A Life Less Broken by Margaret McHeyzer
GENRE: Dark, Romance
My rating: ★★★
A Life Less Broken begins with a warning—an alert for distressing content. Rightly so; there are several scenes throughout this story that made me cringe, and I don’t wince easily.
The sexual violence described is horrific, and the author writes these scenes well; it packs a full punch, not just for the shock factor either.
The author also manages to create a believable space inside the main character’s head—Allyn is tormented on a daily basis, living and reliving everything that happened to her—and I felt as though this was done carefully, and realistically.
This is my praise for the book—this, and the ending (I do love an ending such as this one).
My issues with the book are… oh, man…
To sum it up, I guess my main issue is bloody Dominic.
He’s a nice guy, yes. He’s smart and kind, he’s noble and generous, and he obviously cares for Allyn—just don’t get me started on doctor/patient ethics—but my God, he is NOT funny—boy, doesn’t he try. He is also just a little too…. verbose… but hey, that’s just me, maybe.
If you think Edward Cullen can convince a girl how his every move gravitates towards her, you ain’t read nothing, yet.
This man is smack-your-head-and-groan OTT in his constant, repetitive, (almost-TOO-supportive), never-ending declarations of love and adoration—and he hasn’t got a hundred years of vampirism to blame it on.
I get that he falls for her, that he admires her strength and inner beauty—and that’s wonderful—but as much of a sucker as I am for a good, all-consuming, against-all-odds love story, I could not, for the life of me, get on board with this one and I’ve rooted for some pretty ‘out-there’ couples (think Forbidden ).
For me, and this is just my humble opinion, the connection between Allyn and Dominic seemed too staged. It did not seem to happen naturally enough. It was too quick, too easy, too convenient. For all the brilliant realism in the rest of the book, it (unfortunately) came undone with this.
Add to that, the ‘squirminess’ (actual scientific term) of replacing Allyn’s crippling fear with the love-crutch of her doctor, and I couldn’t help but notice every flaw.
That said, I still enjoyed it on the whole (disturbing as that seems) and I particularly loved the epilogues—karma and comeuppance: my favourite.
P.S. I still love Edward.