Published June 11th 2013
EBook : 230 pages
Characters : Breaker James Collins, Ashland
Ratings : 4/5 stars
First sentence : “Oh come on Breaky.” Why in the hell I’d put up with her calling me ‘Breaky’ for so long was beyond comprehension.”
Last Sentence : “So take a step back Ash—all I see is glory.”
Anguish was the status quo, until she walked in.
Breaker James Collins is confined in a prison of his own making. Scarred doesn’t begin to define his hell since finding out his girlfriend had cheated, stolen, and lied two years ago. It led to a single event—one that would blacken his days and his nights from then on. Since then, he hasn’t left his house, crippled by fear of people and any social interaction.
Ashland talks too much and has the voice of a meth-laden prairie dog, or so she’s always been told. She’s been called annoying and irritating all of her life and gave up on having friends for a long time. College has given her a new lease on a social life and she’s embraced who she is. But now she’s waiting for the one guy who can take her breath away and put up with her antics.
A simple note pinned to a corkboard will lead Ash right to Breaker’s solitary world and she will learn that just because a guy doesn’t fit her ideal, doesn’t mean she won’t fall head over feet in love.
What is it about a broken guy that makes our hearts melt and swoon? In the case of Breaker James Collins I think it was the fact that you witness his unraveling at the hands of someone who was supposed to love him. Anguish starts with Breaker’s past where he faces a heartbreak in the name of Holly. Knowing now that his girlfriend had betrayed him Breaker wasn’t the same. Obviously when someone breaks your heart it changes you one way or another. So Breaker has become a house potato ( I hope that phrase makes sense*grins*) He doen’t go out, refuses to hang out with anybody and in short has a zero social life except for the internet. Even thinking about going out almost gives him a panic attack. Until one day his mom decides it’s time to take some major step here and looks for someone to take care of Breaker as well as the house.
Enter Ashland.Ash was such a sweetheart. I loved her from the beginning. She came into Breaker’s life like a breeze of fresh air. I totally loved the chemistry between them.Their conversations were simply hilarious at times as were they sweet. When he realized he was becoming co-dependent on Ashland, it was hard for him to face the truth because for the first time he actually felt love. Oh lord he loved her so much, and by being co-dependent he new it would not be good for them if they were to have any type of long lasting relationship. When he had to let her go was the only part in the book that I got really sad. Ashland was so supportive throughout the entire book, and even her choice of stepping aside for him was a brave thing to do. This took courage and a whole lot of love for her to do this.
All in all I adore this book as well as its main character. You need a sweet, loving, light read, look no further than AnguiSH!
Favorite Quote :
“He held up his hands, “Shut up Ash.”
Well didn’t that just scratch my glass.
“What did you just say? Don’t you ever tell me to shut up you—you—you weird named boy.”