Monday, January 19, 2015

Review, tour, giveaway! My Lea by: E. Mellyberry

Book & Author details
My Lea by E. Mellyberry
(A Broken Love Story #1)
Publication date: November 11th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

A simple girl.
A broken guy.
One horrible incident.
When Lea Amelia landed her feet in San Francisco for her overseas study, her idea of freedom was simple, like eating junk food ten times a day, sitting in front of the TV in her PJs, or going out late with her friends without the need to check in with her mother constantly.
Then she met Andrew Jaya, her brothers’ best friend. A twenty-two-year-old guy whose physical appearance looked like he was crafted straight from God’s heavenly hands, but possessed a past as bleak as if it was drawn by Evil himself. A conflicted guy who wore sadness like nobody’s business beneath his mask, a perfect-looking mask she slowly peeled away.
He was also the guy who hurt her.
Suddenly, everything about her was no longer simple.
Andrew Jaya had convinced himself that not feeling was good for him. He’d been doing it splendidly for almost his entire life. But that was before his best friend’s sister stepped into his life and ruined it. After weeks of knowing Lea, all of those warm and wonderful feelings he’d long ago denied to himself started to reappear. Problem was, the brighter the light, the bigger the shadows that came with it.
His traumatic past refused to let him go.
When the unthinkable happened, the easiest thing to do was to run. But life often proves that the easiest way is usually the hardest.


My review:

4.5 stars! Review copy provided.

Let me start by saying I almost didn't finish this book. I rarely do that and because it was a book to review I thought it would be unfair. I am so glad I did. And it had nothing to do with the writing or the story but something happened that is a bit of a hard limit for me, I had to put the book down and decide if I wanted to go through with it. Well...I couldn't leave it, I almost picked it up immediately and continued on. My heart was slamming in my chest my stomach was a bit sick but for some reason I kept going and liking it more and more and eventually loving it. The author just handled everything so well that after awhile I was still rooting for the H and h (in my sick mind). This book is so hard for me to review without spoiling.

I'm almost mad at myself for loving this book so much. I think the author did a good job of keeping things tasteful? I'm not sure that that's the best word but because of the subject it was done well. I fell in love with the heroine (Lea) in this book, I just adored her and felt for her so much, she was such a forgiving person. The hero (Andrew) was a little harder to like and then just when I thought I started to like him bam he does something to make me hate him again. Know that he is deeply depressed and broken, he doesn't see much worth in himself and he has weird episodes where he sort of blacks out or spaces out for minutes at a time. She just wants to help and there is a definite attraction between the two but they are committed to just being friends. The H is also the best friend of the h's brother making things more complicated because Lea's brother knows how he is with women.

This is most definitely a broken love story, you will be conflicted. Should they be together or not? If you read this book go into it being prepared, the subject matter is something you may not want to take on. It is gut wrenching but I think well worth the read. And there is a book two to their story.

HEA? (1)<<<click here if you want to know.

This is just a funny after thought. My daughter is obsessed with the movie Mulan and I kept picturing Shang and Mulan as the H and h. ;) 

Melly is a full-time mom, wife, and fangirl. She used to work in a school and she’s very passionate about education.

Melly has been writing children’s books since 2011 under the name mellyberry. She loves reading all kinds of books in her spare time, mostly MG, YA, NA, contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. She avoids horror and sci-fi as much as she can.

Melly was born in Indonesia and grew up in a multi-language environment. When she talks to people, she could accidentally string words from different languages into one sentence. When she does that, simply reminds her to speak properly.

Her ideal vacation always involves a beach; usually it’s the Nusa Dua beach, Bali. She spent a few years in USA to complete her Master degree. It was during that time that she’d fallen madly in love with San Francisco and the Bay Area. According to her, San Francisco is no doubt the most romantic city in the world.

Author links:

  • 3 signed-paperback copies of My Lea by E. Mellyberry (This is a limited edition - only 50 copies worldwide and it's not available in bookstores and other retail sites.)
  • $15 Amazon Gift Card

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