Paper Hearts (Hearts #2) by Claire ContrerasPaper Hearts by Claire Contreras
Published September 2015
Series: Hearts #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
four-stars
Format: eBook
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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.

Mia Bennet and Jensen Reynolds were once high-school sweethearts and shared a very intense and loving relationship of two years before Jensen moved to New York to study English at NYU. While the couple agreed to keep an “open relationship” during that time, their relationship is strained, and they see each other only sparsely.

But when Jensen comes back for a couple of days he carries news that will completely shatter Mia: during their time apart, he got a girl pregnant, and announces Mia that he will have to marry her. This was the final straw for Mia, who then cut all ties with him – understandably.

5 years later however, Mia is due to move to New York for a job, but there’s nothing she dreads more than running into Jensen because as you would have it… she’ll be working in the same company as her him.

What I loved about this book:

  • The male main character
  • The humour
  • The side characters

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The female main character
  • The fact that there was a tad too much drama

Paper Hearts is book #2 in the Hearts series by Claire Contreras. I wasn’t that excited by Kaleidoscope Hearts, but then, a couple of weeks ago, I read the free novella Torn Hearts (which is the prologue to this book, and was really intrigued at how Mia and Jensen’s story would unfold.

“He kissed me the way he appeared into my life, intensely and impossible to forget.”

I was a bit disappointed at the fact that the first 14% of the book were actually the novella. Obviously, having read that before, I was pretty much bored in the beginning – but then, thankfully, things started to pick up.

“I’m not good at holding crutches, Mia. You know that. I don’t know how to hate you. I’ve tried. I was so angry at you for so long, for shutting me out when I needed you most, for not being there, but I don’t know how to hate you.”

The story is told from Mia’s POV, and we get the occasional glimpse into Jensen’s very honest and transparent thoughts that he publishes via a newspaper column. I was pretty much on Mia’s side at the beginning of the book. After all, she had a wonderful relationship with Jensen before he left for studies in NY, and Jensen clearly broke her trust by sleeping with another girl, and by asking Mia to understand (and even console him) when he got the girl pregnant and explained that he he would have to marry her. Understandably, a betrayed Mia broke off all forms of contact with him.

“Ours was a story that would remain untold, because living it was painful enough.”

However, after a couple of chapters, I really began to like Jensen and felt for him. He really was sorry for what he did 5 years ago, and to his credit, he never gave up on trying to reach Mia in order to apologize. And as soon as the two of them meet again in New York, he doesn’t think twice about pouring all his feelings into his column. He was actually quite romantic!

“I love you and I thought I’d never see those words to you again.”

And throughout the book, you could see just how much Jensen  grew up to be a responsible adult (without loosing his playful attitude). And Mia, on the other hand, acts weirdly whenever she is around him, and while it sounds like it is her insecurity speaking, she is also totally immature (apart from where her job is concerned).

She obviously hates Jensen and the thought of spending time with him, and clearly wants to avoid crossing paths with him. But still, as you can guess, she is not completely over him and stalks him on Facebook, and to the point of secretly showing up at one of his book signings. And then again, despite being a compulsive Jensen-stalker, she wouldn’t do something as simple as follow his columns. Because if she did, then she would know exactly what Jensen’s feelings are and we would have been spared a ton of drama. And that drama included a lot of running, hiding, and jealousy.

“You got another woman pregnant and married her. You fucking left me. You. Left. Me. Next time I run through your mind make sure that thought follows closely behind.”

But then again, if she would have acted like an adult from the beginning, we wouldn’t have had that book, right?And it ended in a nice way that actually felt real. Unfortunately, there was very little to no sexy time at all in this book, but the story itself still remained engaging, and had exactly the right mix of romance, fun and angst. I really enjoyed the poetic side (the “Jensen side”) of this book, as you can tell from the quotes.

“We came into contact with a lot of people in our lives, but there was always that handful of special ones, the ones we didn’t have to talk to every second or see all time, but when we did it was like we hadn’t spent time apart at all. The ones who made us feel normal and understood in this crazy, cruel world.”

Detailed Rating
Storyline
4 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
4 Stars
Overall: four-stars