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THE PLAYER by CLAIRE CONTRERAS :: REVIEW

Standalone Sports romance

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SYNOPSIS

I’m naturally gifted on the field and between the sheets. With flashy cars and enough media attention to put the Royal Family to shame, I’m the definition of Most Eligible Bachelor.

I’ve never met a man who doesn’t want to be me or a woman who doesn’t want to tame me. Until I meet Camila.

From the moment I lay eyes on her, I know I have to have her.

She wants to keep me at arm’s length.
I want her naked in my bed.

She thinks our worlds are too different.
All I want her to think about is screaming my name.

She says I’m bad news.

I have three weeks to prove her wrong.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“I’d give up my career to chase moments with the right woman.”

The Player was an entertaining, sexy and romantic read with a hot footie player and a strong down to earth heroine. We loved how we saw both sides of the socio economic divide and the realities that come with it as well as the effects it has on people and actions.

In terms of what we seek out of sports romances we didn’t really get the excitement or the thrill of the sport aspect nor the authenticity of the game. Despite this, however, we read The Player in one sitting and were caught up in ‘the chase’ and consequent addictive romance of Warren and Camila.

‘He was untamed perfection. That was what every inch of him screamed. And I was not about to be the one trying to tame him.’

Warren has grown up in quite a unique family setting and is now playing for Man Utd, He’s incredibly gorgeous and a blinding footie player, commanding the pitch and living the dream. Despite him being an American we really did feel his international demeanour and ‘flavour’ but we never felt that British factor of the story even though he was based in the UK.  He has his finger in a lot of pies and shows himself to be not only an accomplished sports man but also a savvy business man. The latter being the starting of a beautiful yet at times fraught relationship with the beautiful Camila.

Warren’s not got an easy ride in getting what he wants though, as Camila has a strong head on her shoulders and does not suffer fools gladly. She is definitely no WAG! It takes a lot for her to let someone in and to take a chance on the unknown. The building drama and angst added to the story and there were a few moments where we went back and forth discussing the antics and actions of our couple.

“Life is short. We’re only here to chase moments. I’d rather make those moments worthwhile.”

We loved getting inside the head of both characters in this dual POV which definitely enhanced the story for us. The Player was a fabulous well written romantic indulgence, what we call an easy satisfying read that warms your heart and sets your pulse racing. For that, we definitely recommend this standalone read.

‘She wasn’t my New York girl. She was my game changer.’

3.5 Stars

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ELASTIC HEARTS : HEARTS #3 by CLAIRE CONTRERAS

Standalone in a series

ELASTIC HEARTS by CLAIRE CONTRERAS

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SYNOPSIS

Victor Reuben.
Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.

Nicole Alessi.
Soon to be ex-wife of Hollywood’s biggest star, Victor’s latest client and his boss’s daughter.

In such a high profile divorce, they can’t afford any extra drama. Luckily, neither one of them has anything to hide.
Unless you count the mind blowing sex they had…
Once…
Twice…
Three times all those years ago.

As long as they leave the past where it belongs, they’ll be fine. But with her wearing those tight dresses and him giving her those heated glances, keeping their hands to themselves is proving to be more difficult than either one of them realized.

It won’t be long before the paparazzi start to smell smoke, and where there’s smoke…


 Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Elastic Hearts

 

“My dream? You don’t know about my dreams. You never asked me what I wanted?”

After thoroughly enjoying Paper Hearts in this series, we were looking forward to Nicole and Victor’s book and after a run of very emotional reads, when informed that Elastic Hearts had a different feel to previous books that it was more a steamy read, light on drama and angst, we both said, perfect! This is our next read.

We loved the premise of this story with the attraction, sexual chemistry, banter and sheer physical force between Nicole and Victor teasing us throughout. Add in a cocky, seriously hot, dirty talking suited up divorce lawyer and yeah……we were hoping to be in book heaven!

“Holy…………….Victor.”
I chuckled, biting down on the skin between her neck and shoulder. “There’s nothing holy about Victor.”

Nicole Alessi and Victor Reuben meet as a one night- steamy and very memorable- stand….so memorable, they go back for more again, and another time! Then the bombshell….Nicole is the daughter of Victor’s boss, Will who is the Partner in Charge at the Law Firm where Victor works.

Now our Victor has a one track mind (no, no, no…not that sort of one track!) and has his eye on becoming a name partner in the firm. He’s worked hard and as tempting as she may be, dallying with Nicole could derail that career path for Victor, so he decides to call it a day and Nicole disappears out of his life never to set foot in his bedroom, bathroom, hallway, desk…well, you get our drift…again.

‘Pussy has ruined the career of a lot of highly successful men.’

Fast track a few years and Nicole is on the verge of divorce from Hollywood hot man Gabriel, but Gabe is a cheating dog whose drug habits and partying ways have led to some bad press. He wants Nicole to help him ‘keep up appearances’ she wants to move on with her life and be rid of the paparazzi that shadow her every move.

We did love the start of this book and as we said the sexual chemistry between Nicole and Victor was off the charts but it was the constant back and forth between Nicole and Gabe, even if it was merely for appearances which wore us down. The miscommunication and assumptions between Nicole and Victor also became tiresome and what we expected to be a bit of fun, which at times it certainly was, also became repetitive drama.

There were most definitely moments we loved throughout the book…..let’s face it, Victor Reuben was one very sexy man, the banter between Nicole and Victor was spot on and we did love how Nicole would tease him and give him a run for his money and yeah, their chemistry steamed up the pages that’s for sure!

‘I wanted to slither my way into every single crevice of her mind and dig until I found her deepest thoughts, her darkest flaws.’

The writing was beautiful and the friendship dynamic between Elle and Oliver, Mia and Jensen and Victor was a factor we particularly devoured in Elastic Hearts. As these friends grow and move on to the next phase of their life, it’s fun to watch their relationships change and develop as they did in Elastic Hearts.

 3.5 Stars

THE HEARTS SERIES by CLAIRE CONTRERAS

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Kaleidoscope Hearts #1  amazon us | amazon uk
Paper Hearts #2our  5 Star reviewamazon us | amazon uk
Elastic Hearts Book #3 – amazon us | amazon uk

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PAPER HEARTS – HEARTS #2 by CLAIRE CONTRERAS

A Standalone second chance romance
*See our note re Torn Hearts #1.5 below*
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SYNOPSIS

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. 

PAPER HEARTS

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

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Claire Contreras: Paper HeartsAn 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.’

@Reader2What is Paper Hearts all about?

@TotallyBooked1Ultimately, 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.”

@Reader3What’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.’

@Reader4Was the romance believable and how does it measure up to other second chance love stories?

@TotallyBooked1YES! 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.”

@Reader5Did Paper Hearts stand out as being different, if so why?

@TotallyBooked1No 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**

PAPER HEARTS by CLAIRE CONTRERAS
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HEARTS SERIES by CLAIRE CONTRERAS

HEARTS series

KALEIDOSCOPE HEARTS #1 – Standalone amazon us || amazon uk
PAPER HEARTS #2 – Standalone amazon us || amazon uk

 

 

 

 

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