Broken Knight by L.J. Shen

September 27, 2019 Book Review 0 ★★★★★

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Broken Knight (All Saints High, #2) by L.J. Shen
Series: All Saints High #2
Also in this series: Pretty Reckless
Published by Self-published on August 17, 2019
Narrator: Savannah Peachwood, Jacob Morgon, C.J. Bloom, Christian Rummel
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 367
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Available on KU at posting: Yes

Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.

Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.

Sweet.Caring.Charitable.Quiet.Fake.Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.Who taught her how to laugh.To live.To love.Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.Gorgeous.Athletic.Rugged.Popular.Liar.

This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.

But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.

Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

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By LilyKnight might have been broken, but by the end of the book he was pieced back together with love. I smiled just as much as I teared up reading it, leaving me with a much needed bookbuzz!

Let me get my gushing under control… OK it’s not going to happen soon so apologies in advance! Short version if you’re not up for a whole heap of fangirling over Broken Knight: all you need to know is that I loved it. It left me with an urge to reach for another L.J.Shen book and keep this book buzz going. If you’re new to LJ Shen, then I suggest you stop reading now and check out the first book in the Saints of Sinners series, Vicious.

Broken Knight is a friends to lovers story with a hefty dollop of angst in between. Luna and Knight were neighbours and family friends since they were youngsters. Adolescence awkwardness and several bad decisions slowly drive a wedge between them. They both take turns at making poor choices and being frustrating, but it’s blatantly obvious that they are meant for each other. The game Knight plays ends up backfiring, with the fallout hurting not only him but others.

Among Knight’s messed up love life is his mother’s ailing health. His mum is one of the stars of this story. She gently weaves every ounce of her strength towards keeping her family strong. Her beautiful words and endless love had me reaching for the kleenex box more than once. This is saying something because I rarely get teared up, so for a book to move me to the point I can’t read due to the constant flow of tears is a testament to the emotional power of LJ Shen’s writing.

Don’t think for a minute this book is going to leave you broken. The humour and witty dialog will keep you smiling a lot more than crying. Knight’s ego is phenomenal, he cracked me up with his comebacks when Luna dared to question his claim to grandeur when it came to Knight Senior.

Luna’s selective mutism is the least of their communication problems. If anything, not using her voice didn’t hold her back when conveying her feelings. Her expressive eyebrows were one of the many ways she got her message across!

The beginning of their story is YA, but as with the other books in the All Saints and Sinners series the setting swiftly moves to NA, dealing with issues that transcend into all stages of life. Love is a challenge no matter what point of life you are at, as beautifully illustrated by Knight’s parents.

Broken Knight is a story packed with raw emotion and angst. The plot slowly unfolded through fast-paced writing. Luna and Knight’s chemistry was undeniable, but their relationship was strained and platonic at best. It took a major wake up call for them to come together but when they did it was perfect!

5+ Stars

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