BOOK REVIEW: Heartless by Michelle Horst

Book Review!

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Title: Heartless
Author: Michelle Horst
Publication: August 30th 2017
Pages: 219
Synopsis:

I’m warned that Carter Hayes is heartless.

He’s part of the screw crew.
He’ll just use you and leave you.
He’s ruthless and always gets what he wants.

Just look for the trail of broken hearts and dreamy sighs and you’ll find him.

“Hot as sin, Carter.”

I don’t have time to fall head over heels for any guy. Besides, he’d never notice someone like me. I have a three step plan. Get through college. Get a job. Get my sister out of the hell hole I left her in. That’s all I have time for.

That’s until I hear of the betting pool the guys started. Whoever screws me first gets the money. The moment Carter looks at me, I know it’s only because of the bet.

I tell myself our first kiss is only for show.
I hate my heart for falling for his irresistible charm.

For one foolish moment, I actually want him to be my first earth-shattering love. All it takes for me to give in is a little attention, a cocky smile, and a fake promise of a happily-ever-after.

When I’m surrounded by crumpled sheets and the smell of sex, I realize I let him have me for four hundred dollars.

To save what little pride I have left, I pretend it didn’t mean anything, that he’s just one last screw before we all leave college.

I’ve spent the last four years lying to myself. When I’m ready to take the final step of my plan, and save my sister, guess who walks through my front door?

This is a full-length, stand alone, unrequited love/second chance romance.
Note: The book ends at 77% with samples of Predator and Protector.

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MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, honestly, Heartless was a very borderline book for me. Authors who follow the troupe of enemies to lovers seem to be mistaken nowadays about what it means to be a lovable enemy to a hateful and rude enemy. I was literally seething while I read this book a lot of the times because of how some characters behaved and I’ll get into it more later but be AWARE. THIS IS YOUR WARNING.

So let’s start with the premise of the book. We have our heroine Della who follows the sad background that her parents are dead and she has to take care of her sister while also trying to finish her university degree. She’s pretty much just working hard at night and hitting the books during the day and definitely does not need distractions like Carter.

Carter comes from a wealthy family. His mother left him and his dad when he was young so he has some mama issues and his dad is on the brink of death with his declining health so what he really wants to do is just finish his degree and then take over his family’s business. He’s also a big a**hole to Della and I was actually shaking a lot for the hot n’ cold comments he made towards her. There were some moments in the book that really worried me but Michelle Horst did a great job at clarifying character intentions and making them realize their actions are so wrong.

Despite me having difficulty with our main hero, I still cried and was very emotional towards what happened to this couple that worked so hard to get together and then was ultimately torn apart. I thought the heroines in the book were great. They stood their place and wasn’t afraid to tell the alpha males off for the stuff they were saying and pulling. I also enjoyed the group of males we got to know. They really are a family and it’s touching to see them band together to protect their own.

The problem with this book was also that it ended so abruptly I was shocked. I thought there would be a lot more to the story but at least, everything was resolved. It just left me disappointed.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

I feel like I’ll be interested in this series but I’m not sure if it’ll be a read i’ll gravitate towards to first. Maybe I’ll read it after I read my other TBR books and then back to it. Nonetheless, Heartless is a touching novel with some questionable characters that you can sink into.

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