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BOOK REVIEW ~ BREAKABLE BY TAMMARA WEBBER

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.

I adored Easy, even re-read it a few times, and still consider it to be a major trailblazer for the NA genre. When this companion novel that contained only Lucas’s POV of Easy + his past was released, I didn’t even think of not reading it; I bought it right away and dived in. Unfortunately, I DNF-ed and shelved it away pretty soon. Now almost a year later, I picked it up once again and found myself flipping the pages so fast (and this is a pretty big book too) dying to get more details about Lucas and ended up really enjoying this book overall! Just goes to show mood has a huge say in my enjoyment level

Just to clear up any lingering misunderstandings – this is not a sequel to Easy. This is truly Lucas’s book and I would say even the romance part when it comes to Jackie takes a step back because this book is all about exploring Lucas’s character. The story is split into before and after parts: half of the book is about Landon Maxfield, the boy full of life who had everything before a family tragedy rips his whole world apart. The other half is about Lucas Maxfield, the man who sheds his ‘Landon’ identity and starts anew as Lucas and falls for the sweet, kindhearted Jackie, the story we basically all know because we read it in Easy.

To keep myself from reiterating, I won’t talk much about the ‘Lucas Maxfield’ part of the book because it’s in Easy. What I do want to focus on though is the other half which is about Landon. Very little was revealed about his life before he met Jackie but everything is about to come out in the open. His mother’s death has badly traumatized him, torn apart his family, and turned the once lively boy into a shell of his former self. In these chapters, I got a firsthand look at the pain and sorrow Landon felt, along with his rocky standing in school, and the very few but precious friendships he’s made. These were the scenes I couldn’t get enough of and thought they added to Landon’s character overall. But at the same time, I also thought there were some details that were better left unsaid and it made parts of the story drag a little for me, which is the reason I docked a star. Still no huge loss here though!

When I tried reading this book for the first time, I went in with all sorts of expectations and this prejudice, like I need to find things to pick on because in no way can I ever allow it to surpass Easy. That kind of attitude led me nowhere. When I picked this book up for the second time, the only thing on my mind was I craved familiarity – I was in the mood for a book where I already knew who the characters were and just needed a story that further built on the original book I loved, and what book fit that criteria better than Breakable? Unlike all the other alternate POV books I’ve read, this book was a winner for me for three main reasons: it wasn’t a total rehash of the original story, the male POV was strong, wasn’t watered down and actually felt authentic, and it did add more depth and revealed new information about the character in question than was previously told. This book is very much a character-driven story and as long as you’re reading it because you want anything and everything that has to do with Lucas the character (not because you’re hoping for more romance, more new plot, etc…) I think you’ll enjoy and appreciate this companion novel.

Breakable is the hero’s POV of Easy + his past before he meets Jackie. If you’ve never read Easy, I would suggest reading it first and waiting a couple of weeks (or even months) before starting Breakable or the book will sound a little redundant to you. The hero and heroine of book 3 Sweet are also first introduced here but it’s a standalone; you don’t have to read this book in order to get to that one.