Title : Reft
Author : Libby Austin
Series : N/A
Rating : 3 Stars that leave me very sad
Blurb : For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. ~ Newton’s Third Law of Motion Brandon “Brand” Carmichael’s life was the stuff dreams were made of…too bad it was an illusion. As a guitarist for Inert Motion, Brand traveled the world, performing with his brothers in all but blood. He never stopped moving all the while his mind played in a never ending loop. Now outside influences have changed the band’s course, leaving Brand’s life void of the balance he craved. Once again, his dream had become a recurring nightmare. Brand coped the only way he knew how; retreat into solitude. Magdalena “Layna” Delacroix had achieved the long sought goal of her Ph.D. in Psychology, but success came at a high cost: over one hundred thousand dollars in debt. After being presented with the opportunity to fulfill her desire to help someone in the aftermath of tragedy, along with earning enough money to clear her debt and start a psychology practice of her own, Layna had to balance the means against the outcome. Could she be the force to stop the downward spiral of someone who refused to seek help? Neither Brand nor Layna expected the reaction they had to one another. It was the opposite of everything they sought. Could Layna live a lie while pushing Brand to live in the truth? Would Brand forgive her for committing one unforgivable sin? Or was he branded by destiny to be…
Review : We meet Brandon at a very dark time in his live. Even though he has family, friends, fame, fortune and money his world is closing in on him and he feels lost and alone. When he meets his new neighbor Layna he is determined to stay as far away from her as it is possible without being rude, as his parents requested him to be “nice” to her. He does not want to involve anyone in his world and the things that go on in his mind, ever. But life is unpredictable and slowly but surely both of them are drawn to each other. Going any deeper into the story would tell to much, so I have to leave it at this. I am really at a loss when it comes to rating the book. I started reading this book as every reader with a certain expectation. Those were exceeded after like 25% of the book. I loved the development, the plot was unique and the dialogue was funny and witty. Even in his dark place Brandon still knew at all times THAT he was not OK, so there he was not fooling himself or anything. He basically just had no reason to leave that state of mind, so meeting Layna gave him the purpose he needed. My first problem came up, when I realize that the Blurb already told you something that you should not have known. So NOT reading the Blurb would have made the story even more surprising, as the author did basically everything in her power to conceal something in the story that the blurb somehow spoilered #mayor dislike on my side – so the Blurb needs a change I feel. But I tried to neglect that fact and continued to read. At about 50% I was willing to compare it to some of my favorite storys of “Colleen Hoover” and I was sure – SO sure that this would be a 5 Star read. AND then came … well… “something” that really killed the story for me something that left me reading the rest in a “well lets finish it and go to the next book” mood. I will not go into the details but you can be sure that I will tell the publisher in more detail where my problems were. But still I am left with my problem to find a voting for this book. After thinking about it for two days i finally decided to give it three stars. Those are basically for the 80% of the book I loved very much and the really very very good writing of the author. I will surely pick up another book of her at any time.
> > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
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PLEASE BE WARNED NOT TO KLICK ON THE SPOILER LINK IF YOU ARE NOT ABSOLUTLY SURE that you can live with me revealing a mayor piece of the plot. I was really struggeling to keep it to myself but it bugged me so much I had to say something – so please be warned … before you continue
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