Monday, May 12, 2014

Review: Breakable by Tammara Webber

Contours of the Heart #2
by Tammara Webber
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Published by Penguin Berkley
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher
Purchase Amazon / Indiebound

from Goodreads

He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

My Thoughts

I've just finished Breakable and I can easily say that I fell in love with Landon Lucas Maxfield all over again. It's been a while since I had read Easy, the book that introduced Lucas to me. I thought that I didn't remember much of Lucas and Jacqueline's story, but I quickly realized that I remembered it all. The intensity of their relationship, the flirting, the protectiveness Lucas felt. It flooded back to me. This book isn't just about a character who you should love, a guy who will make you swoon (which he does), but it's about a young man who, after going to the darkest depths of himself, reclaims his life.

Breakable grabbed me from the very beginning and keep me turning the pages to discover the mystery of Landon Lucas Maxfield. I got to see him from a new perspective, not just the protector role that he assumed when Jacqueline entered his life. Breakable is more than just a retelling of Easy from Lucas's perspective. We get to see him as both Landon - from years 13 to 18, and Lucas - in current day, and how both of these personas reconcile into the person he will become.

I loved reading the coming of age of Landon and his time as a teenager. It was both heartbreaking - seeing his relationship with his father fade into nothing as they dealt with (or didn't deal with) the loss of his mother, and entertaining - his friendship with Boyce, the nemesis turned best friend. There were just as many moments that I wanted to cry as there were moments that made me want to laugh. What I love most of all though was seeing that Landon/Lucas, no matter how lost he thought he was and the desire to give up and give in to his pain, he begins to find himself again.

Tammara Webber has written a stellar story when she gave us Jacqueline and Lucas. Readers can possibly find parts of themselves in these characters. They may not have experienced the tragedies that Lucas and Jacqueline deal with, but they can identify with their pain, their uncertainties, their doubt, their guilt, but also their love. I loved reading Easy, and now Breakable. This is a story that I will not soon forget.

Disclaimer:  I received a finished copy from Penguin Berkley in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the book provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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