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Unbreak My Heart

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 K-lee Klein (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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  • Anastacia Hess
    Albuquerque, NM, United States
    06/07/17
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    "Yay!"
    If you could sum up Unbreak My Heart in three words, what would they be?

    beautiful, sad, funny


    What does Nick J. Russo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nick brought out the passion that the writing calls for. I remember reading this book when it first came out. It's one of my favorites. I get nervous when one of my favs goes to audio. A terrible narrator can make a great book unbearable. I'm glad Nick did it. I knew then it will be good.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    Euless, TX, United States
    04/07/17
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    "Unsuspectingly awesome!"

    So Good! I can't even find the words for this book. It felt so rich, a bit heartbreaking but a while Lotta healing, a whole Lotta love, humor and It really came full circle. I love the falling in love process between J. T and Brett.

    This was a story of a great love lost, but a greater one found in the process of grieving (albeit after 3 years, everyone grieves at their own pace) Throw in a meddling mama with a father figure /best friend /brother and you've got the recipe for this story.

    The author took us on a journey and it slowly unwrapped throughout the book at the perfect time when u needed the answers to your questions. My favorite scenes were the barn with the two MCs and at Thanksgiving. You have to get the book to understand. Plus, the song at The end was so fitting for all they went through. It is a really well written book and perfectly narrated by Nick J. Russo, you could always tell who was speaking at any given time. Loved it. Job well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Riva
    Chicago, IL, United States
    31/07/17
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    "Great story and performance"

    This was a really sweet cowboy romance. I like that this is the first book in their romance, so it is just the beginning of the story. In a nutshell, Brett lost his long term partner and blames himself. His loved ones are trying to get him to live again. Enter JT, a drifter with a Master's degree and issues of his own. Their romance is a slow burn that is fractured when JT does something stupid. But they kind of get past it, secrets are revealed and we get a HFN ending. I don't know if I would have liked it as much as an ebook, as Nick Russo's performance is fantastic. He really brings this story to life and kept me engaged. I look forward to the next book in audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MRS M D ATTENBOROUGH
    Nottingham UK
    25/07/17
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    "so freaking awesome, and such awesome narration!"
    Any additional comments?

    Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO file of this book.

    I usually write a blurby bit but for this one I'm gonna jump straight in, with an apology up front if I gush too much.

    So, I went on holiday, and there I am, poolside, listening to this book. Oh, I CANNOT separate the book from the narration, I simply can't!. So, I'm poolside. I'm thinking this is good, I like this. Then I really don't like this, its making me cry! Its making me cheer, and making cry again, and its making sit straight upright, and shout, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! And its making me cry again. And people came up to me, asking if I was okay, cos let me tell ya, I was bawling my bloody eyes at this book!!

    Brett's heart break at losing Walt 3 years ago jumps off the page from the very beginning. His battle with himself comes over with every letter and song he wrote after Walt's death. It comes over with every emotion as Nick J. Russo narrates them, and reads the letters and songs. Brett's fight with himself to give in to love again, to let someone else in, after so much heart ache comes at you, in random places along the way, that just breaks your own heart for him!

    JT, the kid, has attraction for Brett from the beginning, and I loved that he lets Brett take the time he needs, that JT is so patient with Brett and his yoyo-ing back and forth. Loved how JT himself was so heart broken when Brett found out what JT had done.

    As I said, I simply CANNOT split the narration from the story itself. I have no doubt, none at all, had I READ this book, it would still have been a 5 star read, but so much of the emotions can't be portrayed when reading. THAT can only come from a highly skilled narrator, and Russo is such a master at his craft. I have listened to his work before, and loved all of them, but this one has to be my all time favourite.

    Its the way Russo reads Klein's work, because, without HER words, Russo wouldn't be able to give over such emotion and heart break, and such joy again, once Brett finally, FINALLY lets JT in.

    There is, at the very end of the book, a song Brett writes for JT. I don't usually use bits from books in my reviews, but I felt the need to do it here. These words touched me, possibly more so than the rest of the book, no idea why, but they did, and they NEEDED to be included.

    SO I give you...

    A Song For The Kid, by K-Lee Klein

    One hundred miles from Dallas
    On a ranch southwest of town
    An old heart battered and broken
    Was somehow saved and found

    They had nothing much in common
    A burnt-out musician and a college boy
    One from California
    And the other Southern as a belle is coy

    But an interfering mama
    And an old cowboy with a quiet way
    Saw fit to toss them together
    And the rest is history as they say

    Well, the musician he was stubborn,
    Determined his heart would never beat again
    But the kid was kind and patient
    Didn’t give up on what could have been

    I was lucky to find true love once
    When I was barely that California boy’s age
    Self-condemned to toss my heart and soul
    Beside my lover in his dark, lonely grave

    But now I understand the meaning
    Behind it’s better to have loved and lost
    Because there’s room in my heart for my beloved departed
    And for the new feelings that kid has caused

    So it’s with a hopeful heart and willing spirit
    I’m begging for a lot more time
    Because there’s nothing as important in my life
    Than needing that kid to be mine.

    And though I don’t believe in marital bliss
    Or in ceremonies trumped up for show
    If you’ll take my hand I can promise you
    I’ll never let you go

    I don’t have a whole lot to offer
    Someone with so much potential drive
    Just a bare-open, battered heart
    And an old guitar with a long-ago country vibe
    But I can vow to love you
    With every inch of my soul
    With this bandaged heart
    And just one important goal

    Please be my partner in life
    My friend at my side
    The one I turn to during the day
    The one I hold at night

    I wanna make you feel as loved
    As the warmth I have inside
    I wanna hold you so close to me
    Our hearts beating side by side

    I promise to love and honor
    And try to see things your way
    I promise, Darlin’, to love you
    Forever and a day

    So please be my partner in life
    My friend at my side
    The one I turn to during the day
    The one I hold at night
    ’Cause without you I’m cold
    I’m shut down and alone
    I can’t seem to function
    And my heart turns to stone

    So please be my partner in life
    My friend at my side
    The one I turn to during the day
    The one I hold at night
    I’ll hold back the sun
    Or steal the moon from the sky
    I’ll sail you round the world
    And together we’ll fly

    So will you be my partner?
    Will you be the love at my side?
    Will you be the one I turn to all day?
    Will you be the one I hold at night?
    I love you, kid, with all my heart
    From morning to night, from dusk to dawn
    All I need is a chance
    For our hearts to become one
    Let me show you how much love
    You make me feel every day
    I’m completely in love with you, Darlin’
    So please—what do ya say?

    And FIVE full stars for the book AND the narration. I cannot express who much i freaking loved this book!!!

    ** same worded review will appear elsewhere**

    and now I'm blubbering again, just reading the song words!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belen
    United States
    23/07/17
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    "3.5 Stars"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    San Diego, CA, United States
    19/07/17
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    "A fun romance"
    Would you try another book from K-lee Klein and/or Nick J. Russo?

    I would, Russo is a great narrator and Klein's story is solid with the right ratio of smut to story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think the conflict at the end was a bit too predictable, and I think I would have changed some of that.


    Do you think Unbreak My Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story as it was. While I would be willing to see how these characters grow and develop, but as it stands, I don't know if I need it to continue.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • VHB
    CA
    02/07/17
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    "Yes!"

    Another great Audio, this was a good audio to listen to, good story too.
    Love the narration

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • E. hughes
    11/08/17
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    "Not bad"
    Would you listen to Unbreak My Heart again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. I really liked the story or the idea that it had and I did enjoy the characters within the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Bret most likely because he was older. I really wish there were some more books for the older over 50 guys.


    Have you listened to any of Nick J. Russo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story concept and how Bret struggled with his conflicts. I did think that the main characters did not have enough development in their relationship. What was their backgrounds, what were they all doing on the ranch and for those who came to the ranch why? There could have been a bit more of a buildup to a romance.
    Overall it was a good story but it missed the mark in a few places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SassiKassi
    Olympia, WA, United States
    06/08/17
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    "Good story"

    I didn't have quite the emotional reaction to this story that other reviewers had, but I did like it. Brett and JT were both very likable characters. Definitely had a HEA ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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