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Breakaway Hearts by Crista McHugh
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really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-pure-romance, author-review-request, series, reading-romance-challenge

Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

Author Crista McHugh comes through again!! Breakaway Hearts is book two in her Seven Brides for Seven.. I mean Kelly Series..(see my review on book one, The Sweetest Seduction HERE) and it is just wonderful. A Poignant loving book about growing up and accepting lifes tragedies and finding the strength to go on. To forgive and love again.

As a girl Hailey Eriksson dreamed big dreams. She was going to make it on the Olympic Hockey team! She had her life all planned out.. until a one night stand changed all that. Suddenly she was an unwed mother and all of her choices seemed to be about how to be a great mom. Her dreams were still there but even they were almost destroyed when her young son succumbed to cancer. But a death bed promise has kept her going. She was going to do it.. Make the Canadian team in time for the Soichi Olympics. She knew she had a long way to go and a very slight chance but a promise is a promise. But when her son's father shows up.. Hailey is lost. How do you forgive the unforgivable?
After suffering what might become a career ending injury Hockey star Ben Kelly is wallowing in a bit of depression. Deciding to get away he ends up in a small town where they have this absolutely amazing hockey player, one of the best he's ever seen male or female. To find out she was the girl who got away stuns him. To discover she loathes the ground he walks on confuses him. She walked out after one night of amazing sex and neither of them even had more than first names. Except it seems there is way more to Hailey than Ben ever knew.. and when he finds out he was a father and never had a chance to know his son..

This book was just bittersweet. I had tears in my eyes a lot. There was so much to forgive and yet so much that didn't need to be forgiven. These two characters were children when they met.. Ben never knew he had a son and when he rose to fame, Hailey tried to contact him through the team but the PR guy (who I would have had fired BTW) sent her letters telling her that not only was it NOT Ben's son but Ben said he never even knew her. Destroying Hailey, completely.

To lose a child has to be the hardest challenge a person can ever go through.. To come out stronger, braver and better says what that person is made of and Hailey.. well she is a powerful character. Ben has had a pretty good life, if a bit selfish, but his character begins to come through beautifully as well. True compassion and true love power this book.

A book that shows that even in your darkest hour your dreams can come true.

I loved it.


This review is based on the ARC of BreakAway Hearts, provided by the author for an honest review
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 19, 2014 – Shelved
January 19, 2014 – Shelved as: contemporary-pure-romance
January 19, 2014 – Shelved as: author-review-request
January 19, 2014 – Shelved as: series
January 19, 2014 – Shelved as: reading-romance-challenge
January 19, 2014 – Finished Reading

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