Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blog Tour ~ #Review ~ Flawed by Sara Hubbard

Book: Flawed
Author: Sara Hubbard
Flawed is a dual POV, standalone novel. 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis
When I fell in love with Ivy Carter, I fell hard. She had a grip on my heart, and she refused to let go. After I committed a brutal assault, I pushed her away so she could have a life without me, but I’ve ached for her ever since. I assumed in a few months she’d move on, go off to school, and find some guy that actually deserves her. But that’s not what she did. She pushed back. And the more she pushed, the more I wanted to give in. I didn’t, though. I can be a mean SOB when I want to be. It’s six years later now, and I’m out. I just want to see her so I know she’s okay, but one look at her angelic face through the window of where she works and I’m seventeen again, ready to do what it takes to put a smile on her face. I want to go straight and be the man she deserves, but when her brother steals from my criminal uncle, I have no choice but to make a deal with him. I might as well sell my soul; the devil is kinder.

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Review
Ivy and Niko deserved a second chance…
And that is exactly what they got. On the surface, Niko was a tough guy, born into a tough, criminal family. Ivy was the woman he loved and she loved him right back. When brutal circumstances separated them for six long years, it seemed that was not going to be end. They may be destined to be together but it wasn’t going to be easy…
“You aren’t the person you think you are. You aren’t your father. You’re flawed…but so am I.”
Ivy and Niko were interesting characters. Niko paid for his moment of anger and despair but he was determined to leave that behind him. The guilt may not let him go completely but he couldn’t believe that Ivy was his past… Ivy still struggled to understand why Niko distanced himself but their opportunity to clear up old hurts was going to be marred by family problems that were going to put any future they may have in jeopardy…
Ivy and Niko’s story was lined from start to finish with rocks and hard places and decisions that could have finished their romance at any wrong turn. Niko’s love and responsibility to Ivy meant he was going to help her brother, even if it went against everything he was trying to rebuild in his life. The war between doing right and doing right by someone was one they both shared and struggled with even as they tried to mend their bridges.

I liked this story of second chances and conscience. While some of the characters and their actions nudged credibility at times the story captured my attention right to the end. A sweet epilogue made some of the ups and downs worth it as these characters found their rightful place…
~Diane

Meet The Author
Sara Hubbard is a romantic fiction author. She loves alpha males and the sweet, sassy women who make them believe in change. Sara lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two children (four if you count her husband and her needy labradoodle) and works as registered nurse.
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Excerpt
“It’s been too long,” he says, his voice heavy.
Oh God. My brain turns back on, just for a moment. I should say no. I should shout out the words and tell him he can’t have me after breaking my heart, but this is just too good to refuse. So why deny myself? I think about a million reasons why this can’t happen again, but I’m too wild with need to tell him to stop.
He lowers me to the fur rug by the fireplace. When I’m lying down by the fire, the logs crackling and the light a soft orange, I stare up at him. I’m near tears. I missed him so much. Not just this, but his face, his dark but soft eyes, and the way he looks at me like I’m the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen.
He reaches down and lays his rough hand against my face and I turn and kiss his palm. My stomach is alive with butterflies. They’re better than I remember them. People in movies talk about this feeling and I used to feel like it was bullshit, but here I am, enjoying the sensation so delicious and sweet I can’t help but grin.

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