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Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.

"What if I am already broken into pieces?"

She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...

"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."

The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.

However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.

She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?

"I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."

* Due to some shocking scenes, this novel is for readers of 18 and up.

296 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 11, 2013

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Stephanie Witter

17 books732 followers
Stephanie Witter, in her twenties, lives in France where she comes up with book ideas on her laptop, notebook or phone. When she's not writing the day away, she likes visiting museums or shopping to add another nail polish to her already huge collection. She's also unable to resist the appeal of new books, even when she knows she can't possibly have the time to read yet another one. She's happy to have a to-read pile so high she can never put a dent into it even if she tries her best.

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639 reviews3,806 followers
November 16, 2014
** ARC provided by an author in exchange for honest review **

4.5 beautiful, bleeding stars!

Patch Up is everything I hoped for and even slightly more! After few first numb chapters the story did a good number on me, changing from a little too fast and shallow to something perfectly heartbreaking! Patch Up is a perfect mix of everything I love in new adult Stephanie Witter made phenomenal job at creating another gut wrenching story about fighting with depression and twist and turns of life that hooked me and made me breathless. Like Jessica Sorensen, Colleen Hoover and Tammara Webber, Witter made her way to my top treesome changing it to foursome.

Skye Walker has a secret. Terrible one. She burries it deep and hides herself from observant eyes. Always alone and unapprochable, Skye tries to live and forget, but it’s almost impossible, when the biggest nightmare of her life is still so close. She feels like there is no room for her to breathe anymore.

Pretending to be happy and normal is quite easy when no one looks close, but hiding her extreme depression and horrible secret from eyes of a man who can see trough her is another case. Especially when this man is her hot TA from psychology class and knows what means to be depressed as well.

Duke is just as broken as shattered as Skye, but from different reasons. When he sees Skye he wants to help her fight for her life. He wants her to be better because he cannot be.

„Thats the problem when two broken people are attracted to each other and share true connection. It doesn’t mean you can’t have some kind of relationship with each other, but it does mean you have to fight against your issues to get there”.

Patch Up is really sad story about survival and fight for live as well as incredibly sexy and swoon worthy. Two sides of story easily blend together and do not leave empty space or unanswered questions. My heart ached alonside with Duke and Skye’s. I adored Skye. Even when she was acting weak, I couldn’t stop admire her attidute and good soul.

And Duke? He had totally crashed me with his sexy ways! The fact that he’s a little bit older than heroine and is sexy TA with amazing tattoos just sealed the deal! I fell head over heels in love with him. As much brokeness was still inside him he tried to help someone else, which means his caring and that’s another asset I admire.There’s nothing more heartbreaking and beautiful than two people trying to get on their feet together, side by side. Healing every wound and wiping every tear.

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733 reviews302 followers
September 17, 2013
Horrible. That's my thought through the whole book. Rolled my eyes, contemplated my next book. Wondered how many pages until the end. Wanted it to just END!

Sky Walker was a girl who wore baggy clothes, had frizzy hair, didnt wear make up, was socially awkward and was depressed her asshat boyfriend dumped her the first week of college after she followed him to his college of choice. Early on we learn, the asshat ex Sean, abused her the duration of their 3 year relationship. Physically, mentally, you name it.
She has a cute, friendly roomie Kate, that i actually liked.
She meets Duke, the hot tatted TA in her physcology class. YES Ladies, shes a fucking physcology student in the throes of depression trying to figure out why she let herself get beat up. See, Sean beat her up because his dad beat up him and his mom. That's all the explanation she needs for him. Really????

Here's the weird part about this dynamic. At school Sean is mean to her. Talks shit, embarrasses her, makes other people make fun of her. He's a total asshole. She just cowers in her dorm room, or wherever the hell she is. She never tells him to fuck off. She's like a deer in headlights. Always scared always crying. AND.. Sean still beats her up!! He never calls her, never tries to get back with her, nothing. But he does come around just to kick her ass, then he's off. And Im talking kick you in the ribs beat down.

Yep, that's all he does. And she takes it.
Duke and Skye gave me whiplash with all their back and forth crap, their fights, their no i cant, yes i can, well maybe i dont know. They were exhausting.
Nothing was believable. The "heroine" had absolutely no backbone in the book. She was a victim. The ending has a major deal, and then it was over. I didnt connect with Skye/Sean story. Duke had so many issues that were tossed all over the book. It was just messy.
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262 reviews970 followers
September 15, 2013
I beta-read this book. It is an amzing New Adult novel about moving on from the past and letting yourself care for someone even when you are hurt.

Skye (the main character) is fragile but has a great inner strength. Duke (the "hero" though that isn't really the best term) is pretty swoon worthy and he also has a great depth with many different layers.

The romance is slow-building and that makes it feel more realistic. The storyline is strong and holds its own without the romance and then the romance is just the cherry on the cake.

It is very intense. If you like books such as Hopeless by Colleen Hoover and Wait for You by J. Lynn then you will LOVE this. If you don't you should still try Patch Up anyway as it is pretty unique.

It grabs your attention from the very start and doesn't let go until the very end. I can't wait for september so everyone can read it!
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Author 17 books732 followers
May 26, 2013
I wrote it so I have to give it 5 stars. :)

I hope you'll be moved by the characters in Patch Up and enjoy their journey. This story is really important to me and I can't wait to share it with you.

Thank you for giving it a try!

It's a New Adult Contemporary novel.
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2,101 reviews1,251 followers
December 29, 2013
Copy provided by author in exchange of honest review

***3 stars***

Patch Up by Stephanie Witter is a story that deals with serious heavy topics of emotional and physical abuse, depression and guilt. It focuses on two individuals who literally bumps into each other and found a connection that they are both emotionally damaged.

Skye Walker is a freshman in college who has lived a life of fear after being in a 3 year abusive relationship with her ex Sean. Sean has tormented and has fear implemented in Skye. Her world is built on shutting people from getting close. She lives in a world of fear and doesn't have many friends except for her roommate Kate.

On her first day of second semester, she literally bumps into Duke, who happens to be the TA of her psychology class. Duke sees behind the facade that Skye has put up. He sees the way she interacts and how much she fears in seeing her ex whenever they run into each other. Putting his psychology knowledge to use, Duke knows that Skye is need of help and so he goes out of his way to befriend her.

From then on Duke and Skye formed an unlikely friendship built on their common connection that they are both individuals who suffer from an emotional upheaval that has heavily affected who they are. Duke suffers from guilt from the death of his girlfriend and Skye with the physical and emotional scars of abuse that still haunts her.

My Thoughts:
Personally, I felt the way Skye's parents reacted weren't very realistic and nurturing. If I had a daughter confess to me of 3 years of abuse and his constant harassment and on-going abuse, I would take actions against her ex-boyfriend. I would be at her side and not leave the next day. I would make sure there is a police report of his abuse and charges filed. I would have taken her to the hospital to get her injuries check out. These details are what normal parents who cared for their child do. They will go beyond all means to ensure the safety of their child.

As much potential this book had in being great, it fell short. The story started off very slow and whenever Duke and Skye got close, Duke suddenly stops calling and doesn't see Skye. Their relationship felt hot and cold. I wanted to know more of Duke and why he felt he needed to distance himself whenever they were getting close so maybe a few chapters in his perspective would have been nice. I wanted more of an emotional connection to the characters. I wanted to know if Sean didn't break up with Skye, would she still be his punching bag? I also wanted to know what drove Sean to be so dark and evil. Although the author mentions Sean's family history, I wanted to know more of him. Why didn't Skye's family see the changes in their daughter's behavior?
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September 13, 2013
Brand new release and it looks good!!

Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.

"What if I am already broken into pieces?"

She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...

"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."

The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.

However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.

She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?

"I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."
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3,372 reviews109 followers
July 16, 2015
This is my opinion and the way I perceived the book. It may work for you, but unfortunately it did not work for me.

I was in a mood for a N/A college story. This one with the girl in secret pain who gets together with her TA sounded so good. It had everything laid out for a perfect NA book. EVERYTHING. Even this girl who considered herself damaged meeting the hot, tatted TA. Big disappointment! BIG!!

First the hero pines over his dead girlfriend. Everytime something happens that makes him uncomfortable or if things even go good with Skye...he goes to his dead girlfriend"s cemetry and sits there for hours. Duke dwells and pines over this dead girlfriend because things were just easy with her. Yes, as a new girlfriend, I want to hear my boyfriend say that to me!

Skye Walker is teased with Star Wars references by what you would think would be majority of people attending this college. If it was a book about junior high kids, it would be believable reading that guys are teasing her about the name, but not college aged kids. That whole part of the story was ridiculous.

Also, I am not sure if I got this part of the story wrong, but Skye was mentally and physically abused for 3 years by her ex-boyfriend, but yet she followed him college!?! I may have missed something and gotten that part of the book wrong. If she was abused all those years why did she not just not follow him to college?!?! Skye keeps saying how nice her parents are but they are useless. She says that her father is overprotective of her, but he doesn't notice his withdrawn daughter?? Is it because he is friends with the abusive ex's parents??

What annoyed me most (and there were a lot of eye roll moments in this book) was that at 86% Skye is saying this about Duke "I don't know if it's possible to find a guy more swoon worthy." Then at 88% she contradicts herself and says this about Duke "He'd trade us in a heartbeat for Juliet. He'd even give his life for Juliet." Juliet being the dead girlfriend.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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758 reviews171 followers
September 7, 2013
Originally posted at:
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* ARC provided by the author in exchange of a honest.

I was so excited to receive this ARC! When I say excited, it's the understatement of the year! It's so fulfilling to receive an ARC of a book you want to read. It's nice to have a chance at something you want so badly.

On with the Review:

One subject that gets my panties in a twist is abusive relationships or abusive anything for that matter. On that note, I started this book with that in mind since I tend to get angry at the novel because of how the matter is treated. I was pleasantly surprised by how the events in this novel turned out.

I loved Duke. He's got that tortured soul thing going on and that's just hot. For me to thoroughly describe him I have to use a quote from the book:

"He's got the perfect bad-boy look going on without the bad attitude."

Nuff said sista.

Skye. I felt really bad for her. In the beginning, it was annoying to read on and on about how she hides it so well, her "shield" protects her and how she would NEVER, EVER tell her parents since they like her ex's parents so much. Well honey, I've got news for you: Your parents aren't the ones who would have to live with him and deal with him every hour of every day. It's YOU. It shouldn't matter what parents think about the others parents, what matters is you being happy. Not them.

BUT, that turned around. It didn't happen magically from one page to the other. Duke and Kate played a vital role in everything. It was really sweet to watch her come out of her shell and realize that there are people who care about her well being and that truly want to help her.

Sean. I wanted to murder him since page 1. From what I read in the book Sean has a "dark" background as well. Earth to Sean: Just because you had/have a hard home life doesn't mean you have the right to make other people your property and abuse them as well. Theoretically speaking, in my opinion, if you have a hard home life you would try and get away from that by finding a meaningful relationship with someone who cares for you. In Sean's mind apparently if his life is hard, then he has to make someone else's life the same h*** he's had.

The only con I will point out in this book is the hot and cold thing that went on with Skye and Duke. It was over the top. After one fight, Duke would leave and ignore Skye for days/weeks. After they get back together, another fight breaks out and Skye leaves. It went back and forth like that for chapters and more chapters. I was getting whiplash by chapter 10.

Favorite Quotes:

"He may be a better actor than I am, but one broken person can always recognize another one."

"I love you, Skye. You're in my heart, in my head, under my skin. You're my present and my future."

"I almost killed you in front of your parents. Talk about first impression."
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650 reviews21 followers
December 28, 2013
"A person regarded as resilient or courageous enough to be able to overcome hardship, misfortune, etc." This is one definition of the word Survivor by Webster's New World Dictionary. Skye and Duke are survivors, but neither of them realize it when they meet.
At the start, Skye is fragile, broken, and afraid of the world after going through a trauma that lasted for years. But, she is unknowingly strong, her inner strength enabling her to function at college, barely. Every day, she works to overcome her fears. Skye's journey is not an easy one, she has many setbacks, her fears are all consuming at times, but slowly, she begins to gain her life back after her tragic not so distant past.
Duke, appears to be strong and in control of his life, but he too is fragile and broken. He secretly struggles daily with overwhelming guilt and grief for years, effecting every aspect of his life. He is very good at putting up walls to protect his heart and presenting himself in a way that people don't recognize his secrets. He struggles to move on from his past and then struggles when he begins to move on.
Slowly these two broken people, Skye and Duke, begin to heal with lots of steps forward and backwards. They manage to become friends and trust each other, just barely. They each have so much emotional baggage. Their's is not an easy carefree relationship, but their connection and need for each other is undeniable. When Skye's past begins to threaten her mental and physical well being, Skye and Duke are forced to face even more drama.
Patch Up is intense, riveting, heartbreakingly sad at times, angsty, heartwarming, and inspirational. I was hooked from the start. Had I not passed out in the wee hours of the morning, I would have read Patch Up straight through, it is THAT good. I can not wait for more on Duke and Skye and their journey of freedom and love.
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2,694 reviews
December 5, 2015
Patch Up follows the story of Skye. After being with her boyfriend for almost 3 years and moving to Seattle to be with him, she gets dumped. What most people don't realize is that Skye and Sean's relationship was anything but perfect. To say Sean was cruel and mean to Skye is a complete understatement. And now Skye is left pretending that everything is ok, when it's anything but. Skye hates to be touched and hides behind her hair and her clothes and refuses to let anyone get close to her.........

One day Skye collides with Duke, the TA in her psychology class. And that changes everything. Duke confronts her and trys to get her to open up to the things that she is hiding from. For the first time in a long time, she wants to. But Duke has secrets of his own. They are both battling pain and trying to overcome their demons.

Unfortunately, just as Skye is starting to move on with her life again, Sean is back in the picture. Making things complicated and proves that he still has a hold on her and can easily break her....

Patch Up is a story about two really broken people trying survive and help one another move on. This is not an easy read. Patch Up deals with some really tough issues, but those issues are handled extremely well. I loved the slow building romance between Duke and Skye. They were just what the other needed.

I think that Patch Up was well written and will definitely keep you captivated. I am definitely looking forward to the next book. I can't wait to see what will happen next for Duke and Skye.

*****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*****

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4,787 reviews289 followers
September 22, 2013
As a reviewer, sometimes you see a book and you think "hmmm, I'd like to read that" - It could be simply because you like the sound of the blurb or the cover appeals to you. If it is the latter one of those, which more often than not the case for me. You actually don't have the simplest idea what the book is actually about and it can surprise you and take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. That is what Patch Up by Stephanie Witter did for me. I do have to say to readers, that if you have a problem with physical violence and domestic abuse - do not read as this book covers it. The story is about two "damaged souls" who have suffered so much tragedy and don't believe they are worthy or capable of finding and giving love to anyone ever again. We have Skye Walker ( and yes, no Star Wars jokes - that is her name) and Duke Ashdown. They meet via collision in the Psychology class and from then on do this on/off avoidance. Not to give too much away , I will say that this was such a powerful read that in quite a number of places especially near the end had me tearing up and wincing in pain as I felt what Skye went through.

I leave with you on a parting note, that this book is an amazing and powerful read that those who loved Rebecca Donovan's "Reason to Breathe" series will enjoy and that this book is not for the faint-hearted ones.
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107 reviews78 followers
August 4, 2013
I had the very greatest pleasure of Beta reading this book for Stephanie.

From the very beginning when she sent me Chapter 1 i was completely hooked on Skye's (main character) story and i needed to know her secret and why she was so broken.

I was almost begging Stephanie for the next chapter and the next chapter!

Then there is Duke. *sighs* He could see Skye's pain but also had issues of his own to deal with, he seriously irritated me on more than one occassion to the point of wanting to kick his ass ever so slightly.

This book made me chuckle, Skye's best friend is a blast, there were several WTH moments and i also cried several times.

But what i want to be totally clear about is i adored this book, and so will you.
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18 reviews1 follower
November 19, 2013
4.5 to 5 well-deserved stars!

I had the pleasure and honor of beta reading Patch Up for Stephanie Witter.

It is extremely admirable for anyone talented enough to be a storyteller to put in the energy, time, frustration, sweat, tears – and, yes, love, required to write a book and then have the courage to share it with the world. However, in Stephanie’s case, doing this is an even more amazing feat when you consider that she’s decided to write Skye’s story in a language other than her native French.

Patch Up is an extremely worthwhile story that captures your attention and begs to be read and shared. Due to the mature subject matter, scenes with sexual content and/or violence, this is considered an NA book meant for readers 17+ years.

This is the story of Skye Walker. Yes, she gets teased about her name but this is the least of her worries. Skye is the victim of a long-term abusive relationship with her ex boyfriend Sean. When he unceremoniously dumps her shortly after they move to Seattle to attend college at his choice of school Skye copes by pouring herself into her studies.

Sean (looks a bit like the amazing American actor, musician, singer and songwriter, Jared Leto)

Suffering from low self-esteem, blaming herself for what has happened to her, for the break-up and believing all the ugly things Sean has accused her of being, Skye isolates herself socially from others on campus including her roommate and eventual best friend, Katie. Unaware of how beautiful she is, Skye wears oversized, old and unattractive clothing to avoid notice.


It is a chance collision literally with a TA from her psych class that changes everything for Skye. He is able to see past the wall she has become expert at erecting to keep others at bay and recognizes that she is broken and in need of support.

“Can I say something before I go?” he asks me in a voice calmer than he must feel if I take into account his clenched fist and the shaking of his hand holding the mug of coffee. I just nod, not sure I’m able to mutter a word through the lump in my throat. “I’m not the enemy, I’m not the kind of guy who would try to hurt you more when I know you’re already hurting, but I’m someone willing to hear you and understand you. I want to be able to help.”

Duke is all kinds of wonderful, gorgeous and kind but we quickly learn that part of the reason he is able to identify with Skye’s pain is because he has demons of his own to deal with.

Duke (looks a bit like two gorgeous Canadian actors: Taylor Kitsch or Stephen Amell of the TV series Arrow shown in the next quote below)

What I really love about this story and Stephanie’s writing is that the characters are well developed so we get a glimpse of the inner workings and vulnerabilities of not only the two main characters but also some supportive members of Skye and Duke’s circle of friends – namely Katie and Derek. Katie, in particular, is extremely bubbly, beautiful, fun, energetic and a fiercely loyal friend to Skye.

The pacing of the story is realistic. Little by little, Skye and Duke help the each other patch up and heal from the wounds their lives and past relationships have brought them. There is a slow build and after much turmoil and stumbling through the potholes in their rocky relationship, to the point that they can no longer deny their mutual attraction or that they have gone beyond the line of friendship, Skye and Duke become intimate.



However, their HEA doesn’t come easily. With no need for a spoiler alert- let's just say that there is an unexpected twist that forces Skye to face the reality of her past.

There is also no cliffhanger. Patch Up can be considered a standalone read.

For those left wanting to read more about Skye and Duke, Stephanie Witter has indicated that a second book in this series is in the works (no title is available for now). The second book will delve further into Skye and Duke's relationship and the challenges they face as Skye's insecurities continue to plague her. In addition, a companion book is also going to come our way that will follow Katie and Derek’s story. I think readers will happily anticipate this book as well once they’ve read Patch Up - I know I do.
October 2, 2013
"Love doesn't conquer all; it's a powerful tool to overcome everything because it means you're not alone."

I'm so, so, so happy that I signed up for this Blog Tour! I hadn't heard of this book until the author asked me if I would like to join the Blog Tour and when I saw the cover I instantly knew I wanted to read the story behind it! This book was a beautiful story about broken characters trying to come to terms with things that have happened to them and finding the strength to move on! I connected with this story so much more than I was expecting too! I really wasn't sure what to expect from it, but what I did get was absolutely phenomenal! The plot of this book was very sad! I couldn't help but feel sorry for the main characters as I learned about what they had both been through and what they had experienced! They had been through things that no-one should ever have to go through and at the beginning of this story they are very broken until they find each other and they start to learn to lean on each other and together they start to learn that hope conquers fear! I thought that the plot was beautifully written and I found myself completely immersed in it! I also loved that the author didn't downplay what the main characters had been through! The characters were amazing! Skye was the main character and she was such a broken character! Right from the first page I saw how sad she was and how scared she was! But I could also see that inside her was a confident, caring person, but it was all about Skye trying to let that side of her out! Skye was a strong character, but she didn't know it! As this book progressed her strength slowly started to come out and I was so happy with how far she came by the end of the book! Duke was the kind of love interest of Skye! I loved Duke! I thought he was a massive support to Skye and he helped her through one of the toughest things that she will go through in her life! He was also pretty damn hot! Duke had also been through something that made him want to help Skye! My heart broke for Duke when I found out what he had been through and the guilt that he carried around! I have to say though that his determination to help Skye was amazing! I loved that he didn't give up on her and he sort of kept pushing her to let him in! Skye and Duke did start off as friends and then their relationship developed! I loved this as they both were very vulnerable characters and it wouldn't have been right if they had just jumped into a relationship! I had no idea that there was going to be a sequel to Patch Up and also a book for other characters in this book! I'm really excited and cannot wait to read both books! The cover for Patch Up is stunning! I pictured Skye looking like the girl on the front as she's described very similarly to her in the book! Big thank you to Stephanie for an ARC of Patch Up and to Eclipse Reviews for having me on the Blog Tour!
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33 reviews1 follower
September 6, 2013

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*

Skye followed her high school boyfriend to Seattle for University, but once they arrived he dumped her shattering what he had already broken. The relationship and the aftermath left Skye broken and closed off from the world. She hasn’t made any friends and she doesn’t want anyway, she can’t stand to be touched and she hides behind her clothes and hair hoping nobody notices her. Until one day she collides with the TA all the other girls are staring at in her psychology class. He’s sees past everything and to pain that embodies Skye. Can they repair each other and move on from their pasts?

“I never thought colliding with somebody could change lives.”

I ended up loving this book. I was a little hesitant when I first started reading, before I knew Skye’s history. I did what everyone else in the book did actually, I was frustrated with how annoyingly shy and nervous she was. But as her character developed and you learnt more about her the character was no longer cliché and annoying, because in reality she had strength no one could see.

Sometimes stories like this develop unnaturally for me, characters changing too quickly and moving on and up in a way that doesn’t work well with how the story and character started, but that doesn’t happen here. Stephanie Witter has written characters that are so raw and wounded and she doesn’t force anything, every step for Skye whether it be forwards or backwards doesn’t feel like a scene filler or just put there to make the story go forward it actually feels right.

This book contains sensitive subjects and I think Stephanie Witter handled them amazingly, at no point did I feel anything was done to shock for the sake of shocking.

I would definitely recommend this book!

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September 14, 2013
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Skye has been with her abusive boyfriend for 3 years till she followed him for their first year of college and yet he dumps her a week after because his words are that she's:

"Idiot. Dependent. Whore. Ridiculous. Ugly. Boring. A nobody. Nobody wants you. Nobody would miss you. Not sexy."

Physically and mentally broken, Skye avoids everyone and hides behind her frizzy hair and oversized clothes.

On her psychology class, she met one of the teacher's TA, tall, hot and tattooed Duke. Duke sees how vulnerable Skye is and wants to be her friend, so Duke pursued Skye.

Just when Skye's protective wall starts to crack... Duke lets her down. Duke lost his long time girlfriend and best friend in a car accident and is still all messed up over it.

But Duke won't give up on Skye.

“Because even if I want to ignore it, we connected. I pushed you away because it’s ... let’s say it’s complicated in my head right now, but I can’t imagine you not being a part of my life.”

And just when Skye started to mend her broken pieces, her ex-boyfriends comes back breaking her time and time again.

I love this book, I love the story... it's heartbreaking... it's gut wrenching.... and it's romantic. And this is definitely not for the faint of heart.

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417 reviews13 followers
October 5, 2013
Stephanie Witter
Patch Up

I finished reading this book in a day. I just couldn't put it down and no matter how much my body wanted to sleep, my brain just wouldn't switch off and kept convincing me that I had to read just one more chapter.

Emotional roller coaster doesn't even come close to describing this book, and I found myself becoming attached to Skye and Duke as they tried to break down each other's barriers. I loved the way the pieces slowly came together, and felt such compassion for both Skye and Duke as I learnt their stories. Both are so broken, and barely functioning at times, but they recognise something in each other and their relationship will either bring them back to life or end in total destruction. It's not an easy read, and it will affect some people more than others, but it's a book I won't ever forget.

Note to author: If you ever want to write a companion novella, Duke's destructive days would be perfect.
Profile Image for Emily.
4,890 reviews523 followers
September 1, 2015
Skye had thought she made the right choice following her boyfriend to college. Only to be dumped and harassed by her ex every time he saw her. Withdrawn and hardened into a shell, Sky focuses on studying not making friends, parties, or any of the other normal college events. Meeting Duke, a TA in one of her classes, he makes her uncomfortable, he sees right thru her. Duke knows something is up with Skye, he wants to help her but both have issues they are trying to evade and Skye calls him out on it. As Skye begins to find a bit of herself back she agrees to try a friendship with Duke.

This was an intense story. You know Skye is hiding something and as the story progresses you feel like you are a part of her. duke has his own brand of heartbreak and he initially Skye and he collide. I thought this was a powerful read and addressed an issue that is difficult to read about. That being said I thought the emotions and the way the author handled it was beautifully done.
Profile Image for Nayeli Rubio.
298 reviews4 followers
March 6, 2014
Me encantó, me encantó, me encantó.

Dos personas heridad, por diferentes motivos, que lo sobrellevan de maneras muy diferentes, y al final se encuentran por una casualidad.

Hermoso, una historia de vida, algo que por desgracia le sucede a más personas de las que nos gustaría pero que te demuestra se puede salir adelante después.

Super recomendado, me lo leí en un día y medio XD
Profile Image for Chrisabel.
1,533 reviews
February 21, 2015
From the first page this book has me on an emotional roller coaster. Great read and looking forward to reading the next book from this Author.
Profile Image for Bianca.
211 reviews
October 13, 2013
*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

I wanted to read this book since I saw the cover and read the blurb. The cover is gorgeous (and I think it has a lot to do with the story) and the blurb is very ineteresting. It seemed like my type of book.

Oh my! I am speechless and amazed! “Patch up” is a book that had blown me away! WOW!

I seriously didn’t epect to like it so much. Nor did it expect it to be such an amazine book. “Patch up” pleasently surprised me and overwhelmed me. It’s really hard to write a review for such a book, because there are so many things I’d like to say yet I can’t find my words.

I am dumbstruck after reading this book because it had suck a powerful impact on me! It made me realize, once again, how many monsters are on this Planet and how many horrible things can happen to good people.

I don’t really like book about abuse, because they scare me. They make me afraid that something like this could happen to me. But this time? I loved it. Yes, it did scare me, but it also made me realize that it’s not the worst thing that could happen to someone. It made me see that there is life after an abuse.

Let me tell you why I enjoyed ‘Patch up’ so much and why it had such an impact over me.

First, the story is so complex and sad and tragic and real that it kinda overwhelmed me. This is the kind of story that haunts you. And it’s so powerful that it’s blowing you away. Skye’s story is also very real because the feelings are very well described and you also realize that things like these happen in real life.

Also, there are so many things happeningg and Skye’s character changes so much from the beginning until the end that you almost forget how the things and Skye were in the beginning. I don’t really know how to describe this story and what it made me feel. You just hav to read the book and see by yourself.

Skye. Oh my, I think she is both a strong woman and a coward. A strong woman because she still goes on with her life (if you can call it a life) after what she went through, and a coward for allowing Sean to treat her like that and for not standing up for herself in fron of him. How could she allow him to do such awful things to her??If I were in her place, he would’ve been in a hospital after the first slap. But I think her parents are to be blamed more than her. They haven’t prepared her for something like this. My parents often tell me what I have to do if my future boyfriends would touch me in an inappropiate way and I would never allow some boy to treat me like that.

Duke. I think I just found my new book boyfriend. Oh my, delicious! I haven’t developed such a strong crush for a character in a long time. PER-FECT!

Skye+Duke. They are soo…. sooo… what’s the word? Lovely? Naaah. Special? Maybe. I think I’d describe them as broken and fitting. They were complicated, broken and sometimes impossible. Their story is that story that is so complicated and sad, yet so beautiful! I loved the fact that they were, above all, best friends. There weren’t sappy things between them and I just loooved that they didn’t say ‘I love you’l until faaaaaaar in the book.

Yes, ‘Patch up’ is a New Adult book. But no, there aren’t many cursing words. There was only one sex scene but believe me when I tell you, it was so intense that it was enough.

I think this book should be a bestseller. Everyone should read it because this is the kind of book that is really worth reading and spending your money on. People should read it and realize that their life isn’t as awful as they thought.

Skye and Dule’s story taught me to flight and be strong. It showed me that the right person can help you a lot.

God I haven’t written such a long review in a long time. I think it’s time for me to stop and for you to pick up this book.

“Patch up” is one of the best books I’ve read this year. With a beautiful yet heartbreaking story that haunted me, this book made me read all day without stopping. Bravo to the author for writing such an emotional rollercoaster and a brilliant book! I absolutely loved the story, the writing style, the characters, the book itself.

Highly recommended!

Rate: 6 stars out of 5
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1,351 reviews53 followers
October 12, 2014
I love it! It's midnight and i can't put it down! Wow! Stephanie thank you for this story! Review to come!


My Review :

This is heartbreaking, painful story about two broken souls. The story takes places in college where Skye met Duke, ones of the TA in her in psychology's class.

But Skye can't stand to be touch by anyone and tried to be invisible to the world, her boyfriend broke up with her months ago.She hide a big secret and Duke is the one who could see through her. As usual, she rough to people and cold but he's persistent. Every time he saw her, it's like he took down a wall in her soul.As Skye, Duke is deeply attainted by his past, he can let it go, his first love who died in a car accident. When the two collide, we saw since the first time that two of them are gonna be connected. And it works! I was totally absorbed by their story.

Throughout the story, we saw the ups ans downs of Skye and Duke relationship. How could someone open up to people and trusted them after being abused verbally and physically? To be ashamed and to be denigrated constantly that you don't want to people to know?

Skye is a young woman who tried to survive after what happened with her boyfriend, who abused her for the last three years. What can i say, this guy freaked me out. She was like his possession at his every disposal, who took the verbal abuse and strokes.We can see how a kind of this relationship destroyed her little by little, like he took a piece of her every time she were abused. Skye is so deeply emotionally wrecked that she couldn't let anybody get into her life until Duke, with his persistence. But she is a fighter, a strong woman.

At first sight, Duke seemed to be a strong man,handsome tattored man,trying to reach every walls that Skye put around her, but he's also tormented. When he saw her, he knew deep inside that she wouldn't be one of his friends but so much more. He imposed himself to Skye even she didn't want to be close to him. I love how he cared about her, always be careful, not pushing her. As a brilliant TA in psychology, he can read Skye like anybody else, like a open book. But sometimes he couldn't be strong for both of them. He took baby steps with her and understand that she couldn't be intimate, touched by someone, so he tried to gain her trust, letting him more and more into her life. He wants Skye to be strong because he couldn't be.

Being friends first is not easy for them and didn't understand all the overwhelming feelings they had for each other.But when she lets him in, is like they belong together. Every time we saw something good happened, Sean (Skye ex boyfriend) is here to remain her that couldn't be free and would be still have a leverage on her. These parts were very hard to read, and i was hurting for Skye but also for Duke because he is like a passive observer.Progressively, Skye lets people come into her life ; her roommate and Derek who becomes a brother to her. Duke showed her how to reconnect to people.

I love everything in this book and Stephanie knows how to write gut wrenching story who leave me speechless! I was so overwhelmed by this story about surviving after an abusive relationship and to find love all along the way, someone you can rely on.For a new adult romance, this one is very mature and i enjoyed every moment, even the hard, harsh ones. It is well written and Stephanie Witter deals with abusive relationships with a very smart approach. It's not easy to put this on this kind of genre. It is a perfect mix of romance, tragedy, hotness (Duke is so...wow, the tattoos got me and their sexual attraction, wow,wow), joy and friendship! I give it a try and wasn't disappointed, i recommend this book!
Profile Image for Eclipse Reviews.
70 reviews24 followers
September 9, 2013
She just survived an abusive relationship, but still she runs into the very man she place her trust in. The very man that broke her into pieces, and left nothing but an empty shell in his wake. Skye carefully moves around her world, afraid that trusting others will lead to more pain. She hides away from the world, hoping no one would notice this broken woman. But when Duke spots her in class he starts pushing her to come back into the world and works hard to earn her trust. But how can you trust when the memories of pain and humiliation was constantly bombarding you? How can you trust and open up to another, when you fear his very touch?

Oh my, deep breath. Inhale and exhale. This was such an intense read. Sitting here I am trying to think of the right words to complement such a heartbreaking, yet needed story. I only hope that my review would do justice for it. Patch Up was filled with a huge rollercoaster of emotions. You reach into the mind of the main character, Skye, and find yourself looking at the world very differently. The emotions I experience reading this novel was epic. One moment I would be so sad, and then over to smiling and then boom, I hated someone. The name Sean will always leave a bad taste behind.

But this is real life, this happens everyday around us. Yes, we turn a blind eye and leave the victim to fight for herself. It’s just what we do. I have to say that if I do come across a girl like Skye I might be going in fist swinging, legs kicking and fighting to try and save her. You experience her feelings, you feel her pain. It’s just really intense. In short this book will leave an impact on you.

The hero in the novel, Duke, came to my rescue a few times. Also dealing with his own heartache he seemed to be the one that ensured all the healing needed for these two. I loved his nature and protective stand he had when he started falling for Skye. His was the perfect fit for her, and the perfect hero.

Something about Stephanie is that she takes you deep into real life. She makes you stop and think, look around and notice the things you try to avoid. I love this about her novels. I went back to the dedication, and I want to say well done to Stephanie. The world needed this, I needed this. Epic wake up call! I believe that those out there that wanted to tell us how they felt, why it is or was so difficult to break such a relationship, can just tell people to read Patch Up. This in my opinion deserves more than just 5 stars. I recommend you pick it up today and start reading it.
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198 reviews64 followers
December 15, 2013
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5 STARS ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

You know how sometimes you come across a book that just takes you completely by surprise? The way you connect to the characters… the feelings the story itself brings out… It lingers in your brain long after you’ve finished reading. It just stays with you. Well that is exactly what happened with me after reading this book!

Patch Up is a beautifully written intense story that will introduce you to a very brave young woman whose spirit has been utterly broken, no… shredded. Skye is a college student with a traumatic past that keeps invading her present in the worst of ways. Her goal is to keep her head down and get through her classes while being completely invisible to everyone else. Her plans are shot to hell when she meets Duke - the swoon worthy, ridiculously handsome, tattooed (bonus!) TA in her psychology class. From the moment Duke and Skye exchange words, he sees something in her that he can identify with… pain.

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“He may be a better actor than I am, but one broken person can always recognize another one.” ~ Skye

Duke has his own set of demons to deal with when he meets Skye but she is definitely a game changer for him. She brings out his inner protective alpha-male, which just scares the crap out of him. There is no “insta-love” moment with these two but their connection is so strong that it evolves into so much more. Their sexual chemistry is crazy and it got stronger with every chapter. The way the author developed their relationship was at times intense, frustrating, loving, passionate, fragile, and ultimately beautiful.

Duke and Skye are survivors and I felt every emotion they went through as their story unfolded... from anger and fear to passion and happiness and back again. I loved getting lost in this book and, honestly, I just want more – I’m so greedy! What else is there left to say except go out and read it for yourself – you won’t regret it!

I received this e-RRC in exchange for an honest review.
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69 reviews33 followers
December 28, 2013
An ARC copy of Patch Up was provided to the reviewer in exchange for an honest review.

What I liked
Absolutely everything! As you can see there isn't a 'What I disliked' section in this post. Before I begin, I'd like to reiterate that this book deals with a sensitive topic. So be prepared, because as I told the author Stephanie before I sent a full review - I haven't read a book that has made my cry like Patch Up did in a while!

To start, I loved the college setting. Specifically that it took place with Skye in a psychology class. Just a simple element such as having a book like this unfold with its characters having some understanding of the mind and human behavior brings the book to a whole new level.

Duke, Skye's TA, brings so much to the story. I'll admit, from reading the blurb I thought that this book was going to simply revolve around a TA/student relationship. But once you learn of Duke's story and you realize what has brought him to this point in his life -- it's truly heart-breaking and admirable.

Patch Up isn't simply about two incredibly damaged people 'finding each other'. You can search books over and find numerous books about 'two damaged people fixing each other'. What is rare is a book where the psychological and physical damage goes so deep for both parties that it seems nearly impossible that they can be good for each other. From the time Duke and Skye meet you're routing for them. But as time goes on, you love each character so much that you can't help but feel as though they really shouldn't be with each other. As if they'll drag each other further down the rabbit hole. It's such a tug and pull that it keeps you turning the pages and holding your breath just waiting for the next strand in the rope to break.

Overall, this is a beautiful, yet dark book that will have your all of your emotions running on high. It reveals the havoc that other people's brutal 'games' can cause and demonstrates the extraordinary mental and physical strength of human beings. But most importantly, it showcases how one person can really change the world for someone else.


Romance: Steamy
Content: Sensitive
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969 reviews48 followers
October 3, 2013
Skye was in an abusive relationship for 3 years. Her ex, Sean, beat her regularly. Damaged she hids underneath her frizzy hair and oversized clothes. Despitethe fact Sean beat her she followed him to Seattle and the college of his choice only to have him break up with her mere weeks after their arrival.
The fact they broke up doesnt stop Sean from beating Skye. This guy is a real douche. He terrorizes her and she takes it. No one knows the things hes done to her she has protected him and kept this secret for years. That is until she meets Duke.
Duke is a TA in her psychology class. He sees past everything and wants to her friend. Doesnt matter how much she protests. He refuses to take no for an answer. Hes not a bully about it thought. Eventually she caves and after while she opens up to him and confesses her secret. And because Duke is awesome he wants to protect her and be there for her. He wants to help her overcome the damage Sean has done to her. And slowly she heals.
And of course they’re attracted to each other. And its sooo frustrating!!! Sure they are both damaged. Trust me Duke has some pretty serious issues all surrounding the loss of his girlfriend years ago. But the back and forth of it all drove me insane!! Just when I thought they were on the right track things would fall apart.
Kate, Skyes roommate was a wonderful character. She really brightens up the story. I mean its pretty fecking heavy. There are a few other characters but my favorites were Kate and Derek.
Patch Up though it was extremely intense and graphic was wonderful. You cant help but want that happily ever after for everyone. Well, everyone but Sean. For him you want him to end up in jail calling some guy named Popeye his Papi if you get what im saying. Especially after the HORRIBLE things he did to Skye.
Witter continues to amaze me with her storytelling abilities. I knew this from By My Side I just really appreciate when a writer doesnt disappoint. Also I kinda wish I was named Skye Walker! I only wish Skye had a little more fun with it.
Profile Image for Tee loves Kyle Jacobson.
2,471 reviews169 followers
October 11, 2013
Patch Up...... where to start with this review......... okay so to say that I loved this book would be an understatement on my part. I really LOVED this book and I could relate to the main character in this story because love is blind and when we love we love hard and no matter happens to us we still keep going back for more. Skye stole my heart man because she did what I did and it took me a long very long time to trust and open up so I was there with her every step of the way.

Skye follows her boyfriend to college to only get there and get dumped by him. She has been with him for three years and she wanted to make it work but he decided he wanted to get to college and play the field and tag and bag as many girls as he could. But Sean is not done with Skye and at every turn he reminds her that she is still his no matter if he wants her or not. She will not be with anyone else.

So Skye goes on by herself hiding behind her clothes and her hair. She keeps everything hidden until one day she runs into a guy and her world is turned upside down. This guy she runs into just happens to be her Psychology teachers TA Duke. He is so beautiful inside and out that Skye finds herself at first trying to resist him but she soon realizes that she can't and she doesn't want to. She wants to open up to Duke but it is hard because every time she tries Sean comes back into the picture.

But Duke is broken to and he knows that he should walk away because he can't commit he can't give Skye anything because he is so broken inside he has nothing left to give. But soon Duke realizes that Skye is keeping a secret an huge secret and he is determined to find out what it is. When he does will he walk away from Skye or will he stay and fight for the girl who is his siren calling to him?
Profile Image for Lynn  2 Girls & A Book.
632 reviews17 followers
August 26, 2014
How do I put into words the raw emotion that this novel awoke in me? I sat down and read it in almost one sitting. My hands ache from the tight grasp in which I held onto my kindle. My throat is dry from the open mouth gaping I did throughout the story. This story had to be told and needs to be read. It is sad, but almost every woman knows a girl like Skye.

The characters are well defined and multidimensional. The reader immediately deciphers that Skye was involved in an abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend. The story explores her tumultuous road at attempted healing and putting the pain of her past behind her. Thankfully she has some great friends to help guide her and stand strong for her when needed. Skye meets Duke who is equally guarded and has painful secrets hiding behind the facade he regularly wears too. Together they try to talk each other off the ledge and heal. It is a constant struggle for Skye and Duke. It seems that for every step forward they take two steps back.

Stephanie Witter takes you on an emotional roller coaster tough Skye’s beat downs, breakthroughs, relapses, and her journey to self-preservation. Whether you have been in an abusive relationship or not, most of us have had a bad or even toxic relationship in our lifetime. Stephanie draws you into her characters as they leap from the page in front of you. Keep the tissues handy. This book is a must read. It tops my book list for2014. You are going to want to keep author, Stephanie Witter, on your radar. With this sort of writing we can expect great things from her in the future.
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Author 2 books53 followers
December 31, 2015
Skye followed her heart, and her boyfriend, to join the same college. But he broke it off almost immediately after, shattering her into little pieces. Since then Skye has struggled to repair the damage he did. But the damage runs far deeper than even we, the reader, first realises.

Kate, Skye's roommate, tries to involve Skye in the party side of college, inviting her out to social evenings. But it is at one of these we discover her ex is a nasty piece of work, but the author still manages to keep the extent of this hidden until just the right moment.

Skye finds an ally in a TA (teaching assistant) from one of her classes, Duke. We discover that Duke, in his own way, is also damaged from a past experience. He decides he sees something in Skye which makes him want to be her friend, and he goes all out to persuade Skye this is a good idea. But she isn't so easy to convince.

Throughout the story Skye has to put up with a lot from other people. Not only her ex, but from Kate and Duke in different ways. She also has to hide a lot from everyone, including her parents.

What will happen when her secrets come to light? Will she get the support she so desperately needs? Or will her ex have the final say?

This was not an easy story to read due to the content within its pages. There is adult content/abuse and is therefore not for younger people. But the storyline is all necessary to make this a book worth reading.
Profile Image for Candy Smith.
429 reviews36 followers
October 13, 2013
Goodness,PATCH UP pulled at my heartstrings all throughout the story.I wanted so much for Skye and Duke to just get over their past hurts and let each other in.Time and time again they would take two small steps forward and like a giant leap back.So afraid of getting hurt gain, they push each other away only to want nothing more than to fix each other.I so wanted to reach inside the book and do something to take their pain away.Both damaged by past painful relationships.While those relationships were totally different from each other,both ended in pain.Duke is haunted by the loss of his ex~girlfriend and blames himself.Skye is haunted by an abusive ex~boyfriend who not only haunts her nightmare but also in real life.Though this isn't quite a happy~go~lucky story it is one that happens more often than we know yet is never told due to the fear of what others will think of them.They are ashamed and blame themselves for things that were really out of their control.I know the fear Skye lives in and can relate with the way she tries to just shut the world out and coast through life on survival mode because that is easier than taking the chance of getting hurt by letting others in.This is not a healthy way of living and Skye must decide if she can let down the walls she has built around her so she can move towards healing.Duke must decide if he can let someone in without the fear of losing them run him off.
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