New Year. New Resolution. New Love?
What happens when the best-laid plans break a friendship?
As the twin sister of hockey’s hottest forward, romance-loving Bree Karlsson is used to being ignored, leading to a New Year’s resolution to not date any athlete in her attempt to find Mr. Right. But what happens when the man who might prove to be her personal Mr. Darcy is her brother’s hockey-playing best friend?
Mike Vaughan might be happy playing in Boston, but he’d be even happier if Bree could one day see him as more than a good friend. He agrees to help Bree with a special project in the hope she’ll finally see him as something more. But when a misunderstanding ends in a Valentine’s Day disaster, Bree realizes that her breakup project may have broken her friendship with Mike in two. Can she ever redeem her mistake?
This friends-to-more romance has plenty of heart, humor, and swoon-worthy kisses in this first book of the Original Six, a sweet, slightly sporty Christian contemporary romance series.
I enjoyed reading The Break-Up Project, set in Toronto, Canada, and Boston, USA. Bree feels like she lives in the shadow of Brent, her hockey star twin brother. She is happy working in a day care centre in Toronto, and her normal life is poles apart from her twin’s life. Bree is concerned that Brent’s current life choices, including a new and glamorous social climbing girlfriend, are at odds with his faith and Christian beliefs. Bree enlists the help of her brother’s best friend, Mike, to encourage her twin to get his life back on track.
Mike plays hockey for Boston, and has long kept his feelings for Bree a secret. When Bree asks for his help with the Brent situation, Mike is happy to assist and rekindle his friendship with Bree. Mike would love their friendship to progress into romance territory, but Bree is determined to avoid dating hockey players and she keeps giving Mike mixed signals.
A fun and engaging romance develops as both Bree and Mike are challenged to consider whether they could become more than friends in God’s timing. They live in different countries, and Mike’s philanthropy includes supporting a child sponsorship charity based in the Philippines. I highly recommend The Breakup Project (Original Six Romance, Book 1) to contemporary romance readers who like friends-to-more romances and brother’s best friend romance stories with a strong faith element set in the sporting world of ice hockey. Many thanks to Carolyn for providing an Advanced Reader Copy. The Breakup Project is available for pre-order at a special pre-order price and will release on December 29, 2021. Pre-order at Amazon here.