Book Review | Beautiful Hearts Duet by Emma Scott

Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts #1)

BRING DOWN THE STARS

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.

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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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Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts #2)

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.

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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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MY REVIEW

5 STARS

REVIEW OF BOOK 1&2 IN THE BEAUTIFUL HEARTS DUET

“I’ve loved you in a thousand lifetimes. Do you feel it?”
“Yes,” she whispered. “I’ve been loking for you my entire life.”
“I’m here.”… “I’m right here.”

My poor heart is so full right now. The beauty of this magnificent love story is so powerful, so moving and so heartwarming. My words will never be able to give this book justice. The writing was flawless, the characters were so relatable and the turn of events while unpredictable, seemed to fall into place exactly as they should. This was a story of love and a story of friendship. A story of heartache and self loathing but also forgiveness and strength.

This is an atypical love triangle and is based loosely on the play Cyrano de Bergerac (Roxanne starring Steve Martin may be helpful to some people). There are two men in this story but it’s quite clear who the hero is from very early in the book and he captured my heart and had me falling into him so so deep. His written and spoken word flowed straight from his heart with passion and fervor and his love for the heroine was all consuming. Yet he held back because he thought himself undeserving of anything good and he put an armour around his heart to protect himself from getting hurt.

These relationships get even more complex with the added layer of the love these men had for each other. This was a bromance like no other! And while at times it felt like one loved one more than the other, I realized by the end that this was a friendship so deep that they pulled from each other’s strengths and they were both always there for each other.

There are unexpected heartbreaking moments in this duet that make you question the unfairness in life. The cruelty of situations placed on a man with such a pure and loving heart nearly destroyed me; but the strength and healing of a man who started to fight for what he loved had me undone.

“A twice born man who emerged from his dark forest to light the way for those who come behind him.”

Brace yourself for an emotional hit with this one. There is longing and heartache but there is also sweetness and romance. There is pain and anger but also hope and forgiveness. There is an intense love between two people whose souls called to each other, even before they realized it and a heartwarming friendship that survives above all the pain, betrayal and regret. I cannot recommend these books enough. A top read of 2018!

5++ Stars
Contemporary Romance
Series: Book 1 (Cliffhanger ending) must be read before Book 2
Heat Level: Very Mild
POV: Dual
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*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review

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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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