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Elizabeth Williams and Ryan Price meet in an airport in Moscow, Russia. Elizabeth is on an assignment for work, but Ryan does not know this. He believes she is sent by her brother. This little mix up completely changes their lives. After the mix up is sorted through, Elizabeth and Ryan both cannot stop thinking about the other. Their attraction to each other was instant. But this attraction runs deeper than looks. They recognized something in each other’s eyes. Pain. And the need to take it away.
The pace of this story was slow, which I enjoyed. It made it possible to get to know the characters, Elizabeth and Ryan on such a deeper level. Elizabeth’s life was shattered at seventeen. Ryan grew up with a shell of parents that taught nothing of love, trust, or life. To him, women always had other motives. He is much more than your average rich hot guy. He is in emotional pain and anguish. And you feel it for him. You also feel the spark in hime come alive as he gets to know Elizabeth. And Elizabeth’s dull eyes brighten every time she sets her eyes on Ryan. Life was never kind to them. And love? That only brought pain. The people you are supposed to love can disappear. And the people you trust? They lie. There is no insta love here. These two broken people were very hesitant even about a friendship. But their connection is undeniable. It’s there, despite the layers they have protecting their hearts.
“You just haven’t found the one you can’t breathe without.”
Slowly, Elizabeth and Ryan’s walls come down. They begin to truly open themselves up. Secrets are revealed. And some of them can damage them. Perhaps beyond repair. But that’s the thing about love. Love always finds its way back in our hearts. And Elizabeth and Ryan are no different. Their love existed before either of them realized it. Making it strong. And everlasting.
“Every moment, every word, every smile, everything about her is captivating. Everything takes my breath away. If I were a poet, I would call our time together an array of stolen breaths.”
Ryan found that even in darkness, there is light. And his light is Elizabeth. It takes him awhile to get there, but he does. I found that this love story was beautiful, honest, and truly genuine. I enjoyed the flow of the writing as the dual POV transitioned nicely.
“...the real confirmation is where our chests are pressed together-his heartbeat. It beats in an explosive frenzy that matches mine.”
I found Flawed and Damaged to be a breath of fresh air as I read this story of two very broken people go through life existing, but never living. The story is written in a sense were you get to sit back and truly immerse yourself in the lives of the main characters. I definitely look forward to more of this author’s work. I cannot wait to see where she takes these characters in book two.
Always an avid reader who consumes whole books in a single day, Emily Krat is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page. For her writing stories and developing ideas for novels is a true passion and a dream come true.
Emily is a chocolate junkie, “Grey’s Anatomy” fan, and admirer of good music. She loves summer rains, warm blankets on cold winter nights, as well as traveling, sleeping in late, watching TV shows, cooking, and baking. When she’s not writing or rewriting, she loves spending time with family and friends.
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