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Unbreak My Heart

Narrated by: Alastair Haynesbridge
Series: Fostering Love, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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The newest novel from indie author Nicole Jacquelyn!

©2016 Nicole Jacquely (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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Intense, angsty and addictive

his was some addictive story writing. I was immediately drawn into this cluster....of a mess. A man, his wife, an accident, her family, her best friend. Boy, so much and I loved the back, forth, up, down and more than anything, I loved to hate the jerk named Shane.

This book was strong on time passing and slow growth of situations. It was also the best when it came to children and family importance. I loved the angst and whilst I’m not sure Shane was worthy in the end, it was a great listen.

The narration, dual POV was strong throughout.

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  • Laura McMillin
  • 14-06-16

Fantastic narration!!!

This book will definitely put your emotions through the ringer!
There is a lot of angst in this book and maybe I'm a sucker but I truly loved this story! I know there is some controversy in other reviews and it's because of that that I had to read it myself and I'm so glad I did.
Kate is one hell of a strong woman. Some might say she's a doormat but when you deeply love someone despite their flaws, your emotions get the better of you. Her soul mate ended up marrying her best, so Katie pushed her feelings aside and was there for Rachel every step of the way. It was easy because Shane was in the marines and constantly being deployed, however, tragedy strikes and Kate puts her life aside to be there for the kids and Shane. She's an amazing person and loves those kids like they're her own. A year after Rachel's death, Kate is called upon to check on Shane and when she finds him and alcohol is involved; the lines get blurred - big time!!
Their story is a roller coaster of emotions. Shane is a dickhead a lot and I do not agree with the way he treats Kate. My belief is that he was a scared boy afraid of his emotions and the way he felt for Kate when they were younger which made him resort to go with a safer choice. Now years later, he's an angry man and is stilled scared of his emotions but after being with Kate, his walls slowly come down. After he makes a colossal mistake shattering everything, he finally sees the light and will do everything he can to fix it..... but will it be too late?!!

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  • T.F.
  • 05-08-19

Listened to the Audio.....

Audio - 7/20/19

I revisited one my favorite reads via Audio. It did not disappoint! Alastair Haynesbridge and Charlotte North did a fabulous job bringing these characters to life..... although bad on Audible for neglecting to mention Ms North as the second narrator.

1st read - 7/3/16

5+ Stars!!! - I almost did not read this book because of some of the negative reviews written about the H/MC and I am so glad I gave it a try. It did not disappoint!

This was a heartbreaking, full of angst and gut wrenching story. The author did a fantastic job making you feel the emotions the characters were experiencing instead of just reading about it. Have your tissue box ready!

Shane, oh Shane, - He made it so easy to hate him. I ugly cried with the mean things he said and did to Kate. It was downright cruel at times. That hotel episode really hurt!

Kate – A genuinely nice and caring person. Some described her as a doormat because she let Shane verbally abuse her, repeatedly. But I wouldn’t go that far. She was in love with him and also loved those children as her own. She saw the good in Shane and what he did not see or want to see in himself.

Rachel – She took advantage of Kate’s generosity and good nature. She was not honest with Shane about how involved Kate was in raising the children when he was deployed. I also did not feel that Rachel and Shane shared this great love. She was safe for him because they shared the same screwed up childhood.

Towards the end, Kate had enough of Shane’s verbal abuse and made him suffer a little before their well-deserved HEA.

This book is my favorite kind of love story. Full of angst, heartbreak, sexual tension and an ass*ole H/MC who doesn’t know what he has until he almost looses it.

Give it a try!

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  • Michelle1017
  • 26-06-16

Sooo good!

This story was so good and original. Storyline was so different than the usual, but it was a perfect love story with a strong woman! Loved it!

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  • Lori E.
  • 10-10-19

Heartbreakingly good love story

Narration by Charlotte North and Alastair Haynesbridge was really good.

Kate has been in love with Shane since she was a girl. Kate is loving, giving and understanding. Shane meets and eventually marries Kate’s best friend, and Kate basically puts her love life on hold. When her best friend dies, Kate puts the rest of her life on hold to take care of the children.

Shane grew up in the foster system. His friendship with Kate ended when she got too close and he hooked up with Kate’s best friend. He is in the military and is off gone on long deployments. After his wife’s death he is forced to interact with Kate, something he avoided during his entire marriage.

The relationship grows between Shane and Kate. The motivations behind each person’s actions becomes more clear as events in their pasts are revealed. The story is a love story with a HEA. However, I loved how the story showed how healing and redeeming love can be as well as the power of forgiveness. Highly recommended!

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  • Nixswope
  • 22-07-19

A heightened experience of one of my favorites

I love love love this book and the audio just heightened the experience for me.

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  • Kelly B.
  • 17-10-18

Amazing book!!

First, this book gave me all the feels. I cried throughout several parts of the book, which attribute to fantastic writing. Second, I love alpha males and this one is no exception, however he will piss you off the majority of the book. So go into this book expecting mixed emotions about him, he not the most lovable. Third, I really liked the storyline, the author did a fantastic job walking a fine line. Emotions are not black and white and she really showed that. Finally, the narration of this book by these two narrators BLEW my mind. Completely elevated the book to another level. Highly, highly recommend!!! Worth a credit!!

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  • GSKM in sc
  • 30-06-18

Loved it. Already listened to it twice.

I really liked this one. It took a tricky plot and made it not sleazy. It was so good, kids funny, siblings interesting and the couple hot. I enjoyed this book and it’s audible. Version. When I wasn’t listening, I read. Now I will go back and read the whole thing. I already listened to it twice. Audible is excellent. Really adds to the story. This one will be a favorite re-read/re-listen.

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  • Tammy
  • 05-05-18

Roller Coaster of EMOTIONS

OMG, how do I even begin?!?!?? Well, first I loved that the story was told in both Kates and Shane's point of view so we could get into both of their heads and also figure out or try to explain why Shane was a dick throughout most of this book.😫 He cut down Kate DEEP💔 a couple times that I had a hard time even contemplating forgiving him and I think if it hadn't been for the kids Kate would have walked away a long time ago.
I felt bad for her because it seemed her best friend Rachel used and manipulated her for her own needs and Kate put up with it because she was the type of person that when you have her love and friendship she'll go above and beyond even if it's at her own expense. Kate was just a genuine person 🤗 who always put everyone first before herself.
I was happy she gave it to Shane and didn't put up with his attitude and gave right back to him, she was no doormat!!
This was a real roller coaster ride of tremendous ups and downs that's what made this book so very good and a 5 star rating for me. I just wish we had more time at the end for hea moments between Kate and Shane! 😍
5 rating for me. The dual narrations were fantastic and they did a GREAT job!!

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  • Smitten with Reading
  • 04-11-16

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My Review:
Overall: 4.25
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This is one of those books that's mesmerizing. It was absolutely amazing and intriguing. At the same time I was completely in love with Kate, I completely hated and abhorred Shane and how awful he was to her. Throughout almost the entire story, I wanted to hurt him...bad...just because he kept hurting Kate over and over again. It's a highly emotional, angst-filled story...but because of that, not everyone is going to be able to enjoy it.

Ugh.

Shane is an alpha-hole in every single sense of the word. And even after finishing the book, I'm not so sure I like him at all. BUT for me, the author made that work. I wanted to lash out about how unfairly he treated Kate, but there were reasons...not good ones mind you, but reasons that he fully believed. He lied to himself so many times about so many things to do with Kate.

They met when they were teenagers in a weird foster parent situation that I never really fully understood. But from the moment they met, there was something between them...something he refused to acknowledge, because if nothing else, Shane is completely stubborn...to a fault. And that is his biggest fault. He refuses...absolutely refuses...to accept that he can feel something for Kate. He won't allow it, and so he lashes out at her over and over again...even when he desperately wants her.

The problem...not only does she love him, but she's the primary caregiver for his kids. Since he's gone on deployments so much of the time, she's more of a parent to them than he is. Even when she finally reaches the point of telling him to go screw himself, she can't leave...there are 4 kids that she'd have to abandon to do that...and she just can't. Those are her kids even if she didn't give birth to them.

But despite all that, this book was so good. My one real complaint besides the total unlikeable qualities of Shane is that I wish Kate had gotten more of a victory in the end. This is a romance novel so you know that things will end up with an HEA. I just wish she'd gotten more concessions at that point from Shane. I don't want to post any spoilers about all that. I just wish there had been more. The entire book was extremely emotional, but at that point, it didn't feel as emotionally deep as the rest of the book had been. I wish the author had dug deeper into Shane to achieve that. Kate deserved it...and then this book might have been at the top of my favorite reads of the year.

But as it is, it was still an amazingly good and engrossing read. Emotionally, it captured me and never let me go.

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  • Elle
  • 10-08-16

OMG!!!!!<br />

In my opinion the narrator (s) make a story or kill it. This 2 nailed it. The story was everything a love story should be. Best book I've heard in a long time. It was good from the very beginning to the end.