Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tattooed Hearts by Mika Jolie ( Martha's Way Series, #3)

Tattooed Hearts
by Mika Jolie

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Martha's Way - Book 3
Publication Date: June 26, 2015
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
ISBN-13: 2940152181678
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 295 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Being someone's first love is unforgettable. Being their last is immeasurable.

Claire Peters should be on top of the world. She owns the radio waves and has a budding movie career. But her heart longs to be rooted. Ten years ago, she fled Martha’s Vineyard to pursue her dream and to make something of herself. But there’s still a void. After a decade of running, she returns to the island hoping to find her happiness with the man she’s loved all her life.

When a tragic event shatters Dr. Forrest Desvareaux’ well-balanced world, the Vineyard’s hometown good guy discovers everything in his life is based on lies. Angry and betrayed, he turns to Claire – the one woman who has indelibly marked him.

Is it possible to run back to the person who broke you? Forever linked, Forrest and Claire are an unending continuum. But she’s a wildflower and Forrest’s roots run deep on the Vineyard. Can they accept home is not a place but a feeling?

Tattooed Hearts by Mika Jolie ( Martha's Way Series, #3)

Tattooed Hearts (Martha's Way Series, #3)In a span of twenty-four hours, Claire Peters was jarred out of her childhood and into adulthood in the arms of the only man she had ever loved to overhearing a conversation that sent her running, just when she needed Forrest most. All her eighteen-year-old heart heard was she wasn’t good enough for the handsome rich boy, after all, she was only a housekeeper’s daughter, so she ran, to hide the hurt, the nightmares her mind conjured and to make something, someone of herself, so she would be good enough. Time went by, ten painful years of loneliness, for both of the, Forrest with no explanation, no word and Claire, unable to face what she had done.

Now a top singing sensation, a budding actress and even a designer, she has returned seeking closure or happiness in Forrest’s arms. Little did she know she had returned just when he needed her most, but was it to purge his anger, pain and feelings of betrayal? For Forrest, Claire would be whatever he needed at the moment, but her heart wanted more, the one thing Forrest said he could no longer give her. Has she burned her bridges or have the mountains of grief and lies that are currently bombarding Forrest standing in his heart’s way? They promised to love for infinity, and for Claire it has always been true, but time doesn’t always wait for those who had it all and weren’t brave enough to hang on tight. Has infinity just become a finite number?

Thank you, Mika Jolie, I needed my heart wrung out today, I had too many tissues lying around waiting to be used and I needed to picture two hearts being run through a shredder, sometimes self-inflicted, sometimes from outside sources. Tattooed hearts is what romance and second chances are all about. This may be Ms. Jolie’s best of the series as she weaves two shattered people in and out of each others lives until there is no beginning and no end to either of them. She has painted true emotion into each page, laid her characters bare and carved out their very souls as she pours their tormented feelings onto each page. Even their intimate moments are powerful, deep and boiling over with heart.

Bringing back characters from previous books is like opening the window to fresh air and sunshine with light-hearted moments, natural behavior and gestures between close friends. Do hang on to those tissues and you might even want sit on your hands so you don’t smack some sense into these two. But in the end, she lets Forrest and Claire decide their future, the way two once best friends should do, without our help!

I received this copy from Mika Jolie in exchange for my honest review.

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