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Heartache and Hope (Heartache Duet #1) by Jay McLean

Heartache and Hope Book Cover Heartache and Hope
Heartache Duet #1
Jay McLean
Fiction, Sports Romance
June 28th, 2019
No

Ava Diaz needs saving.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Just like she doesn’t know a thing about the boy she sits next to on the first day of senior year.
He thinks she’s a brat.
She thinks he’s entitled.
Maybe first impressions don’t always last…
Because Connor Ledger’s about to save her.
He just doesn’t know why.

Megan’s Review


“When the world is at its darkest, that’s when the magic appears…”

It has been so long since I have read a Jay McLean story and when I found out she was releasing a duet, I knew I had to drop everything and read it. I absolutely adored Kick Push and her More Than series, but I believe Heartache and Hope is her best book yet. I read this book in one sitting and could not get enough; it is a complete rollercoaster of a read that had my emotions all over the place, but the pain I felt whilst reading this epic story was well worth the heartache and one I found positively unforgettable.

Ava Diaz is one heroine I felt for deeply as her life is a constant struggle. I found it particularly difficult to read about her, but having said that, I connected with her in such a profound way which I think is all thanks to Jay’s impeccable ability to tell a story. She is able to make me believe I am living my life along with these characters she has created. While Ava’s life is not easy, she has so much strength and courage to just keep moving. She was a true inspiration and I adored everything about her. Her life was to become even more complicated when Connor Ledger entered her world.


“And even if I have to spend the rest of my life wondering what it would be like to kiss you just once… these moments with you… they’re worth everything. YOU are worth everything.”

Connor is the new guy at school and the star basketball player on a scholarship. Connor has plans to one day be drafted to the NBA and his dreams are his only focus, he lives and breathes for his basketball career. Connor notices Ava instantly and while his basketball takes up so much of his focus, he can’t help but fall for the girl with the life he can not possibly imagine. Connor and Ava soon fall for each other and fall hard. I will remember their first kiss for the rest of my life, it was sweet, electrifying and positively breathtaking. An intense and powerful moment between two teenagers who are meant to be.

Heartache and Hope was positively exquisite. Jay captured every emotion beautifully and it was just magical in every way. I know it’s not possible for me to love this story any more than I already do. This is a story of first love, the ups and the downs and everything in between and, while there is heartache, you are holding onto hope that it will all work out. I cannot recommend this unforgettable story enough.

 

Jenny’s Review

Holy smokies how I have missed you Jay McLean!!!

In the past you have rocked my world, and today, you still rock my world, but you have tilted it on its axis!!!!
Yep, I started this review almost a week ago and I am still thinking and dreaming of this book!!! This author has the ability to suck you into her storytelling book world, and my god, how I loved this!!! Ava & Conner took over my world for a day, and guess what, I AM NOT SORRY!

This was an emotional roller coaster, a bumpy, turbulent ride. I’d do it all over again, after the slow burn wore off….haha! My eyes are itching for the next book, I can not wait!!! So, I am here patiently waiting to get my hands on it to give my fingernails and my heart some relief!!

So, if you can’t tell, I LOVED this book, would recommend this to all you romance lovers!!!