In Review: Hitched (Hearts of Stone #2) by Christine Manzari

Posted March 20, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Hitched (Hearts of Stone #2) by Christine ManzariHitched by Christine Manzari
Series: Hearts of Stone #2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 21, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 348 pages
How I got it: From the author
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For aspiring journalist Harlow Ransom, life is just a well-oiled machine, and if she plans well, all things will go accordingly. And that is exactly why Harlow lives her life by perfectly polished to-do lists that she refuses to stray from—even when she's celebrating her 21st birthday in Sin City.

1. Visit the Boom Boom Blues Lounge
2. See the water show at the Bellagio

Things can't possibly go askew if she crosses things off her list one by one. But after a night of celebrating leads to waking up in bed with a sexy stranger and a ring on her finger, Harlow realizes that in no point in time did she ever have "Get Married" on her trusty to-do list. Yet that's exactly what she did.

Professional snowboarder Trace Stone loves a good challenge—he's all about the win. And this time, he's going to find a way to win over the feisty, meticulous Harlow. The wedding may have been spontaneous and impulsive, but when he said "forever," he meant it. Now, the only thing he wants on Harlow's to-do list is him—from this day forward.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

You may or may not know by now that I’m a HUGE FAN of Christine’s first NA contemporary, Hooked. I read it back in January 2015 and it was one of my favorite books from all of 2015. I wanted so badly for her to continue writing in that world, so you can imagine how excited I was when I got a message from her asking if I’d be interested in reading Hitched, the second book in her Hearts of Stone series. Obviously I said yes and jumped into the book as soon as I could. And guess what? I LOVED IT.

The setup for this novel was fun: good girl goes to Vegas with friends and lets loose. In fact, she lets go so much that she not only hooks up with a guy she meets there, she marries him! What she doesn’t know at the time — and for a long time afterwards — is that he’s a famous snowboarder. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. The most important thing to note is that they had an immediate connection and tons of chemistry. I mean, there’s obviously something there if you’re going to run off and get married. Of course, Harlow freaks the next morning and runs back home. Thankfully Trace decides to chase her. And that? That’s all I’m going to tell you about this story. You can discover the rest for yourself as you breeze through this book.

Hitched was a fantastic read from the very first pages. I loved Harlow and identified with her “good girl”-ness and her list making. Trace wasn’t at all the guy I thought he was during Hooked. He was sweet and hot and completely determined to get Harlow to recognize what they had was real. I loved how he pursued her and how he pushed her when she needed it most. So, yeah, I adored Trace as well. I understood why Harlow was holding back, but he was so amazing that I just wanted to smush them together and tell her to get over it and jump in with both feet.

While Harlow and Trace had an unconventional start, I loved when they pulled back and really started to get to know each other. Reading along as they went from friends to lovers — all while still being married to each other — made me smile. It was great to watch things develop between them. I swooned over the romance and fanned my way through the sexy times. (SO HOT.) There were also plenty of laughs along the way… and maybe a few tears, even. (No maybe. Totally tears. I’m a sap.) Hitched was the total package and I loved every single page. I already have grabby hands for the third book, Hated. It just can’t get here soon enough.

Hitched can absolutely be read as a standalone. Of course, I think you should read Hooked first if for no other reason than it’s absolutely amazing and still one of my favorite NA contemporaries. So, get on that if you haven’t already. 🙂 For those of you who have read Hooked, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up. It’s a great follow-up to a wonderful book and not only will you find new characters to love, you’ll get some feels from favorites Huck and Cat, too.

FAVORITE QUOTES

One night. One girl. And I could feel it deep in my bones. I was addicted.

I wasn’t the crazy girl who chased guys and a good time. I wasn’t the bad girl who drank until she passed out. I was the girl who aced classes and killed the fucking bell curve.

“You can keep running, Harlow. But I was made to race. And I like to win. I was born to win.” 

“I’ll be your dirty secret again tomorrow if you give me tonight.”

“You think I can’t tell what you sound like when you’re ready to be fucked into next week?” 

About Christine Manzari

The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

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