REVIEW: Break Me by Amanda Heath (Make or Break #2)

Break Me

Break Me (Make or Break #2)
Author: Amanda Heath
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: February 28th 2014
Published By: Createspace, Smashwords, Amanda Health

★ SYNOPSIS ★

“Wes, I don’t know what you want me to say here.” Royal’s voice is broken. Maybe he is broken. Maybe I broke him. Lord knows I’m broken myself.
“Don’t say anything,” I start off with. There are so many things I want to tell him. The one thing I want him to know, that I want him, I will never say aloud. “When push comes to shove Royal, you’ll break me. I’d never be the same after you. I’d be a shell of this girl.”
His face pales but he doesn’t step away. Something I had planned on. His hands caress my face before he says, “You have that wrong, Wesley. You’ll be the one to break me.”

Wesley Bridges was lost between the living and the dead. She was clinging to her boyfriend, who passed away unexpectedly. She was left with having no way to move on. Her best friends, Annabella and Pierce were too caught up in each other to save her. Even her family turned a blind eye, not able to bear her grief.

Then one day, Royal Sanders walked into her life. Tall, dark and sinfully handsome, but aren’t all the unattainable ones? At first it was nothing. She was asked to tutor him and found he’s different than even she thought. She even turned to Royal when things got too hard. And when she falls for him, she falls hard.

But Royal’s the enemy. A long drawn out hatred brews between her friends and Royal’s. That doesn’t seem important to her, considering she’s still in love with her dead boyfriend. A love triangle between life and death…who will win?

Grief is a powerful emotion but there are several different kinds of grief. Betrayal and heartache are still knocking on her door. Things are about to come crashing down around her. It will definitely break her, but will Royal be enough to save her?

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★ MY REVIEW ★

I’ve been trying to write this review for days. I keep stopping it, and restarting it and then stopping again because I cannot find the words to put down for it.

Break Me is the second book in the Make or Break series by Amanda Heath. It is not my usual cup of tea, in fact, if I were Kermit talking about it not being my business, it couldn’t be anymore accurate. To start off with, it’s a love triangle, second, it’s got a high school setting and lastly, it’s in first person. These three things would usually make me run for the hills. Somehow, through all of that, I couldn’t put this book down.

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Wesley Bridges, funny name for a girl, and you’ll laugh when you find out where it comes from, is broken. That is the best way I can think to describe her. Not the typical broken either, more on the soul shattered level. The book starts out with a bang from the get go and you meet Wesley at a funeral, for her long time boyfriend. I didn’t think this chick would ever be okay again and I found myself actually crying along with her at times. Six months after the funeral, she’s even worse off, but the thing I really admired about this character was that… through it all, she realizes that she’s not OK. She’s not completely oblivious to it, and she shows her own inner strength of will by admitting that her reaction to it all, is a problem. Everyone she is close to, acts like nothing is wrong and that there isn’t a problem, until she meets Royal.

Royal Sanders… How to sum him up? Intense, sweet, player, asshat, bad boy, male slut? Tall, dark, mysterious and doesn’t let his feelings get involved. It’s much easier to play things off like he doesn’t have them. Royal caught my attention in the first book and held it, so I’m glad he got his own. This guy flits from one girl to another, and when it comes to Wesley, everything just stops for him. He doesn’t know why at first or understand it. She makes him feel things he didn’t even know was possible.

So you would think, that these two just meet up, sort her problems, and its happily ever after. Well, not exactly. Royal and Wesley are from two different groups in school, their friends hate each other, so logically, according to the high school crowd, they are supposed to hate each other. She knows of him, he knows of her but they don’t talk and probably never would have until a teacher asks Wesley to tutor Royal. This is the start of Wesley finding herself again, and emerging better than before.

It’s rocky, it’s very angsty… there are times you want to curl up on the floor and cry with this girl, or just hug her. There are also times you want to slap sense into her. Like… really, you’re sitting there going, “WHAT!?” and want to reach into the book and shake her. Wesley has issues with loving someone else, not because of the love, but because she’s afraid that loving someone else will make her forget what she did have. Royal floors me in this because he never pushes her and is far more understanding and insightful then his reputation would give him credit for. If I say much more on that, it’s total spoiler!

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Through the turmoil and Wesley finding herself again, Royal finds something he’s been searching for, but never knew he was.

This is one heck of a roller coaster of a book and completely worth reading. The number one thing I would say and recommend, is that if you’re interested in it, definitely read Make Me first. (Break Me -can- be read as a standalone though.) I’m not saying that because it’s a good book too, but you see a lot of Royal’s personality in it as well, and things connect in both books. The connections are very well written too, so it’s like getting to see opposite sides of a coin, or those things that you wonder about in the first book, you actually see in the second.

I gave it a four star rating. I really enjoyed the book and if it’s not apparent, I’ve been thinking on it for days. It’s sort of one my head revisits. I didn’t give it a five start rating but that’s mainly due to some nit picky things on my part. Editing and so forth. The story content is def a 5 star.

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