Review: Flawed by Kate Avelynn

Title: Flawed
Author: Kate Avelynn
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sarah Oโ€™Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago โ€” James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, sheโ€™s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, sheโ€™ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been Jamesโ€™ best friend โ€” and the boy Sarahโ€™s had a crush on โ€” for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows sheโ€™s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided heโ€™s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that heโ€™s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact…

My Review:
I pretty much knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book but I was in the mood for an angsty, dramatic story of forbidden love with dark vibes and I sure as hell got what I was looking for!

I gobbled this one up like it was my favorite chocolate – couldn’t savor it slowly, just had to cram it in, one delicious page after another.

I started out really liking James – he was Sarah’s savior in the house of hell but, by the end, I despised him even though he was a product of his environment and just as much a victim as she was.

Sarah was a very well written character. She has her scars, both internal and external and she had lived in her brother’s protective shadow her entire life. There were times when I desperately wanted her to stand up for herself yet I understood why she couldn’t.

The family situation was messed-up to the max. Seriously dysfunctional.

Sam is a babe – a total sweetheart and I completely shipped them. He was a little controlling/bossy at times too, but it was coming from a good place.

That ended killed me and I hated it but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this was an INCREDIBLE read. If you are looking for a traditional HEA you won’t get that here although it still ends on a positive note. While the scenes at the end had me on tenterhooks, and it was a credible scenario, it totally broke my heart. The epilogue was a bit rushed and hard to swallow – struggled to believe his mother would be that forgiving that quickly.

This is a powerful read, not for the faint of heart or for those who like a trad HEA, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to readers who enjoy dark, dramatic romance.

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