AnguiSH (AnguiSH, #1)
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AnguiSH (AnguiSH #1)

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Anguish was the status quo, until she walked in.
Breaker James Collins is confined in a prison of his own making. Scarred doesn’t begin to define his hell since finding out his girlfriend had cheated, stolen, and lied two years ago. It led to a single event—one that would blacken his days and his nights from then on. Since then, he hasn’t left his house, crippled by fear of...more
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published June 11th 2013
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“That’s the best kind. The love you didn’t plan on.”

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Another fabulously sweet YA read by the talented Lila Felix!

AnguiSH is about two people- Breaker James and Ashland. Breaker has some issues. After a crazy debacle with a psycho ex- girlfriend, which led to him having a massive panic attack, Breaker James hasn’t left the house in over two years. Not at all.
If I were a regular person, I could actually walk out of this prison- house, it’s a house.

Ashland ‘Ash’ Cormeir is a college student. She...more
Amy (Foxy)
***3.5 AnguiSH stars***

This book is a change of pace from the normal books about anxiety where it has the main character be a girl who suffers from panic attacks. This is a story of a guy, Breaker, who after a traumatic event begins to suffer from panic attacks. To deal with his anxiety he locks himself up in his house and pushes the world away.

Ash is hired to be his 'live in maid' and in the process they develop a friendship. Through their friendship he learns to deal with reality.

Macklemore &...more
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
This read more like a YA even though the 2 main characters were 21 but It was a nice sweet story.

Breaker James is agoraphobic and at the insistence of his mother he ends up getting a live in maid. Enter Ashton, a self confessed babbler. Known to be a bit clingy and a tad annoying she doesn't have many friends but has a heart of gold and befriends Breaker, even though he's a bit of a grump.

They become very close and she helps him to make baby steps in recovering from his fears of going out but al...more
Sweet romance.

Breaker hasn't been outside for over 2 years. He was betrayed by his ex-girlfriend and had a massive panic attack which left him terrified to leave the house. Ashland is a college student who finds it hard to make friends because she has a constant case of verbal diarrhoea mouth and a squeaky voice. Breaker's mother decides to hire a live in maid due to Breaker's disgustingly messy ways and Ashland get the job.

The pair slowly get to know each other and become friend. For Breaker, A...more
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
Breaker James (adorable name right?) has been living in a constant state of anguish for 2 years...ever since he found out his girlfriend had been cheating on him and cleaning him out of his money. After that horrible revealing news, Breaker had a break down and can't leave his house. He found solitude there and has no reason to leave. In the comforts of his home he can't be used, he can't be made a fool, and he can't have his heart broken. Or can he?

Enter Ashland. She is like a wild fire that ha...more
***ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review**

I was given the great honor of reading AnguiSH from Lila. I love all her books and this one was no different. I loved the story line in this book. It was great to see a male character be the one who was the one with the issues. Breaker James was a great male lead character. Even though he was messed up he was still lovable and totally swoon worthy. I enjoyed watching him grow through the course of the story. Ashland was such a strong fe...more
What I liked about this book:
1. Fast read
2. Short lived drama
3. No outside forces to jack with the couple
4. Dual POV
5. The sweet things Breaker would say to Ashland
6. Ashland was a strong heroine
7. Pretty clean read
8. Kept me interested the whole time
9. Kissing scenes
10. Ashland and Breaker tried to be brutally honest with each other pretty much the whole time. The honesty is my favorite part about these two.
11. Their playful fun times and banter
First of all I love the play on letters with the title.

When I opened up the book, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. I had read a couple of teasers but never read the synopsis or anything. The title alone made me want to read this. I tend to like the ‘squeeze my heart that it hurts but I love this book’ kind of reads. Right from the first words, this book with its quirky dialogue, witty sarcasm and poetic descriptions captivated me. This was one of the things I most noticed about...more
AnguiSH is a wonderfully written, witty story about a relationship between a guy hurt and ridiculed so badly by a former girlfriend it results in him becoming afraid to be outside in public for fear of panic attacks. His mother hires a female student (who doesn't have much faith in herself or her social skills) to clean and cook for him and secretly to try and get him out of the house and gain back his self confidence. The story is the two of them developing a relationship, her helping him and h...more
Kendall {Book Crazy}
“That’s the best kind. The love you didn’t plan on.”

I cannot believe that this was my first book by Lila Felix! I devoured this book! It was absolutely amazing! I wasn't really sure about it before I started reading it, but I soon discovered to never judge a book before you have read it! I thought that the plot of this book was quite unique! I haven't read another book where one of the main characters doesn't leave the house before! I found it really interesting to go inside someone's head like...more
Lila Felix + a keyboard= literary magic! There are authors and books that will stay with a reader. Books that will cause a reader to have thoughts and memories at any given moment. AnguiSH is one of those books and Lila is one of those authors.

Breaker James is a loving, giving and adorable and a hot man! ;) Breaker went through a tragic heart break and his trust in others and himself, causes him to have a break down, that is a cause for his life to spiral out of his control.

Ashland Cormeir is a...more
Anne Eliot

This is one of the books I've started by peeking at the beginning before I should have. The images left in my mind of a broken hearted Breaker James are the images that are ruining my goals for my laundry, my kitchen, my bills, my own work, and I'm about to resort to feeding my kid Cheerios for dinner to get to the next few chapters!

Breaker James and Ash... I love how Lila can figure out just the right combination of people and make us all see how they are perfect for each o...more
✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿
Whyever did I wait so long tomread this book?

Maybe it's because the title speaks of sadness and I'm really not up for that. However, this novel didn't really have anguish in it (in my opinion). It had struggles, challenges, drastic changes, determination and promise.

I am so happy because I got to read about he kind of hero that I don't normally see in novels nowadays. This hero is between the softer kind and the alpha kind. Imagine a hero that loves gardening, simulation games, and still can...more
ARC Review:

This is one of the most powerful, beautiful life lessons disguised as a story that I have ever read! Lila Felix is ever the master storyteller. She skillfully & purposefully weaves the lives of realistic characters you can't help but fall in love with & carry with you long after the story is done. Now let's discuss Lila's latest, sexy male lead Breaker James Collins (love that name).

Breaker is a wounded soul, trapped in a self induced prison bound by fear. Two years ago, Break...more
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
What is it about a broken guy that makes our hearts melt and swoon? In the case of Breaker James Collins I think it was the fact that you witness his unraveling at the hands of someone who was supposed to love him. When Breaker shows up to his friends house and finds his girlfriend basically dry humping a rando, his world crumbles. The woman he was in love with admits to using him for his family's money and basically dumps him in a room full of people he doesn't know which then triggers a sort o...more
This was a wonderful surprise! I couldn't help but just adore Breaker. Even though you are reminded throughout the book of his condition, it isn't shoved in your face. It isn't like "poor me, pity me. eye-roll". No, it was just like you wanted to wrap him and bring him outside and never let him go.

Then there's Ash. Geez, that girl. I can't imagine some Minnie Mouse non-stop talking girl in your face and actually liking her. Because in other stories, a character like that really is annoying. BUT...more
A pretty YA Romance with uniqueness.

After Breaker Collins experiences his worst panic attack ever, he caught his non-loving, money-using, lying girlfriend cheating on him. Breaker is scarred. He confines himself to a life of solitude. For two years he has been housebound, he's refused to leave, he panics if he sets foot outside his home, he's wasting away, he says he's crippled by fear of people and any social interaction.

Ashland has lived her life hating herself, she knows she talks too much, h...more
Anguish was a bit different than the other books I've read by this author, it was darker in a lot of ways.
The darkness in this book made sense though, because of the more serious content in the form of Breaker's anxiety disorder, and because it was a very well done retake on Beauty and the Beast.
I could go on and on about all of the things I loved about the main characters and their relationship with one another, but since Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale of all time, and I'm always...more
Natalee Grimaldi

Lila Feliz delivers again! With an angsty love story that’ll sure to have all your hearts melting.

This book is told in alternating POVs of Breaker and Ashland. It tells the story of how the broken, beaten-down Breaker comes back to life with the help of loud and outspoken, Ashland. It was incredibly well-written.

The main reason why I loved this book is because the roles are reversed. Let me explain, there are so many books out there right now about the broken girl who meets a great guy then...more
Shelly Crane

Emerge is still my favorite Lila Felix book, but Anguish is a seriously close second.

Ash and Breaker were both so broken and sweet. Everything was tied nicely together and the ending was good and finished, but everything wasn't as honky-dory and peaches and cream as some endings. There were still things going on that needed to be worked on and it was a nice change of pace to have a happy ending that still showed that things were real and weren't going to be perfect.

Lila's writing gets be...more
Jenna Roads
I absolutely love Anguish. I never thought I would say those words!lol
I loved everything about this book. It grabbed me from the start of the book and captivated me with intrigue and laughter. I loved the broken character of Breaker James and how even though he was so pathetic, the author had you rooting for his success every step of the way. Ashland was a total Joy and her character reminded me of my favorite character, Pippi Longstocking, that I read as a child. I loved every unconventional th...more
Mick Loves Books
This is a fantastic book! I felt for the characters and went through everything right along with them. The storyline is fresh and pulls you in from the beginning. I love that the main girl character was strong from facing her own demons. I honestly kept putting it off and I have no idea why. I wish I had read it sooner. I highly recommend!
James Scouller
A pretty good quick read. I liked the story. it was well-written and both Breaker and Ash were really interesting characters. Ash and her motor-mouth were hilarious and I loved the easy banter between her and Breaker. Breaker was also a really interesting character. It was really sad to find out just how much he let his relationship with Holly destroy him and change who he was. However, I guess if he hadn't gone through all that he would never have met Ash and found someone who loved him just th...more
Carver's Book Cravings
3.5 Stars by Guest Reviewer Cybill

This was overall a pretty good book. The only issue I had to keep it from getting more stars was the speed at which Breaker recovered. It is a really sweet story of two people with emotional scars who help each other to heal.

Unconventionally handsome agoraphobe. Tragedy forced him into hiding in his house, shutting out the world. Will he trust again? Will he love again? Will he ever get back to the man he was? He is smart and funny, someone you want to p...more
Alexa Sabean
I loved that this story had a Happily Ever After for the two of them but there was still work to be done. It wasn’t going to be all sunshine and roses for them but their relationship is worth it. The story stays true to someone who has an anxiety disorder. You never really get over it, you just learn to live with it the best you can. And that’s what they did.

Oh dual POV? Spectacular!!

This story was a really sweet read. I loved every minute of it. Here I am trying to catch up with The Game Of T...more
2.3-3 stars

I liked the story concept but what i found lacking was the execution. I found it too rushed most of the times, which made it hard to connect with Ash n Breaker.

Maybe with a lil more editing n polishing, the story would have turned out great.

Though its my first book of this author, looking forward to reading her other works.
When the opportunity presented itself to review Anguish I jumped on it immediately, I had seen books from Lila Felix before and have always wanted to read them but never have had the chance til now and OMG lets just say I was so not disappointed. I loved reading Anguish, it was amazing so thought out and had the twist to it was just epic. Normally its the guy always saving the girl, I loved the fact that Ash was so tough and her mouth omg this girl so did not have a filter and I loved that about...more
I downloaded the sample and was somewhat interested, but not entirely enthusiastic about the book, yet. I read some of the reviews and thought I'd give it a try. This story was amazing. It is refreshing to read a story where the male lead is the weak character. The plot, characters and dialogue are beautifully developed. The story flows nicely, even though it contains a mentally negative component. The romantic twist is refreshing and unique.
"She was soft and pillowy. And I was rough and prickl...more
Amanda urbas
This book had a lot of potential and I really like Lila Felix, especially her love and skate series. It was just another young adult Beauty and the Beast to me. I kind of felt like been "there and done that too many times already" and to top it all off the last half of the book was rushed. I think if i didn't have such a high opinion of her other books this one might have gotten to 2 or maybe even 3 stars and I can see how other people liked it, but after reading and enjoying her other books thi...more
Echo - MMandBooks Blog
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Beauty, pure and utter beauty, crawled inside my heart forever becoming one of my favorites. I laughed, I cried, definitely sighing in happiness, slightly sad that it ended. Lila Felix has written an absolutely unique story.

Breaker and Ash have a sweetly beautiful relationship with a dash of wonderful. I enjoyed their journey. Told in dual Point of View, I was able to see and understand both of them with what they where going thr...more
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