Unconscious Hearts (Hearts of Vegas Book 1) by Harper Sloan
Contemporary Romance. First Standalone in a Series.
Harper Sloan is one of my favorite authors. So I can’t tell you how excited I was for Unconscious Hearts. I also personally love Harper, so I went in expecting and hoping to LOVE Unconscious Hearts. The blurb, the cover, the author…perfect setup for another 5 star read from Harper. Before I go any further, I want to say I can’t wait for the next two books, and I TOTALLY loved Thorn and Ari.
But it didn’t start out that way. I have to be honest. If this were not a Harper Sloan book, and I didn’t trust her to make me love this, I would have DNFd for at least the first 30% of the book. But I knew. I knew Harper would come through in the end and it would start getting good any minute. Besides that, she herself says it’s her best work to date, and I have heard many agree. I am very glad I hung in there because I did love the end and I’m looking forward to more in the Vegas Hearts Series.
I was kind of lost at the beginning. I felt like I was dropped into the middle of a series and I was supposed to know more than I did. Ari Daniels has been alone for years after she and her fiance broke up, with the exception of her best friend, Piper. We don’t know what happened for a while though, and I’m not sure why we had to wait so long to find out. It really would have helped to know more at the beginning to help me connect with Ari and get into the story.
Ari owns a store that sells gently used designer items. Thorn— dark, huge, tattooed, motorcycle riding, gorgeous, and cocky, has inherited a huge amount of designer bags and shoes (millions of dollars worth) and he wants Ari to take them off his hands as soon as possible. When they meet, sparks FLY.
Something so simple as seeing a beautiful stranger across the room had hit me right in the chest and changed my life … starting the wheels in motion to heal hers and, fuck, probably mine too.
A bet is thrown down.
Like it or not, what he was offering was just what I needed. No expectations other than sex. No risk. ~Ari
“When I win, I get you.”
With the taste of her skin still on my tongue, teasing me, I promise myself that she will be mine. Even if I lose, I’m winning Ari Daniels.
No matter the cost. ~Thorn
Thorn bets Ari can’t last 30 seconds without begging him to do her. To be quite honest, when you read what this ex-stripper did, you might not be able to resist either. But Ari never planned on resisting, and I never really got that. Even though them getting together was inevitable and they both knew it, it bothered me that she didn’t play longer.
Then we get a chapter from a creepy unknown villain who seems to be schizophrenic with personalities such as Anger, Rage, and Regret. This totally threw me off and I put down the book for a day, it just took me out of the story that I was already struggling with.
At around 30%, the book totally changed as we find out about Ari’s past and we see that Thorn is not the asshole you initially think he is. He is a total gruff and grumbly alphahole with an overprotective streak, but you never doubt his feelings.
“Day by day, Ari. Give me that, and I promise, no matter how long we’re meant to explore this, I’ll do everything to make sure you don’t feel pain.”
The middle third of the book started getting really good as we got to know the characters and the story really began to unfold. But it was the final third that I just fell in love with.
“You woke something up inside me that had been unconscious for a long time, Ari. I’m not even sure there was a time it wasn’t just beating through life, completely worthless aside from the job it did to keep me breathing.
- OMG, THORN. After the cocky asshole at the beginning, he was one of my favorite book boyfriends ever.
- I loved Ari after a bit of a rough beginning.
- How the next two stories are woven into this (I just hope we didn’t get too much of Piper’s story here).
- I so loved the endings (yes, plural).
- The possessive, protective, adoring alpha…sigh….
- I love a little suspense in a book.
- Twist I didn’t see coming.
- They are older (32 & 41).
- Very complex characters.
- HOLY. HOTNESS.
- Some funny moments.
- So many amazing, sexy and romantic quotes I highlighted.
- The cat!!
- Thorn’s DEVOTION to Ari…sigh…
- I really love this cover.
- Really rough beginning for me, I felt like I was dropped into a series and I was supposed to know more.
- It never felt like Vegas. It seemed like this could have taken place anywhere.
- Although I liked the foreboding feelings, I hated the Anger and Rage and Regret chapters. I appreciate what she was trying to do with them, but by the end, I couldn’t even follow them.
- Sometimes I felt like I wanted more of Piper’s story than Ari and Thorn’s until I was sucked in more.
- The females in this book endure bad/abusive relationships for way too long.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4 Stars, 4.5 Heat