This is the second half of a duet, and it picks up right where the last book left off. If you haven’t read Heartbreak Me yet, you can check out my review here.
Honestly? I seriously enjoyed Heartbreak Me but its ending was by far the weakest part of the book. And this picks right up where that one left off, building on that ending and making that the focus for much of this one. So I struggled a bit. I was still completely invested in seeing how this couple found their happily ever after, but this certainly didn’t live up to the quality of the first book (more on that in a minute).
The story picks up right where Heartbreak Me left off, so it is essential that you read the two books in order. Personally, I think reading these one after the other would’ve enhanced my reading experience significantly; there’s really no reason for this to be a duet, because both books are short and half of Heartbreak You is a wasted opportunity for more character development. That being said, I did enjoy the duet as a whole and this author knows how to deliver an interesting, intense, and unpredictable read. Atlas makes a great antihero; you know that he’s a bad guy, but it’s just so easy to overlook his sins. Thea is his perfect complement – she doesn’t let Atlas push her around and makes him dig deeper.
The best part of Heartbreak Me is how engrossing the writing is, and I think that was lacking here. There’s not really much relationship development in this; it’s ALL drama and thus just didn’t hold my interest in the same way. Our couple doesn’t spend a ton of time on the page together, and they still had plenty of work to do on their relationship when the first book ended. If it’s possible for a book to feel both rushed and drawn out, that’s what the pacing is like here. It was drama upon drama with not much time spend on improving the relationship, and given how Atlas and Thea got started – he did kidnap her, after all – I think they needed that extra time. Ultimately, this doesn’t live up to the promise of the first half but I was still happy to see them find their way together. The author’s writing style does work for me in a lot of ways, so I’d definitely be curious to read more of her work. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review of this complicated romance.
Heartbreak You, the conclusion of the Heartbreak Duet, by T.L. Smith is LIVE!
Our story didn’t exist, it was broken before it began. Kisses were covered with lies.
Lies were covered with kisses. Hate turned into lust. And lust turned into fantasy. That’s what we were, a fantasy. Nothing more, nothing less. Now it’s time to move on. But how can you when your heart wants to say stuck in the fantasy? When even through all the lies and kisses, you still have lust.
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