Anguish was the status quo, until she walked in.
Breaker James Collins is confined in a prison of his own making. Scarred doesn’t begin to define his hell since finding out his girlfriend cheated, stole from him, and lied two years ago. It led to a single event—one that would blacken his days and his nights from then on. Since then, he hasn’t left his house, crippled by fear of people and any social interaction.
Ashland talks too much and has the voice of a meth-laden prairie dog, or so she’s always been told. She’s been called annoying and irritating all of her life and gave up on having friends for a long time. College has given her a new lease on a social life and she’s embraced who she is. But now she’s waiting for the one guy who can take her breath away and put up with her antics.
A simple note pinned to a cork board will lead Ash right to Breaker’s solitary world and she will learn that just because a guy doesn’t fit her ideal, doesn’t mean she won’t fall head over feet in love.
I recently finished reading Anguish and I LOVED it! One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is that it has the point of view of both of the main characters in the book. I loved how Ash recognized the sadness in Breaker the first time she met him. I found that to be very touching. The one thing I think would have made the book even better is seeing a reaction between Memphis and Holly after Breaker came and dropped the box of Holly’s things off to her. Overall I found it to be well written, it was not overly descriptive or under descriptive. The words flow really well, so it’s not difficult to keep focused on the story.
AnguiSH (I see what you did there!) has a wonderful flow to it for me that didn’t drag out for lengths sake. It was hard to put it down since I wanted to find out how it was going to end and yet I didn’t want it to end!
Books that have multiple perspectives can often be disorienting but this one pulled it off very well and I didn’t get confused about which point of view I was reading.
What really made this book for me was the characters. Ashland and Breaker were each broken in their own way and yet were able to put each other back together and then step back and enjoy the glory of their work. I enjoyed their families as well, especially Breakers mom who in my head was played by Fionnula Flanagan since I had just seen her in Defiance and she was a perfect fit.I would have loved to have more than a passing mention of Breakers sisters, maybe something along the lines of a dinner scene together with his family would have been great. But then again maybe it would have disrupted the story at that point to step off into that.
The story is a nice romance and journey of healing that didn’t go out of it’s way to introduce extra drama. The characters reactions to things were a lot more real than you would expect in a story like this. And the epilogue was a great wrap-up to the whole thing. All in all a great book that I will gladly read again.
tl;dr – It’s a great romantic story. If you like that kind of thing then go buy it!
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