Kiki Michaelson wants one wild night to forget her starving-artist worries. Simple.
Only instead of Darren Cole becoming her one-night stand, he taunts her with a challenge. Then while she’s trying to best him at his own game, he turns out to be the last thing she’s prepared for: someone she wants to keep.
Which means all he can ever be…is a friend.
Darren Cole never allows a girl to get close—not close enough to matter.
Then storms in Kiki Michaelson, a beautiful, fearless temptation that rocks his world off-balance. But he fights their attraction, unwilling to gamble something physical with their close ties. Until the passionate sculptor exposes her heart and breaks his wide open.
In that moment it becomes clear: she could never be just a friend.
Sometimes what you run from…is exactly what you need.
Worldbuilding: This novel takes place in Old City, Philadelphia. It centers around Kiki’s awesome warehouse home and their nature runs!
Characters: The main characters in this story are Darren Cole and Kiki Michaelson. Darren has had his whole life ripped apart and instead of having someone there for him, to be his rock, he has to shove down his emotions and be a rock for someone who is immensely special to him and who he would do anything for. But after meeting Kiki, his rules that he once laid out for his life are starting to feel too restricting. As much as he wants to dive head first into this whirlwind relationship, his responsibilities keep holding him back. Can he make both of his worlds work? Or will they collide and leave him in the wreckage? Kiki is a free spirit! But an old hurt keeps her from getting close to men that come in and out of her life. But when Darren steps on the scene, he makes her feel things that she hasn’t felt in a long time. Can he break down her walls and show her a life worth living? Or when the going gets tough and outside forces start to close in on them, will they crumble and leave each other in the dust?
Plot: There are a couple of different story arcs throughout this novel that really helped the flow of the story. The main arc was the relationship between Darren and Kiki. The next arc is Kiki’s art and the complications that come with her career. And last but not the arc pertaining to Darren’s special someone and all the struggles that he has been dealing with for the past two years.
Writing: This story is told in first person points of view of Darren and Kiki. While reading it I felt like I was reading a book that was in the middle of a series, instead of a standalone novel, mainly due to the supporting characters. There were a good amount of them and I felt like I should have known who they were and what their stories were, so it left me feeling a little lost.
Curb Appeal: I love, love, love the cover!!! But it definitely gives off the vibe of a different sort of story than what it actually is. After reading the novel, it does connect back to the cover so it’s cool to see how the story and cover work together. The blurb really does leave a good amount of surprises left to be discovered while reading!! It does seem like the blurb misdirects you in a sense, so you get a story that you were not initially anticipating but it’s great nonetheless!
Ultimately: This was a great novel showcasing that all the struggles you go through in life don’t have to be dealt with alone. And that opening up to the people around you can help you in ways you never could have imagined! All in all, if you are in the mood for a hero that will pursue his girl no matter what and a heroine that just wants to bring happiness to her man’s life then come check out Heartbreaker!!
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