Bring Down the Stars by Emma Scott ~ Sarah A’s Review

I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow. 

I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away. 

But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them.

Bring Down the Stars is book one in Emma Scott’s Beautiful Hearts duet

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I do not have the words to adequately express the beauty of this story, and not just the story the prose Emma Scott executed in Bring Down the Stars was sublime.  The delineation she achieved between the three narrators was wonderful.  And the emotional gauntlet she threw down gave me no choice but to rise to the challenge and let my heart bleed out right alongside the characters.

I only know anecdotally about Cyrano de Bergerac, I’ve never read the story nor watched the movies, so I had an idea of what I was getting myself into, but I had no warning how emotionally draining, devastating Bring Down the Stars would be.  I was gutted by the end and, god, I can’t imagine how the next book is going to flay me open and turn me inside out.  The grace of the language itself was entrancing, paired with the angst and pain of the story the book was all-consuming.

All three characters: Autumn, Weston, and Connor, were complex and exceedingly sympathetic for myriad reasons.  I loved all of them for different reasons, and they each broke my heart in their own ways.  They were a study in appearances are not always what they seem.  I wanted to hate at least one of them, occasionally two of them, but I couldn’t each one made my heart yearn for their happiness regardless of the costs.

Honestly, I’m not usually a fan of the level of love triangle and angst this book contained; I was terrified to read it because I knew it was going to tie me up in the worst kind of knots.  I was not wrong, but it was worth it.  Bring Down the Stars transcended other books with similar themes because of the way I was handled, because of the pure, unadulterated love between the two male characters, because of the intention of each of man.  The love they shared was one of the most poignant pieces of this story and what made the entirety of the book so heart-shattering.

Bring Down the Stars is the first book in Emma Scott’s Beautiful Hearts duet.  Autumn, Weston, and Connor’s tale does continue into the next book, and the duet will need to be read to obtain the entirety of their story.  This book is written in triple first-person perspective, narrated by Autumn, Weston, and Connor.

This is the first book I’ve read from Emma Scott, and if Bring Down the Stars is indicative of the rest of her body of work, I have been missing out.  I was blown away by the level of the writing; it is far above many authors in the same genre.  She did a fantastic job of giving each character a specific voice, and even without the narrator indicators, I would have been able to tell who was talking by the cadence of the language.  The lyrical style she used for much of the book was divine, and the poetry included spoke deeply of the emotions and pain of the characters.  I was so highly impressed with this book I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to read her books.

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Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is book two in Emma Scott’s Beautiful Hearts duet

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Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy my novels.

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