REVIEW – Paper Hearts (Hearts, #2) by Claire Contreras

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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.

*****Mel’s Review*****

5 Girl Of My Dreams Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Patty & Dee)

-“Do you believe in soul mates?”

-From the moment she looked at me, I felt like I’d been found.

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Jensen Reynolds & Mia Bennett have known each other since they were kids. They fell in love as teenagers & it ended in heartbreak for both of them. When circumstances forced them to separate their lives went in different directions. For years Mia tries to pretend like Jenson doesn’t exist, cause it hurts too much to think about what could have been, but no matter how hard she tries to bury her feelings for him, it doesn’t work. They are just two people who have always been meant to be. They shared such an intense connection that was a once in a lifetime kind of love.

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Through the years Jensen won’t give up on Mia. He holds out hope that one day they will get back together, & he will feel whole again. Mia is the one person throughout his life that has always accepted him & believed in him. He’d do anything to be with her again.

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-Think about your actions. They have consequences.

-You only need one person to believe in you, even if that person is yourself.

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When Mia gets a freelance photography job in New York for a couple months, she is nervous she will run into Jensen. She is still deeply hurt by him & has never gotten over him. She remembers the electricity between them, & is unsure if she can be around him, & hold it together. When they reunite they’ve both done a lot of changing, but their feelings for each other remain the same.

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Jensen has a lot of regrets about the past, but isn’t willing to let this opportunity to be with Mia again pass him by. He is still obsessed with her, & will do whatever it takes to prove to her exactly what she means to him. This man is downright swoon worthy! I just adore Jensen! He shows Mia that he’s there to stay & she can trust him. This is a man with a beautiful, kind heart full of sincerity & love. I loved how vulnerable he is. This dreamy man just lays his heart out over and over for this woman hoping she will one day keep it and never let go.

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As usual I LOVE this authors writing so much! Her words are so beautifully put together & she always creates these one of a kind special men that give you butterflies & make you fall into book boyfriend heaven! ;)) I really hope we get a book for Victor next! 😀

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-“Do what makes your soul smile.”

-“My life has changed. I’ve changed, but my love for you is constant.”

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*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author in Exchange For An Honest Review}
(BR with Mel and Dee)

“I never stop thinking about you. For years, my thoughts don’t have any room that doesn’t include you. You’re everywhere.”

Absolutely LOVED this one HARD!!!!

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Going into this book, I was convinced I couldn’t possibly love this more than Kaleidoscope Hearts. That my heart couldn’t be swayed from Oliver. I was dead WRONG!! Jensen Reynolds completely swept me off my feet!! He made this book a FIVE STAR read for me. I was completely enamored with his beautiful words!! Claire Contreras has just now been added to my Favorite Authors shelf and I know that I must read some of her other works ASAP!!

In “Torn Hearts” we get a brief glimpse into Jensen and Mia’s past. We also learned what happened to tear them apart. If you haven’t read the novella, you actually can skip it, since it’s included in the beginning of “Paper Hearts”.

Five years after their break up, Mia finds herself in NYC. She’s landed a two month gig with Newsweek, as the photographer for a story about “Second Chances”. As luck would have it, Jensen also works for the magazine as a free lance writer and happens to be one of the writers on the same project as Mia. Mia is determined not to fall back into Jensen’s arms. But Jensen is willing to do anything and everything to make Mia his once again.

One of my favorite tropes, is second chance romances, and this was not only that, but filled with so much angst, I felt my heart was being twisted and tortured. I blame Mia for most of the angst. I understood why she was hurt and I get she was afraid to trust in Jensen again, but God Damn, I know if I were in her shoes, I would have run willingly into his arms! But if Mia had gone my route, this would have been an entirely different story and over way too soon!!

I ADORED Jensen!! He loved Mia to damn near obsession. We get his voice in the beginning of most of the chapters through excerpts from his blogs which are published in a newspaper. Every blog entry is like an open love letter to Mia, his Life Sweetheart. Jensen has never gotten over Mia and even though five years have gone by, his love has only grown stronger for her. His sole purpose is to get his girl back and to never let his little road runner run away from him again. I’m a total sucker for any book boyfriend who would cut up tiny pieces of paper hearts and write little love notes on them for his lady.

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I am just in love with Claire Contreras writing. I nearly highlighted the entire book and there were a few moments towards the end where I even shed a few tears!! Oliver, Elle, and the entire gang from the first book are back in this one as well. It was like coming back home and getting to spend some time with some good friends. They brought a lot of humor into the story and I just loved how they were so supportive as well.

To anyone out there who hasn’t picked up this series, you need to make it a priority to get to it!! You will lose your hearts to these amazing book boyfriends! I do believe that I am leaning towards Jensen as my favorite for now.

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*****Dee’s Review*****

*****4.5 Jensen Stars******

(ARC kindly provided by author)
(BR with Patty and Mel)

Paper Hearts has been all about Jensen for me. The more I read, the more my love for this character grew, to the point where I kept asking my husband (not in a happy tone); Why don’t you write me love notes? Why aren’t you more romantic? Mind you, I have been married for twelve years and my hubby is a dear and treats me like a princess. So after a few days of me glaring at him and serving him cold meals for no reason, I realized that no man can ever come close to the perfection that is Jensen.

Claire Contreras created a beautiful story that was tender and incredibly romantic and I find myself feeling nostalgic about the way that it made me feel, even though it’s only been mere hours since I finished reading.

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To fully enjoy this book you must read Torn Hearts first. In that novella we get a little bit of the back story between Mia and Jensen. They met when they were young and were each other’s first love. When they both go to college and to different schools they decide to break up, but remain close until something big happens and changes everything between them.

Five years later Mia and Jensen find themselves living in the same city and working for the same magazine. Seeing one another feels painful yet exhilarating and being together comes natural to them, because they were best friends before lovers. Does this mean there’s still hope for them? Will they see this as a second chance, or will they finally get closure and move on?

Mia thought her heart had healed. She’s been with other guys and is completely focused on her career as a photographer but seeing Jensen messes with everything inside her. She misses his touch, his words, his soul. The battle inside her is constant. Just when she thinks she can deal with the consequences the past caused to their future, she gets scared and runs away from him. But the beauty of the story is that Jensen will chase after her, every time she runs. Jensen is determined to get his girl back. He’s owned his mistakes and has learned from them and is now ready to offer Mia, everything…

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I was completely mesmerized by this story. Never before did I want to call on the book fairies and pray for a spell to get inside a story so badly. Every character, every word I felt deeply. My obsession with Jensen was so big that I kind of disliked Mia a little bit, if I’m being honest. She was so hard on him at times, and I get her reasons but I just wanted to yell at her to give him a break. He was so sweet and romantic and always looking for new ways to show her how big his love was for her and she really didn’t do much to win him back, even though she messed up too. This animosity I have towards Mia could also be because I fee like she didn’t deserve him and because I want him for myself and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Okay, enough about my crazy obsession with Jensen and just do yourself a favor and go pick up this book, everyone needs Paper Hearts in their home library.

My Paper Hearts music playlist: (Look for Claire Contreras on Spotify, she shares amazing music)
*Bright by Echosmith
*Color Confused by Jaimay
*Wreck Of The Day by Anna Nalick
*Broken Ones by Jacquie Lee
*Till Kingdom Come by Coldplay

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