Heartless (Amato Brothers, #1) – Review


My obsession was born of innocence and good intentions, and it began the day I spotted a handwritten journal lying in the bushes outside a townhouse on Lexington Avenue. It was raining sideways that morning, and my plan was to return it the next day; safe and dry.

Only I kept it.

I kept it, and I read it.

A week later, overwhelmed with curiosity and feeling guilty for harboring secrets that didn’t belong to me, I tried to return it.

Only I wasn’t expecting to meet him.

Unapologetically heartless and enigmatically sexy, he claims he knows nothing about the journal I found outside his place, but the reticent glint in his blue-green gaze tells me otherwise.

There’s something different about him; something damaged yet magical, and I’m drawn to him; pulled into his orbit.

There’s just one problem.

The more I get to know him, the more I’m positive the journal belonged to him . . .

. . . and the more I find myself hoping, selfishly, that I’m wrong.

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4 of 5 stars

Aidy is a makeup artist living in New York with her sister and her nephew.  Her days are pretty much the same, focusing on her career and thinking about her future when her sister marry next year and she has to move out. She doesn’t have time to date, that’s why when she finds a journal on the porch of someone’s house during a rainy day, she takes it home and read it, day dreaming about the love story written in it.

When she decides to take the journal back, she is confronted by the house’s owner, Alessio “Ace” Amato, aka, the Lexington Avenue Asshole (at some point I thought the book should be renamed to that). He accuses her of being a stalker and a crazy chick that only wants his autograph, not exactly the best way to meet someone that you pictured as the romantic and heartbroken writer of the journal.

Aidy and Ace keep running into each other in the next days, which makes Ace think that she really is a crazy stalker, until they decide to sit and talk about it, giving her a chance to defend herself and make it clear that there is absolutely no interest on getting to know him or seeing him anymore. Yet.

Their story is some sweet, funny, and tangled mixture of events that lead them into falling helplessly for each other, until the trials of the past interfere and threaten with destroying everything they built.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, it kept me wondering if something else was going to happen, because the last few books I read didn’t end well, so I was a little scared that something bad was coming. Also, it is a bit short, and maybe the characters could have a little more development, especially Ace, we don’t get to read a lot of his daily life like with Aidy.

This is the first of five books, the next ones will tell the stories of Ace’s brothers, which makes significant to point out that this story doesn’t have a cliffhanger, and the next books can be read as standalones.


13583077Wall Street Journal bestselling author Winter Renshaw writes stories that are sexy, conflicted, and laced with heart. Her books include the Never series, the Arrogant series, and the stand-alone novels Vegas Baby and Dark Paradise.

Loretta Rawlins brings the calm, steady balance from her dual career as actor and inspiring yoga teacher to her love of narrating audiobooks. She has narrated over sixty titles, with some of her favorites being mysteries and inspirational nonfiction. Loretta currently calls Atlanta, Georgia, home.

Nelson Hobbs lives on the sand with a classical guitar in one hand and a glass of sangria in the other. His villa on the beach is lined wall-to-wall with a coveted library of romantic classics. His voice resonates in this paradise which has led to the natural transition to audiobook narrator.



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