Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Unbreak My Heart
SERIES: Unbreak My Heart #1
AUTHOR: K-lee Klein
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 387 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2016
Brett Taylor has been doing just fine living in his little world of grief and pain 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 moving on. He’s accepted his job going from musician to rancher without relying on anyone else’s opinion, and he doesn’t need some city kid coming into his life to break the habits he’s been practicing—grief, isolation, and a whole lot of Jack Daniels.
JT Campbell was on a quest to escape his old life, and to figure out who he is and where he belonged as he moved from one meaningless job to the next. He wasn’t looking to save anyone, let alone a secretive, hotter-than-hell rancher who wore his heart on his sleeve. He likes working for Brett, but it’s been made perfectly clear that any relationship other than professional 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 patience and support result in Brett lowering the walls he’s built-up enough so JT can unbreak his heart?
Oh how I needed this book!!! Author K-lee Klein grabbed hold of my heart and never let go. I admit I have a thing for sexy cowboys but this was so much more.
Unbreak My Heart is the story of grieving former country music superstar-turned-rancher Brett Taylor. He is just fine, in his mind at least, living on the ranch that his dead partner Walt and he shared when he wasn’t touring. As long as everyone leaves him alone and he has his favorite comfort, a bottle of Jack Daniels, he will be fine damn it. Only problem is that he isn’t “just fine” and everyone who loves him, his Mom Millie and his best friend and ranch foreman Ray, know it. They just don’t know how to fix the horribly broken man.
Forty One is too young to just be going through the motions of life without living. That is until Millie picks up a young man, JT Campbell, who has just been beaten up in a small bar in Texas because the rednecks didn’t want him “trying to gay them up.” She drops him at her son’s ranch and tells him to put him to work. This wonderful tearjerker tale is about how two men learn to lean on and trust each other, despite a truck full of baggage, to help the one “Unbreak” his heart and learn to live again.
I have to say, Brett and JT got a little, no that’s a lie…a lot, under my skin and into my heart. Brett had my heart breaking with his back story. Even though Walt is not an official character in the book, and has been gone for three years, he is as vital a character as both Brett and JT because he is always with Brett. Brett misses his “Darlin” something fierce and doesn’t know how to let him go. And poor JT! He is the most selfless and patient man I think I have ever read. He is a caring and thoughtful young man despite his awful family and upbringing which proved that wealth and privilege can be bad. He carries so much compassion in his twenty eight year old being. All I wanted to do was gather these two hurting men, comfort them and help them. But that’s where Ray and Millie’s characters shine. Ray had been Walt’s best friend and ranch foreman for ever. And he cares deeply and is concerned about Brett, whom he thinks of as a friend and “son”. He has been taking care of Brett ever since Walt died. Picking him up and caring for him through his worst times but he sees something in “the kid”, as he and Brett call JT, and thinks this might just be the answer. Millie is a no-holds-barred spitfire. She only wants her only son to have happiness in his life again like she believes Walt would have wanted. I loved both Millie and Ray.
When I went to write up this review I noticed that it said book #1 in the series. This is great news because, even though this isn’t a short book by any means, I wasn’t ready for their story to be over. This is a warm, heart tugging, tear-wrenching tale of a second chance at love. The only regret I have with this wonderful book is that we don’t get to hear the songs that Brett writes in his letters. They are poignant and beautiful. I can’t recommend this book enough. Let these men worm themselves under your skin and into your heart and you won’t be a bit disappointed…I promise.