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.
About the Author
Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Carrie Elks writes with a powerful, edgy realism to her work that makes her stories a compelling and gripping read. Broken Chords is the second book I’ve read by Ms Elks and I went into it with high expectations. The story deals with that wonderful and terrible time of adjustment a couple go through with the birth of their first child. In this case, we have Lara battling with that new sense of who she is, and her beloved, sexy husband, Alex who is trying to launch his music career. About halfway through this book I was no longer speaking to my husband, as Ms Elks recreated that period in my life with such startling and heartbreaking clarity. You feel for these characters, ache for their happy ending and share their pain. By the end, I was emotional wrung out, but uplifted. Ms Elks will take you right into the depth of these characters and their struggle, and sweep you up in a happy ending that leaves you truly satisfied. I highly, highly recommend. I was thrilled to receive an ARC is exchange for an honest review.
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.. well...here 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 gorgeous....so 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.
Carrie Elks is a "new to me" author and I am so glad I got the opportunity to read Broken Chords. I was expecting a rocker romance and what I got was so much more. It is the love story between part-time rocker and handyman Alex Cartwright and his wife, addiction counselor Lara Stanford. Ms. Elks seamlessly mixes the developing relationship of their past with their current marriage and son Max. The rocky times Lara goes through while Alex is on tour in America is a testament to the love she has for her husband and the meaning of family. On paper Lara and Alex should not be soul-mates, however, a mouthed "stay there" and an intense stare at one of Alex's gigs begins a life full of hot sweaty sex, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Lara is an amazing character and every time she felt sadness, anger or happiness, I was right there with her. Ms. Elks truly brought me into her life with her impassioned writing style and imagery. I was able to perfectly picture Alex in all his manliness and tattoos as I soaked up his callousness and unconditional love for his family. Overall, this is a well-written, emotionally charged book with a great cast of characters and a realistic plot. Ms. Elks perfectly combines heat, drama and angst into this contemporary romantic read. I immediately connected with Lara, Alex, and Max, and there was never a moment that I did not want them to be a family. This is the second book from Ms. Elks's Love in London series and it can be read as a standalone. Book one, Coming Down, is now on my TBR list. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.