Saturday, February 1, 2014

Review: Entangled Souls and Mangled Hearts by Felicia Tatum

Mangled Hearts become Entangled Souls

Cade is on the road to recovery with Francesca’s love and support guiding him. His life is changing drastically, from attempting to mend the rift between he and his father, to trying to have a normal relationship with his now fiancĂ©. Most of all, Cade must find a way to control his urges so he can be completely released from rehabilitation. 

Francesca is building her law firm with the help of those she loves most, but when a close friend reveals her true feelings about Francesca's engagement, it sends her emotions into a tailspin. Through all of this, she is forced to put her feelings on the back burner for everyone else, until the anniversary of Josie’s accident rolls around. Francesca must learn to put herself first before she falls apart. 

In this novella, join Cade and Francesca as they explore their relationship and begin their lives together.

4 star review by Jen Skewes

I was so excited when I found out about Entangled Souls.  I loved Cade ad Francesca and wanted more of them.  Entangled Souls starts off exactly where Mangled Hearts left off.  Cade just proposed to Francesca and they are ready for the next step in their lives.

Francesca has just opened up her own law firm and Cade is now sober for there months and has been discharged from the rehab facility that he was in.  But that does not that mean his rehab is over. Francesca and Cade are ready to start their lives together.  But with Cade still working on his sobriety and Francesca opening up her own law firm now things won't be easy.  But they have loved each other for so many years and finally have the chance to be happy and won't let anything get in their way.

Both Francesca and Cade have their own issues to deal with.  Aside from continuing his rehab by living with his sponsor for three months he is also trying to work on mending his relationship with his father.  He was never good enough for him and his father always seems to give up on him.  But as they start to open up you see that his father really isn't that much of an ass.  He actually cares for his son  and wants to see him get better. Francesca is dealing with her best friend who has issues with her engagement and the anniversary of her sister's death is near.  They both have their struggles and demons from their past that they need to face but the best part is that they face them together.  Their love for each other is strong enough and together they can get through anything.

I loved the continuation of their story.  It was a sweet, light and refreshing read.  It was a beautiful story and I loved every minute of it.  I cannot wait for the next book in this series.  I love the supporting characters and am looking forward to their stories.  Felicia Tatum thank you for giving us more of Cade and Francesca.  


Francesca and Cade

Can two loves find their way back to each other despite an addiction and a hardened heart? Will their love overcome it all?

Francesca Taymon is young, successful, and broken. A tragic accident years ago haunts her to this day, and she blames only one person--the one that holds her heart. When she finally gets her first case, will she be able to handle seeing him again? Can she do her job and keep her heart intact?

Cade Kelling doesn’t take life seriously. He’s reckless and irresponsible, drinking all his problems away. When his parents bail him out for the last time, will he be able to handle seeing Francesca after all of these years? Will he be able to tell her what really happened that night five years ago or will he lose her forever?

And the most important question….

Can these mangled hearts be mended?

4.5 star review by Jen Skewes 

Francesca is a lawyer who has been working at a law firm , but has not had any cases of her own.  She basically does the grunt work while everyone else does the job she has dreamed of doing.  Until one day her boss calls her in and offers her her very own case, which she is more than happy to take. Until she realizes who her client will be, and as much as she wants to say no, this is an opportunity that she cannot just pass by.  Her client is the boy who she gave her heart to when she was 16 and the same guy who completely shattered it into pieces.  It's been years since she has seen Cade Kelling, and she is not sure what her reaction will be when she sees him.  A part of her hates him for hurting her and blames him for the tragic accident involving her sister.  But at the same time she wonders if she still loves him?  And how will Cade feel when he sees her.  

What can I say about Cade Kelling, other than I loved him.  He is one of those characters that you instantly love from the moment you "meet" him.  He has his fair share of problems and issues though, but that never got in the way of how I felt about him.  Cade started drinking at an early age and is basically an alcoholic at this point in his life.  He always manages to screws things up and is never good enough for his father.  His life is basically meaningless and he drowns any feelings that he has in a bottle of alcohol.  He gets by day to day, wondering where he is, trying to remember what he was supposed to do that day and some days wondering how the day just passed him by, until he sees the empty bottle and then it all comes back to him.  But beneath the drinking is a young man who is hurt and broken and hides it all behind a bottle.  When he gets himself in trouble once again, he parents agree to help him one last time, by hiring him a lawyer to fight his case and keep him out of jail.  But he never expected his lawyer to be the one and only girl to ever hold his heart, the same girl whose heart he broke all those years ago.

Cade has loved Francesca from the moment he met her in high school.  There was just something about her that drew him to her.  But even back then Cade never thought he was good enough for her and pushed her away, broke her heart.  But that didn't mean that he stopped loving her.  Seeing her again sparks all those feelings that he had for her.  He still loves her and will do whatever it takes to keep her in his life.  He let her go once and will never let her go again.  

Every feeling that Francesca had for Cade comes back to her when she sees him.  She wants to believe that he loves her and wants to be able to trust him.  But he hurt her in ways that she is not sure she can get past.  Aside from breaking her heart, she blames him for what happened to her sister.  When Cade finally tells Francesca exactly what happened that night with her sister will she be able to move past it and have a future with Cade?  

Mangled Hearts was an emotional story about love, addiction, loss, forgiveness and redemption.  Francesca and Cade have always loved each other even after being a part for so many years.  But when they see each other again you feel the love and the chemistry between the two of them.  But they can't just push aside the past and move on and suddenly get their happily ever after.  It is something that they have to work and fight for.  They both have to come to terms and admit the feelings that they have had for each other and still continue to have, they need to move on from the past and learn to forgive.  But most importantly Cade needs to deal with his addiction not only for Francesca but for himself.  He needs and wants to be a better person in hopes of winning Francesa's heart.  

"Francesca...the night you stayed with me was the best night of my life.  I've never felt more alive, more loved, happier, that when I hold you in my arms.  Seeing your face makes my heart beat faster, in a good way, and I feel this calmness come over me."

Felicia Tatum wrote a beautiful and emotional story. Cade was sweet and caring and you never doubted for one second that he loved Francesca, he was just broken and dealt with it the only way he knew how.  There were moments when you just wanted to hug him.  He let the alcohol take over and when he finally realized it, he decided to fight and fight he did.  The moments between him and Francesca especially through letters will completely melt your heart.  Cade truly is an amazing person.   I loved Francesca.  She was a strong and successful woman who has her own insecurities that most woman can relate to.  This book will make you laugh, cry and warm your heart.  It is told in alternate POV between Cade and Francesca which I love.  I always love to see both sides of the story.  I also loved the flashback scenes to when they were teenagers, which helped you understand their relationship.  I loved Cade and Francesca's story and was rooting for them from the beginning to find their happily ever after.  Ms. Tatum did a wonderful job with the characters and the connection to their story.  I cannot wait for the next one in the series. 

"You're so beautiful and you don't even know it.  Those girls that are mean to you...they've broken your self-esteem.  I wish you could see you the way I do.  A gorgeous girl with the most amazing brown eyes I've ever seen."

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