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Blog Tour: Breakdown by Ellie Grace {Review+Giveaway}

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Title: Breakdown by Ellie Grace
Age group: NA/Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Okay Creations, Sarah Hansen
Publication Date: Fall 2014
Hosted by: Wordsmith Publicity


Amy Porter has had a thing for her twin brother’s best friend since she was a teenager. After being considered “one of the boys” throughout her childhood, he’s the first guy to look at her and see past the tomboy she used to be. Unfortunately, he’s also completely off-limits. She does her best to move on as the years go by, but it’s not until her life takes a drastic turn that she finally accepts the fact that they aren’t meant to be. However, as her world crumbles around her, Nate always seems to be close by to help her pick up the pieces.

Nate Miller knows that Amy is the one girl he can never have. No matter how badly he wants her, he won’t risk destroying his friendship; especially when her brother goes overseas with the Marines and makes Nate promise to look out for her. As life continues to get in the way and keep them apart, the only logical choice is to give up… but giving up is the last thing he wants to do.

With so many obstacles stacked up against them, can they make it or are they headed for a breakdown?

FINALLY! I have been waiting for this book ever since I read Break Away earlier this year! Just seeing Nate and Amy together trying to fight their attraction to one another... Whew! I knew it was inevitable! I really enjoyed getting Amy's backstory and seeing her history with Nate, as heartbreaking as it all is.
This is just a sweet romance. It's perfect for when you just need something to make you smile. Grace's characters are fun, sweet, and loveable and she has a very engaging writing style.
Amy and Nate have quite the history together and I really like that Grace broke the book into three parts, detailing the two's relationship over time. It isn't an easy journey, especially with Nate constantly holding himself back for fear of ruining his friendship with her twin brother, Dex.
We first meet Amy and Nate while they are still in high school. Dex has put the fear of God in every boy that even looks his sister's way, thus causing some problems for Amy. As a senior in high school, she has missed out on a lot of the dating experiences that everyone else has had because of her overprotective brother. So when a cute guy asks her out, she says yes because finally someone has the cajones to defy her brother! Even though this boy is no Nate, who she has been crushing on forever, she decides to give him a shot... only to be heartbroken later. Nate is the one to pick up the pieces and console her, thus resulting in bringing them closer together than ever before. However, Nate is adamant about not ruining his friendship with Dex and that things could never progress with them.
This seems to be Nate's mantra for a good part of the book and that killed me! Stop taking the high road Nate and GO AFTER HER! He wants to, but holds himself back. I really felt bad for Amy though. There's only so much rejection a girl can take! She starts dating a guy in college, who turns out to be a huge douche canoe. However, Amy's life has already been altered in a big way and now has some pretty big changes coming down the pike for her. Nate wants to be there for her and be the one to once again pick up the pieces, but she refuses to let him do so, thus causing him to separate himself from her once again. Normally, I hate back and forth in a relationship, but there's something about Grace's writing style that makes the angst work really well. You really feel for Nate and respect him for being such a good friend, but if you have that strong of feelings for your friend's sister, surely your friend would eventually understand and get over it?!
I love when Nate and Amy finally get it together. They are so precious together and they have such great chemistry! Nate is quite the sexy talker too! He is so supportive of Amy and I'm really glad that she had him, Dex, and her family in her life. Sadie is also a really great character and I love how accepting she was of Nate also. Their scenes together really warmed my heart!
We also get to see Dex and Liv from Amy and Nate's point of views, so it was fun reliving their romance too, as the previous books' timeline coincides with part of this one's.
Overall, this series just really works for me. I love the characters Grace has created and I feel so connected to them. Watching them fall for one another and find their own happiness really makes my heart happy.
This Time Around and Break Away, companions to Breakdown
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18070142-this-time-around?from_search=true   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18887147-break-away?from_search=true

  (covers lead to GoodReads page)

Purchase Links  

This Time Around

Break Away
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  iBooks

Ellie Grace is an avid reader, chocolate lover and caffeine addict. When a story popped into her head that she couldn’t seem to shake, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she’s usually curled up with a book by one of her many, many favorite authors.

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  1. This sounds super super sweet! I love relationships like this, the ones that evolve over time... so wonderful. Great review!

    1. I really love this series and its characters!

  2. The build up sounds really good between them and like a romance I could like

  3. Thanks so much for being a part of the tour! :)

    1. :) Happy to! I loved Nate and Amy's story! <3


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