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Peek Inside Real Men Don't Break Hearts

Ally Griffin was jilted at the altar six years ago, but it’s not her ex-fiancé she blames—it’s Nate Hardy, his cousin. Now the infuriating playboy is back in town and, even worse, is her new landlord. The last thing Nate needs as he’s trying to reinvent his life is an attraction to Ally, but as their short-term fling starts to feel more serious, can Nate provide what Ally really needs: a real man?

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Ally Griffin is horrified to learn her new landlord is none other than the infuriating playboy Nate Hardy—the man whose wiles she just knows got her jilted at the altar six years ago. Add to it that her ex-fiancé Seth is showing up in her hometown of Burronga, Australia, to marry his beautiful new bride…for real this time. But the kicker? Everybody’s treating Ally as though she’s still heartbroken. She’s just fine, thank you very much, but could The Jilter have the decency not to hire her sister as his florist?

Nate Hardy is tired of his high-flying city career and bachelor lifestyle and is looking for something more real. The last thing he needs is to find himself undeniably attracted to Ally, the woman with whom he never saw eye-to-eye. But is he even capable of what Ally wants and deserves?

As Ally tries to pull her life out of the rut it’s fallen in, she doesn’t count on Nate stirring up her emotions. A short-term fling with the resident bad boy is practically irresistible, but only if she can guard her heart…

Novels in the Real Men series by author Coleen Kwan:

Book one: Real Men Don’t Break Hearts
Book two: Real Men Don’t Quit
Book three: One Real Man



"Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I've already bought my next read - a Coleen Kwan book" Amazon reviews

"REAL MEN DON'T BREAK HEARTS was a delightful read. Funny and at times emotional as well." MsRomanticReads

"REAL MEN DON'T BREAK HEARTS is a wonderful contemporary romance." The Book Girl 

"Real Men Don't Break Hearts by Coleen Kwan is a fast read and a cute read. Fans of romance of any type will just eat this one up!" The Book Cellar

"This is a lovely contemporary romance that will put a smile on your face when you finish."   Reading Reality

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668120
Series: Real Men, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 1, 2012
Page Count: 237
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: enemies to lovers, fling

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By Kathie (katmom) January 28, 2013

I was tickled to win this in Jess the Romanceaholic's giveaway. Thank you Ms. Kwan and Jess!

This was a sweet romance with nearly fade to black love scenes. The UST was still very high and very enjoyable.

Nate has come home to right a few wrongs. He was a very bad young man, getting in trouble all th ...more

By MsRomanticReads January 01, 2013

This review can also be found on my blog.

Real Men Don't Break Hearts was a delightful read. Funny and at times emotional as well. Ally Griffin once had her future all planned out. She was going to marry her high-school sweetheart, have kids, and the house with the white picket fence. On the day of h ...more

By Amy April 11, 2013

I love a good sweet romance, and Entangled Publishing's Bliss line continuously delivers. I can't get enough of these books and Real Men Don't Break Hearts was such a fabulous and quick read. Told in alternating POV's between Ally and Nate, we really get inside both of their heads and see things fro ...more

By Kristin January 07, 2013

I wasn't expecting the characters to all be woven together the way that they were. You see, Ally was going to marry Seth, Nate's cousin, when she was younger. Only Seth left her at the alter and Nate was the one to deliver the message that her fiance jumped ship. Nate never hid the fact that he thou ...more

By Kim Reads January 14, 2013

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This is the first book by Coleen I’ve read. I have to admit, in the beginning I wasn’t really into the book at all. But it got so much better.

Ally Griffin is a single twenty-five-year old woman living in her hometown of ...more

By Jenny February 09, 2013

"Real Men Don't Break Hearts" is a wonderful title ... but you know what? Nate nearly broke mine; he was trying so hard to be a good guy and to build a good life. A reformed bad boy is so attractive. Add in a heroine who is discovering her strength (Ally is lovely) and the romance was irresistible.

B ...more

By Christi January 15, 2013

My Review:
Ally and Nate....I loved them. I loved them as they hated each other. I loved them as they became friends. I loved them as they became more. I loved them as they both hurt. This was such a fun, entertaining love story.

Six years ago, Ally was left at the altar. Fortunately she was saved fro ...more

By Melody December 20, 2012

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All right for the past couple of days I have been reading Real Men Don't Break Hearts by Coleen Kwan. I have to say I really enjoyed this story and I love when I get a chance to read author's that are new to me. It just gives me that warm fuzzy feeling wh ...more

By Ailsa January 10, 2013

Real Men Don't Break Hearts is a light read with interesting, believable characters and a happy ending, 'Real Men Don't Break Hearts' was a nice book to read over the break.
We're first introduced to Ally as she's working in her struggling gift shop. She took it over when her gran, the founder, had ...more

By Kathy January 02, 2013

This is a hard book for me to rate and review because it didn't meet my expectations. Going into it I thought this was a clean romance and I was half way in before I realized there was more content than I am comfortable with. It was pitched to me as sweet and sassy which it was but I'm a "closed" do ...more

By Emily October 10, 2013

With her little gift shop struggling Ally Griffin needs time to figure out how to turn it around quickly. It would be easy to just solely focus on her shop, but when she finds out the man who dumped her at the alter is going to be married and returning to the small town of Burronga, Australia everyo ...more

By Susanne April 03, 2013

Bad boy Nate Hardy really appealed to me. He seemed real and hot and I loved that he worked so hard to redeem past wrongs. He's a hot, ethical, honest man and not the stereotypical billionaire businessman. It might seem a difficult thing to do and an odd thing for an alpha hero, but turning his back ...more

By Melissa February 15, 2013

Oh how I loved this book. Allie and Nate were the perfect counterpoint to the other. When she was dating his cousin, Seth, they never got along so when Seth ran out on their wedding she blamed Nate more than Seth. Nate moves back to town to reconnect with apiece of himself that had been missing for ...more

By Erica December 28, 2012

Since the moment I heard the title for Real Men Don't Break Hearts I wanted to read it. I mean, how could a book with a title as fun as that go wrong? And I am happy to announce that Real Men Don't Break Hearts by Coleen Kwan was a complete winner. I loved everything about it and cannot wait to read ...more

By Edmiary April 03, 2013

This book was freaking awesome!! It had just the right amount of stubbornness, the right amount of build up and a whole bunch of sexy male. Yum. Ally is awesome. I actually felt kind of bad for her though because everyone insist in feeling bad fir her because they all think she's still extremely hun ...more

By Chris January 14, 2013

An enjoyable romantic journey! Review coming soon to ...more

By Jen February 02, 2015

Real Men Don't Break Hearts is the first book in the Real Men series by author Coleen Kwan and is a new adult (NA) romance set in Buronga, Australia. Six years ago, Ally and Nate didn't like each other and only had Seth, Ally's boyfriend and Nate's cousin, as the one thing that bound them together. ...more

By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) February 28, 2013

Fast, cute read about second chances and learning to forgive and trust again. Full review soon.

Updated Review -
Real Men Don’t Break Hearts is a fun, quick read. It’s about second chances and changing your outlook on life. Both Ally and Nate learn to forgive and put the past where it belongs – in the ...more

By Marlene January 29, 2013

Originally published at Reading Reality

Real Men Don't Break Hearts by Coleen Kwan is simply a light and fun contemporary romance from Down Under.

It's never a good day when you discover that your ex-fiance is coming home to get married. Especially when he's coming home to marry someone rich and famou ...more

By Jennifer (random jendsmit) February 15, 2013

originally posted on PBD and random with a $10 gift card giveaway from Entangled!! Check it out and enter through 1/21/13!

My rating: 3.5 Stars

My Review:
This was a really cute and sweet story. I really liked Nate and Ally's interaction with each other. I have to admit Ally was a little whiny ...more

By Nicola June 16, 2013

This was a great read and ticks every box for a sweet heartwarming romance. It's well written, has great characters, a nice storyline, is romantic, witty and has moments that tug on the heartstrings and those that make you smile. Whilst it doesn't have steamy content so to speak there is plenty of s ...more

By Romancing the February 27, 2013

Posted on Romancing the Books blog
Reviewed by JoAnn
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A quick and enjoyable read that I was able to finish in less than a day. It kept my interest from beginning to end. There were some tears and tense moments along with some laugh out loud ones, love and romance. I ...more

By Linda July 05, 2013

I really enjoyed this book--it's a great summer read. Coleen Kwan is an excellent writer--very literate, and the Kindle version had no mistakes or typos that I noticed (a major beef of mine with books today, especially e-books).

The characters are likable and human, the romance developed well and be ...more

By Jennifer April 18, 2013

Cute romance! Enemies turned romance. Love those. Ally was left at the altar six years ago and partly blames her fiancee's cousin, Nate. Nate moved back into town and bought Ally's building and will be her new landlord. Lots of tension until it erupts into a steamy romance. Ally doesn't think Nate i ...more

By Gina March 13, 2013

This was great story about how time changes people for the better and find love. Great story; quick read. ...more

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Coleen Kwan

About the author

Coleen Kwan

Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance with heart-stopping heroes, spirited heroines, and swoon-worthy HEAs. Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds. Visit her website at Subscribe to her newsletter and receive a free ebook at Connect on Facebook at

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