Thursday, April 2, 2015

B is for Breakaway Hearts: Book Two of the Kelly Brothers series by Crista McHugh

For my letter B post I chose the book Breakaway Hearts by Crista McHugh.

When I found this book I didn't realize that it was part of a series or I probably wouldn't have started it. It was part of a ARC I received for the Sport of Romance Boxed Set so I was obligated to read it.  Luckily it's a standalone and it didn't really matter that I wasn't able to read book one first. The Kelly Brothers series follows a group of seven brothers,  Adam, Ben, Caleb, Daniel, Ethan, Frank, and Gideon.  (If any of you out there are familiar with musicals, or with movies you may know the inspiration behind those names!  I caught it right away, but only because it is one of my all time favorite movies.)  Okay twist my arm.  The movie/musical is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!

In Breakaway Hearts the book follows Ben a washed up hockey star that sustained a horrible knee injury while playing hockey. Now even though he is healed is afraid to get back on the ice. So he goes to a small town and hides out hoping to coddle his injury while he is there. What he didn't expect was to run into the one girl that got away. Hailey.  Even though they had a magnificent one-night stand Ben has always thought about her and when he sees her again he's pretty much convinced it's fate. What Ben doesn't know is that Hailey has been hiding a secret for the last nine years, and it's a doozy.  Can Ben and Hailey rekindle that one night of passion, or was their relationship doomed all those years ago?

I enjoyed reading Ben and Hailey's story.  I thought Hailey and Ben had great chemistry, I also felt that the situations in the book were real and left you on a emotional rollercoaster. It's a great quick read. I think my favorite part was reading the brother's names and realizing there will be six more stories! 

About the Author: (Taken from her Facebook Page)

Growing up in small town Alabama, story-telling became a natural way for me to pass the time and keep my two younger sisters... entertained. Of course, that also means I’m inclined to suffer some of the same maladies of many southern writers which may include overuse of simile and metaphor, exaggeration, melodramatic writing style, and the ever-popular long-winded sentence.
I currently live in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with my husband and daughter, maintaining my alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while I continue to pursue writing on nights and weekends.
I am an active member of the Romance Writers of America (including the FF&P , Greater Seattle Chapter, Hearts Through History, Passionate Ink, and the Seattle Eastside Chapters) and Romance Divas.
Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs I’ve had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.
And I’m also a recovering LARPer. (I blame it on my crazy college days)

Crista McHugh Facebook Page

Here is the book Blurb:

Breakaway Hearts: Kelly Brothers Book Two

Hockey star Ben Kelly has retreated to his mountain cabin in the ski town of Cascade, BC, to recuperate from a season-ending knee injury and contemplate his future in the NHL. He never expects to run into the one woman who got away. Nine years may have passed, but nothing has dulled the explosive chemistry between them. Now he wants more than just one night.

Hailey Eriksson had Olympic-sized dreams until an accidental pregnancy from a one-night stand halted her ambitions. Her life was shattered when her son died. Nothing will keep her from fulfilling her promise to him to make the Olympic team, especially not the charming Ben Kelly. Unfortunately, he’s out to sweep her off her feet this time, and she finds him harder and harder to resist with each passionate kiss. But when he learns about the child he never knew, will their rekindled romance be on thin ice?

Warning: Contains two hockey stars with ice in their blood, a hero who is willing to battle his fears for a second chance, a heroine with a mean slap shot who lays it on the line in a bet, a small town full of busybodies, and a meatloaf that should be served with a four alarm warning. This story may also bring tears to your eyes (and not just because of Cindy's cooking).

Amazon Kindle Price:  $2.99 Buy it Now
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Sport of Romance Kindle Price: .99 cents Buy It Now

Sport of Romance Nook Price: .99 cents Buy It Now

Want to read the other books in the Kelly Brother series?  Follow these links below:

 The Sweetest Seduction: Kelly Brothers Book One 

Amazon Kindle Price: FREE!!  One Click Buy It Now!
Barnes and Noble Nook Price: Free!! Buy it now for FREE!

Never, ever, mix business with pleasure...
Lia Mantovani has created one of the hottest restaurants on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, but all that could disappear if she loses her lease with Kelly Properties. Having had her dreams ripped away from her before, she’ll do everything in her power to keep her restaurant. Her fate hangs on the whims of the frustratingly handsome Adam Kelly.

Adam has spent years trying to convince world famous chef Amadeus Schlittler to open a restaurant in Chicago, but he wants the prime location held by Lia. Business has always come first… until sparks fly when Adam meets her. When things get hot outside the kitchen, though, they’re both in danger of getting burned.

Falling for the Wingman: Kelly Brothers Book Three

Amazon Kindle Price: $ 3.99  Buy it Now
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Lord help the mister that comes between me and my sister...
Air Force pilot Caleb Kelly has come back home with one mission in mind—to propose to the woman whose letters and lucky charm helped him survive his deployment in Afghanistan. But when he finds their apartment empty with a note saying she’s left him, he arrives at her mother’s house in rural Alabama less than a week before Kourtney is about to marry another man. Now he’s out to win her heart again and gets some unexpected assistance from her younger sister, Alex.

...And Lord help the sister that comes between me and my man
Alex Leadbetter has always thought Caleb was too good for her manipulative, social-climbing sister. She had assumed Kourtney’s identity to write letters to him and keep his spirits up until he returned home to the hard truth, never expecting to fall in love with him along the way. After he shows up in town, she convinces him that the best way to get Kourtney back is to make her think he’s fallen for someone new — her. But when a fake romance becomes all too real, her deception may leave them both grounded. 

The Heart's Game: Kelly Brothers Book Four
Amazon Kindle Price: $ 3.99  Buy it Now 
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What happens at Comic-Con, stays at Comic-Con…

Robotics engineer Jenny Nguyen has given up on finding Mr. Right. So when her brother and his husband approach her to act as surrogate for their child, she sees it as her only chance to have a child and accepts. One week after she initiates the process, however, she meets a man who gets her heart pumping for all the right reasons and gives into the temptation. When the test turns positive, she’s believes she can’t handle both the pregnancy and dating, but she underestimates how persistent Daniel Kelly can be.

When surgeon and gamer-geek Dan meets a pretty woman dressed as a Sailor Scout at Comic-Con, a roll of his lucky twenty-sided die tells him he should take a gamble on her. One night of passion leaves him longing for more, but Jenny’s refusal to return his calls afterward leaves him wondering if the attraction was one-sided. An accidental discovery of her pregnancy has him convinced the baby is his, and he’ll stop at nothing to win her heart.

A Seductive Melody: Kelly Brothers Book Five
Amazon Kindle Price: $ 3.99  Buy it Now
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 She has the scoop of a lifetime, but only if she betrays his trust…

Ethan Kelly lost his best friend and bandmate to an overdose, but staying clean is proving harder than he thought it would be. His only safety net during his first weeks of sobriety is fellow recovering addict, Becca. As she guides him through the darkness, he begins to trust her not only with his secrets, but also his heart.

After years of trying to be the daughter her socialite parents wanted her to be (and failing miserably), Rebecca Shore finally has her life on track. Sure, she’s just an assistant at Moderne magazine when she’d rather be pursuing more serious journalism, but it’s a foot in the door. She’s just waiting for the scoop of a lifetime that will take her to the next level. But when she’s asked to help the reclusive and enigmatic rock star, her heart is torn between the career she’s always wanted and the man who bares his soul to her.

In the Red Zone: Kelly Brothers Book Six
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All-Star linebacker Frank Kelly is as well-known for his off-the-field hits as he is for his on-field ones. When a dance club brawl ends with him in handcuffs again, he’s rescued by a well-connected woman who can get the charges dropped in exchange for a small favor. If he’ll agree to play the part of a doting boyfriend for two months, she’ll keep him out of the slammer and help restore his reputation.

Kiana Dyer may be the daughter of a Hall of Fame football player, but the charity organization she took over when he died isn’t getting the media attention she’d hoped for. A staged romance with Frank Kelly is just the ticket she needs to get in the spotlight. As the lines between fake and real start to blur, she begins to wonder if bailing him out was the best call she’s ever made. Just when everything seems to be falling perfectly in place, scandal surrounds her charity, and she’s the one left scrambling to clear her name.

Book Seven Here All Along, is yet to be released but will feature the youngest brother Gideon.
What's For Dinner?: Leftovers or Pizza Bread
Song of the Day: ( Picked by the Author)

Shake by Head and the Heart



  1. Thanks for the introduction to another author!

  2. Love the antique "B" you found for this - beautiful graphic!


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