Tuesday, 12 August 2014

*** Blog Tour - All That Matters by Michelle Congdon - Broken #2 - 4 Stars! ***

              ***Blog Tour***
              All That Matters by Michelle Congdon
Out Now! - See My Review below

Book Details

Title: All That Matters (Broken #2) 
Author: Michelle Congdon 
Release Date: August 5th 

***Recommended for ages 18+ due to mature situations, sensitive issues, alcohol and drug use, and language***

She is a teen sensation and also the infamous daughter of a renowned rock star and a Hollywood starlet.

Eighteen-year-old Harper Hudson is spoiled, wild and troubled. Still dealing with the loss of her twin sister and surviving a horrifying event that she has kept secret, Harper relies on constant partying, alcohol and drugs to help her forget.

He is her cousin and a straight ‘A’ student trying to juggle football and a medical degree.

Adopted as a baby, there isn’t anything twenty-one year old Jackson Hayward wouldn’t do for the people who raised him. But the last thing on his mind is to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. And Jackson has a secret of his own. He isn’t the perfect son his family are led to believe.

A forbidden romance they never saw coming.

Sent away to live with her Aunty and Uncle in Australia, as punishment for her latest stunt, the last thing Harper wants is to be babysat by her over-achieving, do-gooder cousin, Jackson. He is moody and overbearing, but there’s something about him that Harper can’t seem to ignore.

Jackson didn’t mean to fall for the rebellious wild child. But seeing small glimpses of her true personality shine through made it impossible not too. He knows the secret she keeps is the reason behind her destructive behavior and he is willing to risk whatever it takes to try to help her. But can something so broken ever be truly fixed? And can someone with painful secrets of his own save her without getting caught up along the way?
My Review
All That Matters is book #2 in the Broken Series, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review so here goes...
Having just finished the first book in the series I was shocked by how much darker and more emotive this second book was.
My main criticism of the first book was that it didn’t allow the reader much chance to really engage with the characters and All That Matters solves that problem beautifully.
Michelle Congdon has managed to write two beautifully complicated tortured souls. As a couple they shouldn’t work, they have far too many personal issues to be able to have a functional relationship.
But somehow I found myself routing for them, I wanted them to heal each other, they say opposites attract but for this love story Harper & Jacksons broken pieces are drawn to each other like magnets.
Simply put I loved this book I was drawn to the complex emotions that were running under the surface of this story.
On first glance these characters were stereotypical rich brat and adopted grateful overachiever. Only when you stop and look at the characters more closely does the author lead you see the cracks and flaws under their personas.
This book dragged me under which is why I’m writing this review at 1.26am, I needed to write down the effect this book had on me.
I read this in one go and I feel drained, this is not a light and airy book but if you persevere it worth the sadness and turmoil you as a reader will feel
The scene with Harper and the swimming pool was for me the real turning point in the story, the desperation and desolation she feels was just incredibly poignant.
This isn’t a happy story, it isn’t an easy breezy read, but I kind of loved it 4 stars from me!!!!

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Author Bio 
& Links 

Michelle Congdon resides in Sydney, Australia. She has a Dalmatian named Jett, who to this day continues to hold an 8 year grudge against her after she had to leave him with her parents when she moved to the big city- this only proves animals are much like their owners. Michelle enjoys reading books of all sorts of genres, watching way too many movies and TV shows (and Disney cartoons), singing out aloud to her favorite hits and going on adventures involving food and travel. Michelle is loud, talks a lot and shares an ever-growing list of fictional husbands with a friend. From when she was a small girl, she has always had an overactive imagination and has tried to put it to good use by sharing her stories with anyone willing to listen.