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Once Upon a Broken Heart marks the launch of a new series about love, curses, and the lengths that people will go to for happily ever after from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Garber

"Soler embodies a fairy-tale world full of vibrant characters with unique voices . . . This sultry fantasy will leave listeners guessing to the very end." —AudioFile Magazine

For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.

Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.

But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game—and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy....

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

©2021 Stephanie Garber (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Dear Listener,

What made me want to write more about the Prince of Hearts?
"My favorite trope is the deadly love interest. I love the tragedy and the tension of knowing that two characters can’t be together because if they ever truly were, one of them would die. The Prince of Hearts is the embodiment of this. It’s said that the Prince of Hearts is incapable of love because his heart stopped beating long ago. Only one person can make it beat again: his one true love. His kiss is deadly to all except for her, and as he’s searched for her, he’s left a trail of corpses. The Prince of Hearts is a monster, but he looks like a fallen angel. It’s easy to be tricked by him, and it’s terribly fun to write about him, because it’s also said that although his kiss is deadly, it’s absolutely worth dying for. " – Stephanie Garber, writer of Once upon a Broken Heart

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Disappointing

I had to force myself to finish this book because deep down I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did. I’m so disappointed.

The premise of the book sounded so intriguing, but throughout this entire book it felt like the author had no idea of where she was taking the story. It feels like nothing happened. There was little to no character growth, and Evangeline spent at least half the book no where near Jax, so their relationship was practically non-existent until the last third of the book, and even then not much growth happened. Romantic, antagonistic, or otherwise.

And I feel bad saying it, but the way the author described things was nauseatingly cheesy. Constantly saying things looked, tasted, and smelled like happiness, love, sadness, and hope. It wouldn’t have been so bad if it was used to emphasize or foreshadow something really important, but to use it for EVERY description was both infuriating and incredibly boring to hear over and over again.

The one positive in this was that the narrator did a great job. I would listen to her narrate again.

But over all, I would not recommend this book. It was a waste of a credit and disappointing.

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I am actually shocked how good this was

I almost never leave five star reviews, but I absolutely loved this book. The characters are funny and intriguing. I lived for the moments between Evangeline and Jax. The plot was also simple to understand,but intricate enough to keep me engaged. The world building is excellent, made me feel as though I was inside the book at times. By far one of my favorite YA novels I’ve read so far. This book had me literally laughing out loud, slapping my face in shock, and crying when I found out the second book wasn’t out. I will be impatiently waiting for the second book, I can’t wait to see how the story progresses.

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Amazing as always!

I absolutely loved this book. Evangeline Fox. Where to even begin with her. Her quirky hair, her constant belief in happily ever after. Her unrelenting drive to find hers, no matter what she goes through. Our "Little Fox" as Jacks calls her was a phenomenal heroine. Add in our beloved Prince of Hearts, Jacks. I love his honesty, his "you should not trust me", "this is a huge mistake, but if you want to make a deal with me, go right ahead". He never says he is a 'good guy' he never pretends to be better than he is. That is what I love about his character. Evangeline and Jacks have their "partnership" and bargain. Their jaunt to reach their separate goals. Our side characters I loved, Lala was amazing and I loved so many of her lines. There were so many amazing lines throughout this book that I laughed out loud, or squealed or both while reading. Throughout there were times where I outloud went "WHAT?!". I love Stephanie Garber's books, because you just go with it, you don't question what you are reading or if it makes sense. It is just whimsical and quirky, making it such a fun time. I cannot wait for the next one, I almost wish I hadn't read this one until it was already out.

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Oh Jacks

This boy this boy this boy. He had my heart in the 1st series. And then he took it even more in this one. He is toxic, damaged, and just wants to be wanted by 1 person.

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A Fairytale for the Broken Hearted

This book is a darkly delicious fairytale and I'm absolutely enchanted by it! I can not wait for the next book. Too good!

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Are we surprised!!!!

of course it was great we expected nothing less. But hurry up with book 2!!!

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Ahhhh!!!! Highly recommend!

So, when is the next one releasing?! It was just as magical and whimsy as Caraval! I loved it! I love that I have SO MANY QUESTIONS.. and I sometimes tire of so many internal conflicts, but I felt Evangeline was completely justified in her thoughts! She is curious and becomes an instant character to love, and Jacks… I still have a special place for him in my heart! Always secretive and making you wonder what he is REALLY up to and FEELING!!! There are plot twists left and right and I seriously said, “Oh, my gosh no, not yet!” when it was over! Great job narrating these special characters!! Highly recommend!

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very enjoyable

this book was quite good. you will love it if a fan of a cruel prince very similar

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I liked it!

Had interesting twists and turns. Enjoyed the originality of the storyline! Excited for the second book!

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Oh my god

I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought. I absolutely cannot wait for book 2. Oh my god that ending!!!