Author: Kat & Stone Bastion
What I’m Talking About:
I read Heartbreaker in one sitting. It was great to see characters from the Bastion’s No Weddings series reappear, and that really helped me dive right in, jaws a chompin’, to see what would happen with Kiki and Darren. Probably helps that I completely identify with both of them on the artistic level, huh? I mean, how do you pair up a musician and an artist? Well, Kat and Stone Bastion figured it out.
One of the things I loved most about Heartbreaker, the first title in the Unbreakable series, is Kiki’s transformation. Yup, I’m totally a sucker for characters that have a major change-of-heart. If you’re one of those visually-creative-types, it’s actually rather interesting to see Kiki’s changes. Her way-of-life. How she prioritizes things. Just her general outlook and how she views things is…different. Another thing about Kiki that hit home was her policy about guys at the beginning of the story. Watching that concept change for her was rather… interesting for me. The visual art part of my brain was highly intrigued. And her independence? Mmmhm. Anyone that knows me will TOTALLY understand why I completely identified with Kiki.
Darren, or just D, was initially an enigma for me. I have to admit, part of the reason I was compelled to keep reading was to figure him, and his situation, out. I do want to say that he’s a musician, and that automatically makes me connect with him at a different level. While it seems D is an all-or-nothing kind of guy, that’s kinda familiar to me. See, musician-types are frequently like this. But, we’re kinda open-minded about a lot of stuff, too. You know, if you want to draw generalities. The super cool thing was that Mr. Bastion is a drummer. DUDE! I DID NOT KNOW THIS!!! These are one of the cool things you put in your bio! So, I was pretty familiar with the legit music terms used (and those that were percussion-specific were well-explained). One of my close friends in college was a drummer. This guy was phenomenal. Reading about D reminded me of Vince. It was a great stroll down memory lane.
Even in the blurb, we learn that Kiki isn’t looking for a relationship. Ever. Setting herself up with a friends-with-benefits thing seems to be the next best thing, though. Until it becomes more. A LOT more. Friend-zoning someone because you want to keep them close, but not too close, is a familiar feeling. While I’m no spring chicken anymore, my college years were riddled with either being the one put IN the friend-zone, or actually doing it to someone else. This whole concept is actually something I think is pretty new. Back in the day, it wasn’t something normally ‘done’. But… you know, musicians, artists, writers… we were ahead of the curve on that. Now. Before you start jumping all over me for pigeon-holing the creative types, hear me out. I fall into the visual arts as well as music and words, and have my entire life. My best friends were those with similar interests, and if they shared my art, music, or writing world—or *gasp* more than one discipline—they were automatically my bestie. Back in the time before cell phones and Facebook, we used to actually call each other on the phone instead of sending a quick text. Geez, I totally wish I’d been able to send text messages in college. I might have had more of a social life (says the introvert forced to be an extrovert). But what was super interesting was the personality of most of the people I called my friends. We were all the same. When we’d get together, there was always a theme or reason—even if we made one up. By creating this social enigma, we formed lasting relationships that have endured time. Well, some of us are still in touch. Some of us actually still play together from time-to-time.
This is where I totally fell into the story. It *felt* like a modern-day version of my life. If someone ever would’ve told me that I’d be reading a book about myself—the way things would be in this digital age—I wouldn’t have believed them.
Even if you haven’t been in the music or art scene, Heartbreaker is a phenomenal story. I think we can all see a little of ourselves in either Kiki and/or D, and their situations. As always, I adore Kat & Stone Bastion’s books. And Heartbreaker is no exception.
My Rating: A+ Personal Favorite
About the Book:
Kiki Michaelson wants one wild night to forget her starving-artist worries. Simple.
Only instead of Darren Cole becoming her one-night stand, he taunts her with a challenge. Then while she’s trying to best him at his own game, he turns out to be the last thing she’s prepared for: someone she wants to keep.
Which means all he can ever be…is a friend.
Darren Cole never allows a girl to get close—not close enough to matter.
Then storms in Kiki Michaelson, a beautiful, fearless temptation that rocks his world off-balance. But he fights their attraction, unwilling to gamble something physical with their close ties. Until the passionate sculptor exposes her heart and breaks his wide open.
In that moment it becomes clear: she could never be just a friend.
Sometimes what you run from…is exactly what you need.
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Series: Unbreakable #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (320 pages), e-book
Book Source: Author
Heartbreaker (Unbreakable #1)