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Brett’s Taylor’s world collapsed three years ago when he lost the love of his life. Almost as bad as the still-overwhelming grief is the advice he gets from everyone and their brother, telling him to move on with his life. They’re flat-out wrong. Brett left his country music career and escaped to his ranch because needs the peace and quiet. He doesn’t want anyone invading Brett’s Taylor’s world collapsed three years ago when he lost the love of his life. Almost as bad as the still-overwhelming grief is the advice he gets from everyone and their brother, telling him to move on with his life. They’re flat-out wrong. Brett left his country music career and escaped to his ranch because needs the peace and quiet. He doesn’t want anyone invading his memory-filled, booze-fueled solitude. JT Campbell’s world had been defined by his parents’ money and his own empty relationships, until he couldn’t live that way anymore. A quest to find something more meaningful leads him to Brett’s 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, mourning man. JT knows it’s a bad idea, but his heart keeps pushing him to find out what lies beneath Brett’s battered exterior. Brett’s not going to make it easy, so JT can only be patient, keep his sense of humor, and hope one day he’ll be allowed far enough into Brett’s world to unbreak his heart.


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Brett’s Taylor’s world collapsed three years ago when he lost the love of his life. Almost as bad as the still-overwhelming grief is the advice he gets from everyone and their brother, telling him to move on with his life. They’re flat-out wrong. Brett left his country music career and escaped to his ranch because needs the peace and quiet. He doesn’t want anyone invading Brett’s Taylor’s world collapsed three years ago when he lost the love of his life. Almost as bad as the still-overwhelming grief is the advice he gets from everyone and their brother, telling him to move on with his life. They’re flat-out wrong. Brett left his country music career and escaped to his ranch because needs the peace and quiet. He doesn’t want anyone invading his memory-filled, booze-fueled solitude. JT Campbell’s world had been defined by his parents’ money and his own empty relationships, until he couldn’t live that way anymore. A quest to find something more meaningful leads him to Brett’s 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, mourning man. JT knows it’s a bad idea, but his heart keeps pushing him to find out what lies beneath Brett’s battered exterior. Brett’s not going to make it easy, so JT can only be patient, keep his sense of humor, and hope one day he’ll be allowed far enough into Brett’s world to unbreak his heart.

30 review for Unbreak My Heart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    Reread Sept. 2017 Ready for the sequel! Second edition coming August 5, 2016! Check out the new cover at Gay Book Reviews. Big improvement and Brett looks perfect! Re-read Feb. 2016 - Comfort re-read! OK, if I had a shelf titled Over-The-Top-Sticky-Sweet-M/M-Romance-In-The-Best-Possible-Way that is where this book would live. Unbreak My Heart is off-the-charts romantic and had two MCs I absolutely adored. I cried during the first 10 pages of this book, while reading a letter MC Brett had written to Reread Sept. 2017 Ready for the sequel! Second edition coming August 5, 2016! Check out the new cover at Gay Book Reviews. Big improvement and Brett looks perfect! Re-read Feb. 2016 - Comfort re-read! OK, if I had a shelf titled Over-The-Top-Sticky-Sweet-M/M-Romance-In-The-Best-Possible-Way that is where this book would live. Unbreak My Heart is off-the-charts romantic and had two MCs I absolutely adored. I cried during the first 10 pages of this book, while reading a letter MC Brett had written to his dead lover Walt. I almost decided to stop reading, thinking it would be too emotional, but I kept going and I was rewarded with a beautifully emotional tale of two men falling in love. This is going right on my fuck yeah, 5+ stars shelf because it is one of the most romantic books I have ever read, M/M or M/F. You are going to fall head over heels for Brett and MC J.T. No question in my mind. If you like reading about friendship that turns into deep, emotional love, couples that wait until there is an emotional connection before having sex, broken down cowboys full of guilt and shame, overbearing but well meaning best friends and country Momma's, and more romance than you can shake a stick at, I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND Unbreak My Heart to you. I loved this fucking book!!! Galley copy of Unbreak My Heart provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review. This review is also posted at Gay Book Reviews

  2. 5 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    4.5 stars I never give more than 4 stars to books in the romance genre, but this one is damn near perfect. Well written, a little angsty, but ultimately redeeming, this one will shatter your heart a little and then piece it together again. Brett is mourning the death of his partner and soaking his sorrows in guilt and whiskey. He used to be somebody; now, he's a broken-down cowboy living on a ranch that's seen better days with only his gruff foreman and (occasionally) feisty mama for company. Ent 4.5 stars I never give more than 4 stars to books in the romance genre, but this one is damn near perfect. Well written, a little angsty, but ultimately redeeming, this one will shatter your heart a little and then piece it together again. Brett is mourning the death of his partner and soaking his sorrows in guilt and whiskey. He used to be somebody; now, he's a broken-down cowboy living on a ranch that's seen better days with only his gruff foreman and (occasionally) feisty mama for company. Enter JT, a California boy traveling light hoping to find more out of life. Following a bar fight, JT is bruised and battered, walking along the side of a highway when he's picked up by Brett's mama. Brett doesn't want help or company, but he can't refuse his mama, so he agrees to let JT stay on at the ranch doing odd jobs. Even though JT is 13 years Brett's junior (Brett is 41 to JT's 28), he's wise, patient, and kind. The two men develop a tentative friendship with obvious sizzling chemistry. The focus here is the relationship: love first, sex later. That's not to say there isn't some steam, but it's more nuanced and subtle. The secondary characters in the novel (Brett's foreman, who's like a brother and father to him, and, of course, Brett's mom, who's supportive and loving) were wonderful. The relationship between the two men developed naturally, and both MCs were fully developed people with faults, desires, and life baggage. While there's some angst, it feels organic and not manufactured for the sake of drama. The tension is in the unanswered questions: What happened to Brett's partner? Can Brett trust and love again? Can JT not bolt when the going gets tough? There's no mystery plot, sabotage, hired assassins, or evil relatives, just two guys trying to live and love. I'm a complete sucker for gay cowboys, and I loved Brett, but JT also stole my heart, and as soon as his blonde curls were mentioned, I was a goner.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sheziss

    ***DNF 27%*** Dissenting opinion ahead! Well, this is painful. This book is a re-edition and the previous version was flooded with shining reviews and lots of swooning. I expected lots of swooning from my part, too. I was ready for it. But that didn’t happen. In fact, the book required a big effort from me to keep reading. I was bored to tears. It’s not that I have something definite to blame for the fail. There is no pet peeve exactly, not a tangible reason I can point to. It’s just this tedious w ***DNF 27%*** Dissenting opinion ahead! Well, this is painful. This book is a re-edition and the previous version was flooded with shining reviews and lots of swooning. I expected lots of swooning from my part, too. I was ready for it. But that didn’t happen. In fact, the book required a big effort from me to keep reading. I was bored to tears. It’s not that I have something definite to blame for the fail. There is no pet peeve exactly, not a tangible reason I can point to. It’s just this tedious writing that can’t even move me. Not even with the dead partner drama. Not even with the alcohol drama. Not with anything. Indiference is not a good companion. It can’t hold my interest for long. This time the cover is much more attractive. I grant that. But not even the plot was original. It reminded me of: -Chase the Storm: the mature guy who had been matched up with the love of his life, who died. Some time passes, and the younger guy gets into scene and puts everything upside-down. They are in a ranch. They train horses. This book works since the very beginning. -After Ben: the mature guy who had been matched up with the love of his life, who was older than him, and now that some time has passed, he still hasn’t overcome his death, and he meets a much younger guy for whom he falls without a chance to prevent it. We are in Seattle instead of in the South. We are in an Internet forum instead of in a ranch. But more or less, the parallelism is there. This book took a little longer to grab my attention for real but it never wandered. Still, I wanted to give this a chance. However, this didn’t work for me. Now that I’m writing about it, yes, there was something that upset me here. An emphatic person never says he’s emphatic. It’s arrogant and pretentious. I’ve dealt with a bunch of doctors and psychologists myself and those who say they are emphatic are preciselly the ones whose face I wanted to scratch to pieces. I speak the truth, those who don’t talk about themselves but focus on the patient are the ones I really like. Seriously, there is this untold rule that says that it’s haughty to talk so highly about yourself for no good reason, but so far, TJ hasn’t heard about that statement. We are repeteadly told how emphatic he is, how good he is at reading expressions, how he has a gift to understand people’s pain and put himself in their shoes. But you know what? I never believed him as this other-worldly emphatic creature. In fact, TJ sounds so paternalistic in and out of his head he fails miserably at the humbling part. That’s why he abandoned Medicine and got into Psychology. Why? Because Medicine (or Surgery, as he implies) is not empathic at all. WTF? Have you heard about Psychiatry? Or Pediatrics? Or Oncology? How can you make a person with a descompensated schizophrenia trust you if he’s hearing voices who command him to suspect of everyone? How do you order a 5-year-old kid to stop crying and let himself be put the stickers on his chest for the ECG? How do you tell someone she has breast cancer and the options she has to erase it? Delicate specialities, those, but most are that way. Surgery, not empathic? Uhm… how can make the person trust you to put his life in your hands? Being a bastard, maybe that works? I’ll tell you this: I’ve met Neurosurgeons and Pediatric Surgeons and Cardiologists with more empathy than you would be led to believe. I even met Plastic Surgeons I adored. People who reconstruct faces or give new skin to burnt people or even provide breasts after their total removal. Have you heard about those? No empathy? Really? There is more than meets the eye. Choosing a “prestigious” career doesn’t mean you are an insensitive asshole. Of course, I’ve also met lots of insensitive assholes. There are sharks everywhere. And it’s funny because his teachers tell him he’s not made for Medicine/Psychology, that he gets invested too much himself. Forgetting that part (OMG, he’s so empathic he’s making himself sick), I’m sorry, but it’s hard for me to believe that situation: a medical/psychologist student being psychoanalyzed and adviced to see if he’s fit for this career and being told he’s not. Really, I’ve never heard of this before. Well, whatever, he says he’s not made for being doctor nor a psychologist. That’s why he’s travelling so far from home. Uhm. I prefer Brett’s POV, by a long shot. Still, the love story is a slow burning one. So slow I never got to see a sparkle. Apparently, none of this guys is the other’s one type, but they are immediately attracted to each other. It wasn’t believable to me. Not at all. So yes, I’m moving on. ***** ***Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shile

    2.5 stars for the book. 5 stars for the Audio, Nick J. Russo's narration prevented this book from being a dnf. I believe IT is ME! not the book! so many of my GR friends loved this, i summed it up to, if i read it when it was first published the results would have been different. I guess my tastes have changed. I liked some parts of the story like the letters Brett wrote to Walt those ones broke my heart,they were sweet, sad and depressing. The first 4 hours were a snooze fest and i found myself z 2.5 stars for the book. 5 stars for the Audio, Nick J. Russo's narration prevented this book from being a dnf. I believe IT is ME! not the book! so many of my GR friends loved this, i summed it up to, if i read it when it was first published the results would have been different. I guess my tastes have changed. I liked some parts of the story like the letters Brett wrote to Walt those ones broke my heart,they were sweet, sad and depressing. The first 4 hours were a snooze fest and i found myself zoning out. I liked the characters but for some reasons couldn't fully connect with them and at some i felt like i was reading Chase the Storm. The side characters were ok, Brett's Mum and Ray(Brett's foreman, then again at some point they became too meddling and annoying. I saw the cause of the of the infamous 80% conflict at 30% into the book, that really pissed me off, because it happened, i was hoping i was wrong. IMO Brett needed some serious therapy and go to rehab for alcohol treatment program, he was numbing his pain at the expense of his liver, his Mother and Ray knew this but didn't even try to help but were quick to push Brett towards JT like he was the answer to all Brett's problem. JT had no personality at all or maybe it was just me. The ending was rushed and i didn't buy it. Overall i enjoyed NJR's narration but the story was a major let down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    ***Audio review. This was absolute no-brainer for me. One of my favourite romantic stories AND one of my favourite narrators collaborating...result?? A TOTAL WIN-WIN!! Nick J Russo is really good at voices [other narrators please take note - not mentioning any names, but please at least try to sound interested even if you're not], pacing and emotion...he sounded happy himself reading this one, and I can only hug K-Lee [if I ever get to meet her] for using a really good narrator as opposed to a ***Audio review. This was absolute no-brainer for me. One of my favourite romantic stories AND one of my favourite narrators collaborating...result?? A TOTAL WIN-WIN!! Nick J Russo is really good at voices [other narrators please take note - not mentioning any names, but please at least try to sound interested even if you're not], pacing and emotion...he sounded happy himself reading this one, and I can only hug K-Lee [if I ever get to meet her] for using a really good narrator as opposed to a fairly ordinary one. All the stars for this one. 💜💜💜*** 5 stars and 5 ♥♥♥♥♥ from me, this was SO romantic, I loved it. This is the tale of ex country story singing star Brett, who is really struggling to come to terms with the death of his lover Walt 3 years previously, and is finding solace in the bottle and in writing letters to his dead lover. The letters (and they are so touching and heart-wrenching) help him to express his feelings of grief and guilt, but unfortunately cannot help with the drinking, so it falls upon his foreman Ray's shoulders to mostly deal with the day to day running of the ranch. Brett's mum Millie (what a hoot she was) turns up at the ranch one night with a young hitchhiker she's picked up, and the story goes from there. We discover that JT is not the complete loser his parents would have us believe, that Brett is not entirely immune to JT's charms but feels so guilty about the possibility of starting a new relationship that he consciously pushes JT away even though Millie and Ray are trying to push them together. There's a lot to this story....take a chance on it. Very highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Feel free to examine my head because I didn't love this book like the rest of my GR friends. In all honesty, I really enjoyed the first half. I was willing to go along for a super slow burn romance, and those letters.... OH MY GOD, they damn near killed me. I swear, I sobbed along with each one. But when at 50% the plot seemed to still be going in circles, I checked out a little bit. I'll also admit that cowboys are one of my least favorite themes in M/M. I honestly don't know why that is becaus Feel free to examine my head because I didn't love this book like the rest of my GR friends. In all honesty, I really enjoyed the first half. I was willing to go along for a super slow burn romance, and those letters.... OH MY GOD, they damn near killed me. I swear, I sobbed along with each one. But when at 50% the plot seemed to still be going in circles, I checked out a little bit. I'll also admit that cowboys are one of my least favorite themes in M/M. I honestly don't know why that is because I think the image of a cowboy getting in on, M/M-style, is super hot. However, I don't have a fabulous track record with cowboy romances. My biggest problem with this book was the pacing. Practically nothing happens in this story. The plot moves along at a glacial speed. If you don't mind reading scene after scene with the two MCs playing crib and giving each other one-armed hugs or maybe (GASP) a front to back hug, then you are more patient than I am. I also found Ray and Millie to be tiresome after awhile. They were meddling little gossip queens, and I didn't enjoy them towards the end. The writing was pretty good, and, despite some editing issues, I thought that the author did a nice job with the overall vibe of the story. However, though I was engaged at the beginning, I got apathetic towards the end. I know, I'm such a party pooper. I'll go hang out by myself in the corner... **Read for project GRL 2014- My quest to read authors that I've never tried before**

  7. 5 out of 5

    Macky

    Well shucks, I think I died and went to cowboy heaven with this gorgeous love story. Sooo romantic but never sloppy, sweet but not sickly, gentle and tender with a slow burn but never dragging or boring, enough angst to engage your feelings but in a realistic way and emotionally charged, but never in the way that felt dramatised to the point where you felt overly bombarded. Honestly I think this was pretty much the perfect love story! There are five major players in this. Four in the flesh and Well shucks, I think I died and went to cowboy heaven with this gorgeous love story. Sooo romantic but never sloppy, sweet but not sickly, gentle and tender with a slow burn but never dragging or boring, enough angst to engage your feelings but in a realistic way and emotionally charged, but never in the way that felt dramatised to the point where you felt overly bombarded. Honestly I think this was pretty much the perfect love story! There are five major players in this. Four in the flesh and one in spirit, apart from them, the cast of characters is extremely low so without any unnecessary distractions you can just settle back, enjoy and focus on the budding friendship between Brett and TJ, that starts to slowly morph into one of the most compassionate love stories I've read, with the help of Brett's lovely, interfering, full of life mama, Millie -Taylor-Montgomery-Allen (I loved that woman) and Ray, Brett's straight as a die foreman, and friend who never pulls any punches when it comes to telling it as it is (and I loved that man!) Then there's Walt, who as I say even though he's in spirit is still a strong presence. Brett's grief still palpable as three years later, he still can't accept the fact he's lost the man he loved deeply. Losing himself nightly in a bottle of Jack Daniels whilst he writes to his dead lover some of the most poignant letters you'll ever read. When TJ arrives on the scene and Brett is manipulated by Millie to take him on to work at the ranch it's obvious where the story is going to go but its done in such a beautiful way that it never feels formulaic. The romancing takes its sweet time, a tentative, charming friendship comes first and the sex is kept on hold until the perfect time, so when it arrives it isn't just lust filled, its love making at its best. Filled with lots of tummy churning heated kisses that took my breath away, more than the actual act of love itself! I loved that I got to learn everyone's back stories and history as the story progressed, bits of information, unhurriedly drip fed, so like TJ in the story, I didn't get to know the full story of Brett and Walt until it all culminated towards the end in an explosion of self perceived guilt and accountability that had me glued to the kindle, but this was no eye rolling 'big misunderstanding,' it was authentic, convincing and understandable from both sides and a massive part of the healing process for them both. OMG! Brett and TJ stole my heart, broke it a little then put it back together exactly as the title says! Yes I cried... I have big love for this gem of a book...... and all its key players. Sublime! Highly reccomended for all you romantics out there. <3

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    An older guy who lost his partner is still grieving, when he meets a younger guy who breaks through to his heart - so familiar a plot, and yet so full of potential. Romance is a genre with a lot of well-used tropes and there is nothing wrong with that. The key is all in how they are handled, and for me, this book got it right. This began as a four-star read. But I was sucked deeper and deeper in, and in the end had to give it five stars for the way I really felt Brett's grief, his indecision and An older guy who lost his partner is still grieving, when he meets a younger guy who breaks through to his heart - so familiar a plot, and yet so full of potential. Romance is a genre with a lot of well-used tropes and there is nothing wrong with that. The key is all in how they are handled, and for me, this book got it right. This began as a four-star read. But I was sucked deeper and deeper in, and in the end had to give it five stars for the way I really felt Brett's grief, his indecision and confusion, and the pain as he was torn between his old love and a new one. The emotions, including the guilt we all feel when someone dies suddenly, with last words unsaid and regrets that can never be fixed, were palpable here. Even the word choices and writing style seemed actually perfect for Brett's narrative voice, suited to this country singer and sometime-rancher, and his confused coming back to life. JT was less of a rounded character, but he was a sweet foil for Brett's affection and desire. And I loved the secondary characters - Brett's interfering mother, Millie, and his foreman and mentor, Ray. The progression of the relationship was months, not days. The guys may have begun with abrupt physical attraction, but they got to know each other and were friends before it moved to more. And thank-you K-lee, the old love was not displaced by the new or suddenly second-best. Brett didn't need to recall flaws in his love of Walt, in order to love JT. (view spoiler)[The moment of crisis was also not a misunderstanding, but a real issue of a bad move and an over-reaction, and wasn't drawn out into prolonged angst. And it didn't require a flood, fire, or bullet for Brett to recognize his feelings for JT. No "OMG you almost died" moment. (hide spoiler)] I enjoyed the slow pace to this romance, and it touched my heart.

  9. 5 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    4 Hearts! This was a classic second chance romance made all the better by having it feature a likeable, brooding cowboy and the young stranger who captures his heart. Brett has been wallowing in grief and guilt over the death of his partner 3 years ago. He’s functional but barely, often drowning his sorrows in good ole Jack Daniels. When his overbearing, meddling mom brings home a guy she found on the highway, Brett is none too happy nor impressed. JT hasn’t really had it easy either. He’s long bee 4 Hearts! This was a classic second chance romance made all the better by having it feature a likeable, brooding cowboy and the young stranger who captures his heart. Brett has been wallowing in grief and guilt over the death of his partner 3 years ago. He’s functional but barely, often drowning his sorrows in good ole Jack Daniels. When his overbearing, meddling mom brings home a guy she found on the highway, Brett is none too happy nor impressed. JT hasn’t really had it easy either. He’s long been searching for something. What exactly, he’s not quite sure. He just knows that he’s his own person and because his family couldn’t accept that, there was no reason to stick around. Somehow, JT finds himself on Brett’s ranch, and he’s willing to try it out for awhile. Why not, right? He never anticipates falling for his gentle grieving boss. Both these men are attracted to each other, and both fall hard and fast, but that doesn't mean those feelings are easily accepted. There’s definitely too many obstacles and issues standing in their way, so their dance is quite a long one. JT is patient, understanding, and willing to do whatever is needed so as to not spook Brett further into more self destruction. Brett’s internal struggle is a big one, as he tries to reconcile his conflicting feelings about wanting happiness and moving on. These two together were very, very nice. I enjoyed their banter and interactions - tentative at times, uncontrolled at others. The UST, the foreplay, the culmination? Yep. No complaints here! There is of course the obligatory plot reveal that causes all sorts of drama. You know it’s gonna happen, there’s many hints at it coming, and it explodes quite messily. Of course it does. However, this is fiction and romantic fiction at that. After a cathartic painful reveal, things are finally allowed to heal. This is one of those instances where the audio actually raised the rating for me, as Nick J. Russo excels at bringing out the charismatic, subtle southern charm that is all Brett. This is a highly emotional story, one that is full of grief, self recrimination, and reticence, all the way to hope, lust, happiness and eventually love. Russo gets every single one of these nuanced emotions just right, along with showcasing Brett’s rawness in his devastation, his anger, along with all his vulnerabilities and doubts. Know too that JT and the other supporting characters are richly portrayed as well, their personalities distinct and fully realized. I’m truly impressed. So yes, this was definitely a story about second chances, however scary and thrilling they may be. Emotionally touching and sexy, this was made all the better by a truly heartfelt narration. Thank you to the author/publisher for the audio in exchange for a honest review

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    3.5 stars Admittedly, this book has some of my favorite storylines: older man/younger man, grieving widower, cowboys, quirky family. So, no brainer…I was already sold on it before I even started. Brett Taylor…there’s something about Brett, everything about Brett…that I just wanted/needed to love. His pain, his attempts to drown his sorrows, how he copes, how he feels – I wanted him to find his joy, to find love again. In walks JT…JT hadn’t had it easy either. He worked hard and ran away to get to a 3.5 stars Admittedly, this book has some of my favorite storylines: older man/younger man, grieving widower, cowboys, quirky family. So, no brainer…I was already sold on it before I even started. Brett Taylor…there’s something about Brett, everything about Brett…that I just wanted/needed to love. His pain, his attempts to drown his sorrows, how he copes, how he feels – I wanted him to find his joy, to find love again. In walks JT…JT hadn’t had it easy either. He worked hard and ran away to get to a place where he could feel at home. Ranches offer that in my books and it’s why I love them! This was a slow build relationship. Yes, we knew it would be the 2 of them together but damn did it take a LONG time to get there (to be honest, TOO long in my opinion). But the payoff, when the two finally gave in to their feelings, felt so worth it. There’s a lot of angst along the way, secrets held, secrets revealed…but none of it felt contrived and it really made for a beautiful growth in their relationship arc. Odd as it sounds, I liked the build-up portion of the story better than when they were together. There were some things about their time together, mostly in some of Brett’s actions that felt a little knee-jerk and odd the way he made some decisions, that I didn’t get and took me out of the story a bit. And, honestly, there were times I wondered if this book would ever end. It felt long. But every bit of story that revolved around yellow paper…the painful parts, the alcohol-soaked parts, the discovery parts, the betrayal parts, the healing parts…THOSE killed me. Those were what made the book special in my mind. An entertaining, emotional read…very enjoyable. Excited to find that there's a book 2 novella!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    4.5 stars rounded down to 4 because...you guessed it...still no 1/2 stars here on GR. Tissues were required for this one... While K-lee Klein's not exactly a new to me author 'Unbreak My Heart' is the first novel that I've read and really I'm just wondering...what the hell was I thinking taking so long to enjoy one of her novels...ok, I admit it was once again a case of so many books, so little time and thank heavens for audio books and Nick J. Russo because once again he's done a superb job w 4.5 stars rounded down to 4 because...you guessed it...still no 1/2 stars here on GR. Tissues were required for this one... While K-lee Klein's not exactly a new to me author 'Unbreak My Heart' is the first novel that I've read and really I'm just wondering...what the hell was I thinking taking so long to enjoy one of her novels...ok, I admit it was once again a case of so many books, so little time and thank heavens for audio books and Nick J. Russo because once again he's done a superb job with narrating this audio book resulting in the fact that I'm actually kind of glad that I didn't get to this book sooner...nah, that's not true because I'm sure I would have totally enjoyed reading this and still would have made grabby hands for the audio book. But all that's neither here nor there because what's done is done and I totally and thoroughly enjoyed the audio book. I love stories about damaged men putting themselves back together and grabbing the second chance that life has given them and if at least one of those men happens to be a cowboy well...happy me and ironically while I'm not a huge fan of stories with rock stars in them for some reason country and western singers totally do it for me which is hilarious because I'm really not a big fan of the music...go figure we like what we like. My only niggle with this story was the use of the endearment Darlin', it was used by Brett both in his letters to his deceased lover Walter and with JT and I have to admit I would really have preferred if Brett had used another endearment for JT...even the dreaded Babe...maybe. However, while this was as I said a bit of a niggle overall it didn't really spoil how much I enjoyed this story. JT Campbell is looking to get away from his life and ends up at Brett Taylor's farm when Brett's mom picks him up at the side of the road. Brett's mom to say the least is a character. Despite his reluctance Brett gives JT a place to stay and a job. Brett and JT have a few things in common not the least of which both men are looking to escape their past. JT's doing it by leaving his home in California and Brett's choice of escape lies in the bottom of a bottle that he keeps in his office where he hides out most evenings. Brett's days as a country music star ended when he lost the love of his life three years ago and he's spent the time since swirling in the pain and grief brought on by that loss and he's more than willing to let life go on in this mode. I totally appreciated the fact that 'Unbreak My Heart' isn't a 'love-at-first-sight-story'. Brett and JT start out essentially as two men who are brought together by circumstances and initially Brett's really not in a place for any kind of relationship. It takes time and effort on JT's part for Brett to even really consider a relationship as a possibility and while JT's patient, he's not perfect making a few mistakes of his own as things progress between the two men. Much of Brett's story is shared with us through his letters to Walter, letters that were both touching and heartbreaking and along with his time spent getting to know JT a sweet slow building romance is created...one that was made even more enjoyable through Nick J. Russo's skilled narration of the audio book. While there was a definite age gap here of 13 years once again it wasn't an issue for me. JT was 28 to Brett's 41. I liked both of these characters and the fact that while JT was in some ways in a better place in his life he wasn't perfect, but he did have a maturity that helped him to realize that more than anything Brett needed him as a patient friend...a friend who was willing to wait for Brett's own feelings to catch up with JT's growing feelings. I loved the ending of this book or maybe I should say the beginning of Brett and JT's life together. I'm looking forward to more of their story as I continue with this series my only quandry is do I want to read the e-books or hopefully wait for the remainder of the series to be released on audio...decisions, decisions...really whatever is a girl to do? ******************** An audio book of 'Unbreak My Heart' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jewel

    ​So here's the thing -- I really wanted to love Unbreak My Heart, and I thought the first half of the story, in spite of it being utterly depressing, was pretty good. After that point, though, the story felt really disjointed. I alternated between really liking it and finding it tiresome. Overall, I liked the story well enough. Mostly. I liked the characters. Mostly. And I loved the slow burn of the romance. The letters tore my heart from my chest and I wanted to cry with each one that I read. T ​So here's the thing -- I really wanted to love Unbreak My Heart, and I thought the first half of the story, in spite of it being utterly depressing, was pretty good. After that point, though, the story felt really disjointed. I alternated between really liking it and finding it tiresome. Overall, I liked the story well enough. Mostly. I liked the characters. Mostly. And I loved the slow burn of the romance. The letters tore my heart from my chest and I wanted to cry with each one that I read. They were the words of a broken man to the one person he never wanted to live without. They were truly heartbreaking. Brett is a man who can't seem to leave his grief behind. Or his guilt. For three years he has ceased to live so much, he might as well be waiting to die.​ Or drown in the bottom of a bottle. He feels responsible for his partner's death, as if being there would have changed anything. And he can't or won't move on. He's determined to spend the rest of his days in penance ​for not being there. Grief and isolation are not good bedfellows, but Brett is determined to wallow in both, along with a not so healthy dose of guilt that does not really belong to him. ​JT is adrift. He wasn't what his family wanted so he left them behind. I get that, actually. If your family can't accept who you are or who you want to be, when who you are is doing no harm, then they're not family, in my book. For a year, he traveled from place to place doing odd job after odd job and then moving on when he took a mind to. ​He ends up at Brett's ranch because of Brett's meddling mother. JT ends up with a job at the ranch and the more he gets to know Brett, the more he feels for the man. JT's always been a bit to emphatic for his own good and that trait shows here in spades. For secondary characters, we have Ray, Brett's ranch foreman who is kind of like a father to Brett. I liked him a lot, though he struck me as being a lot older than he was. His word choices when talking really sounded like the generation before him. Maybe he didn't get out of the country much, I don't know. He really cared for Brett, though, that much was clear. Also, very much in the picture is Brett's mom. I also liked her at first. She spoke her mind and took no prisoners. She was fiercely protective of her son and wanted nothing more than for him to be happy again. But she really started getting on my nerves with her heavy handed manipulation of forcing Brett toward JT. He was getting there on his own but she kept pushing and pushing to the point I wanted to tell her to mind her own business! She wanted Brett to move on, but I think she went too far. And the last secondary character, or almost a third MC was Brett's deceased partner, Walt, who was ever present, though Brett, for the whole book. The bulk of the story happens in the three months following the third anniversary of Walt's death. In that three months, Brett tries and fails to hold himself apart from JT. They become friends and then flirt with the idea of more. Brett was very hung up on getting too sexual, though. I guess I understand that. He still felt like he was betraying Walt. It'd been three years, but grief doesn't exactly come with a schedule, especially when you refuse to do anything but grieve. For JT's part, he was immediately attracted to Brett, but felt that his boss was off limits. At least until Brett told JT that he was gay. Then JT still felt like Brett should be off limits, but he was less inclined to stay away. But Brett had to think about it and talk to Walt a lot and brood heavily for a spell before he decided to let JT in. At least a little. I was ready, though, to give Unbreak My Heart 3.5 stars right up to the point of the 'big conflict'. Brett was mad, and I get why. Things were said - and done - that were not meant, and I expected that. Emotions were running very high at that moment, so I was not at all surprised at the how the event unfolded. It was what happened after that that made the story fall apart for me. They magically resolved their issues and Brett is suddenly a new man. Brett needs therapy and probably an alcohol treatment program, but after years of pouring himself into a bottle, he suddenly just doesn't need it anymore? That wasn't believable to me. And for the rest of the book we are told, rather than shown, just how far they have come. The ending, itself, was way too cheesy and mushy for my tastes. Overall, I'd give Unbreak My Heart 3 stars. -------------- ARC of Unbreak My Heart was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    This gets a big satisfying sigh out of me! This is the story of an man (Brett) still grieving after the death of his partner three years ago. Brett cannot move on, racked with guilt over the circumstances of his partners death and the hole in his heart that just won’t close. Brett is closed up and angry and spends a number of nights drunk and pouring out his emotions in letters to his beloved. Then one night his meddlesome mother brings him a young man (JT) needing work and a place to stay, This gets a big satisfying sigh out of me! This is the story of an man (Brett) still grieving after the death of his partner three years ago. Brett cannot move on, racked with guilt over the circumstances of his partners death and the hole in his heart that just won’t close. Brett is closed up and angry and spends a number of nights drunk and pouring out his emotions in letters to his beloved. Then one night his meddlesome mother brings him a young man (JT) needing work and a place to stay, she literally picks him up on the side of the road. JT is a young man searching for his place in the world, leaving his old life and the disapproval of his family. He fought his family for his degree in psychology, but not knowing what he wants to do he takes a job as a ranch hand. What I loved most about this story was the slow burn of the romance between Brett and JT. There was no hot and fast sex in this one at all, it felt like a true sweet romance that honestly kept me glued to my kindle. I read this on the train ride to NYC and back and it definitely made my trip enjoyable. Another plus for this story is the number of characters is small. And while reading this story you get to know Brett’s mother Millie and the ranch foreman Ray. And of course in flashes and Brett’s letters you meet Walt. Ok I need to mention the letters, OMG, rip my out heart and make me burst into tears letters! Both Millie and Ray push Brett to move on and bring some happiness to his life and while Brett grumbles and resents their interference he listens and opens his heart to JT. This sweet romantic story simply pressed all the right buttons for me in the perfect amounts. And while it was definitely on the sweet side, it wasn’t too much. My mind and heart were totally captivated by this very sweet romantic cowboy tale.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    This was a good, slow building, hurt/comfort romance. Brett is still torn by grief for the lover he lost years ago. He has withdrawn to his ranch and is really just going through the motions and self-medicating with booze. Thanks to his meddling mother, the younger JT arrives at the ranch, seemingly lost and a bit broken, but ready to work until he feels the need to move on. What follows is a slow building friendship and attraction as JT, with the help of the ranch foreman Ray, starts to bring B This was a good, slow building, hurt/comfort romance. Brett is still torn by grief for the lover he lost years ago. He has withdrawn to his ranch and is really just going through the motions and self-medicating with booze. Thanks to his meddling mother, the younger JT arrives at the ranch, seemingly lost and a bit broken, but ready to work until he feels the need to move on. What follows is a slow building friendship and attraction as JT, with the help of the ranch foreman Ray, starts to bring Brett out of his shell. Bits and pieces of the story behind Brett's inability to move on from his grief are dropped along the way as the sexual tension builds. While the pace was sometimes a bit slow for me, the overall result was an enjoyable romance with just the right amount of angst.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Renée

    This was a surprising gem. Brett is a former country star who lost his partner 3 years ago and continues to wallow in grief during his current life on a ranch. JT is a Masters graduate who doesn't really know what he wants to do with life, and who's been drifting from town to town for a while. Theirs is one of a slow friendship, slow attraction, and slow burn romance. "I'd like to wait, Ray, but waiting's hard when you don't know if the one you want actually wants you to wait." This was a really This was a surprising gem. Brett is a former country star who lost his partner 3 years ago and continues to wallow in grief during his current life on a ranch. JT is a Masters graduate who doesn't really know what he wants to do with life, and who's been drifting from town to town for a while. Theirs is one of a slow friendship, slow attraction, and slow burn romance. "I'd like to wait, Ray, but waiting's hard when you don't know if the one you want actually wants you to wait." This was a really sweet romance. The word "gentleman" was used quite a few times to describe Brett, and he "courted" JT very slowly. I caught myself saying Aw many times. Not because of cheesy moments, but because they really were romantic. So much kissing at first, and I loved every second of it! I'll admit that when an MC is still mourning a loved one, the author has a fine line to balance. While being respectful of the former love, but not allowing that relationship to overshadow the buildup of the current one. I have to be honest and say that Klein skated over the edge a bit too much for me with the overshadowing of the former relationship. Brett's former partner, Walt, was brought up WAY too often. More than I thought was respectful of JT. My favorite part of the book though - when we get to the climax, and they're arguing (no spoilers - don't all of them pretty much have a part like this) Brett is just going to town and yelling at JT over his perceived betrayal, and he goes too far. And even though JT was slightly in the wrong, Brett goes way the fuck overboard with his reaction. Your typical romance books would have JT just rolling over and taking the hits. But NO, not JT. I got my pom poms out because I could've kissed Klein for that moment! JT had been patient. He'd been kind and respectful of the space Brett needed to both discover his feelings for him, and reconcile his grief about Walt. Yet Brett had shown JT a vile, vindictive, violent side that, though more than likely not in character, had (view spoiler)[physically assaulted (hide spoiler)] and verbally destroyed JT. He'd had enough verbal abuse and passive-aggressive assaults from his own family - thank you very much. "Oh, right, I forgot. It's always all about you, isn't it? Did I mention that you should just fuck off? I was JT's own personal cheerleading squad! And this was brilliant on the part of Klein! I am so sick of reading about doormats who apologize for others' actions. The end was really bittersweet. And I mean that literally. I get to read the sweetest words from Brett's heart..........while he calls JT the same nickname he called Walt. Again with Walt. Sigh. If not for my problems with Walt, this would've been 4.5-5 stars. Very good story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    .Lili.

    Unbreak My Heart by K-lee Klein broke my heart and healed it back together. This book started off pretty depressing. Brett is still grieving for his partner when his mom strong arms him into taking in JT. He can’t say no to his momma. What ensues is a moving story of healing and love. My highlights: -The main characters. They’re well rounded, and I loved that as the story progressed, each character grew individually and as a couple. -The angst. This book’s depiction of loss and grieving felt realis Unbreak My Heart by K-lee Klein broke my heart and healed it back together. This book started off pretty depressing. Brett is still grieving for his partner when his mom strong arms him into taking in JT. He can’t say no to his momma. What ensues is a moving story of healing and love. My highlights: -The main characters. They’re well rounded, and I loved that as the story progressed, each character grew individually and as a couple. -The angst. This book’s depiction of loss and grieving felt realistic. I felt Brett’s sorrow, and the mother in me wanted to envelop him in a tight hug. I wanted to take his pain away. -Relationship development. I appreciated that their romance wasn’t rushed. Ms. Klein took her time with it and made their feelings for each other feel that much more genuine. Their love and admiration didn’t feel contrived or forced. It was a sweet slow burn romance built over the span of months. -I adored the supporting cast. Millie (Brett’s Mom) and Ray (his foreperson) were great cheerleaders. I highly recommend this one, guys! If you’re in the mood for a touching story of loss, heartbreak, and the healing power of love-check this one out! 5 Healing Stars! ARC kindly provided by Dreamspinner Press to Gay Book Reviews in exchange of an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    True Loveislovereview

    Brett and JT.. Brett is mourning for over three years when his mum brings him a new young strong employee...JT Captivating story, slow, in the beginning a little physical tension. Very detailed described. There is a barn with some secrets in it. Which weighs heavily on Brett The many conversations really make sense. But it was soooo restrained. I wanted some firework. At 50 % there were some hot passages It is a slow story but It's really going somewhere. The build-up is solid and steady and the dialog Brett and JT.. Brett is mourning for over three years when his mum brings him a new young strong employee...JT Captivating story, slow, in the beginning a little physical tension. Very detailed described. There is a barn with some secrets in it. Which weighs heavily on Brett The many conversations really make sense. But it was soooo restrained. I wanted some firework. At 50 % there were some hot passages It is a slow story but It's really going somewhere. The build-up is solid and steady and the dialogues are really good, they had depth and were witty and funny. I just would like it when Brett put his D where it should be *impatient tapping with feet* Finally Brett blood supply is working to the south and the firework gets high and steamy The stage floor is small so they are constant in a bubble which is a great scenery. Only Millie (Brett's mum) and Ray (the guy who thinks he's the boss) are in the scenes. One thing: I could not get used to the 'kid' term, it really was distracting Great story with depth and if you don't mind when it goes slow in a entertaining way then it's a #mustread with a HEA 'The last thing I want to do is break him, Ray, and I promise to mind his heart even more than my own.'

  18. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This book is a total a gem. It had fantastic characters, genuine emotion and struggle, and dialogue that resonated. It was... quietly lovely and authentic. Full (gushing) review to come. Warning: the words "suckle" and "moist" DO appear in the text. ("Flutter" does too, but I give that one a pass since the author was talking about stomach muscles and not... other muscles). This book is a total a gem. It had fantastic characters, genuine emotion and struggle, and dialogue that resonated. It was... quietly lovely and authentic. Full (gushing) review to come. Warning: the words "suckle" and "moist" DO appear in the text. ("Flutter" does too, but I give that one a pass since the author was talking about stomach muscles and not... other muscles).

  19. 5 out of 5

    ⚣Michaelle⚣

    3.5 Stars I don't know if it was the folksy language (that didn't read as genuine to this actual Southerner) distracting me and pulling me out of the story or what...but, while I did enjoy this tale of love, loss and redemption, I wasn't wowed by it. If anything it solidified my dislike of song lyrics/poetry taking up space in the book. Sure, it got across some of the emotions and feelings, but that had already been largely accomplished in telling the tale. It seemed superfluous. And annoying. Also 3.5 Stars I don't know if it was the folksy language (that didn't read as genuine to this actual Southerner) distracting me and pulling me out of the story or what...but, while I did enjoy this tale of love, loss and redemption, I wasn't wowed by it. If anything it solidified my dislike of song lyrics/poetry taking up space in the book. Sure, it got across some of the emotions and feelings, but that had already been largely accomplished in telling the tale. It seemed superfluous. And annoying. Also, something about how Brett's constant, hard-core drinking suddenly just stopped (except for the melt-down scene near the end where he imbibed again) didn't ring true. There was an off-handed mention of him having some shakes one morning (and maybe that stretch of headaches?)...but continual benders like he'd indulged in almost daily, over the previous 3 years, screamed of alcoholism. And with a fully trained psychologist in the house (literally) it felt like it should have been addressed. Hell, the grief and guilt part sure got a good dose of psychoanalyzing. I've got this shelved as a possible audio listen at some point down the road (maybe) to see if the narrator can make me like the book more. As it is, I'm not sure I'm gonna add the sequels to the TBR shelf...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I loved this one! Slow building hurt/comfort romances just do it for me. This one is very emotional, focused on healing a broken heart, moving on and finding a home. Brett, the owner of a ranch somewhere in Texas is still grieving for his lover he lost a few years ago. He is self medicating with booze and writing his dead lover heart-breaking letters about missing him. When his mother Millie finds JT, a young guy, alongside the road and asks her son to take him in and put him to work, things sta I loved this one! Slow building hurt/comfort romances just do it for me. This one is very emotional, focused on healing a broken heart, moving on and finding a home. Brett, the owner of a ranch somewhere in Texas is still grieving for his lover he lost a few years ago. He is self medicating with booze and writing his dead lover heart-breaking letters about missing him. When his mother Millie finds JT, a young guy, alongside the road and asks her son to take him in and put him to work, things start to change. It’s beautiful to watch how JT's quiet strength lifts one burden after another from Brett’s fragile and wounded heart. K-Lee Klein’s writing sucked me in and I felt the ups and downs, doubts and worries of the characters. She did a wonderful job with letting her readers see the conflict of emotions and thoughts that Brett and JT went through. The guys just grew on me, they broke my heart, made me cry, and made me smile and swoon. Unbreak My Heart is a lovely story of redemption and forgiveness, a sweet tale with a breathtaking ending. Highly recommended!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bitchie

    Emotional and VERY romantic. A couple minor editing mistakes, but not enough to get on your nerves. Slow burn relationship that played all the emotional beats and never felt rushed. I really want to hear Brett's music. Emotional and VERY romantic. A couple minor editing mistakes, but not enough to get on your nerves. Slow burn relationship that played all the emotional beats and never felt rushed. I really want to hear Brett's music.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leaundra

    I really enjoyed this. There were some parts that broke my heart. Brett and JT were perfect for each other. This was their journey to finding love with each other.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pianka *call me PIU*

    Dang!!! Cowboys + M/M : I am feeling like a “pig in shit”!!! This book was just too good. It made me cry and laugh and at the end I was in seventh heaven. Sweetest cowboy romance ever. The start broke my heart and had me bawling but the end pieced it back together. It was emotionally charged without being too angsty. The way the heartache and loss was dealt here was just beautiful. This book has the most polite and heart achingly sweet and wonderful cowboy ever. And that accent did something to m Dang!!! Cowboys + M/M : I am feeling like a “pig in shit”!!! This book was just too good. It made me cry and laugh and at the end I was in seventh heaven. Sweetest cowboy romance ever. The start broke my heart and had me bawling but the end pieced it back together. It was emotionally charged without being too angsty. The way the heartache and loss was dealt here was just beautiful. This book has the most polite and heart achingly sweet and wonderful cowboy ever. And that accent did something to my insides*sighs* Brett Taylor has been mourning his dead partner for over three years. He lives with a huge guilt that somehow it was his fault that Walt died. He has been drowning his sorrow in whiskey and is now a recluse, living in a broken down ranch with only his foreman, Ray for company. The only other person who is concerned about pulling him out of his sorrow and help him live his life again is Brett’s feisty mother, Millie (I loved that woman!!!) Millie “kidnaps” JT from the highway and brings him to “Sharp T”, Brett’s ranch. But underneath her wish to get JT a place to stay and work, there is an ulterior motive. U can guess what that is. Millie’s matchmaking pays off as Brett starts to come out of his grief a little bit every day. JT has got it bad for the sexy, grieving cowboy but he is not sure if Brett can ever move on from Walt and love him fully. He will just have to be patient and let love work its magic!!! The start of the read show how very much broken Brett is, still after so many years. Brett is struggling to still deal with the pain of losing “the love of his life”. JT comes into his life like a lifeline and though he is reluctant at the beginning, he eventually gives in to the new stirrings of love in his broken heart. JT was so patient and understanding and sweet on Brett, he won my heart. He never pushes for more and perfectly understands what Brett needs any time. His patience and understanding helps Brett in overcoming so many hurdles that has been crushing him for too long. JT was just the sweetest. Besides the MCs, we have two very awesome secondary characters, who make this story all the more beautiful. Mille Taylor is a woman after my own heart. She was pushy with no boundaries but her feisty no-nonsense attitude helps bring JT and Brett together with life altering results. She treats her 41 year old son as a kid and it was seriously fun to read as she bends a reluctant Brett to her wishes. Then there was Ray. He was like a father and a friend to Brett. He has been a part of Brett’s life for a long time and had a front row seat to Brett’s pain and loss. I loved him. He is a comforting presence in Brett’s life and their banter always cracked me up. Last but not the least, there is Walt. His presence can be felt throughout the book. Brett’s letters to him were touching and heart-rending. Throughout the story we get to know more about the guy who had changed Brett’s life for the better in every way. “I still miss you. I’ll always love you, and but JT’s convinced me that I have room enough to love the both of you at the same time. I think you’d be okay with that.” The ending was perfect. The romance hits a rough spot due to a misunderstanding, which gets cleared up without any prolonged drama or angst. It was a hurdle that they both had to cross to move on completely to their new future together. This is a slow building romance. I loved the beautiful balance created between the pain/loss and the love/healing. It was sweet and hot. Loved this book!!! *This review has been cross posted at GayBookReviews*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    I was hooked by the premise, but this book just turned out to be okay. It had my biggest romance writing pet peeve in it and it soured the book for me a bit. I hate the “meddling friends and family members” trope with the power of a thousand suns. I even hate it more than insta-love. At least with insta-love, it can be done well and there are many exceptions to the rule. And if it’s a well-rounded story, insta-love doesn’t really seem that instant or there are other elements to the story that mak I was hooked by the premise, but this book just turned out to be okay. It had my biggest romance writing pet peeve in it and it soured the book for me a bit. I hate the “meddling friends and family members” trope with the power of a thousand suns. I even hate it more than insta-love. At least with insta-love, it can be done well and there are many exceptions to the rule. And if it’s a well-rounded story, insta-love doesn’t really seem that instant or there are other elements to the story that make the work exciting enough to over look it. Unfortunately, “Unbreak My Heart” didn’t pull it off. What really grinds my gears about MFAFM trope, it that it ALWAYS takes away the main characters’ agency to figure shit out on their own. Without a doubt. I understand that Ray and Brett’s mom (forgetting her name, sorry) were loving and trying to be helpful, but their brand of help annoyed me to no end. Between the two of them with their “sage advice” and romance trickery, it took a lot for me to want to finish reading this book. I really wanted Brett and JT to fall in love and sort through there issues on their own. I felt Brett and JT spent more time getting lectured by Ray and Brett’s mom than they did talking to each other. There seemed to be a lot more telling than showing when it came Brett and JT’s one-on-one times together. I would’ve liked to see more of Brett working through his grief and issues. It would’ve been cool to see them courting off the ranch; they go to dinner and a movie or something. I also thought this book would’ve been more angsty, but it was actually really sappy. And when the conflict finally came up, it was so melodramatic and Brett reaction just seemed to come out of nowhere. I understand that he was going off of JT’s educational background, but other than being told about it, it never really came into play at all beforehand. But I’m glad the conflict wasn’t dragged out and was resolved relatively quickly. My problems with this book overpowered the positives. And it felt too long with nothing really happening. Those aside, it was a relatively sweet story and I did like Brett and JT together. They were cute and endearing and definitely needed each other. I think my favorite aspect of the whole thing were the letters to Walt. 2.5 Stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Silkeeeeeereads

    4.5 COUNTRY STARS A crusty cowboy, an interfering momma, a crusty ranch foreman and a younger man from California are tossed in a colorful, emotional salad of grief, hope and love with a large dose of humor thrown in. The reason for 4.5 instead of 5 stars? I didn't quite believe TJ's voice. He sounded a bit more country than a California 28 year old would sound and a lot less educated. Otherwise, loved this story.  4.5 COUNTRY STARS A crusty cowboy, an interfering momma, a crusty ranch foreman and a younger man from California are tossed in a colorful, emotional salad of grief, hope and love with a large dose of humor thrown in. The reason for 4.5 instead of 5 stars? I didn't quite believe TJ's voice. He sounded a bit more country than a California 28 year old would sound and a lot less educated. Otherwise, loved this story. 

  26. 4 out of 5

    Smith Barney

    SO see the dramatic cover photo. That was me reading this book from boredom... I could not stomach the MC's LONG f'ing HAIR or his intoxicated-melancholic twang one page longer..and Millie the meddling mother..ugh. No can do. SO see the dramatic cover photo. That was me reading this book from boredom... I could not stomach the MC's LONG f'ing HAIR or his intoxicated-melancholic twang one page longer..and Millie the meddling mother..ugh. No can do.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chappy

    Slow burn and very romantic. I found it a bit slow at first..kind of stuck in Brett's pain. When he starts opening up to JT, it gets pretty sweet and hot. Slow burn and very romantic. I found it a bit slow at first..kind of stuck in Brett's pain. When he starts opening up to JT, it gets pretty sweet and hot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Bugetta)

    Thank you, Secret Santa!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Santy

    3.5 Stars Once again, Nick J.Russo narrated the hell out of this book. He’s slowly becoming a “must listen” for me and boy do I like it when that happens! This was a book about overcoming grief,self discovery, new beginnings and learning how to love again. Brent was going through some next level grief while TJ was lost and hoping to find himself. On the surface, these two shouldn’t have worked but they did. They absolutely did. Obviously, it wasn’t an easy road & wasn’t devoid of outside interfe 3.5 Stars Once again, Nick J.Russo narrated the hell out of this book. He’s slowly becoming a “must listen” for me and boy do I like it when that happens! This was a book about overcoming grief,self discovery, new beginnings and learning how to love again. Brent was going through some next level grief while TJ was lost and hoping to find himself. On the surface, these two shouldn’t have worked but they did. They absolutely did. Obviously, it wasn’t an easy road & wasn’t devoid of outside interference by our two nosy elderly characters(who I adored) but it all ended up with a heartwarming HEA so I was certainly a happy camper in the end. +++Review Copy Graciously Provided By Publisher In Exchange For An Honest, Unbiased Review +++

  30. 4 out of 5

    BWT (Belen)

    3.5 Stars Brett lost his partner and is drowning his sorrows at the bottom of a whiskey bottle. When Brett's meddling Mama brings a guy she picked up from the side of the road to Brett's ranch, Brett agrees to give the guy a job. JT is missing direction in his life. Working at the ranch seems like a good stop-gap measure, and it's a bonus that he finds Brett attractive. Bless Nick J. Russo's narration because he's what kept me going for this one. I'm sorry, but I just did not find this to be a very 3.5 Stars Brett lost his partner and is drowning his sorrows at the bottom of a whiskey bottle. When Brett's meddling Mama brings a guy she picked up from the side of the road to Brett's ranch, Brett agrees to give the guy a job. JT is missing direction in his life. Working at the ranch seems like a good stop-gap measure, and it's a bonus that he finds Brett attractive. Bless Nick J. Russo's narration because he's what kept me going for this one. I'm sorry, but I just did not find this to be a very exciting story to listen to. It's a super slow burn romance focusing on the friendship between Brett and JT as it turns into abiding love. Nick J. Russo does well bringing the characters to life, and gives both the main and the secondary and side characters real depth. There were definitely moments of this that shined, but I'm not a huge fan of this kind of Slow Burn, so it dragged for me personally. I would recommend this for those who like slow burn romances with couples that create an emotional connection before having sex and well-developed characters with some hurt/comfort and not a lot of steam. Audio copy of Unbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart #1) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review. This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.

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