The Stillness of You (Beautifully Damaged #1)
*Submitted for review*
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Georgia King is trying to survive after spiraling into a darkness that nearly took her life. In therapy with her college dreams on hold,she's trying to get healthy. Trying to still the craziness inside her. She has no room for someone like Ben Lancaster,and if he was smart he'd stay away. Because everyone knows Georgia is bad news--she ruins people--and if Ben isn't careful, he'll be next in line.
Ben Lancaster is a young, hot shot hockey player on his way to the top. Newly signed to the Philadelphia Flyers, he's living the dream. The girls. The money. The fame. He thought he had everything he wanted until he met Georgia. Suddenly he wants more--he wants her. He'll do whatever it takes to get her and Ben Lancaster always gets what he wants.
But the girl who's different from anyone he's ever known is hiding secrets. And as the dog days of summer pass, only time will tell if Georgia's secrets can be healed. Or if her bruised soul is strong enough to resist Ben Lancaster...
"Ben Lancaster had just tattooed himself onto my soul and the thing about tattoos? They’re painful to remove."--Georgia King
Let me start off by saying that it’s nice to read a book with a lead character is flawed and real. You don’t often come across a lead that has bi-polar or any kind of disorder, it makes it so much more relatable and makes you want the character to pull through and succeed.
Being able to connect with Georgia, the lead character, also led to me tearing up in parts like when she divulged to Ben’s parents about her parents being dead. It was a turning point for her, but also sent her spiralling with everything she was hiding from Ben starting to unravel.
Her rock was her bother Matt was so protective over her but it led to him not allowing her to grow and figure out what she needed for herself to be able to live and strive to find her way out of the darkness of her illness, which in a way led him to hindering her rather than enabling her to succeed.
The ending, it left me wanting more but it also was such a perfect conclusion and not one that I expected. Usually you get the happy, boy and girl happily ever after ending and in a way you do with this but not fully. I really hope there is another instalment in the works soon; I want to see Ben and Georgia happy, I want to see her get control over her bi-polar and feel strong within herself. A fantastic read and a nice breath of fresh air to the romance genre.