Lonely Hearts

Lonely Hearts

by Heidi Cullinan


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Even hot messes need a happily ever after.

With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian “Baz” Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends—his buffer zone—are preparing to move on, while his own life is at a crippling standstill. With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up—then opens up—with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz’s carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn’t terrifying.

Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn’t used to having a happy herd of friends. He’s even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy’s affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp. When Baz’s mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz’s and Elijah’s pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they’re stronger together…or apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619228153
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: Heidi Cullinan's Love Lessons Series , #3
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there's no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com.

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Lonely Hearts 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I don’t know how Heidi Cullinan does it, but she does. I LOVED the first book Love Lessons. Walter Lucas and Kelly Davidson were amazing together. However, in book 2, Fever Pitch, I thought my love for this series was over, done with as I couldn’t stand Giles at first. I almost gave up on the book until Walter came back in and by the time the book was 2/3 of the way through I adored Giles and Aaron and was in love with it. (However, whenever I relisten or reread it, I still skip ahead to where Aaron met Walter because I still don’t like the beginning.) In Lonely Hearts, it happened again. Only this time – I had two characters I did not think fit together and they were entirely self-destructive, and I just knew my love for the series was over. Until that all changed. Literally in the last few chapters of the book, Ms. Cullinan did it. Totally made me love the two heroes, happy they were together, and changed my mind about the book. Now, there are a few issues I still had with our two men – both were set on destroying themselves and unfortunately willing to encourage the other on their downward spiral. They both drank and smoked – okay, not my thing but I ignored it. However, they were popping medicine while drinking. That kind of stupidity made me mad. And then, both characters recognized they had been indiscriminant sexually in the past and yet they still sexed it up bareback without getting tested. That just intensified their selfishness as if they actually cared for the other person, would they really put them in danger of an STD? Especially one that could kill them? And the worst part? The sex scenes were either bleh or ewww for me. I read a lot of M/M and it’s rare that sexual narrative grosses me out – this book had two scenes that did. So yes, through most of the book I kept thinking – these two men are not made for one another. However, like I said, Ms. Cullinan dragged them out of the muck and made me want them to be together forever. By the end I was cheering along with the secondary characters for Baz and Elijah. Some of my favorite characters from this book who I hope we’ll get the stories from in future Love Lessons tales: Lejla, Marius, and of course, lots and lots of Walter, because honestly, he makes everything better. I also adored Pastor Shultz and his wife Liz. I’m not sure I bought Gloria’s decision at the end – that will be a huge change for her – but the epilogue was sweet. And who doesn’t want that kind of gang on their side? 4 stars mainly due to the strange sex scenes and quite a bit of telling instead of showing during the first part of the book. Reviewed by a-nony-mouse for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Heidi.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this minutes ago, and my emotional cup runneth over. Wow! I loved so much about it. The writing style is a total breath of fresh air. No deja vu scenes or lines, which happens when you read a lot of romance. This author gets major originality points, using nontraditional words and ideas. You know in real life when you're talking with your friends, a noun becomes a verb or an adjective. Language is fluid. It just rolls. That's how this story is. I hope that makes sense, not that there are grammatical errors, but the book's language is real. I felt like these people were my friends, and we were having inside discussions. Also, I like how it isn't over explained, how you have to read between the lines just a tad occasionally. Lonely Hearts has a great cast of imperfect characters. They are so believable, littered with problems and quirks. The bottom line is that they are good people. I don't think I have common interests with any of them, and I still wanted to be part of the gang. Friendships and romances like these are special. The two leads have been through majorly terrible times. The way they keep going and keep trying to save others is so inspiring. This is the type of novel that makes you take a look at yourself, all the good you have in your life and what you could be doing to make something better. Masterpiece!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heidi Cullinan has really hit one out of the park with Lonely Hearts. What a beautiful and deeply emotional book. Definitely one to hit you right in the feels. So much character growth, a tender and at the same time, incredibly sexy romance. If you are new to m/m romance I can't recommend this series enough. This is definitely not a standalone and if you haven't read the other books in the series, you have to start there .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fever pitch is my most favorite book ever, so I was reeeally looking forward to this sequel Did not dissapoint at all!! I am ready for another one