Broken Down by Amanda K. ByrneSeries: Hidden Scars #2
eBook, English, 208 pages
Debut: April 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Read First: April 13, 2016 | Snuck from: Xpresso Book Tours -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The one thing he could do for her was let her go. Until he couldn’t.
When Thieves’ guitarist Shane Jones lost his close friend to a freak accident, Krista Conner helped him through the worst of his grief. He kept their late-night trysts a secret to protect her from the tabloids, and when she broke up with him, he let her go.
But he never got over her.
Months later, his world is rocked again by the death of his brother mere weeks before the biggest Thieves album yet. Grieving and desperate for peace, he tracks Krista down, craving the salvation he found in her sweet spirit. Only this time, he’s determined not to leave.
Krista left Shane because her life was a mess. She’s rebuilt it, piece by challenging piece, making some hard decisions along the way. She’s settled into a new city and a new life, and for the first time in a long time, she’s content and happy. Then Shane turns up, promising to stay, promising to care. Promising everything.
Shane’s the one she wants, but the toughest choice she made could drive him away for good.
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Why I picked this story up:
I was so intrigued by the excerpt of Hidden Scars, but missed my chance for an ARC of it. Now that I finished Broken Down, I really want to bite myself in the ass...
What I found:
So I skimmed a few other reviews on Goodreads before I started this, and I'm going to echo what stood out from them as well: this is not a fast-paced over-heated rock-star romance. Broken Down is all about calm and solace and second chances.
Shane and Krista started their relationship ass-backwards and had major communication issues to boot, because they are both the brooding type. That does not make for a good foundation, but they do ride on the same wavelength. So if they really started to get to know each other, they'd eventually reach a point where words are absolutely unneccessary. Oh yes, I believe they have this kind of strong connection. They make each other laugh, give strength and peace and understanding. Of course, things don't go smoothly, but I believe the bumpy ride was worth it for them. It sure was emotionally straining.
For me, not so much. I don't know... I liked Shane and Krista, and all the minor characters, but I wasn't gripped by their story. I wasn't glued to the pages with intensive words or feelings or actions, and there wasn't that much sex -- which also wasn't hot by my definition, more medicore -- so I wouldn't go so far to say this was a slow burn, but worth it. I guess I'm a little surprised by how much I enjoyed it although there was nothing that totally struck a cord with me. On the other hand, since this whole book is about finding calm and solace, I want to give major credit to Amanda K. Byrne for getting the undertone done perfectly.
Area Scan: Idea: 4.5/5 -- Style/Vocab: 4.5/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroine: 4/5 -- Hero: 4/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Hearts: 4/5 -- Tears: 4/5 -- Heat: 3/5 -- Thrills: 2/5 -- Laughs: 3.5/5
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1 Hidden Scars | 2 Broken Down
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