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Broken Chords (Love in London Book 2) by [Elks, Carrie]
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When happy-ever-after is only the beginning…

Lara Cartwright thinks she has it all. Married to a sexy rock star, with a new baby and a burgeoning career, she should be happy, shouldn’t she? But life isn’t a fairy tale and Lara’s perfect world is slowly falling apart.

Alex Cartwright is talented, tattooed and passionate. A family man, he adores his wife and baby, but can’t shake off his need for success. When his band is offered a lucrative tour of the US, the distance growing between him and Lara isn’t only measured in miles. As their baby falls seriously ill, Lara finds herself wondering if Alex really cares for them at all.

Emotional and absorbing, Broken Chords is a story of desire, redemption and the crazy notion that love can still conquer all.

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

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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Second Chances in London! 3 March 2015
By KimGM - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love it when I read a book and I fall in love with the characters. I also love it when their flaws and actions make me want to grab them by the shoulders and shake some sense into them. That's how I felt when I was reading Broken Chords by Carrie Elks. Lara and Alex, the couple in focus, look perfect on paper. She works at a clinic helping recovering addicts, while Alex works odd jobs and is the frontman for a band on the cusp of success. They're sexy, they're in love--they're also struggling to make ends meet, trying to balance their relationship and being parents to six-month-old Max. While motherhood has changed Lara in more ways than she's realized, Alex still hasn't grasped just how serious fatherhood is. And when he chooses going on tour with his band over helping to raise his son, he sets his relationship with Lara on a precarious course--especially when she is dealing with postpartum depression.

Broken Chords is a fantastic story of love and second chances. I really enjoyed how Elks pulled us into Lara's world and made us feel the intensity of everything going on around her. A definite 5-star read! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled rock star wannabe 25 November 2015
By Joy2320 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Honestly, this was a hard book to review, and read. I did not like Alex for 95 percent of the book. He was incredibly self-centered and thoughtless. All he could think about was what a rock star he was going to be, poor baby being held back by his wife and child. Sheesh, what a spoiled brat he was. The way he behaved while on the road was totally unforgivable. Pictures with women in his lap, rarely ever calling home, barely talking when he did call. What a bum he was during the tour. Days with NO contact, what is his excuse? We don't know because he never tells her, he's just busy being a drunken rock star. His son almost dies and he is too busy playing..............oh, wait, he didn't know. Had he picked up a phone and called his wife he would have, but you know, he was busy. I was so glad she didn't take him right back and he did seem to grow up at the end. HIs wife went through some terrible times and he should have been there for her and their son. Not my favorite rock star story. Nice HEA though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved 22 April 2015
By Paige - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 "Come Home" Stars

Reading the blurb for this book hit really close to home. Granted my husband is a principal not a rock star, but anyone that has had a baby and a working spouse has gone through arguments and trials similar to those that these characters face.

Alex and Lara have been married for seven years and have a 6 month old baby. If you've had a child, the saying "sleeps like a baby" is completely inaccurate. Kids don't sleep and Alex and Lara are finding this out. Alex is also a local rock star trying to make his way to the top, while Lara is going back to work as a drug counselor. As post baby blues lead to post baby depression for Lara, Alex has finally hit the big time and is going on a 3 month tour of the US.

This story is told from Lara's pov. I completely sympathized with Lara's plight. Having a new baby for the first time is a daunting and exhausting experience that even the most attuned partners can't always understand. Lara feels like she is doing the parenting completely on her own even before Alex leaves. I have to be honest, many times Lara probably makes a bigger deal than necessary during some disagreements, but post-pregnancy hormones are a tricky thing from my experience and I honestly don't blame her at all. Alex, in my opinion, hasn't really accepted that life has changed and hasn't really taken to time to see the toll this new baby has taken on his wife.

Proof of how well done the writing was, my stomach was in knots throughout most of this book and I loved every word of it. I really enjoyed the way Ms. Elks wrote the story so that is was completely realistic and in the end there was no one "bad guy". The situation was tense and both handle things badly, but in the end their love and devotion won out leaving a huge smile on my face.

Finally, I loved that the author didn't try to Americanize the writing; it made the writing feel so much more authentic. The only reason this isn't 5 full stars was that I would have loved to have even a few chapters of Alex's pov so that some of the interactions could have been better understood. In the end, although this was my first book by Ms. Elks, it most certainly won't be my last.

Arc provided by publisher via Netgalley for honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars full of drama and love 27 February 2015
By Jeannie Zelos - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Broken Chords,Love in London 2, Carrie Elks
Genre:  Contemporary romance, women’s fiction
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Knickers!! Thank goodness a book where the ladies wear Knickers – not the horribly twee, coy, cringe-worthy panties... I hate that term, but its seems ubiquitous in romance fiction – and one of the reasons I love British authors is to read British terms, wear ladies wear knickers and men wear trousers...not pants – that's just another name for knickers and just sounds so wrong to me. I can just about live with men that wear Slacks though they're unsexy, and bring up reminders of the nylon/crimpeline, elastic waist old people standbys The language divide brings up some strange thoughts – as for that dance Shag “do you want to shag?” a character asked, at a dance in a book I was reading – and.. in the uk shag is a slightly politer way of saying f –ck....
Anyway – on to the book. I love Carrie’s writing, adored the first in this series where we briefly met Alex and Lara, and was so pleased they’ve got their own book.
Poor Lara, life changes massively when you have a family, I don’t think anyone envisages how much, and for her its a huge change, from a busy worker to a stay at home mum on maternity leave. Of course that makes money tight which means Alex has to work in construction during the day and is out with his band at night – means he doesn’t get to see much of baby Max and simply isn’t there to help. Lara feels she’s the only one whose life has changed, and Alex is still out and about same as before. I really felt for her, she was struggling to cope, didn’t know what to do, and Alex seemed unsympathetic. In his eyes she wanted a family, they have one so to him what's the problem? He’s still living much of his life as before, and though its clear he loves Lara deeply, simply adores her and she him, little cracks begin to appear. She says things that make her feel like his mother not his wife and lover, like not smoking weed...he doesn’t smoke much, but before and after a gig it relaxes him and he sees her as nagging him.
Then he gets the chance of a lifetime, supporting a band on tour for three months. But its in the US, and he won’t be able to come home. Max is only six months old, Lara thinks Alex will miss so much of him growing and changing, and she’s not keen on him going, but feels if she says so he’ll resent her later for a missed opportunity. Of course though she trusts him she knows just how the groupies throw themselves at bands, and Alex is drop dead that’s a worry too. What really upsets her though is how he jumped at the chance without even talking to her, and so the cracks get wider....
Its a read so full of love, and emotion and shows how clearly all that love just isn’t enough on its own. a marriage needs two people working for it, working together and Alex and Lara seems to be growing further apart, though that’s not what either of them want. I just couldn’t see how they could come back, and then something really devastating happens and she Needs Alex back right now – but he won’t even speak to her! That’s the last straw for her and the beginning of a real struggle, a time of such sadness for all of them – and as readers of my reviews will know – I love to wallow in this kind of sadness, its so uplifting when all comes right and here its just perfect for me. Carrie really makes the story feel real, draws out the drama, throws in things to makes us ( and them) think about what’s important in life. Its a terrific read, one to savour and read over and over.
 Stars: five, a great story full of love and drama.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book. 5 riveting stars! 27 February 2015
By KateSparrow - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
When I heard that Carrie Elks' fabulous novel Coming Down was to be part of a series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next installment.

Broken Chords tells the story of Lara and Alex. Lara is mum to six-month-old Max, wife to hot, tattooed rocker Alex Cartwright, and is about to return to her job as a drugs counsellor. On the outside she has it all—the happy marriage and beautiful son—but when Alex's dreams of hitting the big time start to come true, her own dreams begin to fall apart.

Thrilled to be new parents, neither of them expected the impact Max would have on their lives, and while Lara takes motherhood in her stride, Alex finds it increasingly difficult to juggle his new responsibilities as a father with his passion for music.

A US tour with his band takes Alex away from his family for three months, and as the tension and distance between them grows, so does Lara’s isolation and loneliness.

It was refreshing to read such a heartfelt and truthful depiction of the ups and downs of motherhood. The sleepless nights, the never-ending challenges and crazy hormones are so unbelievably hard as much as they are rewarding and wonderful. Carrie has hit the nail on the head with her brutally honest portrayal of Lara’s vulnerability.

A blend of past and present builds Lara and Alex’s story, filled with the perfect amount of angst and romance. Carrie has crafted the characters’ emotions so realistically that you feel each high and low, every moment of joy and the deep passion and pain they live through. I read with my heart hammering as Alex made decisions that stretched their bonds to breaking point.

The story flows effortlessly, and the characters are easy to fall in love with, even if there were a few occasions I wanted to jump into the pages and smack Alex around the head. Though he makes some bad choices, deep down he is a good man with a big heart, and that’s what kept me rooting for them. I never once doubted that they were the perfect family, and I wanted and needed to see them come out the other side, turning the pages as fast as I could to see if they would make it.

Above all, Broken Chords is a love story. Love between a husband and wife. Love between a mother and son, and the love of family. A truly wonderful book I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Broken Chords can stand alone as a fantastic story, but I would definitely recommend going back and reading Coming Down if you already haven’t. Roll on book number three!

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