Heart Unbroken by Casey Cox

Rove may have left his heart behind 5 years ago when he met Leo, but now he has a second chance with the man that gives him hope even when the rest of the world is crashing down around him. Two men find their forever at the right time even if they had to wait for it in Heart Unbroken.

From the blurb:


Five years ago, we had a fleeting connection. Instant attraction, sizzling chemistry, and scorching-hot sex.

It was only brief, but it was…everything.

Then my career takes off. I become one of the biggest openly out Hollywood A-listers. I'm on top of the world—rich, famous, and successful.

Until a cruel red carpet gotcha stunt blows my life apart. In the blink of an eye, I lose everything I've spent two decades working and sacrificing for.

I've got no one to turn to and nowhere to go… Except back to the man I met five years ago.


Five years ago, I met someone unforgettable.

He made me feel something I thought I'd lost forever. Something that died with my beloved Dante a decade earlier.

I never expected to see Rove again. When he returns, the spark, the chemistry, the connection, is right where we left it five years ago. Actually, it's only intensified.

The more time we spend together, the clearer it becomes—there's no way I can let him go again. Can we find a way to make it this time?

HEART UNBROKEN is a second chance at love MM romance with two men in their 40s, a naked meet-cute, an only-one-bed situation, found family, 90s pop culture references, and a 'sail into the sunset' happily ever after (literally).

SNik's Review:

Standalone (set in the author’s Escape series universe). Second chance. Mature main characters. Dual POV. 

On the cusp of becoming a famous movie star, Rove takes a quick vacation and when he meets resort owner Leo, there is an immediate feeling of attraction and intimacy as the men interact. However, they both know they only have one weekend before they return to their separate busy lives. Five years later they reconnect while Rove’s career is crashing and Leo is in danger of losing his hotel. 

This story has two men that are driven and committed to their careers, both lonely, both wanting more but never finding it until they meet each other, and both supportive and caring. 

I really enjoyed Leo and Rove’s honest communication, time spent getting to know each other and, of course, all the steam. 

Well written, at times heartbreaking and emotional, but there are lighter moments even though the angst about both Leo and Rove’s futures is high. Really enjoyable read.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"Love is a decision, not just a feeling."

Heart Unbroken was a charming story of second chances. It was sweet and low angst, at least between the couple. Five years ago, on the brink of his big break as an actor, Rove spends a weekend at The Elysian resort. This LGBT resort just so happens to be run by a handsome man named Leo he's been told he should meet. Little did he know meeting Leo would change his life in ways he never expected, just maybe not quite yet.

Leo, still grieving the loss of his long-term boyfriend many years ago, is wary about meeting the stranger his friend sent to stay at his resort. Funnily enough, meeting Rove turns out to be one of the best things to ever happen to him. The two of them connect on a deeper level. It's easy between them. Companionable. Eye opening. And two days later it's gone. Rove returns to his busy life in LA, while Leo goes back to being his workaholic self. Five years later Rove returns, and it's evident to them both that neither had forgotten the connection they formed, no matter how brief their time spent together was.

"It was real...What I felt for you, five years ago. Even though it was short, it was real."

"It was real for me, too."

What follows is a beautiful love story about healing and how having the right person supporting you by your side you can learn to overcome anything, no matter how dire. This book didn't have the ending I expected. Yes, it was still a lovely HEA, but the author made everything that led up to that point much more realistic. I'm sure you've heard the saying that "Life isn't Fair" and unfortunately both our MCs get a healthy dose of that. On the flip side of the cliché coin, life may be not be fair, but life is also what you make it and by the end of the book Leo and Rove make themselves a life that I'm positive will bring them more joy for years to come than any alternative. 

Rating: 5 stars

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