by Tammara Webber
Published on May 6th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Narrator: Zachary Webber
Length: 11 hours and 38 minutes
Source: Purchased for Audible
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He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…
As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.
Easy was the first New Adult book I ever read and I absolutely loved it (see my review here.) Obviously, I was delighted to learn that Webber wrote Breakable from Lucas/Landon’s point of view. It didn’t disappoint at all!
Breakable is told from Luca’s point of view in a unique way. Chapters/sections alternate between Lucas and Landon. Lucas is the man in the story we all know and love, Landon is the boy and teen from after the ‘incident’ and before Charles rescued him from sure disaster.
“Some of us can begin to heal the damage people have done to us by escaping the situation, but some of us need more than that. Tattoos make statements that need to be made. Or hide things that are no one’s business. Your scars are battle wounds, but you don’t see them that way. Yet.”
Landon’s mind is a difficult place to be. We learned everything about his life before Easy, starting right after his mother’s death. From the previous book, we know that his life was less than ideal and a bit of a mess. Breakable explains everything in detail. I felt like I was watching a train wreck from far away and I couldn’t do anything to avoid it! It is absolutely heartbreaking. Still, not all is bad. He makes a few true friends.
“… I saw her the moment she entered, taking her place at the back of my line. She was an invisible force, dragging at something equally hidden inside me. I wondered at the magnetic field we’d manage to create between us, and whether she’d feel the pull of it as she moved nearer. Maybe it was just me who felt it. “
What’s wrong with Luca’s father? I just don’t understand how you can retreat from life like that, knowing that you have a son that depends on you. If he wasn’t able to care for Landon, then why on earth didn’t he just left him with Charles and Cindy? I cannot comprehend this level of neglect and basic empathy. Who can get over such a traumatic event without therapy? I just want to throttle him silly *breathes deeply * I did like Landon’s grandfather a lot, he did the best he could by Landon and I was happy that he was able to spend his last few years with him.
“An astonished smile broke across Jackie’s face as she glanced up at me, replacing the scowl she’d given her wayward umbrella. “Thank you,” she said, ducking through the open door.
“You’re welcome,” I replied, but she was already rushing away. Toward the class where I was the tutor. Toward the boyfriend who didn’t deserve her.
I hadn’t let myself want anything so impossible in a very long time. “
Luca’s story was sort of the same as Easy, but from his point of view. We learn that Lucas was intrigued by Jacqueline from the beginning and made it a point to ‘run into her’ whenever he could. He fell in love fast and hard, even if he tried to delude himself into thinking that it was just a fling. I’m glad that the book didn’t rehash all the dialogue again, but rather let us take a peek at Luca’s mind and his feelings. We also get a very nice epilogue and I loved it!
The writing, as always, is sublime. Each word is filled with feelings, anger, anguish, happiness, surprise, and acceptance. The plot is known if you read Easy, but the part about Landon’s youth is brand new in its details.
Overall, Breakable is a must for fans of the first book and, of course, Lucas. Not as good as Easy, but still a great read.
About the narration: Zachary Webber did an extraordinary job with the narration for Breakable. I was able to differentiate which POV I was listening from and that was amazing. He’s a talented actor for sure.
About the cover: I liked the cover for Easy better, but this one is a good companion.