Today we are celebrating the release of HARTSTRINGS by L.L. Collins. This is a contemporary romance title and the third book in the Jaded Regret series! The book is available for FREE on Kindle Unlimited!
HARTSTRINGS by L.L. Collins
Jaded Regret, #3
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Tanner Hart, the All-American bad boy bass guitarist of Jaded Regret, has one motto— play women’s bodies like he does the strings of his guitar— hard, in tune, and giving it his all until the show is over. The only strings he wants attached to him are the ones he plays on the stage.
He has quite the reputation, even with his own band, and he likes it that way. It keeps the truth of who he really is locked deep inside. But there’s so much more to him than anyone really knows…
Now that he’s successful, he can afford to find out what really happened to the only girl who’s ever held his heart. The only thing is…will he really want to know the truth?
When Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Shepard finds herself in a situation she’s been in too many times before, she expects to do what she’s always done— cover it up, accept the apologies, and move on. She knows trying to get out is futile. What she doesn’t expect is for the world famous Tanner Hart to burst into her life like a knight in sexy armor.
When their lives collide and hearts get involved, can Tanner keep his hartstrings from being tangled up in his past, or can he make a new kind of music… with his heart?
This book contains adult content and language. It also contains topics that could be difficult for some readers, including but not limited to physical and emotional abuse, murder, and violence. Please take these sensitive topics into consideration before reading the book.
Tanner Hart, is the hottest and most sought after (not eligible bachelor, because there is no taming him) playboy in rock music. He has a sexy smirk, rock-god body and reputation to make women’s bra’s spontaneously self-propel themselves at him when he casts a mere glance in their direction. For Tanner, life is one long party, or so he would have us all believe.
Sometimes a hero is not the perfect prince, he is not the glorious white knight in shining armor, sometimes he is a broken man trying to escape a past that he is too afraid to allow to catch up to him.
This book was difficult to read, not because of the writing or characters, or because it didn’t have me holding back a tear or two, but because so many elements hit home. This book addressed an issue that as a society we don’t talk about, we don’t get involved in and we certainly don’t make any acknowledgement of it even if it is glaringly obvious, say like, the swollen purple eye of the woman who works 2 offices away from you. While I was never in a physically abusive relationship, I was in an emotionally and psychological abusive one. I was subject to the manipulation and made to feel worthless just like millions of women out there, young and old. Yes, it was not easy to read about the violence and then to realize how many woman are trapped in those destructive relationships, that instead of reading a story about a smoking hot rock star who sweeps a young woman off her feet and they fall madly in love, I was instead reading a heartbreaking story about survival, courage and learning to let go.
I wanted that rock star romance, hell, I could seriously use a dose of badass rocker and the sordid complexities and scandal that undoubtedly ensue, but that was not what this book was, this rock star romance was serious, without any of the usual shenanigans we all love and are accustomed to when it comes to crazy rockers. I think that was the only drawback for me, while Tanner is in a rock band and lives a rock star life, there was nothing else that made me believe that I was actually reading a book about rockers. And yes, while the topic was difficult and the situation life threatening, there was no reprieve from it.
Having said that, this was a four star read, and I hope that somewhere, the women who need to read this, and need to “hear” these words, stumble upon it and that it impacts their lives enough to save themselves or the lives of their loved ones.
1 Heat level No kink
I was provided an advanced readers copy by the author, in exchange for an honest review.
Previous Books in the Series
Sentenced (Jaded Regret #1)
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Snared (Jaded Regret #2)
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L.L. Collins loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and two boys. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out made her lifelong dream of becoming an author come true in the self-publishing world. She’s the author of the Living Again Series and the Twisted Series, plus standalones, Back to the Drawing Board, SENTENCED, and Snared: A Jaded Regret Novel. Visit LL on her website, www.llcollinsauthor.com and on all social media. Look for more of her emotionally charged novels soon!
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