Unbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart #1) by Nicole Jacquelyn REVIEW

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Unbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart #1) by Nicole Jacquelyn REVIEW

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. .


Well, well, well, this is a book that will appeal to all the angst lovers who love to hate their hero, and technically this kind of book should have had me handing out stars all over the place, but something was holding me back and I can’t quite put my finger on what it was.

Unbreak My Heart was a gripping read that’s for sure, it sure kept me on my toes, and I quite literally devoured this book in a short space of time.

Kate is a heroine who is pretty much flawless, she is kind and generous, and when her best friend dies in a car accident, she is left to help look after her 4 children, alongside their father Shane. She does this without question, and becomes a mother in all aspects of these children’s lives, and she does it with love and genuine intentions.

Shane is serving in the military, and he’s a man with a whole truck load of issues that stem from his childhood in foster care. He was very hard to relate to, and I found myself getting so frustrated with him that I just wanted to transport myself into the story and have a word.

Unbreak My Heart is a story of unrequited love, where two childhood friends have an immense amount of guilt to overcome after falling victim to their feelings, and many hurdles to jump in order to move forward. What starts off as a love/hate trope, slowly turns into a friends-to-lovers romance, and whilst it had some delicious steamy off the charts sexual chemistry, it was far more on the contemporary side rather than erotic.

Kate makes Shane work for it, she wasn’t a doormat for too long, and I loved her for it, but in the end I just wanted her to get over it and forgive him for his bad behaviour. I thought they were both as bad as each other by that point.

This book had so much potential to give me all the feelings I usually experience when reading these types of books, but I think what with the drama that seemed to drag on unnecessarily, and a few unresolved issues with the kids, my overall enjoyment waned a bit towards the end.

Still, I did really like it overall, and definitely recommend it to those of you who love angst/arsehole heroes/capable heroines/cute kids.

Unbreak My Heart is a standalone contemporary romance, told from the heroine’s POV.

ARC gratefully received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

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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