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Hair & Heart

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  79 reviews

My life is like a prison.

I may be one of the world’s biggest popstars, but I live no fairy tale. 

Everything I do is controlled by my manager. It’s the only way I don’t hurt anyone again.
The only way to be free.

Until I meet him. 
Sandy Thorne. 
He comes into my life full of color, passion and snark, and despite irritating me to no end, he makes me believe in happy ever

Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published November 13th 2020 by Rhys Writes Romance
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Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
If you’ve been following Britney Spears story (I’m a product of the 90s/early 00’s so of course I am), this story will be familiar to you. A pop star who has been placed under a conservatorship and given up all rights to their life pretty much due to mental health issues. Everly is able to take this current pop culture tale, mix it with a well known fairytale, and create a sweet love story between a trapped pop star and his colorblind sassy assistant. Unfortunately, the snark didn’t completely w ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fun twist on the classic Rapunzel fairytale, mixing a trapped pop star together with a sassy stylist. The characters are likeable, and although their banter felt a little juvenile at times, I found myself invested in them getting their fairytale ending. Sandy and Val have a fun, flirty and romantic story, with some outside drama and villainy that makes their hard-fought ending all the more satisfying.
The snark made this story and was the perfect level of love/hate. Love/hate is generally not my jam, but the author balanced is perfectly with the character's personalities. ...more
Fernanda Parente
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hair and Heart is a modern Rapunzel. Val is a rockstar who struggles with his mental illness while his uncle controls everything, because he thinks that he killed his parents during a mental episode. His uncle hires a sassy stylist called Sandy, who captures Val's attention. The connection between Val and Sandy is instantaneous, but it doesn't feel unreal.
Great story

I received an ARC for an honest review.
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hair and Heart is the fifth book in a series of 6 modern MM fairytale retellings by 6 different authors. Hair and Heart is written by Rhys Everly. Hair and Heart is a modern MM Rapunzel retelling. I loved the story of Val and Sandy. Their story was sweet and very well written. If you love (modern) fairytale retellings or just love sweet romances this one is for you.
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
4.5 Stars

Hair and Heart is a modern retelling of Rapunzel. This Rhys Everly book captured my attention immediately with a rock star with a tough past.

Ohhh...I just love this story. Making the trapped character a famous rock star works for me on multiple levels. It's great because it's unfortunately all too realistic to have a controlling manager. As well, it's over the top fun the way Val is controlled. It's seriously crazy, yet perfectly fitting of the Rapunzel theme.

Val is perfectly lovable,
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting take on the Rapunzel fairy tale for the multi author MM Fairy Tale romance series and I really liked the story and characters involved.
From the moment that Val and Sandy meet, there is such a great level of banter back and forth between them that verges on insults but in a friendly way, eventually, and then in a loving way. Val seems so innocent and vulnerable and my heart went out to him as he fights to stand for himself after a long history of mental health problems. San
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was ok

Oh boy, I really struggled with this one. I'm not sure what I was expecting but what I got wasn't at all what I thought it might be given it's supposed to be a retelling of Rapunzel. My first thought as I started reading was this was a retelling of Britney Spears life, not a bad thing just not what I was hoping for.

There is a lot of potential here but too much sex and the guys falling in love so soon after meeting didn't give me a chance to fall in love with them. I really felt for Val but I ju
Szidi ☼
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it

This book is supposed to be a Rapunzel retelling, but I couldn't find it in the story. But it wasn't a problem for me becasue I really enjoyed reading this book, Rapunzel or not.

The characters were sweet, and I loved their connection. The stylist/popstar theme is so good, and I loved everything about Val and his fame.

I love books with charasters who have DID, and at some point I thought this book is that too, but no... anyway, it was interesting nonetheless.

Val and Sandy were lovely toget
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, romance
This is such a sassy, snarky, entertaining book that I couldn’t put down. The characters had me on an emotional rollercoaster as the layers of their personalities were revealed -especially Val. I enjoyed following along on Val and Sandy’s journey. This is an enjoyable retelling of Rapunzel filled with something for everyone from humor, mystery, and romance; definitely worth reading.
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The snark is live and well

Omg I have never loved the sassy and snarky banter between 2 characters more than I did in this book. This book is different the others that came before that I've read so far but if you need some laughs THIS is the one to grab.
Karolina Cebula
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt
*4,5 stars*

"Hair and Heart" by Rhys Everly is the next installment in a series of novels retelling the stories known from the most popular fairy tales. The inspiration for "Hair and Heart" was "Rapunzel", and its new, contemporary version, which the author presents to us, is really interesting, similar and at the same time different from the original, and most importantly, in terms of history and the emotions, needs, desires and problems that drive the characters it is 100% a contemporary story.
Emily Hernandez
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Val and Sandy's fascinating story somehow managed to be both a quirky, goofy romance and a chilling fairy tale recreation. I've never read a story with such expertly hidden secrets, and I loved pulling back the layers one piece at a time to reveal the truth. Val and Sandy's snarky banter, insta-love style hookups, and general pop-star diva moments distracted me for a while, but once I started to get a glimpse of the shockingly dark reality Val's life had become, it was hard to go back. For a sto ...more
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a unique take on the classic Rapunzel story. Val’s tower is more symbolic than reality but that makes him no less a prisoner of his controlling Uncle Fred. When flamboyant (and very color blind) Sandy is hired as his stylist, he immediately notices something is off in their relationship. Val may be a rumored diva and complete nut job, but he can tell that there is definitely something wrong. There were times reading this that I admit that I kinda wanted to throttle Val for being quite so ob ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I will admit I struggled to read this one - one of my favourite genres is retold fairytales, so this is my fourth in the series of modern gay retellings. It meant I wanted to love this version of Rapunzel, and instead... I almost didn't finish it.
I think the issue was the dialogue between the characters - other people have admitted it feels immature, but were able to look past it. I couldn't - how quickly they fell in love, and the love conquers all vibe felt cheap and poorly composed to me, and
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a quagmire of an emotional roller coaster that Val has lived since forever and it takes a color-blind stylist outsider, Sunny Thorne by name, to enter this twisted realm and charge into the saving of Val King, pop star extraordinaire. Sunny suspects and later in the story confirms that good old Uncle Fred has been the greedy and murderous villain throughout all of Val's life; the man Val trusted, the man who never abandoned him. Or so Val thought. Oh, what a web the spider-like man has w ...more
Amy Stauffer
I am a big fan of Rhys Everly, so I was looking forward to his contribution to this series. Each book is written by a different author, and captures the essence of a fairy tale, and gives it their own unique spin on it. This is Everly’s version of Rapunzel.

I found this story to be engaging, and easy to get lost in. The banter between Val and Sandy was fun. Wit, sarcasm, and humor is such a personal thing. What some find funny, others might not. For me, it was delightful. What wasn’t delightful
Reading to Stay Awake
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for a fairy tale retelling and even more so for pink hair!!! I'm not really a fan of Rapunzel though and don't really know what the story is but I do know that this retelling will not be made by Disney any time soon!

Rhys Everly has written a fabulous book, which to me takes in a few things from the real world including the life and times of Britney Spears. He has weaved a tale of suspicion, angst and mental health issues for our Rapunzel before introducing his knight in shining glas
Provided ARC by GRR in exchange for an honest review.

This was a bit disappointing for me. Still a good book, but just not my favorite of the MM fairy tale retellings. My main niggle with it is that nothing felt real for a long time. And maybe that was purely amazing writing as to what was going on, but like I just felt like everything was glazed over in a way. Maybe I felt like I was colorblind reading it. So, you have Val this repressed and sheltered pop star then you have Sandy who is loud an
Susan Marie  Beattie
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Storyline was really good

I enjoyed the storyline of the pop star, Val, kept away from the public and his every move controlled. His mental illness appeared to need to be kept under control.

Recently fired stylist, Sandy, gets a shot at being Vals stylist which would be amazing for him.

Val and Sandy at first seemed to give each other a hard time and it was funny, then it got old. Its difficult to read conversations of people who don't ever seem to turn off the snarky persona. It wasn't funny as
What a deliciously snarky and sassy gem this is! To say I devoured this delightful book is an understatement - like Val and Sandy, I just couldn't get enough. "Hair & Heart" is a truly unique and fresh take on the Rapunzel fairy tale, with unconventional heroes, a devious villain, tons of steam (!!) and humor, and a cat even I could love (hey, I'm allergic too, lol). Credit to author Rhys Everly for addressing some complex real-life issues in such a light-hearted, fun, tender and hopeful story t ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Val is Rockstar Rapunzel in this classic fairytale MM re-telling and there are some dark overtones. He struggles with his mental illness while his uncle controls everything. The media and some fans believe that he killed his parents several years ago so he has to deal with his troubled past. His uncle hires Sandy, a snarky and sassy stylist, to help Val with his image. What starts out as hate sex turns into something more as they begin to fall in love. Sandy starts to suspect something malevolen ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my sweet Lord, I've never laughed so hard at a Rapunzel retelling. It was ingenious the way the snarky and funny moments balanced the sad and filled with emotion moments.
It was an interesting approach and I totally loved the pink hair, the plot was unexpected with a little mystery and the characters were so artfully made that you had the impression you live their story.
The cat was a nice touch and I really loved it's personality. Val and Sandy are so adorable together and I loved how Sandy pr
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Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the very best time reading this book, I couldn't put it down and I finished it in one sitting. It was extremely entertaining and the plot was brilliant, the perfect Rapunzel retelling. The playful bickering between Sandy and Val was so much fun. I really like snarky characters. Sandy and Val had amazing chemistry and they were really interesting people. I wanted to get to know them better and see how their story ended. I read a lot of fairy tale retellings this year and this one definitely ...more
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off... I guess I need to go read the Rapunzel fairy tale as I have no clue what that story is about...

Secondly... I will say that if nothing else, I am much better educated in the area of color blindness thanks to this author!

And, thirdly... well, I can't tell you my "thirdly" or it would give the whole story plot away... grr

But, I will say that it broke my heart to see how horrible Val's life had been up until Sandy stepped in to save the day, and, of course, show him how love REALLY wor
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
I thoroughly enjoyed this modern-day retelling of Rapunzel with a MM twist. Take one sassy, color-blind, just fired stylist to the stars (Sandy Thorne) plus one snarky, mentally unstable (or is he?) prince of pop (Val King) and throw in a controlling uncle for good measure and you get this easily readable, enjoyable tale. Add in a driver, a chef and a BFF that are more like guardians and a kitty that knows that he is the real owner in the relationship and Rhys Everly has delivered another low an ...more
Janet Hunt
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I seriously loved all the snark and banter between Val and Sandy in this story!! Val was a pop star and Sandy was hired to be his stylist. I loved how Sandy was color blind, too funny. I loved how Val fought for himself, he was placed under his uncle’s conservatorship. His uncle is very manipulative and controlling. Val and Sandy had a ton of chemistry, so much steam rolling off the pages. The story was well written with strong character development. I received an advanced copy. My reviews are s ...more
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet retelling of the Rapunzel story with a bit of tragedy and a lot of reflection and growth. When you meet Val, you feel for him and what's he's been through during his short life. There's something off about the conservatorship, and you find out later the truth, but you want to protect Val from the very beginning. The connection between Val and Sandy is instantaneous, but it doesn't feel forced and there is a character arc. Their banter is hilarious and the relationship is sweet. A ...more
Siobhan Flynn
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sandy and Val are so sweet together and they really open up to each other. Snark, sass and first class banter these two will burrow into your heart and stay there. I can't imagine how constraining it must is to be controlled by family and I felt such sympathy for Val but he was lucky to have Sandy in his life. It is so easy to loathe the evil guy in this tale, but be is manipulative and deserves every bit of scorn thrown his way. Great characters and a few hilarious moments, you will not be disa ...more
Ida Umphers
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story of Rapunzel has never really worked for me. Yes, it is a fairy tale, but I need a tiny bit of realism and buying the princess in the tower just didn't cut it. Finally, someone figured out a way to make it work and in a contemporary setting! The idea of Val being a musician who needs a conservator made total sense and then when Sandy comes into his life and they push all of each others' buttons in such delightful ways made this one of my favorite fairy tale re-imaginaings of this year. ...more
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