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Nadia was brought up in a cult, knowing little of life outside the community. Jude comes along and becomes the love of her life. They elope and get married against all odds. They are very much in love and dedicated to each other, then two years later, everything takes a turn for the worse.
Bo meets Nadia whilst prepping before going on stage. She understands how he expresses himself through his music and he can see beyond her sad demeanour. They can have what could be the perfect relationship but Nadia holds back, keeping her secrets about Jude close to her heart. Her flashbacks about Jude give an indication of their situation but never the whole picture. When Bo and Nadia are together, they make sweet, sweet music.
This standalone is full of uncertainties, love, secrets and heartaches. Two tormented souls fighting their feelings! Will Bo be able to persuade Nadia to talk about her close guarded secrets? If and when he does, how will he react?
I like the way Zoe and Emil bring in the humour and I can't help but love these two characters. Oh! Bo's ex, Inga makes an appearance to make my day. Thank you Mrs Dee.
I also like the multicultural aspects of this story. Something not very often projected in such a positive and beautiful light in romances.
I loved each and every aspect of this page turner and couldn't read fast enough to get to the outcome. I would fully recommend to romance lovers.
This story felt incredibly intimate, almost voyeuristic in nature, but never intrusive, never uncomfortable.
The author succeeded in creating characters with their own issues, and flaws. In doing so, she developed such a deep connection that, despite some of the actions of those characters, as a reader, I couldn't help but be invested in the outcome.
The narrative was tinged with melancholy and longing throughout. And despite that, or maybe because of that, underneath it all, the author has gifted us with a beautiful story of love.
While this is a contemporary romance, a mystery was presented in the very beginning of the book that I thought I had a handle on, but as the book went on, I kept reading twists and turns that confirmed I, in fact, had NO IDEA what the resolution of that mystery would be. I HAD to know, and I blew through those pages until I got my answer! (And a wonderful ending).
This book packs so much emotion, it's almost unreal. The subject matter is, at times, depressing, but the sad things make the happy things that much, well, happier! (VERY well done, Sunniva!)
Nadia and Bo's story is VERY intense filled with events I didn't expect, but despite my yelling at the characters to do or not do certain things, it was definitely worth it at the end!
This was my first Sunniva book, but it will not be my last!!!
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When I finally got my hands on this baby, I found out it was so much more than a book about Bo Lindgren. I mean, he was here and he was absolutely amazing and so much better than I even hoped he could be, more nuanced, more endearing, more everything. But even with all of that, he was only one piece of the puzzle that was so much more intricate than I imagined. Nadia was ....well she was everything. She was sweet and sad and sincere and so completely torn apart by the unexpected turns her life had taken. But she was also strong and brave and bold.....she was just everything. But even with these two wonderful characters, it's the secondary character's that set this book apart and make it not just a story, but a complete world. I adored Jude, Nadia's husband (yep her husband). I loved him, I believed in him and I was so glad he was a part of this journey. And Bo's band mates and Nadia's best friend supply just the right amount of comic relief, friendship and support.
This book just wasn't like anything else I've read. It was a spectacular breath of new and different and OMG I can't put this down until I know. It's more than just the story of Bo and Nadia, it's the story of before Bo and Nadia too. How they got there, what shaped them into the people they are and where life is taking them next.
Lastly, there is just something about how Sunniva writes that makes her books an entirely different experience than an other author out there. To be completely honest, when I read my first Sunniva Dee book, I didn't get it right away. I actually put it down and went back to it later and started it over. And then I just got it and I LOVED it. She just bombards you with feelings and thoughts and emotions, one after another tumbling over each other in this way that makes you stop thinking and start feeling. It's not about grammar and proper sentences and complete thoughts, which isn't to say that all of those things are neglected, they're not. It just becomes about what it really feels like to be that character in that moment feeling all of the crazy or all of the love or all of the pain or all of the hope. It's the difference between watching the roller coaster or being on the roller coaster
Walking Heartbreak is in theory Bo’s story, but I really thought that Nadia stole the show. I wasn't a big fan of Bo going into this book, but he really impressed me this time and has weaved his way into that special place in my heart. As I stated previously, this story really revolves around Nadia and my heart really went all out for her as she truly is a tormented soul. Raised in the ways of an extreme religious cult, she never had the freedom of really living life – until she met Jude. Jude gave her a taste of the freedom she desired and the love that she craved. The love that they had for one another was truly breathtakingly beautiful. But throughout the course of this story, Jude is a silent character. He’s there, but then he’s really not. The reader only gets to know Jude through Nadia’s flashbacks. But what we do learn is that Nadia will forever love him no matter what – even if her life has gone down a depressing black hole. Nadia’s relationship with Jude becomes a problem though when she meets Bo. Bo makes her smile again and he brings out the best and brightest part of her. But can Nadia give her heart to two men? Or will hearts be broken? That my dear reader are the questions of the day and they can only be answered by reading this spectacular story.
Walking Heartbreak seriously caused me to be an emotional wreck as I tried to unravel the mystery of Nadia and Jude’s unconventional marriage and really wanting her to be happy with Bo, but in the end I was smiling and truly happy with the outcome. This raw and insanely gut-wrenching story is passionately written and with complex and well developed characters is a must read for any New Adult Romance fan. Sunniva Dee has a true gift for writing and I always look forward to reading her books. Walking Heartbreak is well deserving of a 5 star rating in my opinion.
MOre than that, it kept me guessing. At one point, I was screaming at the pages "What is GOING ON?!", and it made me keep turning the pages, in a hurry to understand the story and understand the main characters. WHat I liked the most about this book was that the characters and their interest for each other, their problems--it seemed realistic. Sometimes i lose interest in a novel when everything is far-fetched, too lovey-dovey or just too unrealistic, but this I could see happening, and now I feel like I get them. Some of the feelings the characters felt, I had felt before! It really charmed me, and I haven't read a book so fast in ages.
I love the *I'm so torn*-angst: "My lower abdomen clenches, and I wish it didn't. This attraction. It's so desperately futile." ... and I think a lot of people recognize the feeling of inner dilemma here.
A magnificent I-love-I-hurt-book where NOTHING is the way it seems. Don’t judge prematurely—I promise, you’d have done the same!
Despite this book being based in the world of music, this book, much like all of the others regardless of genre that she’s written, is like a song.
Hear me out. Her first couple of releases were like the opening verses, the following ones like a chorus, but this one…this one read like the sweetest melody. The moment in some of the most epic ballads where the music just plays, with no words, no outside influences and it’s just the music.
There was something about the prose in this story that read very melodic to me. I felt every part of it with my entire being because of it. From Bo and Nadia’s first meeting, to their eventual first hookup and all of the emotionally driven moments in between. It was all just very musical in the way it was presented and I have no idea if that was the intention of the author at all, but it worked.
It’s hard to discuss this story without giving things away because there is a lot here that if spoken about can give away a good portion of what really takes place, but I will say that it’s not a book for the faint of heart. The name of the story is valid. This book was a walking heartbreak for me as the reader, but one that by the time I turned the final page, had me placed back together in the best of ways.
What you should know before going into it though is that it does jump around quite a bit in terms of timeline. You’re privy to Nadia’s circumstances from a young age, what takes place years later, straight on into the here and now with Bo and they aren’t exactly marked. At first, I was a little confused, I’ll admit, but it didn’t take me long to figure out what was going on and go with the flow.
Sunniva doesn’t scrimp on details here. She takes you very deeply into the mindset of Nadia and what brings her to where she is when we first meet her, and everything that takes place with her as the story progresses. There is not a step missed here and the same can be said for Bo, but it wasn’t quite as deep as what was presented with Nadia.
I enjoyed the insight into her. Often times we don’t get enough of that in books because authors can be afraid to take the risk or not want to bog their readers down with things like history. But what makes this stand out is that it does matter. Every bit of it and having all of that knowledge, made stepping into Nadia’s mindset, her motivations that much easier. It made me understand her and connect.
Watching Bo, who freely admits quite early on that he doesn’t have the love muscle, fall so head over heels in love was a beautiful thing to witness. God. I love Bo. He’s got aspects of typical rocker, but more often than not, he’s also more than that. Right from the jump I saw it and I was just hooked right in. I felt that boy with every fiber of my being and the love scenes…don’t even get me started on those.
Steamy, hot even, but with a very different take than a lot of the books I read. These read much like the rest of the book and even when they were naughty, read classy. Romantic even. Like, even if it was just sex, it wasn’t just sex if that makes sense. And I do believe for the first time in a long time in terms of scenes of that nature, I didn’t feel the need to skim them. They were moments I needed to experience and am so very glad that I did because they opened me up so much more to the dynamic of these two together. What makes them work.
Sunniva, my hat is off to you here. You created one hell of a story. One that wasn’t easy. One that had to get really damn hard before things could become easy and one that even now as I sit here having finished it, am still shaking my head about after finally getting answers (and being right!) about what was really going on with Jude.
I knew when I read the first page I was g-o-n-e. The title is more than a little apt. Nadia is a girl with a dark past. She knows all about love and loss, and thanks to her upbringing in essentially a cult, she carries the baggage of her past along with her. Bo, the guitarist in an up-and-coming band, doesn't know anything about love, though he does know a bit about loss.
These two characters had me wrapped around their pinky fingers almost immediately. I love nothing more than characters with troubled pasts. Despite that, it wasn't all heartache--I found myself laughing as often as I felt my heart wrench. And that's the thing about Sunniva's writing. She'll take you through the lows so that you can soar through the highs.
I'm also a sucker for beautiful prose. So sue me, I'm a writer as well as a reader, and when you come across a book written with such fine and nuanced craft, it adds another layer to the story. And Nadia's backstory unfolded as the romance deepened.
Like all of Sunniva's books, this one had some definite heat.
Nadia and Bo's issues were never their physical attraction for one another. Nope, for these two tortured souls, it was everything that had to do with the sticky, emotional parts of a relationship.
Thank you, Sunniva, for this ridiculously amazing book!
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