Author: Sara Hubbard
Flawed is a dual POV, standalone novel.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
When I fell in love with Ivy Carter, I fell hard. She had a grip on my heart, and she refused to let go. After I committed a brutal assault, I pushed her away so she could have a life without me, but I’ve ached for her ever since. I assumed in a few months she’d move on, go off to school, and find some guy that actually deserves her. But that’s not what she did. She pushed back. And the more she pushed, the more I wanted to give in. I didn’t, though. I can be a mean SOB when I want to be.
It’s six years later now, and I’m out. I just want to see her so I know she’s okay, but one look at her angelic face through the window of where she works and I’m seventeen again, ready to do what it takes to put a smile on her face. I want to go straight and be the man she deserves, but when her brother steals from my criminal uncle, I have no choice but to make a deal with him. I might as well sell my soul; the devil is kinder.
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~ 3.5 Flawed Stars ~
I have to be honest and say this isn’t my favorite Sara Hubbard book. Now with saying that, I did enjoy the story and the characters, it just didn’t WOW me like some of her other books have in the past.
I really didn’t know what to expect from Flawed, except that it was going to be a second chance romance. And that it definitely is. I loved watching Niko and Ivy reconnect after being apart for 6 years.
I thought that the characters and their backstory was well developed and both Niko and Ivy were well written. I felt their pain and just wanted to hug them through most of the story. Niko is a man who was raised in a Mob family and has only ever wanted to go straight and not follow that lifestyle, that is until something tragic happens to his sister and he is sent to jail for 6 years….leaving Ivy behind. Not wanting to put Ivy through that lifestyle he breaks it off and has no contact with her until the day he gets out. Ivy has only ever seen the good in Niko and believed he could make a better life for himself. So she was devastated when Niko pushed her away. Will Ivy be able to forgive Niko for leaving her when she needed him?? Will Niko be able to go straight and live a happy life with Ivy like he has always dreamed??? Read this book to get those answers.
I enjoyed the story line up to about the 70% mark and then for some reason I started to lose interest and things kind of dragged. Then the last 10% of the book took me by surprise. I kind of wish that part would’ve happened sooner in the story and wouldn’t have been as graphic as it was. Usually when I know that a book is on the more graphic side of violence I can accept it better because I am prepared. I wasn’t prepared at all for that and it threw me a little bit. I also felt the ending was slightly rushed because of what happens in the end. Had it happened sooner then we could’ve gotten more of the good between Ivy and Niko.
I would recommend this book to any reader who likes a raw and gritty mobster type story that does actually have a sweet second chance romance built into it. If graphic violence isn’t your thing then I think you might want to pass on this book.
Meet The Author
Sara Hubbard is a romantic fiction author. She loves alpha males and the sweet, sassy women who make them believe in change. Sara lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two children (four if you count her husband and her needy labradoodle) and works as registered nurse.