Blog Tour: Pavlina's Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Broken Chords by Carrie Elks

Monday, March 09, 2015

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!

4,5 STARS 

"It was meant to be easy,it was Alex and me against the world."

I was really excited to read this book especially after reading the first book of this series Coming Down, which was just as amazing as this sequel. I was sure that I would like this sequel and that is exactly what happened to my delight. I devoured every part of this story. This is definitely a must read series because it just keeps getting better and better!! Each book is unique, intense and realistic.

Carrie Elcs is a unique author who writes beautiful and captivating stories. She continually manages to touch me with her writing. Broken Chords tells the story of Lara, Alex and their baby Max. Alex and Lara are two opposite characters, he is a lead singer in a band and she is a drug counselor. What do they have in common? It’s a simple answer, it’s the passion that they feel for one another but things aren't so easy for them.
This couple is tempted each day and while they were happy at the beginning of their marriage now they have to face some problems.

"Sometimes I don't know you at all."
"I'm looking at you and wondering who the hell you are.Because you sure as hell aren't the girl I married."

Sometimes love isn't enough. Can they save their marriage? I don't want to give anymore of the story away but I think you only should know how much I loved it!!

I liked all of the characters especially Lara, who I found to be so very relatable. The author does a wonderful job portraying the range of emotions that Lara goes through during this story. Alex wasn't my favorite because he makes some choices that pissed me off at times. Regardless, I never questioned his love for Lara and Max. I believe that as a couple they were meant to be together even when they were in the middle of their problems. I just knew that they will find a solution to everything.

"I love you, babe.Everything about you."

This can be read as a standalone but the first story was also good and I think you should read both books. I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to read about realistic characters and situations.

“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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