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Published by Forever on June 7th 2016
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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. . .
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Book Review: 5+ stars
“Unbreak my heart” is the story of Kate. She has been a big support to her best friend Rachel for as long as she can think. And that despite the fact, that Rachel married Kate’s ex-best friend and biggest crush of her life, Shane. But when tragedy strikes, Kate has to finally make a decision that changes the lives of a complete family.
… AAAAAAAAAND the winner for the most angsty book I’ve ever read: “Unbreak my heart”!!!
Seriously, I’m a fiend when it comes to angst, I need it like air to breathe. And the angstier the book, the more I suffer, the more I love it. But yeah, this baby really exceled the most of angsty books! Wow, I really am a pro at this, but let me tell you what: At approx. 50% into the book, I felt like throwing in the towel, it hurt so badly. I’m a masochist, but my kids started to look at me funny LOL So, it was either call it quits in the middle of the book or put on my big girl panties, thank the author for this masterpiece and just continue. I decided for the second option (minus the thanking, which I will do now, with this review…). And it paid out to hang in there, it had the most beautiful HEA.
I won’t tell too much about the blurb itself, because for one, I would write a review probably a mile long, and second I would spoiler too much. This story must be experienced. Just let me tell you, that this was a book about a family, which felt so real, that I still miss them one day after finishing the book. There were parts of the story that were about mundane everyday tasks and trivial stuff, which then felt very, very slow opposed to the angsty parts. But I think it was necessary for the sanity of the readers to include a bit of ‘normal’ into the story.
There was quite a bit explicit sex in this book, but it wasn’t focused on it. It just supported the soul-deep connection the MC’s had with the physical aspect.
The writing was amazing and I loved all the characters. There literally was no character I didn’t connect to or felt annoyed by.
And a fair warning: I cried my eyes out. Yes, I’m a sentimental person – but because of certain twists in the story and the angst-factor (level: pro), I would even go as far as calling it an ‘ugly-cry book’.
All in all, I rate “Unbreak my heart” with 5+ stars and can recommend it to all fans of angsty reads with beautiful writing and very realistic characters with even more realistic problems. Due to the explicit contents, I’d say readers 18+. Standalone novel with HEA. But I hope the author will write more books and make a series out of this, the secondary characters were too interesting not to do that!