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ARC Book Review + Excerpt: UNBREAK MY HEART by Lauren Blakely

*A copy of this was sent to me for review purposes. This did not affect my opinion of it, or this review, in any way.*
Good morning, all! Monday again. I have a busy week ahead of me with all sorts of exciting things happening, including a laser eye surgery consultation tomorrow (!!!) and signing the lease on my flat for another year so it is all-systems-go for me. Of course, I will definitely be able to fit some reading time in there… I lost the charger for my kindle for ages so I haven’t been using it, but I came across it during a clear-out (honestly, the things you find when you actually reach the bottom of drawers) and it has barely left my hands since. I’m loving how much reading I am getting done, especially because I read so much quicker on there than a physical book. 
Anyway, we are here today to discuss Lauren Blakely’s latest release, Unbreak My Heart

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 across 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.

MY THOUGHTS

Well, this one broke MY heart. 
This isn’t a rom com or an easy going story. It is a story about loss and heartbreak and feeling utterly alone and destructive. It is a story about putting yourself back together so that you can feel love again. 
After losing his parents before, Andrew now has no one to lean on to deal with this next loss. That is most unimaginable pain that a person can go through and my heart aches for anyone that does have to go through that. Lauren Blakely portrayed this emotion so beautifully that I really felt it and cried along with the characters. That is exactly what I want a book to do – I want it to stir up some emotion from deep within me and imagine how I would cope (or not cope) if the situation was happening to me. Hats off to you, Lauren!
It is also told through alternating POVs, and you know how much I love that style. I like getting to know both main characters equally. 
This second-chance-romance novel reminds you to live life to the fullest (as corny as that sounds, don’t worry – I hear myself right now) because you really don’t know what is around the corner. It shows the importance of having someone to lean on when you are going through a hard time, no matter what the circumstance. 
With so much emotion packed into these few hundred pages, it’s a real winner in my eyes. I can’t believe I haven’t read Lauren before! 
I’d give this FOUR stars out of five. 
EXCERPT
I was also lucky enough to be sent a little teaser of the book to share with you all, in case my review is not quite enough to convince you to buy this. 
~Andrew~
She inches her hand across the counter just a little bit closer, and that hand, I want to grab it and hold on. I glance at our fingers, so close all it would take is one of us giving an inch.
Give. Take. Come. Stay.
I can feel the warmth from her hand. One stretch for us to reconnect, so I wait. Wait for her to put her hands on my face and press her lips against mine and kiss me like it’s been killing her not to.
But I can’t wait.
I break first, saying her name in a lonely, desperate rasp. “Holland.”
“Andrew.” Her voice is a whisper.
“Go with me,” I blurt out.
She blinks. “What?”
I shake my head.
Leaving the kitchen, I stalk to the living room, pacing like I can sort out what to do if I get just a few feet away from her.
She’s right behind me, her hand on my arm. “Say it again.”
I swivel around, and with her blue eyes on mine, her body close, I break to pieces. With her, my heart beats too fast, my blood pumps too quickly. I have no will to tell her to stop being so near to me but not near enough to make everything better.
“Say what again?” I ask, as if I’ve forgotten.
“Ask me,” she presses.
And she wins. She fucking wins. “Go with me. Come with me.”
She squeezes my arm. “Is that what you want?’
I cup her cheeks. She gasps. I’ve shocked her. Let’s shock her some more.
Her lips part, and she whispers my name. “Andrew.”
It’s like the stars are glowing. Like the sky is blazing at night. “You know what I want.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller lists more than 95 times, and she has sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she will release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!
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