Posted in Contemporary Romance

Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3 @ErinMallon @TheRealJoeArden #Romance #AudioBookReview #SecondChances

Unbreak My Heart

Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely

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Synopsis

I didn’t break her heart, and she didn’t break mine — we broke each other’s.

I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway around the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she’s returned . . . but I’m not the guy I was before.

Beautiful, kind, and loving, she’s the same — my hope. The only one who can make a day better, who can make me feel again with one kiss, one touch, one night.

There’s so much I have to put back in place now that I’m alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I’m sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more.

She says she’ll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart . . . or destroy it.

That’s the chance I have to take.

Review

Well this one certainly had me bawling, Lauren Blakely is certainly the queen of the RomCom but this one is a little different to her usual jolly stories.

This is a second chance romance, which is one of my favourite types, and this one has moved into my most favourite spot!

Andrew is trying to come to terms with the death of his brother, and we see (and hear) the pain of his grief and heartache.

Holland is an old flame of Andrew’s and has always loved him, but timing, jobs, and life got in the way, so they stayed friends.

Holland moved away for work and lived in Tokyo where Andrew’s brother spent his last days.

After Andrew finds something that makes him question his brother, he decides to go and find out the answers for himself and travels to Tokyo, taking Holland with him.

I loved Holland, she was a strong independent woman, who put love on the back burner to follow her dreams of being a nurse, Andrew however was stuck in a limbo of grief and hatred, followed by using emotional blackmail to get his own way and use people, unfortunately (or fortunately for him) Holland doesn’t take any of his sh*t, and gives him just as good back.

Once again Lauren Blakely manages to encapsulate the sights and feels of a place, i have never travelled to Tokyo, but her words made me feel like i was there, and i could close my eyes and picture everything perfectly.

🎧🎧 Outstanding narration by two of my favourites Joe Arden and Erin Mallon who were just fantastic together!

You could physically feel Andrew’s pain, and the performance given by Joe Arden on this one is amazing, he WAS Andrew in my head, and the fact that you could hear his voice cracking when he was talking about his dead brother made me tear up more than once.

Erin Mallon once again gives a brilliant performance and they both bounce off of each other seamlessly.

You may need Kleenex for this one, but it is sooo worth it, definitely save a credit and don’t miss out on this one!

Vicci

*Many thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book, I would have purchased this anyway so this was an extra bonus 😘

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Posted in Contemporary Fiction

Signs in the Rearview Mirror by Kelly Smith @kellys_author @rararesources #BookReview

Happy Thursday Book people!

I am excited to share with you today my review for this book that I think is a very important, real, and inspirational read! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the blog tour and to Kelly Smith for her story!💕

Signs in the Rearview MirrorSigns in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving A Toxic Relationship Behind

What kind of person ends up in a toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head-on. Coming out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear of being alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer hope.

My Thoughts

This was a raw and real look into toxic relationships… what I truly appreciated about this book was that the victim of abuse in this book was a strong smart woman… abuse does not discriminate and unfortunately I think a lot of times the victims are portrayed as frail weak women… how many times have you heard “why doesn’t she just leave“ or “I’ve never let anybody treat me that way.“ well, as somebody who has been in an extremely toxic relationship with a narcissistic abusive man I can tell you it is not that easy….. especially when the abuse is verbal and emotional, because the bruises are on the inside… when I look back now I realize how much I put up with and believe me I put up with it for very long time, however at the time I was just trying as hard as I could to keep my family together…. I realize this is a lot to share in a review, but this book was so real and Kelly really laid herself bare, so I felt this was only fair……..

In this book Kelly has recently separated from her husband… she reconnects with a high school friend Gabe on Facebook…. Kelly and Gabe begin a romantic relationship, he seems perfect, but all is not as it seems…. but Kelly is invested and excited about her new love…. and above all she does not want to be alone, the very thought terrifies her….

This is an extremely emotional and realistic look at a toxic relationship…. how Kelly got into it…. why Kelly stayed in it…. and how she eventually got out of it… whether or not you have ever been in an abusive relationship this book really paints an honest picture of the cycle of abuse… I’d encourage everyone to read this one because after reading this you will never blame the victim again… both inspirational and heartbreaking but most of all truthful….

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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Purchase Link

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Signs-Rearview-Mirror-Leaving-Relationship/dp/1948613018/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Signs-Rearview-Mirror-Leaving-Relationship/dp/1948613018/

Signs - fullsizeoutput_37aeAuthor Bio – Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer Bullseye. Kelly has written for Huffington Post, blogs at Thoughts Becoming Words, and hosts a podcast, Lets Get Wicked Deep.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/kellye95/

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Posted in pub Day

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @rararesources #PubDay #Giveaway #AuthorChat

The Mysterious Lord MillcroftThe Mysterious Lord Millcroft

Life as a duchess…
Or something much more dangerous…?

Part of The King’s Elite. Constantly told her beauty and charm is all she has to offer, Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastian Leatham will help her! Only first she’ll assist him with his new assignment—playing the part of confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft. Sebastian awakens a burning desire within Clarissa which leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…

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Virginia Heath on her latest book:  Never Can Say Goodbye

The trouble with my characters is I fall in love with them, and then I lie awake at night wondering what happens to them once a book is finished. This is particularly pertinent when it comes to the side characters. I first met the hero of The Mysterious Lord Millcroft, Seb Leatham, in the final book of my Wild Warriners quartet. He was brave, loyal, a fearless spy and painfully shy around women. From the first time he appeared on the page, I adored him and knew I had to write his story.

But who to match him up to? He was painfully shy and socially awkward…

As I pondered this, another former side character kept badgering me to be his heroine. Initially, I ignored her. Lady Clarissa Beaumont was the spoiled sister of my troubled heroine in the third Wild Warriner book. Lauded as an incomparable by society. A young woman who adores attention and social occasions. A bit vain. Initially superficial- but she began to grow by the end of that book and I suspected there was a very good reason why she acted the way she did. Because it was an act. Of that I was certain.

Seb and Clarissa seemed like an incongruous paring, but I listened to her and began writing the book, quietly confident I would have to change the heroine within the first few pages. Yet, from the outset, when he stumbles across her smeared with jam, they were perfect for each other. Opposites who have far more in common than they could ever imagine.

Thanks to a staff-shortage at the King’s Elite, Seb is sent on a mission which he feels ill-prepared for. Instead of blending into the shadows which he excels at, he is force to pose as a titled peer and thrust into the crowded society ballrooms of London where he collides with the beautiful Lady Clarissa again. She’s determined to snare a duke as her husband, thinking that will make her happy. So teaming up with shy Seb to help him navigate and survive the unchartered waters of society prove the perfect way to make her reluctant duke jealous. Except, aside from chasing criminals, Seb and Clarissa go on a journey of discovery in The Mysterious Lord Millcroft, one that ultimately changes them both forever.

Buy link: http://getbook.at/kingselite1

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathAuthor Bio – Virginia Heath lives on the outskirts of London with her understanding husband and two, less understanding, teenagers. After spending years teaching history,she decided to follow her dream of writing for Harlequin. Now she spends her days happily writing regency romances, creating heroes that she falls in love with and heroines who inspire her. When she isn’t doing that, Virginia likes to travel to far off places, shop for things that she doesn’t need or read romances written by other people.

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