Review: Irreplaceable (Harmony #2) by Angela Graham

Posted January 26, 2014 by bookstobreathe in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Irreplaceable (Harmony #2) by Angela GrahamTitle: Irreplaceable
Author: Angela Graham
Series: Harmony #2
Published by Self-Published
Release Date September 17. 2013
Genres: New Adult Romance
Pages: 307
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Purchase From: Amazon US
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Purchase From: Amazon UK
five-stars
It wasn’t his fault she lay broken and battered. He wasn’t responsible for the injuries covering her bruised body.

Her heart, however, told a different story. She endured the pain of its jagged edges as it shattered against her chest, ripping through the hope she once held. Her spirit was broken, and only one man was to blame for that.

Cassandra Clarke had known better than to trust her all to a man like Logan West. She’d thought he was different—a better man than he’d portrayed to others. A man worth risking it all for.
But she was wrong, and would never make that mistake again.


What happens when you question everything you longed to believe—deny all emotions you still hold for a man unworthy of them?

Faced with Logan’s persistence, Cassandra must find the strength to keep her guard up or risk falling again for the one man her body feels…is irreplaceable.

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My Review:

Far off in the distance, the trees surrounding him stood miles away, yet his searing gaze was concentrated on me, searching my soul for answers I couldn’t give.

And this we continue with the story of Cassandra and Logan, picking up right where we left off. Whereas I felt the first book moved a tad slower at some points, Irreplaceable grabs you from the first page! I am so invested in these characters, wanting to know more of Logan’s secrets, and feeling the angst right along with Cassandra. Angela Graham has a way with writing that grabs your soul and allows you to love along with them. I felt every pang in my heart, cried every tear that was shed, and rejoiced when things began to look up.

“Look, I’m not saying give him a chance romantically, Cassandra. Just maybe…I don’t know, try being nice, or at least civil. What happened to my sweet best friend who never had a mean bone in her body?”  With my eyes trained on the television, I answered, “He broke her.”

So to recap a little, Cassandra and Logan were finally on the same page. They were at a New Year’s party and had both, unbeknownst to each other, decided that tonight was the night to let go of all their fears and make a go of it. As they go to leave, as luck would have it, in walks his wicked ex Natasha. Like men with baggage usually do, Logan lets her get in his head, reassuring him that he would always be a man whore. Logan’s demeanor immediately changes, taking what Natasha said to heart, and decided he might as well live up to what everyone thought of him. Making Cassandra feel worthless, she drives off distraught, and is involved in a serious car accident. This now brings us up to speed from Inevitable.

The pain in my chest was gut-wrenching and tears pooled in my eyes, but the thought of giving in was more terrifying.

Be forewarned; the angst is THICK in this book. In my opinion though, it makes the story all the more delicious. I love my stories with a healthy dose of angst. For love to triumph, it must have obstacles. How else will you know that you can withstand the tests of time if not for trials.  I found myself holding my breath with each turn of the page to see what Logan would do next. Because this is a man who fights for what he wants. And what he wants is Cassandra. In her he sees his future, he sees his salvation, he sees his home.

I knew he felt it – the hope that I held onto that one day I could forgive him, that there might still be a possibility for us to share a love so powerful it could erase my pain, insecurities, and distrust; a love that could wipe away the past. But for now it wasn’t there. A shred of hope was all I had to give.

Cassandra doesn’t make this journey easy for us. I understand why she makes the decisions she does, and cannot say I would do any differently were I in the same situation. But whew, it makes for a hard read. Angela writes this heartbreaking journey with a realism that I love.  There is so much truth and honesty in their words, and their thought process is spot on. There aren’t any extravagant situations or obstacles too insurmountable to overcome. Life happens and they learn to navigate the best they can, simply surviving some days.

This wasn’t love. Love shouldn’t be this hard…this painful.

You won’t come away from this journey unscathed. I left with the hope of happily ever afters and everlasting love. We leave this book in a MUCH better place than the last. I won’t say that we are left with a cliffhanger, but there is definitely intrigue. There is more story to come, but I have faith that this couple can face anything and come out on the other end stronger. A 5 star read for me! Cannot wait for the next installment!

“Tell me you’re mine. Tell me you trust me again and that you’ll still be in my arms when the sun comes up. No regrets, Cassandra. I won’t take you until you’re mine.” His? Didn’t he already see it? Or was I that good at hiding how I felt? “I’ve been yours for longer that I’ve been able to admit.”

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Inevitable ~ Book One

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Inevitable

After experiencing a humiliating breakup, twenty-two-year-old Cassandra Clarke is fresh out of college and living a simple solitary life without any intentions of pursuing love anytime soon.

When the estate next door sells, the last thing Cassandra expects is the unnerving attraction she feels for her sinfully handsome neighbor, Logan West, the young and charming single father with a playboy reputation.

It’s through Oliver, Logan’s four-year-old son, who keeps popping up in her childhood tree house, that she slowly begins to catch glimpses of the compassionate and wounded man Logan has hidden beneath his strong exterior.

Cassandra knows it’s wrong and that she’s heading for another heartbreak.
Logan will never be able to give her what she wants…love.

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Indulge ~ Book Zero.Five (Coming February 10th)

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Indulge

 

Logan West’s life is anything but ideal.

Mindless sex, tedious business ventures, and the occasional poker game keep him occupied, but he only lives for one thing: fatherhood.

Oliver, Logan’s three-year-old son, is his entire world. Raising him alone, Logan finds his only joy in spending time giving Oliver the childhood he deserves. But every other weekend, he allows himself the chance to live as a man—a man with deeper desires. Logan knows what he likes, what he wants, and what he needs. He has no interest in dating and believes there’s no risk worth taking for romance, but his casual sexual escapes rarely leave him satisfied.

It takes an unexpected decision from his sister Julia and a road trip to the small town of Harmony with his best friend, Caleb, to open Logan’s eyes to new opportunities outside his programmed world. Its not what he expects, but Logan’s always looking to indulge.

This can be read as the first in the Harmony series or anytime during the series. It is not a mandatory read to enjoy the series, simply a companion read. This novella is Logan’s story of how he ended up living in Harmony and right next door to the woman that would forever change his life.

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About Angela Graham

I am happily married to my husband of five years, have three wonderful children and a beautiful feline companion that keeps me company during late night writing binges.

My love of reading has been life long but it was in early 2012 when I was inspired to finally put pen to paper and write my first story. Since then I haven’t been able to stop, fueled purely by my passion to write a story and create characters that readers will enjoy.

New Adult romances are my go to books to read as well as to write. They are young, fresh and full of hope. What’s not to love!

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
– Ella Fitzgerald

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