Unconscious Hearts (Hearts of Vegas #1) by Harper Sloan
Ari Daniels didn’t count on her whole world tumbling down around her in a mess of shredded promises, broken love, and unbelievable heartbreak. Alone and stricken with grief, she shouldered the blame and eventually closed her heart off, refusing to open it for another. After all, anytime she tried, guilt and regret were waiting in the wings to remind her how painful it was.
A bet and one steamy night with a stranger force Ari to confront all she’s been hiding behind. She tries to move on, but he refuses to stand down, wanting what she is terrified to give—herself. This man may very well destroy her in the end, especially when it’s clear he has his own demons.
What happens when two broken souls come together, finally allowing themselves to believe in the beauty of love … only to have to fight harder than ever to keep it.
I like the strong alpha male Sloan gives us in Thorn. He reminded me a lot of Axel from Sloan’s Corp. Security series. And Ari reminded me a lot of Izzy. But, of all the characters, my favorites were Thorn and Wilder. I liked that Thorn wasn't judged for his past and that Wilder was so supportive. Their easy-going interactions were fun to read.
Ari was almost too shrouded in mystery. I like a good mystery. But there is a point where it gets too vague, and I ended up almost disconnected from her because I knew nothing solid about her except that she didn’t speak to her twin and her best friend was Piper. It just wasn’t enough to connect with her. What saved Ari for me was the twist Sloan throws in to explain the why’s of what happened to set Ari on her present course.
I know what Sloan was going for with what I’m calling “the mystery chapters” but I found I didn’t care for the chapters that were dominated by Rage, Regret, Sorrow, etc. I’ll be honest, maybe it was just me, but I got way too confused around which personality was in control. Those chapters detracted from the story.
I’m still going to read Wilder and Piper's book when it comes out, but that’s based solely on my need to know more about Wilder. And I think that he and Piper’s story has got to be good.