My Lea (A Broken Love Story #1)
by E. Mellyberry
Released November 11th 2014
A simple girl.
A broken guy.
One horrible incident.
When Lea Amelia landed her feet in San Francisco for her overseas study, her idea of freedom was simple, like eating junk food ten times a day, sitting in front of the TV in her PJs, or going out late with her friends without the need to check in with her mother constantly.
Then she met Andrew Jaya, her brothers’ best friend. A twenty-two-year-old guy whose physical appearance looked like he was crafted straight from God’s heavenly hands, but possessed a past as bleak as if it was drawn by Evil himself. A conflicted guy who wore sadness like nobody’s business beneath his mask, a perfect-looking mask she slowly peeled away.
He was also the guy who hurt her.
Suddenly, everything about her was no longer simple.
Andrew Jaya had convinced himself that not feeling was good for him. He’d been doing it splendidly for almost his entire life. But that was before his best friend’s sister stepped into his life and ruined it. After weeks of knowing Lea, all of those warm and wonderful feelings he’d long ago denied to himself started to reappear. Problem was, the brighter the light, the bigger the shadows that came with it.
His traumatic past refused to let him go.
When the unthinkable happened, the easiest thing to do was to run. But life often proves that the easiest way is usually the hardest.
When Lea arrived in San Francisco she was looking forward to exploring the freedom the move provided. Used to being under her mother’s watchul eye, Lea couldn’t wait to start her new life abroad. This new life came with the presence of her older brother and his cast of friends, which included Andrew. Soon Lea finds herself fighting her attraction to Andrew while being uncharacteristically drawn to him–moods and all.
Andrew rolls through life without really living it. His past is riddled with pain and disappointment which leads him to act erratically. He isn’t looking to get into a relationship of any kind, but that choice was taken away the moment he set eyes on Lea. She is everything he should stay away from, but the very girl that awakens in him feelings he rather not explore.
With Lea’s presence comes sweet and light moments, but try as he might Andrew can’t get a handle on his emotions. It takes a drunken act where his past and the present collide for him to realize how much Lea means to him and how out of control his life truly is.
This book really did a number on me. It’s been day since I’ve read it and I still recall the force of some of the scenes and the emotions they brought out in me. There was the curiosity about what would happen between Andrew and Lea, the enjoyment of the flirty banter and bickering between the characters, the incredulity of the tragic event that changed the course of the story and the anticipation of what would happen next for these two.
Kudos to E. Mellyberry for bringing an intriguing and unique story to the page, especially in a debut novel as touching as this one. I enjoyed the complexity of the characters, the emotions they both portrayed and the way the twist and turns the author threw into the mix in Lea and Andrew’s story. From fun and sweet moments in the beginning of the story to those darker ones that altered the characters’ lives, the story flowed flawlessly through the page.
This was by no means an easy read. I admit that were elements in the story that could be triggers for some readers, thankfully I just had to take a small pause during my reading. But that was mostly because I was in shock more than anything else.
As I understand it, My Lea is the first in a trilogy and if the excerpt on my copy is anything to go by Lea and Andrew’s story is going to get more interesting in the upcoming installments.
All in all, an intense and unforgettable story that will stay with you days after you finish it. I can’t wait to read more about Lea and Andrew!
About the Author
Melly is a full-time mom, wife, and fangirl. She used to work in a school and she’s very passionate about education.
Melly has been writing children’s books since 2011 under the name mellyberry. She loves reading all kinds of books in her spare time, mostly MG, YA, NA, contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. She avoids horror and sci-fi as much as she can.
Melly was born in Indonesia and grew up in a multi-language environment. When she talks to people, she could accidentally string words from different languages into one sentence. When she does that, simply reminds her to speak properly.
Her ideal vacation always involves a beach; usually it’s the Nusa Dua beach, Bali. She spent a few years in USA to complete her Master degree. It was during that time that she’d fallen madly in love with San Francisco and the Bay Area. According to her, San Francisco is no doubt the most romantic city in the world.