Monday, November 10, 2014

Broken Course by Aly Martinez

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Title: Broken Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #3)
Author: Aly Martinez
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Seven years ago, my life changed forever. One accident and the person I saw in the mirror no longer resembled the woman I used to be. I was lost and confused inside my own body. I felt alone and disconnected from the world, carrying the incredible weight of guilt and loss that wasn't even mine to harbor. Then fate led me to Leo James. He taught me that crazy could be perfectly normal and it shouldn't hurt to breathe. Don't get me wrong. Leo isn't perfect. He has his own cross to bear, and the truth is, that might be why I fell for him in the first place. But despite everything he does for me, learning to forgive myself is infinitely harder than overlooking the flaws of another. Now, the secrets and lies of our past have begun to dictate our future—threatening to ruin us before we get the chance to try. Perhaps we were cursed from the start. Or maybe, just maybe, the remnants of our fractured lives will fit together to form one whole, where love isn’t questioned and being happy is…well, easy. Can a second broken soul be enough to fill the voids of my own? Or will such scarred pasts prove too much for our love alone to overcome?

**Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone.**


Wrecked and Ruined

wrecked and ruined
Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #1)
Stolen Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #2)
Broken Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #3)

Nikki, I need to start with a confession...

Uh Oh... 
nail biting That never seems to be good I don't want to see

LOL.'s not entirely bad. I just have to admit that while I love Aly Martinez and always look forward to her next book, going into this one, I was scared. I didn't like Sarah in the previous books so I really didn't see how I was going to make it through this one when it's all about her. 

Ahhh. Yes, I understand. I felt the same way. Especially in Stolen Course. I wasn't a fan of hers and I wasn't sure how Aly was going to pull off the transition from antihero to heroine. But, lucky for us (and her other readers) she did a fantastic job with Sarah! 

I completely agree. I didn't expect to like her but she ended up being the best part of the book. She still had her moments but you could tell that she wasn't the same person we'd met in the previous books. She had pulled herself together and started a new life. 

Exactly. It was a great transition and I loved how you could still see her struggle, which I would see as a normal occurance with everything she'd been through. The wreck changed her, but she was no longer solely in that dark place. Yes, she had times when it tried to pull her in, but you could see her fight to regain herself from it. It was awesome to see.

It really was. It was also heartbreaking to see the flashbacks and just how lost she was. In Broken Course, all you saw was her brand of crazy...and it wasn't pretty. It was actually really horrible. But with the flash backs, you saw the evens from her POV and it really did make me feel for her. Don't get me wrong, her actions were deplorable but you could see just how broken she was and just how dark of a place she was at. Aly Martinez is seriously amazing with what she pulled off.

I agree! Aly Martinez did a fantastic job with Sarah. I felt so bad for her in the flashbacks and could feel her pain. It was a dark place to be and, while I agree that her actions were deplorable, you could just understand that she really wasn't in the right frame of mind.

Exactly. And because we saw just how dark she was and just how much she changed, I couldn't help but root for her and for her to get her HEA. Speaking of that HEA....let's discuss Leo. 

Oh boy. Yes, Let's discuss Leo.

Leo...I really loved him in Among the Echoes. Erica and Slate were good but Leo was amazing. He was, by far, my favorite part of the book. You know how some secondary characters jump off the page and totally steal the show? Well...that was Leo for me. So when I found out he was going to be Sarah's hero, I was excited...and scared. Excited because MORE LEO!!! but scared because I didn't like Sarah and wanted better for him. 

Ahhh yes. In AtE, I loved Leo as well. He really did stand out as a secondary character stealing the show. And I was excited he was going to get his own book which would lead to him getting a HEA as well. 

However, all was not to be. (Don't misunderstand me, there IS a HEA)...but Leo...changed. I realize that AtE wasn't his book, so it didn't delve into his head and motives, but the guy that I loved in AtE was different. In the  beginning of Broken Course, you could clearly see the Leo of yesterbook. But as soon as he hooked up with Sarah, his personality seemed to change for me. He went from  being a hot alpha to more of a domineering alpha, and that didn't work for me. 

rolling on the floor But I agree. While I knew he had his own dark issues to deal with (more on that in a sec) his personality did a complete makeover. I didn't like it too much. He did start out funny and sweet while still being the hot alpha we knew and loved, but then when he started to act more like a dictator than a lover, I was not happy either. There were times periodically throughout after the change that we'd get the funny and sweet Leo of 'yesterbook' and those parts I loved. But I agree with you, I didn't like the seemingly new Leo all too much.

I feel bad for saying I didn't like him because I loved him during the sweet funny moments, but the domineering parts of his personality didn't work for me. And like you said, he had his own dark issues to deal with. And speaking of those issues, I thought they were handled well by the author. She made them real and believable and I can totally see an alpha guy reacting the way he did and having problems dealing. HOWEVER, I really didn't like that he acted like a martyr, willing to fall on his sword because he refused to accept help. It was ok for Sarah to deal with issues from her past and move forward with her life, but god forbid that he should do the same. 

Ok, you stole those words right out of my mouth! I don't even have a reply, because you said it so well!  
tongue winking 

There was one more aspect that I didn't like. I didn't like the way Leo constantly kept things from Sarah. She told him time and again that she hated surprises and didn't handle them well. But he never seemed to learn. There was always something he was hiding or neglecting to tell her. And it never went well for him when she found out. I won't go into the actual events/info since they're spoilers (and pretty big ones at that), but he handled everything wrong. I know he had issues and he was avoiding dealing with them, and that was part of him keeping secrets, but I just kept wondering how they could ever have a successful relationship when he wasn't willing to even try dealing with his issues and get better. I hate to say it, but at one point, after his millionth secret came out, I wanted Sarah to walk away and find someone else for her HEA. And I hated the implication that she was being selfish and jealous in how she reacted to this particular secret. I didn't blame her in her reaction one bit. It wasn't the information itself that upset her so much as that Leo kept it a secret. And I think she had every right to be mad and walk away and reevaluate their relationship when he refused to share his life with her.

I concur.

LOL. That was a very succinct response. 

Well, seeing as you pretty much jumped in my head and said all I would have, there wasn't much left 

LOL. I'm a ninja like that. 

LOL. Ok, as for our supporting characters, as ever, Caleb was fabulous! ❤ Emma and Jesse were great too. Brett was kind of a jerk, but it was to be expected. Not much else to be when faced with that awkward situation. However, I will agree with Leo when I say I don't understand how Sarah could continue to be friends with Casey. I know she explained herself, and to a point I get it, I'm just not sure I could go there myself.

OMG! I totally spaced on Casey and Eli. I have to say, I hope they don't get a book because I want nothing to do with them. That was one part I did agree with Leo on...Sarah should NOT have stayed friends with them. I'm sorry, but there's no redeeming them for me. As for Caleb, he was by far my favorite part. I live for Caleb moments. *happy sigh* I could read more books about his life with Emma. 

Lol. Overall, I liked the book a lot. While there were parts that got to me, such as when Leo blurted out a certain something and I screamed 'OMG' and accidentally threw my poor kindle in the air 
blushing , there were also a lot of good parts. Aly Martinez is definitely a great writer and she knows how to draw an array of emotions from her readers. 
rolling on the floor I can't believe I forgot about that moment! (you throwing your kindle in the air, not the revelation) That was one moment I was glad to be eating dust. You got there first and warned me something HUGE was coming and I held tight to my beloved kindle. winking But I agree with you, Aly Martinez is a master at her craft. She had me pacing the floors at another 'OMG' moment because it was so shocking. And overall, I did like the book. I would give it a solid 4 stars. 

 I gave it 4 stars as well! 
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Aly Martinez

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in Chicago, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side. 
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.  

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