Thursday, September 3, 2015

Release Blitz- Review and Giveaway: How My Heart Breaks by Stephanie Smith

Title: How My Heart Breaks
Series: Try Again #3
Author: Stephanie Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: September 3, 2015


Is love really enough to put the past where it belongs?

Lana Washington chooses to hide. She hides from life. Hides from her abusive ex-husband. From the fact that everyone she loves eventually she loses, but when Lana’s house catches fire she is forced out of the predictable comfort her life has become.

Jake Weston had led a simple life, ever since he was called home from war for a family emergency four years ago, leaving only him and Hallie. Then one phone call throws his neatly-pieced world upside down.

Jake wasn’t supposed to be there. This wasn’t his problem. But as soon as those piercing green eyes focused in on him, he knew he was done for.

Can Jake hold onto his secret, all the while still holding onto Lana?

Will Lana be able to let go of the past and the hurt that binds her to her lonely existence?

Or will one small white lie ruin it all?

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My Review

How My Heart Breaks is the first book that I've read by this author.  While it is part of the Try Again series, it can be read as a standalone, though you may get additional enjoyment of the story if you read the other books in the series first.

The story starts off on a dramatic note, and right from the very beginning I found Jake to be a fantastic male lead.  Not just because he's a hot, sexy and strong character, but also because he's a fantastic father to his little girl Hallie (and I'm not one who is normally moved by the parent thing in a romance story).  He is loving, caring and well as loyal--even when he really would rather not be (sorry, you'll have to read the story to find out why on that one, can't spoil that for you!).

Lana has a broken past from losing almost all of her family except her brother, in addition to a horrible ex-husband, leaving her wary of loving others.  After her house fire, she and Jake are thrown together for a short time, sparking a connection that they both feel-though acting on it other than that night of the fire is a bit more than they are ready for.  Or is it?

Lana and Jake fit together like two peas in a pod, and once you add Jake's daughter into the equation, they seem like they could be the perfect family.  But just when everything seems so comfortable, we get a double injection of drama that throws everything into disarray.  

A great story that kept me engaged, How My Heart Breaks was a 4-star read for me, and I'd recommend it to contemporary romance fans...especially those who love a fantastic single father as the male lead (go ahead, swoon now).

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Author Bio

Stephanie is a Happily Ever After addict.

Loving mushy romance, books, movies and music since she was young, and constantly daydreaming up stories and plots, Stephanie decided to put them on paper.

Living in South Australia with her own alpha male and two princesses she spends her days reading, writing and playing with the girls out on their property.


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