26 March 2014

Break Me by Amanda Heath - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Title: Break Me (Make or Break #2)
Author: Amanda Heath
Release: February 28, 2014
“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 to caught up to save her. Even her family turned a blind eye, not able to bare 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 then 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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This is a story about love, losing it, living without it, only to find it once again – different, maybe much better, perhaps much strong, but LOVE all at the same time.

I hate to see Wes suffer grief alone. She closed herself off, built walls around her heart, trying to be invincible when she lost the love of her life unexpectedly. I would really not understand why suffer this much if her boyfriend was a jerk, but no, Trey was perfect. He loved her, she loved him and they were having a great relationship together. It didn’t help when her supposedly support system, Annabella and Pierce were too caught up with each other to notice her slip.

Don’t get me wrong, she wasn’t the suicidal type (thank goodness), but grief – it was eating her alive, and it was just heartbreaking to read it. Amanda Heath had her mission accomplished if she wanted her readers to feel that deep sense of loss and grief that Wes was having. It was devastating, and if I were inside the story, I would slap her out of it (literally). Six months of grief is already depression, and for her friends not to notice it – it was just sad.

If there was one thing I wished this novel would have – it would have been to get inside Royal Sander’s mind. I would love killed for his POV. He was the unexpected. I have met him in the first novel, but to know him deeper, to delve into his life and see him in a different light – it was just surprising. He walked into her life just when she needed someone to lean on. It started out with her tutoring him, then they became friends, and then out of the blue, she found herself falling for him.

She wasn’t ready, she told herself. She was still mourning Trey, grieving him. And Royal – he was the enemy, or at least her set of friends think so. It is already hard to compete with the living, how much more with a dead person and a powerful memory, can Royal handle it? Or can Wes finally snap out of her grief and realize that Trey will no longer be with her? It was hard, but I admit, it was admiring to see Royal fight. He already saw her even before Trey did, already fell in love with her even before he did, they were friends even before they fell in love – he will fight for her, he will get into her life, he will be there for her even when she shoves right back. I love the fighting spirit, don’t you?

More than Royal and Wes, I fell in love with Bentley. He’s a great younger brother who loved her sister and didn’t push her even though I was tempted to do so. He stayed with her, offered her a shoulder, gave her love, space and the support that she didn’t ask but he knew exactly what she needed. He stood up for her despite the fact that he was the younger brother, and even gave her sound advice.

As for her friends? They were a complicated bunch, there were times when I liked them, times when I hated them – there were things I saw coming, and things I didn’t when it comes to Annabella & Pierce, even with Rachel. Just when I thought I already put him or her in the list of antagonist, he/she would do something out of the ordinary, and do things differently. As I said, pretty much complicated.

I was glued to my Kindle, finished this in one sitting, ready and eager to see the ending for their HEA. The letter made me cry, (awwww), it was really sweet, and had me swooning right there. There were a lot of times where I get frustrated with Wes, angry at her – but at the same time, watching her change, or rather reading the fact that she starts to take those baby steps into letting go makes all of it worthwhile. It took some time, a lot of hard work from the people around her, support from unexpected people, and love & patience from Royal for her to start living once again.  

The ending: HOW COULD YOU END IT THAT WAY?! OMG, I can feel my breath hitch, my heart stopped and it hasn’t recovered until now. I couldn’t believe what happened, or how it happened – all the while, I thought…. And then… *SPEECHLESS*, I wish the third book was here already, because in my opinion, if the first two novel had knocked me off my feet, I think the third one will probably do something more severe to me and my senses. I could not wait to read Rachel’s story!

Reading this, and loving every page of it, it's effortless :)

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The way he's looking at me right now totally has me singing Nicky Minaj in my head. Because my heartbeat is running away. Great, now this song is stuck in my head.

His lips are suddenly on mine, devouring them in his haste. It's delicious and dizzying, making my knees incredibly weak.

His hands reach the waistband of my jeans, lifting my shirt a bit. His warm fingers skim over my bare skin causing the biggest shiver.

My hands go over his chest, then over his shoulders, up his neck and into his hair.

His tongue slowly reaches out licking at my lips. I open immediately to let him in.

Wait. What am I doing? We are in the library!

I break away from his lips saying, "Stop." My voice is breathless. I drop my arms from around his neck. I feel my cheeks are flushed and notice his are as well.

He backs his face away, blinking several times, "What?" His tone is confused.
I blink a few times myself. Why did I make him stop? "Shut up," I tell him before reaching around his neck and bringing my lips back to his. His tongue immediately enters my mouth again, and he groans. The sound vibrates over my own tongue and I clutch harder to his shoulders.

His hands glide along my lower back, leaving behind goose bumps. “I’ve been waiting to do this for forever,” he whispers, nipping at my lips.

“Then why didn’t you?” I ask sucking his lower lip into my mouth.

He takes the kiss back over and pushes me harder into the bookshelf I just realized we are leaning up against. “Because you weren’t ready.” He’s still whispering, his lips barely brushing mine.

“I’m definitely ready now,” I mumble reaching for his lips again.
He smiles, looking down at me. His hands leave my waist and cup the sides of my face. “I know. That’s why I’m kissing you, girl.” His nose nuzzles along my cheek and I tighten my fists in his hair.

His lips start back for mine, but then we are interrupted. “Really? In the library?” Channing’s voice drifts over to my ears and I close my eyes tightly.

I live in southern Arkansas with my husband and young daughter. There is also an insane Boston Terrier running around. I've always been a lone wolf and find my friends in books. I started writing at a young age and I haven't stopped since. Most days you can find me either glued to my laptop or my kindle. My first novel, This Beautiful Thing was an Amazon best seller for 11 weeks and a year later I'm still tickled to see people enjoy it. I may not be a huge seller but I have the best fans ever and I thank God everyday for every single one of them.

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