Patch Up by Stephanie Witter
Genre: Contemporary New Adult novel with a slow building romance.
Publisher: Anchor Group
Date of Publication: 16 Sep, 2013
Number of pages: 260 pages
Cover Artist: Cover It Designs
Editor: Melissa Ringsted
Length: over 85 000 words.
Due to some shocking scenes, this novel is not intended for readers under 18.
Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.
"What if I am already broken into pieces?"
She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...
"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."
The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.
However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.
She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?
"I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."
(The first meeting)
Without paying attention to my surroundings, I turn to my left to walk toward the row closer to the door where a seat is available. I take a step and collide with a hard body, almost toppling me over on the ground for the second time in less than an hour. A strong hand grips me firmly by the forearm. My body stiffens and my breath catches in my throat. It’s as if I can’t move besides yanking my arm free without looking up to see who I collided with.
“Are you all right?” he asks me in a deep and calm voice.
My eyes wander from my red Converse to his dark boots. I have to calm down. I’m being ridiculous. Calm down. I take a deep breath and look up slowly. Long, muscled legs in beat up dark blue jeans, an old black leather jacket open over a dark grey V-neck sweater that showcases an impressive tall body with broad shoulders and finally, longish and messy black hair, perfect straight nose, full lips, high cheekbones and expressive soft dark eyes that lock with my bluish-greyish ones. He looks older with his goatee perfectly trimmed. A perfect hot mess many girls would say. I’m just intimidated by this stranger, though.
“I’m fine,” I reply, my voice even. I push away some of my untamed locks and curse my auburn frizzy hair that is always all over the place.
5 out of 5 Stars
Patch Up by Stephanie Witter
Wow this was such an intense read!
After three years of hell in an abusive relationship, Skye is trying to piece herself back together again. But it’s easier said than done. Her ex boyfriend is still around and makes sure she remembers every painful and embracing moment with him. She tries to hide away, tries to hide from everyone, until a TA spots her.
Duke forces Skye to step away from the dark corners she was so used to. When Skye finally sees some light in her gloom life, her ex boyfriend see her reaching for another change in life, he quickly reminds her why she hid in the first place.
Let me start off by saying thank you to the author. I was one of those people who always judged a girl for staying in an abusive relationship. I mean, what can be so difficult to tell him to go to hell? Stephanie forced me into the mind of such a girl and for the first time I could see how scared they are. And most of all, how painful things can be for them. When the world has been so cruel, why risk another painful memory? At the end of this book I was crying hard and wished I could reach in and save Skye from her fate.
One of the things Stephanie brings to a novel is the reality of life. We are so used to happily ever after, that real life issues are suddenly shocking to encounter. Stephanie doesn’t paint a pretty picture, the gives you real life with real people and real situations. I was brought back to earth and reminded that the world can be a cruel place. But I was also reminded that sometimes when we least expect it our savior is right there in front of us just asking for one chance.
Another great eye opener in this novel was Duke’s story and feelings. We are so used to guys just shutting down and never baring their feelings, that it was such a great experience to see a guy heartbroken and looking for his own savior. In the end two broken souls saves each other and help mend on another.
This was an incredible emotional ride, and to me it gives voice to those that could not be heard before.
Well done to Stephanie and a huge well deserved 5 Stars from me. Get this book now!
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Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started English at three and fell in love with the language. Always with a book - or two - close by, she soon started reading in English when she couldn't wait to see Harry Potter translated in French. After a while, reading wasn't enough and she started writing young adult and new adult contemporary novels always filled with drama. Now she hopes to translate English novels in her mother tongue as her everyday job. By My Side is her debut novel.