Title: Unbreak My Heart
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: K-lee Klein
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.
Unbreak My Heart is an angst filled story that many readers are sure to love. Both main characters are strongly written and have so many personal issues that I could not help wondering how the author would ever help them find their HEA.
Brett is a former musician. When he was younger he met and fell in love with an older man. But Brett was busy being famous and confused about what he really wanted in life. When is lover needed him the most Brett was away getting an award for his music. As reader can imagine this messes with Brett and he locks himself away from everyone, leaving his music and family behind to live on his lover’s ranch.
JT did not like the man he was becoming, so inorder to change he literally walked away from everything he’s ever known. One night as JT finds himself walking along the side of the road he’s picked up by Brett’s mom. From that point on JT’s life changes in ways he did not expect.
Both these men will pull at your heart strings. The grieve and guilt that Brett is going through is so deep and well portrayed that you can’t help wondering if he will ever be able to overcome it. Be prepared with Kleenex as the letters he writes to his late husband will tear your heart out. JT has his own issues that, while not as hard to overcome has Brett’s, are no less troublesome. Forced to live up to his family’s expectations JT found himself going down one wrong path after another. He’s got too much education to be working on a ranch, but it’s there that he really starts to find himself.
The time the two men spend together helps both of them and I loved watching them move from strangers to friends to lovers, even if I found myself close to tears a time or two. I liked that they moved slowly once they acknowledge they have feelings for each other. Unfortunately they run into a major problem before they can find their happily ever after.
Although Unbreak My Heart is heavy on the angst, there are some lighter moments. I loved Brett’s mom. The way she treats him, as if he is still a little boy, cracked me up, and Brett’s reaction when he finds out she is dating his foreman is over the top.
This is the type of story you read if you are look for something with a little meat to it. It will hold your attention from beginning to end and leave you wondering how everything will play out. Fans of this author are sure to love this book and for those who have not yet read anything by K-lee Klein, I urge you to do so.
For the fans of this author – this is the 2nd edition of Unbreak My Heart. The book was previously published by Amber Allure in 2013.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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