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Mending Heartstrings (Forging Forever Book 1) by [Glazki, Aria]
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Length: 350 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"A fun sweet romance to curl in a chair with and get lost in." -- Books Are Love

Kane's a country singer who's tangled with too many deceitful women. He's learned his lesson: girls are for flirting and fun; emotions are for his music. But after spending a night with an earnest woman unlike any he's known, he can't force her out of his mind. So he goes in search of the woman he knows only as "Elle."

On her last night in Nashville, the staunchly pragmatic Sabella found herself in a situation more suited to a romance novel than reality. Swept away, she ignored her rigidly self-imposed rules, succumbing to the fantasy just this once. But she knows real-world relationships have nothing in common with their fictionalized portrayals. When Kane unexpectedly shows up at her Portland apartment, she must choose between the practical truths she has learned and the desire for a passionate love she has struggled to suppress.

Despite the distance, Kane's tour schedule, and their meddling friends, both are drawn to the chance for a romance neither quite believes is possible.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2855 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Anika Press (9 February 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A9PUFZ0
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #690,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SWOON 25 September 2016
By Jennifer - Published on
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I'm only a few chapters in, and I'm already SO IN LOVE with Sabella and Kane. Aria's books are always page-turners, and this one is no exception!

UPDATE: I just read the entire book in 2 days and absolutely loved it! I (literally) couldn't wait to find out what would happen with Sabella and Kane. Obviously, since it's romance, I knew there would be a happy ending, but I wasn't sure how they'd get there. And then the side plot with Gina... I was hooked from the start, but luckily the book was solid all the way through, and the ending was completely and satisfyingly perfect. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Sincere 9 February 2016
By Kris B. - Published on
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Mending Heartstrings is a sweet and refreshing romance. A delightful and quick read that follows the budding relationship of a writer from Portland, Sabella, and a country singer on the road, Kane.

Coming from such different backgrounds, they are forced to overcome many obstacles in order to even begin a relationship. But once Sabella joins Kane on the road their hearts begin to open up. The book deals with some pretty tough issues through Sabella's best friend, Gina, but does so with grace and respect. A sobering reminder that the world keeps spinning around the characters romance. Yet the trials only make their love that much more precious.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet & Sentimental Romance Set in the Country Music World... 6 July 2017
By J. Faltys - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
As a fan of romances set in the music world I was immediately drawn to this tale of fears and past hurts and quickly became immersed in the lives of not only the appealing main couple but a secondary character too. It's a sweet and sentimental tale full of realistic interactions, a touch of angst, and some sensitive handling of a serious issue that pulls at your heartstrings while leaving you cheering for everyone to find their HEA.

Kane's a country singer feeling like he's lost his spark until he sees a woman sitting at the bar who's unlike all the other women he's known before. After a memorable night where they connect through words and sweet kisses he decides that he can't let her go. From the moment he re-enters her life readers are rewarded with a sensual romance that takes its time in developing, through normal outings to heartfelt talks theirs is a connection based on substance instead of sex. When outside forces intervene will they be able to stay committed or will his fears and long distances pull them apart? Kane's an appealing hero, talented with exotic looks. He's been burned by women before, women who wanted him only for his name or his connections, which has him making assumptions far too quickly at the start. When realizing his mistakes he doesn't hesitate in making things right which endeared him to me. It's clear he's attracted to Bella though he never rushes her, never acts as if their relationship is lacking because they hold off having sex. He's a true gentleman, treating her with respect and always having her in his thoughts when meeting groupies so she never feels doubt. He has a kind soul, especially noticeable when helping Bella's friend Gina and it made him all the sexier.

Sabella's a freelance writer who's writing an article about country music even though she isn't a fan. She is a fan of Kane's voice however and it's the foundation for an unexpected romance that evolves slowly and hits a few snags along the way because of his rash judgments. Bella's an appealing heroine, strong-willed and focused on what she wants, who surprised me with a rash decision to get to know more about Kane. While on the road with him she formed a bond with his protective bandmates that was cute and further enhanced her likability. Her friendship with Gina also showed her to be a caring and supportive person who would do anything to save a person she cared about from harm. Bella's a woman of values who doesn't see sex as something casual which had her delaying the deed until almost the mid-way point of the story. Though I normally like my romances more scorching, I didn't mind the sweetness of their relationship as the build-up was immensely satisfying.

On a whole this was an entertaining read with style and substance between an appealing main couple whose journey to HEA wasn't riddled with too many angsty roadblocks. It was a fairly straightforward romance, a bit predictable at times, which isn't necessarily a bad thing as it was more like a comfortable blanket in knowing what to expect. The romance itself is sweet with no erotically-charged encounters, they're more of the sensual variety which still made for a richly satisfying romance. Nicely balanced with their romance were issues of fidelity and abuse, handled in a realistic and respectful way. Along with this appealing main couple were an equally engaging cast of secondary characters who provided bits of humor and drama. Kane's bandmates were an eclectic group, supportive of him as well as protective. They test Bella at first but soon become almost brotherly in their playful interactions with her. Bella's friend Gina is a memorable heroine too, outspoken and brash but hiding her own pain. She's colorful in looks and speech and took over the scenes she was in which is why I'm pleased to see her take the lead in the next installment in this Forging Forever series. Though it sometimes moved slowly I still found myself fully immersed in this romance and ultimately satisfied by the quickly resolved conclusion from an author readers will want to keep an eye on in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a sweet romance novel with two very likable characters who don't seem right for each other but who just work perfectly together 21 June 2017
By Heather - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Mending Heartstrings is a seriously sweet love story with a handful of mild curses and only one very vague on-screen sex scene. This scene is not at all explicit or porn-like at all, it's a vaguely described coupling. If you're put off by f-words and explicit sex, this book should not offend you at all.

One of my absolute favorite things about this book was that Sabella didn't compromise herself or her morals for Kane, despite the fact that so often women in romance novels do. She stayed true to her personal standards and her own moral code despite the fact that Kane could have any woman he wanted. In this day and age of women in romance novels caving to famous/rich/powerful men even though they didn't want to, it was refreshing that she made him wait until *she* was ready. It was also really impressive (and a testament to Kane's character) that he didn't pressure her to move faster than she was ready, he just continued to respect her and get to know her without guilting her into a sexual relationship. A relationship that was based on actually liking each other and not just their sexual compatibility is so unheard of these days and it made this book stand out as something different in a good way.

The other things I really loved about this book was that there was drama between Kane and Sabella, but it was never big and over-blown just for the sake of having a huge blowup. The things that they argued or disagreed about actually made sense (even if some of the drama could have been avoided if Kane wasn't a hothead) and weren't totally ridiculous just for the sake of being dramatic.

If you enjoy a sweet, clean romance novel with two very likable characters who don't seem right for each other but who just work perfectly together, and don't instantly jump into bed together and who don't equate sex with love, you should give this one a try. I will definitely seek out the second book in this series to find out what happens with Gina.

I was gifted a copy of this book and was under absolutely no obligation to write this review. I did so because I enjoyed the story
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed my time on the road with Kane and Bella 12 September 2016
By Laura S Reading - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
While the story, like Sabella and Kane's relationship, is not perfect, it is a perfect escape read.
The wording feels a bit flowery and over decorated at the beginning but by the heart of the story it flows as comfortably as your favorite pair of worn jeans.

There are some trigger topics discussed, and domestic abuse portrayed, so be warned if that is an issue for you. It is handled tactfully if not vigorously. It gets across the point that abuse can happen to anyone, even with friends and family who care.

Some may say Kane and Bella's relationship is unrealistic but I felt it made for an enjoyable read.
We get to go along on tour with the band and experience life off stage.
Misunderstandings abound and Kane (especially) jumps to conclusions which create problems for his relationships. Sabella herself doesn't have a great romance track record.
A long distance relationship seems to be impossible for people as suspicious as these two.
You may be torn between pulling for them and wanting them to more clearly understand what they may be getting into.

I did receive this book to review. I enjoyed my time on the road with them.