Sunday, 17 July 2016
Review: Until We Break by Jamie Howard
Publication Date: 10th November
When Sloane Avery stops to help a stranded driver, she finds more than a broken down car on the side of the road. Luke Evans is faster and sexier than her Maserati, but with her heart still on the mend, she’s not interested in taking him for a test drive. Despite their initial disdain for each other, emotion and passion simmer, complicating their fragile friendship. But when a tragic loss and devastating betrayal send them spiraling, their growing love isn’t enough to save them.
That was five years ago, practically a different lifetime and definitely a different Sloane. Before she’s been hardened by booze, sex, and as much distance as she could get from the past. Now, called home on a family emergency, she’s determined to hold onto her heart the next time she sees Luke.
Except Sloane’s not the only one who’s changed. Luke’s turned his life around. Only the reappearance of Sloane and the reminder of his biggest mistake can put a dent in his plans. Luke is set on fixing what he’s broken. But with her emotions boiling to the surface, Sloane needs to decide if falling in love is life’s greatest gift or its cruelest joke.
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
Oh, wow. This book was interesting. A book of two parts, and neither part being all that enjoyable.
No. That's not quite right... Actually it is. The story was bloody miserable.
The random actions and ridiculous dramatics of the characters was exhausting and none of them - except perhaps the grandmother - was all that likeable.
I found the story hard to get into and the romance extremely lacking. Seriously. For this royally screwed up 'romance' to work, there needed to be a breathtaking connection between Sloane and Luke... Something visceral. An undeniable something. Something to justify fighting past the bullshit. And there wasn't. So, I didn't get it.
I just didn't.
But, I kept reading. And reading. And reading some more... Throughout part one I had this constant mantra of, any minute now... 'Any minute now, it's going to get awesome'. The potential was there, I was waiting for it to become something but it just never did. THEN! Everything went down the toilet in a spectacular way and there was NO WAY I could believe in this couple after that. The second half I read out of morbid curiosity, could the author turn it around? Could she make me fall in love with this couple?
Nope. She couldn't.
So, why 2.5 stars when I don't seem to like anything about it?
Well, I thought the author had potential. If she could have turned the 'any minute now' into a 'ah-ha!' moment, the book could have been different.
(Review copy received via Netgalley)