I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
You know that feeling you get when you start a new book where you’re like OMG I AM SO GONNA LOVE THIS?! Yeah that feeling? Well I felt that with Heartfelt Lies the minute I started. I was HOOKED. The writing and characters drew me in immediately and seriously where has this author been all of my (literary) life?!
As the synopsis indicates, Cassandra (Cassie) is getting married. To someone else. Not Jax. Her first and only true love. And Jax? He is devastated, and Cassie just wants a future with a man that will love her, but she knows she can never love anyone as deeply as she loves Jax. But love isn’t easy. Not for these two. The moment Jax and Cassie come face to face in the beginning, you FEEL their intensity. The passion between them. For an author to illicit such a feeling between two characters I’ve just met gave me CHILLS. I was in that room with them. I held my breath. They made my heart beat. In the very FIRST chapter.
This is Jax and Cassie’s story, so I will not spoil it for the reader. But just know that you will LIVE this book as you read it. The author never tells you their story. She puts you IN their story. Jax and Cassie fell irrevocably in love years ago. They fell effortlessly. Their love was easy. Until it wasn't. When Jax and Cassie meet you know right there that their lives would never be the same. You felt the moment when they simply handed their hearts to each other. But circumstances drive them apart. Lifestyle changes and choices become the reason why these two struggle with staying together. Lies, betrayal, and secrets. They became too much in their relationship. But their love? It never wavered. It never faltered. It was always there. You still felt their heart beating for each other. But what happens when darkness takes over? When to protect yourself, it means giving up the one person that has become your life?
Jax and Cassie? They love deeply. Fiercely. Their love is LOUD. Consuming. Their love is intoxicating, overwhelming. Their love shatters all boundaries. Their hearts only know how to love each other. Their hearts simply SPEAK love. And I heard it. Clearly. Heartfelt Lies is such a powerful story about love and is so much more about the second chance. SO. Much. More. You feel the moment their souls find love within the other. And despite the darkness that tried to keep them apart, you still feel the magnetism between them. Even years later.
Can we talk about the writing of this story? The author effortlessly moves the story between past and present while we are given both the POVs of Jax and Cassie. There was an easy flow that allows the reader to be fully immersed in the lives of the characters. I felt that I was there with Jax and Cassie through every decision, every emotion. The darkness that consumed the two of them was portrayed in a very real and genuine way. Without giving too much away, the issues that are dealt with within the story are so relevant to the world we live in today. I love that the author doesn’t stereotype this certain issue. It can occur to anyone. She faces it head on and deals with it in a very respectful manner.
I am not sure if I can truly put into words exactly how this book affected me. I loved every second of this story. Every second. Heartfelt Lies reminds me of my love of reading. This story resonated with me on such a deep level. It’s about a kind of love that we should hope to experience, forgiveness, second chances, and it attests to the truth in love and all it is capable of. That love always wins. I will definitely be going back to read the first book in the series and I am SO EXCITED about the next book in the series to come that will be based on another couple. I think I have just added Kristy Love to my favorite author list. This read was beautiful, brilliant in its delivery, and I am still thinking about it an entire week later.
“Jax,” I breathed. I reached behind me, grasping for the door handle to my backseat. When it opened, I pulled his face away from my chest. His lips were red from thoroughly kissing me. His chest was heaving and his eyes were glazed. I smiled and tugged on his hand. I climbed inside my car, lying back on the seat. He crawled on top of me and shut the door behind him. Without pause, he helped me out of my light jacket and tossed it in the front. He pulled my shirt over my head and went back to attacking my breasts. I wrapped my arms around him and ran them over his back. He had never been skin and bones, but now he had more definition. He wasn’t too bulky, there was just enough there that my arousal kicked up another five notches.
I pulled on his shirt, whipping it over his head. He smirked at me, taking my bra off.
“Cassie,” he said, his voice reverent and so full of want that it almost hurt to hear it. “Fuck. I never thought I’d be able to touch you, kiss you again. Now that I started, I’m not sure I can ever stop.”
“Don’t stop. Don’t ever stop.”
He leaned down and pulled a nipple into his mouth. I cried out. His hand slid down my abdomen, my muscles twitching as he moved over them. He popped the button of my jeans and slid down the zipper before slipping his hand inside. He traced his finger over my panties. He groaned.
“Fuck, Cassie.” His whole body went still and stiff, his head buried in my neck. “I think I’m going to die. Right here, right now. If I wake up tomorrow and this was a dream, I don’t think I can go on with life.”
“It’s not a dream, Jax. I’m here, with you.”
He regarded me and the pain in his eyes caused my heart to squeeze painfully. It seemed as though he was about to say something, but instead, he devoured my lips and slipped a finger inside me. I arched my back, ripping my lips away from his. The sensation, the feeling, it was so much. Too much.
“God, you feel so good.” He buried his face in my neck again and kissed, licked, nibbled it. My mouth was wide open, as were my eyes, as he moved his fingers inside me magically. I couldn’t think about anything but the feel of his fingers and the way he was playing my body like a guitar. He still knew exactly how to touch me in such a way that, before long, my hips were bucking against his and I screamed out his name.
He slipped his hand out of my jeans, moving up to brush my hair out of my face. He studied my face as though he’d never see it again. My mind was still coming back down to Earth as he helped me put my bra and shirt back on. Before I knew it, he was sitting next to me, pulling his shirt on. He kissed my lips, long and passionate and so amazingly. I wanted his hands on me again, even though they’d been gone only been a few minutes.
“I don’t want to leave you, Cassie, but if I don’t leave now, we’re never leaving this parking lot,” he said, then pressed a kiss to my forehead.
I wrapped my arms around his neck, kissing him. I never wanted this feeling to end.