Note: This ARC was provided by InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
It looks like this is turning out to be a year for me to discover a lot of new but already established authors. Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion were already familiar to me via the recommendations section on Goodreads, which led to me adding their No Weddings series on my to-be-read list. The Unbreakable series is a spin-off of the aforementioned series--something I realized while reading book one, Heartbreaker. Now, this is my first Kat and Stone Bastion read so I wasn't familiar with the story line or characters from No Weddings, but a quick peek at the synopses from those books told me what I already suspected while reading Heartbreaker--and with my curiosity piqued, the original series has moved up my ridiculously long TBR list--although the Unbreakable series starter works as a standalone.
Twenty-seven-year-old metal works artist Kiki Michaelson has already been spurned by a man once, hurting her enough that she's become wary of having anything more than a one-night stand with someone. That doesn't mean, however, that she hasn't noticed the DJ that works at the club she and her siblings co-own. Twenty-two-year-old drummer and college student Darren Cole is a guy she wouldn't mind spending some quality time with in bed. But as attracted and curious Darren is when it comes to his boss and friend's sister, he's got too much on his plate, needing to keep his younger sister Logan as his top priority. So, instead, Darren and Kiki become friends, but with the underlying lust that turns into much more than either one of them expected, they'll have to decide if they're can take a chance on going from "me" to "we".
Kiki and Darren's story runs the gamut from two near strangers who both choose to not pursue anything other than a friendship and then on to them eventually falling in love before making some heartbreaking decisions. Because I got to experience the evolution of their relationship, I ended becoming even more invested than usual, wanting this particular couple to overcome their individual issues in hopes of them realizing that they can work together as a unit. Not only does their relationship transform, but so do they as separate entities, and that's what I look for in main characters--growth and progress, and even a bout of regression. While their romance has an air of familiarity to it thanks to a well-loved trope, Kat and Stone Bastion have made Heartbreaker uniquely Kiki and Darren's. Five stars for this fantastic first in a series. ♥
Release Date: 22 March 2016
Date Read: 21 March 2016
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