on January 22, 2015
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He was my older brother's best friend.
He was never supposed to be mine.
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.
One of us did.
One of us left.
Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me.
He broke my heart last time. This time he'll obliterate it.
I LOVE Claire Contreras!!! She is one of my favorite people and a must click author on my list and I have to say that she outdid herself with Kaleidoscope Hearts because it is her best book yet! I know I have said this about her before lol but Claire gets better with each successive book and Kaleidoscope Hearts is my absolute FAVORITE of hers to date.
You know those books that completely touch your heart and soul and envelop you into its magical world where you fall in love with the characters, the story, the underlying message – all of it – well Kaleidoscope Hearts is that kind of book and SO MUCH MORE!
Claire has a way of just making you feel as you read her books so much so that I had to reread it again just to fall in love with every written word, every scene all over again.
Oliver Hart…my fave male character of 2015 so far..he made my heart sing…just everything about him..I have never loved a man with a man bun til now!!!
So what’s it about….
Well Elle is broken hearted after losing her much older fiance Wyatt to a heart attack, a man who not only changed her but helped her grow. Was he the love of her life..her soulmate? After meeting Oliver and seeing their connection, I can honestly say that I didn’t think so.
You see Elle and Oliver have this history that you can just feel…that there’s something between them that wants to come out again and that maybe it is their chance to have a redo…to make it right.
I have to say that everything has meaning within Claire’s writing. And I LOVED every second of it.
Things that worked for me…
- I love second chance romance stories and I adored Elle and Oliver together…the sweetness, the romantic, the hot…EVERYTHING was just so perfect that its hard to put it into words…this was finally THEIR time and I so enjoyed their journey to discovering each other again.
- I completely understood the whole older brother aspect of this story…I connected with every detail…every nuance just made complete sense and the story as a whole was just so believable and realistic and true…I LOVED the friendships in this story because I could see it all playing out in my head. Claire really outdid herself with creating such a wonderful cast of characters.
- I simply LOVED LOVED LOVED the underlying message…Elle and Oliver had a lot of growing up to do on both sides; realizing what’s important – that life doesn’t wait; that money doesn’t buy happiness; that love is what it’s all about.
- The final scenes in this book were EPIC…complete romance beyond words – a love that knows no bounds; a love that people dream about!
I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book other than that it was simply beautiful. BUY IT! You will love it…I promise. This book is why I love reading…because it puts me in a happy place where I have a smile on my face and warmth in my heart…THIS BOOK will give you the feels and more…LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
“Look at me, Elle,” he says, using the deliciously low demanding voice that once made my toes curl and my eyes roll back, and I have no choice but to tilt my head to give him my attention. “Forget those lame guys you’re dating.
Let me take you out.”
My heart, if possible, spikes further in my chest, overriding all warning of the impending chaos that’s sure to come. I try turning my attention to the poster hanging beside me, but the kissing couple makes me look back at him and the deep green eyes that are burning into mine. My stomach does a flip-flop, the way it always does when he looks at me that way and I try to take my hands back because these feelings are too scary for me to deal with right now, but he holds them tighter, bringing them up to his mouth and kissing the tip of my ring finger. Why did he pick that finger to kiss? I pull harder and he finally lets my hand drop.
“I can’t,” I say, my voice coming out hoarse.
A myriad of emotions flash in his eyes before they settle on determination and I’m forced to take a step back, away from his scent, away from his warmth, and into the cold closet behind me.
I sigh, finally looking away, back down to his naked feet. “I just can’t.” He knows why not. He shouldn’t ask me that question. “What’s Vic doing, anyway?”
His body moves into mine so quickly that I don’t have time to react to his large hands clutching my arms or his face dropping until we’re nose to nose. I just stare, wide eyed, waiting for his lips to fall over mine, but they don’t. He just looks at me, breathes on me, lets me breathe on him, and he groans. And that fucking groan travels from his body into mine and crawls into the core of me, draping over every fiber inside of me.
“What do you want, Oliver?” I whisper against his lips. “What do you want from me? You want to kiss me? You want to fuck me? You want to come into my life like the hurricane that you are and tear down everything I’ve rebuilt and disappear just as quickly?”
His lips brush slightly against mine, just a breath of a touch as he stands there, crowding me like he’s about to devour me. But he won’t. He never goes in for the kill. He just lures me, casts me, reels me in and pulls away. His hands drop and his face leaves mine with the same quickness and I feel a pang deep inside me that I wish wasn’t there.
“I’m sorry,” he says quietly, shaking his head in a movement that makes his hair sway back and forth. His eyes are soft on mine now and I can almost hear his thoughts: I should have never kissed her. I should have never—
My brows rise in surprise at the apology, though. There are so many things I can say to him, but the sudden defeated look in his eyes keeps my mouth shut. Finally, I exhale and push off the wall, standing in front of him, with enough distance between us that we can’t reach out and touch each other.
“It’s okay just… don’t do it again. The kiss the other day was a mistake…” I stop talking and walk past him, putting my bra away and sorting through my underwear drawer like it has some sort of hidden treasure or something. This time when I feel him come up behind me, I drop my head and exhale. He really needs to stop sneaking up behind me.
“Oli—“ I start and gasp when I feel his lips on the back of my neck, soft and warm. My heart thunders and my hands begin to shake inside the drawer so I close my eyes and focus on breathing. He drops another kiss right beside that spot. I never knew the back of my neck was so sensitive. The feeling sends a ripple of sensation down my arms and through my body.
“It wasn’t a mistake,” he says in a husky whisper that makes my flesh break out in goose bumps. “You’ve never been a mistake. You want me to tell your brother that I want to take you out? Is that what it would take?”