Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber

From Amazon.com

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.


**ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

**SPOILER Warning** While I try my hardest not to include spoilers in my reviews, this is the a follow-up book to Easy & it would be hard to discuss this book without referencing events from the first book.  Where this is technically a prequel/companion story & could be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend that you read Easy first to get the full experience of both stories. 

Typically, I’m not a fan of books that are a retelling of a previous book through the male point of view. It often feels to me as if the author was somewhat coerced into writing a story their heart wasn’t completely in because they felt that their fan-base demanded it. So, when I first heard of Breakable, I wasn’t sure what to think or expect. I am such a fan of Tammara’s previous work that not reading it wasn’t an option.  However, I’ll admit, when I first received my ARC, I was giddy…but also a little nervous. I quickly realized that wasn’t necessary. Tammara once again wrote a book that completely engaged me, captured my heart, broke it & mended it again.

In Easy, we met Jacqueline as her world was shattered, and we met the two boys that made her believe that she could possibly trust & love again. First, there was the mysterious Lucas, the guy that always seemed to be there when she least expected. Edgy & brooding on the surface, he was different than any guy she had been attracted to before, but she couldn’t deny how drawn she was to him. Then, there was her sweet, smart tutor Landon, whom she had never met face to face, yet seeing his name in her inbox became a highlight of her day. Trust was then questioned as the two became one…Landon Lucas Maxfield.

Breakable begins as 13 year old Landon Maxfield experiences an unspeakable tragedy. In his mind, he had a life that was pretty perfect. That is all taken away in one night that leaves him scarred both inside & out. What unfolds is a heartbreaking story of a boy trying to find his way & a life affirming story of a man accepting that there is hope in opening up to those who love him.

For anyone who fears that this is just a simple retelling of Easy…don’t. Where there are parts of the story that are familiar, they are told in a way that makes them feel new & fresh. Even better, the majority of it is completely new. Told in alternating points of view between Landon & Lucas, we get a more complete picture of who this complicated & mysterious guy really is…and I couldn’t help falling in love with both the boy & the man.

Tammara Webber has been one of my favorite authors for a while now, but this book affirmed for me that I should not doubt her. I will trust that if she has a story to tell, it is one that needs to be read.

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