Title: Unbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart #1)
Author: K-lee Klein and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: June 28th 2017 by
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, 2013.
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.