stories never end.”
@Reader3: What’s the writing like in Paper Hearts?
@TotallyBooked1:We absolutely LOVED the writing. It was so emotional, intense and vivid we felt EVERYTHING, Mia and in particular, Jensen felt. ESPECIALLY Jensen! This man wore his heart on his sleeve. The writing was flawless, our favourite read by Claire Contreras; as she mixed high emotion with humour, angst – including irony and sarcasm. It was a brilliant mix making us unable to put Paper hearts down.
‘Some say I loved her to the point of madness, bordering on obsession.’
@Reader4: Was the romance believable and how does it measure up to other second chance love stories?
@TotallyBooked1: YES! It was absolutely believable – we felt it deep in our hearts. Mia and Jensen’s romance made our hearts soar, swoon and bleed in equal measure. It was romantic perfection in all its beauty. We cried till our eyes hurt. We smiled till our cheeks hurt. Perfection. Without question Paper Hearts has cemented itself in our hearts as one of our favourite second chance romances.
“Fragments of my soul were scattered on those pages…and you burned them.”
@Reader5: Did Paper Hearts stand out as being different, if so why?
@TotallyBooked1: No question yes! It felt original and new. We think primarily, Jensen is why this story felt so amazingly intriguing and addictive. We’ve not really come across a male hero with a POV quite like his. It hinted at a vulnerability, an intelligence, compassion and love so strong which we’ve not come across often in our books. He is one of our ultimate Book Boyfriends. Yes, Ladies….TB hereby claims Jensen!
“For Mia, who never tried to alter my language, but instead learned to translate the meaning behind my silence.”
**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks**
HEARTS SERIES by CLAIRE CONTRERAS