Series: Beautiful Hearts Duet #2
on October 15, 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.
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.
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
This book is certainly one of my most anticipated books this fall, and it didn’t fail to delivery the heartache I expected. Like most other readers, the end of BDtS left me more than anxious and I felt a bit hesitant to start this. I had to make sure I was in the right frame of mind, and doesn’t that say a lot about an author and the reach and impact they make. Emma Scott kept the tension growing with the beginning of LLtBH. There’s no way around it, this is a heartbreaking opening. But the thing about heartbreak is that it often leads to hope and healing, and Emma Scott delivers this message in spades.
For me, this is Wes’s book. Although Autumn remains in the forefront to as her voice is delivered, what he endures, what he overcomes, is simply stunning. The growth of this character is two-fold. He inspires everything, how Autumn develops, how she blossoms from a young women into an adult, and for Connor too. Their connection and the relationship they have is unique and not to be denied. Weston is a fighter and the world of LLtBH surrounds him. Clearly he’s grieving for the future he thought he was planning for. Circumstances bring the three friends back together but everything has changed.
I’ll be honest there is a twist to the story that didn’t thrill me, but it moves the story forward and all that happens after this point in time speaks to the value of honesty and the act of forgiveness. How moving through and past something with the appropriate lens, the lens of intent.
Emma Scott’s poetry, Wes’s voice in this, captured me completely. I’m inspired by it and feel blessed that she shared this aspect of her writing. I highly recommend this book and this duet!
~Review by Cyndi
So when I closed out the first book, I felt like a little bit of me died. I was on pins and needles waiting to see where Scott would take us. Not a spoiler, but definitely an alert: Book 2 does involve an emotional wringer. Then again, the first book did the same thing so it’s not a huge surprise. There were a few themes in this book: grieving, healing, and rebirth. Even if a person doesn’t lose their life, a part of them certainly can. And you know the saying… You can never go home. Things cannot be undone and you can’t look back. That’s what Scott shares in this poignant tale.
We get to live far more in Weston’s head. If you thought he was incredible before, he’s downright superb in the sequel. He’s truly a phoenix; he will struggle and rise from the ashes. In life, we all face our own struggles, which refine our characters making us more into the people who we are supposed to become if we can embrace the change and evolution – as hard as it may be at times.
We do see Connor some in the book. While I know he struggles, I found that many of his choices and reactions frustrated me. However, I was brought back around to the themes of this book. People grieve, heal, and move on in their own ways. And while we may not agree with the how, I believe the lesson is that it’s more important that is happens.
There were a few times when I wondered where Autumn went, but I had to remember that while she didn’t suffer physically, she carried a heavy emotional burden. In fact, everyone in this book did. And scars aren’t always visible.
By far my favorite part of this book that Scott gifted us was Weston’s heart. Whether it was watching him live his life, love Autumn, or his pulse-hopping words, his heart always beat hard and true. Scott poured all of her heart into Weston. We heard, we loved, and we are grateful. Weston will always live on in my heart.
~Review by Loredana
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
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.