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Hometown Heartless

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  367 ratings  ·  165 reviews
One year ago, the boy next door was captured as a prisoner of war.

The boy whose window faces mine.
The backyard buddy who bandaged up my skinned knees.
The childhood crush that kept me up at night, wondering if he’d ever be my boyfriend.
The town hero I wrote endless letters to after he shipped out.
The green-eyed charmer who promised me a kiss the day I turned eighteen.

And no
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Published January 23rd 2020
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FIVE EMOTIONAL STARS for Kennedy and Everett ❤❤❤!!!


It's not a secret that I love every book Carrie wrote.

She knows how to keep the reader's attention and she does it well in every new book.

The same is with this one.

This is the first military romance book that I've read and I absolutely loved it.

It's beautifully written and her words melted my heart.

"Hometown Heartless" is an emotional military romance with an angst and second chance tropes.

Kennedy and Everett's story broke my heart in a t
Carlene Inspired
4.5 Stars

A contemporary romance that'll have you falling hard for the hometown hero alongside the heroine, even as he breaks her heart. Everett and Kennedy were always more than just childhood friends, but their age difference and Everett's dreams of becoming a Marine have them putting their romantic desires on hold. The letters they send during his time away only serve to fuel the yearning between them, but one day Everett stops writing back and soon the town, and Kennedy, must accept that he'l
Meredith Wilson
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-arc-reads
WOW! This is by far Carrie's best book to date. I won't lie, I'm not a big fan of military books, but Hometown Heartless absolutely blew me away! This new standalone is intense and filled with so much emotion. I wasn't sure my poor heart would survive.

Everett and Kennedy were close high school friends who had feelings for one another, but never acted upon them due to their age difference. When he enlists in the military, they took those feelings to paper, expressing what they couldn't before he
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Carrie has really upped her writing with this book.

Hometown Heartless is a standalone from Carrie Aarons and one that took me by surprise. I have read a fair amount of Carrie's books and this is first book that I have seen Carrie take on a topic that is riddled with so much emotion and depth to it.

Carrie has always been an author that I could depend on for a sweet romance with a bit of drama sprinkled in her stories. But none of her other books compare to this one. It's my first five-star book f
Cassidy (cassidyreads)
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carrie definitely knows how to make me cry my eyes out. This story was beautifully written as well as emotional. Everett and Kennedy are the couple you root for from the very beginning of the story. Kennedy is the smart, loving and extremely caring high school senior who has been waiting to share her love for the guy she's been in love with for forever. Everett has "returned from the dead", he has returned home as broken as ever, he has returned home as a completely new person. After dealing wit ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hometown Heartless was a really interesting book for me. I had mixed feelings about it for several reasons.

First off there was the leading man Everett. I never really had that moment of connection with him. I never felt like I was rooting for him after the way he acted in the beginning. He was so hot and cold at times that I'm not sure how the leading lady Kennedy put up with him or forgave him. He had some occasional moments of brightness or likablity but it wasn't really enough to win me over
Karla Lopez
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book ten stars I would.

This book was everything. Favorite book of the month hands down. Man, I have so many things I want to say. This book had raw, emotional, angst, beautiful, endearing , eye opening moments. I went into this book blind and I’m so glad I did. I feel like the impact of this story hit me hard.

When I say the first chapter drew me in...I’m not kidding. I was an emotional wreck from chapter one. Seeing him come home. Omg my heart couldn’t take so much emotion.
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Hometown heartless is not the first book I read by Carrie Aarons – but I think so far it is the best. I might not be able to go all the way with giving it “only” 4 out of 5 stars, but believe me when I say I have pretty high personal demands before I will give away this 5th Star

Checking my reading history with this author I have to say it is a 50/50 hit and miss – I’ve had everything from dislike to love – and that actually can speaks in favor of an author because it either means the writing is
Briana Cooper
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting for what seems like forever for this book. And wow, it was so worth the wait!
Kennedy is such a soft hearted, focused girl. Thinking she’s lost the only person she loved, but finding a way to carry on, until he’s back.
Everett is a beyond broken man who has a good heart that almost cost him his life. Being a prisoner of war and then returning home just to have a target on his back by the US military.
Their emotional journey together throughout this book was heartwarming and h
Ashley Estep The Art of Reading
3.5 stars for Hometown Heartless. I won't lie I loved this book to begin with, I couldn't stop reading. Kennedy and Everett had me hooked from the start and it was going to be a 5 star read for me. Everett was holding a secret he was afraid for everyone to know, and when I found out what it was I was shocked and so disappointed.

Everett was a POW and everyone assumed he was dead. The Marines came knocking on his parent's door delivering the news, his parents had a funeral for him. The girl he le
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hometown Heartless is a thought provoking, angsty and emotional read. It takes you on a raw, emotional journey of love, heartbreak, PTSD struggles and so many other emotions.

This story truly grabbed me from the very beginning and never let go. I love Everett and Kennedy together and found myself silently pleading that they would find their way back to each other. The push and pull between them is gripping and alternates between being heartbreaking and beautiful. Their story completely captivated
LianaReads blog
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some decisions will change your whole life for good. Not all of them have a great outcome.
That’s what happens when our hero decided to join the army and is discharged after being kidnapped in the war.
He’s back home but he’s definitely not the same. What is the same thought, are his feelings for the girl next door, his childhood friend that somehow became more than that. But as usual, it’s a long and angsty way to that happily ever after.
Same beautiful heartbreaking and heartwarming love story
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Despite one-clicking her books when they release, this is my first Carrie Aarons book and I am not quite sure why. Her writing is fantastic, pulling you into the story and really making you go through all the emotions her characters are.

Hometown Heartless is a little bit different to most of the books in the military-second-chance-romance trope. Yes, the hero goes off to war, promising to return to the girl he loves, and when he returns, he's not the boy who left years ago. But in HH,
AnneMarie Davee
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader, it’s not easy to find a book that wraps me up as emotionally as this book did. Take a small town, a childhood crush, a boy who becomes a man in the Marines, a smart girl who is as kind as she is determined and a tragedy that is as heartbreaking as it life defining, and you have a story for the ages.

Everett and Kennedy went from childhood friends, to flirtatious teens, to pen pals, to wary advisories, to something more that becomes everything. Between their youthful promises a
Rhonda Ziglar
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 EMOTIONAL LOVE STARS!! Wow, what a beautiful emotional ride this was. My heartstrings were pulled from every direction with all the feels in this story. Everett and Kennedy's story will grab you from the beginning and hold on until the last words. This author's weaves a powerful emotional story in a beautiful light. This is one book you will want to read. ...more
Avidez Literaria
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
“And yet, I still want you.” She shrugs, as if we’re stuck in this impossible situation.
“I’ve never wanted anything as much as I want you.” I breathe, relief flooding through me.”

Kennedy has her whole life planned. Senior at high school, all her efforts are aimed at be approved in the college of her dreams and being able to study nursing. For that, she has a goal plan. Study, focus and ambition are what move her. But the shocking news that the boy she is in love with is returning home will shak
Sara ✨ Next Book Review Blog ✨
Oh my lanta! There’s something so emotional about military romances. Perhaps it’s because we get an up close and personal look at military lives and it’s emotional to “see” the sacrifices they make for our country and the people in it. Not to mention their family who suffer just because they love said military men/women. So while for the most part we get generic glimpses of those lives. It felt as if we were right there with Everett and Kennedy every painful step of the way. Carrie Aarons pulls ...more
Kari Hansen
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Everett decided to join the military his dreams of helping his country didn’t involve being taken prison and tortured for the last year. Everyone thought he was dead and at times he begins to wonder if that would have been better. He has returned home to find that life around him hadn’t changed but he had, and he knows that the best thing he can do for the girl he loved is to keep his distance.

Kennedy is in her final year of high school and was devastated when she believed he was dead. She
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
High school crushes do not always end in heartbreak, but when Everett Brock is assumed dead Kennedy's hopes and dreams are shattered. When he is found alive after being a prisoner of war, he returns home broken and not the same person that left. Can the two reunite and fix each others broken pieces? Can the letters that they wrote to each other while he was overseas be the catalyst to a new beginning or will they only be a memory of what was supposed to be? Completely heart wrenching and at time ...more
Cee Cee Houston
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hometown Heartless is the best book I’ve read by Carrie Aaarons. She is an author who strives to improve her art with each story she writes.
This is a gritty, gripping and emotional story told in dual POV, thankfully, as a lot of the internal angst from Everrett. Kennedy’s too.
This rawness of the psychological harm that’s inflicted on members of the military was captured well. I felt Everrett’s pain and dislocation from life. It’s not a sunshine and rainbows tale, there’s a lot of pain and pushin
Sarah Dale
Oh wow Carrie out did herself with this emotional read. She wrote this so beautifully, so raw and emotional. She did warn me that it would make us work for the HEA and she certainly did this. I honestly think this was one of my favourites of hers and that's saying a lot as I love her writing.

Everett and Kennedy are a couple that embed themselves in your heart from beginning to end. They have lived next door to each other and been on a cusp of their relationship progressing until Everett enlists
Jenny B
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Aarons has packed so much emotion into this story I don't even know where to start. Kennedy is in her senior year of high school and Everett is home after some tragic events as a soldier. This was an incredible story of him finding his ways after the horrible events he suffered through and his emotional struggle of wanting to be the one for Kennedy. My heart was ripped apart and placed back together so many times through this story.

ABsolutely an amazing read!
Marisela M. Chavez
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Kennedy and Everett story was beyond amazing. I just loved everything about them. How they navigated this new chapter of their lives and learning more about one another. This story had so much love, hurt, sadness and every emotion in between. Carrie Aarons did not disappoint, and can’t wait to read more of her books.
The Book Lover
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Carrie hit me in the feels with this book, it was an incredible story and the characters were incredible! I had to read it in one sitting because the hero pulled at my heartstrings and didn't let me go until the very end, simply amazing. ...more
Jennifer D.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good friends-to-lovers second chance romance! Kennedy and Everett's story pulled me from the start. It's a little angsty and will pull on your heart strings with all that Everett has endured. Their happy ending is worth all the heartbreak and loss they each have endured. It will give all the feels. ...more
Angelique du Plessis
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Heather Lynn
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I wanted to love and adore Hometown Heartless, but I just liked it.

I loved the writing, I loved the realism of the struggles Everett was going through, I loved Kennedy, and I loved the premise of the story.

What I didn’t love was Everett.

Ms Aarons knows how to write jerks and usually I adore those jerks and their redemption, unfortunately this time I didn’t love Everett, and there were some points I wasn’t even sure I liked him.

**ARC provided for an honest review.**
Lindsey (Linz Readz)
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review, kindle
I devoured this story!

This book is my favorite book by this author to date. This story is quite a bit darker than the previous books I've read by her and my heart was not ready for the journey I was taken on. This book took on such an intense topic but it was done extremely well, and you could tell the author did a lot of research to make sure it was done correctly.

Kennedy is a relatable character and I loved reading about what she was going through. When the love of her life comes home from the
I was drawn to Hometown Heartless by the blurb mentioning military (I’m a sucker for military romance). I’m going to admit that I was a little discouraged with the characters, in my head I pictured them older.

Everett’s character endured a lot in his life and the things that he experienced made him a different person than who Kennedy remembered/knew when they were together. Hometown Heartless is a story of growth, acceptance and discovery by both Everett and Kennedy.

Reviewed by: Dan
Athena D.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 STARS

This second chance romance will give you all the feels. Carrie Aarons captivates you with Kennedy and Everett's story. I highly recommend reading this book as it is certainly a MUST read. Hometown Heartless by Carrie Aarons will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ELITE!!!
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Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a

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