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Beached Hearts

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  163 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Seven years after an unhappy affair with a marine biologist, Conor Kelly finds lightning strikes twice. A US film crew arrives in the picturesque seaside town of Kinroe, West Ireland to record the autopsy of a beached whale. As local chief of police, Conor is angry at the desecration of wildlife and the interruption to his secluded life. But head of the project, marine bio ...more
ebook, 184 pages
Published October 27th 2012 by Silver Publishing (first published July 21st 2010)
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*Nan*
3.5 stars. I would have given this book 4 stars if Conor and Eli didn't cry all the time. It got to me after while.
Alina
Oct 09, 2014 Alina rated it it was amazing
Scarlet Blackwell is a queen of angst for me hands down. I absolutely love her writing and she could coerce me into reading almost anything, apart from my most bulletproof squeaks. But I've been stalling with this story, because I've been afraid it's too angsty and I'd cry my eyes out reading it. But right now I'm in the mood for angst, so I decided to be brave enough and just read it ))) Imagine my surprise when I found out this book isn't that scary! Sure there's tormented characters and sever ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Mar 14, 2014 Barb ~rede-2-read~ rated it really liked it
If you love self-inflicted angst and pain, you are going to love the MC in this story. Conor Kelly is the cop in charge of the area where a beached whale has washed up on the shore of his tiny little village in Ireland. For two days, he watched the whale struggle to live, and he’s devastated that biologists are showing up to document the dissection of this courageous animal. His resentment is primarily focused on Eli Sanders, the marine biologist in charge. Unfortunately, mixed with his resentme ...more
Jenre
Feb 08, 2011 Jenre rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
Beached Hearts is set in a small fishing town in County Cork, Ireland. As the story opens the Chief of Garda (the local police force), Conor, is mourning the death of a whale which washed up on the beach a couple of days ago and which he and the other town residents failed to rescue. He's even more annoyed that the whale is now going to be the subject of a filmed autopsy by an eminent US marine biologist, Eli. When Eli arrives Conor finds it difficult to stay angry in the face of his enthusiasm ...more
Ami
Jul 26, 2010 Ami rated it liked it
Again, the common theme of Ms. Blackwell's stories is strongly presented here: complicated relationship, where one man is determined and the other is more reluctant with fear and ends up pushing others away. In this story, the determined one is Eli Sanders, an American marine biologist, who visits West Ireland village of Kinroe to make documentary about a beached whale. While the reluctant one is Inspector Conor Kelly, who had his heart broken by another marine biologist seven years ago. Attract ...more
Feliz
Sep 05, 2010 Feliz rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
Taciturn, deeply wounded, gruff Conor is Chief of Police in the small town of Kinsoe, Ireland. A blue whale dies on the beach near Conor's town, and a crew of scientists and TV people flies in from America to make a post-mortem documentary. Conor despises them from the day they arrive, having watched the whale's agony and reluctant to have its dissection made a TV show. Most of all, though, Conor despises outgoing, brash, openly gay marine biologist Eli, head of the documentary crew. Seven years ...more
Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
Scarlett Blackwell is a firm fave of mine. Not a lot of her books get less than a 5 usually and I was torn between ratings with this one. First off I really enjoyed it. Loved ( as usual ) the love/ hate theme that she does so well and engaged with Conor and Eli straight away. The love scenes sizzled as usual and the ST is electric so overall another brilliant read but the strange thing was that despite it being a deeply satisfying read, my usual feeling of ' Wow! That blew me away ' wasn't there ...more
Gwengwel
I try but that's not for me.
Conor have the maturity of a preteen girl and is unable to evolve even after 7 years and Eli do not have any pride and personality, I didn't connect with them, I just found them annoying and pathetic. I understand that it's supposed to be about a second chance and it's normally something that appeal me but the characterization was so cliche and immature that I didn't give a damn about them.
bazinga ~Lisa
Aug 30, 2015 bazinga ~Lisa rated it liked it
Recommended to bazinga ~Lisa by: dreamspinner
Too much angst with Conor's concern over what people think and not wanting to be the source of gossip. Yet in direct contradiction to this concern he readily engages in sex with Ian while Conor is at work in full view of anyone who might happen to walk into the police station. I think the story would have moved along better and not suffered by eliminating 1/3 of the pages dedicated to Conor denying himself and wallowing in self-pity/loathing/recrimination over this denial. The story wrapped up i ...more
Lily
Feb 19, 2011 Lily rated it really liked it
This well-written story is both an interesting and a frustrating read. Both protags are appealing and the setting is wonderfully described so that it's easy to feel a part of Conor and Eli's world. That said, the progress of their relationship is hindered by Conor's continued "yes/no" attitude. He's been hurt in the past and finds it very hard to get close to Eli yet he's also very drawn to him. The story is at times very emotional but the plot is interesting and overall I found Beached Hearts w ...more
Jess Candela
May 30, 2012 Jess Candela rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, dnf, read-in-2011
Made it through 4 chapters, then gave up; I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. Conor wiggs out right off the bat, for no real reason. Then he's afraid to get involved with Eli - even for a night - for fear he'll end up as broken-hearted as he was over Liam. Worse, he's apparently still pining for Liam after 7 years. And Liam was the first man he'd been with, and now apparently he's gay (not bi) even though there's nothing to indicate that it wasn't just Liam himself.
Leanne
Jun 11, 2011 Leanne rated it liked it
I like a little angst with my romance...Ok, I like quite a lot of angst (so long as it's done well)... but there was a fair amount of eye rolling through the second half of this book. Just too much wailing and insecure navel gazing and not enough light, fun moments to balance it out.
I hate saying this because most mm novels are too short for my liking but this one felt a tad too long.
Claudia
Nov 28, 2011 Claudia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I simply loved this book. I think I now have reread it about 4 times. The characters are so lovable, and the romance is just sweet. I think what got me was the issue with them leaving in different countries...it hit home for me. I went through the same situation. The sex was hot, yeah, but the feelings they shared were hotter! You can't argue with that.
Caliban thegnomedruid
Jun 07, 2011 Caliban thegnomedruid rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m-fiction
The first half of this was good.

I thought that this had strong characters, a decent set up and a very good start. The whale bits felt very believable and well researched.

And while I can understand the primary character's reluctance to get into a relationship, the second half of the book was too much of an angst yo-yo for me to enjoy it.
Katy Beth Mckee
Oct 19, 2013 Katy Beth Mckee rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Wow, Conor is really a mess of hurt and insecurities. Eli fall hard but he doesn't always handle things really well either. This was not an easy meet, fall in love, HEA. These guys have tons of work to get to the happy ending and there are plenty of obstacles along the way.
Lizzie
May 03, 2013 Lizzie rated it liked it
Oh, what to say, what to say. It was bittersweet and melancholy and supremely heartbreaking. There was not enough joy and happiness to counteract these emotions though, not even at the end. This happily-ever-after was conditional and it felt that way.
Snowtulip
Nov 04, 2011 Snowtulip rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, own
2.5

I really wanted to like this book more, but in the end, it ended up an ok read. I had a hard time believing Connor and Eli's relationship and their love. I had glimpses where it worked and held onto those.
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