Read on for my review and a giveaway for swag and a signed copy.
AUTHOR: M. Leighton
GENRE: YA Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: April 2012
SOURCE: Review copy received from author
Her heart, as delicate as glass. His love, as strong as steel. Can either survive life and death?
Hardy Bradford is an eighteen year old football phenomenon who has the girl, the school, the town and the future in the palm of his hand. His life is all mapped out for him, right down to who he’ll marry and how he’ll become a professional football player. It doesn’t seem to matter that Hardy would’ve chosen a much different life if it was up to him. But it’s not. At least not until his Miracle comes along.
The first time Hardy laid eyes on Miracle St. James, he didn’t know who she was, but he knew she was something different and that he’d never get her out of his head. And he didn’t. Now, months later, Hardy’s world is turned upside down when Miracle shows up in his class, stealing his heart and forever changing the course of his life.
Miracle’s sick. Very sick. And Hardy might be losing the only thing in his life that has ever mattered. How much is too much to sacrifice for the one you love? For just a little more time? For just one more chance? Can Hardy be the hero Miracle needs? Or is it Hardy that needs saving?
Fragile is the story of Hardy Bradford and Miracle St. James. Hardy is a brilliant football player with a beautiful cheerleader girlfriend. Life is perfect for him, right? Not exactly! Hardy is under a lot of pressure to please his controlling, abusive father by getting in to college and carrying on with his football career. He’s not happy with his shallow, mean girlfriend. He meets Miracle and his entire world gets turned upside down.
Miracle St. James is sick. She’s been through a lot in her short time and has been hurt by people she should’ve been able to count on to be there for her. She doesn’t need the complication of adding a new person in to her life who is just as likely to let her down. She needs to keep her distance from Hardy because the more she’s near him the harder it is for her to remember to stay away from him. But can she stay away from him? Nope!
I enjoyed reading Fragile. It was a sweet story of Hardy realising that his perfect life wasn’t so perfect after all and fighting for what he wanted. It was also the story of Miracle learning to trust again and let someone in to her life to love her, quite literally, in sickness and in health.
Hardy was a handsome, romantic thoughtful guy who would stop at nothing to make Miracle realise that he wouldn’t let her down and take off when the going got tough. He did all he could to reassure her that he was in it for the long haul. Miracle, after all she’d been through, took time to really appreciate the little things in life and didn’t really let things bother her, after all, they were insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
I liked the way the author took her time to show Hardy and Miracle falling in love, it made it seem very realistic. The scene in the conservatory towards the end was just lovely, so sweet and exactly how Miracle deserved things to be. And as for the final major thing that happened I saw that coming before it happened but it was still a wipe-away-a-tear-or-two moment for me.
One negative that I have is that I wasn’t keen on the name Miracle. I just didn’t like it. It seemed kind of a harsh sounding name when I had to read it a few times on most pages. Other than that though Fragile was a sweet book that I would recommend to fans of YA contemporary romance.
*Borders on the new adult side of things with a couple of the scenes*
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