Ava Diaz needs saving.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Just like she doesn’t know a thing about the boy she sits next to on the first day of senior year.
He thinks she’s a brat.
She thinks he’s entitled.
Maybe first impressions don’t always last…
Because Connor Ledger’s about to save her.
He just doesn’t know why.
*Heartache and Hope is mature young-adult Sports Romance, 80k full-length novel and is the first book in the Heartache Duet.*
4 Heart Review by Ashley
Heartache and Hope is the perfect title for this book and I am not ok after finishing it. I should've known that the first part of this duet would slay me, it is a Jay McLean book after all. Nobody does angsty, soul crushing high school romance like she does. The opening alone had me clutching my chest. And while there were some light and fun and easy moments, Ava and Connor's story was heavy.
Both a little broken and a lot lonely. These two unlikely allies form a bond that gives them something to look forward to instead of the normal stressors of their everyday life. The more I learned about each of them the more I just wanted to wrap them and give them a safe place to land. They had both suffered and endured and lived through more than most do at twice their age. And as Connor and Ava let their walls down, and grow closer, they find the magic that is in the everyday.
But when the demands of their life- school, care giving, basketball, family- start to compound, the fragile ground their standing on starts to crumble. There was a great intensity leading up to the final quarter of the book. It was building and leading up to what I had no clue. But I wasn't expecting that! To quote Jay McLean, Heartache and Hope was "passionate and painfully perfect." That ending left me in tatters and I need to know what is next for Ava and Connor (and it better be something happy).
About the Author
Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three little boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder.
For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film or television, please contact her agent Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.
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