Source: Received eBook copy from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Her heart, as delicate as glass. His love, as strong as steel. Can either survive life and death?
Hardy Bradford is an eighteen year old football phenomenon who has the girl, the school, the town and the future in the palm of his hand. His life is all mapped out for him, right down to who he’ll marry and how he’ll become a professional football player. It doesn't seem to matter that Hardy would’ve chosen a much different life if it was up to him. But it's not. At least not until his Miracle comes along.
The first time Hardy laid eyes on Miracle St. James, he didn’t know who she was, but he knew she was something different and that he’d never get her out of his head. And he didn’t. Now, months later, Hardy’s world is turned upside down when Miracle shows up in his class, stealing his heart and forever changing the course of his life.
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Miracle’s sick. Very sick. And Hardy might be losing the only thing in his life that has ever mattered. How much is too much to sacrifice for the one you love? For just a little more time? For just one more chance? Can Hardy be the hero Miracle needs? Or is it Hardy that needs saving?
5 stars - Sweetest love story EVER!
So I just need to be brutally honest here at the beginning of this review. When I first looked at this book, I thought...um...not really sure this is for me. I mean I read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS recently and cried my eyes out. SO didn't want to go there again (NOT that I didn't LOVE TFIOS but really can you read a book like that more than say once a year? I'm thinking NO). But FRAGILE is authored by Michelle Leighton and I LOVE her books. The second thought won out. I decided to read the book but....I was leery.
With that in mind, what did I find in FRAGILE. I can tell you that it isn't a sad story AT ALL. Instead, it's about the sweetest love story I HAVE EVER READ. The characters are adorable. LOVE Hardy so much. He appears to be in the perfect place but it's not where he wants to be, not really. It's where his father wants him to be. I don't think it ever occurred to Hardy to look for anything other than what his father had planned for him until he discovered the more that he was missing. Miracle has a different way at looking at life. Her health problems have caused her to look past the petty issues of high school and hold her head up high in very difficult situations. Her vision causes Hardy to see things differently.
Let me say something about the love triangle/square that may be considered to be part of this story. It's not there. Yes, Hardy has a girlfriend at the beginning of the book and yes Miracle has...shall we say an interested party BUT I never saw the angst or stress that that plot development often brings. This really makes this story unique and comfortable to read. The things that keep Hardy and Miracle apart are more growth inspiring than another guy/girl. There is genuine growth in these characters not sexual tension. Now don't get me wrong, there is A LOT of chemistry between these two and the romance is HOT and heavy, more so than I really was expecting from this kind of book. It looks so innocent sitting there but this book doesn't hold back on the romance or the steam!
I read this book FAST. The pages slid by and I was so happy with the ending. Talk about a SWEET ending. Lots of aww's going on and a couple of fist pumping YES'!
If you enjoy the contemporary love scene in YA with more than the average chemistry and steam, then pick this one up for sure!!!
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