I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Emotional, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: e-ARC
Source: the publisher via NetGalley
Rating:

What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?
If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.

After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.

Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too – for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it . . . liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.

Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves – with or without Shane. . .

4.5 angst loving stars Wow, just wowwwww. I loved this story. All the early reviewers said it was an amazing read, and boy oh boy were they right. I too walked away from this with so many feels and so many emotions, and found I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Ultimately, the way Shane and Kate affected me puts this book in that special top shelf category.

Shane, he was the real deal when it comes to flawed heroes. Yes, he could be awful, he could be mean, but he could also be loving and amazing. He wasn’t trying to play games, but rather spoke impulsively sometimes, going from his gut. It turned out life with him was anything but simple, and it showed because he did love with his whole heart and deserved to be loved back. I was upset with him a few times, but never stopped liking him the entire story. He was worth fighting for.

Kate was amazing. I can’t even believe her strength. She had a heart of gold and was utterly selfless. She would get hurt, but never hold a grudge. I honestly don’t know how she was friends with Rachel before, because Rachel was anything but a good friend to Kate. She went above and beyond, yet still never lost herself even though she put everyone else first. It took a long time, but she finally got her HEA too and it was glorious.

The romance is crazy good. C. R. A. Z. Y. good. It’s a slow burn, it’s a hot mess, it’s laid out there, and it’s a lot of work…but the reward was so great that the battle to get there made it worth it. It doesn’t hurt that Shane’s mouth is filthy and unfiltered. Enjoy my dirty talk loving friends, I know I did.

Did I cry? No, even though everyone else seemed to have. Maybe I have read too many sad stories and have a cold, black heart. You should know that my heart caught in my throat on quite a few occasions and I may have covered my mouth in shock. There were moments that made me sad, moments that made me cringe…my god sometimes Shane could be cruel. It was absolutely gut wrenching and vivid, and at times I wondered if Shane and Kate would ever get to a good place. Prepare to have your tissues just in case, and make sure you can stay up late because you won’t be putting this down.

So you are probably wondering what happened to that half a star rating… So here’s the thing. I loved this story. Loved. As in I started the first page and didn’t stop until it was done. I am also aware this was an early version so some things could have changed. Regardless, the beta reader in me was having a fit over some things.

  • First, there were waaaaaaaay too many secondary characters. I have no idea who was who was who. None of them stood out and made me feel confused. I don’t know who was a foster kid or who Kate’s parents/aunt/uncle even were. #TooManyPeople I would have gotten rid of all of them and kept 2, max 3 of them. Then the kids…I know who Sage was, but those boys? They were all the same. Too many. Maybe if they were triplets I could have more easily lumped them together. I’m a lazy reader and I don’t like to keep track of a lot of things if it takes work. I want to sit back and enjoy.
  • Second, and yes this is crazy nit picky (beta reader twitch again) but the piercings were so irrelevant. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad bit excited when they were first mentioned, but then that was it and I’m not sure what the point was. To bother mentioning them in the beginning then have no story or worthwhile discussion of them again was odd and could have just been taken out.

However, I loved how this story made me feel, and that’s why I’m rounding up my 4.5 to give it a top shelf rating. When I walk away from a book and I can’t stop thinking about it…when an author can generate real chemistry and feelings of love you know she is crazy talented and it deserves that top spot.

Rec this? YES! An emotional love story that will put your heart through the ringer in order to get that HEA, but you will feel full and happy.

Happy reading!

Book Rating Breakdown
Cover
Writing
Characters
Plot
Pacing
Swoons
General Book Feels
Dirty Talk Ability
Brooding level of the hero
Degree my heart was ripped out
Angst Me So Good
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