4 FRACTURED CROWNS
Fractured Love is another romantic tale of two people who have limits placed on their relationship, preventing them from being together during the time period they originally meet. It is filled with love, heartbreak, and reconciliation, all the makings of a good romance.
Landon is such a broken young man when readers meet him, and yet he has this strength beneath the surface to help him endure. As a young man, we see how being abandoned has changed him, and we get to see how being with Evie brings him a calm and a sense of home. Ella James also rewards readers as we get to see what has become of him as an adut, and he really does become a good man.
Evie is a little naive and innocent when we meet her. Meeting Landon is what makes her, for the first time, choose to “break the rules,” so to speak. She is then placed in an incredible predicament, and she tries to make the best choice for herself and all those involved. Only later, will she have to pay the price for what occurred in her past. Readers, though, will forgive her for what she has done because of her age and the situation she was thrust into.
My absolute favorite part of this story is when they are younger. Ella James begins their story in the present and then flashbacks back to their youth. Here is where we really get to see and learn about Landon and Evie. We get to see how they struggle to repress their feelings, and how, at the end of the day, they are just too drawn to each other. We get to see the pain and the struggle they endure after their discovery, and it is heartbreaking because their love seems so pure and real during these years. When the author brings us back to the present, Evie and Landon are rekindling their relationship, and while I enjoyed them as adults, for me, they lost some of the magic that existed when they were younger. They finally have to deal with their past and how it will affect their future, but I just wanted more of that magic I felt for the first half of the book. I did, however, enjoy the pacing of the story and the development of the conflict. They are adults when dealing with the fallout, and I appreciate that. I also enjoy that she gives them peace, not just in their relationship but in all aspects of their lives by the end of the novel.
The Off-Limits series is such a unique idea. I love how all of these stories deal with characters who shouldn’t, in society’s eyes, be together, and that they are kept apart by these proclamations. Yet, Ella James finds a way to make them work, for these characters to find a way, even if it is years later, to make it together, which really is the essence of true romance.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
I was sixteen when he came to our house. Landon Jones, a boy with nothing, from nowhere. He had cinnamon hair and blue eyes—light blue, just like mine. When we went out as a family with my foster brother, people asked if Landon was my twin. He wasn’t. That year, we found out how much he wasn’t. When my parents caught us, they threw Landon out like trash.
Now I’m twenty-nine, a soon-to-be surgeon, like my mom and dad. I know residency is going to kick my ass, but I had no idea that it would rip my heart out, too. Not until I see him—Dr. Jones.
A standalone that is part of the Off-Limits Romance collection.
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Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of sixteen teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.
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