Elastic Hearts (Hearts #3)
by Claire Contreras
Published by Claire Contreras
Genre: romance; new adult
5 / 5
Learn that name, faithful readers. Learn it, know it, and needlepoint it on a pillow. Get it on a shirt, even.
Victor Reuben is one delectable, sensational, and utterly magnetic Hot Hero, and he will enslave you.
Victor is one of those guys who is far more broken than he realizes. He’s never been married – never come close – despite a fairly happy childhood family life. He’s close with his younger sister, he’s a successful divorce lawyer – in Los Angeles! where divorce is a popular commodity! – and he is gorgeous. He also knows his way around a woman’s lady parts. Yet Victor has never been married, never really even had a relationship of any substance.
Perhaps this is because he’s still hung up on Nicole Alessi? Don’t expect Victor to admit to that.
Their “relationship” consisted of a handful of torturously hot sexual encounters that ended when Victor chose career over the possibility of an emotional connection. Nicole presented a brave face – Victor did, too, really – and, six weeks later, married a popular Hollywood star. And now, after five years only sporadically seeing her, Victor has been picked by Nicole’s father to handle her divorce.
Hearts are tricky things. Some are soft and malleable, others are hard and impenetrable. Victor’s heart is elastic. It stretches and contracts, although the latter occurs more frequently. He has his friends and his family, and he has his job. Victor loves his job. He loves the success and the challenge. For his job, Victor’s heart knows only expansion.
Nicole’s renewed presence demands attention from Victor’s heart, and he fights it. His heart wants to swell and enlarge. It wants to encompass her. But Victor is afraid. Elasticity makes him vulnerable. Contraction keeps him safe and protected, but expansion. Expansion is a risk. What if his heart broadens and enlarges but is broken nonetheless? What if his heart can only expand for one thing?
Nicole, too, has an elastic heart. Hers operates conversely: Nicole’s heart is in an almost constant state of inflation. She has known the pain Victor fears, and although she approaches with caution, she embraces elasticity. She embraces Victor and all of his brokenness.
I loved this book. LOVED. IT. I loved Victor, and I loved Nicole, and I loved their friends. It’s the third in Claire Contreras’s Hearts series, but it’s a standalone. You don’t need to have read the first two to understand this one, although characters from those books make an appearance here. The romance feels real and fresh, and Victor and Nicole are worth your time and attention. It’s just such a well written story.
While this is a Hot Romance Novel with a Hot Hero (let me just say that Claire Contreras’s sexy times scenes will leave your thighs numb from all the squeezing), it’s also a story about family in all its shapes: fathers, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends, bosses, husbands, wives. Contreras recognizes that each of us has an elastic heart, even if they expand and contract for different reasons.
Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.
Soon to be ex-wife of Hollywood’s biggest star, Victor’s latest client and his boss’s daughter.
In such a high profile divorce, they can’t afford any extra drama. Luckily, neither one of them has anything to hide.
Unless you count the mind blowing sex they had…
Three times all those years ago.
As long as they leave the past where it belongs, they’ll be fine. But with her wearing those tight dresses and him giving her those heated glances, keeping their hands to themselves is proving to be more difficult than either one of them realized.
It won’t be long before the paparazzi start to smell smoke, and where there’s smoke…
About the Author:
My name is Claire and I am a New York Times & USA Today Best Selling author, mother of two, wife of one, owner of three dogs, and breast cancer survivor.
I enjoy writing anything from children’s stories to erotic suspense, but my most notable work is contemporary romance. When I’m not writing, I’m reading and dreaming about places I want to visit.
I’m represented by Rebecca Friedman, so if you have inquiries about my work please send them her way. If you have any questions for me, feel free to shoot me an email! I try my best to keep up with those.
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