I started Heartless with the expectation of it being a college aged romance but that is not what the book is even though it does start off when the characters are in college. It is a fast paced, whirlwind of attraction, confessions, miscommunication, fast declarations and some full on dramatic moments (that to me felt like they came out of leftfield). With all this going on it gave off a sense of wham bam thankyou ma'am, and it all happened so fast I didn't have enough time to actually build a connection with Della and Carter. I felt like we just skimmed the surface of who they were and issues were quickly and easily resolved. I would have like a bit more depth. It was easy to read and I was able to finish in one sitting, it provided light entertainment.
I really wanted to love this story like so many others did but despite all the good parts and it being unputdownable I just wasn’t able to. =( It was really different to all other books that I’ve read by this author and I did enjoy this read but there was just too much that bothered me.
This kind of rating is actually a first for me and I feel really bad because I absolutely enjoyed and liked lots of the book and parts of it were even better than some other books of hers but I just couldn’t give more stars even if I wanted to. You wanna know why I had to rate it so low? Keep on reading.
The Story: Della isn’t like all the other girls. She doesn’t date and she sure as hell doesn’t need any boys to screw around with. Her focus is on studying and to provide a better life for her sister. In order to do that, she has to pass all the exams and there’s no time for any kind of distraction. Though in the end, she can’t resist Carter Hayes and his charm. Although he isn’t always the nicest, he sure as hell pushes all her buttons and sets her heart on fire. But what will happen after college when she leaves and all of this is left behind her? But there’s one thing she takes with from her time with Carter and when he steps into her life again years later, it’s just a matter of time until everything will come together.
Thoughts: So, first off, it was a fast paced story and that’s not even exaggerating. From start to finish, so many years passed, it was hard to keep up. Anyway, we got all of the good stuff you want to read in a book but it felt like all the things in between were missing. Like important conversations of characters getting to know each other or just random stuff about college or work or just life.
Don’t get me wrong. The story was exciting and I couldn’t put the book down because there was always something going on and it jumped from one thing to the other. It was like fast forward on their lives.
There were some things that bothered me a lot. For example of how low the heroine thought about all the girls falling for the boys and wanting to be screwed by the screw crew. She wasn’t one of those girls and she didn’t understand why they were all gooey around the guys. And then, all of a sudden, she wasn’t any different than the girls she just thought derogatory about. It’s safe to say that I didn’t like her that much.
I didn’t like that the group of boys was called the screw crew when they later turned out to be really nice guys. Kind of anyway because apart from at the beginning, there wasn’t any hint on them screwing around that much. So I had a hard time placing them because one second I hated them and the next I liked them. It was weird and got me all confused.
What’s his name? Oh, yeah, Carter. I already forgot. Anyway, I didn’t know what to think of Carter because he was such a heartless a** in the beginning. The things he did. Oh man. He did nice things here and there but as the rest of the group, I never knew what he came up with.
I could go on and on here. Me telling you what I didn’t like could be never ending but I don’t want to rant about the book. It sounds so crazy when I tell you that it was really entertaining and fun to read no matter how much it pissed me of at the same time.
This story’s just as unreal as it could get without it being supernatural. I felt like being in a love/hate relationship.
If you usually don’t like the boring parts of books where there are lots of details and explaining and whatnot in life, then this is the perfect book for you! Because it’s filled with all the good stuff. You just have to imagine the rest of it.
** Review by Gayle from Bloggers From Down Under **
Anything with Michelle Host name on it I will read. I am a HUGE fan, so when Heartless landed into my Kindle it was excitement overload and I couldn't wait to dig in.
Book 1 of the Enemies To Lovers Series, we meet Carter Hayes and Della Truman.
Carter Hayes. What a guy. I loved to absolutely hate him. Studying at college, the only goal Carter has is to graduate so he then can take over his fathers business, so his father can retire. Self assured, arrogant, sinfully delicious. All things male. All things drool worthy. But he's as heartless as they come. Nasty with his words, it's the way Carter copes. His past has left him scarred. He won't allow anyone to hurt him like she did.
Della Truman. I absolutely adored her. A beautiful, intelligent and witty college student nearing the end of her studies. She has one goal in mind and that's to graduate, get a great job and take care of her baby sister. She stays below the radar at college, so she can focus. But that is until she meets one of the screw crew members.
Yep you guessed it Carter Hayes.
This is Carter and Della's story.
A fast paced, highly emotional read that I couldn't put down. It was raw, naughty and at times highly confronting. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming. Overall a great read to soak yourself into. But be prepared for Danny people.....Cuteness overload right there that will simply melt your heart.
I look forward to the next instalment of the series.
Carter comes from money and is part of the Screw Crew – every woman wants them and every man want to be one of them, although Carter doesn’t do relationships due to believing that every woman will leave like his mother did, giving him the nickname Heartless. Della works at the local diner while trying to finish college and make a life for her and her family. When the Screw Crew comes to the diner there is an instant attraction between Della and Carter, although Carter tries to deny it by being mean to her. After coming to Della’s rescue a few time Carter lets her know how he feels only for Della to say that she can’t while she has exams and finishing college, all Della wants to do is give her family a better life. After exams Della realises that she may never see Carter again she head to he’s hour and has the best moment of her life, until she hears a phone call that has her leaving and returning home, although she doesn’t realise till later the secret she takes home with her. Four years later they meet again, the chemistry is still there between the two of them but they have secrets and issues to work through before they can get to their happily ever after. You meet the other characters from the Screw Crew and I can’t wait to read their stories.
Enjoyable, sexy, enemies to lovers romance told in dual POV. Carter Hayes is rich, privileged and kind of an a$$hole, he’s ruthless and if you get on his wrong side, for whatever reason, he'll make your life a living hell. Della Truman just wants to finish college, go back home and take care of her family. No hassle, no relationships, just study, work and provide for her loved ones, however, once she gets on Carter’s radar life takes a complicated turn. I love enemies to lovers and Heartless did not disappoint. All the characters worked well together, I loved both Carter and Della, they were strong (I don't generally like a pushover) and principled. The supporting characters were funny, sexy and supportive, once you get to know them and are welcomed into their clique . With lots of sexy time and a few emotional moments I thoroughly enjoyed Carter and Della’s story. I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Great book. First time I have read this author and I was not disappointed. The boys are great and I am looking forward to reading more in the series. Excellent support characters and you just had to fall in love with Della, Daniele and Jamie. So glad Carter got to give them all a HEA. While he started out as an Alpha-hole it was great to see how amazing he was with his girls.