by: Stephanie Witter
Due to some shocking scenes, this novel is not intended for readers under 18.
Patch Up by Stephanie Witter
Genre: Contemporary New Adult novel with a slow building romance.
Publisher: Anchor Group
Date of Publication: 16 Sep, 2013
Number of pages: 260 pages
Cover Artist: Cover It Designs
Editor: Melissa Ringsted
Length: over 85 000 words.
Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.
"What if I am already broken into pieces?"
She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...
"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."
The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.
However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.
She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?
"I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."
(The first meeting)
Without paying attention to my surroundings, I turn to my left to walk toward the row closer to the door where a seat is available. I take a step and collide with a hard body, almost toppling me over on the ground for the second time in less than an hour. A strong hand grips me firmly by the forearm. My body stiffens and my breath catches in my throat. It’s as if I can’t move besides yanking my arm free without looking up to see who I collided with.
“Are you all right?” he asks me in a deep and calm voice.
My eyes wander from my red Converse to his dark boots. I have to calm down. I’m being ridiculous. Calm down. I take a deep breath and look up slowly. Long, muscled legs in beat up dark blue jeans, an old black leather jacket open over a dark grey V-neck sweater that showcases an impressive tall body with broad shoulders and finally, longish and messy black hair, perfect straight nose, full lips, high cheekbones and expressive soft dark eyes that lock with my bluish-greyish ones. He looks older with his goatee perfectly trimmed. A perfect hot mess many girls would say. I’m just intimidated by this stranger, though.
“I’m fine,” I reply, my voice even. I push away some of my untamed locks and curse my auburn frizzy hair that is always all over the place.
Omg. I am absolutely in love with this book! I do not read many new adult or romance books that are not paranormal but this book absolutely blew me away. From the moment I read the blurb for this book I knew I had to read it and I am soooo glad I did. It sent me on an emotional roller coaster and I loved every minute of it. I laughed, I cried, I got all hot and bothered lol! It was such a great read. I loved the characters! I felt like I could relate to Skye and Duke because they are both so broken and carry pain from their past that they haven't even begun to move on from it. I think we all have a little pain from our past so it is easy to put yourself in their shoes and experience the emotions that they experience. I enjoyed the love/hate/love/hate back and fourth of their relationship because let's face it not all relationships are perfect. Skye and Duke are most definitely my favorite book couple of all time! Bella and Edward have nothing on them! I even enjoyed Kate and Derrek and absolutely hated Sean. I could not make myself put this book down. I wanted to know more and more and kept reading on and on until I found myself at the end before I knew it. I was really please that Stephanie did not reveal why skye and duke were so broken right up front. That is what kept me wanting to read and read because I wanted to find out what happened to them and then find out in more detail. I finished reading it in a few hours and I am still thinking about them lol. I will definitely be reading it again and cannot wait for the next installment! I honestly believe that Patch up was the best book I've read this year (and that is a long list!) It is a love story about two broken people falling for each other while trying to help each other heal their wounds from the past. I give this book 5 stars and will definitely recommend it to everyone!
About the Author:
Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started English at three and fell in love with the language. Always with a book - or two - close by, she soon started reading in English when she couldn't wait to see Harry Potter translated in French. After a while, reading wasn't enough and she started writing young adult and new adult contemporary novels always filled with drama. Now she hopes to translate English novels in her mother tongue as her everyday job. By My Side is her debut novel.
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