Two people haunted by their past...
The collision of two damaged hearts...
Meet Elizabeth Williams. She is at the airport on an important work assignment. If everything goes smoothly, after three years of hard work, she’ll get a promotion and a much-needed raise. Elizabeth is putting her life back on track after it was ripped out from under her feet four years ago when she lost her parents along with all her dreams. Standing here, she believes her life is going to change for the better any moment now. Nothing can go wrong, right?
Meet Ryan Price. He came to Moscow on business. Right now, Ryan is standing at the airport looking at a ‘present’ from his brother, judging by the sign a beautiful young woman is holding. Damn his brother for not cancelling this arrangement as Ryan asked.
Miscommunications and misunderstandings and a brilliant but painful love story begins.
There will be a scary flight, lovely breakfasts, long evening conversations, sharing a secret or two, discovering one another, a lot of laughter, tender moments and some tears, a fight and, of course, the I-am-ready-for-the-end-of-the-world kiss.
Somewhere along the way, they won’t be able to fight their feelings any longer.
For the first time in his life, Ryan will experience a different shade of lust. And for the first time in her life, Elizabeth will have to trust despite all of the times she has been hurt.
Will these two wounded lost souls find love, peace and comfort in each other or will they just break each other more? Is it a train wreck of a love story or a happily ever after?
This is a new adult book and is intended for readers who are at least 17 years old. Adult content/language/situations are inside.
ARC received from the author for an honest review.
I will admit that until Ms Krat contacted our blog, I had not heard of her.
Flawed and Damaged intrigued me when I read the synopsis, so I was quite sure I was going to enjoy it.
And enjoy it I did!
Elizabeth and Ryan meet because of a misunderstanding - what a misunderstanding too! - and you can just feel that things are never going to be the same for either of them ever again.
Flawed and Damaged is the only way to describe the main characters. Both holding on tight to events in their pasts that are affecting them to this day. They have built up walls around themselves for so long you wonder if they are every going to move past them.
What I really liked about their story is that their romance was a slow burn. I am definitely NOT a fan of insta-love relationships. I want my characters to grow and learn about each other, not just jump into bed together.
There is that push-pull between our MCs. OMG my head was spinning with Ryan's mood swings! Seriously I never knew which was he was going to swing next! I wanted to grab him and shake some sense into him! I am surprised Elizabeth hung around with the way he was PMSing!!!!
I was cheering for him to get his act together and see what was in front of him, but I was not sure he was going to be able to do it.
Flawed and Damaged is written with alternating view in most chapter, which can sometimes irritate me, but this time it didn't. What did bother me and disconnect be a bit from the story, mainly because there was a fair bit of doubling up of dialogue from both characters. It disrupted the flow of the story for me. This did improve and get less as the story progressed though, and it might not bother others.
There are some fantastic secondary characters too. I adored Elizabeth's best friend Nina, and I am intrigued by Ryan's brother Mark. I hope we get more about him.
Flawed and Damaged does not end on a cliffhanger - hallelujah! - but it is kind of left opened to continue the story. There is a second book to this series that is due for release in 2015 (but no date as of yet).
There was some fantastic imagery. Being set in both Russia and France, I was drawn more to the French side of things - probably because we see more pictures of Paris than Moscow. I could imagine myself sitting on the balcony, eat chocolate croissants and looking at the Eiffel Tower.
Flawed and Damaged is a good debut novel, and I am interested to see where the next book takes us.
Always an avid reader who consumes whole books in a single day, Emily Krat is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page. For her writing stories and developing ideas for novels is a true passion and a dream come true.
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