A "heartbreaking, heartwarming" (Heidi McLaughlin, New York Times bestselling author) love story that asks the question: 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. . .
Grief unites a young widower and his late wife's best friend in Jacquelyn's (Craving Molly) contemporary romance, which is marred by immature characters, distracting coarse dialogue, and a tedious plot. Kate Evans and Shane Anderson met when they were teens; Kate has always loved Shane, even after Shane married her best friend, Rachel, and broke Kate's heart. After Rachel dies, "Auntie" Kate is a stable, loving helpmate for Shane's four young children. After one night's drunken sexual encounter between Shane and Kate, he rejects her again and initiates tiresome bickering between them. Shane lashes out and acts threatened that Kate is trying to replace his late wife, all while he is fighting his true feelings for her; eventually Kate reaches her breaking point with him. The couple begins to mend their complicated relationship when Shane is made aware of his problems and Kate is able to trust him again. Jacquelyn provides plenty of eroticism, but gratuitous swearing and a sophomoric plot detract from what could be positive messages about foster care, fortitude, and emotional maturity.
Great Story, poor language choice
This was a great story with cute characters. I loved how the children were central characters through the entire story and were never left as secondary fillers to the plot line. That part echoed a real blended family relationship. The only thing that threw me was how much opportunity the author had for creatively expressing ideas and thoughts with language other than standard vulgarity that was massively disregarded.
Unbreak My Heart
Emotional plot and well crafted characters. However, I don't understand the excessive use of the f-bomb and other crude expletives. I feel they cheapened the story as well as the characters in it.
Emotional roller coaster alert! I laughed. I cried. I sobbed. I rooted for them, while I hated and loved Shane. SUCH A GOOD READ!!! But have your tissues handy.