Series: Unbreakable #1
Genres: Best Friends, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Second Chances
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Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together.
Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her.
But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal.
Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?
I love the whole boy/girl next door story, especially when they essentially grew up together. Granted I tend to like them a bit more when the romance is more on the forbidden side, where it’s kind of kept under wraps for a while, I think it’s the suspense that works for me. But it really worked for me in this book too.
So Gabe and Jessica have basically grown up together, Jessica basically having lived with Gabe and his family for her much of her life because he dad is a firefighter and not around a whole lot. Her best friend is Gabe’s sister and is basically like a sister to her, basically the whole family is like her family. When Gabe and Jess get together so early on in the story, no one is opposed to it, everyone embraces them being together and its all happiness, sunshine, and flowers. I have to admit I was a little worried this was going to be a boring book, I mean where was the conflict. And then of course, BAM, out of nowhere tragedy strikes and Jessica is never the same. She pulls away from everyone, dumps Gabe, doesn’t talk to the family who basically raised her, and moves out of her dad’s house across the country to get away and heal from her trauma.
You can’t help but feel for Jessica. In the beginning you feel bad that her dad is like voluntarily not in the picture with her, and a hug is like out of the question. But then after the event happens, your heart just breaks for her. She shuts down completely. And it’s so understandable, and it’s so heartbreaking. In the beginning right after it happened, there are a couple of scenes where she does some things and says some things to Gabe that basically rip your heart out. But once she leaves and ends up North Carolina for an internship, she is able to kind of start to rebuild her life and heal. She meets this guy, Landon, a cop, who is really there for her in every sense of the word. He makes her feel safe, and she is able to really start to put back together the pieces. I was pulling for her the entire book, wanting her to be able to get her life back. I was so proud of her as the novel went on.
Gabe, oh man Gabe, poor guy. He’s such a good guy, and he is head over heels in love with Jessica. He only wants to make her happy, even if that means letting her go. And even though he lets her go, he never gives up on her or their love, even when everyone is telling him that he needs to, he holds on. It’s really kind of sad watching it, it really kind of proves to you that when someone bad happens to one person it affect everyone around them too. I really wanted him to get his happy ending.
Landon was an awesome character. I loved him. He was so good with Jessica, and he really cared about her, even loved her. But he knew that he had to help her, and part of helping her was helping her find her way back home and not with him. I respect him so much for being able to put her first, and not what he wanted. I was really happy to find out that the next book in this series is going to be about him.
I enjoyed reading this book, it’s a heavy book, with heavy subject matter, so be prepared going in. If you are looking for just a happy book with some funny lines in it this probably isn’t going to be your cup of tea. But if you are looking for a new adult book where the characters have to endure some serious pain before finding their way back to each other, then this is your book. It’s really a beautiful, although completely heartbreaking journey. Fully recommend it.