Review: Cort - Unbreakable by Felice Stevens (Man Up #4)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

Cort – Unbreakable is the fourth book in Felice Stevens’s ongoing Man Up series about the men who make up the male strip club by the same name. Cortland (whose last name I can’t recall, or maybe it wasn’t mentioned) and Harlan’s story began in the previous novels, but now readers are able to finally get the back story as to how the path of a stripper and cam boy intersected with that of a homeless man. However, if you’re familiar with the author’s writing, particularly One Call Away, which is the second in her Soulmates series, then Harlan DeWitt shouldn’t be a spark some form of recognition. I won’t go too much into why since the events in that previous book play a huge role into the state Harlan finds himself when he meets Cort and I don’t want to spoil it for those who have yet to read the book. That being said, Cort-Unbreakable can certainly be read without have read One Call Away, but I suggest that you check out the book out anyway.

Cort and Harlan meet in a bookstore in New York City, but while Cort made his way the city that never sleeps by way of High Creek, Texas, Harlan’s was more of a fall from grace from Manhattan. The cowboy immediately notices the down-on-his-luck man during a reading at Dewey’s, the bookstore where Cort is good friends with the owner and where he helps out at, and he’s struck by how Harlan’s appearance is in clear contradiction to his manner of speaking and bearing. When Cort offers his hand in friendship, he goes all in, going as far as offering Harlan a place to stay and a job recommendation with his boss over at Man Up. Even when those closest to him caution him to not be overly trusting, there’s just something about Harlan that calls to Cort. These two men may have had different upbringings, but each has a painful past that they had no choice but to leave behind. What future could they possibly have together?

I’ve been intrigued by what sort of story the author had waiting for her readers from the moment she introduced the idea of the kind-hearted stripper starting a friendship with some homeless guy in the earlier books. To be honest, I didn’t even remember who Harlan was until Oren Leavitt was mentioned. That’s when it finally clicked for me and I suddenly recalled who Harlan was and what he had done to Oren in One Call Away. See why I suggested that book be read prior or after reading this one? Anyway, there were moments in this story where I felt Cort was a wee bit naïve about the whole opening of his home to someone who was, for all intents and purposes, a stranger. Maybe I’m just cynical and trust doesn’t come easily to me, but yeah, I had to suspend my disbelief for a good portion of the book. That being said, however, I loved the theme of redemption and absolution plus the main characters. 4.5 stars for Cort – Unbreakable. ♥


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Read my reviews for the Man Up series:


 Austin (book one) - four stars - My Review
Rhoades - Undeniable (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Frankie - Unforgettable (book three) - five stars - My Review
Cort - Unbreakable (book four) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 10 August 2018

Date Read: 05 August 2018

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