Thursday, March 24, 2016

NEW RELEASE and ARC REVIEW - HEARTBREAKER (Unbreakable #1) by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion:

TITLE: Heartbreaker
SERIES: Unbreakable
AUTHOR: Kat Bastion/Stone Bastion
AGE GROUP: New Adult/Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 22, 2016
PUBLISHER: Self-Pubbed
PAGES: Approx. 380

RATING: 4.5 Stars!

Kiki Michaelson wants one wild night to forget her starving-artist worries. Simple.

Only instead of Darren Cole becoming her one-night stand, he taunts her with a challenge. Then while she’s trying to best him at his own game, he turns out to be the last thing she’s prepared for: someone she wants to keep.

Which means all he can ever be…is a friend.

Darren Cole never allows a girl to get close—not close enough to matter.

Then storms in Kiki Michaelson, a beautiful, fearless temptation that rocks his world off-balance. But he fights their attraction, unwilling to gamble something physical with their close ties. Until the passionate sculptor exposes her heart and breaks his wide open.

In that moment it becomes clear: she could never be just a friend.

Sometimes what you run from…is exactly what you need.

***HEARTBREAKER is a standalone, full-length new adult romance told in dual POV. Due to mature themes and adult language, this book is for those 18 and older.***

REVIEWERS NOTE: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 “Sex On A Stick” Stars!
Sexy, Romantic and Fun! I LOVED This Read! 

The Review: 
I loved this book! When I was asked by the authors to read it for review, I was hooked by the synopsis and quickly agreed. I wasn’t disappointed. I love romances that take their time with the story and the characters and aren’t rushed into a quick romance. This book was perfectly executed and gave me the butterflies I love most!

The Story/Characters... 
Like a lot of girls scorned by love, Kiki Michaelson has put men in a sex-them-and-leave-them column. They are there to have fun with, not to fall in love with, which is exactly where she wants Darren Cole. However, Darren isn’t game for the whole one-night-stand scene when it comes to Kiki. But he’s dealing with his own issues and can’t see a future with her or any girl at this point in his life. Which poses a huge problem for both of them since they can’t seem to stay away from each other.

Watching these two interact was so much fun. There was a deliciously sweet, romantic, slow build between them that kept my interest the whole way through and tugged at an array of emotions. One moment they are intense and dramatic and the next moment they are sweet and funny. In the beginning, they are both trying so hard to keep the walls around their lives and hearts fortified but once they realize how they feel, they let loose and start to experience the joy of it all. They know how to have fun, how to be honest and speak openly to one another and not get sucked into the drama. That’s what I loved most about this read. They might have been reluctant to love, but they weren’t reluctant to experience life or deal with it maturely.

Quote Spotlight...
Go ahead, Kiki. Run.
When I really catch you...I’m never letting go.

Along with the incredibly well written story, the authors did an amazing job with the dialogue. The bantering between Darren and Kiki was exceptional and kept me entertained. There was plenty of emotion to bask in with some beautiful get-to-know-you moments as well as some sexy-steamy moments.

I loved the cast of characters the authors provide as backdrop and I can’t wait to see where all their stories lead.

The only thing I can complain about is something that’s entirely a pet peeve of my own, and that’s sentence structure. There were several instances where the authors had Darren (and sometimes Kiki) internally monologuing without the subject or noun starting the sentence, which lead to a clipped version of speech. I think it’s okay if it’s in actual dialogue when the author is trying to represent the way a person talks, but I prefer whole sentences to be used in writing while narrating. It took a while to get used to it and once I did, the story flowed well and I was able to stay on track, but I was stumbling in the beginning.

The Wrap Up: 
Overall, this was a fantastic read. I loved the slow build. I loved the story. I loved the sexy hot characters and I loved the ending. This was my first read by these authors but it won't be my last. I am officially a fan!

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