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Published by Forever on September 6th 2016
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They've spent their lives pushing each other away, but what will happen when they need each other most?
Anita Martin doesn't expect much from life. Growing up on the street, bouncing from one foster home to another, she learned to rely only on herself. Even after she finally found a loving family to take her in, she was still an outsider-something Abraham, one of the family's older sons, never let her forget.
Abraham Evans doesn't know how Ani always manages to get under his skin, only that's she's been doing it since they were teens. She is-and always has been-undeniably gorgeous. But he's never met anyone as pissed off at the world as Ani.
For fifteen years, Ani and Bram have agreed on exactly one thing: they can't stand each other-until one night when their anger gives way to passion. Yet even as Ani and Bram begin to secretly seek comfort in one another's arms, they remain emotionally worlds apart. When Ani's life takes a dramatic turn and she realizes she needs more than Bram can give, their fragile, no-strings relationship unravels. One way or another, Ani is determined to survive. But when Bram finally admits his true feelings, he may discover Ani has moved on without him . . .
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“Unbreak my heart” by Nicole Jacquelyn was my first read by this author and one of the biggest surprises this year. It blew me off my feet and made me fall I love with this author’s ability to create angst like no other I’ve read before. Definitely one of my favorite books this year. So, I was giddy when I learned, that there will be another book with two of my favorite side-characters from “Unbreak my heart”. And the blurb promised to be just as good, angsty and interesting as the first book. And it was. I loved Anita and Abraham’s story –until the author did a deadly mistake. Literally.
Everything was great, I was totally into the story and I loved that she obviously was no one-hit-wonder for me. The character development was really good and there was the first twist that made my heart a warm and fuzzy place. But then BAM, she threw me and my poor feelings in the lion’s den. And I’m seriously disappointed by her course of action here, hence only the low rating. I’ll probably spoiler too much, but I have to get that off my chest to justify my rating of this book. The plot and first twist were enough to fill a good, angsty and heartwarming story and it would have not – and I mean NOT – been necessary for the author, to play the death-of-the-favorite-side-character-card. Nope, totally not necessary. I cried, no weeped, for everyone in “Change of Heart”, but sadly out of the wrong reasons. And this twist overshadowed everything else, including the romance between the two MC’s Ani and Bram. Their love-story from this twist on out and the ending felt just shallow for me, I couldn’t really be happy anymore after I’ve just bawled my eyes out a few pages prior.
There is potential for at least another book with another side-character here, and I will definitely read her next book, albeit a bit hesitant.
All in all, I rate “Change of Heart” with 3,5 stars and don’t really know if I would recommend it. It was simply hard to read, even for someone who likes their feelings to be put through the wringer. Beware, this is an ugly-cry book. Although this can be read as a standalone, I’d highly recommend reading “Unbreak my heart” first, this book is about two big families and you have better understanding about who is who, if you read the books in order.