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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Mend These Broken Stars is a work of romantic suspense fiction penned by author Emma Hartley. Written for adults due to its explicit language, sexual conduct and some scenes of violence, our tale centers around the dark past and overwhelming grief of leading male character Blake Anderson. With both parents dead, Blake ventures to his father’s cabin with the hope that he can clean it up, sell it and put the past behind him for good. So when his contractor turns out to be the scruffy but gorgeous Alex Taylar, Blake takes heart from this independent woman and starts to look to the future. But the past is right there waiting to rear its ugly head yet again.
The grief and mystery elements of this highly romantic novel give it a powerful, realistic edge that is truly dark but also serves to help the central couple bond together really well. Alex isn’t your typical simpering heroine either: she’s playful, fun and not too proud to rough it. The development of the relationship between the characters is far from easy, which makes it really satisfying when they have their moments of connection. Author Emma Hartley has a great sense of timing for when to cut a scene and move to the next, keeping the plot progressing at a great pace and never giving too much away. Overall, Mend These Broken Stars comes highly recommended for romance fans who are looking for a little more realism, an independent heroine at the center and a whole lot of drama.