26 July 2014

Flaw by Ryan Ringbloom

 What can be said about Josh Brewster? Nothing good, that's for sure. Just ask anyone. They'll be quick to tell you. Josh is a selfish, sweet-talking manipulator who will charm you in a minute, all the while planning his next move. He uses. He leaves. All Josh desires is things that come easy. Why actually work hard for something when you don't have to?

When Josh comes to face to face with a girl who’s doesn’t make anything easy, Josh begins questioning the game he's played so long. He’s suddenly eager to learn how to work for something he never imagined wanting. Can a player really change his ways? Better yet, will his past forgive?

Aidan Turner has had a rough life, a life that has only become harsher as he's gotten older. The scars across his face serve as a constant reminder of the haunting nightmares from his past life. Seeing himself as nothing but a monster, Aidan believes no one will ever be able to look past his flaws.
His reasoning is about to change when his very own beauty comes barreling in, sparking emotions he'd thought he'd never feel. Love sizzles between them, but his friendship with another girl complicates everything, especially after the nature of their friendship becomes confused. Will friendship overshadow his true feelings and ruin both couples’ chances at happiness?

If I had to sum up this book, it wouldn’t be a love triangle, but a love trapezoid.  4 characters, each with a connection to one another.  It’s absolutely different than anything I’ve read before.
Aiden has had a really tough life, and he happens to show that on the outside every single day with a scar on his face.  He’s tries to hide behind clothing and sunglasses, and he rarely lets anyone in.  Anyone except his best friend and neighbor Becca.  They share a connection and it’s the one relationship Aiden takes solace in.  Aiden eventually adds a roommate, and this is where the story really takes a turn because Josh Brewster is on the scene.  He is the antithesis of Aiden.  Outgoing, a ladies man…perfect looks on the outside but dying man on the inside.  When Josh meets Becca. Sparks fly between them.  And when Becca introduces Jordyn into the mix…watch out.  Jordyn is the perfect one, a flawless beauty who finds herself mysterious drawn to Aiden.  So what will happen.  Will Aiden and Jordyn belong together?  Will Becca and Josh make it work despite their differences? Relationships and friendships will be tested, until we find out that every single one of us has some flaw that we are desperately seeking to hide. 
The characters in this book were really spectacular.  I mean men like Josh are what every femal e reader loves to hate, but can’t quite bring themselves to.  He’s selfish, he’s vain, he’s a jerk…but he’s a loveable jerk.  It was really cool to see his transformation in this book once he meets Becca.  I mean, in romance you want to see a player meet a woman who changes him completely and shows him what love is all about.  I was really kind of rooting for them to make it work and figure their crap out.  It’s not easy, especially when you are bringing all of their baggage to the table, but it was enjoyable to read about.
I think what I really liked was the fact that each character was the complete opposite of the other.  You have Josh with his good looks but ugly soul, Aiden with his ugly looks but beautiful soul.  Aiden totally won me over in this book.  He was by far one of my favorite characters.
Overall, I thought this was a really good story. I laughed, I was somber…I pretty much went through the whole spectrum here.  The writing was good and the pacing and plot development worked.  I would recommend this book to others and will definitely seek out other works by this author.  4 stars.

This was a really, REALLY good book. There were so many things that I liked about it and only two things that annoyed me. First, what annoyed me were the two girls – Jordyn and Becca. There were so many times I just wanted to smack them – especially Becca because she wasn’t hurting one guy, but two. Thank goodness they finally got their acts together because I’m not sure that my Kindle could have withstood me throttling it many more times. EVERYTHING ELSE was great!

I loved both of the guys – Josh and Aiden – but for entirely different reasons. Josh starts off in the book as a major douche – but I found myself liking him in spite of it. His reaction to Becca was amusing to me because he couldn’t fathom being drawn to “someone like her” yet he was and the more time he spent with her, the more comfortable he got and the better of a person he wanted to be. Unknowingly, Becca made him realize just how badly he had behaved toward women in the past and the wake-up call he got was great. As for Aiden, I loved him from minute one. There was no need for him to grow on me because he was an obviously good guy; seriously, he watched a celebrity dance show with Becca because she liked it – that alone qualifies him for sainthood in my book. As this book is more about each of the characters coming to terms with their personal flaws, there was very little sex in the book and what did occur was sensual as opposed to graphic and appropriate to the storyline.

There is a LOT of self-discovery in Flaw and the fact that the book is told in two parts – the first part from the guys’ points of view and the second part from the girls’ points of view – helps make it work. Each of the characters has to come to terms with his or her own flaws and decide whether or not they could live with life they led and how their flaws affected it OR if they wanted to make a change. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and devoured it in one afternoon. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Ringbloom; she is clearly a talented writer and I look forward to the next book in the Flaw series.

Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness... she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day.
You can follow her on Twitter: @RyanRingbloom or visit her website at www.RyanRingbloom.com
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