Heartache and Hope (Heartache Duet #1) by Jay McLean

Hey lovely readers!

Here’s a book review for you! But before I get to that,I want to tell you all a little story.

I’ve always loved to read, and I’ve always been into romance, even way before I should have been haha! But, it was really only two years ago that I really got into contemporary and new adult romance. Now it’s my genre of choice, I mean my blog is a romance book blog! And guess what? It was a Jay McLean book that caused me to fall in love with the genre. I discovered her More Than Series on a crappy winter day, I binged all the books in 3 days (thank you crazy snow storm) and I was hooked. That weekend, More Than Him and More Than Her (books 2 and 3 in the series) became my favorite romance books and Jay became my favorite author. And now I have a (somewhat) successful blog and because of that I received Jay’s newest release as an ARC. Truly a dream come true. So thank you Jay from the bottom of my heart. I’ll never be able to thank you enough. Now to the review!

H&H“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.”

So let me just wipe the tears out of my eyes, because this one made me ugly cry so hard (all the best books do)! This review took me awhile to write, because for awhile all I could think to write was “this book is amazing” over and over. And no, I’m not kidding. But after some serious music therapy and a re-read (yup I’ve already read it again) I finally got my thoughts into sentences that actually say things and convey my love for this book.

Jay has this amazing ability to make all her stories mean something, they leave an impact on you, you always learn something about yourself, at least I do, and that to me is so amazing. This story is no different. You meet Connor and Ava and you know it’s going to be rough, you know it’s going to hurt. but you don’t know just how much you’ll learn from them. They’ll put a little magic back in your life, magic you didn’t even know you needed or wanted.

So this book is a YA sports romance and I love a good sports romance. There’s some sport, some teen angst, some skipping class, some fights, some laughs, all the smut you could want, and most importantly a boy and a girl learning just how awful life can be sometimes. If you read my blog you probably know I like books that are tough. The ones that put the awful stuff right in your face and force you to confront it. I love the ones that don’t shy away from the scary things, the horrible stuff that happens every day that no one wants to talk about. This book packs that punch. Connor has been through something awful, Ava is pretty much living her own personal nightmare, but somehow they manage to find peace within each other. There’s something so beautiful and powerful about that.

But what I think these two learn throughout this book is that you have to love yourself first. You cannot expect someone else to make you whole, make you better, pick up your pieces. Heartache and Hope reminds us that there is magic in the people we love, but also in ourselves. Sometimes we just need to be reminded.

In case it’s not clear, I 100% recommend this one for any romance lover and I myself cannot wait for book #2

Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna



*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads


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My name is Adrianna. I’m a 27 year old wife, mommy, book lover, and librarian. I have a deep love for books and an unhealthy obsession with iced tea! I can quote almost any Disney movie, Belle is my favorite Disney princess, and I live for Harry Potter! I enjoy reading New Adult Romance above anything else. I have one beautiful baby boy named Jace and 5 cats and 1 dog who are basically my world (along with hubby of course)! And when I’m not reading I enjoy writing, puzzling, trivia, and long walks with the hubs, baby boy, and dog! Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy! ❤ Adrianna

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