Paper Hearts

A Veterans Affairs Story

by A. E. Wasp

Paper Hearts - A.E. Wasp - A Veterans Affairs Story
Editions:Kindle: $ 3.99 USD
Pages: 275
Paperback: $ 12.99 USD
ISBN: 1542944686
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 264

You never forget your first love. No matter how hard you try.

After getting caught making out with a boy in his parent’s kitchen the day of his high school graduation, Benito Quintana left his best friend (and unrequited crush) Mikey behind when he stormed off in a righteous teenage rage and joined the Marines.

One dishonorable discharge and a few alcohol-soaked years later, things are looking up. He’s almost a year sober. He has a new job, in a new town where no one knows his history of failure, so he can start fresh. He’s totally got this.

When the smoking hot masked man he hooks up with in the bathroom of a club turns out to be his ex-best friend Mikey, Benny's world explodes. When he meets Mikey's four year old daughter, and realizes he loves her as much as he still loves Mikey, Benny realizes he’s screwed in more ways than one.

This book is on:
  • 2 To Be Read lists
  • 4 Read lists
Publisher: Independently Published
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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Coming Out / Closeted, Families/Raising Kids, First Time, Friends to Lovers, Hurt / Comfort, Interracial Relationship, Second Chances
Word Count: 66000
Setting: Small Town Colorado
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Reviews:Bobbi on Amazon wrote:

I Love every one of the characters that A. E. Wasp has written in this series! A story is nothing without great characters and these stories are fantastic. The main two characters in this story are the same in the next book #5 Paper Roses. I happened to read them backwards. Benny & Mikey where best friends in High School. Lost track of each other for 8 years. Then find each other in a surprising way. I can't say how much I love these two characters and I would really love to read much more about them. But I know there are more characters in this series we need to hear more about yet. I can't wait!!

Katy Beth on Amazon wrote:

I love a story when people are reconnected unexpectedly and their expectations are turned upside down. Benny is working hard to get his life back on track. Mickey has his own grief that he is working through. At first I worried that maybe this wouldn't be good for Benny but once they start to communicate you can see the potential of them. They are able to be there for each other and I love all the wonderful people who become a part of their lives. It is rewarding when people turn out to be better than others expected. A beautiful story full of love, healing, and community.

About the Author

After time spent raising children, earning several college degrees, and traveling the world with the U.S. State Department, she is returning to her first love - writing.


A dreamer and an idealist, Amy writes about people finding connection in a world that can seem lonely and magic in a world than can seem all too mundane. She invites readers into her characters’ lives and worlds when they are their most vulnerable, their most human, living with the same hopes and fears we all have. Avid traveler who has lived in big cities and small towns in four different continents, Amy has found that time and distance are no barriers to love. She invites her readers to reach out and share how her characters have touched their lives or how the found families they have gathered around them have shaped their worlds.


Born on Long Island, NY, Amy has lived in Los Angeles, London, and Bangkok. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado for who knows how long.





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