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?
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~ 5 Stars ~
With each book that Stephanie Smith releases her writing just keeps getting better and better. I love each new book more than the ones before it.
How My Heart Breaks is the third book in Stephanie Smith’s stand-alone Try Again Series. Each of these books can be read as a stand-alone, except I think you get a better feeling of the past characters by reading these books in order. Especially this one, since the past two couples play kind of a larger part in this story.
What I love more and more as these books are released is that we are getting more and more of the Male POV in these stories. This book we actually get an equal amount of Jake and Lana’s POV’s. I just think the story is better told by both characters, so you are never guessing what the other is thinking. This book is a sweet and sexy story between two people who have closed themselves off to love because of past tragedies. This book isn’t wrapped up in a lot of drama or angst. We just got a to watch Jake and Lana learn to love again. With that said, yes there is some drama and lies are told in this story to keep you interested, but it doesn’t over power the book. I was actually surprised that once the lie comes out in the open how quickly it was glossed over and the drama came more from Lana’s fears.
In this story we meet Lana (Tate (from book 2) Sister) and Jake. Lana is someone who has closed off her heart to loving people, because she thinks she is jinxed. She seems to lose everyone who she has ever loved and is tired of hurting like that. She feels she is better off alone, that is until she meets Jake. Jake is a single father of 5 year old Hallie. I absolutely love when authors throw children into the mix in books. They are always so endearing. Jake is an Army guy and you couldn’t help falling in love with him. He was sweet, sexy and loyal to a fault. His loyalty is what gets him in hot water, but also leads him to Lana. I loved watching these break each others walls down. Learning to love and trust again. Jake wouldn’t give up, no matter how hard Lana pushed him away!!! Jake is one of those Heroes that will live on in my head because he was just that great.
Another aspect of the book I loved was that we got to see a lot of Brooke and Saxon and Tate and Harper. It was wonderful to see how these couples are doing now after their stories have ended. We also got meet some new characters. Georgia is one of them and I can’t wait to see where Stephanie takes her in the next book!!
I would recommend this book and series. Each book is about learning to open yourself up to love again. That finding the right person is always worth the risk!!
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.