I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Insipid has to be the most heartbreakingly beautiful story I have ever read. The author Christine Brae is a genius. I know this because I've read her other books. But. This. Book. It went beyond anything I could have ever imagined. It was painful. It was brilliant. I didn't just read this book. I lived it.
"Life happens at every moment."
"Live or exist. The choice has always been mine."
Jade Richmond doesn't live. She exists. Her past and present circumstances has made her this way. While a strong and successful business woman, her life is the complete opposite. She is broken beyond repair. Constantly in a state of dread and runs from anything that has the potential to make her happy. Until him. He changes the game for her. Giving away the details of this story would be a complete disservice to the reader. You need to immerse yourself in the story. And you will.
"The high from a touch that cures the deepest of wounds...it will never leave me. I will never recover from this."
Insipid is not your average story. This is not the usual formulaic boy and girl have horrible past lives and find each other and fall in love. This is not that story. Christine Brae doesn't write those stories. Insipid hurts. It will leave you reeling. You will be upset, confused, frustrated. And you will love it. You cannot help but become involved in these characters lives. Their stories will consume you. You will FEEL for them. You will hold on to every word.
"And just like that, he released all his doubts inside me, trusting me, giving me everything of himself, his heart, his soul. His life."
This story is highly romantic. Yet different. You will find that love doesn't come in small neat little packages. It comes when you least expect it. When you need it. It comes when you don't go looking for it. You may even question your beliefs about love. This story goes deep. How can love exist when life throws so much at you? If you've loved before and lost it how do you go on? Can love really have second chances? The emotions in this story are raw. The main character Jade may not be liked by everyone. So why read the book? Because we all have flaws. These characters are genuine. We all make mistakes. When it comes down to it, our past defines us. However it is up to us on how we move forward. Insipid attests to that truth.
"Whatever the reasons, whatever the circumstances, you were the one that my heart chose to help me pick up the pieces of my broken soul."
The writing of this story is flawless. Every single word contributes to this beautiful story. The transition from present to past and back to present was seamless. The story flows really well. Insipid comes back full circle. The characters you meet in this story are broken in some way, but you will love them. You will not read this story. You will experience it. You will live it. Insipid goes where contemporary romance doesn't go. It shows the bad. The ugly. That love exists even in the deepest darkest places. In all things, choose life. Choose love.
Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Insipid, her third book, is due to be released in June of 2014.
When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.
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