Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Book 2)
Beautiful Hearts Duet
Writing this review without giving away spoilers to either this, or book one, is certainly a challenge, so I’m going to be vague and try to go with feelings, of which there are plenty.
Given the events at the end of book one, I knew that Wes and Connor’s lives were about to take a dramatic turn. What I didn’t realise was how much this book would tug at my heartstrings. There is so much love and longing in this story, deep and intense and powerful. The most heart wrenching scenes for me were the ones between Wes and Connor. The guilt, the grief, the loss, are almost too much to bear. There are challenges too, life changing ones which require these characters to draw on every ounce of strength they have in order to carry on and keep fighting. Those struggles were so well written, so real and understandable.
As the story progressed and the initial shock and despair felt by these characters turned to determination and perseverance, a friendship began to re-emerge. It was thrilling to see it develop. Although by this time I could see where the story was leading us, I enjoyed the journey enormously. Albeit this is a continuation, I much preferred the storyline in this book to the previous one. I may be unable to be specific about the scenes I loved, or quote my favourite lines, but if I could, a large portion of those would most definitely come from the wonderful poems which feature throughout this series. They are at times hugely poignant and just beautiful.
I have such admiration and respect for this author. Thank you for continuing to write such amazing stories for your readers to fall in love with.
Never again would I allow my heart to become the plaything of someone else.
Never again would I let a man (or men) come between me and my goals.
Never again would I love without feeling the fullness of that love in return.
Not until I knew it was real. And if that took me a lifetime to find, so be it.
Those were my vows, and after all that had happened with Connor and Weston, I was determined to keep them. To protect my heart.
And then he came home, and my vows became his promises.
He held my heart in his hands with reverence and care.
He helped me find my soul’s greatest purpose in life.
He loved me with a love so pure and vibrant, I knew I’d never feel anything like it in a hundred lifetimes.
It was real.
Until it wasn’t.
Until it all came crashing down when I discovered the deep love I thought I’d found was nestled in a web of lies—so soft and silken I hadn’t noticed it was there.
Until it was too late.
Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is the emotional, heart-wrenching conclusion to the Beautiful Hearts Duet by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage
THIS BOOK IS NOT A STANDALONE. It should not be read without first reading Bring Down the Stars
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This is a difficult review for me to write, as Ms Scott is a truly talented author and, as I have loved her previous writing, my expectations for Bring Down the Stars was high. Regrettably, this book did not give me those deep feelings I’ve come to expect from an Emma Scott book and therefore I wasn’t as invested in the story, or the characters, as I would’ve liked to have been.
I think my problem was with the actual plot line and not its execution so much, although certain points were a little laboured in my opinion. The actions of others and the way that Autumn was manipulated did not sit well with me, however well meaning those actions were.
What I did enjoy was Weston as a person, even if his self sacrifice made me sad and rather frustrated. His support of Connor and their bond was hugely important and their friendship is at the centre of this story. Ms Scott did an outstanding job of bringing him to life through his poetry, which itself was truly beautiful.
Although I am sad that I’m not able to give this book 5 stars, I will say that I am interested in what the future holds for Wes, Connor and Autumn. The solidarity, the unrequited love and not one, but two heartbreaking moments at the end certainly has me itching to read the conclusion of their story. With everything up in the air, it’s anyone’s guess which way this will go.
I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow.
I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away.
But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them.
Bring Down the Stars is an emotional, angst-filled novel of unrequited love by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) It is Book I in the Beautiful Hearts Duet, coming this summer. Book II, Long Live the Beautiful Hearts, to be released a few weeks later. #lovetriangle #confusedhearts #notamenage
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