Friday, August 24, 2018

Blog Tour Review - Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3 @InkSlingerPR #giveaway

I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Lauren Blakely's Unbreak My Heart.  This book took me on an emotional journey that I never expected.  Joe Arden and Erin Mallon do a fantastic job with the narration making this book a memorable experience.  This is definitely a book that you do not want to miss!

Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Joe Arden and Erin Mallon
Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
Publication Date: August 13, 2018
Date Read: August 17, 2018
Length:  6 hours 32 minutes
Source: Publisher via Inkslinger PR
★★★★☆
From #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely comes a new standalone romance as you’ve never seen her before. Filled with raw emotion, heartbreak, hope, and humor, UNBREAK MY HEART explores how to heal, how to live, and how to love.

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 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 Review

This was really good!  I usually try to go into books as blindly as possible and I don't think that I beyond Lauren Blakely's name and the shirtless guy on the cover when I made the decision to read this book.  I thought that I had a pretty good idea of what kind of book this would be and expected a fun little romance.  I did get a romance but to me this book was really all about Andrew.  I am so glad that I had the chance to listen to this audiobook.

When we meet Andrew at the start of this book, he is at a very low point.  He is deep in grief after losing his brother who was the person he was closest to.  He is not handling things well at all.  I felt so bad for Andrew but I completely understood some of the things he was feeling.  I thought that his thoughts during this time were very well done and felt very authentic. 

Holland and Andrew have known each other for a very long time.  Their parents were friends and they dated for a while.  Their relationship ended largely because Holland was living in Tokyo while Andrew needed to be in the United States.  I love a good second chance romance and these two were really great together.  They never stopping caring about each other and the chemistry between them was great.  Holland seemed to understand exactly what Andrew needed and was very clear with her expectations. 

Both of the narrators really nailed this performance.  I had never listened to any of Joe Arden's work before a few months ago but I think that this is the third time that I have listened to him in just a few weeks.  I am really impressed by his work and I thought that this was an exceptional performance.  He does such a good job with the wide range of emotions that Andrew goes through in this story.  Since this was Andrew's story more than anything, I think that Joe Arden read a bit more of the book than the female narrator, Erin Mallon.  This was my first time listening to Erin Mallon and I really liked her narration.  I thought she did a great job with Holland and really helped to bring the story to life.  These two worked really well together and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to either narrator again in the future.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  I love second chance romances and books that deal with grief are also a favorite so this was a great pick for me.  This audiobook does include a short story, The Story of Us, that takes up the last hour or so of the total running time.  I cannot wait to read more of Lauren Blakely's work.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Lauren Blakely Books via Inkslinger PR.
About the Author

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, 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's sold more than 2.5 million books. In June she'll release PART-TIME LOVER, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter 
Giveaway
To celebrate the release of Unbreak My Heart, Lauren Blakely is hosting a giveaway of the perfect prize pack for any world traveler! A gorgeous Kate Spade Tote and Kindle Paperwhite ($350 value) make any trip much more stylish and fun. 

16 comments:

  1. It's an author I really need to try!

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    1. I really have had fun with her books, Melliane!

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  2. shirtless guys are good magnets to attract girls to buy books yes

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    1. I usually know what I am getting with those books anyway :)

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  3. I'll have to try this author one day. This sounds good.

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  4. Ha! I've just gone for it with a book cover and author's name like that. Glad this one had some sparkle and heartwarming moments in the story with Andrew getting past his grief and the pair getting a second chance. I still need to try Joe Arden's work, too.

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    1. Joe Arden seems to be popping up on a lot of books that I have been looking at lately. I really do like his narration.

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  5. I think of Luaren Blakely as being romantic comedy but I'm glad to hear this was much more. I also like Joe Arden. Great review. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. This book felt a little different, Anne. I really liked it a lot.

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  6. I've had a hard time getting into audio books. Every time I try I stop within minutes. The voices just don't seem to work for me and I have a tough time bringing the story to life in my head like when I'm actually reading it for myself. Maybe I'll give this one a try. Sounds like a good one too :)

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    1. I started out listening to books that I had already read so when I found myself zoning out it didn't matter as much. I still do a lot of re-reads via audio but most are now new books. This one was really well done.

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  7. Sigh, I keep saying I should read Blakely and I do mean to, but but time!

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    1. I think that you would like her books, Blodeuedd!

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  8. I love a good second chance romance too. I am so glad you enjoyed this one. I haven't read anything by Blakely yet, but it sounds like I should.

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    1. I do think that you would like Blakely, Wendy. This one was probably my favorite of hers that I have read so far.

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