When Lea Amelia landed her feet in San Francisco for her overseas study, her idea of freedom was simple, like eating junk food ten times a day, sitting in front of the TV in her PJs, or going out late with her friends without the need to check in with her mother constantly.
Then she met Andrew Jaya, her brothers' best friend. A twenty-two-year-old guy whose physical appearance looked like he was crafted straight from God's heavenly hands, but possessed a past as bleak as if it was drawn by Evil himself. A conflicted guy who wore sadness like nobody's business beneath his mask, a perfect-looking mask she slowly peeled away.
He was also the guy who hurt her.
Suddenly, everything about her was no longer simple.
Andrew Jaya had convinced himself that not feeling was good for him. He'd been doing it splendidly for almost his entire life. But that was before his best friend's sister stepped into his life and ruined it. After weeks of knowing Lea, all of those warm and wonderful feelings he'd long ago denied to himself started to reappear. Problem was, the brighter the light, the bigger the shadows that came with it.
His traumatic past refused to let him go.
When the unthinkable happened, the easiest thing to do was to run. But life often proves that the easiest way is usually the hardest.
About the Author
Melly has been writing stories for as long as she can remember, but not until 2011 did she publish her works. She has written eight children’s books under the name mellyberry, and full-length novels under e.mellyberry.
She used to work in a school and is very passionate about education.
She loves reading all kinds of books in her spare time, as long as they’re not horror or sci-fi.
Melly was born in Indonesia and grew up in a multi-language environment. When she talks to people, she could accidentally string words from different languages into one sentence. When she does that, simply reminds her to speak properly.
Her ideal vacation always involves a beach; usually it’s Nusa Dua, Bali. She spent a few years in USA to complete her Master degree. It was during that time that she’d fallen madly in love with San Francisco and the Bay Area.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
*The author was kind enough to send me a digital copy of My Lea in exchange for an honest review.* This is a fast paced love story with dual perspectives. Two things I really appreciate the author for is her ability to present culture clash effectively (speaking from experience, I found it EXTREMELY relatable) and her ability to present a novel in dual perspective properly. Both the voices were different & unique-very important qualities of novels in dual perspective. Moreover, I felt like both characters went through a tremendous amount of character development. At the start of the book, I was doubtful of it but my God, was I wrong. They ended up as entirely different people by the end of the book. There were minor grammatical errors which, in my honest opinion, did not effect my journey as a reader. Furthermore, the first half of the book was really fun. I was sort of let down by the pacing of the romance which, for my taste, was a bit fast. The second part, though, was amazing. It was darker and that very darkness helped the characters develop and change as people. I will admit that a certain plot twist is controversial and that's why I'm still confused about whether or not I should support Lea's decisions. (I mean I understand how it's all explainable but, looking at facts by themselves...is it justifiable?) More importantly, readers should take the trigger warning (given in the description) seriously as it contains content which sensitive readers (as myself) may find disturbing. In conclusion, it was a great read and I'd recommend it to any mature reader looking for a fast paced romance.
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author E. Mellyberry.) 18-year-old Lea has come to America to study at university, when she meets her brother’s friend Andrew. Andrew has secrets, a troubled past, and may have more troubles in his future. I’m not sure how much sense this review will make, because I am really angry with the male lead in this book. Steaming angry. Lea was a sweet girl, and put up with her mother’s moaning, and even wanted to help Andrew after everything that happened. Andrew was obviously a bit messed up from the start of this book, but no matter how messed-up he was, it didn’t give him free reign to do what he did. The storyline in this started out quite slowly, but then picked up in the second half. It was in this second half that the ‘incident’ from the blurb happened, and boy was I mad. I don’t want to drop any spoilers, but let’s just say that this event was not good, and definitely not recommended for people under the age of 18. The way Lea acted after this event was admirable, and I understood where she was coming from, but I just could not forgive Andrew for his part in the ‘incident’. I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to drop spoilers, but I would like to say that the title of this series is very appropriate. This most definitely is a broken love story, with a lot of angst, and big questions over right and wrong, as well as some dodgy ethics. Don’t go into this expecting a normal romance, expect to read something a bit uncomfortable, that you won’t easily forget. 6.5 out of 10.
3-1/2 stars I had a hard time getting into this book at first but I never give up on a book once I start it. I'm glad I stuck with it. The characters are well written even if not all are as likeable as they should be. Andrew really didn't grab my heart as much as he could have or should have. Lea, however, did touch my heart, although not as much as I expected her to. I was able to enjoy the book even if the characters weren't up to my liking on every page. The plot, the scenes, and scenarios the characters were in are well scripted that I could see the things happening as clearly as if I was watching it out my front window. I look forward to keeping an eye on this author in the future.