I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn
Series: Fostering Love #1
Published by Forever on June 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance
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What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?
If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.
After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.
Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too - for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it . . . liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.
Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves - with or without Shane. . .
Kate Evans and Rachel Anderson are best friends. Rachel is married to Shane, Kate’s former friend and crush. They have three children and one on the way. With Shane in the military and being deployed multiple times, Kate is Rachel’s support system and the children adore her. When Rachel is killed in a car accident, Kate steps up and becomes their surrogate mother. Unfortunately, that also puts her back with Shane and the feelings she’s had since high school.
This is a difficult book to rate because I despised Shane, needed Kate to get a spine and couldn’t abide their romance. But, I loved Kate’s relationship with those children and found this a compelling story with some very strong family themes. I had a hard time putting the book down and finished it pretty quickly.
It’s a well written story and evokes every possible emotion I could think of experiencing. Shane is not a likable character and when he lashes out at Kate, his words eviscerate her (and me, vicariously). After awhile, his apologies are just not enough for either of us and for me he was beyond redemption. I’d advise reading this as contemporary fiction as I think theirs is a realistic tale. I just believed Kate deserved better and am haunted by their story.
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