Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Unbreak My Heart
SERIES: Unbreak My Heart #1
AUTHOR: K-Lee Klein
NARRATOR: Nick J. Russo
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 10 hours, 27 minutes
RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2017
Brett Taylor’s world collapsed three years ago when he lost the love of his life. Almost as bad as the grief is the advice he’s starting to get from everyone and their brother, telling him it’s time to move on. They’re flat-out wrong. He left his career as a musician and escaped to his ranch because he needs the peace and quiet, and he’s doing just fine. He doesn’t want anyone invading his memory-filled, booze-fueled solitude.
JT Campbell’s world has been defined by his parents’ money, status, and his own empty relationships, until he’s desperately sick of it. A quest to find something meaningful leads him to Brett’s failing ranch. It’s supposed to be a brief stay. JT never wanted to be anyone’s savior or compete with the ghosts of lovers past. Still, he can’t help wanting this gruff and grieving man.
JT’s mind knows it’s a bad idea, but his heart keeps pushing him to find out what lies beneath Brett’s rough and broken exterior. Brett’s not going to make it easy. JT can only be patient, keep his sense of humor, and hope for the day he may be allowed far enough into Brett’s world to unbreak his heart.
I was a bit concerned that this story was going to be a super angsty, ugly cry fest. But in the end I am happy to say that while these was great emotions, some being sad, Unbreak Myheart was tempered with happiness and ended up being a very balanced and truly enjoyable read.
I really liked that while the story was mostly character focused, it still had a bit of mystery to keep me wanting more. I was always left wondering about Brett and Walt and Brett’s history. The author would give me just enough breadcrumbs not to feel annoyed at not knowing while also keeping me in the dark enough to need to keep reading.
I also felt like JT and Brett were lovable characters. Both men had histories and were searching for someone and somewhere to call home. This story was all about healing and growth and together, JT and Brett made some serious strides towards healing and happiness.
For me, I really liked seeing the asshole and drunk side of Brett because it made his goodness and happiness so much more meaningful. Even when I wanted to hurt Brett for how he treated JT and even how he treated himself, I still found value in how the character presented throughout the story.
Finally, can I just say that matchmaking mommas are fantastic and this one was perfect to add that little extra lightness to a story that could have been overwhelmingly sad.
Nick J. Russo is hit or miss with me and for this narration I felt that it was OK, but not great. It was again, just a reading and sometimes I lost the voice of the characters since they all sounded alike. Well, except for the mother. The emotion came through fine, but that was more because of the story itself rather than the reading. There was nothing wrong with this narration but for me, it wasn’t nuanced enough to really do this story justice.