Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports Romance

Review: Hitched | Hearts of Stone by Christine Manzari

HitchedFor aspiring journalist Harlow Ransom, life is just a well-oiled machine, and if she plans well, all things will go accordingly. And that is exactly why Harlow lives her life by perfectly polished to-do lists that she refuses to stray from—even when she’s celebrating her 21st birthday in Sin City.

1. Visit the Boom Boom Blues Lounge
2. See the water show at the Bellagio

Things can’t possibly go askew if she crosses things off her list one by one. But after a night of celebrating leads to waking up in bed with a sexy stranger and a ring on her finger, Harlow realizes that in no point in time did she ever have “Get Married” on her trusty to-do list. Yet that’s exactly what she did. 

Professional snowboarder Trace Stone loves a good challenge—he’s all about the win. And this time, he’s going to find a way to win over the feisty, meticulous Harlow. The wedding may have been spontaneous and impulsive, but when he said “forever,” he meant it. Now, the only thing he wants on Harlow’s to-do list is him—from this day forward.

4 Stars

Romance | Sports Romance | New Adult

I am absolutely loving this series. Seriously I am completely hooked on Manzari writing style at this point. Though I have to admit, I preferred Hooked more, I still find myself saying this was a damn good read. Once you get started on these, seriously there is no putting them down until you finish.

From the start I loved the main characters, which is exactly what I love about Manzari writing style. Her characters up to this point have been the perfect blends, the perfect personalities – the total package. Harlow for one is definitely an interesting catch. Mixed with her inability to show connections mostly because of her ambitious attitude, she is in control of her life yet she is flawed. One particular is her compulsion for list making to keep her on the right track. She is clumsy and sweet, so many times I could see myself through her, she is basically the easiest female lead to connect with, utterly relatable.

Then there is Trace. Oh bloody hell – Trace. Mouth watering, sexy as hell, witty and cocky piece of man meat in full fictional form. He has the perfect athletic tool persona yet is a closet sweet heart. As a reader you are left swooning over his every move. Trace is a definite charmer. This is definitely parts of the reasons I enjoyed their characters chemistry. After their night of flirtation that leads to more drinks than needed, waking up to realize a mistake – it is fun potential where my expectations are met. Majority of the book is them getting to know one another, building a relationship from what started out as a drunken night in Vegas. Super fun. Not to mention when they collide it is nothing but fireworks.

Although I loved their chemistry, Trace was definitely my favorite aspect of the novel it was Harlow who made some areas little lack luster. I loved her and I hated her. During the build of their relationship I felt that because of Harlow’s guarded personality, at times she became somewhat rude and well, quite frankly a bitch. Her childish attitude made me cringe with how she treated Trace at times. I understand it was the purpose of the writer to add to the drama filter of the plot, but at times the hot and cold of Harlow really made some spots in the novel little less than enjoyable; really took away from the build up of their chemistry. I am not saying I need everything to be rainbow dust and unicorn snot the entire way, but at times the attitude of Harlow mixed with the chemistry build made their relationship seem more forced, less enjoyable.

Aside from my slight pet peeve for one character, there are also some really neat toppers to the chapters that I really enjoyed. There are little articles that kind of give you a feed or foreshadowing of what is to come in the current chapter. They presented like news articles. It ranges from Trace’s career or choices while Harlow is more through her thoughts. It was sweet, adorable and downright hilarious. 

In a nutshell, I adored this novel. Hitched was perfect blend of all things wonderful, sweet and adorable with a dash deep emotional digs and steamy sex. Definitely a solid read – easy flow and enjoyable. I highly recommend diving into this series. This is my first series I have read of Manzari and quite honestly I have been loving it. I cannot wait to finish Hatred as well as dive into her YA Series. Definitely a must read.

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