4.5 Clearly Breaking Stars
"Life really can turn out beautifully."-Harper
When I opened this book, I truly didn't know what to expect. This is my first M.J. Summers read and I can honestly say it was amazing! I cannot wait to read more of her work. I was completely blown away by this beautiful tender romance!
When Harper returns to Boulder, she has a quick run in with an old high school friend named Evan. As it so happens, Harper had a crush on Evan all through high school.
"He wasn't just a man. He was the man. And she knew without a doubt that she would be utterly unable to resist shamelessly throwing herself at him if he paid her even the slightest bit more interest."-Harper
Evan is a recently divorced man. The marriage ended badly and he has decided to stay away from any serious relationship. Both Harper and Evan are down for some fun. They decide to have a relationship knowing that Harper will be returning to the big bright lights of NYC as soon as her dad is on the mend.
"We can have this simple, beautiful, sexy relationship and then move on."-Evan
The character development with each character in this read is utter perfection. I had a good understanding of all of the family dynamics and the emotions each character was feeling. Told in dual POV Ms. Summers offers the complete picture for us to enjoy. Harper and Evan both had some good friends that were amazing supporting characters. There was a constant push and pull between Evan and Harper. They are constantly trying to ignore the inevitable (they are falling in love) and only trying to live in the moment. Both Harper and Evan were amazing characters. They were well matched and I simply couldn't put the book down. Towards the end of the read, both characters made some choices that were beyond frustrating. However considering the history of both of these individuals, I can see why they needed to time to work through their emotions.
In addition to the central plot of the love story, we also see Harper's Dad dealing with depression as he begins to heal from his injury. We experience the love of two best friends (Harper and Megan). We see lives transformed by the circumstances life has thrown at them.
Overall, Breaking Clear is a fantastic read. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a tender romance, with a heavy dose of family connections, and a slice of angst. It is always such a delight when you find a read that takes you away. This is not only going on my favorites shelf but my favorites of the year. This is a tender romance with a lot of heart. Bravo Ms. Summers!
"She was his and he would let nothing stand in the way of this. She was worth the risk."-Evan
"ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review"