Friday, April 3, 2015

Blog Tour + Review: Mending Heartstrings by Felicia Lynn


 
Title: Mending Heartstrings
Series: Heartstrings #2
Author: Felicia Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: March, 2014
Review Source: eBook
 
Just when life seems to be manageable, you’re thrown radically off course by “the one”. “The one” you weren’t expecting. “The one” who single handedly holds the key to the tattered and rusted lock to the walls surrounding your heart. Letting her into your protected sanctuary will only serve one purpose, intentional infliction of pain and heartache.
Jon is a man on a mission with only one agenda, to survive…to survive his past, and avoid letting his future be consumed by his history. It’s all really simple, until she walks into his world and turns it, on its axis. She makes him yearn for things he never wanted, or at least didn’t realize he ever would. Now his dreams and writings are consumed with the fantasy that this girl could change everything. But deep down he knows she deserves better. Better than him. Better than anyone he’s ever met.
He’s the lead guitarist for Garrett McKenna’s band. His life consists of touring, studio time, and writing music. That’s it. Staying healthy means keeping his routine, which has been easy enough until this little effervescent beauty rocks his world. Now he’s left questioning everything and doing some soul searching to decide if he’s equipped to give what he knows she needs and deserves.
Whitney avoids love at all costs. She’s not scared of it. She’s too strong to be that weak. She refuses to allow herself to lose her mind over another person, when there’s a high probability of getting her heart broken. She’s witnessed it more times than she can count, and she’s less than interested in taking the gamble.
Her strong will has served her well in life. Very few people know her secrets. She prefers to keep it that way. Her friends and family own her heart and deep devotion. She could easily do without the rest of the population but plays nice so she doesn’t appear to be the major bitch she knows she is on the inside.
Everything in her life makes sense. Her life is filled with more love and laughter than most will ever see, and it feels complete to her. She’s simply satisfied…until him.
He complicates things. His life isn’t something she understands or is willing to try to figure out. But she can’t keep her mind from wandering to the scruff faced, gorgeous guitarist, no matter how hard she tries.He’s everything she’s never wanted, yet her heart is telling her differently. She fears she’s diving headfirst off the cliff of heartache. She’ll never recover from her brief no-strings weekend with this man. If she opens her heart it will be “the end”… no matter what. The question is what kind of ending will it be? Not all fairy tales have the happily ever after.
I was totally mesmerized by Mending Heartstrings. I absolutely couldn’t put this book down. I have been reading a lot of good books as of late but this one stood out to me the most. The story was simply amazing.

Jon is the lead guitarist in his best friend’s band. When Jon’s parents wrote him off because they couldn’t fathom the idea of him pursuing a career in music that’s when he met his best friend Garrett. When times got tough Garrett, his family, and the band were the ones there for him. Jon hit a rough patch in his life that changed him forever. His life will always be a struggle within.

Whitney has had her own devastating past. She has built the walls around her quite thick. Consuming herself in work makes it hard to have a social life. A life where she can’t get hurt again seems the right path to take. That is until she meets Jon. 

The two have this spark between them instantly. When they are together, everything flows smoothly. There is no awkwardness between the two until Whitney runs. She isn’t ready to let her walls thin even a little bit. She’s so scared of getting hurt again. Jon has no idea about her past and she doesn’t know about his either. He is terrified that his past will make her run even farther away. Can Jon prove to Whitney there is nothing to be running from? Can Whitney ever let her walls be broken down?

Wow, this story was marvelous. I think why it stood out to me so much is because it was realistic. Real life situations make a connection to a book that much better for me. It did have a lot of angst but man it was HOT! The love Whitney and Jon have for each other is refreshing. I loved the family dynamics of Garrett’s family and the band. Don’t get me wrong parts of this book tugged at my heartstrings a bit but in all it was one of the best books I’ve read in a while.







More From Felicia Lynn

Tied up in Heartstrings

Tragedy ripped the security from her life. Left a single mother, Alexis's fear of loss insulates her from the rest of the world. Her best friends from college and close family are the only people she keeps close.

A man from her past has always been in love with Alexis. He’s never met anyone that measures up to her. Garrett is a musician, who never really imagined he’d have the fame and fortune that he's found. But, even with that, what he's always wanted is out of reach... or is it?

When Garrett and Alexis meet up by chance a relationship begins. Neither expected what happens. She can’t be sure she’s ready for the complications a relationship brings. He will have to work overtime to win her heart without any assurances it will be successful.

Alexis is learning about life without Jed, and is feeling more secure with parenting on her own. Garrett appreciates his fans and is enjoying his life on the road but misses having a private life. The lives they have built separately leave little room for a budding relationship, but their hearts won’t take that into consideration.

Will the cards they’ve been dealt get in the way of a love that is meant to be? Is love enough to overcome loss and heartbreak? Can they accept all that the other is, without feeling like they are living in the shadow of their former lives?

The List

In Matthews, North Carolina, where everyone knows everyone, there’s a minefield of hidden secrets and cover-ups. When Kip’s opportunity to avenge those who have been wronged approaches, he contemplates revenge. For Kip, removing the people who’ve caused harm to those he loves is a mission of service. With the time limit on Kip’s future quickly approaching, sacrifices must be made to make sure the guilty parties pay. But will his conscience get in the way? Can a man who lives life so passionately ever be a murderer?

Felicia Lynn, author of Tied Up In Heartstrings, is a transplanted Florida girl, born and raised, who lives just north of Atlanta, GA. She spends most of her days holed up in a cozy chair with a cup of tea and her laptop, writing about the characters that live in her head. When she’s not writing you’ll find her hanging out with her family and friends! She loves reading, taking long walks, chatting with her Facebook family, and listening to music, especially live music. A self-declared lover of all things baseball, she is obsessed with every aspect of the game!!!

Felicia writes contemporary romance, because love stories make people happy. Even in the midst of anguish and turmoil, true love can turn life around, and the process is beautiful. Most of Felicia's stories are based on real life experiences, which she embellishes to tell a story. Mending Heartstrings, the second in the Heartstrings series, will be releasing shortly. She also recently co-wrote a mystery/suspense book titled The List with professional poker player, Chris Bell. Look for more to come from those two as well.

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