Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Unbreak Me Review

Title: Unbreak Me

Author: Lexi Ryan
Release date: May 27, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Publisher: Lexi Ryan/Ever After, LLC
“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…
I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later and he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…
“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”
But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my facade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his. 
With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?
Ashton's Review

"You don't need fixing."
He gives a sad smile and wipes a tear away with his thumb.
"It's like your mosaics. The beauty is already there, you just find it. Let go sweetheart."

"I'm afraid I'll shatter."

He lifts my hand to his lips and kisses along the line of the stitches running down my palm.
"If you shatter, I'll find you."

I rate Unbreak Me with Four and a Half Leaves! Unbreak Me is about Maggie, a talented artist and college dropout, who disappeared for a year from her hometown after breaking off her engagement to William, a long-time family friend. Maggie returns to New Haven a year later to participate in Will's wedding to her sister. Yes. HER SISTER and only one year later... I know what you're thinking. Shady Lady.

Lexi Ryan did an excellent job capturing Maggie's essence of a broken girl who was mistakenly tagged in her teen years as the town floozy. She suffers criticism from her parents and community members, but she stays super strong. Very "sticks and stones" throughout the entire story, which I found extremely admirable. What I loved most about Maggie was that she wasn't just a victim. The happenings of her teen years and the ridicule she received affected her decisions as she transitioned from teenager to young adult. She also takes ownership of her mistakes from the very beginning. Reading her journey to breaking her walls down was an enjoyable one for me. She is a very relatable character. Now let's talk about the book's hotties...

Asher. William. Asher. William. ASHER! William is the good guy. Simple as that. If this was Twilight, William is Jacob and Asher is Edward. (Yes, I just Twi-referenced you.) If Asher never existed, William and Maggie would be together hands down. William adores Maggie, and claims throughout the entire story that he she is his addiction. Now, Asher is the used-to-be-bad-boy-rock-star-turned-halfway-decent-but-still-struggling guy. Who doesn't love all of that sexiness? Bad boy...check. Rock star...check. Troubled, wounded, and mysterious...check, check, check.

There is one thing that I have to point out, because I'm a stickler for details. After reading the first few chapters, I started to notice similarities between Unbreak Me and the movie, Runaway Bride. If you are a chick flick lover like me, you have definitely seen Runaway Bride about 20 times. Julia Roberts character's name was Maggie. She was an artist. The salon in town was also called Curl Up & Dye. All of these details are similar to those in Unbreak Me. Even the idea of a "runaway bride" somewhat matched since Maggie called off her engagement to William two days before their wedding. Of course the circumstances are all different, but I wondered if maybe those details were inspired by the movie. Just a thought...

 Everyone has a secret in Unbreak Me, which presents lots of twists and turns in the story's plot. These secrets will drive you crazy, but Lexi Ryan perfectly weaved them into the rhythm of the story, presenting each only at pivotal moments when the reader must know in order to continue.
About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Ryan writes romances with humor, heat, and heart. Her books are described as fun, flirty, and wickedly sexy. A lover of learning, Lexi has been in the classroom all her life and currently holds the title of assistant professor of English at her local community college. Lexi is a proud member of Romance Writers of America. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two children.

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