Where My Heart Breaks (A Willoughby Inn Love Story)

Where My Heart Breaks (A Willoughby Inn Love Story)

by Ivy Sinclair

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If there were a course in screwing up your life, Kate Spivey earned an A+.

Trust is in short supply for Kate at the start of the summer before her senior year of college. Sentenced to spend it under the watchful eye of her aunt at the Willoughby Inn, Kate needs to prove that she has learned from her mistakes.

Almost immediately, Kate finds herself drawn to someone else who can understand the unfairness of being judged without all the facts. Reed Black has had his own share of regrets, but, instead of trying to fight his reputation, he embraces it.

When Reed offers to give her a crash course in the romanticized history of the tragic love story that made the Willoughby Inn famous, Kate is unable to resist playing along. The warnings to stay away from him only serve to make him more appealing.

As sparks fly between Kate and Reed, his mixed signals remind Kate that she needs to watch her step. If she wants to get her life back on track, she has to ignore how her growing attraction to him. Just like the characters in the Willoughby Inn story, anything more than friends is strictly off-limits.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148527176
Publisher: Smith Sinclair Publishing
Publication date: 08/29/2013
Series: The Willoughby Inn Love Stories , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 334
Sales rank: 5,805
File size: 191 KB

About the Author

Ivy Sinclair cut her romance teeth on classics like Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, and Sabrina. She is a firm believer in true love, a happily ever after ending, and the medicinal use of chocolate to cure any ailment of the heart. Ivy's guilty pleasures include sushi, endless Starbucks lattes, and wine. Readers of Ivy's stories can expect smoldering sweet stories of romance that tug at the heartstrings.

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Where My Heart Breaks 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
psee More than 1 year ago
5 Star Review  The cover drew me in and the Sinclair's writing style kept me there. I loved how she brought in characters with problems/flaws and allowed us to follow their transformation without it being overly repetitive. This made for a book that was a quick but entertaining read. I finished it in one day. I found Kate to be a realistic character. Overachiever turned bad girl she is attempting to get her life back together. In finding herself she realizes some difficult things and in doing so she frees herself. Reed is your typical hot bad boy. He has his demons and he too needs to work through what he has been dealing with in his life. I love getting to know more about him: what drives him, his intellect, etc.  Millie makes for a great best friend, and Sam is really sweet. Patrice also works her way into my graces. I did find the intertwining of the book in the story to be clever and I love how it played into Reed and Kate's developing relationship. I can't wait to read more from Sinclair. Perhaps a story for Millie and Sam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is the maturity level of this book? (Language, drinking, sex, etc.)
dreamersmagic More than 1 year ago
I really can't say enough good things about this book. What I liked: First and foremost, this book was unpredictable. Most of the time, with NA Romance we know the hero and heroine are going to be together. But in Where My Heart Breaks, nothing about their relationship is a sure thing. There are lots of reasons for them not to be together. It would be entirely relatable and believable if Katie ran in the other direction--not because he wasn't a good guy, but because she was truly trying to make a fresh start. Specifically one that didn't involve her being wrapped up in a boy. One of the main parts of the plot revolves around a famous novel that was written about the Inn where Katie is staying for the summer, and in several scenes it is almost as is Katie is reliving the novel. But the novel featured inside the book has a tragic ending, and this kept me very on edge, worrying that Katie's own fate might be tragic. Is it? Come on now, you didn't think I'd spoil that for you, did you? I will tell you that I was completely and utterly satisfied by the end of the book, and I'm so glad I read this. What I didn't like: The beginning seemed a little rocky. I was almost positive that were about to drive right into predictable tropes. Her car breaks down. A hot guy stops to help her. They are going to have instant chemistry, right? Nope. He was sort of an ass, and while she was attracted to him, there was no almost kiss or any other cliche. I both liked and disliked that, because I was happy for some originality, but I was also hoping for that kiss. My Recommendation: Where My Heart Breaks is fantastic and should go right to the top of your TBR.
algelcrestfall More than 1 year ago
A sweet story about two entirely different and broken strangers, I love how the friendship between Kate and Reed developed into something romantic because of that book. It's pretty amazing how two people's relationship becomes stronger because of a book.  Kate's parents sent her away to her aunt for summer. This is some sort of punishment for Kate because of her misbehavior during college and they said that she needs to learn from them. On her way to Willoughby Inn, she had a problem with her car and that's when she met Reed, the hottie who helped her with her car trouble. She thought she'd never see him again, but of course, she's wrong about that. Reed Black is so sexy that she can't fulfill her mission which is to behave. People warned her about him, that he is a dangerous man that she shouldn't let her guard down whenever she's with him. Well, he may had a dark past but this doesn't stop them from being friends. They knew they feel something for each other, they just can't take the risk to tell each other the truth. I also love the fact that a book played a big part in their relationship. The way they reenact some scenes on the book made me like the story even more. If you're looking for a fast but cute and romantic read, you should give Where My Heart Breaks a chance.
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
“It’s nice to meet new people. People who don’t think they know who you are, so they actually take the time to get to know you for real. It’s refreshing, and around here it’s rare.” During her junior year of college, Kate made some bad decisions and lost her parents’ trust. She partied too hard, dated the wrong guys and neglected her school work. Once her parents learned she was under academic suspension, they forced her to move home. Call it punishment or just helping out family, Kate gets exiled to small town North Carolina to help her aunt at the famous Willoughby Inn. The Inn’s claim to fame was that an author, Walter Moolen, wrote a famous (and heartbreaking) novel titled Where My Heart Breaks set there. Kate had never read the novel before this summer, but it is featured prominently in this book and is, in some ways, responsible for her own romantic connection.  “How do you learn to be friends with someone you were instantly attracted to, and then be romantic with someone that initially inspired platonic feelings?” Kate isn’t in town long before she catches the attention of two of the guys in town: sweet, nice, all around good guy Sam and sexy, enigmatic playboy Reed. Kate *should* be looking for a guy like Sam instead of repeating past mistakes with “bad boys,” but she can’t help being drawn to Reed. He’s attracted to her, but makes it abundantly clear that he doesn’t date. Rumors abound in town about him being a “love ‘em and leave ‘em” kind of guy because of the tragedy that occurred in his past (understandably so when his heartbreaking secret finally comes to light). Sam works with Kate at the Inn and she agrees to hang out with him platonically, but he wants more. Reed and Kate begin to spend a lot of time together, much to the chagrin of not only Sam, but Kate’s aunt Patrice, and they build a friendship that she desperately wants to be more. But with that desire comes the realization that Reed isn’t someone she can just have a fling with and that, even if he was open to the idea of a relationship, it would only end up hurting her in the end. Her aunt and parents have warned her against spending time with a “guy like Reed” and they’ve threatened to cut off her money for tuition if she doesn’t follow their rules.  “Reed Black. He was an enigma. Maybe if I understood him better and what made him tick, I could get this strong need to be with him out of my system. I could get on with my life and find a nice guy, a guy like Sam, to settle down with and live out the rest of my years. That thought was so depressing that it made me want to weep.” One of the things that makes this book stand out from the rest of the NA pack for me is the “book within a book” aspect of the plot. I found it incredibly unique and refreshing. It made sense in the context of this story. Not only was Kate learning why her aunt’s inn was so popular, but the book taught her a few things about herself too… mainly that she needed to go after what she wanted because life’s too short. I thought having Reed be an “expert” about the original Where My Heart Breaks was a great tie-in. He and Kate really bonded and explored their own feelings and a relationship as a result of the time spent together visiting the places important to the plot of Moolen’s book. “I see a woman who deserves every happiness. I see a woman who is strong and confident and smart. That woman may have lost her way for a little while, but that doesn’t mean that she’s any less of the person that I think she has always been. It’s just part of growing up.” This is the first of Sinclair’s books that I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from her in the future. The story flowed well and sucked me in immediately. I appreciated her writing style and her characters. From Kate to Reed and Aunt Patricia and to Kate’s best friend Millie, the characters were all complex and well-written. The dialogue was natural and believable, as was the romance in the book. If you’re looking for a sweet (and at times sexy) new adult novel that will leave you with a smile on your face, I can’t recommend this one highly enough. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Where My Heart Breaks is the story of Kate and Reed, and their struggles to finding a fresh start in their lives. When Kate is sent to move with her aunt for the summer, she thought things couldn't get worse. Having made the wrong decisions in the past, she is sent away to start a fresh start. But she also wasn't expecting to find such history at the famous Willoughby Inn. She is just there to please her parents, but it becomes so much more when she meets Reed Black. Their first encounter came as a surprise, but she finds out rather quickly that Reed is trouble and she can't have that if she is going to go back to her home/school. What she thought was going to be the worst summer, ends up being a summer filled with adventures and hot scenes with Reed Black. She knows she is digging her own grave if she keeps seeing Reed, but the more time she spends with him, the more she wants him. With this she'll have to decide what is truly important in her life and whether or not she is ready to have a fresh start.  One of the things that I liked about this book is just how certain scenes are unexpected. Kate's life is filled with regrets and the last thing she wants is to ruined her life. With her parents sending her away, she becomes strong and completely vulnerable (specially when it comes to Reed Black). It makes her a great character, and Reed is so kind and sweet. I like how protective he gets when he is around her. They both have a past, but ultimately they have the power to decide whether they want to move forward or keep their past alive. I found myself connecting with the characters and their stories, the writing flowed perfectly and that's what made it a great book. I can't say enough good things about this book without spoiling it, but I recommend this book to anyone that wants a unique and romantic book.  *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange of my honest review*
Tammy_SmutReviewer More than 1 year ago
I give this a good 4 from me. I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. One, it was refreshingly different. I found myself not really being able to predict what was about to happen and I loved the story line of the book within the book. You have to read it to understand that. :) I loved Reed and Kate. I love that both of them have reputations, therefore both of them are able to understand the other better and be more accepting. I think what's keeping this from being a 5 for me is it was slightly anticlimactic. I would've loved maybe a little angst or some build up of something. That's just me though! I love that Reed pushes Kate to stand up to her parents and be her own person. Being a college student isn't always easy. You want and need the independence, but don't know how to break free from your parents. It can be a really tough transition period and I appreciate that she was able to grow and be her own person and had friends to help support her decisions. I adored Sam in this book. His little twist at the end was a little surprising and I hope he gets his own book next. I would definitely be in line for it. He is a sweetie pie and I hope he has met his match! *Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 Starts This book held promise for me and I was looking forward to reading it. New Adult, college-aged romance and the possibility of a little steam; what more can a girl ask for? Unfortunately, this book fell short of my expectations. Where My Heart Breaks is a quick read (less than 200 pages) about a girl, Kate, who has made some bad choices in college and as a result is sent to live with her aunt in North Carolina for a summer. Kate almost immediately falls for the town "bad boy", Reed. I was pretty unsure what made him the typical bad boy and I felt this part of the story could have been expanded upon. Reed's interest in Kate runs hot and cold for the first part of the story before things are eventually taken further. (I'll avoid any details as to not give away any spoilers.) Don't get me wrong, I was interested in the romance between Kate and Reed but I prefer a little more character development, maybe a little more exploration/background as to why the characters are the way they are. For example, Kate's troubles and the relationship with her mother, or a better understanding why Reed "had" to stay in Bleckerville with his mother. Yes, we were told she was sick but that was all that was ever addressed and for someone so important in his life I would have liked to seen her discussed more than a couple times in the book. With all that said it was still a decent read that I enjoyed somewhat. If you're looking for a quick read with not a lot of angst then this might be the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story with the happy ending.