on August 20th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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
AMAZON UK: https://amzn.to/2BsSfPe
This book. I’m not sure I have the words to do it justice. I’ll try, but know that the depth of emotion this book pulled from me just doesn’t seem to translate into words to the level I wish it would… which means you’ll NEED to read it too.
So what touched me? Each character had their own flaws, just like everyone else in this world. They each had their own defensive mechanisms to guard against hurts and what the world may throw at them – an ever-present smile, studying and books, or a stony/cocky silence. No one was pushed into a stereotypical role; each person had redeeming qualities but they also hid. The angst factor was related to how people hid parts of themselves in plain sight. Yet, written words broke barriers, letting people “see” and “hear” each other.
Yes, it seems like the classic love story at first glance. But the beauty of the story is the emotions serving as the ever-present undercurrent, ebbing and flowing with each turn of event.
How do you choose happiness? Do you put yourself first? Do you sacrifice your heart to ensure the happiness of those in your heart? This book presented situations where there was no easy answer, just a lot of soul searching. The series is aptly named. Beautiful Hearts. There are a lot of beautiful hearts out there. Sometimes they are buried beneath hurt and expectations, but with a little digging and patience, you’ll find them.
The written word…you write something, put it out in the world, and it can live forever. Scott’s words are currently haunting me. I’ve read her other books – and loved them – but the way I invested in each of these characters, felt the complexity of their emotions and dilemmas set this book apart and above others for me.
I don’t feel the need to talk about the pace of the book or how the plot line flowed. My above words should make it evident that Scott nailed all of those aspects (as always). What she wrote was a part of her heart, a difficult journey of love and friendship. Until I read book #2, I will carry the angst and hurt until I know more of where Scott wants to take these characters.
Not only do I recommend this book with 5 stars, I hope you will also wait with baited breath for the next book in the series.
~Review by Loredana
“Unrequited love. The most painful kind.”
The first in the Beautiful Hearts duet, Emma Scoot’s Bring Down The Stars is a story encompassing many types of love; familial, friendship, and romantic. Three people will have their lives irrevocable changed by love and their journey is captivating. More than a half dozen times I was moved to tears by Emma Scott’s writing. She shows us how there people are changed by the use of words, leaving me feeling grossly under-skilled to write a review. But Scott shows us that while skill helps, what counts, what makes it real, are feelings. Words give us the intensity, convey the sincerity and in BDtS, we are reminded of the power of words.
One thing made clear is that love is messy and the feeling of devotion is complex. The story of three people, at a point in their young lives where relationship baggage, good and bad, motivates the decisions they make. In the heat of the moment, one young man swallows his words, only to have them poor out of him in a way that both wins the love of a young woman while betraying her trust.
The main characters, Autumn, Connor and Weston, are brought together in one day, and over the course of a fall semester they change each others lives. Each one of them have their faults and make poor decisions and you’ll also sympathize with each of them; the enigmatic and broody Weston, the down to earth and sensitive Autumn, and the larger than life Connor, a young man who never feels good enough. This is a story that every lovers of romance owes it to themselves to read. But the story is not complete here and I’ve no doubt that the angst fest will only intensify in book 2 of the duet ( and I can’t wait). 5+ #MustRead Stars
~Review by Cyndi
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.