Review: WASTED HEART by Nicole Reed

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Synopsis

ROCK STAR? RECOVERING ADDICT? MURDERER?
Yeah, they all hold true.
How can you explain to someone what it's like not to care? Not about yourself or the person standing next to you. I've lost that, the ability to feel and show affection.
I DO, HOWEVER, HAVE A HEART.
Sometimes, when I chase the dragon, it thunders through my head like a drum, reminding me it still beats.
It's still there.
HOLLOW. EMPTY. WASTED.
My agent says I have one more shot. A single, solitary chance to stay in the music biz, but there is one massive problem.
HER. SYN LANDRY.


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Review:

Wasted Heart is the story of Rhye Clark from Ruining Me and Ruining You. Rhye is on the heels of a successful career on a downward slope. After the tragic loss of his bandmate and separation from Jay he has hit rock bottom. The recording label wants a new album from him but only if he can get his act together and stay drug free. The problem is that Rhye has lost the will to live. He feel tremendous guilt from past indiscretions. This has left him feeling hollow and empty.

Love.
A four letter word.
So beautiful in its spelling.
So simple in its arrangement.
So innocent in its meaning.
So fragile in its time.
So devastating in its aftermath.

~Wasted Heart 

Enter Syn Landry. She is country music's resident sweetheart. Yet, the label wants a more pop crossover hit for her next album. She got burned badly by her one and only superstar boyfriend so she isn't looking for a replacement. Yet when Syn starts working on her next album she is thrown together with Rhye to write a duet. He is not a happy camper when he gets stuck with a girl who is practically right out of a disney movie because she is so sweet. He is not exactly welcoming to work with. There is just something about Rhye Clark that Syn can't ignore. He is rude, broody, and downright sexy. She can't help but think there is more than meets the eye to Rhye Clark. Her instant connection to him is unbelievably intense.

I was surprised by how quickly Syn felt connected to Rhye. She really gave him the benefit of the doubt and believed in him when no one else did. Perhaps that's what really brought him back to the living. He had someone who loved him unconditionally and who accepted him - demons and all. These two couldn't be more opposite from each other. Syn is downright sweet and innocent. As pure as white snow. Rhye is very rough around the edges, drug-addict, alcoholic, experience rockstar bad boy. Yet they worked well and fit together perfectly.

I thought Rhye's issues were written in a very realistic way and I was happy to see that every issue wasn't magically resolved as soon as they were together. There were struggles and setbacks. Through it all Syn was steadfast with her resolve to love Rhye and help him turn his life around.

This was a different story than your average romance but I enjoyed the ride and recommend Wasted Heart! 4 Stars!

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