Sunday, January 28, 2018

Review for "All the Ways You Saved Me" (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All the Ways You Saved Me sank its hooks in and didn't let me go until I had reached the inevitable ending. What I thought was going to be a simple, typical but enjoyable romance turned out to have layers and emotional depths I wasn't expecting. 

I don't always like reading A-type personality POV, because my personality is the opposite, but Bianca's need for control, her need to please her parents struck a chord in me. When her best friend Renee dies, Bianca's perfectly planned life comes crashing down around her and she clings to her memory and the challenge in her friend's last words. Renee was the opposite of Bianca, daring and willing to take chances. Bianca finds Renee's unfinished bucket list and makes the radical decision to alter her life to complete it. 

As Bianca pushes herself far outside her comfort zone, she meets Ian. Again, I can't begin to describe the depths Howard has given these characters. Ian was complicated and gorgeous, a beautiful walking disaster. In true romantic fashion, his broken loneliness speaks to the loss and loneliness Bianca feels and they are drawn like moths to flame. 

As their story unfolds, Ian's past is also revealed in reverse order until we arrive into the present with him. This shift in perspective surprised me and in my opinion, is what truly gave this story its heart. While I wasn't sure what I was looking for when I started reading this book, I have never been more happy to be blown away. Howard's poignant love story touched my heart and made me feel, just like Ian. 

A story about broken people picking up the pieces together, All the Ways You Saved Me will help you learn how to believe in love again.

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