Author: Ellie Grace
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2014
Amy Porter has had a thing for her twin brother’s best friend since she was a teenager. After being considered “one of the boys” throughout her childhood, he’s the first guy to look at her and see past the tomboy she used to be. Unfortunately, he’s also completely off-limits. She does her best to move on as the years go by, but it’s not until her life takes a drastic turn that she finally accepts the fact that they aren’t meant to be. However, as her world crumbles around her, Nate always seems to be close by to help her pick up the pieces.
Nate Miller knows that Amy is the one girl he can never have. No matter how badly he wants her, he won’t risk destroying his friendship; especially when her brother goes overseas with the Marines and makes Nate promise to look out for her. As life continues to get in the way and keep them apart, the only logical choice is to give up… but giving up is the last thing he wants to do.
With so many obstacles stacked up against them, can they make it or are they headed for a breakdown?
Breakdown is the absolute perfect companion novel to Break Away. All throughout Break Away, I was anxious to know what was happening between Amy and Nate while Dex and Olivia’s story took center stage. Amy and Nate finally have their turn and Ellie Grace has expertly exceeded all of my expectations for their story. We get a healthy dose of Dex and Olivia in this story as well, which was just icing on the cake. Amy and Nate’s story is bursting with feelings as they navigate growing up together, time spent apart and falling in love. Their shared history made for more heart wrenching emotions and an incredibly rich and fulfilling storyline.
Since Amy and Nate have known each other since they were kids, we get to see them together in their younger years. I adored the more innocent voices of their childhood and watching them experience a first (and forbidden) love developing between them. As time passed and both Amy and Nate moved forward in their lives, Ellie effectively matured their voices as well. Both characters experienced an emotional evolution over the course of this story and I loved being witness to their personal growth. There is something so special about seeing a character’s transformation; it connects you to them as if you’ve known them forever.
Nate certainly swept me off my feet. Not knowing too much about him, I had so much fun getting to know Nate. His kindness, loyalty and ability to love just blew me away. He was so much more than I ever could have imagined. He is undoubtedly the perfect match for Amy. Amy on the other hand, continued to amaze me with her strength. Life deals her some significant blows, yet she continues to move forward and support her family, first and foremost. While reading Break Away, I had no idea what these two were feeling and experiencing together, so having all the blanks finally filled in just made my heart soar.
Breakdown certainly had more highs and lows than I ever could have predicted. Nate and Amy went through a lot, both together and individually. Their relationship was constantly evolving and it made the story feel completely genuine. Ellie Grace kept me on this emotional ride, laughing, crying, cheering for them and cursing the universe for getting in their way. Amy and Nate (and Sadie) owned my heart from the start and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to put this book down until it was done. With each of her books, Ellie’s skills as a writer continue to flourish while her storytelling ability keeps transcending any and all of my wishes. I can’t wait to see what she has in store next!
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Ellie Grace is an avid reader, chocolate lover and caffeine addict. When a story popped into her head that she couldn’t seem to shake, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she’s usually curled up with a book by one of her many, many favorite authors.