Series: Broken and Screwed #1
Published by Self-published
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance
Alexandra's older brother died the night he graduated. That day changed everything for her. No longer was she the party girl. No longer did she care about being popular and no longer was her family the happy unit she always thought existed. The only person who could help her heal is the same person who loved her brother as much as she did, his best friend. She only hopes to keep her entire heart from breaking when Jesse will move on, and she knows he will.
After Ethan died, Jesse excelled at basketball, partying, and girls. He used it all to turn his emotions off, but the irony was that Alex was the only person who could do that for him. She helped him forget, but she was the one person he shouldn't be with because the secrets he knows could shatter everything. They could shatter her.
Not my favorite by Tijan, I felt most of the time the story was all very vague. Quite a bit of mysteries going on, and some names mention but never were developed.
Why did Alex’s parents neglected her after her older brother Ethan’s death? Why did they treat Ethan’s best friend Jesse better if not like one of their own but failed to extend even little amount of affection towards their own flesh and blood?
I can’t help but wonder if book one is a character building to prepare for Alex badass transfer in book two? I really hope so. That was one of the things I love about Tijan’s characters. Pure badass, though not necessarily likeable.
What secrets was Jesse holding? It was never revealed. I was disappointed that was never addressed till towards the end in one small conversation that Alex learned her beloved brother, Ethan was not happy. And something had happened between Jesse and Ethan as well as that may or may not explain a few things of Ethan’s accident. These were mysteries added more layers of mysteries. Which I hope will be answered in the next book.
After breaking up with Jesse and coping with the loss of her last connection with her brother Ethan, for awhile Alex was somewhat her normal self again. However that didn’t last long, in the end of the book her parents pulled the last straw, and Alex turned to a ‘different’ person, although dark and someone people fear of where all the descriptions we were told that summed up with a rather short paragraph. No elaboration, just an idea.
I felt the story did not necessarily have a build up, unlike her other books that I have read so far. I thought it was more like a farewell to Alex’s old life, her old self, and preparing the readers to book two, a beginning of Alex’s new life and new self.
The intensity and chemistry between Jesse and Alex were great. I am interested to see what will happen when Alex is in the same college as Jesse.
I hate both of Alex’s best friends, what kind of crappy friends they were!
I am very curious about what will Alex transfer into in the next book.