Book Review: Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras

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Title: Paper Hearts (Kaleidoscope Hearts #2)
Author: Claire Contreras @ClaireCon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 351 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

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.

Grace Review

Warning: Do not read this review if you haven’t read Torn Hearts. Spoilers within.

A Second chance love story about forgiveness and letting go of a painful past, to accept a beautiful future.

If you’ve read Kaleidoscope Hearts, then you already know a little about Mia and Jensen. I personally didn’t expect the twist it took. The title for that book is perfect, as we got glimpses into Mia and Jensen’s love story and how one mistake had devastating consequences for them as a couple. Thankfully for me, I read both stories back to back, because, ouchy, that ending of Torn Hearts hurt.

In this book, Mia temporarily moves to New York for a work assignment. Not only does she now have to breathe in the air the Jensen shares, she also has to work with him. Five years apart has not dulled her anger and the pain he caused her. His mistake and decision on how to handle it, crushed her and she never truly recovered.

With the love of her life walking away from her years before, I felt Mia’s pain and conflicting feelings while being around him again. But with Jensen’s POV, told thru his personal blog, you felt how much he gave up too and how desperate he was for that second chance.

“Let me go.”
“I don’t know how.”

Most successful authors have something unique or special about their writing. Something that keeps their fans begging for more. Something they do better than anyone else. Claire’s gift would be creating the perfect book boyfriends. Yes, I was really unhappy with Jensen in Torn Hearts, and then felt quite the opposite in this book. Looking back at every word he said or wrote, I couldn’t find one fault. Mia does not make things easy for them. In fact, I felt myself thinking, “give this guy another chance!” Jensen could have given up. Most rational people would after having their love run away from them time and time again. But Jensen never gives up. Instead he finds new ways to make you fall more in love with him.

*His personal outpouring of love for Mia on his blog.

Question of the day from: @The_Review_Loft: “How would you describe the #feeling of #love in 140 or less characters?”

Answer: Like somebody is gripping your heart, but you don’t want them to let go because the ache would worsen without them.

*Writing a children’s story featuring her namesake
*His TV interview
*His awards speech

“And I say to you, Mia Bennett—my photographer, my eyes, the girl of my dreams, the villain in my nightmares—that everything I owe, I owe to the night you let me look into your eyes and see the possibilities the world had to offer.”

He shows his commitment and a depth to his love that is hard to ignore. Mia might still suffer from the pain of the past, but bit by bit, Jensen’s actions began to crack the wall around her heart.

One of the sweetest parts of the book was how affected Jensen was when Mia was with his daughter, Olivia. I could feel how much he wanted those moments forever. How much he wanted a new permanent family, something he missed out on as a child. And I loved that the author didn’t create any unnecessary drama with the ex.

Other than the main characters, the author has created a strong supporting cast of characters. From Rob, Mia’s twin brother, to Estelle and Oliver, and even Mia’s parents. Each character added to the story, as Mia struggled with her feelings for Jensen. With this cast, I felt myself wanting more from them, which is why I’d love if the author, HINT HINT, wrote Victor’s story (of course I didn’t forget him). He deserves his own HEA after having to watch the messy love stories of Estelle and Oliver, and Mia and Jensen.

With the help of everyone above, Mia finds a way to her own second chance. Using the skills they get paid for, through words and pictures, Mia and Jensen open their hearts and find a way back to one another. And it’s a beautiful thing.

“Real love stories never end.”

– Grace

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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