Release Blitz & Review: Open Hearts by Erin Hayes

Posted February 24, 2016 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Blitz, Book Review / 0 Comments

Feb 24 - Hearts

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My heart isn’t my own.
And I don’t mean romantically.

Six months ago, I had a heart transplant. Now I’m learning to live again with someone else’s heart beating in my chest. My scars both inside and out haunt my every waking moment.

Then I meet Rhys, the tattooed Yank that finds himself transplanted to my Southern hometown. Even though he’s haunted by his own scars, he’s determined to show me how to embrace my second chance at life.

I’m not sure if I can give someone my heart when it wasn’t mine to begin with.

And neither of our hearts will survive rejection.


A standalone NA contemporary romance coming February 2016.

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Open Hearts is a quick read that will completely suck you in.  You have a guy and a girl from two completely different backgrounds but make each other happy.  They each of things that they’ve gone through, and still are going through, but that doesn’t completely deter them from trying to live in the moment.

I love Becks.  She is real. She struggles with survivor’s guilt, and doesn’t know if she’s deserving of the heart beating inside her.  She’s funny, optimistic most of the time, and a great friend. She has to learn to come to terms with what it means to have a transplant and find herself worthy of living.  I also love how much she uses her art to show what she’s feeling.

Rhys is amazing. Even if he thinks he used going to Birmingham as an excuse.  You can tell he loves his family, well, the ones that don’t make his life hell. And I love the relationship he has with his grandpa.  Even though they weren’t a huge part of each others’ lives when Rhys was young, they seem to get along great.

If there is anything you take away from this story, it’s that there is always hope. And to live every moment of your life. Don’t have regrets, and let love prevail.

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About the Author

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.

She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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