Review: Crazy Hearts by Amber Kelly (Poplar Hearts #5)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wordsmith Publicity.

And we're back in Poplar Falls, Colorado! Amber Kelly's got the fifth full-length novel in her Poplar Falls series, and it's crazy good. (Side note: I had no clue there was a novella before this book was released, so it's not part of my list of reviews below, BUT I have added it to my to-be-read list!) Crazy Hearts is all about how a city girl and a country boy find love even while doing the whole long distance thing while pretending it's nothing more than a fling. Charlotte Claiborne is New York City-born and -bred, while Payne Henderson's hometown is small-town Poplar Falls. What started off as a temporary thing has slowly but surely evolved into something more. But will the woman who has known nothing but the concrete jungle of New York be able to show the man she's falling in love with that she can live a life away from everything she's used as long as he's by her side?

I'm glad that Amber Kelly decided to give Charlotte and Payne their own book because these two were a joy to get to know. It was clear that they came from very different worlds, but the connection they shared was not only difficult to ignore, but was something that deserved to be explored and fought for. There was a lighthearted feel to this read, one that I desperately needed in the midst of everything that's happening in the world. There was a hint of angst, which satisfied the angst addict in me because it seems like I don't need to be bombarded with it all the time. Go figure. Kelly does a great job keeping the spotlight on our main characters while having the recurring cast of characters in Poplar Falls and Charlotte's family in New York be memorable. I'm not sure if this is the last novel in the series, but either way, Crazy Hearts was a 4.5-starred read.

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Read my reviews for the Poplar Falls series:


Rustic Hearts (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review

Stone Hearts (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review

Wicked Hearts (book three) - five stars - My Review

Fragile Hearts (book four) - 4.5 stars - My Review

Crazy Hearts (book five) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)

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Date Read: 26 March 2021

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