Paper Hearts (Hearts, #2)
by Claire Contreras
Paper Hearts is book 2 in the Hearts series. This book also includes the novella Torn Hearts which is book 1.5 in the series and is the prequel to this story. These books do not need to be read after Kaleidoscope Hearts as each book in the series can be read as a standalone. However I highly recommend you do as it really sets the scene for Jensen and Mia’s story.
This book takes us back to the beginning. We knew after reading book 1 that there is bad blood and most definitely a big story around the very difficult relationship that Jensen and Mia have in the present. 5 years ago they were in love, they had the world at their feet and a future planned out. Mia was Jensen’s lifeline and he adored her. For Mia, the world begun and ended with Jensen. So what happens when a whole country stands between them? And what happened to turn such deep devoted love to HATE!
Mia is on the move. Having decided to move her career forward, when an opportunity arises and she is offered the chance to work on the photography for a major spread in one of the most read publications in the country, she jumps at the chance. The only concern she has is that it means moving across the country to NYC and possibly into contact with the person that broke her heart. Determined to not let the memories of 5 years ago stop her she makes the move. She is over Jensen, so what’s the worst that could happen?
Jensen has been building his career as a writer in NYC for the last 5 years. A successful, published children’s series, popular weekly column and freelance work means he has really made a name for himself. When he is asked to write for a spread on second chance romances, he knows it won’t be easy. It means working with the one girl he has never got over, his first love, former best friend and the one that got away. He is determined to reconnect and rebuild a relationship with Mia, but will he ever get her to forgive him, and indeed will he be able to forgive her for abandoning him when he needed her the most.
Blimey that was hard. It is really important that you head into these books blind, I so didn't want to give anything away.
These books are fantastic. I LOVED book 1 and although I was excited about the prospect of Jensen and Mia’s story, I also wasn't sure how it could match Kaleidoscope Hearts. Firstly, although both books are second chance romances, this one is very different. This is about 2 people who were each other rocks, their forever. It is the story of how one decision and one mistake can change the course of your life. It is also about soulmates and whether 2 souls that are meant for each other can find each other again, even after the heart breaking events of the past.
Jensen and Mia’s love is so true and honest and you route for them throughout. The road they have to travel is so poignantly difficult for them both, and they must deal with the situations they find themselves in in both the present but also the ones they experienced in the past. You will feel Mia’s hurt and Jensen’s hope. It is a beautiful story and one I will go out on a limb for by saying, this is without doubt the best second chance romance I have ever read. If you think Claire Contreras only writes dark romance then you are so wrong. She also writes romances full of heartbreak, angst and everlasting love.
A beautifully wrote romance, full of heart and hope – A MUST READ book in a MUST READ series. I can’t recommend it enough. AMAZING!!
Emma - 5 Crowns
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.