Title: A Broken Us
Author: Amy Daws
Series: London Lovers #2
Genre: contemporary romance, new adult
The moment those words come out of the doctor’s mouth, I feel sick.
The life I have dreamed of…obliterated.
How will he look at me?
How can he accept me?
He'll know what I hid from him.
He'll know everything.
It’s over. It’s completely over. I can't tell him "I love Us" anymore.
Even though I do.
Even though it will kill me.
I can't tell him anything. Everything is ruined. Pummeled. Broken.
I have to leave him. I have to give up us.
I know he'll come after me.
I just have to do something to make him not want to.
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A Broken Us by Amy Daws
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 **It was us, and it was perfect.** STARS
“Deep inside, I know that if I told him the truth, he would love me through it. The truth is, I can’t love myself through it.”
In preparation for Amy Daws' new book release for That One Moment I have decided to go back and read all the London Lovers books I haven't checked out before. At the end of last year I fell in love with Not The One and I was more than happy to dive into A Broken Us. You could say I was curious to see how Finley and Brody happened in the first place. Spoiler. Another hit for me. I laughed, I cried and I swooned a little. Feel good London adventures included.
A Broken Us is the second book in the London Lovers Series. Now, I've been assured all books can be read as standalones, but the best way to read this series is #2, then #3 and if you feel like finding out how the hero and heroine from this book got together in the first place (college time), read #1. So here I am. Binge reading. No seriously. I read this in one sitting. Yes, very addictive and captivating.
Here is a bit about the story...
We are thrown right into the action with this book. In the first scene Finley breaks up with Brody. He is the love of her life and they had been together for five years. Inseparable since they found each other in college, happily living in their own little 'us' bubble and even trying to get pregnant. Until Fin becomes devastating news from her doctor (view spoiler)[She cannot have babies. (hide spoiler)]. From one day to another, out of the blue she breaks up with him and in a rather desperate move she escapes across the ocean. Not only to escape her life, but also to find herself. Without a real explanation for Brody.
“What better place to run and hide from a life I’m scared to live?”
Destination London, where her best friend Leslie lives in a big house with some rather interesting characters. Despite the devastating beginning and the immediate heartbreak, the story is rather uplifting and living with the likes of Frank guarantees laughter, drunken shenanigans and interesting onesies. And then there is also Liam. Oh Liam the man who fixes things. Love him.
But the question is how can Fin move on when her heart is still elsewhere? And will poor Brody ever find out why his soulmate left him?
“Never be sorry for pain. Pain is what makes the good stuff good. It makes us appreciate the wonderful stuff.”
What can I say? The woman can write. It's so effortless and captivating. I still can't figure out how she manages to make me laugh so hard and then I'm cry my heart out two pages later. Emotions have a tendency to jump right of the page and there is one topic and scene in particular that hurt my heart. Devastation and beauty can be sisters sometimes.
I absolutely adore the ensemble cast. Characters I've known from Not The One play big roles here and it was such a pleasure to step back into Frank's house and become part of his self-selected family.
I'm not going to lie, Finley might be a character some people will find issue with. Her choices are sometimes questionable and as her sister put it so nicely...she has a warped-ass view of this situation. Me personally I didn't mind at all, but be aware she runs away from her problems and communication is not her strongsuit.
That being said, sometimes you have to step away from your life to see and really appreciate what you have and what you can't live without. In general the women in Ms. Daws' London Lovers and Lost In London series are damn lucky their men are so patient, forgiving and self-less. Real swoon-worthy nice guys.
Well, and lastly I have to say I'm addicted. Off to read London Bound. I've been told Theo is a man to look out for. Leslie is in trouble, I can already tell. Yippie!
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