Patch Up, #1
by Stephanie Witter
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.”
* Due to some shocking scenes, this novel is for readers of 18 and up.*
This book really pulled at my heart. Two people both dealing with issues that have broken them find each other and learn to heal and move on. This story deals with an abused (mentally and physically) woman and how she’s coping with the aftermath. It also shows a man lost and broken after a major loss. These two do a lot of push and pull but slowing build something that could be wonderful.
Duke and Skye literally run into each other the first time they meet. Duke recognizes something broken in Skye and is determined to become her friend and help her. However, he’s also dealing with his own issues of grief, guilt, and loss. So despite both of their best efforts, there’s a lot of push and pull going on in this story. Once she starts to come out of her shell a bit, you can really see what a great personality Skye has and not only is she smart but also compassionate for her friends. Duke put so much effort into bring Skye out of herself and trying to protect her that I think he was trying to bury his own issues. These two move through a rollercoaster of emotion throughout this book.
The story line was well laid out and transitioned smoothly from each scene. The author did an excellent job of portraying the emotions the characters were feeling and I easily found myself lost in their world. This was an excellent story and despite all the dark parts, it was totally worth it in the end. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the story. 5 out of 5 palm trees!