Saturday, June 22, 2013

Review: Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan


“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 fa├žade 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?

4.5 star review 

Being a fan of Lexi Ryan's writing I could not wait for Unbreak Me and I have to say that it is by far my favorite book by Lexi Ryan.  It is a beautiful heart warming story about a girl who is broken in so many way and how she finds the one man who wants to break down all her walls and make her see the beautiful person she truly is.  

At the young age of fifteen Maggie became known as the town slut, due to certain events that were not her fault.  It was at the age of 15 that Maggie became the broken person that she is today.  She was young and needed her family and instead they turned their backs on her.  Her family was disappointed in her and made her feel like she wasn't worthy of their love, when they should have been their to protect her and support her.  Maggie becomes the person everyone thinks she is, she begins to play the role of the town slut very well.  A year ago she left town and the man that she loved behind.  She was supposed to marry Will and live happily ever after with him.  Will loved her and wanted to fix her and she needed Will.  But she left him out of fear of him finding out the truth.  

It's now a year later and Maggie has come back to watch her sister get married, to the man she loves and walked away from.  Yes her sister is marrying her ex-fiance Will.  Not only does she need to face the two of them getting married but she also needs to face her past, face the town that has criticized her, labeled her and caused her so much pain and heartache.  Maggie isn't sure she can move forward though and tries going back to the only way she knows how to cope, by throwing herself at men and using her body to get past the hurt. When it comes to her body she is an open book, but it's her emotions and secrets that she keeps locked up inside.  Until she meets Asher Logan and he changes everything.  

"Something about Asher compels me to open up.  Something about the way his blue eyes take me in.  It's like he sees something good when he looks at me, and I want to throw my ugliness in his face to prove him wrong." 
OMG, how I loved Asher Logan.  Not only is he a sexy rock star but he is just sweet and caring and amazing. Ashton has been burned in the past before and it has been a while since he has been with a woman.  But when he meets Maggie he is drawn to her and wants to get to know her.  He sees so much in Maggie that most people don't.  He sees the sadness and the hurt, but he doesn't want to fix her because he doesn't think she is broken.  He thinks she is beautiful and worthy of being loved.  He wants to get beneath the surface of Maggie and break her walls down.  He knows that there was something there with Will and refuses to be with her in a sexual way while she is still in love with someone else. He tries very hard to resist her sexual advances, but he knows that what Maggie needs right now isn't sex.  They start hanging out and eventually things go beyond a friendship.  And slowly Asher starts to break down that walls that Maggie has built. Maggie has a past that isn't a pretty one and is afraid of what people will think if they knew the truth.  But with Asher things are different, she feels comfortable and safe with Asher and she trusts him.  But the biggest obstacle for Asher and Maggie is Maggie herself.  Asher loves her and wants to help her but Maggie has been so scarred by her past, her parents and the town she lives in, that she doesn't believe that she is worthy of anyone's love.  Will being with Asher make Maggie see how beautiful she is and that she is worthy of being loved by Asher and deserves a happily ever after?

Unbreak Me is such a wonderful story.  I admit that I loved Will, just not with Maggie.  He is sweet and caring and really loves Maggie but he also tries to fix her and that is not necessarily what she needs.  Asher on the other hand is what Maggie needs, someone to push her to make her believe in herself and believe that she is worth it.  Asher and Maggie were perfect together.  The moments they shared when she tells him the secrets of her past were emotional and will break your heart.  Maggie opens up to him and he never judges her for anything that happened in her past.  It is in her past and now it's time to put it behind and look to a future.

"I'm terrified o how much he knows about me, how much he sees when he looks at me."

Lexi Ryan definitely out did herself with Unbreak Me.  It completely sucked me in right from the start and I found myself not wanting to put it down. I needed to know what happened in Maggie's past that caused her so much pain, I needed to know how in the world Will ended up with Maggie's sister, and I needed to know how it would end.  Would she get the happily ever after with the guy she deserved?  This book will bring out all the emotions, making you sad, happy, angry, frustrated and break your heat and then slowly put it back together again.  But the journey is worth it and in the end will leave you smiling.  

This is a beautiful story about love, forgiveness and moving on from your past.  About learning to love yourself in order to let others love you.  Maggie has a past that she is ashamed of, a past where she made mistakes and choices that she may not be proud of but they are her past.  And sometimes things aren't always what they seem, What happened in Maggie's past wasn't her fault but she is the one who has been suffering all these years because of it. She is trying to move on and be a better person. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone has a past, but despite what happened in your past there is someone out there who will love you for the person you are, there is someone who sees the real you and understands the heart ache and pain that you have been through.  There is someone out there that just wants to love you .  And for Maggie that someone is Asher Logan.  Amazing job by Lexi Ryan.  I cannot wait for Will's story!

"Normally, I back off when I start to feel something for a woman.  But the thing is,"  he whispers no, "It's too late.  I've already fallen for you."

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