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Paper Hearts

(Hearts #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  12,487 ratings  ·  1,562 reviews
I lost her. No, I didn't lose her. I threw her away. She was my best friend. I was never supposed to fall in love with her. I was careless. She was heartbroken. I thought I was doing fine. But here she is, years later, forced to work with me, reminding me why I fell in love with her in the first place. And this time I'm going to do everything in my power to never let her g ...more
ebook, 351 pages
Published September 9th 2015 (first published September 4th 2015)
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

★★★★ 1/2! Paper Hearts (stand-alone), book 2 of X. A story of broken hearts, second chances & heart-stopping love!

“They say it takes twenty-one days to break a habit. It’s been approximately one thousand eight hundred and twenty six since I last held her hand in mine and I’m still waiting for the remnants of her to break off of me.”

Books in Hearts series are stand-alones:
Book 1: Kaleidoscope Hearts
Book 1.5: Torn Hearts
- Prequel included in book 2
Book 2: Paper Hearts

Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars!

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After reading this story, I am blown away. I had a feeling I would love this book. I love all Claire’s books. She writes with so much feeling and emotion, I can’t help but to fall in love with her stories. Paper Hearts left me with such a book hangover. I’ve read a few books since and it’s still on my mind. I highlighted more in this book than any other. Pages and pages of quotes. I can’t rave enough about this gorgeous story. Every chapter was special- every page, every word. It wa
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author in Exchange For An Honest Review}
(BR with Mel and Dee)

"I never stop thinking about you. For years, my thoughts don't have any room that doesn't include you. You're everywhere."

Absolutely LOVED this one HARD!!!!

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Going into this book, I was convinced I couldn't possibly love this more than Kaleidoscope Hearts. That my heart couldn't be swayed from Oliver. I was dead WRONG!! Jensen Reynolds completely swept me off my feet!! He made this
✰ Liz ✰
"Real love stories never end."

Paper Hearts is the second book in Claire Contreras' Hearts Series. Although it can be read as a standalone, you should most definitely read the novella Torn Hearts in order to get the backstory of the main characters. I will also add that the first book in the series Kaleidoscope Hearts is a must read! All of the characters are inner connected and beautifully written.


"Ours was a story that would remain untold, because living it was painful enough."-Mia

Mia is a f
Geri Reads
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-my-loves
"Real love stories never end."

I had high expectations when it came to Jensen and Mia's story, and Claire Contreras delivered flawlessly. The exquisite writing, the flawed yet relatable characters and the beautiful second chance love story is what makes Paper Hearts an unforgettable read for me.

When I read Kaleidoscope Hearts and met Jensen and Mia, it becomes apparent that there's something between them and that it went bad. So bad that Mia still refuses to be civil to Jensen even a
Jennifer Kyle
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
”REAL LOVE STORIES never end.”

Claire Contreras delivered one of the best second chance romance stories that I have read this year. I’m not typically a fan of second chance stories because usually one of the characters totally screws up and/or outside influences mess with my couple but in this story the author made it work.

This novel kindly includes the Torn Hearts novella. Since I hadn’t read this beforehand, here’s a quick recap of heartbreaking downfall of Mia and Jensen.

Torn Hearts 4
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤


“Real love stories never end”

This was such a beautiful, emotional, intense and heartbroken story! From the moment I read the novella, I couldn't wait to continue Jensen and Mia's story! This book is about forgiveness, second chances and love! I have read books before from Claire and I loved them! In this one she captivated me with her story, the writing was so poetic that I couldn't put it down. And when I had to stop my mind kept going back t
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: angst, emotional

4.5 Stars


Jensen and Mia fall in love young, they share a special connection - but when Jensen moves to New York for college, the choices they make change everything. Heartbroken, they go their separate ways. Now years later, they find themselves in the same city, and those feelings of the past resurface.


Jensen is determined to get another chance with Mia, she is the only woman for him. While Mia struggles to deny her feelings for Jensen, she isn't sure she can let go of the painful memories of
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

OMG. The. Feels. This book completely owned my heart and when I finished I just wanted more! I stumbled upon Claire when my bestie recommend her and I have become a HUGE fan. Claire always delivers the most beautiful stories. Her writing captivates me, her characters own my heart, and her stories always feel new and fresh.

Paper Hearts is no exception, if anything I loved it more. Mia and Jensen are soulmates and were always destined to be together, but due to timing and other circumstances have
★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

Amazon US | Amazon UK

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 wil
Lo Bookfrantic
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5***Chase the Road Runner ~ Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone Book 2 of Hearts series
POV: First Person – Dual


“Maybe our souls really are scattered in the things we love, and we are all completely lost, but from the moment she looked at me, I felt like I’d been found.” Jensen


There are some stories that will forever stay in your heart, and stories that will speak to you. This book did all of that for me. From the novella “Torn Hearts” I knew I was going in fo
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

"You only need one person to believe in you, even if that person is yourself."

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**Note: Paper Hearts must be read after Torn Hearts (1.5) which is included in the ebook. Mia and Jensen were post high school sweethearts. When Jensen was an outcast Mia saw him for who he was and loved him. When Jensen left for New York to pursue his dreams he made a mistake that ripped him and Mia apart for years.

Five years later and Mia has accepted a photographer job in New York at the same magaz
S.M. West
5 Be Still My Heart STARS

"REAL LOVE STORIES never end."

This story moved me. For the onset till the very last word. The words, the characters and the raw emotion held my heart captive and pulled, tugged and squeezed.

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To say that I loved this book wouldn't be accurate or barely scratch the surface of how I feel. It was one of those reads that burrowed under my skin and took up residence in my soul. It has been days since I finished this and at times, I find myself reliving moments, feeling
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
BİLGİ: Kaleydoskop Kalpleri okuyup sevdiyseniz eğer bu kitabı da okumanızı şiddetle öneririm. :) Kitabın Türkçe baskısı çok yakında satışa çıkıyor ve benim de 3 kitaplık serideki favorim bu kitaptır. Umarım sizler de okur ve benim gibi gözlerinizden kalpler fışkırarak ve de bolca iç çekerek Jensen ve onun biricik Road Runner'ını seversiniz.. :)

Kitap hakkında detaylı bilgiye aşağıdaki linkten ulaşabilirsiniz. Kitabın TR çevirisi ilk kitapta olduğu gibi yine canım arkadaşım Halime Yazıcı'ya aittir
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
5 Stars

Look, I'm not going to give you a full review here simply because (1) I'm lazy and (2) there's already so many great reviews that sum up this amazing book perfectly.

What I can tell you is that this was one of my favorite second chance romances I've read all year. It was deliciously angsty, heart-breakingly emotional, sexy, sweet and everything in between. Poignantly written, emotionally charged perfection. Truly. See here's the thing, I'm not a fan of romances where the hero has a child f
* Meli Mel *

♥ ♥ ♥ 4.5 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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"They say it takes twenty-one days to break a habit. It's been approximately one thousand eight hundred and twenty six since I last held her hand in mine and I'm still waiting for the remains of her to break off of me."

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If you've read Kaleidoscope Hearts, then you are familiar with Mia and Jensen. And if you read Torn Hearts, then you know how everything ended between t
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Girl Of My Dreams Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Patty & Dee)

-"Do you believe in soul mates?"

-From the moment she looked at me, I felt like I'd been found.

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Jensen Reynolds & Mia Bennett have known each other since they were kids. They fell in love as teenagers & it ended in heartbreak for both of them. When circumstances forced them to separate their lives went in different directions. For years Mia tries to pretend like Jenson doesn't exist, cause it hurts too much to think
4,5 Paper Stars.

Mia and Jensen, despite their different upbringings, were very much in love. Until Jensen makes one mistake that will ruin everything.
Five years later life puts them in the same path again, but while Jensen thinks this is their second chance and he’s decided not to lose it, Mia is scared and believes there’s too much pain in their past that allows a second a second chance.
Could this really be their last opportunity or some things are not mean to happen a second time?


Let me st
Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

"Pain isn't just losing the person you love. Pain is losing the person you love, seeing them with somebody else, and not interfering because you know you can't give them the life they deserve."


Have you read a book that leaves you breathless? Well, Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras was that kind of book for me. I absolutely LOVED this book. This book was everything every romance aficionado craves, wants, and needs when reading a love sto
Dee Montoya

*****4.5 Jensen Stars******

(ARC kindly provided by author)
(BR with Patty and Mel)

Paper Hearts has been all about Jensen for me. The more I read, the more my love for this character grew, to the point where I kept asking my husband (not in a happy tone); Why don't you write me love notes? Why aren't you more romantic? Mind you, I have been married for twelve years and my hubby is a dear and treats me like a princess. So after a few days of me glaring at him and serving him cold meals for no reas
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
3 stars

I did enjoy this. It gave me so many feels. Whenever I put it down I wondered what would happen next. I loved a lot of the side characters, it gave the book some lighter moments.

The huge BUT is I'm not a very forgiving person (as my friend Jeanne will tell you). When the hero makes the stupidest decision, frankly it was hard to get back in my good books. The thing that kept me going was that I did want them to get their HEA and also I love CCs writing!
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
5++++ Road Runner Stars

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One of the big reasons why I love fiction and romance is because I love being taken to an unknown place where I can dream and think, and there were moments where I did just that. Like I felt I was sitting on that bench in Central Park in NYC and watching those people walk past and live their lives or feel their pain.

Gah the column, the dating, the interviews were fun and delicious to read. It all kind of reminded me of the film You've got mail on a different level. Ev
5 Second Chances Stars!
Mia and Jensen are best friends and they are in love. But when Jensen goes off to New York for college they make a decision to see other people while he is away. This decision tore them apart and left them both angry and heartbroken. It also leaves Jensen living in New York.
5 years later Mia is a photographer and finds herself leaving California to go to New York for a few months working at a magazine.
Jensen is a writer. He's made a name for himself by publishing a serie
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Re-read November 2016
5- Still love Jensen- Stars

Yep, re-read the crap outta this one and it's still 5 stars for me! Admittedly, when I started this again, I got pissed off all over again at the H Jensen, and asked myself if I originally 5 star'd this book because I was in a more forgiving mood back then... NOPE! this is still the swooniest grovel story like, EVER! And it still gets all my stars for the best unforgivable redemption ever!

To any skeptical safety lovers out there; all I can say is
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**2.5 stars**

Don’t read any further

-If you loved this book hard and can’t stand any criticism.
-If you are planning on reading this, It might contain spoilers!!

I know I’m in the minority with this one, it’s sad that every one of my friends loved and rec’d it to me but I couldn’t even like it. I tried I really did but it’s a wonder I didn’t dnf it at all. I read Torn hearts before reading this just to get a glimpse on their past since this book was a second chance romance! Being a sucker for that
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone Book 2 of Hearts series
POV: First Person - Dual

Jensen Reynolds was an author of a successful children book and a newspaper columnist. He was making a life for himself in New York, but deep down he was still longing for the love he once lost due of his own indiscretion.

Mia Bannett was a photographer with a big dream. When opportunity knocked on her door and took her to New York, she was excited yet scared of the possibilities. On one hand it
Samantha Young
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A few days ago I finished Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras. It's been on my kindle since it came out but I only just got around to reading it.
Well, I'm kicking the hell out of myself for not having read it sooner. I bloody well loved it! And now I've just finished Paper Hearts, and though I thought it would be impossible to love it more than the first book, I did. Seriously two of the best romance books I've ever read. They are a masterclass in how to write FANTASTIC romance. Engrossing,
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

Mistakes...We all make them, however, it's what we do with them after that affects the rest of our lives. And when we're young, we just don't have the experience to see clearly. This is definitely the case of Mia and Jensen and how sometimes second chances are everything and...

"Real love stories never end."

Mia and Jensen met in college...they had know each other for awhile before they became a couple. Mia is always there for Jensen, totally supporting him in whatever her wants. She even
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ by: Jennifer Kyle
This was recommended to me because I asked for grovel. (Thanks Jenn!)

And this definitely gave good grovel.

And cheese.

Lots o' cheese.

Now, I'm not normally all that down with the cheese, but I think my special cocktail of Tamiful, NyQuil, and Ibuprofen might have even further lowered my Cheese Tolerance level.

Full review to come when I can tolerate staring at a backlit computer screen for more than 5 minutes.

Ramona Popescu
This series is soooo sweet and it makes you believe in true, endless and warming love! I really liked the first book, but this one was better and I've loved every part of it! The intensity and the passion were palpable and the writer made you witness this overwhelming love that the heroes feel for each other.

If "Kaleidoscope Hearts" was sweet and made me swoon, this one was about raw passion and heartbreak for the one that got away. It was very different and more explicit that the first book, m
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Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author who traded her psychology degree to write fiction. Don’t worry, she still uses her knowledge on every single one of her characters.

She’s a breast cancer survivor (x2), who was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Florida, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two adorable boys, and French bulldog.

Her books range fro

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