Review: Unbreak My Heart
by Lauren Blakely
narrated by Erin Mallon and Joe Arden
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This was a beautiful, tender love story about healing and learning to live with and love yourself.
This is something I can really appreciate. Oftentimes, romance novels give you a broken hero and magically, the love of a good woman makes things turn out just fine. Lauren Blakely is much more real here. Her heroine expects her broken hero to fix himself first so they have a solid base for their relationship.
I loved how raw and honest this story was. And while Lauren Blakely set poor Andrew up with an all-around pretty shitty fate, his struggles were very realistic and she never threw any unrealistic obstacles at him just to get some cheap thrills and drama out of it. This was for me not an angsty tale, but a sorrowful, sad one. However, this also resulted in a fairly short novel. The audiobook has 6 hours and 32 minutes, for better or for worse this also includes a bonus short story. Worse in so far that I could have listened to “Unbreak my Heart” for another 6 hours. Better in so far that the bonus short story was really intriguing. It’s a prequel novella to the “No Regrets” series (#0.5, #1 and #2). Part #1 of the series is currently a free e-book on Amazon!
Every now and then I on purpose save a book that I’m excited about and wait for the audiobook. I love having an audiobook re-read but nothing beats a first time listen of a story I have been waiting for! So I can’t actually compare but I am pretty sure that Joe Arden’s narration adds a layer of sorrow that, where the book just breaks your heart, might fully shatter it.
He is so sad.
And you feel his sadness in every chapter. I started with him right there at the bottom of the well and together our hearts were mended again, with every meeting with Holland, who was his trigger to start on his healing path, and his journey to build a new life for himself.
Erin Mallon made a wonderful counterpart to Joe Arden. You can feel that Holland is a happy, content person, but also very empathetic and sensitive. Lauren Blakely created a heroine who is not stuck in her own angst, but can see the man she loves and what he needs. I never get tired of pointing something like this out: I loved that each narrator always read their own text messages! It’s such a little thing but it adds so much to the listening experience, hearing the voices taking turns.
If you’re a mood reader like me, this is a book you should pick up when you crave the pain. It is much, much more hopeful than e.g. Arsen because it really builds Andrew up over the course of the story. In my eyes, that makes it a wonderful choice when you need a book to get you out of a funk. This should absolutely go into your audiobook collection!
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 25. 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.
©2018 Lauren Blakely Books (P)2018 Lauren Blakely
3 out of 5 stars
This isn’t a book you pick up for the sex, but for the cry porn. The 3 stars are not a bad thing!
Audiobook > Book
Joe Arden and Erin Mallon did a wonderful, heartfelt narration.
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Audible audiobook “Unbreak my Heart”