ℂ𝕠𝕟𝕗𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕆𝕗 𝔸 𝔹𝕚𝕓𝕝𝕚𝕠𝕡𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕖'𝕤 𝕆𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕒𝕝𝕝 ℝ𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Even though I didn't LOVE Fragile Scars and found some parts of the story not as authentic as they could have been, I did enjoy this read. With all of the added suspense of Lilah and Damian's story, it really was a page-turner filled with anguish, pain, as well as perseverance, support, and love. Plus, I have to give Harris props for choosing a topic as sensitive as DV as her debut into the book world. BRAV-FREAKIN-O for taking a chance like that. 👏👏👏 I always love authors who are risk-takers and who push the bounds a bit. I will definitely be checking out book two, Fragile Lies. 🔥🔥 There was some heat in this one which I was actually surprised by considering the topic. But Lilah and Damian have an attraction from the get-go and the chemistry and heat continues to pick up as the story progresses... 🌪 ℂ𝕝𝕚𝕗𝕗𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕣 𝕎𝕒𝕣𝕟𝕚𝕟𝕘 - There was a happily ever after for Lilah and Damian. But their two best friends story is up next.
You guys, if you listen to no other book recommendation from me then listen to this one. Stay With Me completely WRECKED ME! It's intense, it's unpredictable and it is so, so heartbreakingly beautiful. Not even kidding this shit broke my heart. Again, this one is far from an easy read, it covers quite a few really sensitive topics, it's intense and you are going to go through a plethora of emotions but I promise you, Ollie and Mia's story is so worth it. These aren't the type of characters and this isn't the type of book that you forget once you finish the last page and move on to the next one. No. This one is going to stay with you. You won't be forgetting Mia or Ollie any time soon.
"Our love is terrifying, exciting, and real. It may not always be story-book ending beautiful, but it's us. It's our story."
Julij’s words echoed in my head, their meaning stripping me of all senses. For the second time in my life, I felt powerless. ⠀ I opened my mouth to speak, but words were stuck somewhere deep in my throat. My hand traveled up, and I squeezed the nape of my neck, digging my fingers hard into the skin. ⠀ Instead of forcing my vocal cords to work, I tried to deliver enough air into my lungs to remain focused. Layla in danger was the only thing that could get me from calm to all-out petrified in a matter of seconds. ⠀ The worst kind of fear swept over my entire system, weakening me, robbing my mind of the ability to think straight, pushing me to act without gathering all the information. ⠀ I could’ve easily crumbled under the weight of my own protectiveness. It was crushing, primal, uncontainable. The muscles on my shoulders turned to stone, and I felt physical pain, knowing she was out of my reach, and I couldn’t protect her.⠀
There are books that just stick with you, that a year from now something will happen and you'll remember that one phrase or that one sentence and you'll smile, or you'll laugh, or maybe you'll tear up. This is THAT book.
"Five minutes of conversation with Layla and I wanted to talk to her for hours. One kiss and I wanted to kiss her every day. One missed call made her the only thing on my mind. I wanted her for myself. I wanted to get to know her, make her smile, and find out whether our relationship had a best before date. Who cared we meet three days ago? If I didn't get bored yet, then it meant she was extraordinary."
Hearts and Bruises is A.M. Brooks debut novel and OMG did she knock this one out of the park! If I hadn't been told this was her first release, I never would have known! If this is the type of writing we are getting already then I can not wait to see what she comes up with next!