Title: Flawed And Damaged
Author: Emily Krat
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Book 1 of Damaged Hearts series
POV: First Person – Dual
Two people haunted by their past…
The collision of two damaged hearts…
Meet Elizabeth Williams. She is at the airport on an important work assignment. If everything goes smoothly, after three years of hard work, she’ll get a promotion and a much-needed raise. Elizabeth is putting her life back on track after it was ripped out from under her feet four years ago when she lost her parents along with all her dreams. Standing here, she believes her life is going to change for the better any moment now. Nothing can go wrong, right?
Meet Ryan Price. He came to Moscow on business. Right now, Ryan is standing at the airport looking at a ‘present’ from his brother, judging by the sign a beautiful young woman is holding. Damn his brother for not cancelling this arrangement as Ryan asked.
Miscommunications and misunderstandings and a brilliant but painful love story begins.
There will be a scary flight, lovely breakfasts, long evening conversations, sharing a secret or two, discovering one another, a lot of laughter, tender moments and some tears, a fight and, of course, the I-am-ready-for-the-end-of-the-world kiss.
Somewhere along the way, they won’t be able to fight their feelings any longer.
For the first time in his life, Ryan will experience a different shade of lust. And for the first time in her life, Elizabeth will have to trust despite all of the times she has been hurt.
Will these two wounded lost souls find love, peace and comfort in each other or will they just break each other more? Is it a train wreck of a love story or a happily ever after?
This is a new adult book and is intended for readers who are at least 17 years old. Adult content/language/situations are inside.
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
I knew people who swore that true love changed their entire lives, and I’d smile and wish them well. But I was completely sure that it wasn’t in my future.
Elizabeth Williams was an American living in Moscow. After years of hard work, she was finally given an important assignment that could earn her a much needed promotion. The assignment was for her to pick up a client from the airport and escort him to an important meeting.
That’s where Ryan Price came in. He’s an arrogant businessman who resented travelling abroad especially when his brother was famous for making a “special arrangement”. Because of that he treated Elizabeth badly. That was until they both found out there had been a terrible misunderstanding in their “arrangements”.
He wasn’t the client Liz supposed to pick up and she wasn’t the escort he thought his brother sent for. To make up for the mixed up, he offered Liz a job that swept her off to France. Together, the two flawed and damaged individuals learned to open up their heart to things that scared them the most.
Flawed and Damaged was a light and entertaining book with a little angst accompanied by an easy pace. I like the storyline of a misunderstanding that led to something more significance to the lives of two individuals who refused to see the world differently due to their past experience in life.
I really love how they first met. It was very cute and funny. But the circumstances after were a bit unrealistic. For example when her phone died, there were other ways she could have rectify the situation instead of getting deeper into the problem.
That was actually one of my problems with Elizabeth. I do love her spunk, but at times she acted way too young and innocent (that’s a nice way for saying not too bright haha!) for a 21 years old woman who had to grow up fast.
Ryan was highly amusing when he was being an ass, but he’s also actually a really nice guy. However, there were also times when his thinking/act didn’t correspond to the 30 years old successful millionaire that he was.
I like that they both had past that prevented them from letting the other in, but by the middle of the book, I felt like banging their heads together. The issue kept repeating itself and it dragged the book a little. I love that they took the relationship to the next level slowly, but at times it was too slow for my liking.
I’ve always love dual POV and it worked most of the time in this book. However, there were several chapters where when the POV changed, it went back too far into the scenes from the previous POV. It was unnecessary and distracting.
One of the best thing about this book was the locations. I enjoyed being taken to from Moscow, to the glamour of Paris and Monaco and wrapped up nicely in Côte d’Azur.
I also love Mark, who was Ryan’s brother. He was the complete opposite of his brother and I wish we’ll get more of him in the next book. I’m curious about where Liz and Ryan’s relationship direction is going to go especially with the little snippet of what’s in store for the next book.
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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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