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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

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I LOVE A HAPPY ENDING!!

What made the experience of listening to Mangled Hearts the most enjoyable?

I liked how this could be a very real situation...nothing was unbelievable....

What did you like best about this story?

The happy ending, and the love letters!

What about Maria Hostage’s performance did you like?

She was ok...not fabulous...she really needs to work on her male voices...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did tear up a bit..my heart went out to Francesca and Cade...

Any additional comments?

** 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!!!

Thank You Audiobookblast(dot)com

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great story, Love the characters

Would you consider the audio edition of Mangled Hearts to be better than the print version?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mangled Hearts?

Any moment with Cade is memorable. From the moment he met Francesca to the moment he first saw her again. I love this couple!

Which character – as performed by Maria Hostage – was your favorite?

Francesca would be the closest to what I pictured as far as the voice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A Feel Good Story

I liked the idea of Cade finally realizing that he could be a better man. So many people lose the battle with alcohol and don't get that second chance. Cade had wealthy parents to fall back on but it took Francesca to help him know that he could be that better person. Francesca was fighting demons of her own and could have gone down that same road but chose a different path. Together they are unstoppable.
Glad that Francesca filed the lawsuit and then stepped out on her own to be the lawyer that she was born to be. Although it took Cade spurring her on to see that she was an excellent lawyer and was being underused and mistreated by the law firm. Glad that Cade's Dad came around to accept that he was also part of the problem and begin to be a part of the solution.
Overall a good story although it was rather long and the narrator's voice put me to sleep several times and I had to go back to a section.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Audiobook Blast.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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2.5 stars for the Story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I wouldn't say it was a waste of time but I feel the narration could have been executed better. Even though I didn't love the story, I think a different narrator would have made the book better.

Would you recommend Mangled Hearts to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not. While I am interested in reading the next book, I am not sure if this book would be a hit among my other reader friends.

Would you be willing to try another one of Maria Hostage’s performances?

I wasn't really a fan of this narrators style. I likes some parts but other parts were not done very well. This narrator was very over the top with other characters which made the story awkward to me. This would have been better with a male narrator doing the other pov.

Any additional comments?

I liked this book but it was just missing something. It really had the potential to be a 5 star read but it just fell short in some places. I would have liked more background for these characters because the flashbacks didn't really give me good insight into their relationship. I love the topics that were discussed and how they were handled but the execution of the story left something to be desired.

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  • danithang
  • Newport News, VA United States
  • 07-14-15

Decent book

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.

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  • Sherri
  • thousand oaks, CA, United States
  • 12-08-14

The performance nearly ruins the entire story

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.

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Just plain awful.

I wasn't sure if it was the writer or the narrator that was bombing. Turns out it was both. The protagonist was a wide eyed innocent lawyer who didn't know she was beautiful and couldn't assert herself with the man of her her dreams who she thought killed her sister. Still she could punch rivals, threaten law firm partners and having never tried a case open her own firm. She is told in an employment review that women are too emotional to be given cases. Yes two senior partners of a law firm committed a federal civil rights violation, and she whose friends had to prevent her from texting a dude went all Norma Ray on them. Her fits of strength were unbelievable and she came off vapid and the story came off trite. The narrator read like she was reading a children's book, with awful voices and hard periods. The heart throb says hey I didn't kill your sister and after 7 years of believing it, she was like ok...time to have sex. This dude has been a drunk since High School and this woman who the writer tries to portray as strong with feats of feminism but is self described as having low self esteem, decides this is the guy for me. I will help him support, him in his recovery, fix him, we can do it together...she literally said he completes me. Did I mention these two people were never in a relationship. Lazy writing awful narrating. Just ugh.

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Not New Adult but Sweet

Any additional comments?

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.

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Sweet romance!

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.

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This story was okay

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.