Review Blitz: Breakdown by Amanda Lance
Bookcrushin is happy to bring you this review blitz for Breakdown book one in the Crash Into Me series. In this post you will find all the book and author information, buy links and a spoiler free review.
Charlotte Ferro is about to jump.
Yet nothing ruins a perfectly good suicide attempt worse than a handsome do-gooder. After William O’Reilly convinces her to take one last ride with him, Charlotte finds herself forgetting about her own problems and enjoying a world of which she never dreamed.
Now addicted to the rush of fast cars and cool criminals, Charlotte finds herself leaning less towards the ledge and more toward the arms of her savior. But with reasons of his own for keeping Charlotte safe from herself, William is reluctant to involve her in his criminal undertakings. Will his career choice keep them apart? Will Charlotte’s painful past?
Breakdown is an intriguing New Adult read that starts off with a bang and quickly gathers steam or is it torque? Sorry car pun. Charlotte “Lottie” Ferro, is in the grips of depression, which is how she finds herself on the bridge of an overpass the night she meets William O’Reilly. From the minute Lottie meets the smooth talking “Do-gooder” with the easy smile and killer dimples, he quite literally starts talking her off the edge.
From there develops an unlikely friendship that finds Lottie and William hanging out in the underground LA race scene. Lottie whose struggling to feel much of anything begins to come alive the more she hangs around William and his band of car racing enthusiasts. It is here she experiences her first true rush of feeling. Suicide is a very serious issue to tackle and I felt that Lottie’s inner dialogue where she battled negative thoughts and emotions was well done. My only gripe was the true oblivion shown by her parents. For someone so radically depressed you would have thought someone would have noticed.
Beyond that Lottie aka Jumper and William begin to have a slow burn of attraction that is evident in every meeting they have. I found myself anxious waiting for their first hook-up.
Unfortunately, the story lost me in the second half the victim of a bit of poor editing and plot points that could have used some refinement. I felt that some of Lottie’s choices and thought processes were a bit juvenile. In fact, this story would actually function a lot better as a YA.
Still, the saving grace of the story was William “Do-Gooder”. I could see him so clearly in my mind and found myself thinking about his character a lot when I was finished. It’s definitely a fun fast read and will be sure to please fans of upper YA that are looking for something a bit darker.
Author Bio: Amanda Lance
A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.
When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.