Long Live the Beautiful Hearts by Emma Scott ~ Sarah A’s Review

Never again would I allow my heart to become the plaything of someone else. 
Never again would I let a man (or men) come between me and my goals. 
Never again would I love without feeling the fullness of that love in return. 
Not until I knew it was real. And if that took me a lifetime to find, so be it. 

Those were my vows, and after all that had happened with Connor and Weston, I was determined to keep them. To protect my heart. 
And then he came home, and my vows became his promises.

He held my heart in his hands with reverence and care. 
He helped me find my soul’s greatest purpose in life. 
He loved me with a love so pure and vibrant, I knew I’d never feel anything like it in a hundred lifetimes. 
It was real.

Until it wasn’t. 
Until it all came crashing down when I discovered the deep love I thought I’d found was nestled in a web of lies—so soft and silken I hadn’t noticed it was there.
Until it was too late.

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is the emotional, heart-wrenching conclusion to the Beautiful Hearts Duet by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage 
THIS BOOK IS NOT A STANDALONE. It should not be read without first reading Bring Down the Stars

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I’m again left without the words to accurately convey my thoughts and feelings about this duet from Emma Scott. Long Live the Beautiful Hearts was so exquisite and moving, I could nary rip myself away from the pages, I felt like I owed it to myself and the characters to ensure they found their strength and happiness before I put the book down.

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts transcended the romance genre and became something more. It was tragic and hopeful, full of loss, healing, and finding happiness. Autumn and her men had all been broken in so many ways before this book, and in the opening chapters of Long Live the Beautiful Hearts, they each had so much to overcome, to relearn, to accept. Watching them navigate the turbulent waters of lives and situations they’d never anticipating was heartwrenching at times, but it was also beautiful to see them begin to accept and thrive in their new normals.

The love story that began in Bring Down the Stars was more than just a love story between a man and a woman; it explored the love between two men who were closer than brothers, a love manipulated for the purest reasons, and a love that had been concealed and denied to protect something precious. The dynamics by the three people in this beautiful and complicated love triangle was unique and compelling. I was completely entranced by every word on every page of both books in this duet. I’ve never read anything like it, and I feel like a more compassionate person having had the privilege of reading these words and seeing the world from a view I’d never considered.

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is the second book in Emma Scott’s Beautiful Hearts duet. This book is not a standalone and must be read after Bring Down the Stars. There is one more companion novella coming from this world, focusing on another couple introduced in this book. Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is written in dual first-person perspective.

The Beautiful Hearts duet is my first experience reading Emma Scott’s work. I am so blown away by her skill in these books; I can’t adequately convey how deeply her words affected me. Not only was her prose among some of the most stunning I’ve read, but the story itself was also so engaging and poignant I’m not sure when was the last time I experienced something so vital and magnificent. With these books, Ms. Scott has quickly and easily earned herself a place at the top of my must-read list.

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


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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