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Heartache and Hope

(Heartache Duet #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,981 ratings  ·  462 reviews
Ava Diaz needs saving.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Just like she doesn’t know a thing about the boy she sits next to on the first day of senior year.
He thinks she’s a brat.
She thinks he’s entitled.
Maybe first impressions don’t always last…
Because Connor Ledger’s about to save her.
He just doesn’t know why.
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published June 26th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services
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May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-five-stars
5+ stars

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When the world is at its darkest, that’s when the magic appears.

It's been way too long since I've read a book by Jay McLean, but she's back and better than ever with Heartache and Hope. Seriously, this is one of her best books yet and it gave me all the Kick Push/More Than vibes and that, my friends, is a HUGE compliment. This story was epic. I devoured each page and was left craving more.

Ava Diaz is a teenager, but her life is not like the typical teens. It's a hard life, a life
-  Michelle Claypot_Reads
You know that Eminem song Without Me - it has the line "Guess Who's Back, Back Again".. well that's how I'm feeling right now. It's been a long time since I got to enjoy new words from Jay McLean and what does she do - she storms back into my life with a story that puts me on my ass.

It's not like the usual NA reads of late where everything is over the top angst. Trying to be all gangster about everything. Nope. This one is smooth. It's subtle and it sucker punches you right in the heart. Jay ha
KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
❝ It's just a year Connor. Do the work. Stay focused. No distractions..❞
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'HEARTACHE AND HOPE' is the first full length, young adult book in Jay McLean's 'Heartache' duet. Spoken in 'Dual POV's' In this we meet Ava and Connor.

A unique painfully raw, thought provoking rollercoaster of a read. My most fav author is baccckkkkk with a vengeance!!!

Without going overboard this author right here is my most highly recommended author..Her #MORE series is one of my all time #FAVOURITES and is the #ONLY
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Holy smokies how I have missed you Jay McLean!!!

In the past you have rocked my world, and today, you still rock my world, but you have tilted it on its axis!!!!

Yep, I started this review almost a week ago and I am still thinking and dreaming of this book!!! This author has the ability to suck you into her storytelling book world, and my god, how I loved this!!! Ava & Conner took over my world for a day, and guess what, I AM NOT SORRY!

This was an emotional roller coaster, a bumpy, turbulen

I absolutely adored every single page of this book, which isn't a surprise really because this author is the writer of my "all time favorite" mf book "More than Forever". Now as much as I loved this one...and believe me I did...I don't think any couple will ever top Cam and Lucy in my eyes. That said... Ava and Connor came real freaking close !!

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What I love most about opening a book by this author, is knowing I am gonna be hit with all the the best ways possible. 

Again she has managed
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 5++++
Heroine: 5
Plot: 5
Angst: 4.5
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5+++++
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars ⭐ ...more
Jade Simcox (3 Degrees Of Fiction)
Jay McLean is back!!!

I’ve missed this authors work, I’ve missed her words and the way she makes you fall in love with a story from the first page until the last.

Heartache and Hope is everything I hoped for and so much more. It’s raw and full of so many emotions. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I was happy. This book had it all!

Ava and Connor had me head over heels in love with them both. I loved the separately and together. Both of them haven’t had a easy life for very different reasons,
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heartache and Hope is the first new book released by this author in a couple of years, and I’m happy to say, the author hasn’t lost her touch in the slightest.

This contemporary YA romance duet combines my favorite tropes – it’s a high school sports romance with an emotional depth that’s rarely found – it was full of touching and tender moments.

As expected, the characters are more mature and have more responsibilities to carry than any other YA characters I ever read about outside of this author’
Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem

Title: Heartache and Hope (Heartache Duet #1)
Author: Jay McLean

I am having a miserably hard time writing this review.
I have been a huge fan of Jay McLean and she has never let me down with her books. One of my all time favourite's by her is Lucas but I have to admit defeat and say that Heartache and Hope has become my favourite book by Jay McLean.

I buddy-read this beauty with two of my friends and I realised half into the book that I was buddy-reading it because I was completely and utterly
Robin Hill
I should not have loved this, but I did. When I neared the end, I thought, Here we go. This is why I can't do YA. But nope, I was pleasantly surprised.

If you're like me and hate YA for the high school drama, you can rest assured, this book doesn't have any. McLean somehow manages to write believable teenagers that don't make you want to roll your eyes.

And I loved the basketball references, even though I hate basketball. Mind blown.

Don't laugh. I have no say over who my mind casts. 😂😂😂
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May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh new words from Jay!!!!!!!


When you are a blogger you read A LOT of books. Some you enjoy, some you love, some just stroll "meh" through your life. But some, they stain your soul, the words bleed into your being and just exist, as if they were destined to be a part of YOU. Ms. McLean writes these stories. This one though? This one just replaced the favorites that resided prior. This one is SPECIAL. A read that reminds us that life is unfair, brutal ev
Melanie (mells_view)
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Teenage hormones are one hell of a drug.”

Jay McLean does a beautiful job, in Heartache and Hope, blending the magical feelings of young love and the bitter realities some must face in life. H&H has a mature YA feel, and covers some serious subject matter. Told in the dual POV’s of Ava and Connor. It’s a bit of a slow burn, but this is book one in a duet so it lends to the build of the characters relationship!

I want to say so much about Ava and Connor, but I think it’s best you meet them on
What I like about Jay McLean is her ability to write mature teenagers without making it too adult. Ava and Connor are two amazing characters who each have their struggles in life. It’s relatable and at times hauntingly real. Their friendship and blooming love is beautiful written and explored through these two seventeen year olds.
Heartache and Hope was fast read but only because I couldn’t stop reading. I was so invested in Connor and Ava’s journey. Connor is such a great and sweet guy who like
shirley ♡
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“When the world is at its darkest, that’s when the magic appears,”

This is my first book by this author and it completely broke my heart. This book just become one of my fave read of the year. I love the characters so much, and just want to be happy. Can’t wait to read the next book.

“Connor: Ava, I love you. ALL of you.”
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“When the world is at its darkest, that’s when the magic appears…”

It has been so long since I have read a Jay McLean story and when I found out she was releasing a duet, I knew I had to drop everything and read it. I absolutely adored Kick Push and her More Than series, but I believe Heartache and Hope is her best book yet. I read this book in one sitting and could not get enough; it is a complete rollercoaster of a read that had my emotions all over the place, but the pain I felt whilst rea
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Magic. Pure heart magic. Between the pages of this book you’ll find a captivating and magnificent tale created by one of the most talented YA authors out there. Jay McLean poured her magical fairy dust throughout this story and I fell. Hard . I’m writing this review and trying to see through the tears that won’t stop pouring from my eyes. Jay, what have you done to me?!!

I have been waiting for new words from my unicorn author, and when I saw she was writing a duet,
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Omgggggggggg!!!! This!!!! This is the book I've been dying for. This is the book that would unknowingly satiate all of my relentless cravings for angst and heartache and deliciously brutal teen drama but only momentarily because now I'm left hungry for more. THIS BOOK is precisely why you'll never in a million years hear me complain about cliffhangers. THIS is a superb demonstration of exactly why I enjoy them so much. I'm actually dying right now... dying from that ending, dying for MORE. But t ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
what did you do to me, book?? you have completely rocked my world within the span of twenty four hours!!

i’m not the kind of girl who’s easy to impress. yet during the time we spent together, you’ve managed to make me: laugh from your easy jokes and snarky banter; weep over how crazy and tragic your life is at seventeen; fall in love bcs of your words, your strength, your compassion, your ambition, and your determination to never give up no matter how many times life has failed you.

you broke my h
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ⭐'s

“There is no magic in a broken heart.”

Oh-my-goodness...I knew this would be a heart breaker! I love Jay McLean's stories but this one pulls at all the heart strings.

Ava's Mom was in the military and she had a rough go to say the least. It's forever changed all their lives. Connor's present life has been better but he has also suffered in his past.

Right from when he first sees Ava, he's drawn to her and she does everything she can to push him away. He's determined and soon they are tryi
Carla Bulian
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Autumn Grey
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"When the world is at its darkest, that's when the magic appears..."

Sometimes you finish a book and just stare at the words on the last page, speechless. Heart beating hard like it's about to rip out of your chest. Heartache and Hope did that to me. My emotions are all over the place because Connor and Ava own me. These two characters, oh man. . . Connor's starts this new school where he meets Ava. Sweet brave Ava, who's going through so much. Slowly, he breaks down her walls one witty banter a
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book here is the reason why I love reading. I get so giddy when I read something that just completely blows me away. Jay McLeans writing is nothing short of incredible and I fell so hard in love with Connor and Ava and became so invested in their story. They were both so devastatingly broken in different ways, but they found each other at a time when it was needed most and helped each other to heal. As always, the course of true love never does run smooth and we were left with that heartbre ...more
Anna Banana
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-heroines

It's been YEARS since I've read a book by Jay McLean, and honestly I kinda forgot about her books. But after reading this, it reminded me so much of what I loved about her books.

This book was so addictive, I tried to read this as much as I could after work every night and I was tempted to even bring it to work to try and read some more. I really like Jay's writing style and I really got drawn into this story about Ava and Connor. Yes, at the beginning I was kinda eye-rolling a bit and had to di
The Book Bee
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"It feels like I'm on fire and she's holding the match."


There are so many words I can use to describe this book, but none of them will come close to actually explaining the emotional impact it had on me. This book was the epitome of YA emotions on CRACK. It was organic. It grew naturally and it moved me. Gosh, it made me follow with half a hitch in my breathing - I was breathing funny!! That buildup, that crescendo
Good God, this was miserable! Really, the title ‘Heartache Duet’ should’ve clued me in but damn, this was depressing and painful on a level I didn’t expect. Like, imagine scraping your palms. And then rubbing salt into your scrapes. Repeatedly. That’s what reading this felt like. My chest still hurts. :(
Five beautifully broken stars for Ava and Connor 😭🏀❤!!!


This is NOT the first book I've read by Jay McLean, so there wasn't doubt that this book will be amazing before I even had started reading it 💕.

Jay is one of my favorite YA and NA authors 😍.

Her writing style is beautiful, emotional and so realistic that in the end, her books are the work of pure magic 💫.

Ava and Connor reminded me why I love so much Jay's books ❤.

They made me forget own real life and felt every happy and sad moment that
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I moved here with one thing on my mind. Work hard enough to get noticed so I move one step closer toward the end game. But... but maybe fate had other plans for me. Bigger ones. Because you're here, with me, and you noticed me, Ava, so maybe... maybe the end game was never about basketball. Maybe my end game is you.”

Gah! Jay McLean is back and better than ever before. I truly believe that Heartache and Hope is BY FAR her best book to date. It reminded me of all of the reasons why she is one of
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another Jay McLean, MASTERPIECE!

I’m blown away with this EPIC. EPIC. EPIC, story.
I have read all of this woman’s stories and they continue to dive deeper and wreck so much heartache in my soul.

Conner and Ava are so completely and utterly tattooed on my soul, forever. This story was beautiful, heartbreaking, and completely powerful.

Review to come. I need to get my thoughts together.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“When the world is at its darkest, that’s when the magic appears.”

5 stars!

Jay McLean is back, and she has just rocked my world with this brilliant, beautiful YA romance. Funny, sweet, heartbreaking, emotional and gorgeously romantic, Connor and Ava’s story is beautifully written and so, so special, and I loved every moment of it.

Ava’s life completely changed following a family tragedy when she was only 15 years old. Now a senior in high school, her life is almost unrecognisable from when she wa
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Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three little boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her lau

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