(Book One in the Heartbreaker Series)
By J. Dorothy
Available on Amazon
This is Bailey’s story…
I know I’m a heart breaker.
I broke Cam and me.
And I also broke myself somewhere along the way.
But I finally made it back.
It’s been two years.
Two years I wish I could erase,
and purge from my existence.
I wish I could kick myself back into the past,
kick that stupid, idiotic girl,
and tell her to stop running away.
To live the life she wants,
not the life her Mum wanted her to have.
You were such a coward Bailey Ryan.
Now the only thing I know for sure is, I’m home.
I’m never going away again.
And maybe Cam will forgive me.
And maybe I’ll exorcise my demons and forget.
Maybe … but I’m not really sure.
But now I’m here, I know one thing …
I’m sure as hell going to try.
My Review: Bailey’s back in town, ready to face the biggest mistake of her life. Two years ago, she left Cam brokenhearted, and though she knows she can’t expect to be able to take up where they left off, she hopes she can find some peace in her hometown. The past, present, and future collide, and Bailey is forced to face the memories and secrets she’s tried to forget.
I wish someone would have slapped a warning label on this book, or several warning labels. “Do not read while cooking,” or “Do not read at bedtime because you won’t be able to put it down, and you’ll oversleep the next morning.” Yes, Heartbreaker is that good. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop. This contemporary romance is told through Bailey’s first person point of view. The snappy dialogue and quick humor complements the poignant, heartbreaking moments that will bring tears to your eyes. I alternated between laughing and crying as Bailey told her story. Yes, this is a romance novel, but it’s so much more. Romance isn’t the only thing on Bailey’s mind, and there are massive complications and roadblocks she must overcome before she can reconcile with Cam. Though we encounter a series of misunderstandings typical in romance novels, Bailey’s main conflict is within herself. As she struggles to become whole again, and to heal from tragedy and pain, she seeks out more than romance–she relies on close friends, family, and her own resilience. She doesn’t wait for her romantic interest to make everything better–she looks inward and finds her own strength and courage. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, chick lit, or women’s literature. The romance is pretty “clean,” so I would also feel safe in recommending this to older teens (16 and up) as well as to adults of any age. It’s an excellent read!