Broken But Breathing by Shyla Colt was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. I’m glad I read this second book in the Jinx Tattoos series.
Snake fascinated me in the first book in this series, Enzo, even though he didn’t play a huge part. There was obviously a lot more going on beyond the surface of this bad boy.
Man, was I right.
Snake and Estelle have both suffered extreme and brutal losses that broke their spirits. Having lost so much, it has taken them years to be anywhere near ready to move on but they help each other get there.
First, will you please look at this cover? Gah, it’s so sexy. I just love it.
Okay, back to the story.
The first half is a little slow but it really helps build the two main characters. You really get to know Snake and Estelle, their grief, and their fight to find a new normal. One of my favorite things was how they both changed so much because that’s what happens in real life. When something traumatic happens to you, you can’t ever go back to who you were before.
I would have liked a little more development for the rest of the members of the Motorcycle Club, but I suppose the series isn’t actually about them. Then again, there really isn’t anything about the tattoo shop either.
Also, just as I would be really getting into the flow of things there’d be an editing issue that would trip me up. Not so many that I had to stop reading or anything, but enough to be annoying. I assume the copy I received to review was the final draft, however it still needed a good and thorough proofing.
For as emotional and angsty as Broken But Breathing could be, there were bright spots of humor and hope. Even though it needs a little tightening up in the editing department, I still quite enjoyed Snake and Estelle’s story. Their broken puzzle pieces fit each other perfectly and it was satisfying to read about their Happily Ever After.
Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.
It’s time to move on.
You’ve grieved enough.
I’m worried about you.
Estelle Noll has heard the same things repeatedly for the past two years. How can one put a timeline on recovery from total devastation? She lost the love of her life, child, and home in one day. Broken, depressed, and lost, she battles her way from the darkness and begins to piece together a new life.
Xavier “Snake” Kolton is everything her husband wasn’t—tattooed, bold, dirty talking, and free-spirited. He makes her feel alive for the first time since the tragedy. Can the M.C. Vice President ever be more than a passing phase?
Xavier “Snake” Kolton knows what it feels like to lose. The Vice President of the Wild Ones MC has spent years dedicated to nothing but his brothers and their commitment to bettering the community. When the fragile, curly-haired blonde woman comes into his life, feelings long dormant to him awaken. Can this woman who’s lost more than anyone ever should handle his lifestyle. Should he even ask her to?
Publisher: Hot Ink Press
Release Date: March 24, 2016
Length: 204 pages
Purchase: Amazon (KU)