Welcome to another lovely Tuesday, readers! Today I'm excited to review A Heart So Broken by Christine Houston.
When Jenna Tucker loses
her father, the world held so neatly together crumbles without warning
beneath her feet. Finding it impossible to regain her balance, she
stumbles into a full throttle downward spiral. The result is exile to
tiny West Junction under the care of compassionate Aunt Lilly.
vivid dream awakens her to the hope of healing and an electric
attraction to football hero Cooper Turnage invites her to believe that
happiness is more than a possibility. Yet her resentment for the sole
survivor of the explosion that claimed her father’s life continues to
When she discovers a devastating secret, her still
tender heart will suffer another blow. Jenna must decide between the
comfort of bitterness and letting it go to embrace a new life without
guarantees. With so much at stake can she heal a heart so broken?
What I liked -
This is a contemporary romance which happens to be my favorite genre, so the all the lovely romantic tingly things were a plus in my book. Cooper and Jenna had a really cute playful relationship that wasn't too touchy-feely or too rushed (which is always my biggest complaints with romances). Beautiful writing and really strong voice.
What I didn't like -
There came one point in the book when Jenna was telling herself that Cooper just wanted to be friends when it was really obvious he thought a lot more about her. He was like, dying to spend time with her. Not to mention dancing bear hug style. After a really long good hug she'd go away thinking he didn't like her. If he was more hesitant it would've made for a higher stakes believe-ability, but it wasn't so bad that I wanted to put the book down. Honestly, that's just a nitpicky thing that I noticed.
I thought I had this book all figured out from the onset, but I was really surprised when Cooper's secret was revealed. I had an idea of what might happen, but I didn't see it coming like that. It was awesome! What an amazing plot. I really like the characters and the banter, everything was great. I give this four stars!
Congrats on your debut Christine! I can't wait to read more :)