REVIEW – MY WAY BACK TO YOU (Second Chances Duet #2) by Claire Contreras

SYNOPSIS

Book 2 in the Second Chance Duet . . .

Love isn’t always about timing.
Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and roll with it.

I admit I wasn’t ready.
I know you don’t want to look at me, let alone talk to me, but please, let me explain.
Let me tell you all the ways my heart broke when you walked away.
Let me show you what our years apart have done to me.

Give me a chance to find my way back to you . . .

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.25 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

One thing I learned in the aftermath of our love was that my heart can crack, break into a million pieces, and shatter like glass, but it kept beating.

 

 

MY WAY BACK TO YOU, the conclusion of the Second Chances Duet, had considerably less angst than its predecessor, which I was highly grateful for. I love a good angsty story but the first book bordered on torturous for me. After having finished it, I was left feeling absolutely no connection to Tessa or Rowan. I thought Rowan’s reasons for doing what he did were lame and eye-roll inducing. I ended up liking Tessa’s character in this book and overall I was happy with how things turned out. These two had been through enough and four years of separation was a bit excessive.

Years after Rowan and Tessa were torn apart by seemingly impossible circumstances, Tessa is moving back to New York with her four-year-old son, Miles, for a job promotion. Rowan and Tessa have bumped into each other a few times over the years, and in all that time she has kept the fact that he’s the father of her child a secret from Rowan and almost everyone except her grandmother and sister. She struggled with her decision and felt extremely guilty for keeping Rowan from his son, but she couldn’t risk her son being subjected to the likes of his evil wife and mother. When a very important project is assigned to her at work she is forced to spend a great deal of time with Rowan since her company is using his textiles and also helping to promote one of it’s newest business endeavors. When Rowan figures out Miles is his son, he’s a bit shocked and hurt but Tessa is the love of his life and all he wants more than anything is to be with his new family.

While he tries to get his life in order by making his divorce with Camryn final, Rowan and Tessa start to rebuild what they once had. But will the unpredictable and slightly unstable soon to be ex-wife go out quietly or will she do her best to keep the lovers apart for many more years to come?

Having a son and building her career seemed to bring about growth for the character of Tessa. I found that I could be empathetic towards her when in the first book I wasn’t really crazy about her. I continued to have a hard time warming up completely to Rowan. He’s still my least favorite Hero created by Claire Contreras. He should have learned from his father’s mistakes rather than repeating them. He also states a few times throughout this story that he wouldn’t have done things differently. Having control over his company still outweighed living a blissed-out life with the only woman he ever loved. If he kept to that motto to the very end, I definitely would have rated this book lower.

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 3.5
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4
Angst: 3
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Heros & Heroine: 5

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BLOG TOUR – THEN THERE WAS YOU (Second Chances Duet #1) by Claire Contreras

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Then There Was You, an all-new second chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Claire Contreras is LIVE!
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Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.

Then there was you . . .

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WRAPPED UP IN READING’s REVIEW OF THEN THERE WAS YOU

Excerpt from Then There Was You:

“There’s no one at my parent’s house except for me.” He raised an eyebrow. “My brother is moving from his apartment to a bigger house, so he’s been going by there to pick up the last of his things, but that’s about it. I’ve barely seen him.”

I frowned. “So why are you staying there?” And where were his parents living? I didn’t want to ask this, of course, but I was dying to know.

“I’m waiting for construction on my apartment building to be complete. It should be move-in ready by October.”

“Hm.”

All sorts of questions popped into my head, but I pushed them aside. They’d go unasked because I didn’t want to answer any more of his. Thankfully, he clicked for the iron gates that guarded his house to open and drove in, not pushing for an answer. My eyes stayed glued on those gates as we drove past them. They were like something out of a Richie-Rich movie, those gates, black with a gold emblem in the center. I’d seen them countless times, pushed them open in the middle of the night more times than I could count. I tore my eyes away and looked up at the house. I hadn’t expected to feel such gripping emotion over a damn gate, but I guess some things never stop piercing your heart, no matter how much time passed.

“I’ll be right out.”

I nodded once and leaned against the seat before he jogged inside. I closed my eyes, trying to figure out how my trip had gone from closing a chapter in my life to being stuck in the middle of my epilogue. When Grandma Joan called me with a guilt trip, telling me to come spend a couple of weeks with her, I’d taken her up on the offer for two reasons: I was the only one left who hadn’t packed her room and taken the boxes to the storage unit, and I missed her and this place. I missed the days I used to come here and feel like I was home. I missed the slow pace that came with a life here in Ithaca, nestled inside the city, but surrounded by nature and the water.

Thinking about those days also brought memories of Rowan. Kissing Rowan, holding hands with him, laughing with him in our canoes, but with the positive came the negative. He and I were never meant to be more than friends, and even friends was questionable. Friends didn’t lie or omit important things. My eyes popped open when I heard the front door shut. I watched him take the steps two at a time and stride toward me.

He slid into the driver’s seat, dropped one of the two bottles of water he’d been carrying into my lap, and shot me a wink. I scowled, clutching the water and facing forward. Just because I’d taken him up on the ride didn’t mean we were suddenly going to be chums again. Far from it. I wouldn’t fall for those mischievous eyes. I wouldn’t fall for the panty-dropping grin either. I wouldn’t fall. Not again.

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My Way Back to You
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018

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Synopsis to come!

Pre-Order Today!
My Way Back to You for release on March 13th! This title will not be available for purchase on iBooks or Nook after March 13th.

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Meet Claire:

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Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.

She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.


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REVIEW – THEN THERE WAS YOU (Second Chances Duet, #1) by Claire Contreras

 

SYNOPSIS

Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.
Then there was you . . .

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

Five Angsty Stars*****

From the moment I saw the gorgeous cover and read the blurb for Then There Was You I knew I had to get my hands on this book. So you can imagine that the expectations were high, and let me tell you, Claire Contreras delivered; boy, did she deliver. This was a story with a lot of heart and lot of feels, a powerful romance that grabs you from the moment you start reading.

Starting with the beautiful town setting, the meaningful backstory and the realness of the characters, I simply couldn’t get enough.

 

 

Rowan and Tessa grew up together, same town, same school, same friends. Rowan was the typical gorgeous, player kind of guy, who had all the girls drooling after him, and needless to say that he took advantage of the situation. But there was one girl who stood up above all, Tessa.

Rowan and Tessa become really close, the best of friends, always hanging out, having fun, and laughing around the beautiful sceneries of their town. It was only a matter of time before the attraction they felt towards each other became too strong to ignore.

Something happened between them, that broke them apart and after graduation, they both ended up taking different paths. But now Tessa is back in her hometown packing up what’s left of her old life when she sees Rowan again. Old and new feelings start brewing between them, but now they are adults, not kids anymore, and if they play into those feelings the consequences could be life-changing.

This romance is the perfect combination of angst and slow burn. One of those novels that make you reach for the tequila bottle because it’s impossible to predict where the story will take you. I really loved this book, and I CANNOT wait to read the second part of this duet, I’ll be counting down the days until I read it.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I tightened my hands at my sides to keep from reaching out just yet, hoping she’d contradict everything I threw at her. Hoping to end this once and for all. We weren’t meant to be. We never had been; we never would be. She wanted to be free of this place, and I had ties that rivaled the roots of a white oak keeping me here.

 

 

THEN THERE WAS YOU has got to be one of the most painfully angsty books I’ve read recently. I think I’m not as strong as I used to be because for almost the entire time I was reading this book, I was getting such a stomach ache from the mental turmoil. Not once did I find a happy peaceful moment. The main characters were extremely infuriating. I don’t know how two people could be so stupid that they were completely unaware that they were in love with each other. I could see it from the beginning and so could everyone else around them! It drove me batty! It may sound like I hated the book, but I didn’t. Claire Contreras has proven once again to be a very talented writer. Once I picked up this book I found it nearly impossible to put down. I was a glutton for punishment and now that cliffy has me counting down the days until I can get to the conclusion of Rowan and Tessa’s story.

Rowan Hawthorne and Tessa Monte grew up together and during their senior year of high school, things took a romantic turn between them. But their time together was cut short because they had plans to go to different colleges that would keep them apart for the next four years. When they cross paths again, it’s years later and the two are practically strangers. The time apart plus the fact that Rowan’s parents bought out Tessa’s family’s fabric company had managed to destroy whatever semblance of a friendship the two had left.

Tessa’s family has moved across the globe and she’s back home to clear out her belongings and start the process of putting their home on the market. Rowan and Tessa run into each other a few times and it’s clear she’s still holding a grudge against him. But he’s always been her biggest weakness and soon enough she’s succumbing to his charms.

They have a hard time controlling their desires for each other but are convinced that a relationship would never work between them because Rowan doesn’t believe in love. Tessa isn’t willing to risk her heart for someone who is guaranteed not to return her affections. Here’s where I felt like pulling my hair out! They obviously loved each other but were too stupid to understand what was in their hearts!

Rowan has been groomed since he was young to become the CEO of his family’s company and his Grandfather has offered him the chance to take control of the company but it comes at a very high price. Will Rowan give in to the stipulation when it means possibly ending what he and Tessa have? Will Tessa let Rowan make the ultimate sacrifice?

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 5
Heroine: 4.5
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

THEN THERE WAS YOU is currently available. If you hate cliff-hangers and waiting for the next installment, then wait until the conclusion to Rowan and Tessa’s story is released on March 15th! Not too long of a wait.

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LIVE – THEN THERE WAS YOU (Second Chances Duet #1) by Claire Contreras

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Then There Was You, an all-new second chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Claire Contreras is LIVE!

Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.

Then there was you . . .

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My Way Back to You
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018

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Synopsis to come!

Pre-Order Today!
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Meet Claire:

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.

She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.

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COVER REVEAL – THE SECOND CHANCES DUET by Claire Contreras

The Second Chances Duet by Claire Contreras
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Then There Was You

Publication Date: March 1st, 2018

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Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.

Then there was you . . .

Pre-Order Today!
If you are an iBooks or Nook user, you can PREORDER Then There was You for release on February 27th! This title will not be available for purchase on iBooks or Nook after February 27th.

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My Way Back to You
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018

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Synopsis to come March 1St

Pre-Order Today!
My Way Back to You for release on March 13th! This title will not be available for purchase on iBooks or Nook after March 13th.

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Meet Claire:

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.

She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.

Connect with Claire:

Website: http://www.clairecontrerasbooks.com/
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REVIEW – THE PLAYER by Claire Contreras

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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.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Dee)

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Camila Avila is a beautiful Dominican woman living in Washington Heights, New York. There was a time when she attended private school & lived a good life. After her family loses it all, she struggles to make ends meet on her own.

Camila is trying to make a future for herself, but when a company wants to tear down the apartment complex she lives in to build a strip mall, she is furious. This normally quiet woman decides to head to a meeting to give the shareholders responsible for her fate a piece of her mind.

Camila meets Warren Silva. Warren is a pro-European soccer star. He’s one of the most successful players in the world. After growing up in Manhattan to a wealthy family Warren moved to Spain to play football when he was fourteen. He’s been gone over seventeen years & hardly looked back. Needing to deal with some family business, Warren takes a couple weeks vacation & heads home to New York. While in town he needs to deal with some investments of his. While attending a shareholder meeting he crosses paths with a gorgeous woman named Camila Avila. He is intrigued with her & wants to know more about her.

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Warren pursues Camila & decides he wants her. Camila thinks he’s stunning to look at but has no clue who “The War Zone” is. He has a reputation with the ladies & grew up privileged. Camila just sees him as one of the people trying to take away her home & thinks he’s just some rich guy. They come from different worlds, & she’s not all that interested. Warren is persistent & really goes after Camila hard. He’s charming & hot as hell. She eventually agrees to go out with him.

-There was something about her presence that made me feel I was where I was supposed to be.

-I knew she wanted me just as badly as I wanted her.

-“I can’t remember the last time I wanted anybody the way I want you. If ever.”

-“I’m physically aching for you, Camila.”

-She was my game changer.

War is relentless on and off the field & eventually gets what he wants, which is Camila. He went from wanting her in his bed, to wanting so much more. He’s crazy about her & suddenly grows quite attached. His life is all about football & appearances. When they started out they knew it would be temporary. That goodbye was inevitable since they live in different countries. Can they make it work & find a way to be together?

*****Dee’s Review*****

4 My New York Girl Stars****

(ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)
(BR with the lovely Mel)

When I saw the gorgeous cover and learned that Claire Contreras was writing a new sports theme romance, immediately I thought; I’M IN! and who do I need to torture to get this book???

Be ready ladies and gentleman, because Claire Contreras is back and coming full throttle with this sexy, vibrant and entertaining story. One you cannot miss!

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Warren Silva is an international soccer superstar. He has been playing from a very young age and he has proven with time, and a lot of talent, that he is the best on the field. His life has been all about the sport; his one only love, his only focus, and purpose has been playing soccer

Warren has been putting off a visit to his native city, New York city, for a long time. Now he has two weeks off, and some pressing family and business matters, so he has no choice, but to return.

When he attends a business meeting with all the tenants from one of the properties he owns, he meets a beautiful woman named Camila. She is smart, independent, and also the first woman to deny his advances and he is completely taken with her.

Warren is used to getting what he wants, so he is prepared to do something he hasn’t done in ages, chase a woman to go out with, and chasing he does…

Camila has been through a lot in her life. A lot of family pain and a lot of heartaches have shaped her into a very independent woman, who has a hard time accepting help or relying on other people. She is not necessarily immune to Warren Silva’s charms and looks, but she knows that they belong in two different worlds, so she doesn’t see the point in going out with him, only to get her heart broken.

Since Warren doesn’t take no for an answer, he becomes relentless in breaking Camila down, until she finally agrees to go out with him. Their chemistry is instant and explosive, they can barely keep their hands off each other, but unfortunately for them, when things start getting good between them, the past decides to come back, threatening to destroy everything they have.

If you like sports romances, this one is a goal straight to the heart. Packed with thrill, and a lot of passion, Warren, and Camila’s story will be one you won’t forget.

I’ve always been a fan of Claire Contreras, her writing style is always beautiful and poignant, and I was happy to see her Hispanic roots shine through the pages of this novel, let’s just say that was the cherry on top of a very delicious treat for me.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

From the moment I laid eyes on her, I knew she’d be different. From the first conversation, I knew she’d be worth it. From the moment I had her, I knew I’d never get enough.

 

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THE PLAYER is Claire Contreras’ first sports romance novel and she has succeeded in delivering an intoxicating and sensual read!! As soon as I saw the gorgeous cover I just knew there was no way the story wasn’t going to be anything less than a winner. Ladies, we have a new cocky and sexy as hell book boyfriend to fall in love with and his name is Warren “War Zone” Silva!!!

Warren, aka “War”, is Manchester’s most famous and beloved soccer player. He’s known for driving fast cars and seducing tons of women. Soccer has been his entire world since he was fourteen, which is when he left his home and family for Europe, where he began his career in the sport. In all the years that he has been away from the states, he’s only made it back a couple of times and managed to avoid visiting with his family. His relationship with his father was damaged beyond repair and it’s the reason why he’s kept his distance from New York, but now during his three-week vacation, he finds himself back in the city he never thought he’d be back in. War is a partner in one of the biggest real estate corporations in NYC and the tenants of one of his apartment complexes have a bone to pick with him. During a meeting with the tenants, he finds himself drawn to a beautiful and feisty woman who will come to be one of the biggest challenges of his life.

Camila Silva finds herself on the verge of being homeless and decides she will not go down without a fight. At a meeting with some of the tenants and the building owners, she notices War and can’t help but appreciate his stunning good looks. But Camila has had her heart broken in the past and she can tell that War is a serious player, one in which she needs to keep her distance from. She has no idea the tenacity that War has and that she is no match for his persistence. War always gets what he wants and it seems that Camila has beyond captivated him and he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his.

Even though Camila thinks War is out of her league because she doesn’t come from a wealthy background, the two actually have so much in common. They both have non-existent relationships with their estranged fathers and both have been burned by love in the past, but now War is willing to take another chance on love and when Camila finally gives in to his advances, well let’s just say their passion burns hotter than the sun!!

When they realize that they’re starting to fall in love, the big question is – how can they make it work while living on different Continents?? War is about to reach the pinnacle of his career in soccer and Cami has just gotten her father back and has a rewarding career herself. But that isn’t the only hurdle the couple will have to overcome. A secret could end up destroying any chances they have at an HEA.

THE PLAYER is currently available. This is one to bump up your TBR if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet. You’ll find it hard not to fall head over heels in love with War!!!

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LIVE – THE PLAYER by Claire Contreras

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Blurb:

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.

Every man wants to be me and every woman wants to tame me. Until Camila.

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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THE PLAYER by Claire Contreras – Releasing on October 10th!!

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EXCERPT:

“Are you upset I crashed your friend-date?” he asked, his eyes searching mine.
“Would it make a difference?”
“No.” He sighed, running a hand through his hair. “Maybe. This is new territory for me, Camila.”
“The stalking thing?” I asked, smiling at his flustered look.
“That and . . .” he shook his head, moving close to me again, pressing me flat against the wall behind me, “this.”
His free hand traveled down my spine, stopping on my ass, which he grabbed a handful of this time. My lips parted as I gasped, watching the way his eyes darkened. Our lips met at the same time, our tongues crashing in each other’s mouths in a wild escapade. I wrapped my arms around his neck, willing myself closer to him. My pelvis rocking against his very pronounced erection, my bare chest covered by only the thin layer of fabric brushing against the buttons of his hard muscled chest.
“You’re killing me,” he whispered against my lips, taking hold of both sides of my face. “You’re fucking killing me and you don’t even know it.”
The fire inside me spread through me, roaring through my veins with each touch, each drop of his lips on a different part of me, my shoulders, my neck, my collarbone. My stomach ached with the absolute need I felt for him.
“I don’t want to want you this much,” I whispered when our lips broke apart again.
His eyes searched mine, his gaze softening. “But you do.”
“But I do.”
“And you can’t will the feeling away.”
I shook my head, looking at him as if he was going to give me some kind of antidote for this. Whatever this was.
“Neither can I,” he said, placing his forehead against mine. “Neither can I.”

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REVIEW – ELASTIC HEARTS (Hearts, #3) 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…

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

Nicole Alessi is a costume designer going through a high-profile divorce. She was married to a huge Hollywood movie star. Her father is a divorce attorney in LA, so she turns to him for help with her divorce. Her father appoints his most sought after attorney, Victor Reuben to represent her. Only the best for Nicole. The problem is Nicole & Victor had a fling five years ago before they knew he worked for her father. Victor wanted to make partner & put his career first. Nicole was just graduating and starting her career as well. Now reunited as attorney & client, they struggle to keep things professional.

-What was it about being near this guy that made me so needy for him?

-It was this man I lusted after. Always. It had been that way. From the moment I met him, I’d known I’d wanted him.

-The way his eyes caressed over me made me feel like I was slowly burning up.

-Seeing her again…it did something to me.

-“I felt something when I looked at you. Something weird. Something…not normal. I don’t know how to explain it other than maybe my soul recognized something in you.”

-“But I felt it every time we were together.”

Victor & Nicole try to keep their intimate memories in the past, but both can’t forget how explosive they were together. They both are so tempted by one another & are having trouble being in such close quarters. They are off limits to each other & it’s killing them both to want someone so bad that you can’t have. Victor could lose his job, & Nicole has the paparazzi following her every move.

-Fuck. This girl did things to me.

-I felt everything.

-“I need this more than I’ve needed anything else in my fucking life.”

-“You make me desperate for you.”

-“I will cater to every one of your needs.”

They both try to wait to act on their feelings, but can’t resist each other. Victor realizes Nicole just may be “the one.” For the first time, he wants something more, something real. I really enjoyed this book. Victor was delicious!!! It was another fabulous book in this series I adore! 😀

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