Francesca and Cade
Can two loves find their way back to each other despite an addiction and a hardened heart? Will their love overcome it all?
Francesca Taymon is young, successful, and broken. A tragic accident years ago haunts her to this day, and she blames only one person - the one that holds her heart. When she finally gets her first case, will she be able to handle seeing him again? Can she do her job and keep her heart intact?
Cade Kelling doesn't take life seriously. He's reckless and irresponsible, drinking all his problems away. When his parents bail him out for the last time, will he be able to handle seeing Francesca after all of these years? Will he be able to tell her what really happened that night 5 years ago or will he lose her forever?
And the most important question....
Can these mangled hearts be mended?
©Forever Felicia Tatum (P)2014 Felicia Tatum
I prefer the print edition of this book. I read it and fell in love with the characters and listening to the audiobook the narrator didn't capture the characters the same way I did in my head so it was a bit strange. The narrator did a good job, and had I listened before reading the answer to this question may have been different.
Any moment with Cade is memorable. From the moment he met Francesca to the moment he first saw her again. I love this couple!
Francesca would be the closest to what I pictured as far as the voice.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
I liked how this could be a very real situation...nothing was unbelievable....
The happy ending, and the love letters!
She was ok...not fabulous...she really needs to work on her male voices...
I did tear up a bit..my heart went out to Francesca and Cade...
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
This is a charming love story, good girl, meets bad boy....a tragedy happens..people lose touch..but they always wonder what could have been....then fate brings them back together!
Francesca is now a lawyer...and Cade is a mess up alcoholic who has disappointed everyone he knows again and again...Cade gets in trouble and once again his dad bails him out by getting him a lawyer....Well tada! Its Francesca his long lost high school love!
These 2 have always loved each other...After a night of passion, Cade finally admits he is an addict and goes to get help....they write love letters...(that won it for me) And there is a wonderful HEA!!! I bought book 1.5 I have to know what happens next...and I am glad they have a different narrator...Maria is NOT horrible...but her male voices need a LOT of work....
I still loved this story....and recommend it if you like a beautiful romance!!!
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This book was decent, it had a nice storyline. I admit I got a little bored at the end when Cade went to rehab and they were writing letters back and forth. I felt like they could have just fast forwarded three months and had him get out of rehab and propose to her.
Whereas this book is very different from most romances, I welcome the differences. Unfortunately, it seems like it is written from the "tween" group at some points because simple aspects of the relationship are so difficult for the primary characters to sort out.
My biggest problem with this book is the reader and some of the voices she uses, which are so distracting they are almost laughable at points.
I am positive that I would have enjoyed the book more without her sounding like my kindergarten teacher reading "the big, bad wolf's" voice for certain characters and yet being so monotone for others.
Overall it was a decent book, but not one where I would research other titles from the same author.
Tina, The Bookworm
Disclosure: We received a copy from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review. This does not influence my review in any shape or form.
I really enjoyed the narrator for Mangled Hearts. I actually liked her better when she was narrating Cade’s part.
I enjoyed the slow build up of Francesca and Cade’s relationship although I wouldn’t necessarily call it a relationship. I liked the flashbacks that really gave me a feel for their connection.
I was often frustrated with Cade because I wasn’t sure why he was the way he was. I felt like we didn’t really get to explore much about his past in the book, it was touched on but not fully explored. Perhaps it’s explored in the next book of the series.
I did find Francesca to be really insecure but I do understand why because of the bits and pieces we saw of her relationship with Cade.
There were a couple things that bothered me for example some of the dialogue was a bit childish. I felt like Cade and Francesca were in high school the way they were talking. I am no lawyer but some of the legal stuff didn’t make any sense to me. And there were some inconsistences throughout the story, the age of Cade. One part he was older than Francesca and the next they were in the same grade. Another was Zander’s profession; he was a paralegal in the first chapter then at the end he was working towards his license.
For me, it felt less of a new adult book and more of young adult novel. It was sweet but not steamy. It was a bit of fluff for me and not the real heartbreaking experience I was hoping.
But I will look forward to continuing the series to see how it continues.
Cade and Francesca are friends in high school when a tragic accidents occurs. They don't see each other again for 7 years. Francesca blames Cade for what happened but still has feelings for him. Cade is still the immature boy he was in high school when Katie, being a lawyer, is asked to take on Cade as a client. Francesca sees potential in him, but going back and reliving the past is hard. Felicia Tatum writes a heart felt conclusion to the story.
I was provided this audio book at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
While I liked this story well enough, it felt a bit drawn out at times, rehashing the same topics (the past, their feelings for each other, his drinking). The two main characters seemed very immature to me. I understooed them to be between 25-27 years old, but at times, they acted like they were still in high school. I found it hard to believe that someone who went to law school and passed a bar exam would act so childishly.
Some of the writing could be improved upon, but it is still an enjoyable read. What I most liked about this story is the way the author handled Cade's drinking problem. she incorporated into the story several different ways to deal with such a problem, without being preachy, and she made his recovery (for me, anyway) the most interesting part of the story.
I had both the e-book and the audible version of this one. I confess, I had to discard the audio version early on as I just could not listen to this narrator. She read too slow and often put emphasis on the wrong words. When both brothers were speaking, i couldn't distinguish which was which. I think the narration also made the characters seem too juvenile.
I liked the book much better after I switched to the e-version.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Sadly I couldn't listen all the way through:(
I just didn't get any emotion from her - plus she sounded very much middle aged which took away from the story.
Nope, it was pretty blasé and lacking in actual story development.
The story was definitely one that I loved to read/listen to. I fell in love with the characters and the new beginnings that Cade and Francesca were given. It was a matter of opening up their minds and heart again, but the journey was also something they needed to heal their hearts.
Loved this story.
Received this in exchanged for my honest opinion from Audiobook Boom.
I would recommend it because the story is solid and real. Francesca and Care could be anyone I know and their struggles make them who they are while their feelings for each other make them strive to be better people.
Kaleidoscope Hearts another story I love because you can relate to the characters and their feelings. There is just something about a story that's real that makes it easy to put yourself into the characters place that makes the story that much more special to read.
Yes I feel that a different narrator could make this an all around 5 star book. The story is emotional and full of raw feelings and insecurities but the narrator distracts from the story and made it difficult for me to listen to except in short bursts.
Definitely, though I would bring tissues :)
Overall I enjoyed the storyline and pace of this book. The characters are engaging and facing separate struggles within their lives when fate thows then back together. They both have things to work through and regrets that haunt them but they strive to be better people for each other. The only reason I didn't rate this higher was the narrator who I found very distracting and hard to listen to for long. I would still be willing to listen to more in this series based on the authors talent as a storyteller.
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