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Hartstrings

(Jaded Regret #3)

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4.60  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Tanner Hart, the All-American bad boy bass guitarist of Jaded Regret, has one motto— play women’s bodies like he does the strings of his guitar— hard, in tune, and giving it his all until the show is over. The only strings he wants attached to him are the ones he plays on the stage.

He has quite the reputation, even with his own band, and he likes it that way. It keeps the
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Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published June 16th 2016 (first published 2016)
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Natalie The Biblioholic
L.L. Collins really knows how to create a tortured hero. I've met three of them so far and I've fallen for each one of them.



I just wanna squeeze 'em. Three men with tortured pasts that ruled their present. Thankfully Johnny and Beau found their HEAs with Bex and April. I knew it was only a matter of time for Tanner and I couldn't wait to see what the author had in store for his story.

Hopefully this isn't a surprise, but Tanner came from a physically abusive background. At 18yo, he changed his na
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Sabrina
The storyline for Hartstrings was interesting and the blurb had me really excited to get Tanner's story, but then the actual book fell flat. I was left wanting more from Tanner and Mac, and they just didn't live up to the expectations I had. It started out okay, but I soon lost interest in reading it, and that's never a good feeling. Honestly, I read the book two weeks ago and I already forgot most of it since it just didn't keep me intrigued at all. I haven't read the other books in this story, ...more
Melissa Mendoza
Title: Hartstrings
Author: L.L. Collins
Series: A Jaded Regret Novel
Publisher: L.L. Collins
Release Date: June 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 275
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Tanner Hart, the All-American bad boy bass guitarist of Jaded Regret, has one motto— play women’s bodies like he does the strings of his guitar— hard, in tune, and giving it his all until the show is over. The only strings he wants attached to him are the ones he plays on the stage.
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There are just not words to express how deeply touched I was by Tanner's story. It dealt with such a serious topic—one which many of us have gone through, or know someone who has gone through it. This story captured my heart and attention from the prologue, and kept it to the very end.

Tanner's childhood was anything but wonderful, but despite that, he's grown to be a successful individual—and he refuses to let the past bring him down. One fateful evening, though, everything changes when he stum
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Sybil aka Lala
I love the Jaded Regret Series and I love all these boys so maybe it was because I saw Tanner with someone else or maybe it was because I didn’t love the start between Mac and Tanner that cause this one to fall a little flat for me. Not to say I didn’t enjoy this book, because I did, it just wasn’t my favorite of the series.

Hartstrings was also quite a difficult and frustrating read. Even though I was screaming for both of these people to wake up and move on from a terrible situation I have to a
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Jennifer Sons
I loved Tanner's story! Every book I read of LL Collins, I fall in love a little more. I can't say enough about this book but it's hard to put into words how strongly I feel about it either! Mrs. Collins never fails to deliver an emotional, exciting, heart-stopping masterpiece that will keep you entranced from beginning to end!

In the other 2 books, Tanner appears to be nothing but a man-whore but I KNEW he had a story! WOW! Is all I can say! His story is one I'll always remember! As the story p
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

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Casey
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Hartstrings is the first book that I have read from L.L. Collins. It is the third book in her Jaded Regret series, but each book can be read as a standalone story. The characters are interconnected, but I had no problems understanding anything here. I really liked this book, and I will definitely read more from L.L. Collins again in the future. This book wasn't always easy to get through, and my heart broke for these characters at times. But
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Jamie Rhodes
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Fantastic. Emotional. Gripping. Deep. This is L.L. Collins at her best. I have read EVERY book that she has written. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single one of them. Sometimes L.L. Collins touches on sensitive topics. This is what makes her books so good. The topics are handled in such a way that they cause you to pause and think about things that most of us don't have to deal with, but others do. This book is about one of those sensitive topics. From page 1 you are given th ...more
Chrissy
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016, series
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L.L. Collins has done it again! Hartstrings is an emotional read that pulled at my heartstrings throughout the entire read!

Tanner is the bad boy guitarist of Jaded Regret who has a past no one knew about. A chance meeting with MacKenzie causes him to face his demons as well as help a girl who he never saw coming. Mac is in a bad situation, but in her mind unable to leave, but with the new budding friendship she has with Tanner, things seem to be a little b
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D
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great instalment to this series. I loved reading about Tanner and seeing him in a different light. His back story hit close to home so I found myself fully invested in the characters navigation and journey throughout the story to find their HEA and second chance a true love.
I absolutely adore how LL Collins gives that sense of family and the highest of loyalty between the band members. With each instalment, Collins manages to evolve the characters from the previous books even more giving
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Connie
Wow! Extremely disturbing story! I love rock star, Tanner and Private Investigator, Mackenzie but I am puzzled about how much control they allowed these psycho men to have over their lives. How about run far, far away and get HELP?!!! Tanner has a big, generous heart and wants to save Mackenzie from her abuser. Mackenzie is allowing the abuse in order to protect her father when she should be protecting herself. A lesson to be learned for all of us!
Melissa Ann
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was deeply heartbreaking and so beautiful at the same time! L.L. has done a amazing rocker series extremely well! Tanner and Mac's story will stay with me a long time! This story broke my heart into tiny pieces only to put back together again, my heart literally felt their pain. "Hartstrings" greatly went above and beyond my expectations!!!
Amy
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to lie, in the beginning especially when it switched to Mac's POV, I found this hard to read. That's just because I always find it hard to read a book for the victim's POV. I felt so bad for her and I cringed whenever she thought badly of herself or like she deserved it. I'm surprised this book didn't have trigger warnings.
But Tanner, he comes off as a womanizer because he doesn't seem to care, but really it's the exact opposite, he cares too much. To the point that he helps a woma
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Konny
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hartstrings by L.L. Collins is the third installment in the Jaded Regret Series. For better understanding I recommend to read the books in order.
Hartstrings is Tanner and Mackenzies book.
Tanner Hart is a bad boy bass guitarist of Jaded Regret. His band mates are married and happy with kids. That will never happen to Tanner, so he thinks. He loves his womanizing ways, his ONS and his free life. Or is it all a facade?
And then she comes Mackenzie- Mac- Shepard and puts his world upside down.
I reall
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Coralee Corrigan
Amazing read
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Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series and this book holy sweet unicorns it was amazeballs. I mean we get so much more than meets the eye with these two characters. There is a haunted background for Tanner, one laced with pain and anguish but also one that changes him. He learns that he fears his anger and thinks that to keep from becoming his dad he must stand alone. Only have woman be like kleenex- one swipe and done. He is quiet and contemplative as well. He has a heart of gold and is ferociously protective like a ...more
Jody
As a reader obsessed with rock star romances I knew I'd enjoy this book and in many ways I did. What I didn't expect was the powerful emotions this story engendered as it depicted the life of a woman dealing with domestic abuse and the equally bruised rock star whose early years were rife with abuse. This balance of a sweet and sexy romance with the sensitive but brutal depiction of abuse hit me hard and pulled me in wholeheartedly. From the first page to the last it's a heavy journey these two ...more
Sandy S
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 16, 2016

Tanner Hart, the All-American bad boy bass guitarist of Jaded Regret, has one motto— play women’s bodies like he does the strings of his guitar— hard, in tune, and giving it his all until the show is over. The only strings he wants attached to him are the ones he plays on the stage.

He has quite the reputation, even with his own band, and he likes it that way. It keeps the truth of who he really is locked deep inside. But there's so much more
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Socially Book Nerd
Hartstrings is an appropriate title for this book. It does just that, pulls at your heart. Mac and
Tanner have a rough past, but come together as adults and explode, heal each other and find
closure from the past.
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Becca
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hartstrings might just be L.L. Collins’ most emotionally tumultuous story yet! Tanner and MacKenzie took me by surprise, their angst-ridden journey an unexpected exploration of self-worth, trust, and salvation. This book absolutely gutted me, forcing me to feel the tragedies of MacKenzie and Tanner’s lives deep down in my soul. L.L. Collins’ writing is spot on and overwhelming, perfectly capturing the anguish and reprieve found throughout this novel. Tanner and Mac’s immediate connection was une ...more
Janet
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although the author states that this book can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading the series first. It will help to understand the band and their relationships. This is Tanner's book and we met him in the previous Jaded Regrets series.
Tanner is the bass guitar playing bad boy. He uses women for his needs, and the only strings he wants attached are on his guitar. He hides his childhood from everyone including his band. Other than his way with women, they see him as having this pe
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Stefanie Kral
✯✯5 Heart Breaking Stars!!✯✯


I knew from the beginning of this series it was going to be awesome. But, I'll admit I was not prepared for Tanner's story. This book can totally have triggers for some people. It is considered a standalone. But, I wouldn't recommend reading it first. You could be a little lost.

I knew from the prologue that Tanner didn't have any easy childhood. Once Tanner got into Jaded Regret he never looked back. Tanner made a promise to never be that guy he hated and despised
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Tiffany Readz
Whew, I can let out the breath I've been holding for the last 75% of this book! L.L. Collins really takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster ride with Tanner and Mac. Good grief it was hard not to skip to the end and see how it was going to play out. My review will be vague as to not spoil any of the storyline.

Tanner is my least favorite leading character, the manwhore. They always seem to be nailing girls to forget something and this guy is doing just that. As the sexy bass player for J
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Pam Nelson
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _finished-2016
4 Hart Star’s

I have been looking forward to this book since I finished Snared, you know the anticipation is half the battle. I won’t say I was disappointed because I wasn’t the story it amazing. But maybe a tiny piece of me wanted it to be Natalie and not Mac?

This book will hurt your heart; I can tell you it hurt mine. But its more than that, its knowing this goes on around the world every day, that hurts my heart. Abuse in any form is wrong. So if you’re not comfortable reading about physical a
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Diane plourde
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Every time I get to read a story written by L.L.Collins, I get to experience a wide range of emotions. This author knows how to deliver hopeful stories with heart like Hartstrings just did. There are no words powerful enough that would ever do justice to this poignant story that deserves no less than 5 stars.

ARC of Hartstrings by L.L. Collins provided in exchange for an honest and spoiler free review.

This is the heartfelt journey of Tanner one of the band members of Jaded Regret and Mackenzie
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Brigitte
This is quite a gripping story. It shows that the victims of mental, emotional and physical abuse are brainwashed. Somehow they are led to believe that the inflicted atrocities are justified. It's their faults! Even though parts of this story can be quite upsetting, it brings hope that with the right support comes strength. This strength can in turn be used to help others in similar situations.

Tanner is the bass guitarist of a famous and successful band. He is a chick magnet. He can have his pi
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Angela Lamb
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Meeting Tanner Hart in the other Jaded Regret novels, he seems to be nothing more than the man-whore he wants everyone to see. Deep down though, he is a broken man with a heart of gold that wants what his bandmates have. I knew he would have a great story to tell, I just didn’t imagine one as powerful as the one we get.

Tanner Hart is a private man, even his bandmates don’t know the real him. Keeping his past buried as deep as he can, he lives the life of the carefree playboy. That is un
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Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
4.5 Stars

Meeting Tanner Hart in the other Jaded Regret novels, he seems to be nothing more than the man-whore he wants everyone to see. Deep down though, he is a broken man with a heart of gold that wants what his bandmates have. I knew he would have a great story to tell, I just didn’t imagine one as powerful as the one we get.

Tanner Hart is a private man, even his bandmates don’t know the real him. Keeping his past buried as deep as he can, he lives the life of the carefree playboy. That is un
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She's a Lip Biter
Brilliant!!

This is the 3rd book in this series and yet again LL did not disappoint. Tanner and Mac are damaged in their own ways and must find a way to trust and love again.
Tanner is a playboy manwhore. He uses his playboy ways as a facade to mask the hurt and anger going on inside him. Everything about his past is sad and heartbreaking and it he's so emotionally unavailable and closed off that he forgets what it's like to be truly happy and healthy.
As for Mac, well LL literally ripped my heart
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L.L. Collins was born and raised in the eternal summer state of Florida. She lives with her high school sweetheart husband and is driven mad daily by her two teenage boys, but her princess dog is her favorite child and kind of makes up for the testosterone flying around her house. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, almost six years ago she made her l ...more

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