Review: Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

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Review: Unbreak My Heart by Nicole JacquelynUnbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart, #1)
by Nicole Jacquelyn
Published by Forever on June 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
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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. . .

I went into this book with lots of trepidation especially since I didn’t really liked the last two Jacquelyn books I read.

It was all for naught since I loved this book.

Unbreak my Heart has all the elements that would make any angst lover happy.

Unrequited love? Check!
Dead ex? Check!
Hero fighting his feelings? Check!

And those are just some of the major ones. There were so many things that made this book worked for me.

Aside from the emotional hook, Unbreak My Heart, also has two very flawed main characters. And when I say flawed, I mean, they make decisions that might make readers want to throw their Kindles across the wall. But they do get to a place where you can’t help but root for them to get it right. And that’s part of why this book appealed to me.

The situation that Kate found herself in, watching the love of her life marry her best friend was like a punch in the gut. Despite that, I couldn’t bring myself to hate Rachel, the best friend, or Shane because there were a lot of good things that came out of their marriage. Mainly, the kids.

That said, it’s easy to point fingers and hate Shane but for me, the author did a great job of showing me why Shane made the decision he did. She also showed me that the boy who fell in love with the woman wasn’t the man who fell in love with the heroine. It’s so easy to hate Shane and Rachel for the past but Kate still made the decision to attach herself to them. She could’ve chosen not to be there for them all those years but she still did it. What made me not hate Kate for that decision was the fact that she was self-aware enough to acknowledge that.

This wasn’t an easy book to read. The presence of the kids in the story made this even more gut wrenching. And some of most emotional scenes between Kate and Shane involved them and they left me emotionally drained and battered. But the pay off was so worth it in the end. I finished the book with a smile on my face despite the emotional wringer I went through reading it.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom though. Kate’s unconventional family was front and center in this book. They were loud and loving and they brought a much needed lightness to the story. And oh man, I already am in love with some of the secondary characters, which I’m hoping will have their own books soon.

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

About Nicole Jacquelyn

Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.

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