Series: Contours of the Heart #2
Publisher: Penguin Berkley
Date Published: May 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Audiobook Length: 11 hours 38 min
Source: Provided as part of book tour
Description: He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…
As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.
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I have a confession to make. I had severe anxiety before reading this book. Lately, many of my favorite NA books are being re-released under the guise of a new book, told from the male POV. What does this mean? Well, it seems that readers are begging for more and authors are listening. Hence, the companion novel. Some readers criticize, pointing fingers at authors in regards to these companion novels, accusing them of trying to make a buck off of the SAME story. Aren’t we readers hypocritical? Sigh. I will admit that I, too, have grown weary of an abundance of companion novels. Easy is one of my favorite NA reads and Lucas is hands down, one of my all time favorite book boyfriends.When I first heard about Breakable, I was simultaneously super excited and super afraid. I worried Breakable might change Lucas for me. Guess what? It did! Forget whatever you thought you knew about Lucas from Easy. Lucas in Breakable is positively swoonworthy! Even as he is heartbreakingly vulnerable, he is resilient. I love that Jacqueline didn’t save Lucas. Lucas had done quite extensive work on himself several years before he ever met Jacqueline. I also liked how Lucas picked out Jacqueline before she ever even knew him! Some might call it stalkerish, I call it…. okay, it was definitely stalkerish, but its fine because its Lucas and we know he is a good guy. Besides, his “stalking” spared Jacqueline a worse fate. While Breakable is not a sequel exactly, it is also not a retelling from the male POV. Could this novel stand on its own? Yes. As a standalone, I’d give it a good 3.5 stars. But its real merit is as a companion novel, the way a companion novel SHOULD be. As such, I give Breakable a solid 5 stars. I wanted to know more about Lucas and author Tammara Webber delivers!
All you need to know about Breakable is: Lucas!
What, is that not enough? Ok, maybe you want a longer review from me. Fine. Seriously though, if you enjoyed Easy, go read Breakable. Just do yourself a favor. After reading Easy, Lucas easily got himself on my list of best book boyfriends. He is just a wonderful guy with a bad boy exterior who really is has a good heart. In Easy, we get to know him a little bit, just enough to fall for him. In Breakable, we really get to know him well.
Breakable reads like a prequel and a companion novel at the same time. Each chapter begins with a Landon section, giving us a glimpse into the boy before he became the Lucas we met. So the book takes place before and also at the same time as Easy. The great part about Breakable, is it doesn’t rehash all the same conversations and situations over again. Instead, it glosses over some of the details so as not to be repetitive, and really gives you Lucas’s perspective. I didn’t re-read Easy right before delving into Breakable, so I think it can do pretty well as a standalone as well as a companion.
One thing I was kind of expecting to see was a more detailed account of that one day that changed everything for Landon/Lucas. But I understand that Lucas didn’t want to talk about it in Easy, and so also didn’t want to tell that part of his story in Breakable.
As for the feels category, it was very nice to really get to understand just how strong Lucas’s feelings were for Jacqueline, even before they got together. One of my favorite parts is leading up to the night he danced with her at that club. I always wondered if he knew she was going to be there. Hehehe.
Anyway, this is a great companion so go read it and enjoy it.
Be sure to check back in on Thursday, May 8th! Breakable Blog Tour stops by Chapter Break! We will be interviewing author Tammara Webber about her new book!!!