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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
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
Knight Cole Is Everyone’s Favorite Football Hero
This Daredevil Hellraiser 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 I finished Broken Knight last week and I’m still thinking about it. Not only is it the BEST SoS/ASH book, but it’s Leigh’s best book period. And my absolute, handsdown FAVORITE. BK is everything I’ve missed about YA/NA, whatever you want to call it. It’s pure magic.
You know those, can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t even drive without peeking at your kindle at the stoplight type of reads? Those are far and few between for me these days, but I felt that so hard with Broken Knight.
I’m not generally a fan of spinoffs.
I’m not generally a fan of KIDS of my favorite characters getting their own books.
But holy shit, I’m apparently a fan of KJC.
He’s everything I didn’t know I wanted. Honestly, I didn’t expect to love this book the way I do. It completely consumed me.
It’s the best book of 2019. I’m calling it now. Actually, it’s the best book I remember reading in the past couple of years. I’ve had the same few favorite books for years, and Broken Knight just shot to the top of the list of my alltime favorites.
Forget about what you think you want to happen.
Forget about what you think you KNOW.
Forget about what team you’re rooting for.
Just buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Because Knight Cole is about to fuck you all the way up. English/ spanish version
BEST L.J. SHEN'S BOOK !
BEST BOOK OF 2019!
A TOP READ OF ALL TIME!
My soul and my heart will not be the same after Broken Knight. There are unforgettable books and there is THIS BOOK. It will leave an indelible mark forever.
The story consumed me to the point that I cannot think, I cannot eat, I cannot focus on anything else, I'm so obsessed with the characters, I'm completely ruined forever. I honestly don't know how I am writing when I feel so drained emotionally and physically, when I am such a big emotional mess.
I desperately needed this story, I longed for it as I had not longed for anything in my life and let me tell you, I was not emotionally prepared. This book takes things to another level. The characters, the plot, their dialogues go beyond everything I've read before. It's all you want in a NA/YA romance, captivating, raw, intense, addictive and deeply emotional. But this story it is not just about romance, it is a inspiring story of friendship, forgiveness, hope, love and motivates us to love with all our strength and to live and enjoy life fully.
Knight and Luna are my favorite couple ever, they own my soul and have a very special place in my heart. THEY ARE EVERYTHING, their intense connection left me breathless, and even despite their path is plagued with suffering and tumbles, their hearts are in deep tune with each other, their love surpasses everything, helps them heal and achieve the best version of themselves. THEIR STORY IS ONE OF THE MOST EPICS AND INTENSE I HAVE EVER READ.
My love for the characters and the families in this series knows no limits, I love them as much as if they were my family, *** I sigh *** they support each other through everything, the good the bad and the ugly, through the happy and sad moments, MY HEART IS OVERWHELMINGLY FULL OF EVERY POSSIBLE HUMAN EMOTION.
The author has an incredible ability to evoke the most diverse emotions in the reader, but WITH THIS EPIC STORY L.J. SHEN OUTDID HERSELF AND REACHED A NEW LEVEL OF PERFECTION, if that is even possible, her beautiful prose made me addicted to every word, captivated by every line, in love with the story.
You are not ready for Broken Knight; this is not just another angsty story. Emotional or heartbreaking does not even begin to cover the majesty of this story.
Mrs. Shen created a brilliant, mindblowing, heartbreakingly beautiful masterpiece, which left me with the book hangover of the century, crawled under my skin and took over my senses, broke my heart into a thousand pieces and then stick it again, it shattered it but healed it, hurt it but filled it with love and delight.
It is a unique experience that I want to repeat again and again. I still feel totally overwhelmed with the deep intensity, drama, angst, and joyment that this story brought to my heart, I'm totally worn out, and I don't think I can ever recover me. All the stars in the world are not enough for this story
L.J. SHEN SLAYED IT! A standing ovation for the author.
Versión en español
MEJOR LIBRO DE L.J. SHEN
LA MEJOR HISTORIA DEL 2019
LECTURA FAVORITA DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS
Mi alma y mi corazón no serán los mismos después de Broken Knight. Hay historias inolvidables y hay ESTE LIBRO. Dejará una huella imborrable para siempre.
La historia me consumió al punto que no puedo pensar, no puedo comer, no puedo concentrarme en nada más y estoy tan obsesionada con ella, estoy completamente arruinada para siempre. Honestamente no sé cómo estoy escribiendo cuando me siento tan drenada emocional y físicamente, cuando soy un lío emocional tan grande.
Desesperadamente necesitaba la historia de Knight y Luna, la anhelaba como no había anhelado nada en mi vida y déjenme decirles no estaba emocionalmente preparada. Este libro toma las cosas a otro nivel. Los personajes, la trama, sus diálogos van más allá de todo lo que he leído antes. Es todo lo que quieres en un romance, completamente adictivo y cautivador, pero no es solo el romance, es una historia de perdón, amistad, amor y esperanza y nos motiva a amar intensamente y a vivir y disfrutar la vida plenamente.
Knight y Luna son mi pareja favorita de todos los tiempos, ellos poseen mi alma y tienen un lugar especial en mi corazón. ELLOS SON TODO, su conexión tan intensa me dejó sin respiración, e incluso a pesar de que su camino está plagado de sufrimiento y tropiezos, sus almas están en profunda sintonía una de la otra, y su amor sobrepasa todo y los ayuda a sanar y a lograr la mejor versión de sí mismos. SU HISTORIA ES UNA DE LAS MÁS EPICAS E INTENSAS QUE HE LEIDO.
Mi amor por los personajes y las familias en esta serie no tiene límites, los amo tanto como si fueran mi familia, ***suspiro*** ellos se apoyan unos a otros a través de todo, lo bueno lo malo y lo feo, a través de los momentos felices y los tristes, mi corazón está abrumadoramente lleno de cada emoción humana posible.
La autora tiene una increíble habilidad para evocar las más diversas emociones en el lector, pero CON ESTA HISTORIA L.J. SE SUPERÓ A SÍ MISMA Y ALCANZÓ UN NUEVO NIVEL DE PERFECCIÓN, si es incluso posible, su prosa hermosa me hizo adicta a cada palabra, cautivada por cada línea, enamorada de la historia.
Tú no estás listo para Broken Knight, esta no es solo otra historia llena de angustia. Emocional ni siquiera empieza a cubrir la majestuosidad de esta historia.
L.J Shen creó una obra maestra brillante, esperanzadora, increíble, desgarradoramente hermosa, que me dejó con la resaca literaria del siglo, se arrastró bajo mi piel y se adueñó de mis sentidos, rompió corazón en mil pedazos y luego lo pegó de nuevo, lo destrozó pero lo sanó, lo hirió pero lo llenó de amor y paz y alegría.
Es una experiencia única que quiero repetir una y otra vez. Aun me siento totalmente abrumada con la profunda intensidad, la angustia y el disfrute que esta historia trajo a mi corazón, totalmente desgastada, y no creo poder recuperarme jamás. Ni todas las estrellas del mundo son suficientes para esta historia.
Una ovación de pie para el autor. There are very few times in a person's life where they come across a book that pulls no punches and is so real, raw and gritty that it literally consumes you where you can't eat or sleep without thinking about it. Broken Knight is that book for me. I can honestly say that after reading it this book has irrevocably changed who I am as a person and how hard I will love and hold my loved ones around me. It is one of a kind and hands down L.J. Shen's greatest story.
We all know the pull between Luna Rexroth and Knight Cole but what Broken Knight does perfectly is provide the minute and colorful details that vividly capture the love story between these two damaged souls. This book allowed us to see Luna and Knight's fractured story and into the very heart and soul of this fated pair. Their story was absolutely magnificent. It was powerful, lifealtering and honestly I am moved beyond reason.
After reading this story you will clearly see how Luna and Knight are so perfectly matched. We see how exceptionally intertwined and meshed they are. She is the ying to his yang and the eternal Moon to his thrashing Waves. The sheer pull they have on one another was monumental and beyond this earth. They circled one another in a dance of a lifetime and when they both gave in to the inevitable it was like the world stopped and combusted at once.
This author's writing is smart and savvy but more than anything her words have the power to make my heart skip a beat. I laughed, I sobbed and I raged and then I swooned a thousand deaths because this story was nothing short of breathtaking. It was sexy, heartfelt, angsty as all hell and filled to the brim with the spitfire Shen banter we all die for. It was the perfect package and something so grand and exceptional that it's hard to imagine ever reading a story as amazing as this again. But maybe that's the point. There is no other story like Broken Knight nor are there characters like Luna and Knight. They are as original and timeless as the woman who created them. My heart will never forget this story and how it made me feel. Bravo! 10 (million) stars! ~Ratula I have known for while how disloyal this author is to her characters (see in Ruckus how she did Millie and Vicious dirty.Completely re writing history for Dean and Rosie). On the subject of Dean and Rosie, I disliked both of them and did not buy their love. But still, I do not appreciate having to be shown a whole soulmates story, where they loved each other the whole time! To then find out Rosie dies and only a year later Dean is basically in love with another Woman (Knight’s Biological mother). If you are gonna dedicate a whole book to them, and actually contradict a previous book to give them a love story, then at least make it worthwhile, to me it’s insulting. To be fed this idea that he and Rosie are the love of each others lives means to me you would in no way, shape or form be emotionally or mentally ready or healed to be in love a year after your soulmates death! Also, Shen seems to be writing about previously amazing characters, as shit parents such as Mel! Next we seem to have Vicious’ son emotionally stunted and withdrawn, which should not be the case as Millie and Vicious actually grew together and would be good parents, but whatever. I do not know what happened to this author, Sparrow, Vicious and Defy were all great stories, but since Ruckus and Bane it just seems to be drama, inconsistency, and horrific characters! I am sorry, but I am officially done with this author.
I have now read the book, but I have not changed my opinion or rating. A lot of people are commenting about Dean moving on and being in love with someone else. They claim he does not and that I am wrong. That is fine and they are completely entitled to their opinion (twitter rants about my review included). I think it is heavily implied he has feelings for someone else and is moving on:
‘My eyes halt on Dean and Dixie. They sit next to each other, and both look at me intently, ignoring one another. But there’s something there I can’t seem to take my eyes off of: the fact that his pinky finger is almost entwined with hers on the armrest between their seats.’
‘Last week, Edie told me she saw them having an ice cream together. A quiet outing. They didn’t speak to each other. They did not hold hands. They simply marveled in the slow, creeping thing called love.’
There was no need to mention Dean having a love interest. It definitely should not have been included in the same book in which Rosie died! Too much, too soon. Plus we barely know Dixie, so why would readers care about her or think she is a good match for Dean? It just felt like a throw away idea that was included.
Ok now I have read the book, I felt I should because so many people seemed to love it and felt I was completely wrong in my opinion. I have read it to see if I would change my mind or rate it higher. I have not and will not be. I did not like the book and had issues with it. I did not dislike all of it.
The things I enjoyed were seeings the old characters from the Sinner series. I loved seeing Trent and Edie with Luna! I also was touched by the scene when Luna talked to her father for the first time:
“I mean… are you?” His throat worked. “Talking?”
“To some people.” Guilt, guilt, guilt. Piles upon piles of messy, black, foggy guilt.
“You. Edie. Knight.”
“Since… a few weeks ago.”
“Luna,” he whispered.
“Say it again.”
“Dad.” I smiled. He closed his eyes. Took a deep breath.
“Dad.” His shoulders shook. Not with sobs. With happiness. Happiness I’d put inside him. I was drunk on my newfound power.
But that was really about it if I am honest. I did not feel this amazing connection between Knight and Luna, we are shown that from childhood Knight has protected Luna, and their whole ‘ride or die’ thing. But it just never clicked for me. I did not find either of them particularly interesting. Knight was a wannabe hot hole like the other boys, but without the believable jaded edge or their parents darkness. He just seemed childish and was nasty to Luna a lot of the time. Not that Luna was innocent as she kept pushing him away. Luna, or Saint Luna as Daria dubbed her, is a martyr and good girl, but is she really? I found her quite selfish and completely dull. Did she have a personality? Beneath loving Knight, and helping out at shelters? If she did it escaped me, as did their chemistry.
The whole making an announcement to gather the girls at a party for the wannabe hot holes Hunter, Knight and Vaughn, to choose from was beyond messed up and so eye roll worthy:
“Ladies, line up toward the entertainment room. Make it neat. No cutting in line. Chop, chop. If you’re lovely, daring, and willing, you’re an applicant we want to see. Just be sure to remember—we won’t call you tomorrow morning, won’t follow you on social media, and won’t acknowledge your existence in the hallways. But we will carry you with us forever, like hepatitis B.” A herd of junior and senior girls scurried up the stairs of Vaughn’s mansion in pairs, whispering and giggling in each other’s ears. Vaughn threw parties every other weekend while his parents were in their Virginia castle, probably fucking the memory of their devil spawn out of each other’s minds. The girls lined up outside the entertainment room, spines rodstraight against the textured gray walls. The line started at the base of his spiral stairway, snaking all the up way to a heavy set of black doors. Vaughn, Hunter, and I strolled past them silently, lit joints clutched between our teeth. I wore white, destroyed Balmain biker jeans and a shabby I Fucked Your Girlfriend and Didn’t Even Enjoy It tee that had cost me a grand, paired with vintage Gucci sneakers and a beanie I was pretty sure was made out of real unicorn fur or some shit. Vaughn still wore his painting attire and looked just a little dirtier than a third worldbased hooker looking for her next fix, and Hunter was wearing a fullblown suit, bless his Great Gatsby, weirdass heart. Our names, moaned and whispered like a prayer among the buzzing girls, drowned in the angry tune pulsating against the walls.’ seriously?
Oh apparently smoking joints is so bad ass.
This little snippet:
‘Since the girls couldn’t explicitly proposition us without staining their precious reputations—I’d always hated the double standard of guys are players, girls are sluts—they pretended to talk to each other, sipping their drinks.’
You rock on Knight you feminist you! Ha! Also, if these girls literally herded themselves when you called them, I think they would be comfortable enough to make a move!
The whole, we are so jaded to even enjoy sex, so we check our phones and watch tv is old as well, it was old in Vicious let alone now:
‘Her fingers were buried in the holes of the pool table, her halfbare tits dragging along the green, fuzzy surface. Hunter smoked a cigarette, his eyes drifting to Spaced, a British comedy, on the huge, flatscreen TV in front of us while fucking her. And they say guys are not good at multitasking. Vaughn, who was obsessed with Spaced, stood against the wall, letting some chick I didn’t know suck his dick. Arabella stood next to me, waiting for some action, but I just propped my shoulder against the wall, angled in front of Vaughn, ignoring the girl on her knees between us. “Hope she’ll go outofstate,” Vaughn said, verbose, one hand holding the ashy hair of the girl beneath him, the other scrolling through his phone.’
Knights drinking to numb pain, exactly like his dad did,predictable and a cliche, and just really did not add anything to his character for me:
‘My mind had started doing weird shit shortly after Mom’s parents, Grandma Charlene and Grandpa Paul, died in a car crash and left Mom an orphan. That was five years ago. I didn’t care about my losing them; it was Mom’s pain that killed me. That’s when I’d first started secretly drinking, and whaddaya know—I never really stopped.’
Luna pushing Knight away was understandable, but if she had given him a chance a lot of heartache could have been saved. This book was full of miscommunication and angst that was not needed. When one tried to go to the other something would come up and cause drama and push them apart again, usually a misunderstanding! Luna kept rejecting Knight, but then got upset about him apparently being with other girls? Really? But then again Knight being nasty after Luna lost her virginity to someone else was not ok either, he does not own her. Plus Luna thought he was with Poppy and a couple. She also was not to be expected to know that Knight saved himself for her. They both made silly mistakes and hurt each other, but it got boring and repetitive, as really there was no reason for them not to actually give it a shot from the beginning, if only they had both been honest!
I also felt Poppy and Josh were treated unfairly. Do not get me wrong neither of them were perfect. Poppy was clingy and really should of seen that Knight was not interested, especially when he cheated on her with Luna. She needed to get some self respect, but she was a nice girl who’s only crime was liking an asshole. Also Knight calling her sunshine, when he called Luna Moonshine, was just a scumbag thing to do to both girls. Josh should maybe have took Luna’s rejection and listened. But he was a good guy who did not just take her virginity and treat it as nothing, he let her know he cared about her, and ultimately encouraged Luna to go after Knight. Decent people, who should not have been brought into Luna’s and Knights mess, ultimately they both deserved better.
The whole pretentious, perfect thanksgiving was nauseating, especially as seeing as it was unlikely as it was Vicious and Millie hosting. She has never followed convention so I expected a bit more originality.
Also, some of the apparent ‘burns’ and comebacks were just shit.
“It’s La Jolla, not outer space. Proportions, Violet,” Vaughn deadpanned. “It’s Poppy.” “Same shit.” “Not really. You could make an effort and remember,” Poppy cried.
“You’re right,” Vaughn yawned. “I’ll remember next time.”
“Yeah. Heroin is made out of Poppy. Coincidently, you bore me to death.”
I found a lot of this book predictable. For example, Dixie obviously not being the heartless monster that was suspected. I also could see where the conversation was going when Knight was goading her about his father. Sure enough, it turned it she had been raped, so the readers could not possibly dislike her, and had to sympathise with her, as she was obviously going to be a fixture. Do not get me wrong, what happened to her was horrific, but it did not really add to the story, I felt it was a tool to coerce readers into liking Dixie. It was just tragedy piled on top of drama, because not only was she raped, but she was also a naive, religious girl, who was gang raped, so therefore did not know Knights father. She was then cruelly shunned and rejected due to it. It was also predictable that the first person Luna would properly speak to was Her Knight in shining armour! It was also obvious that when Luna saw what she thought was Poppy and Knight having sex, it would turn out he could not bring himself to do it! Saving himself for Luna!
I also found the gratuitous lesbian scene cringe worthy. So Luna is advised by Daria to completely act like she does not care about seeing Knight with Poppy at Daria’s New Year’s Eve party. Luna shows she is annoyed, so Daria’s resolution on the countdown is to snog Luna? Apparently Luna enjoyed it and thought it was a genius idea? Really, so not to appear bothered you made a scene? It would hardly cause jealousy because Daria is engaged and Luna’s Friend since childhood, so it’s obvious it did not mean anything? So it achieved what? Apart from being a Segway for Luna to say she kissed a girl and she liked it? It seemed reminiscent of scenes I have read before in a certain series by another author (ahem Miss Douglas). Kind of just thrown in for drama and events sake, while being cliche and juvenile.
It is also known I am definitely not a fan of Dean and Rosie, but the scene leading up to, and including her death were sad. But with Rosie’s demise, came a fresh new set of issues for me. Rosie is really sick, she knows she is dying, so asks Luna to basically help her with a project for when after she is gone. It is clear this is in part to reunite Knight and Luna which makes sense. What does not make sense is asking a 19 year old girl to play Cupid for your husband, her possible father in law, after your death. So this child is meant to play Cupid? It was so inappropriate, it was bad enough she was asking, but at least it would have made sense if she asked her sister Millie, but not a teenager! So Rosie’s brilliant idea as a prospect for the family is Dixie! I get she is Knights mother so that helps. But she is not Lev’s mum, and Rosie barely knows her to even consider her a good match for Dean? It was just so out there! I also understand Dean was in pain, but he was an ass when Lev was sobbing at his mothers hospital bed and he did not hug him. He needed to step up a bit. Also smoking joints with your son, and saying things like this: “I needed to suck and do my job as a parent months ago. From now on, I am going to suck like a whore in a brothel, kiddo.” are what put me off Dean, he still needs to grow up. Throwing a dildo/vibrator at Knight when he walked in on Dean going down on Rosie, was also something I could have done without. Knight being in hospital for overdosing on drinks and drugs, while his mother was in hospital dying, was just really the icing on top of the drama full cake! I am also a bit sick of Emilia being overlooked. I know Rosie was talking to Luna and making plans with her for after she died, but it’s only her speech we see at Rosie’s funeral. Emilia also speaks, but she is not even given enough thought for us to hear her words. I mean she was only her sister, the girl who tried to provide for her in New York, and loved her immensely, but what does it matter? Also, Rosie telling Luna about Dean hurting her by dating Emilia was made to sound like Rosie was betrayed. Rosie told Dean to date Emilia?
To round off the festivities, we have 18 year old Knight propose to 19 year old Luna (apparently Trent was ok with that, not likely!); Not long after his mother’s death, when they have not been a stable couple for long. So a great idea to get married obviously! Then we have her pregnant less than a year later, with an apparently planned child! Rush, rush, rush! Goodness knows why they planned a child when they are both super busy and young, but ya know, each to their own.
So I am sorry to the readers who think I am being harsh, but this book was not for me, I did not enjoy it or like Knight and Luna. I will read Vaughn’s book as he and Lenora have good dynamics, and I love to see more of Millie and Vicious.
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Books in All Saints High series are standalones:
Book 1: Pretty RecklessDaria’s story
Book 2: Broken KnightKnight’s story
Book 3: Angry GodVaughn’s story
Dear LJ Shen,
How is it that you make your words spring to life from the barren pages and hit my senses with the force of a gale every time?
How is it that you peel off the layers of the banal and reveal the terrible beauty of the core?
I wonder what spirit possesses you every time you pick up your pen, brimming over with confidence or maybe unsure of your own craft, to pour every ounce of what weighed on your mind fluidly into the empty pages waiting in anticipation.
No other book has required of me such prolonged contemplation.
There are books that I read purely as a way to escape reality. They are a release from my incessant mental chatter. They help to pass the time. Other books will not stand for merely serving as a distraction. They demand to be studied. They demand I go the extra mile and extend my reading well beyond my purview. Two pages into this formidable work and I realized this is not just a book to be read. It does not merely exist for my enjoyment. No. It is a work of art, and it demands to be treated as such.
A million stars to give it isn't enough … All of the stars in the entire world…
'Reviewer's block' ever heard of it? Neither did I until I finished BK
I’ve truly been at a loss for words. What am I supposed to say? How can I do this book justice?
There are books that you’re so afraid of reading, not because they’re bad, but because you know that they’re going to be so good, you’re afraid you won’t be able to adequately find words that will depict how this book made you feel.
I probably say this in every review I write about a LJ Shen book, but bloody hell, the author always manages to get me in this puddle of feels. No wait… more like ocean of heartwrenching feels.
I can say without reservation that this is some of the most incredible writing I’ve ever come across and I’m absolutely baffled as to how LJ Shen pulled it off.
Broken Knight is the incredible story of Luna and Knight’s journey which spans from the time they meet as children to adulthood. Their path certainly wasn't easy. One of the many things I love about this book is level of intensity in their relationship.
Their story is not a fairy tale, but it is a tale that touches your heart, makes your pulse race, and takes you on a journey with characters that need each other so desperately that to have anything but a 'forever' for them would be inherently wrong.
This is a book that is not only about falling in love; but about forgiveness and healing too. You feel Lunight’s strong chemistry and their need for each other in your heart, in your blood and in your bones. LJ Shen always manages to give you a great and interesting insight into both characters’ lives and no one else manages to change POVs as well as she does.
You can see the souls of the characters… ALL OF THEM. You wonder how this is possible. Let me tell you why
The writing is epic. It is poetic. It is captivating.
Knight, his character absolutely slayed me and blew me away. He's also brave, profound, selfless and a survivor. There were moments when he was so vulnerable and it made me want to wrap him in my arms and hold him.
This book will linger in your mind, heart and soul forever. I will never forget Knight and Luna as their love story is unparalleled.
I was sucked completely into this vortex of the world of Broken Knight and fell in love with this story.
In the end, without spoiling the plot, I will simply say that this book is every chapter, every sentence, every word – a work of ART. It is a masterpiece worthy of the highest praise. 44.5 stars
Broken Knight was one of my most anticipated summer reads. I mean, look at that cover. Also, the fact that Knight's parents are my favorite Shen couple, I was just so excited. There were A LOT of 5 star moments in this book. It was angsty, beautifully written, and addicting to read. There were also a few points where I considered DNFing the whole thing. I was that upset and stressed about a few things that happened. Overall, I did love it it for the most part.
There were two Knight Coles. One was mine. The other everyone else’s.
Knight Cole and Luna Rexroth have been best friends since they were kids. They are each others person, their ride or die. But their relationship is complicated. They are connected to each other and share a bond that can't be broken, no matter how hard it's put to the test...
Knight Jameson Cole is a character I felt so conflicted about. I loved him, but I also hated him at times. He has issues. He's a jerk, he's also a sweetheart and mama's boy. All those moments I almost quit this book, well, that's all thanks to Knight. The miscommunications were insane. Luna is a complex character, but I understood her. I felt she was justified with most of her actions and I really felt for her. I did root for these two to be together, through all the pain and all the hurt, they truly were meant for one another.
“There will be no one else, Moonshine. I will never let you get over me.”
Luna and Knight's journey to each other was pure torture at times. It was hard to read, tumultuous, and broke my heart. This book broke me. I cried so much while reading. I swear there was a solid 15% of the book I just bawled. It's not an easy read. Prepare yourself. Obviously, I don't want to say too much about the story. There are plenty of reviews with spoilers out there, but mine won't be one of them. Whether you love it or hate it, I think books like this are best to be read blind.
There is one thing I can say about LJ Shen's story telling.... she can wreck you like no one else. This book was captivating, alluring, intense, angsty, and a beautiful coming of age/friends to lovers story. If you're looking for a book that is raw emotion and will devastate you, but also leave you with that romance you crave, pick this one up!
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5 RIDE OR DIE CROWNS
My words will not ever live up to the emotional journey that is Broken Knight. I sobbed for a good portion of it, my hands covering my mouth and heart in anguish, and yet, and the end of this story I felt a sense of hope, a sense that life moves on, pieces fall together, and more than anything that life needs to be lived, that forevers aren’t promised, and we must live and grasp every moment we can with the ones we love.
Knight fits his title perfectly. He is broken, shattered beyond repair for most of the story, spiraling into an abyss. He hides behind the perfect facade, punishing himself with his love for Luna. Like his heroine, it is hard to watch the selfdestruction, hard to see this compassionate, caring soul crumble under the weight of perceived unrequited love and loss. Because he is hurting, readers will be able to look past all his mistakes and pain he causes because at the end of the day he is a teen dealing with intense emotions, not quite mature enough to deal or even know how to handle them. The one aspect of his life that always grounds him, always brings him back is Luna. She is his ride or die. His forever. The perfect match to his fractured heart.
Luna Rexroth is small and silent, but mighty. She is a force, and as the novel progresses she develops her own power, no longer being the weak one or the one who needs protection, but the one who protects and cares for others. Her development over the course of the novel is phenomenal, one of the best I’ve seen from Shen, because her evolution is about needing to be an equal in a relationship. Luna recognizes that the power dynamic between her and Knight isn’t right, she makes hard and mature decisions for them both which aren’t always received well, but are needed nonetheless. I am so in love with the person Luna becomes, the rock she is for her family, and the love she emanates for all those around her. She fills a vital role that is needed by all in this book.
This is not an easy story. From the opening pages, Shen started slowing slicing my heart until it was tiny slivers on the floor. At one point, I was weeping uncontrollably while reading this book, but it would be a travesty to say that this is all this book is about. It isn’t just sad or angsty. It is a story of hope and healing. It is about broken kids finding their way to each other during the tumultuous teen years when you are just trying to figure out who you are. It is a story that shows us that even in the darkest of moments, there is hope for a better day in the future if you surround yourself with those you love. It is a story that life goes on, even when we don’t want it to, and that we need to make the most of every moment because forever isn’t real. It all ends eventually, and so we must live every moment, every day cherishing those we love
Broken Knight is one of those books that my review will NEVER do it justice. It is one of those books that you just need to hand to someone and say read it now. You won’t regret it. Broken Knight is angst and heartbreak, but there is love and joy, and imploring that we need to have a life welllived. We need to find our hearts in the body of another, and hold onto them tight, loving all the cracks and flaws just as they will love us back. There are moments of darkness, yes, but those moments of darkness are cast out by the moonlight. And although I cried, I felt at peace by the end of this book. Peace with where these characters are and how they are thriving. I couldn’t have loved these two and the whole Sinners of Saint families more if I tried.
Beta read Knight and Luna have been best friends their entire lives. The type of relationship they have is more than just your average teen romance, and Broken Knight is more than just your average NA novel. It's the single most emotional and impactful story Leigh has ever written.
Whatever you were expecting from this book based on Pretty Reckless or the Sinners of Saints series, throw that out the window. I was taken off guard completely by this one. Even when I thought I knew what was going to happen, I never could have predicted the effect it would have on me. I didn't anticipate thinking about it for days on end or finding new beauty in it everytime I thought about it. I never knew it would shatter my heart into a million pieces and make me cry at the beauty of it.
I've come to expect incredible storytelling from this author, but this was more than that. I'm in awe of this woman's talent. This novel is painfully beautiful, perfectly paced, and fantastically written. The characters are realistic and flawed. There is so much intense emotion in this story that I physically felt it in my chest, and the feeling didn't go away when I closed the book. It left it's mark on me. Forgettable isn't a word anyone could use to describe this story. Even if you wind up hating it, I guarantee you won't forget it.
Broken Knight is a work of art. There is no doubt that it will be one of the most memorable books of the year. When we see the top reads of 2019 lists in December, I predict this book will be one of the most frequently mentioned in all of romance.
I want to point out one more thing before I conclude this review. This may be a standalone, but if you've read the previous books in the "hothole universe", you will get exponentially more out of it. It's what fueled me to read this book all night despite the fact that I knew I would suffer greatly the next day from lack of sleep. It's what made me care to the degree that I did about these characters and made me so deeply invested in the outcome of this story.
Don't get me wrong, you can still enjoy the book without reading any of the previous novels containing these characters, but I recommend reading them all to get the full effect. You could forgo Bane, but the others all add something to the story you won't feel or see otherwise IMO. I wanted to let you know that just in case you're someone like me that doesn't want to miss out on any part of the story.
Everyone deserves to experience this book to the fullest extent. I honestly can't imagine it any other way. All of this author's characters are amazing though, so you won't regret reading their stories. It will be so worth it. I promise you that.
Broken Knight is different from any other book Leigh has ever written. Like I said before, it's about more than just the romance between Knight Cole and Luna Rexroth. It's a book about the entire Cole clan. It's about love between friends, lovers, and family. It's about healing. It's about life and living it to the fullest. It's full of raw emotion, and it's a fucking masterpiece!
Fans of L. J. Shen and contemporary romance, this one's for you!