Tuesday, July 2, 2013

***Sandy's Review of Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan***

“For a woman who claims to be an open book, you hide so much.” He runs his thumb down the side of my neck, over the hollow in my collarbone. “Next time you strip for me, you’re taking off more than your clothes.” – Asher Logan
“Once I believed myself incapable of loving.  I thought it my sacrifice, the payment for my sins. But I feel it inside me–transformation. Something that was once so hard bending into something pliable.  – Maggie Thompson
“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, 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?
Sandy B’s Review
“Small time slut with too much baggage” that’s the way that Maggie describes herself. This girl is keeping secrets, big ones.  She’s not your doe eyed innocent virgin and I LOVE THAT about her. She comes back home to start all over – Project New Me. Unfortunately, not everyone in this small town is willing to let her live down her past. This includes her judgmental mother.  She left her fiancé, the good and virtuous Will Bailey, practically at the altar.  No worries – her sister, Krystal was there to pick up the pieces and comfort him.  Almost one year to the date, she’s back at the altar with Will except this time she isn’t the bride. Will is marrying Krystal.  When I read that – I was like – EXCUSE ME!  Yuck! Then how dare she?!  How dare he?!  Then her stick up the butt Mother was okay with this sh*t?! 

Okay – sorry.  Back to my review.  Much to everyone’s disgust, during the wedding “someone” releases a stink bomb.  Yes, you read correctly – a stink bomb – which sends everyone running for the door before the couple is officially married.  THAT boys and girls is where it all goes to hell in a hand basket.
To get away from her family, Maggie sneaks over the fence of the rich dude next door, who owns the big house with the gorgeous pool because he’s never home.  Except the rich dude is home and she’s busted swimming in his pool.  Enter Asher Logan! Not only is he a gorgeous, hot, rich dude, he’s also a famous retired rock star.  Maggie offers herself on a silver platter.  He wants to get to know her better and refuses.  Maggie is so taken aback that it’s funny. 
What happens next?  Watching Will and Krystal’s new life unfold makes Maggie feels cheated out of what should have been hers.  Krystal is insecure and unsure of Will’s love.  Will as it turns out may not be over Maggie after all.  Oh but wait – there’s more.  Remember those secret that I mentioned earlier – it’s a doozy.  There are even a few twists thrown in by Will and Asher.  Ooooh it was good. I liked Maggie with all her flaws.  I liked that maybe Will isn’t such a goody goody after all.  I liked that Asher saw beyond Maggie’s past because he has one too.  I liked it! I really really liked it (a la Sally Field at the Academy Awards).
This was my first Lexi Ryan book but it will not be my last.  She brought the heartache, the angst and the sexy just the way I like it.  Do we get an HEA?  You’ll have to wait until almost the end of Unbreak Me to find out.  I’m not telling but I will say it was a sweet ride.
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About the author- Lexi Ryan

Like most authors, I feel a little silly writing these. My life is one I love and there's not much I'd change about it, but it's not terribly exciting.  
I live in mid-western Indiana, where I spend my days teaching English at a local college. In the evenings, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids--a five-year-old boy and a nearly-two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I'm feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I'm really, really slow) or do yoga. Don't worry, I'm always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini. I love hearing from readers, so I hope you'll drop me a note.

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