Thursday, September 3, 2015

Release Blitz... Stephanie Smith's How My Heart Breaks

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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~~~Barb’s Review~~~
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First off let me thank Stephanie and Give Me Books for passing a copy of this book to me to read in exchange for an honest review. Secondly, I'm just kinda... I don't know. I am a HUGE fan of Steph’s and have been crawling the walls waiting on this book. This series is one of my favorites and I swear I can never get enough! So many emotions in one book. My God, I loved it. Literally every chapter had me pacing (figuratively) and wanting to see what was going to happen next. I knew there was more to Lana than what we saw in "Whatever You Do". The backstory is always what pulls at your heart strings. And man let me tell you, Steph can pull your heart strings. Ha. Its one of the reasons I love her books so much. Each one is like a bomb of emotions waiting to happen. Waiting to seep inside you as you read.

Here we go..

Lana, Tate's older sister has had a rough life. They both have. First losing their parents, then their grandparents.. and now.. things are all new again. She's newly divorced from a man that is the scum of the earth and she is scared. Honestly, she has every right to be. So the night her house catches fire and she is rescued by her prince charming and spends the night being worshiped in ways she never knew was possible. Months pass after her one night stand. The one night that made her feel alive. As the summer comes to an end Lana thinks her life is on track... until she looks up at someone calling her voice and sees him. Her savior standing in the door of her kindergarten class with his daughter Hallie she is overwhelmed.

Absence and desire makes the heart grow fonder I think. But.. for Lana and Jake all it did was build up a need and want for each other. It had been three months since she had seem him. The night he saved her had been so long ago now. She tried to not let it affect her but come on.. a big strapping military man is on his knees, your head in his lap when your eyes open.. how can you not think about that and what those thoughts could turn into. Lana tries to fight it. The connection she feels… well it finally wears her down.

As the time passes both Jake and Lana grow closer, getting into a comfortable routine of work and home life together. But the worry that has always consumed Lana is still there. What happens if she gets close to him and something takes him away from her. She is determined she is jinxed. But it would be double worse now. Not only would she lose Jake, she would lose Hallie. And the fact that she is in love, I mean head over heels for Jake scares her to death. Secrets of the past start to make their way to light and when she gets a call saying her brother has been hurt it snaps something in her. Everything in her life tumbles upside down and she is just lost. And now thanks to her over reaction she is alone. Having pushed Jake not so nicely out of her life.

But you know how they say fate has a way of bringing two lost souls back together with the ones they are meant to be with? Well that is the role Tate, Harper and Georgia (Lana’s friend) take on. You can’t fight destiny. You have to embrace it, roll with the punches and in the end give in, let your heart belong to the one its meant to be with and all live happily ever after.. or as close to happy as you can get.

Again, I effing LOVED this book. I gushed to Steph already but dang, can’t say enough good things about it. There were many times I wanted to go in the book and smack some sense into Lana. Can’t lie but the girl has issues, and for a good reason. I can’t leave out Jake, he needed a swift kick in the arse a time or two as well. Ha. I think the only safe one in the book was Hallie and she was too stinkin’ cute for words. I plan to read this series over and over again.. I do love it that much.

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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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