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Regina Bartley has written what I would consider a teen/young adult romance in "Causing Heartbreak." I am at a bit of a disadvantage because I'm starting at book 2 in the unbroken series. However, it does not take much to catch up and Bartley takes only a few minutes to accomplish this. This is greatly appreciated.
Wren Porter is pregnant with the love of her life, Dane Evans, child. However, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with she or the child. Life takes some cruel twists and turns and Wren must travel this road with the support of people who know and love her. These include Dane's sister, Sawyer, Wren's small family and a boy that insists on being a help to her. But no matter what happens, Wren cannot stop thinking of Dane and is wracked with feelings of guilt, sorrow, love and finds it impossible to let her dream go.
I cannot describe anymore of the story without *spoiling* so unfortunately this is all I can give potential listeners.
One circumstance made this a bit on the unbelievable side, that is that Wren gets a job offer as an almost live-in nanny through her OB/GYN (male.) Highly inappropriate, as he continues to be her doctor. That is what puts it in the teen/young adult category as opposed to adult contemporary romance, in my opinion.
This is a sweet story and can standalone. Bartley ties up all the important loose ends. Without knowing, my guess is that the third book in the series will revolve around Sawyer.
Aundrea Mitchell (my apologies for misspelling your name in previous reviews) is perfect for this book. Her narration was a bit slow for me but speeding it up to 1.25x was perfect and did not take away from Mitchell's performance. She especially excels with the female characters and her performance of male characters were believable/very good.
Overall a four-star rating
performance 4.5 stars
story 4.0 stars
Warning: strong language and intimate scenes
*While I did receive this book in exchange for my unbiased review, I can easily recommend it to those who enjoy mature young adult and/or contemporary romance. This is for audiences ages 17+ due to the language and mature content.
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This book was very hard to listen to at the beginning because of the topic it is heart breaking. Wren is pregnant but is not with the baby's father, Dane. She has had a crush on him for years but bad boy Dane has never seen her as anything more than his sisters friend until a drunken night. Wren approaches Dane about the pregnancy and he acts like he doesn't have any responsibility to Wren or the baby. Dane ends up dying from an overdose and the story really gets interesting. This is a tale of love, loss, finding oneself and rediscovering a true love. It was beautifully written, I will say though that sometimes I was sad at how immature Wren seemed to be as she was hung up on this kid crush and felt the need to be faithful to Dane even after he passed away. The narrator Aundrea does a great job with this novel switching between the characters with changes in her voice for the males and females. I didn't feel like she was reading the story but getting into each character and their feelings. <br/><br/>I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. <br/><br/>I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.