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Hometown Heartless

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  76 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.

250 pages
Expected publication: January 23rd 2020

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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
Carlene Inspired
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars


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♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ 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
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
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 ...more
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
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.
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 ...more
Shirley Cuypers
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-beta, ebooks, 2019
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This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Carrie Aarons!

Hometown Heartless
is a standalone novel about Kennedy and Everett.

Carrie Aarons is one of the many amazing authors I’ve discovered in 2019 and so far I have loved every book she’s written. So it’s no surprise that I loved Hometown Heartless! Hometown Heartless is the first standalone I’ve read by Carrie Aarons and I really enjoyed reading it!

Kennedy is such a relatable character, I
Katie (Leave Me Alone I Am Reading)
When Carrie writes an angsty love story, she delivers with perfection.

This book ran me through the ringer and then some. I had feelings of doubt, anxiety, I shed tears, I swooned with Kennedy over a Everett and man did I ever get mad at him too!

Carrie was able to deliver a not so perfect love story with a second chance feel, rip it apart and stomp on my heart leaving me bleeding with dread in the floor, and then piece it back together with one simple line.

“Wait for me. I’m coming home for you.
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
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.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

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!!!
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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,
Skye Yanovsky
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hometown Heartless is a departure from the stories I usually associate with Carrie. This is a YA story about first love, the hardships & struggles of a young man who joins the military and the heartbreak of those left behind waiting for their military loved ones return.

This story is beyond emotional. It’s gut wrenching in its honest portrayal of the struggles, pain and hardship out returning military face when they come home. As a person who has several military family members (my cousin
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
Hometown Heartless is Carrie Aarons’ newest standalone novel. Just like any of her books, I didn’t read the synopsis so I had no idea what I was about to start and wow! The few quotes I have seen about the book let me know it was going to be an emotional ride and it definitely was. I do however always read the synopsis before I write my reviews so I don’t spoil anything. This one is spectacular so I will try to make this fast.

One year ago, Kennedy was told that her one and only crush was
Samantha Ortegon
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hometown Heartless by Carrie Aarons is everything that I need in a good read. I ended last year in a book slump and Aarons is one of the authors that reminded me of why I love to get lost in a story. This story has all of the emotional feels that pulls at the heart trying to tear it apart in all different directions.

Everette Brock is his hometown's golden boy, he graduates and against everyone's wishes, he joins the service and returns a war hero. The boy that left his hometown had dreams and
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heartless: adjective. displaying a complete lack of feeling or consideration.

That's the dictionary definition. But there's a difference between connotation (an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning) and denotation (the literal or primary meaning of a word, in contrast to the feelings or ideas that the word suggests). Getting technical? Um, yeah, but there's a reason. Everett Brock appears to be heartless in the denotative sense of the word, and he
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
PP's Bookshelf
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hometown Heartless by Carrie Aarons was a gripping tale of young love and devastating effects of war set in a cute small town background.

Everett and Kennedy were great friends and neighbours since childhood who developed more powerful feelings gradually. But then Everett left for army and Kennedy stayed in their hometown. They sent letters every day so that their connection got stronger every day. And then the whole world tilts. Everett is captured by enemies. And when he returns after suffering
Sunny Shelly Reads
Whoa. This book was all kinds of emotional. There is something so pure and sweet about Everett and Kennedy's love — despite the emotional and mental damage that he now has as a result of being a prisoner of war who'd been presumed dead. And despite how broken and battered emotionally and mentally he is, there is still that same bond between them that existed from the time they were little kids.

The push and pull between Everett and Kennedy is fantastic. It is gripping and completely captivated
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing story from one of my fave authors...she never disappoints! This book is a thoughtful, thought provoking, angsty and emotional read. I definitely needed some breathers just to be able to handle what was coming next!

Everett and Kennedy grew up next door to each other and developed a teenage crush that never resulted in anything other than a friendship and a promise of a first kiss...then Everett left to join the military.

Two years later...
She’s a carefree senior in high school, a
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 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so emotionally charged, I found myself having to take short breaks just to be able to handle what was coming next!

Everett and Kennedy grew up next door to each other and developed a teenage crush that never resulted in anything other than a friendship and a promise of a first kiss...then Everett left to join the military.

Two years later...
She’s a carefree senior in high school, a cheerleader and an overachiever who has her future all mapped out.
He’s been a prisoner of war,
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hometown Heartless put my heart in a blender, took me on an emotional rollercoaster, and then slowly started trying to piece it back together. Everett is broken, full of guilt, worn down by pain, and has so many regrets he just doesn’t know how to deal with it all. My heart hurt for so much for both characters because of the things they have endured but mostly my heart hurt the most for Everett. Everett is a survivor, a good man, and a hero but he doesn’t see things that way after being held a ...more
Bibliophile  Chloe
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
With my background, I have a soft spot in my heart for military romances. I am a veteran and married to a retired combat veteran so I have a unique view and filter when it comes to them.

This is the story of Everett and Kennedy. Now I will say that usually, YA/NA stories are not my first choice in reading, but the blurb really pulled at me and I am glad that I was able to read this!

Yes, the characters are young, however, the world experienced that Everett has really aged his soul, it made him
Carina Adams
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hometown Heartless was a breath of fresh air!

I went in blind, knowing only that I loved the cover and Carrie Aarons. What I got was a story of first love that I won’t forget.

My heart broke for Everett. I can’t even imagine what he went through. All I could think was, ‘he’s just a kid!’ He was thrown into situations men twice his age, with much more training, couldn’t have made their way back from, yet he clung to the goodness inside him.
Kennedy was a sweetheart. It’s nice to see the popular
Tania's Book Blog
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional beautiful love story. Everett and Kennedy grabbed my heart and still hasn’t let go. The emotions these two ho thru to finally get their HEA will pull you from the very beginning. Everett returns after being considered dead after being captured by the enemies while on deployment. Kennedy the girl next door that always had a crush on him but they never did anything because he was being deployed. When he returned he wasn’t the same person and Kennedy noticed but she still had her ...more
Emily Goodman
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Aaron's tells a tumultuous tale about a war stricken Marine returning to his hometown after a year held in captivity. Leaving his childhood friend and his forever girl behind, Everett Brock was determined to do be noble and fight for his country after graduating highschool. Although he left , Kennedy, the girl next door and unrealized love of his life behind in their hometown, their love only builds as time keeps them apart. Until life unexpectedly throws Everett a curve ball by choosing ...more
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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