Feb 24, 2016

Release Blitz & Review -- Open Hearts by Erin Hayes

Feb 24 - Hearts

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My heart isn’t my own.
And I don’t mean romantically.
Six months ago, I had a heart transplant. Now I’m learning to live again with someone else’s heart beating in my chest. My scars both inside and out haunt my every waking moment.
Then I meet Rhys, the tattooed Yank that finds himself transplanted to my Southern hometown. Even though he’s haunted by his own scars, he’s determined to show me how to embrace my second chance at life.
I’m not sure if I can give someone my heart when it wasn’t mine to begin with.
And neither of our hearts will survive rejection.
A standalone NA contemporary romance coming February 2016.

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"This was supposed to be the start of my happily ever after. So why doesn't it feel that way?"

Let me say that when I read the blurb for this book, I had to read it! I was intrigued by this unique storyline and how it would play out.
To say I am impressed would be an understatement! 

I am floored by the pure emotion and raw material this story contains. 
You have two individuals with broken hearts--both figuratively and literally.
Two souls that are brought together over the love of an old motorcycle and an attraction that can't be denied.

"On one side, I am being blessed with the gift of life. On the other, darker side, someone had to die to give me a heart...I realize that I have two sets of hopes and dreams now riding on my life. My donor's and mine. And it's terrifying."

Becks is a character that you want to read about. 
She's young, but strong. 
She's living life, but on borrowed time.
She's a fighter, but guilt consumes her.
I will admit that every page I turned, I was worried by what it would bring. Reading about the life of a heart transplant patient isn't easy. My own heart ached for her healing and understanding of the situation she was experiencing.

Then there was Rhys. This man--gosh, this man. From page one, I wanted to hug him. He lived a very rough life and didn't think he would ever have the chance to get away from it all. Upon hearing bad news, he packed up his life and moved down south to be with his Gramps and sister, Charlotte. That was the toughest, and most rewarding, thing he would ever do.
That move lead to Becks. 
And Becks needed him just as much as he needed her.

"What does it matter? I'm literally dying as we speak! Whether it's tomorrow, three months from now, or a year, at some point, my body is going to reject my heart. Because that's what my body does. And then I'm screwed. I--"
"Don't you think like that. Don't you ever think that, Becks. Because you have my heart. And I won't allow you to reject it."

I adored this story so much!

It was beautifully written and you felt like you were reading a friend's life being told within the pages of this book. That's how much Becks and Rhys capture your attention-your heart.

Erin Hayes has a new fan now!
Thank you for bringing these characters to life and for bringing attention to the miracle that is in the form of transplants.

"Our scars make us who we are as much as the flesh and bones. They're permanent parts of our souls no matter how much they fade over time on the outside."

About the Author

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.
She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she'll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.
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