Where My Heart BreaksContemporary, New Adult, Romance
If there were a course in screwing up your life, Kate Spivey would get an A+.
Trust is in short supply for Kate at the start of the summer before her senior year of college. Her parents sentenced her to spend it under the watchful eye of her aunt at the famous Willoughby Inn. It was further proof that she was a prisoner in, and not the decision maker of, her life. Nothing she does is good enough to prove that she learned from the mistakes of her past.
Almost immediately, Kate finds that her new summer home holds another person who understands the unfairness of her situation better than most. Reed Black has had his own share of tragedy and regrets, but instead of trying to fight his reputation, he embraced it.
Sparks fly between Kate and Reed, but his mixed signals remind Kate that she needs to watch her step. He is one temptation she can't afford to indulge in, no matter how strong her attraction to him. If she isn't careful, she'll lose more than her heart.
I really can’t say enough good things about this book.
What I liked: First and foremost, this book was unpredictable. Most of the time, with NA Romance we know the hero and heroine are going to be together. But in Where My Heart Breaks, nothing about their relationship is a sure thing. There are lots of reasons for them not to be together. It would be entirely relatable and believable if Katie ran in the other direction–not because he wasn’t a good guy, but because she was truly trying to make a fresh start. Specifically one that didn’t involve her being wrapped up in a boy.
One of the main parts of the plot revolves around a famous novel that was written about the Inn where Katie is staying for the summer, and in several scenes it is almost as is Katie is reliving the novel. But the novel featured inside the book has a tragic ending, and this kept me very on edge, worrying that Katie’s own fate might be tragic.
Come on now, you didn’t think I’d spoil that for you, did you?
I will tell you that I was completely and utterly satisfied by the end of the book, and I’m so glad I read this.
What I didn’t like:
The beginning seemed a little rocky. I was almost positive that were about to drive right into predictable tropes. Her car breaks down. A hot guy stops to help her. They are going to have instant chemistry, right?
Nope. He was sort of an ass, and while she was attracted to him, there was no almost kiss or any other cliche. I both liked and disliked that, because I was happy for some originality, but I was also hoping for that kiss.
My Recommendation: Where My Heart Breaks is fantastic and should go right to the top of your TBR.