Only one house has separated McKenzie Baker and twins, Luke and Olivia Harris, since birth. After seventeen years of wearing a path across the neighbor’s yard, Luke and McKenzie realize their friendship evolved and deepened even before they had fully learned what romantic feelings meant.
Both have flashbacks often, revisiting the tender, emotional moments that strengthened their bond since the age of five. However, Luke’s twin, Olivia, doesn’t share in their happiness, worrying the new relationship will change the ones she has with her best friend and brother. This disapproval quickly tests Luke and McKenzie’s intense love for one another.
Luke’s life has been mapped out for him since birth, with a sports scholarship hanging in the balance. He and McKenzie think their future together is finally on track, when they are struck with a much more serious dilemma.
During difficult times and a devastating accident, a bond between a brother and sister shines through, and Luke and McKenzie’s profound connection is undeniable.
This story takes you on a journey of heartache and joy, leaving the belief that extraordinary love exists, and some hearts are destined to attach.
This seemed like it was going to be a typical teen romance where the popular guy suddenly realizes the girl next door is the one he’s meant to be with. And in some ways it is, but the romance is resolved within the first third of the book, leaving the rest of the story to deal with new obstacles to their romance, their lives, and even their friendships. It almost felt like two different stories to me. Because Kenzie and Luke share such a history, their romance was a natural progression and there were very few bumps on the road to love. It’s what happens after where things get sticky. There are quite a few flashbacks that show us how Kenzie and Luke came to be. I’m not normally a fan of flashbacks, but if done right, I like them. In this case, there were just too many. A few from each of their points of view would have been enough. Beyond that, it was just too much. I didn’t see the later ones as adding anything to characterization, plot, or even establishing anything we didn’t already know. Instead I felt jerked of the story for a half dozen pages each time.
The plot almost feels like two separate stories. The first half surrounds the romance between Luke and Kenzie — the whole “will they or won’t they” part of a the romance. But because of their history, this is resolved within the first third of the book. The rest of the plot deals with objections to their relationships and the consequences of their own actions. To me, this is probably the real story, but I never felt as if I was being pulled apart. I wanted to more angst as they wrestled with their choices.
Kenzie and Luke are well-developed with interesting backstories, but I didn’t get the same sense of development from the rest of the cast. In some ways, Kenzie and Luke were almost too perfect and would have been more interesting if they had a few more flaws. But they were likeable and I found myself rooting for them.
The author didn’t take the easy way out and for that I applaud her, but I felt as if it took longer than necessary to wind up.
What Didn’t Work For Me
1. The flashbacks. There were just too many of them. A few from each point of view to establish their history would have been great, the rest didn’t seem to add much.
2. The effortlessness of their relationship. They fell into it too easily. There were hints at problems they might encounter, but none of those issues were ever really fleshed out. I felt like the first third of the book was just establishing them as the perfect couple, which could have been done in a chapter.
3. Lack of angst. I like my teen romances angsty and there just wasn’t enough of this element for me.
What I Liked About Hearts Attached
1. Kenzie’s and Luke’s devotion to one another. This came across as authentic and very sweet.
2. Kenzie’s mom. She has a good head on her shoulders and represents among the best in young adult fiction parenting.
3. Natural consequences. I like that the author dealt with the consequences of adult behavior in an honest, straightforward, non-judgmental way.
There’s very little angst, but instead deals with real-life teen problems wrapped up in a super sweet romance.
About the Author
Scarlet Wolfe began writing in January of 2013 as a way to distract and heal from some of the grief she was dealing with after the death of her teenage son.
She instantly fell in love with bringing characters to life. Releasing contemporary romance throughout 2013, she branched out in 2014, adding erotica and teen. In 2015, her first romantic mystery/suspense, The Cassano Series, came to fruition.
When not writing, Scarlet enjoys her time with family and friends and has an addiction to Pinterest. She loves bacon, coffee, stories about possessive, hot alpha males, and other flavors of ice cream besides vanilla. 😉
She hopes her writing will encourage readers to explore their sexuality.