Monday, August 11, 2014

Unbroken by Theresa Weir (NA Boxed Set)


by Theresa Weir

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Published by: Belfry Press
Genres: NA, Romance
Rating: Overall, 4 Stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Molly has a secret. To keep it she holds the world at a distance. Behind her lies a trail of dumped boyfriends who came too close to discovering what no one can know. When her estranged father dies of an unexpected heart attack he leaves an even deeper secret, one tied to Molly's.

After the funeral, Molly is unable to tolerate the shoulder-to-shoulder mourners and runs out the door and down the street to the nearest bar. Come dawn, with no memory of the past ten hours, she finds herself in bed with a beautiful stranger. She slips away before he wakes up, unaware of the role he's about to play in her life. Is he the one guy who can convince Molly to face her painful secret and become the person she's meant to be?

This was the first novella in the boxed set and I really enjoyed it, which made me read the next book. Molly is a shut-off person, using her walls and hard heart as self-preservation. She learned to do that as a child as a coping mechanism for the childhood she had to live through. While the author eludes to something from her past, it was pretty obvious to me, but no less upsetting.

She meets Ian the day of her father's funeral after blacking out from drinking so much. When she tries to throw herself at him, he backs off, knowing it isn't right and that something is definitely wrong with Molly. The next day, she sneaks out of his hotel room.

Imagine her surprise when she sees him at her father's lawyer's office the next day. I won't give away why they were both there at the same time. Just know that their subsequent relationship followed an interesting path which finally lead to redemption for both of them.

This HEA story is deep, dark, sexy, funny, and emotional.
Penniless and behind on rent, college student and once famous child actress Ellie Barlow takes on the role of a lifetime when she's hired by a group of young women to break the heart of the campus player who cruelly dumped them.

Transformed from slob slacker to jaw-dropping beauty, Ellie is dressed, styled, bleached and waxed, her chunky glasses exchanged for violet contacts. Along with physical prepping, she's coached on Julian's obsessions, which include long-distance running, Doctor Who, and J.D. Salinger.

In no time, Julian is in pursuit of his custom-made next victim, but when Ellie goes off script and begins to fall for her target, the newest broken heart in this risky game could be her own.

It's pretty clear from the beginning how this one is going to end, but I really enjoyed getting from Point A to Point B. I liked learning about Ellie's path from stardom to nothing. And Julian has a secret too. A big one. Ellie discovers that he's been using sex as a way to forget that secret - that he's not really an evil guy at all. He's just in a lot of pain.

Together, they support one another through their hard times, until Julian discovers who Ellie really is and that she was paid to go out with him, to break his heart. Will they end up together?

I did skip out on reading the next 3 books in the boxed set as two of them were from the point of view of a cat, which didn't appeal to me and the third was about a vampire and virtual reality, which also didn't appeal to me. If you like fantasy, or cats, you'll probably like them, as Theresa Weir is an excellent writer.

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