Review: Breakable by Tammara Webber

Publisher: Berkley
How did you get the book: paper arc from publisher
Release date: 6th May

He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

breakableAs 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.

*blurb taken from Goodreads*

Oh I’m so conflicted writing this review. I adore Tammara Webber’s writing. I really do. Easy is one of my all time favourite NA romance. Everything was nearly damn perfect in Easy, and I was beyond excited when I saw there was going to be a book done in Lucas’ POV. Sweet, caring, sexy and adorable Lucas. He’s still all of these things in Breakable. But he’s still all of these things because Breakable is a rehash of Easy. I didn’t know it would be a complete retelling of Easy so disappointment is the emotion I came away with as I finished the book. My reasons for that are simple. I loved Easy. I loved Jacqueline. I loved Lucas.

But I didn’t need Lucas’ POV from Easy. There was no excitement as I re-read Easy once again, just in another POV format. I found my attention wandering when exact dialogue lines were repeated from Easy. I was hoping at some point there would be something new, something fresh in present time. Of course the internal narration is different with Lucas but I was hoping of a continuation of their story from when Easy finished. There’s an epilogue and a new scene but alas, that was it. But I can’t complain about Webber’s writing itself because she is super talented.

What I did enjoy was the flashbacks from Lucas’s (when he was known as Landon) childhood. I found myself eagerly wanting to return to that story, and away from present time. And poor Lucas had such a rough time. My heart did break for him because he was hit with shitty stuff one after the other. We see how Landon copes; drinking, drugs, hook-ups, fighting. It was painful to read because it all stemmed from that horrific moment when his mother was murdered in the most ugly and violent way. And instead of getting the professional help he needed and deserved, Landon was mentally and emotionally deserted by his neglectful father.

There’s not much I can say in this review because a lot of the story is Easy. Grading this is hard for me because I can’t fault Webber’s writing at all; she does have some beautiful prose and I did enjoy Lucas’s flashbacks. But–and it’s a big but–I’m not sure I could recommend this book knowing the majority of it is a rehash of Easy. I won’t read or buy in future books of stories that have already been told in the hero’s POV. But if you don’t mind a rehash, Breakable is a solid read.

I give Breakable a C+

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