Monday, March 21, 2016

5 Star Review: Elastic Hearts (Hearts #3) by Claire Contreras

Victor Reuben.
Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.

Nicole Alessi.
Soon to be ex-wife of Hollywood's biggest star, Victor’s latest client and his boss's daughter.

In such a high profile divorce, they can't afford any extra drama. Luckily, neither one of them has anything to hide. 

Unless you count the mind blowing sex they had… 

Three times all those years ago.

As long as they leave the past where it belongs, they’ll be fine. But with her wearing those tight dresses and him giving her those heated glances, keeping their hands to themselves is proving to be more difficult than either one of them realized.

It won't be long before the paparazzi start to smell smoke, and where there's smoke...

My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

About five years ago, Victor and Nicole had a fling. They met at a bar. Had sex at the bar and then proceeded to keep having his office where he found out that Nicole's father was his new boss. And that was the end of things. Surprisingly heartbroken after their break up, Nicole went to work, met someone else and got married soon after. The two of them haven't seen much of each other since, but now Nicole is getting divorced and Victor is her lawyer. 

These two made me CRAZY! But in the best way possible. From the moment they see each other again it is very clear that they are both still harboring feelings for the other person. It's just not clear how deep those feelings run. Their meetings as lawyer/client are thick with sexual tension, but they are determined to not let their personal feelings get in the way. 

I loved that Nicole was kind of the aggressor in their relationship. She was constantly trying to get Victor to let down his guard and give in to the feelings he had for her. She was also going through a crappy divorce with a guy that was just the absolutely worst at times and she found herself constantly in the media. Then she was dealing with her feelings for Victor, which she thought were never going to come to surface again. I know I kept waiting for her to have a breakdown that I probably would've probably had on day 1. But not Nicole. And I LOVED her for that. She was so kick ass.

VICTOR. This. Fucking. Guy. Gah!! I loved him so much. He took Nicole's case knowing that it wasn't going to be easy, but he he also knew that his chance at partnership was on the line. And that's why he was adamant that he and Nicole keep things completely professional. But what it comes down to is that he loved Nichole and can't help but give in. And although he was this super serious and very professional lawyer guy, deep down he was a funny, sweet, loving and a dirty talking Alpha. **swoon** I love that combo!  

And as a couple, Victor and Nicole were fun to read. They have this level of comfort with each other that is still there, even after 5 years. As her lawyer, Victor had nothing but Nicole's best interest at heart and I like that things went relatively (not completely) smoothly. Because let's be honest, that could have gone gone south at any moment and been a lot worse than it was. I like that Claire made a point of telling the readers that she didn't consider this to be second chance romance. Sure, Victor and Nicole were together in the past, but it was more of a friends with benefits arrangement. And it didn't last that long. But they are both older and A LOT wiser and can see that what they have is much more than just a quick romp in a club bathroom or Victor's office. I kind of look at their first "relationship" as one that didn't really stand a chance, so this is really their first go at things. 

This book is a must read. If you haven't read the rest of the series, go back and read the other two and then read this one. Trust's totally worth it! We get to see the rest of the gang and I really loved the scenes when everyone was all together. It gave the book some light moments that played so well against the rest of the book. 

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