As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise - until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy.…
As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.
Tammara Webber, the New York Time best-selling author of Easy, now delivers a daring and entirely new perspective on love, and why falling for it is beyond our control.
A college age, New Adult romance.
©2014 Tammara Webber (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (new adult romance) - I really loved this story. Book 1, "Easy," is Jacqueline's story. This second book is from Lucas' POV. They both cover pretty much the same territory but, since this is told from Lucas' male perspective, it didn't seem repetitive. Lucas has the sexual preoccupation you might expect of a college student, but he's also very sensitive and romantic. First he's obsessed with meeting Jacqueline and then he just wants to love, protect and cherish her. And did I mention he's HOT? (swoon!)
For those who have not heard "Easy," Landon Lucas Maxfield (main character) is emotionally complicated. His happy childhood was interrupted by a horrific event when he was 13, after which time he began going by his middle name and became a partying "bad boy." This book alternates between two timelines - one about Landon, beginning immediately after that event and continuing till high school graduation. The other timeline is told by Lucas, beginning sometime during his senior year in college when he meets Jacqueline. And, yes, by the end of this book you will have answers to all the questions about Lucas that were left unanswered in "Easy."
PERFORMANCE - One of my new favorite narrators. His voice is sexy, sensitive and emotional. He does a great job with the voice of younger Landon, an old man and Landon's country-boy best friend. And when he does the emotional flashback Lucas has of the horrible event, wow! Just wow.
OVERALL - This book contains quite a bit of cursing, especially F-bombs. There's several kissy-feely scenes and some fairly explicit sex scenes as well. There's some fighting between students and also rape. It's Book 2 in the series and can stand alone, but I'd highly recommend you start with Book 1 and hear Jacqueline's story first. Recommended for females of any age who are old enough to deal with the subject matter and have an affinity for bad boys.
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Easy fans rejoice: Breakable is finally out! Easy is Jacqueline’s story, about a college girl with a broken heart who is reeling after an attack. She falls for her savior, Lucas, who has his own battle scars. In the second book in the Contours of the Heart series we get Lucas’ backstory. Plus, we get to see the events from Easy from Lucas’ perspective. This book answers all your burning questions about Lucas, and if you are a Lucas fan (*raises hand*) this book is for you!
Breakable is two stories in one, and Landon/Lucas are two halves of the same coin. Landon’s chapters deal with the past, up until he leaves for college. Lucas’s chapters cover the present day, including the college years and his relationship with Jacqueline. If you’ve read Easy you know that there is some terrible tragedy in Landon’s past, and hearing about it from Landon’s perspective is about as heart-wrenching as you might expect. Landon’s life unraveled in a heartbeat and that’s spelled out in all its glory. The stories hinted at from Easy are fleshed out and we see the journey that led him to be the man he is with Jacqueline.
It is so cool to get Lucas’ perspective of the events in Easy and to fill in some of the blanks about this mysterious tattooed and pierced “bad boy.” I have to say all my questions about Lucas were answered in Breakable. Some of the things I wondered about from Easy: Does Lucas have any friends (besides Francis the cat?) How did he end up at the nightclub dancing with Jacqueline? Why did he keep up the Lucas/Landon deception for so long? Why was Lucas so distant before winter break? And did Lucas know about “Operation Bad Boy Phase?” All of these questions and more are answered in Breakable.
Every Lucas/Jacqueline scene is included in Breakable, plus bonus scenes. You don’t have to read (or re-read) to Easy first because a lot of the story is covered, though it is through different eyes. I did re-listen to Easy recently though and didn’t feel like Breakable was repetitive. It was so interesting to me to see the story through Lucas’ pov, and Lucas’ voice is very distinct from Easy’s Jacqueline.
Zachary Webber performs this audiobook, and I’m familiar with his narration from Red Hill, A Beautiful Wedding, and Maybe Someday. Fun fact: Zachary is Tammara Webber’s son! So, that must have been a benefit to be able to ask mom about a characters’ accent, or pronunciation or what have you. Webber has a throaty voice that’s a good fit for Lucas. He has to go through a full range of emotions to perform Lucas/Landon’s parts. Webber does a great job of conveying Mr. Maxfield’s emotional landscape in Breakable, from his childhood years to the present day. He has a wide range of voices in his repertoire, from Lucas’ calm and cool voice, to the various girls/women in his life, and he does a mean “old man” voice. I sped up the audiobook a little because I was impatient to get through the book, though Webber’s pacing was steady and consistent throughout. I’d listen to this audiobook again.
This series is essential New Adult reading and I'm eager to see what Tammara Webber has cooked for us next.
The narrator was heaven. Lord, he could make anything sound sexy, he was that good.
Half way through the book, when the perspective became that of a teenage Landon. LOL
OMG……he makes the book. Is there such thing as a book boyfriend voice?
Mr. Webber, please hurry and do more books.
passionate reader and vegan
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! It's the first Tammara Webber I've ever read (and I didn't read this, I listened to it). There are some issues with the book that other more expert bloggers have mentioned but as y'all all know, I am a visceral reviewer and I go with my heart/gut. And, I could NOT stop listening to it and riding Lucas Maxfield's emotional roller coaster. As for the issues stated by some bloggers about decisions made by the main characters, I don't think that's so much a writing issue as it is trying to get inside the mind of a college aged kid. And college seniors are still kids; still not totally relationship savvy, mature or able to see life through years of experience that most of us have. I can remember making some of the stupidest decisions of my life when I was in college (and beyond, actually) so I don't fault the book for being realistic in that sense.
This book is a parallel book to Easy, the story of Jaquelyn and Lucas...how they met, how they became who they were at the end of Easy. Easy is Jacquelyn's book...Breakable is Lucas' emotionally wrenching story. And a turbulent, sad, beautiful story it is. An aside focus is awareness of assaults on women on campuses, the shame and guilt that is a aprt of that and the need to be trained in how to deal with an attacker.
To top it all off, it's read by one of my favorite narrators (who just happens to be Tammara Webber's son) Zachary Webber. He did such an amazing job as Lucas in this book...bringing to life all sides of Lucas..his pain, his rage, his guilt, his heart, his love, his struggles and his redemption.
If you want to be entertained by a really good writer, really good narrator and a very strong story, this should be on your list, for sure.
Say something about yourself!
I accidentally found this book. I loved Easy, and I was tentative about buying this book from Landon Lucas's POV. I have to say the narrator made this book work for me. I think the wrong narrator would have ruined the feel of this tender love story. At least this time I knew what happened but there were many surprises. The mark of a really good author that can bring another story to this couple. Easy and now Breakable will join my favorite romances. Worth the credit and thank you for the pleasure of listening to this well written, well narrated story.
Yes, I have revisited it many times since it's release.
Lucas finally letting go
He completely brought Lucas/Landon to life for me. He conveys Lucas' emotions so well
Yes, but I'd like to not write it here
I loved Easy but it was great to hear things from Lucas' side and have a bit extra that was only hinted at in the first book.
Loved it! Zachary Webbers voice performance sexy perfection.
Well of course, Lucas! Grandpa Maxwell was kinda funny, and I Would have loved to see more of him. But Royce-arch nemisis to best friend to Landon -was a solid character and felt well fleshed out in the performance.
I know it's cheesy but ALL of it! I am unabashedly in love with this hero and heroine. It is so refreshing to see main characters that interact in a healthy way and empower each other.
I am so happy Tammara Webber followed up a much beloved book Easy with this alternate point of view novel. I would definately read more about Lucas's road to recovery with Jaqueline.
A wannabe riot.
Enjoyed this book, which is essentially the story of "Easy" by Tammara Webber, but from Lucas' perspective. He was what made me enjoy the book "Easy" so much and it was great getting to see his perspective and find out more about his tragic backstory. However, the interactions between him and Jackie were abbreviated and almost sidelined, as I'm guessing the author assumes we would have already read them in "Easy"? Either way, I'm glad I got to find out more about one of the most interesting guy characters I've read in a while!
Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
I've listened to Lost and Found by Nicole Williams and Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. All great performances!
I still remember when I stumbled on the cover reveal for Easy years ago. I thought it was gorgeous (the pretty blue and hot guy with a lip ring) and was excited to see that this took place in college. I author stalked Tammara Webber and came across this post about Mature YA and I knew I had to have this book. I added it to my TBR and counted down the days until it was released. I bought it as soon as it was released and I’m pretty sure I read it all in one sitting. I looooooved it! I’ve been waiting for Tammara Webber to announce new boo since then (since I haven’t started her Between the Lines books yet) and was excited/nervous when Breakable was announced. As much as I loved Jacqueline’s story, Lucas totally stole the show and I wanted to have more of him. But, I’m not a fan (at all) of retellings in a different POV. They just don’t work to me because I’ve already read the story. I was so happy to see that Breakable was more of a prequel instead of a retelling of Easy. This totally worked for me and I fell for Lucas even harder than I did the first time.
Told in alternating ‘POV’s’, we have Landon’s scenes which show us how Landon came to be the guy we all know and love in Easy. Then we have Lucas’s POV scenes which are some of the scenes from Easy. Through the Landon chapters, we get an in depth look as to how his mother’s death affected him and how it led him down a dark path. I really liked getting to read some of the scenes from Easy in his POV, but my favorite parts were the Landon parts because this was new to me. We already knew a bit about Lucas’s past so it’s safe to assume he wasn’t a saint. This means that we do get drinking, drugs and girls from his past in the Landon POV scenes. The parts about him and other girls didn’t bother me because I know he ends up with Jacqueline. He just has a past, like everyone else, and those girls were a part of it. I loved that we got to read new scenes from Easy and I think Tammara Webber did a great job at adding new scenes while keeping the favorite Easy scenes without being repetitive.
I heard the Easy audiobook earlier this year, which really helped me remember the story. (I read this back in May 2012 so I was a little rusty on some of the specific details) This is more than just a retelling of Easy. This is Lucas’s story, and if Easy left you wanting more of him then this right here is perfect for you. Now that the final book in the Between the Lines series is out, I need to finally get them off my TBR. I’m planning on listening to the audiobooks and I’m excited because I’ve heard they ‘re really good. Side note: I’m happy they decided to go with this couple for the cover. Even though I’ve seen them on a bajillion other covers, this will always be Lucas and Jacqueline for me.
Audiobook Comments: Zachary Webber + Beats Headphones = Eargasm. Not even joking. I’ve been a fan of this narrator since I heard Lost and Found last year (by Nicole Williams). I remember thinking: ‘I wonder if he’s related to Tammara Webber?’ then thinking how stupid that was because how many people must there be with the last name Webber. I found out a few months ago that he really is related to her (her son) and now I feel kind of pervy for crushing on Tammara Webber’s son. But that voice, I love it! I’ve gushed about his voice to my bloggy friends and in my review of Maybe Someday, but he’s my favorite guy narrator. I think he has the perfect voice to pull off NA, YA, and Adult books. I really hope that he narrates more audiobooks because I will listen to all of them! I knew I wanted to go with the audiobook route for this book when I saw he was narrating and I’m so happy I did. There’s something so fucking awesome about a good narrator being able to bring life to these words. That scene when his mom is killed: Chills! I had to stop the book a few times just to get through it. Then I had to rewind it to listen to it again. A fantastic performance all the way!
The book was very well written.Great chracters. Good storyline.
I did not like the narrator Zachary Webber. I became used to his reading of the story but his voice was not masculine enough for this chracter. If not for the narrator, I would have given this 5 stars.
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