Friday, June 26, 2015

Broken Lens (Through the Lens, #2) ~ Shannon Dermott

Although this book is the second in the series, it’s been written to be read as a New Adult Stand Alone novel. You do not have to read book one, which is a young adult novel, to enjoy. 

No one said love is ever easy. And for Jess, he would ride his Harley to heaven and back for an eternity with her arms wrapped around him. That makes leaving her that late summer day to head to separate colleges the hardest thing he has to do. Still, he thinks that they could beat the odds and prove everyone wrong, until one drunken night and one sober confession.

Through the jagged edges of a broken lens, he’s faced with the reality of his choices. And fixing the pieces of Jess’s broken heart may be impossible. Without her, he’s left with only a mother who hates him and marks him as a dead man walking. And that’s not the only truth that has the potential to destroy his life.

The upcoming trial will reveal the defendant’s motivations for the crimes committed against the people he cares about. But that guy’s not the only one who’s guilty of something. With a cloud of mistrust hovering around him, can he keep Jess safe from his past? Can she or anyone forgive him for his secrets? Will he win the one girl he’s ever loved back or will he lose her forever?

*WARNING* This book is rated a New Adult book, which means it can contain foul language and sexual situations. Please be warned in advance.

This was an easy paced story taking place right where Through the Lens ended.
This one can be read as a stand alone but I did enjoy having the back story and knowing 
how Ethan and Jessa came to be.. We get Ethans POV in Broken lens and get flashbacks 
into his past relationships with Carly, Allie, his parents as well as his first thoughts on 
when he met Jessa. 
Ethan is damaged, he has mommy issues since his mom has it out for him and we find 
out why, he's been through so much but somehow manages to keep it together as long as 
he can.. Women just throw themselves at him and he seems to stick his foot in his mouth 
just about every time he's around Jessa which is funny since that was never the case 
before he met her!!

Jessa has always been insecure and it doesn't help that her boyfriend is a chick magnet. 
No matter how much Ethan tries to reassure her.. She's it for him ~ 
Jessa just always seems to jump to conclusions - I guess it's more the age aspect of it 
that accounts for her immaturity,
and is really the only thing that annoyed me a few times.. But One thing she did do 
right was always tell him how much she loved him.. Which is all Ethan ever wanted!!

SO much starts to unravel towards the end, secrets are confessed, questions are 
answered and mysterious events are solved. Some jaw dropping but thankfully all
 providing closure..
A read I recommend but it's definitely more on the YA side..

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