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Broken Chords (Love in London Book 2) by [Elks, Carrie]
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"Loved this! Carrie Elks is my queen of realistic angst!" - Reading is my Breathing blog
"Carrie Elks has brought her readers an intense, yet easy-read contemporary romance that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend." - Nicola, Goodreads reader
"Ms. Elks truly brought me into her life with her impassioned writing style and imagery." - LJT Goodreads reader

About the Author

Carrie Elks lives near London and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. She 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3821 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TSXSCL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love it when I read a book and I fall in love with the characters. I also love it when their flaws and actions make me want to grab them by the shoulders and shake some sense into them. That's how I felt when I was reading Broken Chords by Carrie Elks. Lara and Alex, the couple in focus, look perfect on paper. She works at a clinic helping recovering addicts, while Alex works odd jobs and is the frontman for a band on the cusp of success. They're sexy, they're in love--they're also struggling to make ends meet, trying to balance their relationship and being parents to six-month-old Max. While motherhood has changed Lara in more ways than she's realized, Alex still hasn't grasped just how serious fatherhood is. And when he chooses going on tour with his band over helping to raise his son, he sets his relationship with Lara on a precarious course--especially when she is dealing with postpartum depression.

Broken Chords is a fantastic story of love and second chances. I really enjoyed how Elks pulled us into Lara's world and made us feel the intensity of everything going on around her. A definite 5-star read! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
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Honestly, this was a hard book to review, and read. I did not like Alex for 95 percent of the book. He was incredibly self-centered and thoughtless. All he could think about was what a rock star he was going to be, poor baby being held back by his wife and child. Sheesh, what a spoiled brat he was. The way he behaved while on the road was totally unforgivable. Pictures with women in his lap, rarely ever calling home, barely talking when he did call. What a bum he was during the tour. Days with NO contact, what is his excuse? We don't know because he never tells her, he's just busy being a drunken rock star. His son almost dies and he is too busy playing..............oh, wait, he didn't know. Had he picked up a phone and called his wife he would have, but you know, he was busy. I was so glad she didn't take him right back and he did seem to grow up at the end. HIs wife went through some terrible times and he should have been there for her and their son. Not my favorite rock star story. Nice HEA though.
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in short, this is a book with a lot of emotion and realistically flawed characters (you'll want to hug and shake them and hug 'em again)
I'll just share a few of my favorite lines:
"You find the love of your life and lose yourself in the process"
"So I do the adult thing and stare right back. Then I stick my tongue out at him"
"Alone with my thoughts" (oh, the conversation around this line is giggly-fun)
"Sleep. It seems like the Promised Land, a nirvana I can never reach"
"Today, I plan on being a listener"
"Do you ever plan on it?" (UGH, you'll see why when you read it!)
"Things always look darker in the middle of the night"
"We blink, we breathe, and we love"
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In Broken Chords, Carrie Elks shows us that finding The one and marrying him does not guarantee your happy-ever-after. Sooner or later, real life gets in the way and even the strongest marriage can crumble. This is the story about how parenthood changes people and how it affects their romantic relationships. Because it is not only "hearts and flowers" when it comes to marriage and parenthood. Will be Alex able to put his old habits aside and put his wife and son on the first place before his "rock-star" carrier?

"Maybe he's going through a midlife crisis a bit early. Most guys get a sports car or a motorbike, Alex decides to become a rock star."

Carrie Elks is my queen of realistic angst. There is no over-the-top drama in her books, just realistic and sad (sometimes painful) emotions. She has a knack for taking most ordinary human problems and making beautiful bittersweet stories out of them. I admire her for that and it is main reason why I love her novels so much. She always delivers flawed realistic characters and made you love them the way they are even with their faults. Broken Chords is no exception. Characters in this novel learnt the hard way that life is never easy. But they also learnt to make the best out of it.

"Alex was like a blinding light cutting through the darkest of nights. He unravelled me, thread by thread, until the old Lara was somebody I hardly knew."

What about main characters? I really liked Lara and Alex, both for different reasons. And together, they had some superb chemistry. Whenever the two of them were bantering, my heart sped up and I found myself grinning from ear to ear. Also, this is the steamiest novel by Carrie Elks to the date.
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This was a solid sequel/standalone novel to the first Love in London book 'Coming Down'. It follows the turbulent relationship between Lara and her sexy-as-hell husband Alex, a rock star in an up and coming band. They have a six month old baby boy and life can be tough. Although Lara and Alex are passionately in love with each other, as the story progresses they wonder is it enough for their relationship to survive the knocks that life can bring?

I thought the story was fresh and new in that as a romance it dealt with a couple who were already together - were actually married - rather than the story of two people getting together. It looked at what happens when real life events put pressure on a relationship, and how people can be potentially tempted away from those they've made a commitment to stay with.

It was realistic and gritty - but not so gritty that it didn't give the reader any romance! There was romance aplenty in this story as we were shown flashbacks to when Lara and Alex fist got together, as well as scenes in the present day which showed how much they still meant to each other. The plot kept me guessing and I wasn't sure if either of them would stick with each other.

The characters were compelling, well rounded and felt real. Alex and Lara both hurt each other emotionally in the story, which I thought was true to life and refreshing. The story kept me reading on to find out what would happen to them. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a romance with a difference - a passionate story about two people who're already together, but trying to work out what being together means to them and if they both want it.
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