“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”
I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…
“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”
But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my façade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his.
With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?
It's not just because it's intense, because it is. But UNBREAK ME brings with it the kind of intensity that draws the reader to it, that makes you want more, that makes your heart race and break at the same time. AND I LOVED EVERY FREAKIN' SECOND OF IT.
I have no idea how to start writing a decent review when I'm still choked up on tears. Well, here goes nothing.
Maggie always felt like the world was out to get her. Following an sordid incident when she was fifteen-years-old, she was always led to believe that she's a good-for-nothing whore. Throw in her called off marriage (for reasons has never told a single soul), her sister's engagement to her ex-fiance a year later and the stage is set for one of the most heart-wrenching stories you'll ever read.
I can feel Maggie's pain and I can feel my own heart breaking for every heartache she experiences throughout the book. That girl couldn't catch a break. She sees her self as a shattered woman, unable to move on from the sins of her past... that is, until Asher Logan, in all his passion and gentleness (a paradox like Maggie herself), comes into her life.
Maggie's broken image of herself leads her to set herself up for more failure in the future, not really caring what other people thought of her. She hides behind her past, creating an impenetrable wall to hide the shattered remains of her heart. She's broken and people have always tried to fix her. People like Will, her ex-fiance.
Will has seen the shattered woman behind Maggie's devil-may-care facade and he's made it his mission in life to put her shattered pieces back. He was determined to be the glue that hold her together. He needed to be that glue for her. But what he didn't expect is to find himself fiancee-less a couple of days before their wedding... and he has no idea what to do. A year later, Maggie comes back to his life in the form passionate whirlwind he came to love, but with a trail of dark secrets hiding just below the surface of the wall she built around herself... just when he finally thought he was over her and moving on, with Maggie's sister.
It seems like everything will does is not enough. He only wanted to fix Maggie up. BUT NOT ASHER.
Ah, Asher. How can I describe this unbelievable complex, unbelievable swoon-worthy guy. He's everything that Maggie needs (even if she didn't know it herself). Asher did not want to fix her, to put her back together. He reveled in her shattered-ness. He saw the beauty in the fragments of this wounded girl. Fragments that this hammer of a world reduced her to. He understands her brokenness, her need to accept her broken pieces and find the beauty in it. But will Maggie ever let him in? Will she ever realize what Asher has been seeing in her all along? Will she ever let her self fall to pieces long enough for Asher to find her in the fragments?
They meet, they fall in love, they live happily ever after? NOT EVEN CLOSE.
Man, these guys couldn't catch a break!
Every turn of the page brings with it a pow-pow-pow of emotional punches and gut-wrenching twists to the story. It left me in breathless anticipation (and heartache, of course) for what becomes of these two broken people.
UNBREAK ME was a roller coaster of emotions. From the highs of seeing the characters find love despite the circumstances... to the utter lows of heartache (I seem to be saying that word a lot) and betrayal, of the secrets and lies that drives wedges between them. The emotions you feel do not only revolve around the the Will-Maggie-Asher relationship. The reader can't help but feel for Maggie as she makes her peace with her sister, her mother...
Lexi Ryan. I am now officially a fan. UNBREAK ME was so beautifully written. The powerful emotions this book led me to feel absolutely gutted me. The poignant struggles of a girl trying to find the pieces of herself after being so shattered over and over...her quest to find love... of finding such a beautiful kind of love in a place that caused her that grief in the first place, in a place that she thought of as her own personal hell for years.