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Posted January 16, 2014
This is a fantastic book! I felt for the characters and went through everything right along with them. The storyline is fresh and pulls you in from the beginning. I love that the main girl character was strong from facing her own demons. I honestly kept putting it off and I have no idea why. I wish I had read it sooner. I highly recommend!
Posted September 13, 2013
I love how this story shows that not all GREAT & AMAZING love stories have to be told where the girl is broken down and hurt from something traumatic in her life.
This story is told about a guy who needs to be mended and fixed and taught how to love and trust again.
Lila writes about the things that most people are writing about, but she does it from another perspective and better than most.
Breaker’s life was in AnguiSH until the day his mother put her foot down and told him she was hiring a maid to live in the house and clean up after him.
Hoping that by getting someone else in the house it will pull him out of his depression and fear of people.
When Ashland walked through the door that day, little did he know that she was about to change his life forever.
Ashland was a girl who is just trying to make enough money to make it through college. She sees a job posting at the library for a Live in Maid and knows that she has to call for this position.
She never in a million years thought that she was going to fall in love with the guy who owns the house.
There was an instant unspoken attraction between these two in the book. Breaker is trying his hardest to make Ashland hate him by being rude & ignoring her, but no matter how hard he tries,
he can’t stop looking at all the beauty that is named Ashland that is cleaning his house. Ashland had no intention of falling in love with Breaker during the summer she was working at his house,
but she fell in love with him anyway. She realized that he was just a broken guy who needs someone to help him get over his fear of leaving the house and his ex.
Ashland grew up with a mother that had mental illness’ and she saw this as an opportunity to make things right in her heart after she lost her mother on her 12th birthday.
Ashland is coming to realize that she is not helping Breaker overcome his fear; she is allowing him to be dependent on her to always get him out of his attacks in public.
She goes to Breakers mom and quits. Ashland feels like she has lied to Breaker about why she was really given the job in the first place.
Little does she know Breaker doesn’t really care why she was given the job because she has helped to make him see that he needs to live again.
He needs to live again to give Ashland what she truly deserves from him.
Can these two stay together and work through their problems as they each seek advice and help from others,
or will their own hurtful paths pull them down and keep them from seeing who is really giving them the true therapy that they seek to heal and move on.
Posted September 5, 2013
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By Momma on September 5, 2013
This was such a sweet story, but there is something about this story that I really really liked! Instead of having your typical throw caution to the wind romance at all costs this book was different. I typically don’t like to go into to details so I’ll be vague here, but I want to applaud Lila for writing a book that has romance and love that addresses the need for a healthy relationship rather than the vicious cycle of a co-dependency trap that seems to define all relationships in many books today. Of course I love to read those too, but it was refreshing to see something different.
Anguish is also well done in many ways, the romance is sweet and subtle and definitely not too racy. This is the sort of book I would be ok with my teenage daughter reading.
There were some areas where the characters perhaps didn’t behave as you would expect a person to act normally, but as I always say when I see reviews that address this in a negative way – it’s a book, a story, a make believe world get over it and roll with it you’ll enjoy the book more.
I see a lot of potential for Lila Felix and she will absolutely be finding her books on my personal TBR!
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Momma gives AnguiSH by Lila Felix 4 cookies!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 16, 2013
I can see why everyone has been telling me to read this book. While it tackles some pretty serious issues, it is a sweet love story and does not dwell in darkness too long, as many books that deal with these kinds of topics do. Ash and Breaker were both easy to like and quirky. There are a couple of things about the way the author handled the topic that made me super happy, but would be spoilery if I shared them. I will say that she could have taken the insta love fixes all route and made a much better choice instead, in my opinion. Overall I found it a good read. If mental illness is a trigger topic for you, this book probably is not for you because it does deal with Breaker's issues head on. I will be reading more by this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2013
Lila Felix gives us Breaker James, a ‘broken’ hero and Ashland, the girl who just might be what he needs to unbreak him. I really appreciated how Lila handled Breaker’s issues with care and love. He struggles with panic attacks that have led him to becoming agoraphobic after an extremely ugly situation involving an ex-girlfriend.
I loved the sweet Breaker James. He is unique and profound with different hobbies and interests. But underneath is this sexy man on a motorcycle who cares about taking care of himself. Ashland helps him see that he needs to find that person again without becoming dependent upon her for finding his equilibrium.
Ashland is a funny, hard working young woman who also deals with few friends, and not a very high opinion of herself. She comes across as strong and doesn’t take crap from Breaker, always pushing his boundaries based on caring for him while he also helps her see herself in a different light.
I enjoyed how Lila approached this situation with Breaker and his anguish of not being ‘normal’. She handled it with sensitivity and care and never did I feel sorry for him. I only wanted him to get healthy enough to lead a life outside the prison of his home. I wanted to know more about what led to his panic attacks prior to his ‘big one’. There was a hint at it but it didn’t dive in too deeply. And I would have loved more of their relationship later in the story through texts, but I still loved how everything played out. The end was so wonderfully handled, still fun, sweet, and sexy like the rest of the story.
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Posted July 4, 2013
This book will leave you breathless and aching for more Breaker and Ashland.......
Lila Felix has done it again! Man she never ceases to amaze me by her writing. I swear with each book she gets better and better because I open up to the first page and I am instantly HOOKED! My heart starts pumping fast the adrenaline kicking into over drive because I know I am in for one hell of a roller coaster ride! In AngiSH we get to see a love story unfold right before your eyes. You get the good the bad and the ugly and then the ultimate is the ending which I will not say because HOLY BREAKER JAMES you are the man! I give kudos to Lila for AnguiSH because she did something very unique with this story and that is the main character is a guy who is the broken one to the point where he can't see straight. I loved how Lila introduces us in the prologue to Breaker and everything that happened to him to make him who he is and why. God I just loved it because you don't get to see the breakdown of a guy often because it is always skimmed over but no way Lila brought it to the front and proceeded to bring it home!
Breaker James is broken. He was in a relationship that he thought was going good and then went south really fast. The girl broke his heart and in his anger he had a massive panic attack. He had been having them all along but small ones so he thought it was just stress until he found out the truth about his then girlfriend Holly. Once Breaker had the massive panic attack and landed in the hospital he stopped going out. As a matter of fact Breaker stopped living. He no longer went outside or went to school or went out with friends. He started doing everything from the confines of this house. His mother feed up with his antics decides he needs a maid because the house is a mess and it is not helping him. So she puts up an add on campus to see if she can get a live in maid for Breaker. At least that way he can live in a clean house instead of the filth he is living in not helping his panic attacks.
Ashland is not your average college girl. She has suffered some things in her life and she is an awkward girl. She talks to much and she annoys the hell out of people. Her only true friend is her roommate whom she is going to have to leave soon because her father's business is not doing well so she has to move out of the dorms. Desperate to find an apartment Ash looks for a job and stumbles across the add for a live in maid. She is excited because she will be able to save money if she gets the job and still stay in school. Her dream is to be a Veterinarian and she is determined to see it through. When she goes to the interview Breaker does not open the door for her at first and his mother threatens him to open the door. When he first sees her he is captivated by her looks and her smell. But he is weary because of his panic attacks. He knows no good can come from liking a girl like Ash but he has his fantasies.
At first when Ash starts her job Breaker is a total ass to her and she takes it in strides. Soon Ash is breaking down all the walls Breaker has put up and he slowly starts to see that the panic attacks can be minimal. As their friendship grows so does their love for each other and what unfolds in this book is the most beautiful love story I have ever read. Lord I cried like someone died that is how much I loved loved this story! Thank you Lila for giving us Breaker James! He is the man!
Posted June 30, 2013
I love Breaker James Collins. But not *that* way. I love him like a sad puppy, or a newborn baby. I love him like something you want to take home and keep safe forever.
Anguish is Breaker's story, Ashland's too. It primarily focuses on Breaker's recovery though, told from both of their perspectives. Breaker had holed himself up in his house for over two years after a betrayal left him with agoraphobia. His mother decides that he needs someone to clean for him, let's face it, he's a college age boy. No surprise he needs a housekeeper. Enter Ashland. She stumbled upon the job after she learns her father can no longer afford he dorm room.
Ashland reaches out to Breaker, wanting to fix what is broken. Despite his best efforts Breaker starts to let her in. Together they begin working through his various issues to make him whole again.
Anguish is not your typical romance novel. While the love story was a major theme and drove the book forward, I felt it wasn't the star of the book. Breaker's struggle was definitely the central focus. It was a fresh change of pace to see the hero as the weaker person in the story, as the character depending on someone else. I did sometimes feel like Breaker's voice was effeminate, but there was a definite change between his voice and Ashland's, which I'm sure could not have been easy to achieve. I did feel like I was left wanting though. Once Breaker started working on getting better I felt the story was rushed. I wanted the last quarter, or so, of the book to be stretched out and more detailed. This book had no cliffhanger, and ended with an HEA. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who isn't afraid of mental illness. I'd also love to read more about Breaker and Ashland.
Posted June 19, 2013
Breaker James (adorable name right?) has been living in a constant state of anguish for 2 years...ever since he found out his girlfriend had been cheating on him and cleaning him out of his money. After that horrible revealing news, Breaker had a break down and can't leave his house. He found solitude there and has no reason to leave. In the comforts of his home he can't be used, he can't be made a fool, and he can't have his heart broken. Or can he?
Enter Ashland. She is like a wild fire that has come crashing down on him and he honestly wouldn't want it any other way. She thinks that she talks to much and her voice is offensive to others. But Breaker thinks it is heaven to his ears. He slowly finds that he wants to leave his confines and be with her and do normal things. But is he really healing? Or is Ashland just masking the ugly truth...that he really isn't better? Some tough love will be his only way to find out if he is getting better or just covering a festering wound.
My oh my!! Felix has done it again and given us lucky readers yet another fabulous book. I had happy tears when the story was over and I had to revel in the goodness of it all for a few minutes. I flew through this one like I have all her books. And when I finished it was easy to see why she is my favorite author. She writes a book that has me hooked from the beginning and I never want to leave the fictional worlds she creates. I would be one happy lady to live in them forever. The real world is so overrated, right?
I am so in love with Breaker James it is not even funny. Want to know what is funny? Every time I read his name I would read it as Beaker from The Muppets. Stupid right?
But seriously. I am so gaga over this dude I could scream. Yeah he was a total jerk wad in the beginning but it was just his defense mechanism. Because deep down he is a great guy with such a loving heart. But lord help me, this guy is dangerous and in such a wonderful way. He will have the ladies swooning when all is said and done. Just trust me on this one.
Ashland is a trip. The girl is a riot and full of the sarcasm. Never one to be outdone by someone, she always makes sure she always has the last word. And dear readers, know that when you read Felix's witty banter coming across with her characters, that that is her to a T. She is just as funny as the people in her books. And she always, always has me rolling.
The story is a great one, although not a fluff one. Not that Felix's books are ever fluff. Because they are not. But the plot to this story is based on a guy with some mental issues. The title, ANGUISH, should say it all. No, it is not just another love story. Breaker James has some serious issues that he needs to work through and it won't be an easy feat. That is where the tough love will come in to play. It will be a slap in his face but one that he will have to endure if he wants to get better.
I will say that Felix amped up the frisky business in this one. I thought that the make out scenes got a little more heated than what we are used to from her. But in true Felix style she kept it clean and made us want for more. That right there is how romance is done. Imagination people...sometimes it’s all about imagination.
I recommend this to you readers out there that love a great romantic story about a guy and girl who are both in search of something and someone to love. Yes there will be obstacles for both but the fight to be together makes it all worth it
Posted June 18, 2013
Posted October 28, 2013
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