Title: Path of Destruction
Author: E. Lee and C. Quinn
Series: Broken Heartland #2
Release Date: December 24, 2014
They ignored the warning signs and it cost them everything…
At the end of a life-changing summer a devastating tornado hit the small town of Hope’s Grove, Oklahoma.
While the brick suburban mansions of Summit Bluffs saw very little damage, their occupants weren’t so lucky. As the members of both communities struggle to put the pieces of their lives back together, lies will be told, truths will be revealed, and nothing will ever be the same. The road to recovery is long and paved with past hurts and future heartbreaks.
They ignored the warning signs, and one of them didn’t make it out alive. The four that remain know they’d be crazy to think the storms are actually over..
Because it’s just when you think you’re safe that you find yourself right in the path of destruction.
Path of Destruction is the second book in the Broken Heartland series and should be read after book one. If you haven’t read the first book, you really should stop reading this, as it may possibly spoil the ending to the first book in the series. Storm Warning left us with a huge hole in our hearts as we wondered and worried over the fate of our favorite characters. When I opened up Path of Destruction, I was nervous. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to any of the characters yet and I certainly wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotions that would find me from the very first page of this book. Elizabeth Lee and Caisey Quinn have once again written a breathtaking journey that is raw, powerful, and absolutely haunting.
“If she stayed still long enough, the pain would come. Raining down on her, pressing against her chest and holding her under. It was always there, silently carving out her insides until there was nothing left.”
Elizabeth and Caisey have expertly built the suspense at the beginning of the book, further fueling my anxiety as I waited to find out the aftermath of the first book’s final events. Once again, EL and CQ have joined their writing styles seamlessly into an incredibly well-written, expertly developed, and touching story. There were so many times when I felt like my heart had been ripped out and stomped on, only to find it being carefully replaced and repaired. There were moments that captured the innocence and naïveté of youth, making me smile, and instances of grief and pain that had my heart aching. Path of Destruction packs a powerful punch, completely consuming me until I was lost in the story.
“You might have been in love with that girl, the one I was this summer. But look at me. I’m not her anymore. And I never will be again. So please, please stop bringing her up. She’s gone. Stop looking for her.”
These two talented authors know how to develop a character, layering complex emotions and experiences until you can’t help but fall in love with and feel for each and every one of their characters. This story revealed a lot about the characters and their relationships, exposing the vulnerabilities and imperfections of each one in a way that made them undoubtedly genuine and beautiful in their flaws. EJ in particular went through a huge transformation in this book. Her experiences break her down and challenge her to hold onto who she is. Her personal journey is heart wrenching, raw, and honest. EL and CQ made sure there was no mistaking what she was going through, and they flawlessly gave those experiences over to the reader.
“I’m pretty sure I love you. I wish I could give you some specific clarification on that, because that’s a heavy damn statement if ever there was one. But all I know is that for most of my life I have loved you in one way or another.”
I am overwhelmed by the skill with which EL and CQ have crafted this story. It is not an easy task, sharing so many personal journeys at once while maintaining their overall place in the big picture. It would be easy to lose that connection between reader and character in the shuffle of such a layered storyline, but EL and CQ make it seem effortless. After the first book in the series, Path of Destruction was everything I hoped it would be and more. I am dying to find out how this story will unfold and come to a close in the third book. I’m already bracing myself for the rollercoaster that is sure to come in the next book.
Prologue – Cameron
I’d always heard that your entire life flashes before your eyes right before you die. Now, I can honestly say that it’s true. Well, almost true. It’s more like your mind flips through a mental photo album of all the things you’d done and the people you’d met—a birthday party, the first time you drove, someone’s face when you told them they’d never be as pretty as you, your mother’s reprimanding glare when you didn’t win the pageant title you were supposed to, you as a little girl waiting on the front steps for your father to come home—it’s all there. The good, the bad, the ugly. All of it.
You can try to focus on the good—like the face of the person you loved—but it’s no use. Whether you want to or not, you see it all. It must be God’s way of letting you see what he saw so you aren’t surprised when you end up on the other side in Hell. Which is exactly where I’d assumed I’d just booked a first class ticket too.
I was too weak to fight it—to argue that I was in fact a good person—once the storm decided that I was going to be one of its victims, there was nothing I could do but try to hold on to the face of the one person I was sure I’d never see again.
Served me right. I shouldn’t have waited to tell him how I felt. I should have told him the moment I felt it. The moment I realized that despite what I’d done in my past, I was a better person just for loving him.
As the darkness and quiet started to surround me, I knew that it was too late to beg for forgiveness now. Instead, I just closed my eyes and prayed for mercy.
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Don’t miss the first book in the Broken Heartland series:
Storm Warning (Broken Heartland #1)
Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.
Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany… I should write a book. And I did it!
If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.
Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com .