Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan ~ Book Review by Caroline

24118011 Title: Lonely Hearts

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian “Baz” Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends—his buffer zone—are preparing to move on, while his own life is at a crippling standstill.With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up—then opens up—with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz’s carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn’t terrifying.

Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn’t used to having a happy herd of friends. He’s even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy’s affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp. When Baz’s mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz’s and Elijah’s pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they’re stronger together…or apart.

Warning: Contains sex in a Tesla, sex in a cupboard, sex under a piano, kinky role play, and a cappella RuPaul songs. Just a couple of boys groping, battling, then finally loving their way to becoming men.

Caroline’s View:

With their entwined pasts and their damaged souls Elijah and Baz are probably better off just staring at each other from a distance. At Walter and Evans Disney inspired wedding along with whiskey, weed and Xanax that’s not quite how things work out and the back seat of the Tesla will never be the same!

Baz is a difficult person to get to know as he keeps himself closed off except to a small group of close friends. Along with his ongoing health problems and his recovery from being shot those friends are now graduating and moving on with their lives. Baz is still not ready to complete his college life, in fact with the safety net that it provides Baz may never be ready to complete his college life. One of the saddest parts of the story for me was when he broke down sobbing as he realised everyone was moving on and he was going to be left behind.

Elijah uses sarcasm as a shield in the hopes that he can stay closed off and not have to feel. With parents that tried to kill him resulting in a bunch of strangers trying to help him and raise funds for him to finish college he is sitting way out of his comfort zone. When Baz with his reputation for sleeping with everyone makes a move on him at a wedding he is left craving the man and terrified all at once.

This was never going to be an easy relationship with trust and fear being two of the biggest hurdles. Baz is scared to show anyone the pain he lives with on a daily basis and shies away from any real intimacy but along comes Elijah with all his snark and pride and gets right under his skin.

I loved the sense of solidarity with the housemates who lived at The White House. There was real acceptance for anyone who walked through the door, friendship was offered freely and once you were welcomed into the group you were protected from your demons. This proved true when Baz’s mother’s campaign got out of control.

Not only did Baz finally stand up for himself but the house had their backs and not because of who Baz was but because of what he meant to everyone.
Lonely Hearts is the perfect title for this book. That is exactly what Baz and Elijah were until they took a chance on each other. With Elijah at his side we get to see Baz grow up and start making decisions about his future. With Baz at his side we get to see Elijah realise he is loveable and very much worthy of the friendships he has made.

Buy Links


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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