How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by Asha King
Publisher: Phaze Books
Length: Short Story (49 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia
Joshua Lee Merrill has been a playboy for years, never content to settle and convinced there’s no such thing as “the right one”—just “the right now.” For a while, his friends thought he had the perfect woman—until she summarily dumped him and gave his ego a severe thrashing. His group of friends are there to help with his broken heart...but it’s his old pal Derica who suddenly has him hot with desire.
Derica Washington nursed a crush on her friend J.L. for years while he went through a string of girlfriends and never gave her a second look. But now he’s broken-hearted, alone, and his sights are set on her at last. She’s determined not to give in to him, though turning the love ’em and leave ’em attitude on him is tempting. And it can’t hurt to indulge this once...can it?
Joshua Lee Merrill, or J.L., was a cause for concern for his friends because he had just been dumped by his girlfriend of nearly a year. His friends Cole, Jessalyn, Derica and Kashayla practically had to drag him out of bed so that they could cheer him up.
Derica, who has had a crush on him for a while, was sad to hear he was upset but glad Lily was out of the picture. Once he got to the pizza parlor, looking sad and dejected, his friends went into cheer up mode. JL however can't take his eyes off Derica, who he also secretly liked. His brother Aiden is the only one who really knew the truth behind his breakup with Lily. Aidan was surprised by his brother's interest in Derica, because they were friends, but he supports him.
It was interesting to see how Derica and Joshua came together, and how each of their mutual friends responded to it. The story endeared me to the characters, with the only negative being that I really didn't have time to sink my teeth into it before it ended. It seemed a little rushed, but that didn't take away from the beauty of it. I liked Derica and J.L. together and there's also an attraction between J.L.’s best friend Kashayla and his brother Aiden. It was a cute story and one that I would recommend. I look forward to reading Kashayla and Aiden’s story in the next book of this series.