I had so many feels reading this book, it was a wonderful second chance romance that will break your heart before putting it all back together again.
Torn Hearts was the prequel novella in which we found out about the consequences of Jensen’s mistake when he and Mia were on a break during their first year he was at college. This novella is included at the beginning of Paper Hearts so don’t worry if you haven’t read it. If you have though, you will know how poor Mia was suffering, and how heartbroken she was to learn that Jensen could no longer be a part of her future.
Five years later, Mia is moving to NYC for a temporary job as a photographer for a magazine. It is a job that she really needs to do before she takes up a permanent one back in Cali, but the placement happens to be where Jensen is a freelance writer.
Jensen is now a successful author and freelancer who has made a name for himself and is living a great life. His life would be perfect, if only he could get his ex-bestfriend and lover to be a part of it again, and seek for her forgiveness for hurting her so badly.
“Some say I loved her to the point of madness, bordering on obsession.”
They end up working together, which enables them to spend time together in order to try and move forward, either for closure or to at least become friends again, but their attraction and chemistry is so strong that Mia finds it hard to cope with, she was so broken that she can’t contemplate ever feeling that way again.
“I hate him. I hate her. I hate New York. I hate love. I hate my heart for being a fucking living reminder of his love. I fucking hate everything..”
I would absolutely find it so hard to forgive anyone for doing what Jensen did, but the way he won her over and proved to her over and over again that he loved her so completely, would sway anyone. He was no longer the young man embarking on his life, but a grown man with responsibilities, and he knew without a doubt that Mia was the one he wanted to be with forever.
I loved all the emotions I felt whilst reading this book, and although it was often quite angsty, the joyous moments more than made up for it. The writing was amazingly good and I have so many highlighted passages that I keep reading back over, it was simply stunning.
Paper Hearts was told from Mia’s POV, with snippets from Jensen’s Sunday newspaper column. I loved how it was written, it was just a beautiful story, I can’t recommend it enough.
P.S I loved her dad, he wins the award for best supporting cast 🙂
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review