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Unbreak Me

Unbreak Me, August 2019
by Michelle Hazen

Berkley
304 pages
ISBN: 1984803298
EAN: 9781984803290
Kindle: B07KNS7883
Trade Size / e-Book
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"A contrast of characters on a Montana ranch"

Fresh Fiction Review

Unbreak Me
Michelle Hazen

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted November 7, 2019

Romance Contemporary | Multicultural Romance

Andra Lawler is a horse trainer on her dad’s Montana ranch. She has her own beautiful, champion palomino mare, and competes in rodeos sometimes. UNBREAK ME refers to the fact that, while at college, she was abducted and harmed by a male student and ever since, she’s liable to have flashbacks and panic attacks. Life is isolated and challenging for her, she feels emotionally broken, and her dad hires mainly women wranglers.

LJ Delisle is taken on because he has years of experience training young horses. He’s also trying to overcome a past life situation, in his case the flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina when he was a young teen. LJ knows he doesn’t fit in with the folks in Montana, where small towns don’t see strangers, let alone handsome tall black saxophone-playing cowboys. But from the moment he sets eyes on Andra teaching a colt to pirouette, he falls in love.

This multicultural romance does exactly that – demonstrates and blends the cultures; cowboys who are simultaneously easygoing and suspicious of outsiders, Creoles who cook wonderfully and hold together in the face of adversity. LJ is named for a President. His mom still works, coping alone in a half-recovered area of New Orleans, and knows everyone in the community and fighting off ill health. We develop enormous respect for everyone concerned with this romance. This includes Andra’s father and brother, who know she went through hell and just want to protect her from men who might take advantage. Cookery is a large and enjoyable part of UNBREAK ME and the good, wholesome, spiced foods sound just right after a hard day’s work with horses.

This contemporary romance raises many issues about identity and independence, and we come to understand the value of accepting support when it is needed. Michelle Hazen brings characters and communities beautifully to life, sensuous and many-stranded. While some of her novels feature vampires or rock and roll, UNBREAK ME finds plenty of challenges in a more straightforward story. Lovers of modern romance and women’s fiction will be delighted.

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SUMMARY

What could two troubled souls from different walks of life have in common? Maybe everything.

Andra Lawler lives isolated at her family's horse ranch, imprisoned by the memories of an assault in college. When she needs help training her foals, she hires a Haitian-Creole cowboy from New Orleans with a laugh as big as the Montana sky.

LJ Delisle can't stand the idea that Andra might be lonely—or eating frozen TV dinners. He bakes his way into her kitchen with a lemon velvet cake, and offers her cooking lessons that set them on the road to romance. But even their love can't escape the shadow of what they've been through. Despite their growing friendship and his gentle rapport with the horses, LJ is still an outsider facing small-town suspicions.

Before they can work through their issues, LJ is called home by a family emergency. In the centuries-old, raggedly rebuilt streets of New Orleans, he must confront memories of Hurricane Katrina and familiar discrimination. And Andra must decide if she's brave enough to leave the shelter of the ranch for an uncertain future with LJ.


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