Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Crash and Burn Review!!!!

Crash.....a crash ended it all and started it all. Dina Fowler is attending college with her long time best friend Maggie Lawson. Life is good and carefree. Until the crash that changed it all. Her freshman year ends with the loss of her parents in a car accident, spiraling Dina into a deep depression. Secluding herself as she picks up the pieces to her life, slowly she finds the only person she has left is Maggie.
Chance encounters sometimes make the most incredible moments, other times they crash and burn. A chance encounter brings Michael barreling into a lost and vulnerable Dina's life. Playing on every weakness she has, he weasels his way into her heart. Slow build up to the hell that was soon to become Dina's daily nightmare. Her parents are gone. She wants out but has no idea how to escape her new reality.
Can she find her way out? Or will she be lost completely burning in her own personal hell? 

This book is intended for adults 18+ due to language and content. This book is centered around an abusive relationship, if you don't want to face that do not read this book.


Broken. Battered. Not defeated. This is not a pretty story, wrapped in a nice package. This is a real story. Parts of this story are my very own. Defeated by the hands and words of a man, I am no more. This is a story of how easily the warning signs are overlooked. An outsider can easily say, “How do women stay in abusive relationships?” They don’t understand, it starts in little ways, a slow build up, by the time you are aware, it can be too late.

Honest to God, this story ripped my heart out.  It is very short but it gives you the back story of Dina & Ryder.  It is told through Dina's POV and it is completely heartbreaking.

Dina has suffered a devastating loss when she loses her parents in a car accident at the end of her freshman year.  Now with only Maggie, her best friend, and Maggie's family in her life, Dina is reeling.  She is incredibly depressed and vulnerable.  And when you are your weakest is when a man like Michael will show up.  Michael does everything right, he makes Dina feel safe and wanted and loved.  He then preys on her weakness and chips away at her relationship with Maggie so she has no one but him to lean on.

Michael is a monster.  No joke.  The whole time he abuses her and disrespects her I want to kill him.  I keep wanting to shake the hell out of Dina and scream "Get the FUCK out of there!"  But like with anyone in a relationship like that, you have to let them come to terms with it on their own.  Enter Ryder.  Ryder is young and brash, even does the most unlikeable thing I have seen him do in the beginning of the story, but the way he stands up for Dina and protects her in the end, made me adore him even more.  He is a great guy, the kind of guy Dina should have been with from day one.  This is makes Restore My Heart even more special...

This story is hard to read, and with it being a novella it is a powerful punch.  But it shows us that there is a way out, there is always hope.

I give this 5 lipsticks!


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