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Samantha hasn’t been out much since the tragic death of her parents. Once a free-spirited stage actress who’d broken too many hearts to count, Samantha now spends all of her free time renovating her childhood home. That is, until she’s dragged to a party and meets Kyle, a high-powered divorce attorney who doesn’t get attached. Samantha and Kyle fall hard and fast, but their dating histories don’t exactly give either of them hope that this will work in the long term.

I really enjoyed the last book in this series, Rule Breaker, so I was pretty excited to see this one go up on Netgalley, and even more excited when I was approved for a free advance copy. But, unfortunately, I just didn’t connect with this book like I did with the last one.

I didn’t particularly like either of the main characters. Kyle had too many “coincidental” or “accidental” douchebag moments, and Samantha constantly contradicted herself by saying she was done with him and then going back to him anyway.

Kyle’s speech patterns actually drove me crazy. Thank goodness this book was under 200 pages, because I don’t think I could have dealt with it for much longer. When Kyle is speaking, he drops the subject of his sentence about 90% of the time. So instead of saying something like, “I’d love to take you to dinner,” he’ll say “Love to take you to dinner.” Or instead of “I had a really great time tonight,” he’ll say “Had a really great time tonight.” It grated on my very last nerve to the point where I wondered if this was a conscious decision by the author, or maybe she just forgot that English sentences typically require a subject and a predicate.

Finally, the last 20% or so came completely out of nowhere and didn’t fit with the rest of the story. If the characters names hadn’t been the same, I would have thought I got 80% of one book and 20% of another. The resolution is not satisfying when it comes to both the weird plot at the end and the book overall. Just as in the last book, this one also suffers from the “sudden engagement syndrome,” in which two people who hardly know each other decide they can’t live without each other and must immediately get married. This is literally my least favorite ending to a romance/new adult book – there are other ways to wrap things up nicely than to default to marriage. It’s a cop-out, really, and one of the things that makes me immediately subtract a star.

Overall, I think Rule Breaker was a much better book than Heart Breaker, although Heart Breaker was a quick, relatively enjoyable read. It may be your cup of tea, but it wasn’t mine.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy!

Final rating: ★★☆☆☆