Review: Love Broken (J.D. Hollyfield)

Love Broken
Author: J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: February 24, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

My name is Katie Beller, but the world, as of late, knows me as Bailey Swan, the love guru behind my bestselling book.

Want the shortened version? Here it is:

Love was stupid.
A fake. A farce
Love was broken.

Women everywhere were eating up my advice and fighting back against fake love. My book started a relationship revolution. And I stood by my story.

Until I met Charlie Bates.

When I throw all my own rules and advice out the window after a week-long rendezvous, I start to wonder just how real my words were. Maybe love might be just a little more complicated than I thought.

Maybe I’m the one who’s love broken.


J.D. Hollyfield is an author I found in 2018 that I tried to read more of 2019. I like her writing and the humor she includes in her romances. I chose to specifically read Love Broken because I was fascinated by the plot of an author who wrote about falling in love but doesn’t believe in it. It’s a plot for a devoted romance reader for sure.

What I didn’t expect was for that whole author falling in love to take the twist it did. Now, this is probably a MINOR SPOILER, but this book has been out for almost 2 years, so not really… What made this book even more appealing once I started it was that Katie, the author, goes on a book signing tour and meets a gorgeous cover model to fall for. THIS WAS CLEVER AND FANTASTIC! Having  been to a couple of book signings myself, it was so much fun to read not only Katie and Bates’s interactions, but her interactions with her readers.

Katie and Bates’s romance was a cool thing to experience. She was so anti love and he was such a force at trying to get her to fall for him. It was funny and sweet…until it wasn’t. Hollyfield went deep into Katie’s head. Katie has some major insecurities and negative thoughts that took over when things weren’t sunshine and rainbows. She drove me a little nuts at time — more than I wanted her to. It made for great character growth, though, and put this story where it needed to be.

Obviously, I enjoyed Love Broken. I think readers who love romance, authors, book events, and cover models will really appreciate this book.

Always Been You

Always Been You (Unforgettable You #3) by Beverly Kendall

Publication Date: October 15, 2015

Publisher: Season Publishing LLC

Synopsis:

Troy and April have been best friends since they were in kindergarten. They have always done everything together. They even chose to go to the same college. People always assume they’re “friends with benefits,” but their relationship has always been strictly platonic.

Until it isn’t.

When Troy chalks up their amazing night together to a drunken mistake, April is devastated. She’s had a secret crush on Troy since she was sixteen. So April puts all her efforts into getting over Troy.

Just when April thinks she ready to move on, Troy suddenly wants more. It should be April’s dream come true. But as soon as Troy reveals his feelings, his world comes crashing down and takes April’s with it.

Now, April’s stuck making a decision she really doesn’t want to have to make. Can she stomach posing nude for Playboy in order to help out her family? And if she does, will it ruin her relationship with Troy?


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


I stumbled onto Beverley Kendall’s NA novella The Trap  (Trapped #0.5) back when it came out in 2014. I was instantly addicted to the story and characters Beverley Kendall created. Once I was done reading it, I couldn’t wait for the next book to come out. From there, I went on to finish that series and pick up the related Unforgettable You series. I have loved each book in this series and have been (im)patiently waiting for the release of Always Been You. It was definitely worth the wait!

Always Been You is one of my favorite kinds of romances: best friends to lovers. There’s just something so sweet about two best friends falling for each other. I mean, what relationship could be more perfect?

I loved the main characters in this story. April was the model that could have had anyone, but was so insecure when it came to Troy. She would rather ignore her own feelings than lose him as a friend. Troy was in total denial about his feelings. Yeah, his best friend was hot. No, he didn’t like any of her boyfriends, but they just weren’t good enough for her. He wasn’t into her at all. Right…

Not only did I love the characters but their story! April and Troy were so much fun and hot together! Even when they weren’t “together”, the chemistry they had impacted every scene. I couldn’t put the book down. I was sad when it was over — once again I’m stuck waiting for the next book in the series. (I’m hoping the wait won’t be so long this time!)

If you’re looking for a fun friends to lovers NA read, I would highly suggest this one. There are some characters from previous books in this series, but I think it could be read as a standalone. I would also recommend other books in this series and the Trapped series. The Trap is FREE on Amazon and Only for You is $0.99! So, it’s the perfect time to try out both series!

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