Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn is here! This book completely wrecked me in the best way – I highly, highly recommend this for those who love emotional books!
Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn
Series: Fostering Love #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: June 7th 2016
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. . .
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HOLY FREAKING GOD!!!!!
Oh my god. OMGGG. This book. This freaking book!!! I honestly can’t believe I love Unbreak My Heart as much as I do… but holy god, this book wrecked me. It’s been so long since a book made me ugly cry – I rarely ever cry for books, much less ugly cry – but Nicole Jacquelyn just broke my heart with this story. I knew going into Unbreak My Heart that it would be an angst-fest – I’m a big fan of angst myself, but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to handle the kind of story the blurb suggested, but when my blogger friends loved it and told me to give it a try, I did – and it was totally. worth. it. I loved this book so, SO much. I’ve already reread it a few times, and I’m blown away every time. Unbreak My Heart is already one of my favorite books of the year – this heart-wrenching, gripping, unputdownable book is a must read!
Loving your best friend’s husband… it’s just not supposed to happen, right? But Kate Evans has been in love with Rachel’s husband Shane for years, even before they ever met and married. Kate and Shane were childhood friends… until he threw her away for Rachel. And heads up, that’s not even the most hurtful thing he’ll do to her in the book. Over the past ten years, Kate has been there every step of the way for Rachel, never feeling bitter or angry towards to woman married to the man she loved – Kate has the heart and soul of a saint. She takes care of Rachel’s children when Shane is away on duty, treats and loves them like her own, which is why when tragedy strikes and a pregnant Rachel is killed in a car accident, it’s Kate who’s there to take care of the children and newborn child.
One year later and Kate has practically given up her life for Rachel and Shane’s children, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Sage, Keller, Gavin, and Gunner are her new life and love now… and Shane is just as separate from her life as he ever was, despite being home more for the children. But one night of drunkenness and temptation changes everything – and not necessarily for the better. To say Shane is cold, brutal, and even cruel is an understatement – he is the ultimate asshole towards Kate, but Kate takes it for the children. She’s not about to let anything Shane says or does keep her away from them, and for that I admired her. But I HATED Shane. Absolutely loathed him. This widowed Shane is so selfish, immature, and cruel – I honestly didn’t believe that I would ever end up liking him. Time and again, he treats Kate badly, only to regret it yet act cold and distant. My heart ached for Kate and what she goes through… my gut churned and tears would well up in my eyes for all the hurt in this book.
I’d pushed her aside for so long that there was no foundation to build on. Just a mess of shattered pieces that I’d crushed with a sledgehammer every time she’d grown closer than I was comfortable with.
But then – I don’t even know how Nicole Jacquelyn did it – the moment Shane realized he fucked up the best thing to ever happen to him… I started sobbing buckets and LOVING the book. The culmination of all the emotions got to me, and I was sucked even more into the book that I thought was possible. Did I love Shane? No… but I didn’t hate him anymore either. The way he’s desperate and begging for another chance, a thousand chances, to make it right with the woman who’s always been meant for him – holy god, did I cry for him, for them. The character development in Kate and especially Shane blew me away, and I couldn’t believe that I was sympathizing with such a hurtful man, but I was. I was rooting for their HEA like crazy, aching for them to have the happiness they both deserved.
It had always been Kate. My hands shook as the truth seeped into my pores. It had been her since I was just a stupid kid.
I don’t even have the words to describe the tumultuous emotions the author wrung out of me while reading this. It was an experience, to say the least, and one everyone has to try. If you’re scared to read this book like I was, trust me, it will so be worth it in the end. I ended up smiling through my tears, my heart wrecked from Shane and Kate’s story. It takes a while to get there, but you’ll believe in these two characters and their romance by the end of the novel. If you love angst – READ THIS BOOK. Just have a little patience with it (and Shane). ❤
Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.
Now here’s an excerpt from Unbreak My Heart! ❤
I don’t remember the drive to the hospital or even where I parked that afternoon. I can’t recall what the nurse looked like as she searched for Rachel’s name in their computer system or the walk toward the room where I waited for someone to speak to me.
The first thing I remember clearly is the white-haired doctor’s kind face as he sat down across from me, and the young chaplain’s small smile as he chose the chair to my left. Their words became a litany that I would hear in my dreams for years.
My Rachel was gone, but her son was alive and in the NICU.
“Is there anyone you’d like for us to call? Any family or friends that you’d like to be here?”
The question jolted me out of the fog that seemed to be getting thicker and thicker around me. Dear God.
“I’ll make the calls,” I answered, looking blankly at the wall. “Can I have some privacy please?”
“Of course. I’ll be right outside if you need me,” the chaplain answered, reaching out to pat my hand. “I’ll take you up to the NICU when you’re ready.”
The room was silent after they left, and I fought the urge to scream at the top of my lungs just to hear it echo around me. I understood then why people hired mourners to wail at funerals. Sometimes the lack of sound is more painful than the anguished noise of a heart breaking.
My hands shook as I pulled my phone out of my front pocket and rested it on the table in front of me.
It only took a moment before the sound of ringing filled the room, and I rested my head in my hands as I stared at the name across the screen.
“Hello? Kate? What’s wrong?”
“Shane—” I said quietly, my voice hitching.
“What? Why are you calling me?” His voice was confused, but I could hear a small thread of panic in the urgency of his words.
“I need you to come to Tri-City Hospital,” I answered, tears rolling down my face and landing on the glass screen of my phone, distorting the letters and numbers.
“Who?” His voice was frantic, and I could hear him moving around, his breathing heavy.
“Rachel was in an accident.” I sobbed, covering my face to try and muffle the noise.
“No,” he argued desperately, as I heard two car doors shut almost simultaneously. “Is she okay?”
I shook my head, trying to catch my breath.
“Kate! Is she okay?” He screamed at me, his anguished voice filling the room as I’d wanted mine to just minutes before.
“No,” I answered through gritted teeth, feeling snot running down my upper lip as I heard him make a noise deep in his throat. “She’s gone.”
He didn’t say a word, and less than a second later, the connection was broken.
I rubbed at my forehead, trying to convince myself that it was all just a nightmare. Where was I supposed to be? What was I supposed to do now? My best friend in the entire world was there in that hospital, but not really. I couldn’t bear to see her. I couldn’t help her. Where the fuck was I supposed to go?”
I made my way to the NICU as quickly as I could, and within minutes, I was holding my new nephew in my arms. The nurses told me that he’d passed all of his tests with flying colors, and I was in awe as I sat down in a rocking chair, cradling him to my chest.
“You sure got a shitty beginning, little man,” I murmured against his fuzzy scalp, rocking back and forth gently. “I’m so sorry, buddy. You’re probably missing your mama and that warm bubble you’ve been in for so long. I can’t help you there.”
I sniffled, closing my eyes as tears rolled down my cheeks. My whole body ached, and even though I had that little boy in my arms, the whole day seemed like some sort of surreal dream, foggy in some parts and crystal clear in others. I wanted to hop up and take his sleeping, little form to Rachel, to tease her about the weird Mohawk thing he was sporting and make joking comments about how men always seem to sleep through the hard parts of life. I wanted to see her smile proudly at the sturdy boy she’d produced and grumble that I was hogging him.
I wanted everything to be different.
I hummed softly with my eyes closed for a long time, holding the baby close to me. It was quiet where we sat, nothing breaking up the stillness of the room until I heard someone open the door.
“There he is,” the nurse murmured from the doorway.
My eyes popped open to see Shane’s ravaged face just feet from me. He looked like he was barely holding on. I swallowed hard as his red rimmed eyes took in his son carefully before rising to meet mine.
“Is he okay?” he asked thickly, searching my face. I’d never seen him so frightened.
“He’s perfect,” I answered, my voice throbbing with emotion. “The nurses said he’s a rock star.”
He nodded twice, reaching up to cover his mouth with his hand, but before he could say another word, he was stumbling and falling to his knees with an almost inaudible sob.
Reading Order: Fostering Love series
#1 ~ Unbreak My Heart: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Change of Heart: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
When Nicole Jacquelyn was eight and people asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told them she wanted to be a mom. When she was 12, her answer changed to author. Her dreams stayed constant. First, she became a mom, and then during her senior year of college—with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool—she sat down and wrote a story.
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