Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love #1) by Nicole Jacquelyn (Val)

Val’s Review

5 Awesome ‘n’ Angsty Stars

If you follow my reviews at all, you might know that one of my top reading “don’t’s” is the dreaded dead ex.

I know this is a non-issue for some, but every reader has their own no-go list.

And no matter how ridiculous any pet peeve might seem…


…they are all legit because they are your own.

So, as I was saying, along with the cheaters and the dreaded love triangle shape of doom, one thing that can ruin a book for me just by virtue of existing is when one of the main love interests has a dead ex.

In fact, I literally just wrote THIS review lamenting about how that one issue can ruin an otherwise perfect book (for me).

In case you don’t feel like reading ^^^that, I will save you the verbal-diarrhea-read and sum it up with this:

The presence of the dead ex makes the new love interest feel like a consolation prize to me. They will never measure up and they are only present because someone else is absent.

So color me a hypocrite when the first book I pick up after the above mentioned dead ex bitch fest…is a book based completely around the happenings of… *drum roll*… a dead fucking ex.


Yeah, I know….

But what can I say….


But alas…being that 1) I would read shit-stained parchment if it had Nicole Jaquelyn’s name on it, and 2) this thing was all over my fucking feed…I said to myself, “Self, fuck your standards, pull up your big girl panties, and give this one the old college try.”

And boy I’m glad I did.

Because as with any “rule,” there are exceptions.

And some dead-ex books can be exceptions to my dead-ex rule…

This book is a prime example.







Seriously though, from page one I could not put this down.

And I didn’t.

Not even to pee.


This thing had some of me favorite lucky charms.

It had ANGST.




It had an ALPHA ASSHOLE that I got to hate fuck in my mind.


But most of all?




Be still my beating heart, I LOVE me some groveling.

Not only that, I fucking LOVED the surprise pregnancy.

I am a sucker for that too; plus, it added a whole dimension to the story that was just delicious in my opinion.

As I said above, this was killing it in my newsfeed, so I know there are much better and more detailed reviews out there.

Plus, I find myself unable to clarify my thoughts on this one.

Suffice it to say that I came out of this one feeling that Kate was NOT a consolation prize. In fact – dare I say it – I came out believing Shane loved Kate to a degree that the dead ex never even came close to touching.


The things that make dead-ex-hating readers like me feel like the H/h is NOT the consolation prize vary for each reader.

That said, I can’t promise that book will work for other dead-ex-haters like it did for me.

But, if you are on the fence, I say give this one a try, as it ended up being one of the best books I’ve read all year.



After just writing a review outlining how much I loathe reading books about dead exes, I can’t believe I am going to attempt to tackle this one.

But what can I say?


But a good book friend said they thought this one be worth it, so here I go…

Also Read ARIANNA’s Review –>