Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: Breakable, by Tammara Webber

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.

5 out of 5 stars

Easy was one of my favorite books from last year.  I loved Jacqueline and Lucas' story so when I heard a book was being written from Lucas’ perspective I couldn’t have been more excited.  That being said, when an author writes the same story from a different POV as a reader my expectations are going to be pretty high.  Will the story live up to its original version?  Will I be bored when I’m reading it because basically it will have the same ending?  Will I still love that character just as much as I did the first time around?

Tammara Webber gets an A++ for this book.  Breakable honestly felt like a completely different story than Easy.  By expertly weaving Lucas’ backstory from before his mother’s attack to when he begins college into the time he first notices Jacqueline to the point in which he falls irrevocably in love her.  I felt as though the plot was brilliant and wouldn’t have changed a thing nor could I have asked for anything more out of this journey.  From beginning to end I read the book in one sitting. I was literally unable to put it down even knowing how it was going to end!  

Breakable allows you to know Lucas in a more intimate way.  In giving me the opportunity to see Lucas struggle with the draw he feels pulling him to Jacqueline, to his frustration and struggles in lying by omission and allowing Jacqueline to believe Lucas and Landon are two different people I couldn’t help but love him even more.  Being in Lucas’ head also allowed me to understand further his need to protect Jacqueline, and how really her love for him changed his life and opened up a life line back to his father.  Breakable gave even more meaning, and further deepened their story.

I imagine if you wanted you could read this book without having read Easy, however, I’m still going to recommend you read Easy first.  Allow yourself to be inside Jacqueline head.  See and fall in love with Lucas through her eyes first because if you allow yourself that opportunity I think your experience with Breakable will be even more meaningful. 

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