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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
THIS BOOK IS NOT A STANDALONE. It should not be read without first reading Bring Down the Stars
5 +++++ STARS
A Top 10 Read of 2018
An All-Time Favorite Read
I fell in love with Emma Scott, along with the story, and the characters she created in Book 1 of this duet, Bring Down the Stars. I was heartbroken and unsure of what Book 2 would hold for me after finishing the previous book. Emma Scott completely blew my expectations out of the water.
Hands down, this is my favorite book of 2018 and a top 10 in my all-time favorite reads. This is one of those reviews that I hope I can convey my thoughts so that other readers can see what a phenomenal book this truly is. What makes it even harder is that I can’t write too much about it because I can’t spoil anything. The characters and the story captured not only my mind but my heart and soul. It can be incredibly difficult to read at times, really hard, my heart broke at times. However, in all the pain is hope, love, and joy! A character in the book relays that in the story he tell of the “Once Born and the Twice Born.” He says about the Twice Born:
The man who walks into the dark forest of his life and suffers. Sometimes unimaginably. The way back is forever closed to him, but the Twice Born man walk forward. The path becomes more twisted, the hardships seemingly impossible to overcome. But he keeps going until one day, the shadows lift. The branches cease to scratch at his skin and they part for him. He’ll regard the scars with pride as he emerges from the forest reborn. Stronger for what he has endured. Wiser. Transformed. And grateful for the lessons he learned.
For me, that passage illustrates exactly what this book is about!!! Each character I met from the first book will be transformed by the end of the second book, and it’s difficult, sad, yet somehow, beautiful.
Emma Scott is one of those very rare writers whose words can transform her readers. Her words are magical and find a way into your heart. That kind of talent is hard to find. This duet, the characters, and Emma Scott’s words will stay with me for a lifetime!!!!!
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
Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy my novels.
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Money. Status. Wealth. Power.
I believed I was entitled to all of it.
I thought I was entitled to her, too.
In a scandal that set our families against each other, I lost.
I was heir to a throne built on lies, my crown forged from corruption.
Stripped of everything I’d been raised to consider my birthright.
Including my princess—who wasn’t mine, after all.
I’ve spent the past decade rebuilding my life, on my own terms.
Money. Status. Wealth. Power.
They’ve been earned.
Now I’ve returned to Manhattan for redemption, too.
Jolie wasn’t supposed to be here.
… And I wasn’t supposed to care.
Screw me once, shame on you.
Screw me twice—
Who am I kidding? I don’t believe in second chances anymore.
Great second chance romance with all the steam and emotions!!!
When I read the synopsis of Legacy of Lies, it really caught my interest. It did more than that….it blew me away!
I love when a book surprises me, and this one really did surprise me. I was expecting one thing from the synopsis, but I got something else…which I LOVED!!! Tripp and Jolie were young and in love until their families essentially ruined that love. Now, it’s a decade later, and neither of them have seen or spoken to each other. That changes when Tripp hears her voice on the other end of phone call. She is interested in hiring his company, RiskTaker, to check out a possible investor in the new company she wants to start, and guess who the consultant is…yep, Tripp. This is where the story really takes off…many secrets and betrayals will be revealed, and I loved watching these two find their way back to each other.
Tripp and Jolie were both very complex characters, each keeping secrets from the other. Tripp is very intriguing. I think the author describes him perfectly when she writes, he was “like if Robin Hood had been an accountant instead of an outlaw.” Without spoiling anything, he is taking a bad situation and trying to do something good. Jolie is also a great character. She, like Tripp, had been dealt a bad hand, but she is doing whatever it takes to makes things better for her and her family.
I was a fan of Tara Leigh when I read her Nothing But Trouble Series, and I am an even bigger fan now. This second chance romance has it all…steam, romance, secrets, betrayals, and mystery. You can’t go wrong with this one!!!
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I was called a prodigal son.
A scion of Midas.
I believed it. Why wouldn’t I?
Everything my father touched turned to gold.
The proof was all around me.
A billion-dollar business.
Even my girlfriend, a Park Avenue Princess.
I reigned from a throne of lies.
My fall from grace… wasn’t graceful at all.
Tara Leigh writes steamy contemporary romance featuring tortured heroes worth lusting after and the women they didn’t know they needed. She attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.
A Crafter Knits a Clue: A Handcrafted Mystery
NEW COZY MYSTERY SERIES
SET IN WISCONSIN
Crooked Lane Books (October 9, 2018)
Digital ASIN: B078LZ5ZM5
For fans of Betty Hechtman and Maggie Sefton, the latest craft frenzy is Holly Quinn’s Handcrafted series debut.
Sammy Kane just moved back to her hometown to run a craft store. But when the owner of a nearby yarn shop is murdered, Sammy will needle little help finding the killer.
When a heartbroken Samantha “Sammy” Kane returns to her hometown of Heartsford, WI, for her best friend Kate’s funeral, she learns that Kate’s much-loved craft store is in danger of perishing with its owner. Confounding all her expectations of the life she would live, Sammy moves back home with her golden retriever and takes over Community Craft. A few doors down Main Street, fellow new arrival Ingrid Wilson has just opened the Yarn Barn, a real “purl” of a shop. But when Sammy strolls over to see if Ingrid could use a little help, she finds Ingrid’s dead body—with a green aluminum knitting needle lodged in her throat.
Detective Liam Nash is thrown for a loop as every single citizen of Heartsford seems to have a theory about Ingrid’s murder. And nearly everyone in town seems to be a suspect. But the last time Sammy did any sleuthing was as a little moppet. And this is not fun and games. Sammy is eager to help the handsome Liam—who seems to be endlessly inventive in finding reasons to talk with her—and when Liam arrests affable woodworker Miles Danbury, Sammy puts everything on the line to help clear Miles.
As the case comes dangerously close to unraveling, Sammy must stitch the clues together. But the killer has other plans—and if Sammy’s not careful, she may wind up in a perilous knot in A Crafter Knits a Clue, the first warm and woolly yarn of Holly Quinn’s new Handcrafted mysteries.
I am always excited when I get to read the beginning of a new series, so I was very excited about reading A Crafter Knits a Clue. Holly Quinn exceeded my expectations!
Sammy has just moved back to her hometown after her best friend, Kate, passed away. She knew she had no other choice when she learned Kate’s store was in danger of closing. Sammy knew she couldn’t let that happen. Community Crafts was more than a store. It was the glue for that small town. It brought people together through fundraisers and had a way of bringing the town together. She is looking forward to making it thrive again, but it won’t be as easy as she thought, especially when she becomes involved in a murder investigation. She certainly wasn’t expecting to find Ingrid’s body when she walked over to the Yarn Barn to see if Ingrid needed some help. She is determined to find the killer even if her own life is in danger.
Liam Nash is the detective in charge of solving the murder. When Sammy sees the new detective, she wasn’t expecting him to be so good-looking. As the story progresses, there is a possibility that something more might develop. However, Sammy is somewhat scared of letting someone in for fear of losing someone else she cares about. I like that Quinn isn’t rushing this relationship; it makes it more realistic.
I loved the mystery itself. However, I also love the community and setting Quinn has created. It is an atmosphere I am going to love coming back to again and again. Quinn also throws a bit of a twist near the end. Readers will know what I’m talking about once they read it. The icing on the cake is at the end with suggested yarns for different projects. I always love when I get a little something extra at the end!!! Great book, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Holly Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist’s handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series was born. Visit her @ www.authorhollyquinn.com
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