Heartbreaker by Kat Bastion, Stone Bastion
Series: Unbreakable #1
Published by Self-published on March 22nd 2016
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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.***
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
More hearts were healed than broken in this story!
Kiki is cruising along smoothly, enjoying her evening out with friends when a man she recognises and secretly refers to as sex on a stick catches her eye. She imagines he would be the kind of guy who would fit in with her no relationship rule and pins her hopes on him being more than a lift home tonight. There is no way he considers risking any such thing with her and he musters all his self-control to ignore the temptation of their chemistry and leaves Kiki feeling like she’s off her game.
It doesn’t take long before they both use the excuse of their lives being complicated as to the reason they are avoiding a relationship. They settle on friendship and while this scenario is not what Kiki was after, friendship was what they both needed most. Witnessing their obvious denial of attraction provided a nice dose of angst, generated by well-founded reasons for not throwing caution to the wind. What struck me as strange though was the first impressions of Darren illustrated through Kiki’s eyes were quickly overturned, revealing a very different guy (in a good way) to the person I first thought he was. I fell into the trap of assuming a little too much about a few of the characters in the story and was pleasantly surprised to realise my error in each instance.
Kiki is an Artist and also enjoys challenging herself athletically. Both pleasures allow her an avenue to escape her haunting past. While relationships are off her agenda she is neither a wallflower nor no stranger to a fun night. Darren is into his music but he leads a selfless life because he feels bound to do so. With Kiki and Darren both wary of relationships, it appears the universe couldn’t have found two more unlikely people to bring together.
There are some wonderful moving moments shared as they draw each other into their worlds. The realisation their relationship is moving beyond a friendship is something they both try and resist. When they do become more than friends it’s neither quick nor dragged out. It was a slow burn leading up to the point of acceptance and it made for a book that was easy to read in several sittings. There were times, however, when the pace of the story accelerated to the point I had to backtrack to make sure I hadn’t missed something.
The lovin’, once it happens, is intense, drawn out and at times overwhelming. There were no wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am scenes. The romance was soulful, very loving and detailed. A little too detailed at times, not in a gross way …just a tad over explained. A lot of double entendres, initially cute but after a while they became more corny than cute.
This would be a great vacation read. It’s a book I found easy to pick up and return to. A little wordy in sections but other times it felt like the pace was so quick I had missed the link between time or place. What struck me when I finished Heartbreaker is that I could easily see this being an excellent movie. It has the right mix of emotion, good strong likable characters, each with their own story to tell. Although the cover led me to believe the story would be steep in drama, I discovered it to be about an honourable man rather than a messed up one. Their story evoked a strong sense of family tied in with close-knit friendships. The broken hearts the story is based on stemmed from past situations and the story focused on how they rose above their past, to forge a meaningful well lived life.
What I struggled with:
• A few predictable moments
• Slow building romance with a quick turnaround of interaction when it occurs
• Wanted more time in the art classes, I was left curious as to how it panned out…
What I loved:
• Logan’s friendship with Kiki
• Discovering how to trust in others again
Lily’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
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