Annabel Allan

Annabel Allan

Friday Thrills- Paper Hearts by Keren Hughes

This is the first post in my Friday Thrills Reviews! We’re starting out with the sizzling M/M contemporary romance, PAPER HEARTS by Keren Hughes. 

Released by Black Velvet Seductions on April 30, 2020, this contemporary romance is of the LGBT-spectrum, following a M/M romance.


Winter and Devlyn are polar opposites, but they do say opposites attract. As their eyes meet across a crowded room, there are sparks, but will those sparks become a flame? And if there is a fire, is there anything anyone can do to extinguish it? 
Winter’s ex thinks he can. He has plans for the pair and one goal in mind; win back Winter’s heart. With Simon’s games, will the pair be able to overcome the insurmountable? 
An undeniable chemistry lures Winter and Devlyn together, but when tragedy strikes, will it tear them apart or will it only make their bond stronger?

I definitely give this one FIVE STARS. I knew I wanted to read it as soon as it went up for preorder, and snagged it for 99cents. I’m telling you now, it’s worth the full price and I am planning on getting the paperback! The thing to note about BVS paperbacks is that they are gorgeous and worth buying. I am biased tho 😀

Back to the review!

I was drawn to it because it’s M/M romance and I always find that those are steamier–PAPER HEARTS is no exception to this thought of mine.

Yes, the story is in split perspective and in my least favourite tense, the present. I’m more of a past tense typa gal and I have yet to master the split perspective in my own prose. But, you know what? The present tense worked. It put you INTO the story. So did the split perspective. When it’s done right, you can tell, and the present tense was used correctly and split perspective successfully. You wanted to know both sides of the coin, specifically; I wanted to know both Devlyn and Winter’s thoughts. I wanted to see how much they burned for each other, which you could feel right from the opening scene.

Let’s talk about the steamy scenes–wowzer! :O Again, done right! It didn’t feel rushed, the physical aspect of their relationship making sense. They didn’t just jump in the sack for the sake of an orgasm. They both burned for each other and you could tell that they wanted to be cautious with such desires. It can go wrong so easily, just jumping into sex and it definitely gets complicated. Having said that, it still gets complicated LOL But that’s what makes for a good novel; you need that tension and drama. PAPER HEARTS brought both with the inclusion of Winter’s ex.

It drew me in, sucking my attention for the handful of hours it took me to devour it. I was even a little dehydrated and sleep-deprived because I seriously could not put this book down.

A little birdie told me that the author is writing ANOTHER M/M romance and I AM SO STOKED! I will be first to preorder 🙂

To find this novel on Amazon, go to this LINK

To find the author online, go to this LINK

To find the author on FB, go to this LINK

To follow on Twitter, go to this LINK

And, of course, to check out the publisher, BVS, GO HERE

Are you an indie author and like a review of your novel? I AM OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS! I obviously like BDSM, Kink-friendly, LGBTQI-friendly genres, but as long as it’s romance, I will gladly give it a try.

Please e-mail your mobi or pdf file to with REVIEW in the subject field with the following in the body of the e-mail:

Title & author, as well as a blurb.

Your publisher & publishing date.

Cover art or any promo photos you would like to include.

And your links! Amazon US link, website or blog, FB, & Twitter.

I will e-mail you back, setting up a date for it to be posted (obviously on a Friday). My review is MY OWN OPINION & completely free of charge. All I ask is a copy of the novel so that I can read it…if you have a paperback, I will send you my snail mail addy, those are always appreciated and will be noted in my review.

Xoxo Annabel Lee. 

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