Monday, May 27, 2013

REVIEW: Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan

“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 façade 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?

Wow. This book. Seriously, it totally caught me off guard. From the first page, I was 100% sucked in. I couldn’t put it down. It was not at all what I expected. The first page had me giggling and I did laugh a bit throughout the book, but really, it’s not funny at all. It’s a love triangle with no clear cut winner initially. Even in the end, you still like all of them. And I will say this – I really hope that the guy that doesn’t end up with Maggie gets his own book. I still really enjoy him and think that he is a good guy and really deserves his very own Happily Ever After.
Maggie. Oh. My. Gosh. My heart breaks for her. Nobody should have to live through what she does. But she is so. Freaking. Strong. And she is so amazing. Right off the back, you want to rescue her, but she doesn’t need rescuing. She’s sassy, but broken. She’s strong, but sweet. She’s got a heart of gold and is so giving. This girl had to make some decisions on her own that would’ve been hard for anyone that had a support system.
While Will & Asher both are main characters, I feel like this was Maggie’s story. They are both amazing guys that I enjoyed reading about. I really enjoyed getting to hear their sides of things – that really helped to understand why they did some of the things that initially had me scratching my head.
So, if you want a book that is going to captivate you from page 1 – this is it! You will get sucked in and not want to be disrupted until you get to the last page. You’ll hold your breath at parts, probably cry at other parts, and even laugh a little. Mostly, you will read an amazing story about a very strong girl.

Em and I had the pleasure of reading this book together.  This almost never happens anymore so we were giddy!  We both agreed that the silly and lighthearted scene that started this story did not prepare us for where we were about to go.  And when I mean go, we went there mind, heart and soul.  Wow, this was a powerful read.  I even had to put it down a couple of times just to take a break.  It affected me that much.

Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan is a heartwrenching story of a girl who has so much hurt and sadness bottled up inside of her.  She hides behind an *almost* phony reputation and her outwardly flirtatious persona.  Once all of the layers are slowly and reverently peeled away by an amazingly sweet and patient man, Maggie is able to find happiness and set herself free from all of the emotional baggage she has held on to.
I loved the execution of this story.  I was surprised at how emotional and attached I became to Maggie considering she is not your typical heroine.  Well done Lexi Ryan!  This one will definitely stay with me for awhile.
xo, D
As soon as we finished this, within about 30 minutes of each other, Em and I started the chit chat….
Em:  Done!  I loved it.  I felt that it was executed soooo well.
D:  It was very emotional for me.  I really felt for Maggie.
Em:  I thought the ending was perfect.  And yes, it was emotional for me too.
D:  It unraveled very slowly and carefully.  And yes, I thought the ending was good too.  Cute, for such a dramatic book J
Em:  The love triangle was not predictable and I found that I liked both guys!  I hope she does a story for (we won’t say his name!!!)
D:  Yes, me too! I liked him just as much and felt like he was sort of lost at the end.  His story needs to be told and he needs a HEA!
I’m glad Maggie’s family ended up having some redeeming qualities.
Em:  I ended up liking Krystal and Maggie’s mom.  I also love that Asher did not encourage her to hate them but instead pushed in the right direction.
D:  He was better than any therapist!  Her self- loathing was heartbreaking.  Thank goodness for the Granny.  She was hilarious and provided some much needed comic relief!
Em:  It was really nice to read a standalone!
D:  Great job Lexi Ryan!!!

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