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Purple Hearts

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  53 reviews
When a soldier with a troubled past and a struggling songwriter agree to a marriage of convenience for the military benefits, neither expects much after saying “I do.” Then tragedy strikes, and the line between what’s real and what’s pretend begins to blur in this smart and surprising romance perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes.

Cassie Salazar and Luke Morrow
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books/Alloy Entertainment
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Ginger at GReadsBooks
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When this book was recommended to me, I thought, yeah okay, this sounds pretty good. After devouring it in a few days time, I completely understood why a friend said I needed to read it. This was beautiful. These characters & their voices came alive from the page. Their raw emotions infiltrated my own to the point where I know I'll still be thinking about them for a long time to come.

Add this book to your TBR & trust me as I am now telling you, you need to read this novel.
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Edited: 2.5 - 3 STARS

I hesitated to rate this at first because I honestly didn't know how. I'd give it 5 stars for the writing, but 2 stars for the lack of chemistry I felt between the characters. I'd give it 4 stars for the plot and the potential it had to be a really memorable story, but 2 stars because of how selfish I found the heroine and how abrupt the ending felt.

I need to mention my appreciation for the honesty this author gave to the storyline, touching on real world issues like politic
The Blonde Bookworm
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm really on the fence about my review of Purple Hearts. I really enjoyed it, but I wanted so much more from the characters. The storyline felt like a Nicholas Sparks classic, but it lacked the chemistry and romance that I was craving. The characters were fun and interesting, but I just wanted them to connect more and show a little more emotion.

The writing style was fast paced and light hearted, and I found myself reading through the novel very quickly. I loved how easily the novel flowed from
I always find myself gravitating towards books featuring fake relationships; I find myself fully immersed with these individuals’ lives, wanting to find out how things will go and love watching the relationship evolve into something way more than either could have expected. With Purple Hearts I liked how believable the relationship became between Cassie and Luke, despite not knowing each other that long or well enough before they decided to marry one another and I liked how their feelings develo ...more
I am so disappointed, so upset.

I expected to love this. The moment I read the description, I was desperate to have it. It sounded so interesting, and The Memory Book was one of my favorite reads of 2016.

But wow, what a waste of time. The only thing I liked about it was the character of Luke. But the first 40% is boring, there is an unnecessary love triangle, and Cassie is one of the most unintentionally unsympathetic characters I've read in a long time. Luke is barely hanging on--struggling with
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2017
I have read some of the reviews on GR and it seems like Cassie, our lead is not a popular cookie. Now, I think she is great and through better and worse in the book, she was the one that kept me interesting. She is not afraid to take and the impulsive ideas and strong passions makes her very human to me.. and she has an amazing music taste and is not afraid of her sexuality! Id like more Cassie's in my YA book world.

Even though it was really well written and roped me in without struggle, there
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.***

We have a fiver! One of the best books I have read this year. It looks as if this is this author's debut novel, and I have become an instant fan. Purple Hearts is a marriage of convenience romance. Cass, recently fired, is in desperate need for life saving medication for her recently diagnosed diabetes. With no regular job and no insurance, Cassie boldly concucts a plan to marry Luke, an Army trainee solely for his benefits. Including health in
Jenny - Book Sojourner
I hit 44% and I had to set this aside. I was intrigued by this book because of the premise - two practical strangers marry for army medical benefits since both are in financial holes for different reasons. Sounds good to me! Unfortunately, I don't love the writing style and the dialogue is a bit wonky for me. I could forgive that if not for another reason. The real problem is that I just do not like Cassie. I've been trying to give her a chance, but she just rubs me the wrong way. Especially whe ...more
Jamie Rosenblit
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
2.5 rounded. Review to come
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Purple Hearts by Tess Wakefield wasn’t a bad story – no – not at all, but I am afraid that its aim was to high or in the wrong direction. The Blurb praises this book as perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks or Jojo Moyes, yet having read both authors I am afraid that I can not agree with that statement.

I could not feel the intensity that is very prominent in both of the above mention authors’ books. It is indeed dangerous to compare books like that as every experience is different.

From my very per
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

Tess Wakefield pens a modern day love story in PURPLE HEARTS, highlighting many of the problems Americans face today—access to healthcare, cost of medical care, issues with veterans benefits, mental health, and addiction. While her efforts to draw from real-life issues are admirable, Purple Hearts is fraught with quality issues in terms of the writing, character development, believability, and pacing.

Cassie is diagnosed with Type II Diabetes towards the beginning of the novel. The medical bi
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance, 2017
In "Purple Hearts," Luke is trying to keep old demons at bay and wants to do something with his life. Cassie is reeling after getting a medical diagnosis that threatens to break her financially. On a whim, they join in an agreement where they'll get married so Cassie can use Luke's health benefits from the military. It's an agreement of convenience. Neither of them can imagine how much more than convenience this arrangement will become.

This book takes a very real situation and turns it into a st
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
No rating DNF at 52%
I have never read this author before but the blurb caught my attention so I wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately this book was very boring and I couldn't get into the story at all. At times the back and forth was confusing too.
It was Cassie's idea to get married to help out with her insurance for medication for her newfound illness while Luke is shipped out to Afghanistan to protect our country. While trying to pretend to be a happily married couple, it was just awkward an
Judy Lushinks
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
The story was ok, not my type of book.
Edina Memić
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Selfish much?
This review was originally posted on The Book Hookup here . ...more
Honestly, I have mixed feelings. Not sure I cared for Cassie. Actually, I did not like her most of the time. For most of the book she seemed a bit insensitive to others around her and most of the time all she cared about was herself. Yes, the marriage was one of convenience so she could get the finances to take care of her medical needs while pursuing her music dreams, but damn, once he gets hurt, he more or less becomes an inconvenience to her. Luke though, I liked him. I looked forward to his ...more
Cassie and Luke don't hit it off for a variety of reasons. Shortly after Cassie's band is playing a gig, she faints, and finds out she has diabetes. With mounting medical bills and costs to take care of her condition she asks her friend Frankie if he will marry her so she can take advantage of his military benefits. After he declines his friend Luke says he will do it. He keeps his reasons for needing the extra money a secret. They both go their separate ways thinking everything is fine. When L ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
This is the latest book that I've read and is just a perfect summer read. It makes you just gush and feel good at the end.
I can safely say that Luke was one of the best constructed characters I've seen. He came from a difficult childhood and was a troubled teen, but he made real progress. Honestly, it made my heart melt seeing him develop in this amazing, caring and ambitious man.
As for Cassie - she is such a music geek, I love her! Like her I can talk about bands and music for hours to no sto
Sabrina Jane
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I originally only bought the book because my favorite actress sofia carson is going to play cassie in a movie adaption. my expectations weren't really high as I just wanted to know the plot. but this book was so good I've read the whole thing in 2 days. the characters cassie and luke have very real struggles and passions and following their thoughts and emotions through the first person narrative was very interesting, I couldn't put the book away. there are a few plot twist I wasn't expecting, s ...more
Hanna Salta
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
You know how your mom would tell you a story thinking she hasn't told you yet but really you've heard it more than 10 times already? And because she's your mom and you love her you don't have the heart to shoo her away but instead listen to her ramble on? Well, that's what I felt reading Purple Hearts.

I don't exactly dislike the book but it sure was a drag. I felt like it would never end. I blame the lack of chemistry between Cassie and Luke.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was an ok read. I didn’t get the developing romance in the beginning between these two. It was an urgent slow build up that ended up with a satisfying completion. It was more like two people put in an awkward situation made even more awkward by how different and disparaging personalities these two were and somehow ended up relying on one another for stuff and getting some feelings developed. It didn’t have much of a feel of a romance told for the ages but it was an ok read I guess.
Marriage of convenience. Cassie is singer in a band. She's just been diagnosed with diabetes. Luke is a recovering drug addict. His career now is the military. They marry each other for the money. Luke spends almost the entire book being dishonest about his drug habit and the money he owes. Cassie is in a relationship with a guy in her band. The chemistry between Cassie and Luke is like siblings that fight. I really hated the drug dealer story line. ...more
Susan B
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book, it was to the point and got you hooked right in the first few pages. You became involved in Luke's and Cassie's problems and were routing for them to make their arrangement work.
At times Cassie seemed so cold ,but it was just their inability to talk to each other.
Hard to put down, highly recommend.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
I’m so mad at this book! The blurb was very misleading. The novel had everything but romance. The main characters weren’t ever together aside from the fake marriage. The heroine was so self centered and had a whole boyfriend.. I kept waiting and waiting and then realized I wasted 10 hrs of my life. And that ending was so damn abrupt all I could do was ask wtf!!!
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, considering that I basically scrummage through the entire internet for this book, I really had big hopes for loving this.

Alas, the whole thing was fine, but the anticipation was bigger than its actual.
Marla Dudak
May 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great premise of girl in need of health insurance marrying soldier the night before he deploys abroad. But... the characters had so many flaws, the story was sad and too disturbing to be a light romance, and the drama was not delved into sufficiently to make it a heavy drama. So... not so good
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-na-chicklit, 2017
AH IT WAS CUTE!!! Very telenovela ish but cute :) and based in Austin! I know my way around it.
Amy McKee
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Predictable ending, but I loved to book. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in a feel good romance. I would read the author again.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me months to finish this book. In the end, it was an ok book.
I found Cassie to be selfish and unlikeable.
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