Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: Fractured Paths by Heather Anne


Getting away from the wreckage of my past should have been the best thing for me.
I believed there was something bigger and better out there.
I believed I could whole-heartedly love again.

Finding someone who didn't even have a fraction of a heart to give never crossed my mind.
He infuriates, consumes and devastates me.
I wish I did the same for him, because I can't bring myself to walk away.


One bad decision changed my life.
Minutes, seconds, they culminated into the worst thing that's ever happened to me.
For years I've been trying to drown the pain and guilt.

Now there's light, beauty, and hope.
This shouldn't be mine.
She's made me want it; crave it.

But the pills in my pocket are the strongest part of me.
They always will be.

This is a contemporary romance intended for readers 18+.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Fractured Paths is Heather Anne's debut novel and what an amazing job she did.  From the moment I read the prologue I was completely sucked in.  It grabbed at my emotions from the very beginning and at that moment I knew that Grayson and Skylar's story was going to be an emotional one filled with pain, grief and guilt.  It was a beautiful story that at times will pull at your heart strings.  Everything about this book just felt so real, from the main characters, to their friends and family to the storyline.  I loved it all.

Grayson and Skylar have both lost someone that they loved and they are both not only still grieving but they are carrying around the guilt of it all.  While Skylar has decided to move away and start all over, Grayson and has been drowning himself in drugs for the past four years.  When they meet there is this undeniable connection between the two of them.  Grayson may have came across as this cocky asshole but once you get beneath the surface, you see that he is just a broken man inside.  They are two lost souls trying to find their way.  They are both trying to deal with their past but in order for them to be together they truly need to put it all behind them.  They need to find a way to move on from it all, forgive themselves for what happened and learn to live life again.  Their journey is filled with the struggles of pain, guilt, loss and heartache.  But together maybe they can find their way again.

I truly loved this book and all of the characters.  At times I wanted to not like Grayson but you see how broken he really is and knowing what he has been through and seeing the real side of him you cannot help but love him.  Skylar was an amazing heroine who I felt for on so many levels.  To carry the burden of someone's death on her shoulders had to be so hard.  Feeling like she was always reminded of what happened is the reason why she needed to move on.  And I loved how she picked up and did what she needed to do for herself.

Grayson and Skylar together were perfect.  I loved watching the two of them go through all of the emotions and the pain. I loved watching them both grow so much thoughout this story.  There wa a connection and chemistry between them that you just felt.  What I really loved about this story is that we not only see how Grayson is affected by his drug habit but also his family as well.  We see just how much it can ruin relationships and how the people that you love are affected as well.  That is what made this story feel so real and true to life.

Fractured Paths is certainly one roller coaster ride of emotions. I felt it all with these characters.  Heather Anne did a wonderful job with making you feel.  The writing was excellent and the pace of this book was just perfect. Nothing seemed rushed.  I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next, rooting for these two characters that I loved.  Hoping that they both would find their way, put the past behind them, and find their happiness together.  I cannot wait to read more from this author in the future.  I especially cannot wait to see more of the Davis clan.  Great job!!!

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