Blog Tour – Broken Chords – Carrie Elks

Title: Broken Chords
Series: Love in London #2
Author: Carrie Elks
Genre: Adult Romance
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations
Lara knows she should feel lucky. Married to the man of her dreams, with a gorgeous new baby, she should be enjoying her happy-ever-after. But she never expected motherhood to be so difficult, or for her life to change so dramatically.
Alex has it all: hot, tattooed looks, a beautiful wife, and a band that’s finally getting noticed. A lucrative offer of a US tour should be the icing on the cake. But as he leaves the country, distance isn’t the only thing that starts to pull their relationship apart.
With half a world dividing them, Alex and Lara have to battle for a marriage they once took for granted.
Broken Chords is the second story in the Love in London series but can be read completely as a stand-alone.
Though it’s a series, it’s not a serial and there are no cliffhangers, each book features a different couple!

REVIEW

I have to admit that t took me a while to get into it compared to Elks’ previous works, but once I got over my slump, I was hooked. Most of the time in the first half of the book, I wanted to punch Alex. As much as he loves Lara and Max, he’s a selfish arse. There’s nothing worse than reading a character, no matter how gorgeous, who puts themselves before their family. The pain Lara goes through, despite having the support of her friends, really choked me up.I particularly loved reading about Lara and her work, especially when she is with the parents of drug addicts. Her empathy shines through Elk’s words and I can’t help but pity these people. This shows just how well Elk taps into the emotions of her characters, however major or minor they are.

One such character is David. His story is heartbreaking and Elks manages to make it so it doesn’t overshadow the main plotline, even though I thought about him even when he wasn’t present. I want to know more about him, once he’s back with his own family, maybe the romance hinted at comes to fruition. I would love to see that side of him.

The disrupt in Alex and Lara’s relationship felt very real, so much so I often felt it was my own that had reached the brink of collapse. I could understand WHY Lara asked for space, but I could understand Alex’s confusion too (he started to redeem himself to me). Alex proves himself as not being as selfish as I originally thought, and Elks doesn’t rush this the way many authors would do.

Overall, this book is a great read, and I loved reading about characters who were originally side characters. Their story deserved to be told, and I’m glad Elks did just that. Now, I want more.

 

“You want one?” he asked, cupping his hand to shade his match from the slight breeze.
“I don’t smoke. It’s a disgusting habit.” I smiled, letting him know I was flirting more than anything. Trying to wind him up.
He stared at me, throwing the burnt-out match into the ashtray. Already, I’d noticed Alex had this intense way of making me feel as if nothing else mattered. That I was the only interesting thing in the room—or in this case, the street.
“You’re one of those, then,” he said.
“One of what?”
“A crusader.” He inhaled deeply, then let the smoke drift out of his lips. Even I had to admit he looked sexy.
His words made me grin. I was anything but; smoking rarely bothered me at all. “I don’t kiss boys who smoke,” I said.
The corner of his lip twitched up. He leaned forward, still staring intently. “That’s good. I don’t want you kissing them.”
“You’re a boy who smokes,” I pointed out.
This time a full-on smirk broke out on his face. “I’m the exception that proves the rule, sweetheart.”
The way he said it made my heart hammer against my chest. There was something about Alex Cartwright that made me feel breathless. I wasn’t used to boys like him, ones who oozed sexuality out of every pore. Until then my boyfriends had been more friend than boy. Low key, almost feminine
Alex didn’t have a feminine bone in his body.
“What makes you think I want to kiss you, anyway?”
“You’re the one who brought up kissing, not me.” Another cocky response. “Not to mention the fact you keep looking at my mouth and licking your lips. I can tell you want to eat me for breakfast.”
The image his words conjured up made me choke on my coffee. I spluttered the hot liquid out. Alex started to laugh.
“Kissing. I was still talking about kissing.”

Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

 

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