Reviewed by Claire Rose for Kindle Friends Forever

Wow! What can I say about this novel because it certainly had my emotions on a roller coaster? One minute I was crying! The next, laughing out loud and getting some strange looks from my family while reading on my kindle! Then came the anger which made me want to shake someone and shout why. At times I got so frustrated with the main character and had to stop reading. What I will say to you is if you are looking for a romance novel that involves a young woman who needs saving, a bad boy who is the hero, or you want a quick holiday read, this recommended read is for you.

Breakdown is a romance novel that describes a young woman suffering from a deep depression who struggles with day to day tasks and life itself. Until one late evening she meets her future. Let me explain! Charlotte is a beautiful young Italian woman studying business as her major. She lives with her parents who don’t take an interest in each other, and go out of their way to avoid each other as much as possible, too. Although her mother’s only interest is in her education, she still manages to dampen any dreams and hopes Charlotte has. For the past three years she has been struggling with a deep depression and believes the only way out is death.

The story starts with Charlotte leaving her parents’ home to travel to Elizabeth Port Street Bridge where she intends to do the unthinkable. Say no more but this is where she’ll meet our bad Irish boy, William O’ Riley. Twentyish, gorgeous eyes with messy blonde hair and of course, tattoos, spots Charlotte on the bridge and it reminds him of an event that happened in his past. So he decides to talk to her, but when he looks into her cold and lifeless eyes, he realises something is dreadfully wrong and wants to help. So what does this bad-ass do? He invites her to hang out with him and his friends in his world.

Unbeknown to Charlotte, William doesn’t live by the law. In fact, he’s very good at breaking it! Well knowing that the life he leads is no good for her doesn’t stop him from having strong feeling for her either. The more they hang out together, the more she refuses to talk about her life and continues to talk about the unspeakable. Will he be able to bring life back into Charlotte’s eyes? He’ll most certainly try. And what big issue is behind them too? Throughout this novel, you’ll learn to understand why William lives the life he does and if you want to find out more, One-Click!

I would like to say is that even though there are many forms of this illness which at one point or another, some of us have suffered; with good support and most importantly, love from your family and friends, one can accomplish anything. I have to applaud Amanda on how well she has described Charlotte’s depression and her extraordinarily detailed portrayal of the depressed mind. Will this beautiful woman be able to fight her dark unwanted feelings head on and not shatter her hopes and dreams?

The story line is fantastic! The two main characters even more so; however, I have rated this book FOUR STARS because I wanted to know more about secondary characters who Charlotte formed friendships with. I also found that in some parts of the story, I was adding, taking away or rearranging sentences to make sense. But l got past that and read a wonderful heart breaking all emotional story. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.


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