BOOK REVIEW ~ BROKEN CHORDS BY CARRIE ELKS

By | February 8, 2019

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.
Author Note: Broken Chords is the second story in the Love in London series but can be read completely as a stand-alone.

Thoughtful, realistic, heartfelt. These are just a few of many words to describe this easy-to-read yet stormy romance that portrayed a married couple’s struggles, from the hero’s fame as a rising rockstar to the heroine’s new responsibilities as a mother. It’s not very often that I do read romances where the couple is already married, and for these to be a hit for me they have to make me root for the couple in question despite all their obstacles and that’s what this one did…hit just the right spot.
The story is told entirely from the heroine’s POV, and at the start of the book, she’s a new mom to a beautiful baby boy and happily married to the love of her life. And even though she expected there’d be changes to her life, she never imagined how tough it would be to juggle being a wife and being a mother.
“I’ve never known exhaustion like this. It’s as if I’m walking around in a constant haze; everything seems slowed down, deeper, heavier. Each movement requires an effort I’m not sure I possess.�?
The hero Alex is her rock, and though the complete opposite of her in personality, he keeps her grounded. A rockstar on the rise, he’s carefree and wild, but always sees his home with Lara and their son Max.
But sometimes, love isn’t enough, and what started as normal, expected arguments between any regular couple soon turns into heated fights, both hurtfully lashing out at one another until Lara crumbles and Alex is helpless as he sees his family falling apart. On top of that, Alex plans to go the US for a 3-month tour to promote his band, creating a deeper wedge between him and Lara.
“We’re both sorry, yet somehow we can’t seem to do anything about it. He wants what he wants and I do too. The difficulty is our wants are too far apart. The distance growing with each passing moment.�?
This book was one tumultuous read and though I didn’t cry, there were several scenes in the book that made my heart sink. I found it refreshing to read a story where any and all drama and conflict were realistically portrayed, no ounce of exaggeration to it. I’ve never been in Lara’s shoes but it was easy for me to relate and sympathize for her, a testament to the author’s writing. Towards the end I did think that having even a couple of chapters in Alex’s POV would’ve been great for the overall development of the story because having everything told from Lara’s side – especially the arguments – made things a bit one-sided. There were also some jumping between the past and present, and some of them just felt out of place. But other than that, I loved reading about Lara and Alex’s interactions (good and bad), their dynamic as a family with Max, and the themes of forgiveness and second chances weaved into the story.
If you’re looking for a realistic romance that explores life after the happily-ever-after, this is a good one to pick up!
Broken Chords is the 2nd book in the Love in London series but can be read as a standalone.
An advanced copy was provided by Romance Beckons via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.