Review for After Breakable (Contours Of The Heart #2) by Tammara Webber

Breakable by Tammara Webber

TITLE: Breakable
SERIES: Contours Of The Heart #2
AUTHOR: Tammara Webber
PUBLISHER: Penguin Berkley
PAGES: 368 pages
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 4 bows

Landon Lucas Maxfield lost everything as a child. His mother was brutally murdered while his father was out of town and he can’t help but blame himself for it. If only he could have freed himself from his bindings. He has finally gotten his life together, going to a good school, living with family friends, and has met a girl that just might change everything. Can he keep it up or will his new life crumble like his old one did.

I have been avoiding this review for quite a while. I am not a pre-order person. I know pre-ordering a book helps the sales and promotions and that is awesome, but I typically just wait for the book to release and then pick it up somewhere. This, however, was an exception. I pre-ordered this book months in advance and I waited impatiently for it to show up on my doorstep. This is Lucas’ story. LUCAS. I loved Easy. I loved Easy so much that I couldn’t imagine this novel being anything but perfect. I devoured this thing as soon as it arrived. I ignored the books I was supposed to be reading to lose myself in Lucas’ head. And that is why I’ve been avoiding it. While reading, I loved it. I adore Lucas and his perspective and I couldn’t get enough. Now, trying to think up what to say here, I’m not so sure. Was it as great as I wanted it to be? And within lies the rub. I don’t want to say anything about this that detracts from it’s awesome. I wanted to be in Lucas’ head desperately while and after reading Easy. I can’t fault Webber for giving me what I want, right?

We finally get to see through Lucas’ eyes in this novel. It’s everything I imagined it to be and more (and maybe less). It felt like an honest look into his head, not hiding or leaving out things that the reader might not like. I know going in, I knew it was him and Jacqueline against the world, so it was difficult for me to read scenes where he was crazy about a different girl. I think that was my biggest issue. As much as I wanted to know more about his past and his teenage years, I found myself not caring about him. Every time we switched perspectives, I had a huge urge to skip over his youthful indiscretions back to the next chapter about college Lucas and his journey with Jacqueline. I applaud Webber for trying to add something different. We have gotten too many novels that just tell the exact same story as the previous one through a new perspective. That’s what we really want, but at the same time, it is a bit dull to rehash the same events, even in someone else’s head. So I get what she was trying to do and I loved seeing his past and history, but I just didn’t care. Teenage Lucas got on my nerves. Teenage Lucas irritated me. I get that it’s his past and it shaped him into the guy I love, but I didn’t like him as a character.

Jacqueline is obviously the same character we had in Easy. Nothing about her has changed. She’s smart and tough and so very vulnerable. So I have nothing new to say about her. If you want her story, read Easy.

My problem is, as I touched on above, this is told in alternating chapters. We get a bit from Lucas retelling Easy and then a bit from his past and then more from Easy and more of his past and so on and so forth. I don’t know if it would have worked better if it was told in a more linear fashion, because like I said, teenage Lucas irritated me. I wasn’t really his biggest fan. I can say that I found myself skimming the “Landon” chapters to get to more Lucas.

For me, the Lucas chapters are just as swoon-worthy as he was in Easy. I’ve read several reviews talking about how he is a creeper in this and it’s ruins Easy for them, but I whole-heartedly disagree. I don’t find him creepy in this. It’s not like he is actually stalking Jacqueline. He just observes her while in class and if/when he sees her on campus. I don’t see a problem with that. Now if he was actively following her around and saving her trash, that would be creepy and I would have problems, but who hasn’t paid attention to a crush? If there is someone in one of your classes that catches your attention, aren’t you likely to watch them? Sneak glances and notice them if you see them elsewhere? Aren’t you likely to pay a bit more attention to them?

If you are a fan of Easy, I think you’ll love this. If you haven’t yet read Easy, I think you should do that first. I think it’s written in a way that you can understand it if you haven’t read Easy, but I don’t think you’ll love it as much if you read out of order. Seeing through Lucas’ eyes is truly a treat and despite my issues, I do recommend this. I think it is a highly enjoyable read and I can’t wait to see what else Webber has in store for us (in this fictional world or any other).

4 bows
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Review for Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber

AUTHOR: Tammara Webber
PUBLICATION DATE: November 6, 2012
PUBLISHER: Berkley Trade
PAGES: 310 pages
FORMAT: Ebook / Paperback
SOURCE: Borrowed / won from Confessions Of A Book Addict
RATING: 5 stars

Jacqueline’s sophomore year of college has been anything but easy. Seemingly out of nowhere, her boyfriend of three years dumps her so he can sow his wild oats, which causes her to spiral into depression and miss class (including a midterm), then her bestie drags her to a frat party to pull her out of her breakup depression and she narrowly escapes rape. Before that night, she had never seen Lucas before, but after he stops her attempted attacker, she can’t escape him. He’s in her economics class, he works at Starbucks, and she can’t help but notice him. There is obviously more to Lucas than what meets the eye and she becomes curiouser and curiouser about him. Can she get over her ex and make things work with Lucas?

Jacqueline was an interesting main character. In the beginning, I was a little annoyed with her because she allows her break up to cause her to almost fail her economics class and she doesn’t tell her best friend about the attempted rape. She just wants to forget about it which is understandable, but considering the attacker is someone she is bound to see at school, she really needed the support of her BFF to help her through it all. She gets better after a few chapters. She comes to her senses and begs her econ teacher to let her do extra credit work to make up for what she has missed. By the end of this book, she goes from timid and scared to strong and brave. It was a slow transformation, but it was great to watch.

Then there is Lucas. This whole story is told from first person through Jacqueline’s perspective so you never find out exactly what is going on in his head, but damn did I want to. Holy hot tattooed-ness Batman! I think Lucas is that guy that every girl wants, bad ass with a bad boy vibe that is only skin deep, with a troubled passed, and a lot of, well I want to say “heart underneath,” but I feel like I overuse that phrase. He’s that guy that turns every head on the walk by, but only really has eyes for one girl. Tall and dark with broody looks and tattoos covering his arms, he’s that guy that all girls mom’s fear. And yet, he’s really not. He’s also the guy who gives his time to help teach a self-defense class for women and tries to help in any way he can. He’s completely swoon-worthy.

This novel blew me away. I was so caught up in it that it felt like life has stopped for me to finish it. I couldn’t concentrate on anything else. Before reading it, I’d heard a lot of things about the new genre, New Adult, and was a little weary of it. It seemed to me that it was basically renaming the YA genre so adults could read them without feeling embarrassed about it. I was not amused. But boy was I fucking wrong. New Adult may just be my new favorite genre. It takes all the things I love about YA and the things I love from adult books and combines them. The characters can swear realistically instead of that imitation shit that is so prevalent in YA (every time Zoe Redbird said “bull-poop” I wanted for fucking punch her) and that need to have teenagers shy away from sex is also gone. Basically, to me, it reads like a real college student would think.

It was so well written and dealt with the mature content so beautifully. In regards to the rape issues, it was done so elegantly, with Jacqueline struggling to come to terms with what happened. Her fear of even practicing the ways to get out of the holds in the self-defense class is so understandable. You guys just don’t even know. If you haven’t read it, you really should. This book caused me to do something I NEVER do. I was so wrapped up in the world that when it was over I couldn’t let it go and ended up reading the damn thing over again. And I mean reading, not just skimming over the parts I liked, actually re-reading the whole fucking thing. That says something because I don’t think I have ever done that. It really makes me wish I could give a label higher than “favorite” because that just doesn’t seem like enough. Maybe I should make one along the lines of “Epic, Awesome, Amazing, Phenomenal, Unparalleled”….too much?