Patch Up by Stephanie Witter
Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.
"What if I am already broken into pieces?"
She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ..."I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."
The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her. However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.
She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up? "I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."
Mini review (has been on goodreads for a while)
I beta-read this book. It is an amazing New Adult novel about moving on from the past and letting yourself care for someone even when you are hurt.
Skye (the main character) is fragile but has a great inner strength. Duke (the "hero" though that isn't really the best term) is pretty swoon worthy and he also has a great depth with many different layers.
The romance is slow-building and that makes it feel more realistic. The storyline is strong and holds its own without the romance and then the romance is just the cherry on the cake.
It is very intense. If you like books such as Hopeless by Colleen Hoover and Wait for You by J. Lynn then you will LOVE this. If you don't you should still try Patch Up anyway as it is pretty unique.
It grabs your attention from the very start and doesn't let go until the very end. I can't wait for September so everyone can read it!
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