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 thought I was doing fine. But here she is, years later, forced to work with me, reminding me why I fell in love with her in the first place.
And this time I’m going to do everything in my power to never let her go.Claire Contreras writes some of the best second-chance romances I have ever read. Her books are so powerful and beautifully created that I cannot help plunging headfirst as soon as release day arrives. These novels deserved to be cherished and appreciated by any bookworm.
The tale between Mia and Jensen begins in Torn Hearts but I wouldn’t say it was 100% necessary to read the novella prior to diving into Paper Hearts. I will say that you would be denying yourself an amazing beginning by not experiencing it but the choice is yours.
Temporarily moving to New York City is a huge step for Mia’s career and she cannot wait to start snapping pictures. The threat of running into Jensen is very possible but that fact is something Mia has apparently prepared herself for. Five years is plenty of time to lessen the intensity they once shared and the damage done has not been forgotten. I give Mia a lot of credit because she manages to remain professional when needed even though she is fighting an inner battle. Jensen does not handle the distance she is trying to keep and plows through the strain in their troubled situation.
Jensen reached down deep and shook something awake. He is so honest and open that I couldn’t help falling for him. Even though Jensen made plenty of mistakes, I wanted him to get Mia back fiercely. The love shining in his eyes and truth bouncing off every word proved his devotion. It is clear he worships her and has the best intentions. Jensen carelessly let Mia go once and he isn’t making that mistake again. His relentless pursuit made me want to push Mia toward him but I knew her resistance was warranted.
The history and past play such an enormous role for this couple. Mia and Jensen grew up together, which is obvious with how well they know one another in the hidden meanings laced within their dialogue and the vast array of special symbols only they understand. Their words were brought to life with such vivid details and genuine descriptions. I love romances with this type of indestructible ties and irreplaceable bond.
Mia and Jensen’s individual lives are inspiring so I am glad not every scene revolved around their relationship. I loved the solid presence of so many important secondary characters because they added even more depth. The time apart has created independence and strength but connected they could be spectacular. The road back together is so emotionally gripping and powerful that I felt truly committed to their story. This is not a quick and easy trip reconnecting them. The decisions made caused pain and wounds that still burn, which placed a huge wedge between them. I really wasn’t sure Jensen and Mia would find the reconciliation they both end up craving.
This sentimental journey makes your heart ache with longing. It takes a certain type of book to leave such a memorable and lasting effect. Make sure to add Paper Hearts to your fall reading list today!
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs. Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading. She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter. Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.