Series: Contours of the Heart, Book 2
Also in this series: Easy
Published by Berkley Books on 06 May 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Health & Daily Living, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
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Also by this author: Easy
Place(s) Traveled To: Arlington, VA // Washington, DC // Unnamed, Texas
First Line(s): Landon. Eight years ago. I woke with a jerk, screaming.
Breakable by Tammara Webber is a companion book to her bestselling novel, Easy. In Breakable we get to see Jacqueline’s story from Lucas’s POV and we also get to see a little more of his backstory. The story shifts from right after his mother’s death, when most people still called him Landon, to the present where he runs into Jacqueline. I liked how Webber did a back and forth with the present and past as it helped to break up the different aspects of Lucas’s story and it didn’t feel like the lead up to meeting Jacqueline was slow and weighted down. Overall, Breakable is a quick read and it took me only a few hours to get through but I felt that it was missing something and so it wasn’t as good as Easy.
Part of this I think is because I felt like I was missing part of the story. There were things and dialogue that were glossed over in Breakable because they were discussed in more detail in Easy. This made me wish that I’d re-read Easy right before starting this book in order to have all the details super fresh in my mind. I also felt that not a ton of new information was given in this book. Yes, we got to peak into Lucas’s past but there was nothing new on the Jacqueline/Lucas story. Also, because Lucas was the savior and not the victim this one didn’t have the same emotional impact. Although, Lucas’s past does give the reader its own set of emotions and feels.
The parts I liked best about Breakable were the ones that took place in his past before he left home for college. I really liked seeing the kid he was and the man he became. It was heartbreaking at times to see what he went through after the death of his mother and it makes him an even more endearing character than before. Without those life experiences he wouldn’t be the Lucas that we know and love and there is also a good chance that he may never have met Jacqueline if things didn’t happen as they did.
Even though I didn’t like this one as much as Easy I still liked the story of Lucas and Jacqueline. I liked seeing thing through the eyes of Lucas though in someways I wish that Easy had been a dual perspective story. I think it would have been betting to get both sides at the same time or at the very least, as I said above, I really should have read Easy again before picking this one up. It just felt like there was a little more distance between what was happening and the reader that it didn’t suck me in as much. This could be because of the male POV which isn’t always an easy one to write when you aren’t a male. But it could just be because all those details that got glossed over. I enjoyed Breakable and I do recommend it but in my humble opinion this one isn’t a standalone book and really does need to be read with Easy to fully appreciate Lucas’s story.