Series: Contours of the Heart #2
Published by Berkley Trade on 6th May 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Issues, New Adult, Romance
Source: Purchased from Amazon
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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.
Reviewed by Kay
*I purchased a kindle copy of this book*
**This review may contain spoilers if you haven’t read EASY by Tammara Webber**
A couple of years ago a friend invited me into a Facebook group full of readers, bloggers and authors. One of the first things I noticed there was that everyone was talking about Lucas. “I love Lucas!” “Lucas *sigh*” and “OMG, Tina has found Lucas!” followed by a photo of a very attractive guy with a lip ring. “I really need to find out who this Lucas guy is” I thought to myself, so after making some discreet enquiries (I didn’t want to look stupid – I was clearly the only person on the planet who didn’t know who this guy was) I discovered Easy by Tammara Webber.
I have read a ton of NA books since then, but Easy stands out and stays with you long after you have finished it. Tammara Webber’s writing style and story telling is outstanding. Easy is more than a run of the mill love story, it is a story with a strong message behind it, one that, all too often these days, seems to be forgotten or overlooked. We of course get to meet the gorgeous, mysterious Lucas in this tale, but Easy is very much Jacqueline’s story. It is her voice we hear throughout the book, and although we get glimpses of Lucas’s life and backstory, we do not live it with him. To do that, you need to read Breakable.
Let me just say straight away that Breakable is not a sequel to Easy. I think the author has been very clear in all her blurb and posts to state that this is an alternative POV to the story we know and love from Easy. That said, please do not think all you are getting here is a rehash of another book. Breakable is so much more than that. This is very much Lucas’s story. It is also very much Landon’s story. By cleverly using alternating chapters, we get to see all of the sides of Landon Lucas Maxfield.
I have to say, Lucas is way more of a bad boy than I remembered from Easy! I guess that’s because we were seeing him through Jacqueline’s eyes rather than being inside his head as we are here. I really enjoyed getting to know him more in Breakable. To get a glimpse of his world before the terrible incident that changed the course of his life, so innocent and carefree, so surrounded by love and warmth contrasted so completely with his life “after”. To lose the love and support of not only the person who has been taken from you, but also from some of those who are left behind too, who are now so caught up in a spiral of grief, anger, pain and guilt that they cannot even begin to try to ease your pain, is an horrific blow for any child. When you also start to turn that anger and guilt against yourself? Then you are left with a shell of a person who finds it very hard to give a damn about just where his life will end up. To hear Landon’s story opens our eyes to what makes Lucas the man he is in the present day, the man we discover in Easy.
I won’t go over the actual plot of the story – I really feel you should read Easy before you dive into Breakable, and with that being the case, you will know a lot of the plot line anyway. I will just say we meet some great new characters along the way in Breakable. I loved Landon’s Grandfather, Joseph and particularly Boyce. I thought when we first met him, he was going to be a total git, but as Landon’s story progressed and they became closer, we get to see what a good and essential friend he became to Landon. We also get to see more of the Heller family and just what an influence they had on shaping the man Lucas has become.
If I have one tiny negative in my review of Breakable it would be I missed some dialogue between Lucas and Jacqueline. I totally understand why there wasn’t pages and pages of it in the “Lucas” chapters, and that is simply because we would have already read the conversations they had together at this point of his life in Easy, and I’m sure the author didn’t want to just churn out repeat pages of their dialogue in this new book. I’m just a sucker for a dialogue heavy story, so I just missed that interaction a little here, but certainly not enough to dampen my love of this authors work.
I’ll hold my hands up now and admit I’m a huge Tammara Webber fan. I loved Easy and Breakable and I also adored her Between the Lines series. She has written from many different POVs, be it the sweet girl, the bitch, the arrogant arse, the hot but humble good guy or the damaged and pained hero, but her writing is always pitched perfectly. She shows the heart of every character, we feel their pain and their joy in her writing. They feel real to us, which for me is the most important gift an author can possess.
So to sum up, if you were a fan of Easy, I believe you will love Breakable. As much as Easy was a powerful and emotional read with a strong message, Breakable is all that, but maybe it’s a little darker, grittier, and slightly sexier than Easy. An excellent male POV read from an always brilliant author.