Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: Flawed and Damaged by Emily Krat

Series: Damaged Hearts #1
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: Emily Krat
Genre: New Adult
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★

Two people haunted by their past…
The collision of two damaged hearts…

Meet Elizabeth Williams. She is at the airport on an important work assignment. If everything goes smoothly, after three years of hard work, she’ll get a promotion and a much-needed raise. Elizabeth is putting her life back on track after it was ripped out from under her feet four years ago when she lost her parents along with all her dreams. Standing here, she believes her life is going to change for the better any moment now. Nothing can go wrong, right?

Meet Ryan Price. He came to Moscow on business. Right now, Ryan is standing at the airport looking at a ‘present’ from his brother, judging by the sign a beautiful young woman is holding. Damn his brother for not cancelling this arrangement as Ryan asked.

Miscommunications and misunderstandings and a brilliant but painful love story begins.There will be a scary flight, lovely breakfasts, long evening conversations, sharing a secret or two, discovering one another, a lot of laughter, tender moments and some tears, a fight and, of course, the I-am-ready-for-the-end-of-the-world kiss.

Somewhere along the way, they won’t be able to fight their feelings any longer.

For the first time in his life, Ryan will experience a different shade of lust. And for the first time in her life, Elizabeth will have to trust despite all of the times she has been hurt.

Will these two wounded lost souls find love, peace and comfort in each other or will they just break each other more? Is it a train wreck of a love story or a happily ever after?


Flawed and Damaged had some of my favorite elements.

One being a slow burn romance.  In a world of books where the couples jump right in, having a couple really take time to get to know each other, to develop real feelings, before taking it to the next level...was a great surprise. Especially for this genre.

Krat took her time to develop the characters, giving snippets of the past in a realistic way, no info dumps here.

Both Elizabeth and Ryan have a lot of unresolved baggage that they hold to tightly.  Ryan has severe trust issues stemming from a very neglected childhood.  He's very standoffish and cold because of those issues. Never allowing anyone in to your life is never giving them the power to break you.  His determination is admirable and his many missteps in regards to Elizabeth's position in his life made him very human.

Elizabeth has scars from dark tragedies that she shares never shares.  In many ways she's very alone in the world. Ryan comes into her life, shakes it up and then slowly starts to put all the pieces back together in a way she never thought possible.

It takes time for the walls to come down and they both fight it every step of the way. What starts as a misunderstanding turns into a business opportunity which leads to a friendship and eventually to a need.

Where my issues lie with Flawed and Damaged was in the dialogue.  For two reasons.  One, at several occasions it was just too wordy. Repetitive.  Two, it almost felt like English was the second language.  This story takes place in Russia and France but they are American characters.  I hate to ever bring this up but there was just a disconnect for me on how they spoke.  At times it's very stiff, at times very formal and other times I had to read the statement several times to try to interpret the true meaning.

Also, the chapters alternate between Elizabeth and Ryan, which is typically something I really enjoy. The chapters too often overlapped though which threw the flow of the story off for me.

The story itself is a good debut with interesting characters and a beautiful sentiment, but I think it could use a thorough once over by a critical editor. 

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