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Mangled Hearts

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Author: Felicia Tatum

Published: July 12th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 8th 2013)

Format: Paperback , 230 pages

Isbn: 9781490519296

Language: English


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Francesca and Cade Can two loves find their way back to each other despite an addiction and a hardened heart? Will their love overcome it all? Francesca Taymon is young, successful, and broken. A tragic accident years ago haunts her to this day, and she blames only one person--the one that holds her heart. When she finally gets her first case, will she be able to handle see Francesca and Cade Can two loves find their way back to each other despite an addiction and a hardened heart? Will their love overcome it all? Francesca Taymon is young, successful, and broken. A tragic accident years ago haunts her to this day, and she blames only one person--the one that holds her heart. When she finally gets her first case, will she be able to handle seeing him again? Can she do her job and keep her heart intact? Cade Kelling doesn’t take life seriously. He’s reckless and irresponsible, drinking all his problems away. When his parents bail him out for the last time, will he be able to handle seeing Francesca after all of these years? Will he be able to tell her what really happened that night five years ago or will he lose her forever? And the most important question…. Can these mangled hearts be mended?

30 review for Mangled Hearts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anuradha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This pisses of the lawyer in me. Seriously, no lawyer talks like that, or acts like that, or quite frankly does anything like that! Oh, god where do I begin? Everything about this book is a disaster. The characters are pathetic, the story-line is a cliche, and the writing, oh, my god, the writing! I can sum up the whole story in about 5 lines. Cade and Francesca love each other. Cade is a screw-up alcoholic, and Francesca a "hot-shot lawyer". Francesca represents Cade and wins his case, Cade goe This pisses of the lawyer in me. Seriously, no lawyer talks like that, or acts like that, or quite frankly does anything like that! Oh, god where do I begin? Everything about this book is a disaster. The characters are pathetic, the story-line is a cliche, and the writing, oh, my god, the writing! I can sum up the whole story in about 5 lines. Cade and Francesca love each other. Cade is a screw-up alcoholic, and Francesca a "hot-shot lawyer". Francesca represents Cade and wins his case, Cade goes to rehab, everyone talks about their feelings, and everyone lives happily ever after. That's it. That's the whole fucking story. Francesca is by far, the worst fictional lawyer that I have ever had the displeasure to know of. She claims she is an intern, but still expects to have cases handed to her. Now again, I reiterate that I am a law student, meaning I know a lot of lawyers. I have done a fair few internships myself, and I can tell you, for sure that they do not give interns cases. Sure, they give associates, even first year associates cases to handle, but not interns. Is she a junior associate, or is she an intern? Because her job sounds more like that of a junior associate. Also, she states multiple times that researching old cases was not her cup of tea, and she didn't want to do it. Look, researching old cases isn't exactly the most fun thing in the world, I agree, but even if she did become a "lawyer" in the conventional sense, you know, one who goes to court, she would still, still have to do some minimal research at least. This is not my only issue with Francesca Taymon, lawyer extraordinaire. Initially, while working on some case she mentions that she may have misplaced the file. She finds it, but still, goddamn, how can she be so careless about a case file? How? We're supposed to treat it like it is more important to us than life itself, and she starts her day by thinking, "hey, I haven't lost the damn thing after all"? And she wants to make partner? *mouth wide open* Oh, and she calls the General Sessions Court as the General Session Court. I may be nitpicking, but these are words that are really important for a lawyer, and she shouldn't be fucking getting them wrong! Oh, and then there's the fact that she gets handed her first client, and oh, joy of joys, he's her first love. Again, a multitude of problems with this. First of all, she is a workers' compensation lawyer who has never gone to Court before, and she gets handed a case of assault? As in a criminal case? How? Why? All of this is made clear in the end, but I still have problems with this. Secondly and more importantly, she takes her ex-boyfriend as her client? What is she thinking? You are not supposed to be personally involved with your clients, woman! That's an ethical violation, a serious one at that! What even is happening in this book. What bothered me even more was that after all this, her concerns on meeting her client were, and I quote "What would I wear? What would I say? What would he say? What if I made a mess of things? A fool of myself?" I would've been more worried about fucking up my first case in front of the judge, but then again, I'm not as cool as Francesca. Again, before meeting with her CLIENT she seems to be more worried about "driving him crazy", rather than, you know, doing her job as a lawyer, considering this is her FIRST FUCKING CASE! Then there's this gem: I snapped my head back down to my papers, shuffling them to look like I was actually concentrating on his case and not the way he made me feel." Francesca's friends seem to think she is the future Anne Bremner or something. Well, let me tell you something, while her law firm did prove to be a douchebag firm in the end, most law firms don't treat you right until you've proven your chops. You can't expect them to be at your feet giving you all kinds of high-profile cases all the time. Also, the timeline is a bit iffy. So at the time the story starts, she mentions she met Cade at the age of 16, nine years ago then. Which makes her 25. But she's been out of law school for three years, according to her, and everybody around her. This would either make her some kind of prodigy who managed to finish both college and law school in four years, at the age of 22, or it would mean, again that as a child prodigy, she attended college at the age of 15, which further contradicts the fact that she was a 16-year old in high school when she met Cade. Just, what? Also, the author sometimes forgets what she is talking about. Like at one instance, she mentions how Zander still has his paralegal license and thank God for that, but some pages later, Francesca talks about how Zander is working towards getting his paralegal license. Huh? There are other stupid, horrendous instances of behaviour from all parties that made me want to cry and rip my hair out. And I haven't even moved onto their behaviour yet. Francesca keeps complaining about how much she has to work. Well, she is a lawyer, and while it does suck that you don't get enough time for yourself, she can stop talking about her "groaning desk". Then there's the part where Cade wants to help Francesca. With his case. Where he is her client. For someone who's been arrested before, he sure does not know how the whole preparing-for-a-case-and-appearing-in-front-of-a-court thing works. Also, they never discuss about what Cade should say, or do in Court. They have sex, but they don't discuss the fucking case. I want to punch someone in the throat. The cherry on this cake of crap was the the "appraisal" that her partners gave Francesca. Again, here I get that most senior partners can be assholes, and there are a lot, lot, lot of sexual discrimination suits in big firms. It's just, well, you can read it for yourself: “No, he’s just pointing out that women are too emotional. We appreciate your work and dedication, but you won’t become a partner in this firm. Haven’t you noticed there are no women partners? There’s a reason for that. We can’t risk the integrity of our business because women cry over everything,” While I do believe that Francesca would make quite a shitty partner, this is the most baseless, sexist argument I have ever heard! What? Just what? To be fair, I am a law student in India, and my knowledge of how the American legal system works is from my comparative Constitutional Law class, and from shows like Boston Legal. Any lawyer from the US? Hit me back on this? I really want to know how right/wrong my observations are. Now that that's out of the way, let me talk about why Francesca and Cade are the most pathetic characters ever. They keep swooning over each other every five minutes. Instances? Page 26: "The love of my life, Francesca Taymon, stood in front of me, staring into my soul with her deep brown eyes." Page 27: "“Francesca.” One word from his full, amazing lips and my heart shattered. A flood of emotions overtook me, and I had to sit down before I fell. Wobbly legs made their way to the seat furthest from him, and I sat down heavily. My hands shook so badly I hid them under the table. I tried to regain my control before I spoke." Page 28: "I stopped my mind from drifting to memories of his soft lips enclosing on mine. The way he made butterflies dance with a single peck, or the way his hands felt as he caressed my face." Page 31: "His dark hair swooped in all the right places, looking like he didn’t really fix it, but it was obvious he did. His chin was hard and chiseled, his nose long and defined. His lips…his lips were my favorite. He was forever in a pouty position, his bottom lip puffy and looking oh-so-delectable. When he smiled, they showed off his brilliant set of white teeth." Page 37: "We walked across the parking lot. I drifted behind, watching her hips move against the form-fitting material of her skirt. The things that woman did to me…it was scary at times." You get my drift. They just keep swooning over each other on every fucking page. It doesn't help that both these characters have the emotional maturity of an infant. They're so pathetic, and so clingy and annoying, it makes me want to go all Zodiac on them. There were somethings they said, that made me go like "you don't fucking say?" They also feel sorry, hurt, and thankful for the smallest and silliest of things! And they get all emotional about the other person getting emotional about something that matters to him/her. Both characters have such astonishingly low self-esteem, especially Francesca, I cannot believe she completed law school. So much self-doubt. So much self-pity. Then there's also the fact that Ms. Taymon considers herself to be too lady-like to swear. Not even full on swear like me in this review, but you know, use words like shit. Gah! “Some of the girls…in the bathroom…I’m so ugly, Cade. Why do you even bother?” "I didn’t’ deserve her and she could do so much better." he says as he continues to pursue her. Cade is an alcoholic in complete denial. He fucks up his own life, Francesca's life, and the life of his family. His father pays for his shit, supports him, and even provides him with a lawyer to help his case. But our misunderstood bad boy is still inclined to believe that his father is a bad parent, and that he hates him. He was involved in the death of Francesca's sister, Josie, and even though he wasn't the one driving, maybe, just maybe, the girl could have survived had he been sober. But no. The moment Francesca gets to know that he wasn't the one driving the car, she FORGIVES his alcoholic ass, and they have sex. It wasn't a total grammar disaster, although some things were glaringly obvious. Like commas. Ms. Tatum does not like commas. "I’m a lawyer and you won’t win anything." When she does use them, it's in all the wrong places "I practically danced out of my room, the joy that only Francesca could bring radiating off of me." There should be a conjunction here, and another comma. "He was a couple of years younger than me and he, apparently, couldn’t hold his alcohol." Ms. Tatum also does not like being specific with her descriptions. It's always about a "decent-sized yard", or "calls for various places", or "bits of information". Her tenses are off; "The school (had) transformed the cafeteria into a dance floor." "Nikki and Daniel stayed close by, cause my anxiety to spike." I just...don't know. "The insecurity he has seemed to be growing." Ms. Tatum needs a lesson on parallelism: "After we tired ourselves out, I’d laid in her arms and fell into a deep sleep." And prepositions: "She dropped her bag in a chair that was situated close to the door and kicked her shoes underneath it." Apostrophes: “Sweetie…umm…it’s not for little girl’s to know about” I wanted to burn this book, but that's the problem with ebooks. You just can't burn them. Even shit like this. Kindle, work on that!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    *Sigh* I can sum this book up in one word...Awesome. Francesca struggles to deal with a loss from her past that still haunts her. She is a young lawyer wanting to further her career and put things behind her. It's hard to do that when Cade Kelling steps back into her life, reminding her of all the pain she's tried to move past. Cade is not your typical leading man. He's not a bad boy really, but he's not an angel either. He deals with the ghosts of his past with alcohol. This story will stir *Sigh* I can sum this book up in one word...Awesome. Francesca struggles to deal with a loss from her past that still haunts her. She is a young lawyer wanting to further her career and put things behind her. It's hard to do that when Cade Kelling steps back into her life, reminding her of all the pain she's tried to move past. Cade is not your typical leading man. He's not a bad boy really, but he's not an angel either. He deals with the ghosts of his past with alcohol. This story will stir up a plethora of emotions. I laughed, I squealed with girly 'Aw's', and I even cried at least two or three times. I didn't want to put it down! I loved the characters in this story. Francesca was a great leading female role. She had real grief from her past, she had insecurities that most women can relate too and she was a strong, successful woman. Cade will make you swoon and then make you want to shake sense into him. The side characters were fantastic too. I loved Zander and Daphne as Francesca's confidante's. Reid added to the humor of the story, especially with Cade's thoughts about him. The chapter's go back and forth between Cade and Francesca's POV and the author did a fantastic job of making sure we knew what the characters were thinking without repeating scenes. The ending was perfect. I was sad to see 'The End', only because I was so captivated with the characters that I wanted more! This is the third book I've read of this authors and I've yet to be disappointed! I love her writing style. I look forward to the next book in this series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    K.G. White

    Well, this book was not as juicy as I expected it to be. The description lead me to expect a high drama, passionate, romance novel, but instead I got a mild and generic high-school-sweethearts-who-reconnect story. Other than the book's lack of luster, there were also some pretty majory problems with the author's concepts: The timeline was very off: At first Francesca explains that the last time she saw Cade was seven years ago. Then a flashback takes us back nine years ago to when she first met C Well, this book was not as juicy as I expected it to be. The description lead me to expect a high drama, passionate, romance novel, but instead I got a mild and generic high-school-sweethearts-who-reconnect story. Other than the book's lack of luster, there were also some pretty majory problems with the author's concepts: The timeline was very off: At first Francesca explains that the last time she saw Cade was seven years ago. Then a flashback takes us back nine years ago to when she first met Cade, she was sixteen. That means that Francesca of present day is at least 25 years old, though the author remains vague and only tells us that Cade's exact age is 27. Let's look at Francesca's timeline: she is 25 now, so take away three years at the same law firm, that makes her 22 when she started there, then take away three years at law school, that means she was 19 when she graduated college and started law school, take away four years of college, that makes her 15 when she started college, but wait, she met Cade when she was a 16 year old sophmore in high school? Obviously the math does not work, so the author must have gotten confused while writing the book, or didn't understand how many years it takes to complete college and a law degree: these facts really only take a quick google search to find out so there is no real excuse for why the book can't be accurate. After that major display of ineptitude, more stupidity follows. For instance, the events that lead to Francesca quitting her law firm are ridiculous. Any barred lawyer/decent law firm would not openly make sexist comments to a female lawyer in their practice like they did with Francesca. That is about the least common sense thing they could possibly do. Not only are they familiar with the laws and have given her grounds for a successful lawsuit against them, but the person they are disparaging is also a lawyer, who is not likely to take that type of abuse sitting down. That plot line has no base in reality. Don't even get me started on her desire to open her own law practice after only three years of experience as a lawyer, and only one case that she has ever taken to court. She has never tried a case except for Cade's plea deal and she thinks she is qualified to successfully run her own law firm. I guess it is possible for a someone to be delusional, and set out on their own without any client base or experience, but my biggest problem with her plans is that everyone is encouraging and not cautioning about the probability of her failure. The more realistic option would be for her to look for a job at another law firm so that she could gain more experience being directly responsible for cases. Then, in the distant future, she could open her own law firm with good rolodex of clients and more likelihood of success. But, as we have seen, this book really likes to ignore reality when it's convenient. Overall, this book is a bit of a mess. Nothing too terrible, but also nothing great.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dani Morales

    Mangled Hearts is the first book I’ve read from Felicia Tatum, and I have to say it’s an incredible read. It’s not all flowers, hearts, and rainbows. It’s real. It’s a book about forgiveness, redemption, addiction, and love. It’s definitely a must read. Francesca is a lawyer who’s been the ‘goffer’ at her firm. You know the one who does all the leg work but never gets the glory? Well that is until she gets her first client by request. A client who she never thought she see again. A client that s Mangled Hearts is the first book I’ve read from Felicia Tatum, and I have to say it’s an incredible read. It’s not all flowers, hearts, and rainbows. It’s real. It’s a book about forgiveness, redemption, addiction, and love. It’s definitely a must read. Francesca is a lawyer who’s been the ‘goffer’ at her firm. You know the one who does all the leg work but never gets the glory? Well that is until she gets her first client by request. A client who she never thought she see again. A client that she quiet possibly never wanted to see again. But old memories are brought up and maybe, just maybe this is the perfect time to gain some closure. Her new client is Cade. A boy who won her heart when she was 16. But also broke her heart and left her shattered. Cade hasn’t grown up the way his father wanted him to. In fact he hasn’t grown up at all. Instead he drinks away his problems, his emotions, and when one night he’s left getting sued for a bar fight the unthinkable happens. He doesn’t know who his lawyer is, but when she walks through the door everything changes. He’s brought back in time to the one girl he loved but let get away because he was convinced he wasn’t good enough. Not wanting to take the chance of her leaving again, Cade decided he’s going to do whatever it takes to get her back in his life. Whatever it takes. Emotions are wild and the chemistry between Cade and Francesca can be felt through the words that Felicia has written. It’s the perfect example of how life really is. Life isn’t perfect and though we like to hope its true, love isn’t born at first sight. 9 years is a long time to love someone, granted maybe they did fall in love at first sight but like life, their love was difficult. It wasn’t immediate, though you felt it, it happened. Heartbreak happened. Forgiveness happened. Hope happened. Francesca and Cade grew throughout the book. Cade with having to come to terms with his addiction and deciding he needed to be better, not only for Francesca but for himself. Francesca, after a situation at work, grew because she was finally able to live her dream. Not to mention both of their growth by being able to finally say how they felt about each other. That alone is epic. Felicia Tatum definitely captured my attention from the moment I started the book to the moment it ended. It leaves me wanting more of Francesca and Cade’s story. So that’s my only complaint, the story was so good but too short for me lol. I can’t wait to read the other books by this author and you should definitely be ‘one-clicking’ this book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marci

    This was a sweet story of second chance love. I wanted to like it, and thought I would, but it was barely ok for me. It just screamed Young Adult rather than Contemporary/New Adult while I read. I think I even saw some reviews say it was steamy, when it was no where near steamy, IMO. It was sweet, dialogue very basic and I couldn't get over the way the story was told made visions of rainbows, unicorns and kitties prance around in my head. I usually only get that feeling when told from a narrativ This was a sweet story of second chance love. I wanted to like it, and thought I would, but it was barely ok for me. It just screamed Young Adult rather than Contemporary/New Adult while I read. I think I even saw some reviews say it was steamy, when it was no where near steamy, IMO. It was sweet, dialogue very basic and I couldn't get over the way the story was told made visions of rainbows, unicorns and kitties prance around in my head. I usually only get that feeling when told from a narrative perspective, but this was told in alternating character POV, I just wasn't feeling it at all. If you are looking for a sweet, rather quick read, then this should be right up your alley. If you are looking for more steam, angst and not as much fluff, then you might want to look elsewhere or at least get a sample before purchasing this. Also need to point out that the situation with Francesca at her review at work was completely ridiculous to me. These are lawyers at a worker's compensation firm, they are either extremely cocky and thought they could get away with saying what they did, OR this was just added for the sake of drama. I cannot believe any lawyer would ever say that. As well as point out that in one of the scenes where Cade or Francesca were recalling their initial meeting, Cade was described as a Senior. Then in another recollection, the next school year would have been in session, yet Cade was meeting Francesca at her locker? Either he flunked and stayed to repeat his Senior year, or he hung around the high school, OR there was a timeline error by the author. I am guessing the third option. Just feedback should the author read this, and another example of what frustrated me about the book. There were editing errors I found, but nothing too distracting. I was already frustrated by the juvenile tone to the story to worry about grammatical errors. Comment added 8/1/13: I felt I needed to add that these characters read MUCH younger than their mid to late twenties, which is part of why this book didn't work for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I was hooked from the first sentence in this book. The character development is utterly amazing, one of the best in a book by far in my opinion. Francesca and Cade will captivate your heart and make you not want to put the book down. Francesca is the usual girl who works hard to try and better her life but also to get over the hurt that she's suffered in her past. She's been hurt by the one person she never wanted to hurt her. The hurt from him seems to blow up ten times worse than what she'd fee I was hooked from the first sentence in this book. The character development is utterly amazing, one of the best in a book by far in my opinion. Francesca and Cade will captivate your heart and make you not want to put the book down. Francesca is the usual girl who works hard to try and better her life but also to get over the hurt that she's suffered in her past. She's been hurt by the one person she never wanted to hurt her. The hurt from him seems to blow up ten times worse than what she'd feel if it was from someone else. Cade is the bad boy who doesn't want to change until the love of his life comes back. Then he'd do any and everything to change for her and get her back in his life. The two together are an amazing couple. They complete each other. When the two of them get back together, it's in tears, heartache, but also an intense night of passion that just goes to prove that the two of them belong together. Although things go downhill after their night together, things start to look up again when Cade finally admits that he needs help and wants to get better. The ending leaves an opening for what is to come for Francesca and Cade. The future is looking bright for the couple not to mention promises to be filled with more hot and passionate nights like the one they shared before it all went downhill. Heartache, drama, redemption, friendship, passion, and love all come to mind when trying to describe Mangled Hearts. Nothing would describe it better than to say that Francesca and Cade are perfect together and that they wouldn't be Francesca or Cade without the other.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ginny Gallagher

    **See full review on http://GinsBookNotes.com** Mangle: to spoil or ruin something through carelessness or ineptitude Mangled Hearts is the perfect title for this book. Both the main characters have had their hearts ruined by carelessness or/and ineptitude. Francesca has been haunted by a tragic accident for years and it has affected both her private and professional life. Cade has always seen himself as damaged goods and makes his belief a reality with constant alcohol and drugs. Both seem to li **See full review on http://GinsBookNotes.com** Mangle: to spoil or ruin something through carelessness or ineptitude Mangled Hearts is the perfect title for this book. Both the main characters have had their hearts ruined by carelessness or/and ineptitude. Francesca has been haunted by a tragic accident for years and it has affected both her private and professional life. Cade has always seen himself as damaged goods and makes his belief a reality with constant alcohol and drugs. Both seem to live their lives as if they are in a fog. Cade’s of course is drug induced but Francesca’s is more of a hazy existence that is obscured by her past. The story is about how they come to terms with their misconceptions of their past and how they repair themselves and their lives for the possibility of a better future. It is a story full of real emotion, real struggles, and real life. I absolutely loved it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm

    I never thought I'd get affected while reading this beautiful book. On the first night that I got this book, as I lay on my bed imagining what might have happened between Francesca & Cade in the past, I knew that somehow this past will catch up on them in the future. What I learned about them just sets me crying and sobbing on my pillow. Darn, Felicia Tatum did this to me! Yes, you mad me cry to sleep after reading your book, Ms. Tatum. But don't worry, I'm not mad at you. I was just overwhelmed I never thought I'd get affected while reading this beautiful book. On the first night that I got this book, as I lay on my bed imagining what might have happened between Francesca & Cade in the past, I knew that somehow this past will catch up on them in the future. What I learned about them just sets me crying and sobbing on my pillow. Darn, Felicia Tatum did this to me! Yes, you mad me cry to sleep after reading your book, Ms. Tatum. But don't worry, I'm not mad at you. I was just overwhelmed. The heartbreak, the reunion, Cade's drunken fit, Francesca's emotional turmoil, all these and more made this novel a very captivating read. Francesca is the Yin to Cade's Yang, that's how I see them. They really fit together. I couldn't wait to read the next story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alexia Purdy

    Loved this love story. It was so addictive and yummy. Second chance stories are the best! Francesca and Cade were a couple I could root for because sometimes, it's just all a misunderstanding. I truly love to believe that people have a good heart and this story goes with that theme making it heartwarming yet full of young love frustration. I can't wait to read more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kendall {Book Crazy}

    I had absolutely no idea that Felicia Tatum was writing a contemporary book until I saw the cover reveal sign-ups, so I signed up to help! I really wanted to read the book after I saw the cover and read the synopsis and because I helped reveal the cover I had the opportunity of an ARC! I'm so happy that I said yes to an ARC! Even though it did take me until after the book had released to read it lol! This book is my favourite of Felicia's to date! It really tugged at my heartstrings and I'll adm I had absolutely no idea that Felicia Tatum was writing a contemporary book until I saw the cover reveal sign-ups, so I signed up to help! I really wanted to read the book after I saw the cover and read the synopsis and because I helped reveal the cover I had the opportunity of an ARC! I'm so happy that I said yes to an ARC! Even though it did take me until after the book had released to read it lol! This book is my favourite of Felicia's to date! It really tugged at my heartstrings and I'll admit that I cried as well! The plot of this book was full of emotion! It was so beautiful and it was written brilliantly! I loved how much the plot had progressed from start to finish! I wasn't really expecting it to progress as far as it did, but it was amazing and at several times in the book I just had a massive smile on my face! I also loved that the plot went back in time to when the two main characters first met and started a relationship! It was good to go back and see them then and see them now and to see how they had developed as characters and to see how their love for each other was still there! The characters were amazing! Francesca was the main female character and I just adored her! She worked hard and she got very little results from it, but I loved it when she took matters into her own hands! Francesca really surprised me to be honest! I loved that she was there for Cade and she had been through a lot as well so Cade was there for her as well! Cade was the main male character and what I liked about him was that he had so much love for Francesca and I could really see that he would do anything for her! Cade had an addiction problem and it was his love for Francesca that made him finally come to terms with it and get help for it! Francesca made him a better person and I really admired her for that! The ending to this book was bittersweet! It was so cute and I actually teared up! I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the Hearts series even if it isn't about Francesca and Cade as I loved this one! The cover is so pretty! I have saw that picture on some other covers, but I like that the Felicia's cover is very different to those other covers! Big thank you to Felicia for an ARC of Mangled Hearts!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Felicia has stepped into Romance writing and has hit a HOME RUN!! She has taken 2 peoples lives and told the story from both POV's which is super hard to do and brought this book together for us to enjoy!! When I was done reading this book, I wanted to throw my Tablet across the room because I could not believe that there was no more Francesca and Cade. They are 2 people who were in love in high school but one tragic night will forever change the way that one of them feels forever. Can these 2 t Felicia has stepped into Romance writing and has hit a HOME RUN!! She has taken 2 peoples lives and told the story from both POV's which is super hard to do and brought this book together for us to enjoy!! When I was done reading this book, I wanted to throw my Tablet across the room because I could not believe that there was no more Francesca and Cade. They are 2 people who were in love in high school but one tragic night will forever change the way that one of them feels forever. Can these 2 two reconcile and save that once innocent love as well as overcome all other difficulties they are facing in current life? I can not wait for the second book in this series to come out!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Myra Espino

    **ARC** I loved it!! Ahh, Cade.. haha!! I love the story and of course, the POVs of both characters!! I love how the author made this book intriguing and the same time easy to read. You can easily follow the story and the timeline. As I was reading the first few chapters, I was really intrigued what was the reason why Francesca and Cade's issue.. It made you think the possibilities of the issues and it encouraged me to finish the book. And the way the story ends was good and I love how one's love c **ARC** I loved it!! Ahh, Cade.. haha!! I love the story and of course, the POVs of both characters!! I love how the author made this book intriguing and the same time easy to read. You can easily follow the story and the timeline. As I was reading the first few chapters, I was really intrigued what was the reason why Francesca and Cade's issue.. It made you think the possibilities of the issues and it encouraged me to finish the book. And the way the story ends was good and I love how one's love can change the bad habits of a person.. =)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brandy Rivers

    This is a great story of second chances. Cade's a mess in the beginning, coping in some pretty bad ways. Francesca can't be kept down. Great story that takes you through addiction and recovery, and best of all love

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Late night read: Three kindle pages in ... this is just..... meh. First person very badly done. Its all Me, me, me. I hate writing like that. Dnf.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chu

    Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak I have always loved books about second chances - this is why I wanted to read this book in the first place!! Francesca Taymon is a lawyer working her ass off in a law firm who didn't seem to see her worth as an attorney. But she was very patient, and taking her time in trying to please her bosses. When one particular case was thrown into her - she didn't know if it was a blessing or a curse to see who's name she will be defending - Cade Kelling. Cade Kelling Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak I have always loved books about second chances - this is why I wanted to read this book in the first place!! Francesca Taymon is a lawyer working her ass off in a law firm who didn't seem to see her worth as an attorney. But she was very patient, and taking her time in trying to please her bosses. When one particular case was thrown into her - she didn't know if it was a blessing or a curse to see who's name she will be defending - Cade Kelling. Cade Kelling is one of the ultimate bad boys I have ever read. I hated him at first and I wished that Francesca would find someone else. That this was just some high school love needing closure! (I know, I know, I'm so judgmental.) But once you read this, you will understand me. He has an alcohol problems and currently in denial. His father is almost near in washing his hands off Cade because of all the trouble he has been through, he just lost his job and is about to face arraignment. He's irresponsible and reckless. Only this time, heaven must have loved him when he saw Francesca again after all these years. She was the girl who has cared for him a lot, and whom he hurt, a lot as well. They had a thing going on in the past. But it was all in the past because Francesca doesn't want him back. She reminds him too much of what she has lost...it was more than just her heart. Cade, on the other hand has other things in his mind. He lost her once, he's not losing her again. Can he prove his worth to her? And although I hated Cade at first, I can't deny that the story is realistic. Yes, alcoholics simply ranks first in people who uses denial as their defense mechanism and their day would only be complete if they can ingest alcohol. Felicia Tatum made a clear, vivid description of what an alcoholic is. It wasn't pretty. BUT IT WAS REAL. What changed my mind about Cade will always, be on the next half of the book (so yes, you have to be patient like Francesca in order to adore Cade). But his journey in changing his ways is exceptional. You will see how he tried his best in mending his ways and getting all the help he can get. Love made him want to be a better person not just for himself, but for the woman he loves and his family as well. She might sound like a goody-goody, but I adore characters like Francesca who's willing to give second chances after all the mistakes and hurts from her past. I like people who forgives and sees hope in others. As the story goes, there could be times when you want to comfort her or slap her - she has her frustrating moments. (Those moments when I wanted her to just find someone else! ANYONE *except Mr. Baby Batter too* but Cade). But she stood with her emotions, and I'm glad she did because our hero turned out to be an amazing man. Francesca too! I love how her character changed - from a complete pushover to someone who is brave enough to follow her dreams, even if it means starting from scratch. The pacing was just right - there were some flashbacks which allowed me to understand what happened between these two years ago. Everything was going smoothly until I reach the end. I'm not sure if it was wise - but hey, we all want our HEA!!! Told in alternating POV, Mangled Hearts is a cliche plot of good-girl-falls-in-love-with-the-bad-boy, yet Felicia Tatum gave us something more - hope. No matter what, no matter how long it takes, there is still room for change if you really, really want it - no alibis, no second guessing. You just jump in and wish everything will turn out for the best. *ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Mangled Hearts: Francesca and Cade (Scarred Hearts #1) is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The first few chapters of this book had me thinking this was another New Adult novel with immature characters, crying at the drop of a hat over an old high school romance. Well, keep reading because that is not the case at all. Yes, Cade and Francesca were friends in high school. Cade could see Francesca was a really pretty girl but she had no confidenc Mangled Hearts: Francesca and Cade (Scarred Hearts #1) is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The first few chapters of this book had me thinking this was another New Adult novel with immature characters, crying at the drop of a hat over an old high school romance. Well, keep reading because that is not the case at all. Yes, Cade and Francesca were friends in high school. Cade could see Francesca was a really pretty girl but she had no confidence in herself and was the target of some cruel classmates from time to time due to her introverted ways. Cade was the 'bad boy' through and through and he never represented himself in any other way although Francesca saw the potential in him. Cade made sure he kept the relationship on a friendship level because he knew Francesca deserved better than him. Just when it looked like the relationship might change, a horrific turn of events separated them for nearly a decade. Through the years, Francesca has become a lawyer and is trying to take on some cases of her own with a little substance. Cade hasn't changed much at all. In fact, he is just plain unimpressive. He is in trouble again and his father has arranged for an attorney to help him out. Yes, Francesca is given his case. For the first time in many years the two will face each other. Cade has a very serious problem with alcohol since his high school days. This is why he can't hold a job and is always in trouble. His change encounter with Francesca opens up old wounds for both of them, but it also brings their feelings for one another back to the surface again. But, it doesn't matter how much they care for each other if Cade can't get a grip on his problem and get some help. So, the subject matter in this book is a serious one. The author does a good job of addressing this issue without the story becoming maudlin or preachy or a story of harrowing withdrawals. Instead the story focuses on the power of love and commitment and the amazing effect knowing you are loved can do for a person. Cade finally owns up to his drinking problem and with a chance with Francesca motivating him he starts to pull himself together. Cade makes this decision alone, goes into rehab without being nagged death and makes this difficult journey in order to be the man Francesca deserves. The book leaves us on high note, but there is more to this story coming in the next installment. Overall not a bad effort considering the subject matter. Some plot points were a little far fetched when it came to Francesca blaming Cade for something that happened in the past. I think a full report would have cleared up that misunderstanding, but still Cade does deserve some of the blame. Other than that one little complaint I thought the author did a great job with this one. 3.5 rounded to 4.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Ward

    Francesca and Cade met and fell in love when they were in high school but their relationship ended when Francesca’s sister dies in an accident in which she believes Cade was not only involved in, but caused. When lawyer Francesca is assigned to help Cade out of a legal dilemma, their feelings for one another again surface yet Francesca tries to keep her heart at a distance. When Cade asks her to spend an evening with him, Francesca finally confronts him about her sister’s accident and learns tha Francesca and Cade met and fell in love when they were in high school but their relationship ended when Francesca’s sister dies in an accident in which she believes Cade was not only involved in, but caused. When lawyer Francesca is assigned to help Cade out of a legal dilemma, their feelings for one another again surface yet Francesca tries to keep her heart at a distance. When Cade asks her to spend an evening with him, Francesca finally confronts him about her sister’s accident and learns that Cade wasn’t driving the car her sister had the accident in, but actually called the ambulance and stayed with her sister until they got there. With all the questions about her sister’s death finally answered, the two are free to once again explore their feelings for one another, but Cade has his own demons that have been haunting him. After a passionate night with Francesca, Cade starts having withdrawal symptoms from his alcohol addiction and, with the support of his brother and therapist, is admitted to a rehab facility. Francesca and Cade pass the time until they can be together writing each other and, in doing so, their love grows deeper. When Cade is finally out of rehab, Francesca is opening her new law practice and Cade surprises her before her grand opening party with a marriage proposal she accepts. While this chapter of Cade and Francesca’s love ends here, there will be a sequel that will continue their story. Mangled Hearts is a story about love, loss, and redemption. While Cade’s alcohol addiction is a real obstacle to the couple, and to Cade himself, Felicia Tatum treats the issue with the dignity and respect that it deserves. In making Cade’s addiction such a prevalent part of the story, the reader can really see the extent of damage alcoholism can pose to the individual and their loved ones. This allows us to really rally behind Cade’s attempt to redeem himself by going to rehab and trying to overcome it. While it may seem that Francesca and Cade have a happy ending, the reader will be interested in finding out if Cade can keep his demons at bay in the sequel to retain not only his health but his relationship with Francesca. Mangled Hearts is written in such a beautiful and believable way that the reader feels both Cade and Francesca’s pain at the loss of her sister, her initial anger at Cade after seeing him for the first time in years, and fear for the the danger Cade poses to himself and others because of his addiction. This story is not for the faint of heart, but it is truly a worthwhile read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Micah

    I did receive a free copy for this review. 4.5 stars This is a story about old friends who had a feelings for each other but a classic case of boys raging hormones getting in the way. The story starts with Francesca, who is now a lawyer struggling to prove herself in her firm and struggling with her past. Cole...who is just struggling with life. It's clear from the START that he has a serious drinking problem and has for a long time. They haven't spoken in over 7 years and they hook up again when I did receive a free copy for this review. 4.5 stars This is a story about old friends who had a feelings for each other but a classic case of boys raging hormones getting in the way. The story starts with Francesca, who is now a lawyer struggling to prove herself in her firm and struggling with her past. Cole...who is just struggling with life. It's clear from the START that he has a serious drinking problem and has for a long time. They haven't spoken in over 7 years and they hook up again when Francesca handles a case for Cole. The flashbacks give us a nice insight into their friendship and budding romance in high school. Most of the time you just want to slap Cole across the face because he is just acting like a jerk. Granted, he is drunk...but still. I liked the story. I felt it was fresh. I read it in less than 24 hours and I really liked the ending of the story. Not to give anything away, I loved the letters exchanged between them. Also, I REALLY APPRECIATED THAT I DID NOT NOTICE ANY EDITING ERRORS. It is so hard these days to find books by indie authors that are not riddled with errors. This may be small to some, but it is HUGE to me :-) I give this 4.5 stars because I felt the ending was rushed. I would have liked an epilogue or maybe 20 more pages? I also felt like in the beginning, where character development should be rich, they fell a little flat. Especially Cole. I really didn't connect with him. I connected more with him at the end....but by that time, the book was almost over, which is why I wanted the book to be a little longer. I would recommend this book. It was worth the read and its not often that I read a book in less than 24 hours.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carver's Book Cravings

    Received an ARC for an honest review! 4.5 Stars I absolutely loved this book. It really had me rooting for Cade and Francesca to get their happily ever after! “I know it won’t be easy, because let’s face it, nothing worth it every is.” Francesca is now a lawyer and decided to go back to her home town to work. She has been there for a few years and has managed not to see Cade, the boy who broke her heart in high school. She finally has to see him when the law firm she works for assigns her to repres Received an ARC for an honest review! 4.5 Stars I absolutely loved this book. It really had me rooting for Cade and Francesca to get their happily ever after! “I know it won’t be easy, because let’s face it, nothing worth it every is.” Francesca is now a lawyer and decided to go back to her home town to work. She has been there for a few years and has managed not to see Cade, the boy who broke her heart in high school. She finally has to see him when the law firm she works for assigns her to represent him. She doesn't want to, but knows the only way to move up in the firm is to take this case. What will happen when she sees him? Will all her anger and hatred for him surface? Or will the love she had for him still be there? Cade has always turned to alcohol and occasionally drugs to solve his problems. He was an alcoholic in high school and has never seeked help for it. He never wanted to get help. He knows that he hurt Francesca when they were younger and he wants to make it right. He tries to be the man she needs, but she tells him he can’t be drunk. Can he find the help he needs to be the man Francesca needs and be the man he wants to be? Or will he continue to ignore the problem? This book takes you on an emotional journey of love that has always been pushed away by insecurities or alcohol. They both had issues as teenagers and could never communicate how they felt. So when they come together as adults can they finally communicate? I definitely recommend you read this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Mangled Hearts will take you on an emotional journey. Francesca and Cade have a history dating back to high school. A shared tragedy cuts their ties and they go years without seeing one another. Cade’s legal troubles and Francesca’s law degree throw them together once again and force them to face the feelings for each other they buried long ago. The book is written in dual POV and includes flashbacks to their younger days. The glimpse into their youth and the relationship they shared was essenti Mangled Hearts will take you on an emotional journey. Francesca and Cade have a history dating back to high school. A shared tragedy cuts their ties and they go years without seeing one another. Cade’s legal troubles and Francesca’s law degree throw them together once again and force them to face the feelings for each other they buried long ago. The book is written in dual POV and includes flashbacks to their younger days. The glimpse into their youth and the relationship they shared was essential to understanding the emotions that begin to boil to the surface when they meet again as adults. Francesca and Cade really captured my heart as characters. They are both hurting from the tragic event that altered their lives forever, but they have gone in completely opposite directions with their suffering. Cade copes by attempting to completely obliterate his grief with alcohol and maintain a constant state of numbness. Francesca, on the other hand, attempts to maintain complete and total control and keeps her heart closed off, refusing to risk relinquishing emotional control to anyone. The contrast between these two characters and how they try to deal with life is what makes this book so captivating. The emotional turmoil plaguing their relationship is palpable throughout the entire story, tugging on my heartstrings from the first page to the last. For a complete review go to: http://prisonersofprint.wordpress.com...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Iannuccilli smith

    Mangled Hearts will take you on an emotional journey of second chances. Written from a dual POV from Cade and Francesca. Cade and Francesca have a past going back to high school. That unspoken connection that they feel for each other is abruptly severed with a tragedy that they both share. Fast forward 7 years later. Cade is an alcoholic. He is drowning away his demons and pain of the past. Francesca is a lawyer trying to prove her way in a law firm dominated by men. When the chance is given to Mangled Hearts will take you on an emotional journey of second chances. Written from a dual POV from Cade and Francesca. Cade and Francesca have a past going back to high school. That unspoken connection that they feel for each other is abruptly severed with a tragedy that they both share. Fast forward 7 years later. Cade is an alcoholic. He is drowning away his demons and pain of the past. Francesca is a lawyer trying to prove her way in a law firm dominated by men. When the chance is given to her to present her first case, she is ecstatic. Her joy is short lived when she realizes her first client will be Cade. They both cannot deny that the feelings that shared in the past have not diminished, that spark is still there. Both of them have suffered loss and have been broken. Can they face their past and overcome the issues that they face. Will they be given that second chance that they are both hoping for, and have that future they always dreamed of? Felicia Tatum dealt with the issues of heartbreak, redemption, loss and most importantly addiction. Cade's addiction was addressed with the respect and dignity that it should be. You will route for Cade and cry for Francesca. Truly a believable and well written book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Giana Racine

    This book is truly amazing. The author knows just how to leave you wanting more and executed this book really well. Francesca Taymon is your typical book worm, nerdy girl who goes through high school unnoticed, unlinked by most and keeps to herself. Once day while waiting for her second bus home, a senior named Cade Kelling approached her and started talking to her. Attraction grew between the two, but neither though they were good enough for the other. After a devastating tragedy occurred in Fra This book is truly amazing. The author knows just how to leave you wanting more and executed this book really well. Francesca Taymon is your typical book worm, nerdy girl who goes through high school unnoticed, unlinked by most and keeps to herself. Once day while waiting for her second bus home, a senior named Cade Kelling approached her and started talking to her. Attraction grew between the two, but neither though they were good enough for the other. After a devastating tragedy occurred in Francesca's life, she runs from everything she knows and everyone she loves. Upon returning, Francesca fights endless battles with terrifying nightmares of the accident and blames the one who once held her heart. Determined to forget the past Francesca gets a job at a law firm. When she receives her first case, she is forced to face her past, the one who held her heart, the one and only Cade Kelling. Can she focus and overcome her fears or will her heart betray her? Can these two mangled hearts become one?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Magic Within the Pages

    Reviewer: Liz - Magic Within The Pages Rating: 5 Stars Another Fantastic book by Felicia Tatum! Francesca, a beautiful, young woman who can’t forget about her haunting past. Cade, a sexy guy who has demons of his own. Cade and Francesca haven’t seen each other in years until one day when she is handed her first case as a lawyer and it’s Cade. She needs to push aside what she is feeling and be professional and keep it just work, soon Cade is asking her on a date but she isn’t so sure it’s a good ide Reviewer: Liz - Magic Within The Pages Rating: 5 Stars Another Fantastic book by Felicia Tatum! Francesca, a beautiful, young woman who can’t forget about her haunting past. Cade, a sexy guy who has demons of his own. Cade and Francesca haven’t seen each other in years until one day when she is handed her first case as a lawyer and it’s Cade. She needs to push aside what she is feeling and be professional and keep it just work, soon Cade is asking her on a date but she isn’t so sure it’s a good idea. Such a wonderful story about rekindling an old flame and learning to trust again. Felicia makes it easy to fall in love with her characters by swapping POV’s showing us both sides of the story. I really enjoy Felicia’s books she is one author who I will always one-click no matter what, all her reads have been 5 stars for me. Love your work Felicia! Keep it up.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lydia H

    4.5 Stars - Joint review: Mangled Hearts + Entangled Souls Having read Felicia Tatum's other series, The White Aura, I knew I had to check out these books. Boy, I'm glad I did. I am a huge fan of second-chance romances so these books were right up my alley. Cade and Francesca's story made my heart ache. I wanted them to work everything out. I needed it like it was my own happily ever after. And that's one of the wonderful things about this author: her writing style. She always allows me to connec 4.5 Stars - Joint review: Mangled Hearts + Entangled Souls Having read Felicia Tatum's other series, The White Aura, I knew I had to check out these books. Boy, I'm glad I did. I am a huge fan of second-chance romances so these books were right up my alley. Cade and Francesca's story made my heart ache. I wanted them to work everything out. I needed it like it was my own happily ever after. And that's one of the wonderful things about this author: her writing style. She always allows me to connect not only with the characters, but with their story. It's as if I am right there with them through all the ups and downs, the joys and heartaches. Overcoming all their issues - their inner demons - was not easy for Cade and Fanscesca, let me tell you, but it made their story that much better and realistic. A must read for sure!! Go grab your copies!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    This wasn't you typical book about finding love after so many years apart, this was a story about Cade and his struggle with alcohol and how it plays into everything he does. You see how it has taken over his life and leads to events that resulted in him losing the only girl that he ever loved. It is not just a story but a journey to one mans addiction, bad judgments and the realization that if he wants to be with this girl he needs to heal himself. Francesca is a strong female character, she lo This wasn't you typical book about finding love after so many years apart, this was a story about Cade and his struggle with alcohol and how it plays into everything he does. You see how it has taken over his life and leads to events that resulted in him losing the only girl that he ever loved. It is not just a story but a journey to one mans addiction, bad judgments and the realization that if he wants to be with this girl he needs to heal himself. Francesca is a strong female character, she loved Cade so long ago but was deeply hurt by him but can she forgive him and help him to recover. Felicia Tatum writes a beautiful story told by both Cade and Francesca's points of views. Love this author and can't wait for more of Franny and Cade, oh and Hamlet/Hammy the kitten.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Jacob

    Mangled Hearts is an amazing book and I had the chance to read it before it comes out on July 12. This book really touched my heart. I loved Francesca's character and how strong she was. I highly recommend this book as soon as it comes out. Amazing

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gladys Garcia

    This was an amazing book I started reading I could not put down. Mangled hearts, Had characters that you had to fall in love with. It was also well written. Felicia Tatum is an excellent writer and I am looking forward to reading more from her. Great Book

  28. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    Francesca and Cade, two damaged souls...can they find their way? I can't express just how this book is so realistic. Loved how the characters are so real and the story captivating! *Received for an honest review*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chandru'sGR

    Finally i was able to read it..it was a nice read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5 stars Francesca is a lawyr who has been working at a law firm , but has not had any cases of her own. She basically does the grunt work while everyone else does the job she has dreamed of doing. Until one day her boss calls her in and offers her her very own case, which she is more than happy to take. Until she realizes who her client will be, and as much as she wants to say no, this is an opportunity that she cannot just pass by. Her client is the boy who she gave her heart to when she was 1 4.5 stars Francesca is a lawyr who has been working at a law firm , but has not had any cases of her own. She basically does the grunt work while everyone else does the job she has dreamed of doing. Until one day her boss calls her in and offers her her very own case, which she is more than happy to take. Until she realizes who her client will be, and as much as she wants to say no, this is an opportunity that she cannot just pass by. Her client is the boy who she gave her heart to when she was 16 and the same guy who completely shattered it into pieces. It's been years since she has seen Cade Kelling, and she is not sure what her reaction will be when she sees him. A part of her hates him for hurting her and blames him for the tragic accident involving her sister. But at the same time she wonders if she still loves him? And how will Cade feel when he sees her. What can I say about Cade Kelling, other than I loved him. He is one of those characters that you instantly love from the moment you "meet" him. He has his fair share of problems and issues though, but that never got in the way of how I felt about him. Cade started drinking at an early age and is basically an alcoholic at this point in his life. He always manages to screws things up and is never good enough for his father. His life is basically meaningless and he drowns any feelings that he has in a bottle of alcohol. He gets by day to day, wondering where he is, trying to remember what he was supposed to do that day and some days wondering how the day just passed him by, until he sees the empty bottle and then it all comes back to him. But beneath the drinking is a young man who is hurt and broken and hides it all behind a bottle. When he gets himself in trouble once again, he parents agree to help him one last time, by hiring him a lawyer to fight his case and keep him out of jail. But he never expected his lawyer to be the one and only girl to ever hold his heart, the same girl whose heart he broke all those years ago. Cade has loved Francesca from the moment he met her in high school. There was just something about her that drew him to her. But even back then Cade never thought he was good enough for her and pushed her away, broke her heart. But that didn't mean that he stopped loving her. Seeing her again sparks all those feelings that he had for her. He still loves her and will do whatever it takes to keep her in his life. He let her go once and will never let her go again. Every feeling that Francesca had for Cade comes back to her when she sees him. She wants to believe that he loves her and wants to be able to trust him. But he hurt her in ways that she is not sure she can get past. Aside from breaking her heart, she blames him for what happened to her sister. When Cade finally tells Francesca exactly what happened that night with her sister will she be able to move past it and have a future with Cade? Mangled Hearts was an emotional story about love, addiction, loss, forgiveness and redemption. Francesca and Cade have always loved each other even after being a part for so many years. But when they see each other again you feel the love and the chemistry between the two of them. But they can't just push aside the past and move on and suddenly get their happily ever after. It is something that they have to work and fight for. They both have to come to terms and admit the feelings that they have had for each other and still continue to have, they need to move on from the past and learn to forgive. But most importantly Cade needs to deal with his addiction not only for Francesca but for himself. He needs and wants to be a better person in hopes of winning Francesa's heart. "Francesca...the night you stayed with me was the best night of my life. I've never felt more alive, more loved, happier, that when I hold you in my arms. Seeing your face makes my heart beat faster, in a good way, and I feel this calmness come over me." Felicia Tatum wrote a beautiful and emotional story. Cade was sweet and caring and you never doubted for one second that he loved Francesca, he was just broken and dealt with it the only way he knew how. There were moments when you just wanted to hug him. He let the alcohol take over and when he finally realized it, he decided to fight and fight he did. The moments between him and Francesca especially through letters will completely melt your heart. Cade truly is an amazing person. I loved Francesca. She was a strong and successful woman who has her own insecurities that most woman can relate to. This book will make you laugh, cry and warm your heart. It is told in alternate POV between Cade and Francesca which I love. I always love to see both sides of the story. I also loved the flashback scenes to when they were teenagers, which helped you understand their relationship. I loved Cade and Francesca's story and was rooting for them from the beginning to find their happily ever after. Ms. Tatum did a wonderful job with the characters and the connection to their story. I cannot wait for the next one in the series. "You're so beautiful and you don't even know it. Those girls that are mean to you...they've broken your self-esteem. I wish you could see you the way I do. A gorgeous girl with the most amazing brown eyes I've ever seen." 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