I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I fell in love, I had my heartbroken, again and again. And then Stevie did life for herself, grew up a little and life started to fall into place. But I still fell in love and cried again- happy tears this time.
I want to add soo much to this but don’t want to give it away. Just know that Ella’s writing here is impeccable. I could feel the angst from the first page. By Chapter 5, I shed my first tear. I fell in love with Everett only to hate him not long after. And the same can be said for Aiden. He made me swoon, fall in love and the naivety that comes with young adults made me hate him. But then we went through it all again and you still couldn’t pick which one Stevie would choose. As Adela pointed out to her- choosing one would mean saying goodbye to the other. And that’s really hard when you have loved and been hurt by them both.
I loved the ending, the HEA was perfect and the glance into the other persons HEA was fitting also.
I have yet to read a book of Ella Fields that I hate, and this is another perfect 5 star book. I have just finished this book and I am still unable to put into words just how I feel. It is a comprehensive rollercoaster of emotions that keeps you reading til the very last page. And it will break your heart and make you want to throw your reading device... it is that good. If you love NA, then Ella Fields is your perfect author and she won't lead you wrong. And this book is a great place to start. Now... when do we get the next one?!
So I have finally found something good about long haul flights... Uninterrupted reading when you have Ella Fields on your kindle, and 13 hours flying time ahead!!
Serenading Heartbreak is a stand out amongst my favourites for this year in heart destroying glory and is easily a 6 star read for me!
This epic love-triangle tale is up there with Kate Stewart's Drive and K.L. Kreig's Black Swan Affair in my opinion; Ella has so masterfully woven this beautiful heart wrenching story of Stevie's love for two very different men, so much so that I was so torn as to who she should end up with, that I was even trying to bargain mentally with the author whilst reading, to let her have them both!
Not everybody will feel equally about these men; one is easy, sensitive and supportive, the other troubled and prone to self absorption and destruction. Nor will we each ultimately agree with where Stevie's decision rests in the end. But I can almost guarantee you will be as invested emotionally as she is, such is the power of Fields' affective words.
Her relationships with Everett and Aidan evolve throughout the book in a seesawing of alliances, passion and anger, and equally so to did my allegiance to each man follow suit. They are both easy to love, and you will wear your heart on your sleeve and need to keep the tissues close as the finale beckons Everett's 'Clover' and Aidan's 'Petal', to leave one man behind.
I was so excited to read this story. Stevie is drawn into a difficult situation with loving two men… at the same time. Everett, the damaged soulful musician and Aiden, the cocky dependable baseball player. I had chosen sides almost immediately. A princely man who was utterly adorable and cheeky was my main man ;)
So I don’t ruin the story, I’m going to refer to the male characters as Mr. X and Mr. Y so you don’t know who is who. After all, I want you to experience the heartache for yourself! I have to say that Mr. X’s actions were frustrating. He was selfish and self absorbed for most of the story. He did redeem himself near the end but after everything Stevie had been through with him, I felt that she forgave him too easily. Mr. Y isn’t perfect either but he was dependable and loved Stevie more than anything. He was willing to try if only Stevie would give him a chance. I think that’s why it was hard for me to accept Stevie’s decision in the end because I had a favourite. This may be biased but that’s the beauty of reading stories. Everyone has their own interpretations and I’m sure others will be on the other side of the fence and that’s fine too.
I loved Stevie’s family. Her brother Hendrix really steps up and supports her when Mr. X bails. And Adela was my absolute favourite! She is such a great best friend for Stevie. She would say it like it is and was a comfort and supportive BBF when Stevie needed her the most. Overall, even though I didn’t agree with Stevie’s decision and wished she had made a different choice, I understood how to came to that point in her life. I think Ella’s words at the start of the story sum it up well: “Hearts are such unpredictable things, you can never control to whom they might sing.”
I’ve been shredded, left in tatters with a bruised and shattered heart, torn between such distinct characters. I don’t love love triangles—immense detestation for romances that even allude to them isn’t accurate enough to encapsulate my utter hatred—but the brilliant writing and flawless execution enamoured me, cracking my ribs wide open and leaving me vulnerable to be consumed by intense emotions.
"Is it possible to fall in love with two guys, who are so different and love them both completely?"
Competitive in nature, I usually stay far away from love triangles; I always establish my favourite hero earlier in my reading and despise feeling torn or uncertain by my firm commitment. I’m either disheartened by outcomes, or the heroine’s thoughts and decisions, but this made me feel secure in my feelings. Ella Fields delivered a poignant narrative both beautifully bitter and tragically sweet. Somehow, in some twisted form, I fell in love with both heroes—wholly different, but flawed and equally complex men. Stevie’s decisions and mature attitude towards loving both heroes made it easier, but the overall journey to securing that forever love is agonising. Beautiful, though painfully, emotionally raw.
"To fall in love twice was a beautiful rarity. To be in love with two men at the same time was a cruel twist of fate."
Words will never be able to encapsulate my thoughts or feelings on Serenading Heartbreak. I loved and hated having my heartstrings wrenched in multiple directions, because the beauty of this narrative is the way the realism resonates with my life experiences. It is raw, full of endless heartache, though brimming with beloved life experiences of falling unconditionally and irrevocably in love with memorable people; of bittersweet first loves and second chances at hope; of traversing the treacherous waves unfairly hurled at us, but returning with renewed strength and feeling indestructible that left me enamoured.
Once I started I couldn't but this book down. I'm a massive sucker for a love triangle, and I love nothing more than when they're done right. This book was everything I'd been hoping for in the build up! Every time Stevie went through hell, I felt like I was right along with her. The choices she was faced with would break even the strongest person. I'm so glad she got her happy ending in the end. Am I happy with who she ended up with? Not entirely... but it's who she was meant to be with. 5 stars!
Ella Fields writes angst and romance like no one else does. Most of all this story frustrated the hell out of me, I was chewing my nails and cursing out loud, but I loved every minute of reading this author's wonderful work.
I think from the minute I started reading this story of a love triangle between Stevie, Everett and Aiden, I fell in love with both men just like Stevie had, but along the way, this author very cleverly toyed with my emotions pulling my heart this way and that. Both the men were so different in personalities, both had good and bad qualities which made it hard for Stevie to decide which man she should choose. Life and the decisions Stevie had to make were at times incredibly hard, I had great respect for this young lady who put up with a lot of crap along the way but still held her head high.
Ella Fields writing is always so good and this book is no exception. The way she captures the chemistry, which is not always good between the three main characters is spellbinding, With some exceptional secondary characters, Ella Fields writing pulled it all together to make this, for me, an outstanding book that I can't recommend highly enough
These characters are deep and raw. Nothing beats a first love apart from potentially a second and unfortunately for Stevie the two over lap and cross over. One her brother's best friend and handmade a damaged soul who expresses himself through his lyrics, and the other the good guy a rising sportsman, who falls hard is charming and constantly made me smile. This is not a simple love story, it is full of angst, heartbreak and love. These characters really go on a journey. Must read.