Heartbreaker, Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion
Genre: Romance, New Adult.
When you read a lot as I do, you start to notice some authors have a distinct pattern to their writing – when that coincides with what you want to read, as with this duo for me – that’s great to find. I’ve recently been rereading a few favourites, and by chance this past weekend had uploaded the first in Kate Catabary’s series – that’s about a family of siblings, two girls four boys and is very much the same style of writing as this duo. This is the first in a new series but featuring the same family from the No Weddings/Invitation Only novels. That’s Cade and his sisters, and the last series was how Cade and Hannah came together, and the sisters were in the books constantly but in secondary roles. I loved those so was really pleased to find a new series starting. It’s been like catching up with friends I’ve not seen for a while
This time we meet sister Kiki, who’s a terrific but somewhat avant garde artist ( I sympathise – my family look at me with a confused face when I’ve finished some works. I can see the “err..what is it?” hovering.) She’s a great girl but guarded, had her heart broken once when she was let down by someone she thought loved her, and she’s not going there again, she has one nighters only!
Darren doesn’t want that though – she’s better than that in his eyes, but – the kicker – he’s got responsibilities that he thinks mean he can’t be the person she needs. But somehow after a few words a challenge is set, and he’s training her several times a week, well – running with her and encouraging her anyway. It looks as though friends is good for them – until it becomes more.
Darren though has a complicated home life, he’s still young, but has responsibilities that demand all his attention. Kiki too isn’t’ the carefree person she presents, she’s got some difficult issues going on she’s keeping close to her chest. Can they work through all these problems or are they doomed? I was so rooting for them, they seemed such a perfect fit for each other, has such respect for the others feelings and just wanted to help and it’s the sharing that we all need, someone to listen, to offer ideas, to be a real partner.
Its a story covering several issues, not a one strand, one plot read and how they all come together, how they work up that head of steam for the perfect dramatic finale is great. I’m always amazed at how authors do that, sow little seeds through the plot, nurturing them along, and bringing them all together so that everything makes sense, and yet as the reader we think how on earth can this end well, how can they get the HEA, but thankfully knowing somehow it will come.
Stars: Five, a great start.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers for review purposes