My Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult
Type of romance: MF
She’s trapped in an abusive relationship. He’s determined to set her free. Will love give her the courage to let him?
I didn’t see Heath’s dark side until it was too late.
Now he’s never going to let me go.
He won’t even let me talk to other guys, especially not Manu.
But Manu wants to be my friend.
He keeps being so nice to me and I keep letting him, because… well, maybe he’s the one I truly want.
I don’t know how I’m going to get out of this.
I’m terrified, and I can’t tell anybody the truth.
I wish my dad was still alive. He’d save me from this nightmare.
Now I have no one.
Or do I?
Manu suspects something is up. Is it safe to let him in? Or am I just exposing us both to a raging storm we can’t outrun?
Fractured Girl vs Reckless Boy is the sixth story in the emotionally charged Forever Love YA contemporary romance series. If you like heart-wrenching love stories filled with raw emotion and thrilling drama, then you’ll love Jordan Ford’s breathtaking romance.
After the previous book in the series I was quite eager to get to this book and see how the stories of these characters continue. This book mostly is Willow’s story, she’s stuck in an abusive relationship, which she didn’t realize at first. Now she’s starting to see the relationship isn’t what she thought it was and it’s so hard to see her go through this. It is great to see how she deals with it all and gets through this and gets a sweet boyfriend who does treat her right.
As you can imagine from the subject matter this is quite the tough book to read, especially as Willow’s situation is getting worse and worse and she doesn’t see a way out. Until certain events happen and even then there is this tension until the end of the book while seeing how things get resolved. I felt so bad for her and the situation and how at first she didn’t realize anything was wrong, she thought he loved her, but he didn’t. And then having her realize that and feeling trapped, was hard to read. Luckily she has a great family and an awesome guy looking out for her and by the end of the book she’s in a much better place.
While most of the story has Willow dealing with her abusive relationship and fallout of that, there also is plenty of hope and positive feelings when she slowly grows closer to Manu. I really liked getting Manu’s point of view as well in this book and he’s such a good guy for Willow and such a contrast to her first relationship. I would’ve liked to see a bit more of them together as they get together pretty late in the book, but hopefully we get a bit of that in the last book. They made for a really sweet couple.
Besides Willow’s story, this book also has Harper and Tane’s point of views again, which was fun. they were the couple of the first two books, so it’s been awhile since we had their point of views. I was feeling a bit sad about the things they’re still struggling with like keeping their relationship a secret and the whole thing with Dylan is causing a rift between them. I was a bit frustrated at them for not talking things through and resolving things, but it makes sense they need some time to work through things.
Harper and Tane’s storyline doesn’t get fully resolved by the end of the book and I am still not sure what Harper will decide about her future. But I think we get to see more of them in the final book. I can’t wait to read that one! Seeing Harper realize what Willow has gone through was almost even harder than Willow’s point of view. It was a tense few chapters where they pierce things together and I really felt for Harper and how bad she felt about the whole situation.
One of my favorite things about this series is seeing the way this whole family comes together. We keep seeing the main characters from previous books and how this group of characters really has grown into a tight family. It really is awesome to see how they rely in each other and how everyone is shocked when they find out about what happened to Willow and is there to support her. I like seeing all these characters interact and gettign pieces of the character’s storylines even those whose point of views we don’t get in this book. And seeing how Beck deals with the whole situation was great and there are some really sweet scenes involving him trying to communicate and being there for them. I am so excited his story is next!
To summarize: this was another awesome read in this series. I had a hard time putting this one down as I wanted to keep reading and find out what happened next. This is Willow’s story, who is stuck in an abusive relationship. This book was sad and hard to read at times as Willow really is trapped in a difficult situation and you really feel her fear. Luckily there are also plenty of more positive emotions especially toward the end of the book and her relationship with Manu is so sweet. I hope to see a bit more of them together in the next book. this book also has Harper and Tane their point of views again, which was fun. Although I was a bit frustrated with their lack of talking hings through, it did feel realistic. And ofcourse we still see plenty of the rest of the family I like how close they all grow. I can’t wait for the next book, but I am also sad this series is coming to an end.