ARC Review: Elastic Hearts (Hearts #3) by Claire Contreras

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ARC Review: Elastic Hearts (Hearts #3) by Claire ContrerasElastic Hearts (Hearts, #3)
by Claire Contreras
Published by Claire Contreras on March 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Victor Reuben.Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.
Nicole Alessi.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… Once… Twice… 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...

“You are every goal I never knew I wanted.”

I became a huge fan of Claire Contreras and this series when I read Kaleidoscope Hearts last year. By the time Paper Hearts was released, I may have graduated to stalker status. So when I heard that she’s going to write a book on Victor, I was over the moon.

Elastic Hearts is the third installment of the Hearts series, and I have to say that the tone of this book is more lighthearted compared to the angst fest Claire served up in the previous two installments. This tripped me up a bit. While I did enjoy Elastic Hearts, I didn’t fully get invested in Victor and Nicole’s story until the second half.

Victor was an up and coming lawyer when he and Nicole met and had a brief fling together. Unfortunately, Nicole also happens to be the boss’ daughter which spelled the end of their “relationship.” Fast forward to years later, Nicole is about to get divorced and Victor is about to be made partner but not before being assigned as Nicole’s divorce attorney.

The story gives us a brief glimpse of the past, about why nothing came about the hot fling they had. It also gave readers a lot of information about the Nicole’s life after she married a Hollywood actor and their eventual divorce. I liked Nicole. She’s definitely someone who owns her sexuality and isn’t afraid to show it or use it to her advantage. There are moments though where I got a bit fed up with her indecisiveness. However, I did appreciate how she owned up to her faults more readily than Victor. I always felt that one of Ms. Contreras’ strength as a writer is writing complicated and flawed heroines who may exasperate you but can’t help rooting for. This is exactly how I felt about Nicole.

So why only 3.5 stars? Like I said, it took me a while to connect with Victor and Nicole’s romance. Because Nicole’s divorce was so complicated, it took a while for that area in her life to settle down, which I felt limited the romance between her and Victor. I didn’t like how that conflict dragged for a bit. But I did love it when things finally moved forward for Nicole and Victor.

So while I did enjoy Elastic Hearts, this is by far my least favorite in the series. I think my expectations may have something to do with that because I loved Paper Hearts so much that it’s natural that I would make comparisons to it. It didn’t quite give me the emotional punch I was expecting, but nevertheless, I still liked this one.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

About Claire Contreras

Claire doesn’t like to talk about herself. Because of this, she asked a friend of hers to write her bio. This is what she got:

Claire is caring, smart, witty, and funny as heck. Despite being a New York Times Best Selling Author of a popular contemporary romance series, Claire doesn’t read many romance novels. However, when she sits down to write, those are the ones that pour from her fingers. Much to her displeasure, we like to say she’s a romantic at heart.

She is a breast cancer survivor who lives in Miami with her good looking husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch and she continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s always lost in a book (the more suspenseful, the better).
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