5 – Perfectly Imperfect & Utterly Heartbreaking – Stars ~this review MAY CONTAIN minor spoilers~
It's been three years since I last saw Liam. Now
★✩★✩★ 5 – Perfectly Imperfect & Utterly Heartbreaking – Stars ~this review MAY CONTAIN minor spoilers~
It's been three years since I last saw Liam. Now here he is, standing before me as if no time has passed, reminding me of a day in my life that I was trying desperately to forget.
Reyna may carry Miracle as her middle name, but there is nothing miraculous about her life. She's always felt incomplete, happier being on her own. She wears snark as a second skin and has grown used the the permanent chip on her shoulder. No one has ever been able to see past her hard exterior to the damaged girl that lies beneath, until Oxford when two people push past her walls – her best friend Marisa... and Liam. For the first time, a guy is making her feel things she never thought possible, things she always tried to avoid – but he doesn't let her. He sees her for what she is and likes her anyway, and that scares the hell outta her because above all else – she can't have him. When her life spirals out of control and she betrays one of her best friends, all she wants to do is make amends – but her best friend dies before she can tell her the truth. Now she's floundering. Buried in a black hole of pain, suffering, booze and tattoo's. There's only one person that can keep the pain at bay but they are awful for each other. Both suffering in their own ways, both keeping each other buried in the darkness that has become their lives. Together, they are toxic, but they can't seem to stop. Then he walks back into her life. He is done watching her self-destruct and tired of her running. It's time for him to push back, but is Reyna too far gone? Will he still like what he finds when he gets to the core of the girl she has become? She has never believed that she is THE ONE for anyone, but what if she is finally starting to see that she might want to be? Will she be too late??
“This can't be for nothing, Liam. We can't have betrayed her for nothing.” “One person shouldn't break someone like this, Rey. We tried to turn nothing into something. But nothing is all we ever were.”
This is my first book by Amy Daws and I'm not entirely sure how she has managed to fly in under my radar but, I am pissed as hell that I have been missing out. This book was freakin amazing (and lets not forget that cover!! I would buy this based on that alone, I LOVE it THAT much.) This is exactly the kind of romance I eagerly sink my teeth into – one that bombards you with so much emotion it's damn near suffocating, but it's sprinkled with just enough laughs to keep you from completely drowning. So many amazing characters to choose from and fall in love with, though I have to admit, Liam was the major pull for me. Reyna took a long time to worm her way into my heart. I felt for her, my heart broke for her, but then she would just piss me off so much I would actually start to think fuck it – maybe Liam is better off just walking away. Seriously, it's usually the male characters that pull a stunt that has me shaking my head in pure disgust, but not this time. I almost wanted her to end up alone – she sure as hell seemed to like it and want it that way. This girl turned pushing people away into an art form, an Olympic sport she would be the reigning gold medalist in. She was just so stubborn and thick-headed, but she wasn't just hurting herself, she was destroying everything and everyone around her and that just made it all worse. Her 'relationship' with her 'best friend' Hayden was toxic at best, completely destructive on both their parts and on the fast track to a dead end. I was desperately hoping for a POV shift on many occasions, not just because I really wanted to know what was going on in Liam's head, but because I just needed a break from her constant bullshit. Liam and Frank are really what kept me from totally hating the girl – they humanized her, forced her to show some damn vulnerability and emotion, pulled her head outta her ass. In a word, she was EXHAUSTING. And yet.... I grew to love her anyway. Now THAT is true talent. When an author can make me fall in love with a completely unlovable character, that alone is reason enough to never walk away. This book is a standalone, a spin-off from Ms. Daws London Lovers series, and while I don't think it's completely necessary to have read that series first – I haven't and I never suffered any kind of confusion over missing story lines – there are cross-over characters (mainly Frank) and it seriously made me want to go back and read their stories. So I think I will ;) In the end, if you love your romances with an abundance of emotion, lots of tears and laughs, all wrapped up in a dirty-talkin sexy-ass Brit, then go get this book, as well as some tissues, and read on my friend. It's an amazing journey from completely broken to the path of healing and all those that help you get there. Friends are the family we choose and the family in this book will steal your heart. On a final note, I want to leave Ms. Daws with this... #iWantHaydensStory
“You saw me better than I ever saw myself and you pushed me back. Just when everyone else would give up, you would push through. I want to be everything you see in me. I want my insides to match my outsides... perfectly imperfect... just as long as it's with you.”