Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: January 2015
He was my older brother’s best friend.
He was never supposed to be mine.
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.
One of us did.
One of us left.
Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me.
He broke my heart last time.
This time he’ll obliterate it.
Kaleidoscope Hearts is the story of a woman who is trying to recover from a loss, and the man who once owned her heart, and never let go of it. This is the first book I’ve read by Claire Contreras, and I must say, I’m impressed.
Estelle Reuben recently lost her fiancé to a heart attack, while he was surfing. In a bid to move on, Elle sells the house, gets rid of Wyatt’s clothes, and sells a few of his paintings. She also moves in with her brother. The only con involved with the move is that she runs into Oliver, the guy whom she has been in love with right from high school.
So you might be wondering about how Wyatt came to be: after all, Oliver is and has always been the love of Estelle’s life. Here goes: Estelle loved Wyatt, just not the same way she loves Oliver. Wyatt was eleven years older than her, and the love she felt for him was the comfortable type. He taught her stuff (how to be grown up and sophisticated), and she was like his muse. On the other hand, the love she feels for Oliver is the heart pumping, stomach somersaulting, sparks flying kind.
One thing I really like about this story is the fact that it does not feature love at first sight. Don’t get me wrong, love at first sight is great to read about, just not always. The fact that Oliver and Estelle have known each other for years makes for a great foundation in a love story. I like the fact that the author got the “brother’s best friend” thing down pat. I’ve read a lot of books where the author tries to incorporate that factor, but never gets it right. This is not one of such books.
Oliver is a sweet guy. He is the kind of guy that was once a serial dater, but when he meets the love of his life, becomes a reformed man. He is considerate, supportive, and loyal. He is also in love with Estelle.
I did not like the fact that at a point in the story, Estelle just seems to be leading Oliver on. She loves him, and she has, at least, an idea of how he feels about her, but she keeps pushing him away. Maybe it’s a ploy for some extra drama in the book, but I guess we’ll never know.
The fact that Elle and Oliver have to hide their relationship from her brother seems like such a big deal, until eventually Vic finds out, and only a few blows are exchanged at the end of the day. (No biggie!)
Despite the minor problem(s) I had with the book, it proved to be a beautiful read. The way the author wove art into the story, and the ending, wow! It was lovely. There’s a second book in this series, and I’m quite eager to read it.