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Unbreak My Heart

(Fostering Love #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  11,989 ratings  ·  1,596 reviews
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 miracul
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Forever
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
Re-read one million: 8/31/2022...ALL the stars in the world. I just love this book. The angst is none other. Definitely a top favorite of all time.

Oringinal Review

5 Awesome 'n' Angsty Stars

If you follow my reviews at all, you might know that one of my top reading "don't's" is the dreaded dead ex.

I know this is a non-issue for some, but every reader has their own no-go list.

And no matter how ridiculous any pet peeve might seem...


...they are all legit because they are your own.

So, as I was say
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
5 Heartbreaking Stars SPOILER FREE

I'd pushed her aside for so long that there was no foundation to build on. Just a mess of shattered pieces that I'd crushed with a sledgehammer every time she'd grown closer than I was comfortable with.

God. GOD. This book. This heartbreaking, incredibly written, gut wrenching book. If it had any more of my favorite elements in it, I'd feel like it was custom written for me. I don't remember the last time I read a book that gripped me the way this one did. T


I didn't like it. But not for the reasons you might think.

Unlike most of the readers who didn’t love this book I didn’t have a problem with the hero. The hero behaves the way he behaves because the heroine lets him.

I didn’t have a problem with the heroine's doormat tendencies either. I was prepared and I knew she was weak from my friends' reviews.

What I had a problem with is:

A) Heroine’s lack of good judgement and invasion of privacy

Why exactly did she go to that hotel?

You do NOT sti
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't know where to start with this review. I have SOOOOO many thoughts. First, this book BLEW ME AWAY. It's a punch to the gut. A tornado of feels so palpable it's a physical experience. It's frustrating, infuriating, yet beautiful in its raw, gritty, and authentic intensity. It will steal your breath and break your heart. Every word is POWERFUL AND GRIPPING.

Unbreak My Heart is a visceral experience. And as I sit here to write my review weeks later, I'm reminded of how much it rocked me as a
May 27, 2016 rated it it was ok

An angry, abusive dickhead and a none-too-bright doormat....read their epic love story in Unbreak My Heart....

These two bogans communicate by swearing at each other and flinging insults in a way that Shazza and Dazza - two of Australia's best-known bogans - would be proud of. Ain't love grand?

No romance. No chemistry. But plenty of mentions of vomit, enough that I almost felt like chucking up.

I really hated this.

ARC courtesy of Forever via NetGalley
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!


“Love can overlook a lot of things.”

I can’t believe this was my first book by this author! Why I waited so long to read one of her books...I don't know. I have been meaning to try this author since forever and I’m so glad I finally did, because I really enjoyed her storytelling and I loved her writing. Like many readers I’m not really an angst whore. I like to read angsty books from time to time but I’m not really looking for them. Also, to fully enjoy an angsty read I real
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
So disappointed with this one. While I liked the first half of the book, the second was a failure. Nothing happened that would make the hero redeem himself and while heroine finally had the guts to stand up for herself, it was too little too late.

The angst was superb and the book made me furious at times, and I like when book does that, hence 3 stars but to be honest, I'm not completely sure if it deserves.

All because of Shane mostly. Now, I like me some asshole, I really do, the worse the bette
Giorgia Reads
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This was not my thing. Others have enjoyed it, so YMMV.

I didn't do a word count, but my guess is that the f-bomb was dropped roughly 14,237 times. For me, that's a word that should be used sparingly else you risk sounding uneducated and trashy. Especially when you're constantly using it in front of kids. Jeez.

Also, yes, the hero was an ass. However, I didn't care all that much. I thought it was kind of freaky that the heroine followed him and his wife to another state just so she could take care
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-audios
4.5 stars!

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Unbreak My Heart is my first book by Nicole Jacquelyn and in a lot of ways, it completely blew me away. Emotional, angsty, and very well written, this book made me feel so many emotions I could hardly think straight while reading. I was sad, happy, angry, worried, stressed and content. At all different times. I love books that bring the feels and this one most certainly did! Shane and Kate’s story had an impact on me and kept me completely riveted.
What do you do when your soulm
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May 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can barely round it up to 3 but as I enjoyed the first part of the book I will. So fucking disappointed. Saw all the rave reviews. I think my expectations were way too high. Did not like either of the characters. Thought Shane was a douchebag nearly all of the time and I usually love a good asshole of a hero. Kate, a doormat, from day one.

Not going to say "maybe it's just me"! Found Shane and Kate quite immature. She was 30, he was probably older. Not sure. Didn't fucking care at the end.

I don
Jennifer Kyle
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Love can overlook a lot of things.”


Nicole Jacquelyn delivered a very angsty and frustrating story with a hero that will try your patience.


The heroine, Kate Evans has been in love with the hero Shane since they were teens (would have like to read a page or two of them and their connection). Shane falls and marries Kate’s best friend and so she puts her feelings aside and supports her friend until tragedy strikes.

”I cared for children that I loved more than myself, gave up the s
elena ❀
Oct 12, 2022 rated it liked it
i don’t know how i’m expected to hate men when men like ✨shane✨ exist and root for women when women like 🤡kate🤡 exist

feminism has completely disintegrated from my body

➳ 3 stars for shane
➳ actual rating: 2 stars
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ten years of unrequited angst, srsly the woman needed to just get herself a whip and a Dom and give that masochism some relief. I canna believe the idiocy. I did not buy the HEA.
Rachel Reads Ravenously
5 stars!!!

“Love can overlook a lot of things.”

If I could sum up this book in one gif, it would be this one:

Good gawd, this book and all of the emotions and feels. It ripped me apart inside and tore out my guts. I picked up this book because a fellow reviewer/blogger said ANGST and I was sold. Honestly I am that much of an angst whore and I have no shame.

Ten years ago Kate and Shane were friends, until Shane met Kate’s friend Rachel, fell in love and married her. Rachel and Kate were best f
★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★

Well, well, well, this is a book that will appeal to all the angst lovers who love to hate their hero, and technically this kind of book should have had me handing out stars all over the place, but something was holding me back and I can't quite put my finger on what it was.

Unbreak My Heart was a gripping read that's for sure, it sure kept me on my toes, and I quite literally devoured this book in a short space of time.

Kate is a heroine who is pretty much flawless, she is kind a
Wendys Wycked Words

My god this book ..... was so freaking awesome !!I'm gonna keep this review vague because it would be very easy for me to spoiler, which in this case, I don't want to do 8395d0eafef930eaeb828283ccf84f9f1111

Katie has been best friends with her foster cousin Shane for two years, and she has been in love with him almost as long. Doesn't seem like he returns her feelings, especially when she brings home her one and only friend Rachel... and Shane starts seducing her.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor what a douche gif

Rachel and Shane start a relationship together, which is hard for Kat
Jun 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cr, 1-star, awful
If I could rename this book it would be something like Unsee My Eyes. I did read it after all, and I wish I hadn't. Alternatively, I could call this book A Textbook: Emotional Abuse 101.

I'm not going to go into the plot. There are enough reviews with plot summaries out there. I won't waste my time with it.

This piece of shit (I refuse to call him hero) is one of the worst male 'protagonists' (*snorts*) I've come across in a long time. As for the woman who is supposed to act as the heroine of the
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
🎧 2nd read, Oct. 2021 — 3.5 stars

im more PAINED, horrified, and disturb by the fact that this re-read wasnt as glorifyingly, deliciously, and satisfyingly painful as the first time i read the book. idk what went wrong.

ps. fyi i ended up binging all the books in the series (on audio), but have decided against adding them to GR. there wont be any trace of me reading the other three books on this site.

🎧 1st read, Jun. 2021 — 4.5 stars

Lingchi (Chinese: 凌遲), translated variously as the slow process,
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This sucked me in. I was hooked, as I am always a sucker for a good cry over unrequited love. BUT....I need redemption! The H decided that he needed to change way too late for me, and he had made way too many mistakes for him to be worth the h's time. He was downright cruel and nasty for most of the book. She crossed that line into doormat status at times, and I just wanted her to wake up and demand better treatment. I understand that her love for the children prevented
3.5 Stars


Well, this book was a bit more difficult to rate than expected. The writing was exceptional but I hated the hero, Shane, for a good portion of the book and felt the heroine, Kate, was pretty much a doormat where the hero was concerned. I’ll admit, in one aspect I do understand why she continued to allow the Shane to treated her so cruelly. She would have put up with pretty much anything to keep his (HER) kids in her life. She did, finally, tell him where to go and he spent a good porti
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kate Evans has loved Shane Anderson since she was a child. Shane didn't reciprocate those feelings, in fact, he full-on shut them down and moved on to pursue Kate's best friend, Rachel. Fast-forward, Shane and Rachel are in their late-twenties married with children. Shane works for the military so he is often deployed. During his deployments, Kate practically moves in with Rachel and the kids, eager to offer the family all the support she can. When Rachel dies suddenly in a tragic car accident, ...more
bookaddict lass (kate)
They both need treatment not marriage 😏😏
Geri Reads
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

4.5 stars!

I went into this book with lots of trepidation especially since I didn't really liked the last two Jacquelyn books I read.

It was all for naught since I loved this book.

Unbreak my Heart has all the elements that would make any angst lover happy.

Unrequited love? Check!
Dead ex? Check!
Hero fighting his feelings? Check!

And those are just some of the major ones. There were so many things that made this book worked for me.

Aside from the emotional hook, Unbreak My Heart, also h
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TITLE: Unbreak My Heart
SERIES: (Unbreak My Heart, #1)
AUTHOR: Nicole Jacquelyn
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 7th, 2016

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A heart felt story about love, loss and second chances.

UNBREAK MY HEART: Is told in dual POV'S (Shane and Kate).

Starting this you know straight away from the synopsis and then the prologue that it's going to be one clusterf#uck of an emotional roller-coaster of a ride.

Kate and Shane were two childhood friends, Shane was a foster child of Kate'
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 ★'s

Shane and Kate were best friends at one time and spent part of their youth together. Then, Shane had to go and marry Kate's best friend, Rachel, whom he has three kids and one on the way with. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes and nothing's the same.

Except for Kate continuing to always being there for the kids and practically raising them. Shane's wasn't aware of how much time Kate was around since he's in the military and goes on deployments quite frequently.

Unbreak My Heart BROKE my hea
Jun 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, 4-stars
god this idiot deserves hell cuz HE IGNOREd THE HEROINE for OVER A DECADE, even dated, got married and started a family with her best friend? garbage.

but this book made me cry 🤧 and the angst, the PAIN, i love it.

and plss give this heroine a prize because I woulfd have killed him.
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5 unforgettable stars

This book WOW!! It was such a roller coaster ride full of emotions and angst. I was totally captivated from beginning to end, I couldn't put it down. I cried sad tears; i cried angry tears and I cried happy tears. This book was an absolute ANGST overload but a phenomenal one that you won't easily forget. Lovers of angst will need to pick this one as soon as it's out it's a must read.

ANGST?! I can se
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After devouring and loving The Aces Series from Nicole Jacquelyn, I was over the moon when I saw the blurb for this new release. I mean, come on... did you read that? How can you not buy this book based on that blurb alone?

I knew nothing much about this book when I started. I expected it to be emotional and a little high on angst. But I never expected the reactions that I had while reading this. I am tearing up as type this, just thinking about this book. Jesus. My heart felt this book. So deepl
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Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, wh ...more

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