Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Real Men Don't Break Hearts by Coleen Kwan

Title: Real Men Don't Break Hearts
Author: Coleen Kwan
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Real Men #1
Main Characters: Ally and Nate
Release Date: January 2013
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Ally Griffin is horrified to learn her new landlord is none other than the infuriating playboy Nate Hardy—the man whose wiles she just knows got her jilted at the altar six years ago. Add to it that her ex-fiancé Seth is showing up in her hometown of Burronga, Australia, to marry his beautiful new bride…for real this time. But the kicker? Everybody’s treating Ally as though she’s still heartbroken. She’s just fine, thank you very much, but could The Jilter have the decency not to hire her sister as his florist?

Nate Hardy is tired of his high-flying city career and bachelor lifestyle and is looking for something more real. The last thing he needs is to find himself undeniably attracted to Ally, the woman with whom he never saw eye-to-eye. But is he even capable of what Ally wants and deserves?

As Ally tries to pull her life out of the rut it’s fallen in, she doesn't count on Nate stirring up her emotions. A short-term fling with the resident bad boy is practically irresistible, but only if she can guard her heart…

My Review:
Ally and Nate....I loved them. I loved them as they hated each other. I loved them as they became friends. I loved them as they became more. I loved them as they both hurt. This was such a fun, entertaining love story.

Six years ago, Ally was left at the altar. Fortunately she was saved from making a mistake and marrying Seth, but that doesn't mean she's forgiven the best man who ruined her wedding.....Nate. Nate never thought it was a good idea for Seth to get married and shared his playboy viewpoints far and wide. So when Seth didn't show up and sent Nate to break it to Ally, she took it a little personally. She hates the guy, but she hasn't seen him since that time, until now, since he's moved back to town.

To add insult to injury, not only is Nate back in town and is her new landlord, but her ex-fiance, Seth, has decided to try the altar thing again and he's back too....to get married. Ally can't catch a break and her friends who believe she's still heartbroken are still circling. 

There's a lot of layers to this story. A lot of history for these characters...some that's known and a lot that's not known to anyone but the participants. That means there's a lot of emotion involved too. But it's been six years and most of the characters have grown and matured....MOST of them. And it takes a while for all the players to realize that. It was a really fun book to watch the character relationships remold and reform to today's reality, instead of just living in what they know about the past.

In fact it was just a fun book period. I like Ally. She's been somewhat trapped into this life that she didn't plan, but she has drive and I like how she determines to make the best of it and the little shop that she inherited from her grandmother. I loved Nate and how he's trying to make things up to this little town and it's residents for the harms that he (when he was a teenager) and his brother (mainly his brother) perpetuated. This is a man who's grown so much and as he's matured has learned from his many mistakes. 

The entire book takes place in Australia and give me an Australian hottie anyday...love that accent, even when I'm just imagining it in my head as I read. ;o) This was the first book I've read from Coleen Kwan and I guarantee that it won't be my last. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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