I know we’re always told never to judge a book by its cover. But here at UBC, we tend to be occasional rulebreakers and I will be the first to admit that’s exactly what I did with Abruption. This is the first book I have read by Riley Mackenzie. I had heard of this duo previously, but didn’t really know anything about them or their previous works. And then it happened. The cover for Abruption showed up on my Facebook newsfeed. And for some inexplicable reason, I was drawn to it. I had absolutely no clue what the book was about, but I wanted to read it. Right. Then. After having read this novel, I have to say I love the cover ten times harder. But I ended up loving the incredibly heartwarming story inside even more.
The contemporary romance centers around Guy, a doctor and single dad of two young children and Jules, a pediatric nurse who becomes involved in the care of Guy’s son. Both of these characters have been extremely broken by traumatic events and prove to be exactly what the other needs to fill the gaping holes that have been left by their pasts. The development of their unfolding relationship was well-paced and very realistic. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed reading a book where the main characters were adults working out their issues like actual adults. They didn’t play games. They didn’t expect their partner to be a mind reader. They didn’t create unnecessary drama. They talked openly and in a straightforward manner about their problems and worked together to figure them out.
Abruption had a strong, multi-layered plotline that drew me in from the beginning and held me captive until the last word. Guy is easily one of the most swoonworthy lead males I have encountered in recent reading and don’t even get me started on the adorableness that is his children. Brimming with emotions, Abruption is a love story through and through. Romantic love, filial love and familial love all combine to create a feel-good read that immerses you in every single one of those aforementioned emotions and leaves you satisfied to your very core. I have a feeling this one will be sticking with me for a while and I must say I’m quite all right with that.
“Beautiful people don’t just exist, they are made”.
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