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Heartbreak Incorporated

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  30 reviews
From acclaimed comics writer Alex de Campi, a sexy (prose) novel about an agency that specialises in breaking up relationships, with a side hustle in the occult.

Evie Cross had big dreams of becoming an investigative journalist but at 25 and struggling to make it in New York City, she’s finally starting to admit that her dream is her side hustle and her day job is actually…
Paperback, 300 pages
Expected publication: June 22nd 2021 by Solaris
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Jessica Reads It
I honestly did not know what to expect going into this as Alex De Campi is a new author to me but I was pleasantly surprised. Heartbreak Incorporated offers so much more than the initial blurb and I enjoyed the spin of the paranormal within this book. It was such an interesting detour from the run-of-the-mill witches and werewolves and an exciting opportunity for readers to explore what else is out there.

Heartbreak Incorporated carefully toes the lines between good and evil and begs the questio
Cleo Harper
This was a fun read! The supernatural aspect of the story was more prevalent that I thought it was going to be, but I really enjoyed it overall. I was expecting a regular story about an office that broke up relationships, and while I definitely got that, I also got a whole lot more. I liked the range of twists the plot took, and was invested in all the characters.

*ARC provided by Netgalley for review*
Jun 03, 2021 marked it as dnf-not-for-me
DNF @ 43%. I had intended to finish this; its prose is highly readable and there's enough action that it clips right along. There are also some worldbuilding elements that intrigued me. But after I opened the book for the third consecutive time and immediately felt bewildered by the character interactions, I decided reading much further wasn’t going to serve anyone. I was not the target audience for this book, which didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be. It’s described variously as mystery, r ...more
Fiction Majorette
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Full thoughts:

I really liked the balance of genres in this book. It is primarily a fantasy mystery with the romance secondary. It was pretty light on the fantasy/paranormal elements which was a plus for me since I'm not a very big fantasy reader. I really liked how the book starts by being grounded in a reality where Misha is just a little weird and there's something off about him but then more and more details get revealed about the supernatural elements
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Katie's Book Report - Contains Spoilers - For my own failing memory...

A contemporary, paranormal romance that delivers with strong characterization, a well-paced plot, and a steamy romance. Evie is a broke would-be journalist struggling to get by in NYC with a series of temporary day-jobs, hoping that her career will take off. She joins an agency that breaks up relationships (intriguing premise!) and whose owner and operator is the mysterious Misha Meserov, who she is convinced is more than he s
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had never read this author's work before, simply because comics aren't my jam. But after reading this book (and wanting more from this world & characters - so I'm going to be disappointed if this doesn't turn into a series) I'm adding her (Alex's pronouns on Twitter) to my stan list!

Something else I need to admit (which is hard because it shows some of my own prejudices and mistakes) is that before checking Twitter, I thought Alex was a guy and I was in AWE, because of the way the heroine is
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Evie Cross is just another lost New York transplant struggling to pay rent when she stumbles her way into a temping job working for a mysterious lawyer slash private investigator called Misha. A journalism graduate at heart, Evie becomes convinced Misha is responsible for a string of seemingly unrelated deaths, the victims of which were all Misha’s clients at some point.

Desperate to get back in the writing game, she begins investigating her boss only to realise she’s fallen in love with him and
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
*Content Warning and Spoilers up ahead for Heartbreak Incorporated by Alex de Campi* Adult themes are going to be discussed, so feel free to skip over those sections if you need to! For a TLDR, skip all the way to the last paragraph!

Going into this novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that it about this office that broke up relationships, but I never expected for there to be a fantasy element to the story. I briefly had read over the synopsis- I had clicked on the book because of the cove
May 09, 2021 marked it as lost-interest
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a free ARC in exchange for a review.

Sigh. This one wasn't it.

Being in Evie's head, for a lot of the book, was majorly depressing. I'm also someone pursuing a dying career, and watching her sink into sadness and start to lose her original dream made me like really, really sad.

My other main isuse was that Evie hates other women. Like the amount of thoughts she has about other women being stupid, anorexic, simpering was just so frustrating. There was a
Apr 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, arc
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★★☆☆.5 star

“You have no idea what I feel. How much I feel. You know what it's like to be me?”
Everything's falling apart and she has no idea how to stop it.
"This is what I feel." And the darkness flows out.

✍️ One Sentence Synopsis: Investigative journalist Evie Cross begins working at Heartbreak Incorporated with the intention of exposing it's practices, but instead falls head-first into a corner of
Apr 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Heartbreak Incorporated by Alex de Campi is an adult romance and action mash-up. At least, it is until halfway through the book, when a fantasy subplot emerges. Evie Cross has been temping at various jobs when she decides to join an investigation agency. Her interview with Misha Meserov goes okay, but she's in no position to make demands. She steals sushi from the work fridge because she doesn't have enough mo
May 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, netgalley
Like the majority that find themselves living in New York City after college, Evie Cross is struggling to make ends meet. With the dying art of journalism, she knows that chasing after her dream will do little for her bank account. Through temp agencies and the random catering shifts provided by her roommate, she is able to scrape by. But even the temp agency jobs are getting harder to land. With her funds depleted and the fear of having to move back home to Chicago, she goes on one last intervi ...more
Anna McCallum
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was initially drawn to this book but the concept of the private investigation agency +young girl temp + guy with shady past as I quite enjoy those combinations. A supernatural-thriller-romance with a few twists you don't see coming, and some you do, with relatable characters and some comedy thrown in for good measure,

The characters are all very well written and with much more depth than you initially think, a lot of the secondary characters are well fleshed out but not to the point they distra
Kiraz Baysal
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Heartbreak Incorporated is a supernatural romance with mystery and occult elements. In the book, Evie starts a new job working for Misha, a mysterious and sexy man whose job it is to break up couples by seducing one of the parties. Soon Evie realizes there might be more to Misha and what he does, while also falling for him.

This was such a great read! It was sexy, fun and hard to put down. This is a book that I would recommend to any paranormal romance reader.

First of all I really liked Misha.
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is one of those fun reads that gives you just enough breadcrumbs to keep make you eager for the next hint along the path of the storyline, the whole way thinking "Oh, I got this all figured out" - WRONG!! There's some twists that you may not see coming.

Though I may not have loved Evie's character in the beginning, with her seemingly willingness to throwaway a chance at a possible dream opportunity for a couple hundred dollars, she does grow and learn what really matters. Now Mischa is
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
First off, if you don't like reading explicit sex scenes, this book isn't for you. If you don't mind, it might be!

On the surface, this book seemed like a standard office romance. Evangeline Cross (amazing name, btw), aka Evie is struggling to pay her bills in New York while pursuing her passion for journalism. She finds a temp job working with a Family Law firm, but the job is far from ordinary, and not simply because her boss is totally hot.

I'd read Twisted Romance, Vol. 1, so I had an inkling
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was such an interesting, enjoyable book. Even though I am huge sci fi/fantasy nerd I usually struggle to engage with this genre in its written form so I wasn’t sure if this book was really for me. The blurb pulled me in though and I’m glad it did. The main character Evie was great, a good mix of curiosity, smarts and relatability. There was a frisson between her and Misha right from the start which you wanted to see develop and grow. Misha was wonderfully intriguing, complicated and torture ...more
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I found this book engaging, and read it almost entirely in one sitting.

MC, Evie, is a young midwestern NYC transplant struggling to make ends meet when she takes an interview through contacts she'd made through a traditional temping agency, and ends up sucked into a world far from traditional as can be.

The book does a great job with character development, there are a few good surprises I absolutely did not see coming.

The only downside for me was the pacing. The beginning started slow, but the ju
May 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Stars: 3.5 ⭐

It's the first time I've read the author and it was good, I liked the details in the beginning of the chapters and the way she mixed these two genres.

The world that Heartbreak Incorporated created and with that mystery was very good, from the beginning it gives you details of what it can hide.

Misha is how I like it hahaha sarcastic, dark past and with many secrets, something that you do not expect, on the other hand, Evie was not my favorite character, sometimes I liked her and other
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Now, this book was fun! A little humour, some mystery and certainly drama.

I love the "private-eye" genre and was drawn to this book by the idea of a business of breaking up relationships, purposely!

I thought the story was well written and the characters had enough description that I could visualize them easily. Misha, in particular, was larger than life.

Even the secondary characters were well shaped. I'm hoping that we'll see subsequent books with those characters, especially Pavel, but still ha
amy boese
May 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-read, romance, horror
I love Alex De Campi, but I think this was not written for me. Although it is well-written with an excellent premise, I just did not love the follow through of the story. I want a sexy underworld where monsters are real but I'm over the plot device where the extremely average main character immediately becomes the true love of the sexy boss.

I read to the end, but ultimately this is less of a book for fans of Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Queen, and more of a book for devoted Laurel K. Hamilton fans
Nicola Stevenson
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, arc
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May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was such a good story and really unexpected. You think you know where it's going but there are some unexpected twists. I absolutely loved Misha and how he alternated between sex god and scared little boy. Evie made some really dumb choices but she was loyal and worked hard to fix what she broke. I would definitely read more from this author. ...more
Jun 16, 2021 rated it liked it
A little bit mystery, a little bit paranormal fantasy, a little bit romance, Heartbreak Incorporated was great in theory, but I found it difficult to connect to the story. I found finishing a struggle, but I'm not sure why! It may have just not been for me.

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Review to come
Crystal Rees
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining read. Kept me interested and a quick fast paced energy. Looking forward to the next one.

Thank you NetGalley for this arc
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
"I break up marriages for money ... but I ruin abusers for free." [loc. 852]

Evie Cross, who dreams of becoming a prize-winning investigative journalist, gets a temp job at a small consultancy which specialises in ending relationships. Her boss Misha is immensely charismatic and alluring, and Evie knows she has to quash her crush on him -- and that she mustn't let Misha's charms blind her to the secrets he's hiding.

This was very enjoyable, suspenseful and romantic and steamy. I came to it unaware

Kandace Denys (bookish_kayy)
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. It took me a little bit to get into the flow of things, but once I was there, I was sucked right into this story.
Evie’s head is a strange place to be, not exactly a happy home, but nothing overtly miserable. More open to the world than she realizes, she’s first passed over and then hired for the job after a strange encounter with her new boss.
The paranormal aspect was a good one for me. It was my favorite kind of paranormal, and actually made lots of things snap into
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything romance,heart break,betrayal forgiveness and paranormal mystery. i loved this book it's characters the story was unique . I hope that this is a series. Best book of 2021! ...more
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Alex de Campi is a New York-based writer with an extensive backlist of critically-acclaimed graphic novels including Eisner-nominated heist noir Bad Girls (Simon & Schuster) and Twisted Romance (Image Comics). Her most recent book was her debut prose novel The Scottish Boy (Unbound). She lives with her daughter, their cat, and a Deafblind pit bull named Tango.

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