Title: Unbreak My Heart
Author: K-Lee Klein
Publisher: Amber Allure
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Brett Taylor has been doing just fine living in his own little world for the past three years, thank you very much. Losing someone special is life changing, and Brett doesn’t understand why everyone and their damn dog thinks they can get all up in his business about him needing to move on. He managed to make the transition from musician to rancher without relying on anyone else’s opinion or help, and he certainly doesn’t need some city kid coming into his life to disrupt his routine–one that involves grief, isolation, and a whole lot of Jack Daniels.
Moving from one meaningless job to the next, JT Campbell is on a quest to escape his old life and figure out who he is and where he belongs. He’s not looking to save anyone, let alone a secretive, hotter-than-hell rancher who wears his heart on his sleeve. JT likes working for Brett, but Brett’s made it perfectly clear that any relationship between them other than a professional one will never see the light of day.
But when JT’s lust turns to love, and he gives in to his desire to find out what makes Brett tick, will his interest push Brett away? Or will he, through his patience and support, be the one who can finally unbreak Brett’s heart?
Ever have a book that you want to read, but then everyone scares you off of reading it because you know it is going to rip out your heart? Eventually that book is so built up in your mind, that you know exactly what to expect when you read it. You crack open the kindle with a box of tissues within arms reach and you go to town. Then… nothing happens. You read a little further, but still… nothing happens. You just KNOW the second half is where the tears will come, so you sit it aside. That way you can savor it, but… you guessed it, nothing happens. Not even a tugged heartstring.
I wanted to love this book. I really did love JT. I wanted what was best for him. I wanted him to find his happiness. I wanted him to find home. To find family. I did not, however, want that family to be Brett. I just didn’t like him. I didn’t HATE him; I just didn’t feel anything for him. I wanted better for JT. I wanted someone who could give their whole heart to JT, not shoehorn JT around the “love of his life”.
Another issue I had with Brett was his stereotypical “Texan” colloquialisms that I have never actually heard a Texan use outside of making fun of “stereotypical Texans”. As a Texan, it just grated on my nerves, which served to further pull me from the story.
So did I like this story despite being so removed from it? Yes I did. It had something that just kept me turning the pages. No, there wasn’t the emotional impact. But the story didn’t always do what I expected it to do. Klein broke formula a number of times. She respected the story. She respected the characters and their need to take time to grow, both as individuals and together. She gave me JT to love. She gave me Millie & Ray to tell Brett to grow the hell up. She gave me a book I enjoyed despite its flaws.
The author assures me that Brett will redeem himself in my eyes in the sequel, so I will be giving it a shot in the very near future.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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