Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author E. Mellyberry.
A broken guy.
One horrible incident.
When Lea Amelia landed her feet in San Francisco for her overseas study, her idea of freedom was simple, like eating junk food ten times a day, sitting in front of the TV in her PJs, or going out late with her friends without the need to check in with her mother constantly.
Then she met Andrew Jaya, her brothers’ best friend. A twenty-two-year-old guy whose physical appearance looked like he was crafted straight from God’s heavenly hands, but possessed a past as bleak as if it was drawn by Evil himself. A conflicted guy who wore sadness like nobody’s business beneath his mask, a perfect-looking mask she slowly peeled away.
He was also the guy who hurt her.
Suddenly, everything about her was no longer simple.
Andrew Jaya had convinced himself that not feeling was good for him. He'd been doing it splendidly for almost his entire life. But that was before his best friend’s sister stepped into his life and ruined it. After weeks of knowing Lea, all of those warm and wonderful feelings he’d long ago denied to himself started to reappear. Problem was, the brighter the light, the bigger the shadows that came with it.
His traumatic past refused to let him go.
When the unthinkable happened, the easiest thing to do was to run. But life often proves that the easiest way is usually the hardest.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author E. Mellyberry.)
18-year-old Lea has come to America to study at university, when she meets her brother’s friend Andrew. Andrew has secrets, a troubled past, and may have more troubles in his future.
I’m not sure how much sense this review will make, because I am really angry with the male lead in this book. Steaming angry.
Lea was a sweet girl, and put up with her mother’s moaning, and even wanted to help Andrew after everything that happened.
Andrew was obviously a bit messed up from the start of this book, but no matter how messed-up he was, it didn’t give him free reign to do what he did.
The storyline in this started out quite slowly, but then picked up in the second half. It was in this second half that the ‘incident’ from the blurb happened, and boy was I mad. I don’t want to drop any spoilers, but let’s just say that this event was not good, and definitely not recommended for people under the age of 18. The way Lea acted after this event was admirable, and I understood where she was coming from, but I just could not forgive Andrew for his part in the ‘incident’.
I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to drop spoilers, but I would like to say that the title of this series is very appropriate. This most definitely is a broken love story, with a lot of angst, and big questions over right and wrong, as well as some dodgy ethics. Don’t go into this expecting a normal romance, expect to read something a bit uncomfortable, that you won’t easily forget.
6.5 out of 10.