I put myself forward to appear on the book tour for ‘Mending Heartstrings’ because after reading the description on Amazon I was compelled to read to find out the ins-and-outs of Kane and Elle’s lives. I am happy that it’s finally my turn to give you my thoughts on ‘Mending Heartstrings’ by Aria Glazki.
Author Aria Glazki
Publisher Anika Press
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
Kane’s a country singer who’s tangled with too many deceitful women. He’s learned his lesson: girls are for flirting and fun; emotions are for his music. But after spending a night with an earnest woman unlike any he’s known, he can’t force her out of his mind. So he goes in search of the woman he knows only as “Elle.”
On her last night in Nashville, the staunchly pragmatic Sabella found herself in a situation more suited to a romance novel than reality. Swept away, she ignored her rigidly self-imposed rules, succumbing to the fantasy just this once. But she knows real-world relationships have nothing in common with their fictionalized portrayals. When Kane unexpectedly shows up at her Portland apartment, she must choose between the practical truths she has learned and the desire for a passionate love she has struggled to suppress.
Despite the distance, Kane’s tour schedule, and their meddling friends, both are drawn to the chance for a romance neither quite believes is possible.
“So how did you know I was from out of town?” Sabella hadn’t thought she stood out quite
so blatantly, and there were plenty of people in Nashville without Southern accents, so
that couldn’t have given her away.
“You don’t act like a local girl,” he answered, relaxing back into the couch. His hands
rested gently on his thighs, and he sat with his ankles crossed. He looked so perfectly
comfortable that she felt even more selfconscious, standing in the middle of the room,
thumbs tucked into the pockets of her jeans.
“And how do local girls act?” she asked curiously, shifting her weight to one hip to appear
“Confident. Assertive. They know exactly what they bring to the table, and exactly what
they want to take away.” He paused. She felt herself swallow but continued to watch him.
“But they rarely take any real risks,” he finished.
Kane stood and stepped forward, which brought him a touch closer to her than would
have been casual. Sabella could see the stubble beginning to grow over his angled jaw
and slightly rounded chin, his hair brushing over the tops of his ears and down to the back
of his shirt collar, the thin scar that angled from right above his lip toward his left cheek,
and the slightly flattened line of his nose that told her it had been broken at least once. He
smelled faintly of wood with an overlay of beer, a combination she never would have
imagined to be alluring.
She shifted moderately closer to him. If his assessment of these women was accurate,
she definitely had little in common with them. Maybe it was her natural curiosity, but she
almost never knew well enough to avoid taking risks, though she relentlessly attempted to
impose sensible limitations on herself. Clearly that wasn’t working so well tonight.
Over a foot remained between them, yet their stance felt oddly intimate. Until the door
was opened by an older woman in a jean skirt, black halter top, and wellworn leather
Sabella took a hasty step back, but the woman was looking at Kane. He hadn’t reacted as
sharply as she had, but rather did a slow half turn toward the door.
“Amber Lynn,” he said by way of greeting and smiled somewhat crookedly.
“Kane,” she responded, with a voice so husky she must have spent years shouting to be
heard. “Not your best night,” she said casually then turned toward Sabella. “Now you
must be why the boys keep on askin’ me for a karaoke night.” Her eyes took in Sabella’s
silky purple top, manicured hands, casual sandals, and loosely waved hair, which didn’t
accurately reflect the fact that it had taken almost an hour to style. She took her time, as if
her eyes moved through the same honey that dripped from her voice—though that’s how
Sabella thought of most country accents she had heard in her brief time in Nashville.
“Amber Lynn here’s the owner of the Fiddle an’ Steel,” Kane explained. His drawl was
actually not as thick, with only a hint of flattened vowels and that light softening to some of
“Pleasure to meet you,” Sabella offered politely.
“Welcome to Nashville,” Amber Lynn replied. “What’re you hidin’ in here for? A lotta them
boys would sure love to get to know ya better after that little show y’all put on.” The last
few words were directed at Kane. Amber Lynn narrowed her eyes a bit and pursed her
lips, as if trying to discern Kane’s motives.
“Give ’er a chance to recover, Amber Lynn.” Kane’s innocent smile never wavered.
Amber Lynn considered him for a moment, glanced again at Sabella, and turned back
toward the door. “Behave yourself, boy,” she threw over her shoulder as she walked out.
“You know me!” he called after her, grinning. “So.” He turned back to Sabella, and his
mouth settled into a half smile. “Can I buy you a drink?”
What did I think?
Everything you could want for an easy to read chick-lit, Aria Glazki has provided. I really have to be in the mood to read a chick-lit novel as they are so far away from my usual types of books (thrillers/crime etc.) but I really must say that Glazki has surprised me.
I read ‘Mending Heartstrings’ in one sitting because I was instantly hooked on Kane and Elle’s story. Glazki has written this story beautifully and couldn’t have made you connect with the characters any more if she tried. Her writing style is that of which a lot of authors could learn from. She ensures that the sentences flow perfectly and never did it feel ‘forced’.
While this is a very ‘typical’ chick-lit novel, Glazki hasn’t shied away from introducing a darker side to the book…don’t go thinking a ’50 Shades’ kind of dark because I really don’t mean that. You will have to read it for yourself to find out what I mean because if not I’ll ruin the story for you. It will shock you because it was definitely not something I was expecting.
I want to say thank you to Aria Glazki for inviting me to take part on this book tour. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have ‘Mending Heartstrings’ in my life and I can honestly say it is a beautiful story.
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?