Saturday, September 20, 2014

Review: Breaking My Heart by Aleya Michelle


Roxy is a fighter, she is strong and independent. 

She knows exactly what she wants and is not afraid to go after it, especially when it comes to men.

Roxy thinks she has men figured out, that is until she meets Kade. He storms into her life like a knight on a white horse to save her. He makes her question everything she ever thought she knew about life, men and herself. 

With a past that keeps holding her back will Kade be able to break down her walls? 

Will he be able to prove to Roxy that everything she thinks she knows about men is wrong, or will he prove her right?

~Book Links~

~My 4.5* Review~

This is the beginning of Roxy and Kade's story. Roxy is a 24 year old independent woman. She works 4 days a week add a graphic designer and spends 1 day at uni. At the weekends she loves nothing more than to go out with her best friend Jemma,  they drink and use recreational drugs. Roxy enjoys sex and is rather promiscuous. She's been hurt in the past and therefore doesn't allow herself to become emotionally involved.

Whilst out with Jemma, Roxy spots a good looking make sat by himself and she decides that he will be her bit of 'fun' for the evening, cue Kade! She heads over and invites him back to her place but he refuses.  He does however say that he wants to see her again.  Phone numbers are given out and Roxy heads back to fond Jemma.

Kade is a construction site manager. He loves surfing and hopes that one day he can go pro. Between work and surfing Kade hasn't had many females in his life. But there's something about Roxy he likes.

Will they get a chance together? Will the past cause too many problems? Can 
Roxy finally get over her hurt? Will she be brave enough to risk being hurt again?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Roxy and Kade,  I'm looking forward to book #2 in this series.

Roxy has emotionally locked down, she's built walls around her heart in order to protect it. She has a hard time trusting men and she thinks that they are only after one thing; sex. She enjoys sex and when she sees a man she wants she isn't afraid to go after him. Usually this pays off, until the night Roxy meets Kade. When Kade turns her down,  Roxy is shocked both by the fact that he says no and then that he wants to see her again.

Kade; could he be Roxy's knight in shining armour? Kade seems to spend a lot of time forgiving Roxy at the start, especially as she is hell bent on trying to push him away. Kade shows that he has a jealous angry streak in him too, which causes more problems for the couple.

But a relationship is new territory for both of them and there's bound to be teething problems, right? Kade's anger spills out when his mother leaves his father, this devastates Kade and his family. Which in turn makes him question of he can be what Roxy truly deserves. Can he? Hmm... You better get reading!

The characters are great, very realistic and easy to relate to. They both have their own issues and have always had their own way of dealing with the things life has thrown at them. Kade and Roxy both grow into stronger characters. They appear to learn from their experiences and they change and adapt to each situation . The conversations and situations are realistic and believable too.
I did find that on occasion the swapping from one POV to the other could be a little repetitive, I know it may have been to give both characters thought and feelings, but I still felt as though it could be have been done slightly differently.  

My only other minor bug bear is that some parts were a little too sickly sweet for my liking; but I know that some people are like that in real life too. I've seen them!

Other than those two small points, I really have enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read book #2. I think this is a book about trying to overcome fears and personal demons, but also learning to trust and believing that some risks are worth taking.

Breaking My Heart made me laugh, cringe, giggle and cry. It's a great debut novel by Aleya. The cliffhanger ending definitely has me hanging and NEEDING book #2. I'm itching to get my hands on it,  because I have been pulled into Roxy and Kade's lives. I NEED to know what will happen next.

A great first novel with humour, romance and some seriously up close and personal steaminess! A page turner that has left me wanting, no Needing more!!!

Great work Aleya! I can't wait to read book #2!!

~Book 2 Links~
~About The Author~

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Happily married and mother of 3 gorgeous and very active boys. A true lover of reading and escaping into a book, I love to write and find solace and escape through my characters and storylines.

So excited to finally publish my debut novel Breaking my Heart and I'm looking forward to the next journey as an author. Book 2 Healing my Heart will be out September 17th.

Favourite past times include shopping, reading, going to the beach and seeing friends. Music is another great love.

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