Book Title: Flawed and Damaged
Author: Emily Krat
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 23 July, 2014.
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?
WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars
I really liked the premise of this book. Elizabeth is at a mediocre position at her job. She asks her manager for more responsibility, hoping that she could show her that she could do more and advance. One day her manager tells her she has the perfect job for her. Elizabeth has to pick up a client and make sure he gets to all his destinations with no problems. When the client approaches Liz and tell her he is “here”, she assumes that this is the client that her manager was telling her to babysit. Little does she know that it is the wrong client. Ryan is visiting Russia on business. When he steps off the plane he sees an attractive girl holding a sign, a “sign” that his brother uses to mean that he has a “present” for his big brother. Ryan is not in the mood for his brother’s little “gifts” but one things leads to another and Elizabeth and Ryan end up having to be together anyway.
The story is written in dual POVS with a switch every other chapter. Questions from one POV are almost immediately answered in the other character’s POV which leaves very little suspense. I wished that the current POVs would not revisit the previous character’s POV. This is one of those stories that I think could have been better with just one POV. Maybe adding Ryan’s POV every few chapters or so but not every other chapter.
At times there was too much unnecessary info. I found myself skimming a paragraph or two when the heroine would go on about something in her life. At that point, the book felt long and I think of the information like the one I described would have been eliminated the book would have not seem to drag at certain spots.
I am tired of these BFFs that convince heroine that to have “fun” and chase the guy. However, saying all this, I still wanted to read and finish the book and know how the story was going to end. I was upset that Ryan could be a big jerk to Liz at a turn of a hat, but I had to remind myself that he had trouble with trust. There was only his brother who really had meant anything to him.
I liked Liz’s story. I just liked her as a person. She was a kind person and I am glad that she did not give in to Ryan quickly. She tried to be smart in the situation even though it was hard since she was desperate with big responsibilities.
The book was not a bad read. My problem was mostly all the inner dialogue in the story.
A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
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.
Emily is a chocolate junkie, “Grey’s Anatomy” fan, and admirer of good music. She loves summer rains, warm blankets on cold winter nights, as well as traveling, sleeping in late, watching TV shows, cooking, and baking. When she’s not writing or rewriting, she loves spending time with family and friends.
Emily loves to hear from readers. To get write to her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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