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Paper Hearts (Hearts #2)

4.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,972 Ratings  ·  1,113 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
351 pages
Published September 9th 2015 (first published September 4th 2015)
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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 was a
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

Paper Hearts (book 2, i
Patty ❤️❤️ Belongs To ❤️Kellan❤️Jesse❤️Lautner❤️Miller❤️Garrett❤️Dean❤️Rafe❤️Liam❤️Beck❤️ and Archer❤️❤️
*****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 book
"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 flou
♥~♥Geri ~ the Racy Lit Reader ♥~♥
"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 after fiv
Jennifer Kyle
Sep 07, 2015 Jennifer Kyle 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 Stars
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤


“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 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emotional, angst

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 t
Sep 15, 2015 Beverly 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
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
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 will know how
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 magazine
Oct 17, 2015 Loyda 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 for an emotional rid
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, feelings or
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl 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 *Ty and Zane's Creeper*


"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."

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 them. In Paper Hearts, years have gone by since Mia and Jensen were young and in love. Because of a choice Jensen
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
Sep 09, 2015 MELISSA rated it it was amazing
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
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 story.
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!
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Feb 29, 2016 Hulya Kara Yuksel rated it it was amazing
OMG I loved it, loved it, loved it so much!!! If you're believe in love, I mean real "The One" love ; this series are must read!!!

You must read all of them asap! They're all amazing. :D

Kaleidoscope Hearts
Torn Hearts
Paper Hearts

Oh I almost forgot, I also loved that amazing epilogue in the end. My god, it was so sweet. :)


“How did your love story end?” I asked after a moment. He smiled, a wide, slow grin right before he pressed his lips against mine. He backed away slowly and
Sep 21, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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
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. Every
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
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
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Nov 01, 2015 Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Katy Loves Romance ❤️
"Real love stories never end."

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Ever since practically every book buddy read Paper Hearts, I knew this was a book I had to pick up. After all, who doesn't love "the one that got away" second-chance romances? Though at times I wanted to strangle Mia for her tenacity to stay away, I understood her.

Jensen Reynolds and Mia Bennett have been the best of friends, soul mates for nearly a decade. Jensen was the punk (per Mia's father) with a sad childhood but Mia saw through his scars to the gifte

I let her go, not because I loved her too much to ask her to stay, but because I couldn’t bear to hear her tell me she wouldn’t. Still, every once in a while I wonder. And nothing is more haunting than regret.

What an absolutely beautiful book! So well done and Claire Contreras can WRITE. Every thought, every image felt necessary to the story. After binge reading this entire series for the last two days, I can honestly say I'm kicking myself for not trying this author's work sooner.
Val ⚓️ Shameless,  Bitchy & Skanky ⚓️ Mrs. ClayDanvers/RemingtonTate
Nov 05, 2015 Val ⚓️ Shameless, Bitchy & Skanky ⚓️ Mrs. ClayDanvers/RemingtonTate rated it liked it
Recommended to Val ⚓️ Shameless, Bitchy & Skanky ⚓️ 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.

Sandy ღCoffeeAddictBooksღ

**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
Mia and Jensen get a second chance at romance in this amazing romance! In their youth it appeared that nothing would tear these two apart but when Jensen goes off to college and they decide to leave things casual to avoid the pressure of a long distance relationship, Jensen makes a mistake. One he can’t walk away from. One that causes him to lose the girl of his dreams.

It’s been years since that day on the beach when he told Mia that he was going to be a father. Now life has put them back in the
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Bargain Basement: (2) ARCs of Paper Hearts 1 28 Sep 07, 2015 09:36AM  
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Claire doesn't like to talk about herself. Because of this, she asked a friend of hers to write her bio. This is what she got:

Claire is caring, smart, witty, and funny as heck. Despite being a New York Times Best Selling Author of a popular contemporary romance series, Claire doesn't read many romance novels. However, when she sits down to write, those are the ones that pour from her fingers. Much
More about Claire Contreras...

Other Books in the Series

Hearts (4 books)
  • Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts, #1)
  • Elastic Hearts (Hearts, #3)
  • The Complete Hearts Series (Hearts, #1-3)

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“How would you describe the #feeling of #love in 140 or less characters?
Answer : Like somebody is gripping your heart, but you don't want them to let go because the ache would worsen without them.”
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