Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Unbreak My Heart
Author: K-Lee Klein
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Unbreak My Heart #1
Heroes: Brett Taylor/JT Campbell
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 10 Hours, 27 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 28, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Brett Taylor has been doing just fine living in his little world of grief and pain for the past three years—thank you very much. Losing someone special is life changing, and Brett doesn’t understand why everyone and their damn dog thinks they can get all up in his business about moving on. He’s accepted his job going from musician to rancher without relying on anyone else’s opinion, and he doesn’t need some city kid coming into his life to break the habits he’s been practicing—grief, isolation, and a whole lot of Jack Daniels.
JT Campbell was on a quest to escape his old life, and to figure out who he is and where he belonged as he moved from one meaningless job to the next. He wasn’t looking to save anyone, let alone a secretive, hotter-than-hell rancher who wore his heart on his sleeve. He likes working for Brett, but it’s been made perfectly clear that any relationship other than professional will never see the light of day.
But when JT’s lust turns to love, and he gives in to his desire to find out what makes Brett tick, will his patience and support result in Brett lowering the walls he’s built-up enough so JT can unbreak his heart?
Review: What a complete heartbreaker. There was so much emotion locked into this story and Nick J. Russo was stellar getting all the feels out to the listeners. Brett Taylor is not living, he is a grief stricken cowboy who is saddled with guilt over the loss of his partner, and has no plans to be any other way. Until momma brings a stray home for the Brett to help out.
JT Campbell left a difficult home life and set out to see what the world had to offer. Having Brett’s momma pick him up on the side of the road and landing on Brett’s ranch was a Godsend and curse all rolled into one. The attraction he feels for Brett is almost instantaneous, but the pain in the man’s eye is near devastating. A decent man doesn’t hit on another when they are grief stricken to the point of hitting the bottle on the regular. Brett is not really an alcoholic, but uses the liquid courage to write heartbreaking letters to his deceased lover.
I was almost concerned that they would never be on the same page because Brett didn’t want to get better. He didn’t think he deserved to get better. He didn’t kill his lover, but he wasn’t there when he needed him most. His guilt was undeserved but you can’t tell that to the bereaved. Ray, Brett’s friend and the only other ranch hand, was a hoot. He was the perfect secondary character is this super romantic, but terribly tragic romance.
Nick J. Russo does an outstanding job bringing all of the characters to life. His performance, capped with the emotionally charged scenes, just tore my heart apart, but, he has such a smooth voice, and with Brett being such a romantic at heart, I was also smiling like a loon, at times too.
Honestly, this was really a beautiful story and I know many who thrive on the books heavy in the romance department. Admittedly, I went for it based on the heartbreaker theme, but the romance was just enough to temper the sadness. The result being a near 5 star story and performance and one that I highly recommend.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*