Review: Destroy Me

Title:  Destroy Me
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Published:  March 8, 2016, MacMillan/Swoon Romance
Genre: Contemporary

DESTROY ME is book one in the New Adult romance Crystal Gulf Series.

Bach lives his life with honesty and without restraints, happy to be known as a sexy as all hell, unapologetic asshole. 

When he drinks, he drinks hard. 

When he wants a woman, he makes sure she knows it. 

When he opens his mouth, it’s either to piss someone off or to turn someone on.

You can normally find him with one hand on a bottle and one hand on a woman, trying to forget his past. 

Harley Evans is a twenty-one-year-old year old college student. She's a good girl who fell hard for Dylan, who’d promised her forever. But Dylan, Bach’s best buddy, lied.

He enlisted in the Army, crushing Harley with equal parts anger and sadness. She’d already lost her father to that choice. Heartbroken, she falls back into depression. 

Stuck in Crystal Gulf all summer with little to do, Harley needs a distraction. Enter Bach, sexy as f*#ck distraction, ready and willing. 

Dylan’s not all bad though. Before he left, he asked Bach to watch out for Harley, knowing she’d never go for a guy like Bach. She’s too good for him. Too good for anyone. 

But Dylan was wrong. He never should have left them together. Bach is there to pick up the pieces Dylan left behind. Soon pieces aren't enough. He wants more, needs more Harley.

DESTROY ME is dark, sexy, heartbreaking, and intoxicating.

4 Hearts 

This is a new to me author. The synopsis grabbed me and I jumped right into this first book in a new series. 

If you are looking for a squishy romantic read, this is not for you. Harley is a good girl from a military family, goes to college and has a glass half full attitude. Bach is just one big pile of messed up issues moving from one party to the next, putting anything and everything he can into his body to numb the pain. 

Harley is going along fine in life until her boyfriend of the past year up and leaves, enlisting in the Army without telling her and she spirals into depression. He does leave his best friend Bach "in charge" of her while he is away. These two messed up frenemies could not possibly be good for each other--right? 

Funny how the person you need the most sometimes falls in your lap (or pukes on your couch) when you least expect it. Not only do Bach and Harley come to an understanding about their friendship, they begin to see value in themselves because of the time spent with each other. To be able to grasp on to the broken pieces of each other's hearts and put them back together again, gives us hope that there is good in all of us. Harley and Bach ride a rough road to get to that happy place. 

Great story of redemption and forgiveness. Wonderful message of loving who you are and not trying to pretend to be someone else. Deep down, we can't help who our heart falls in love with. We can only hope that love shines back on them twofold. 

*ARC received by the author for an honest review.

When I walk into a book store I feel at home. When I smell the pages of a brand new book things make sense. When I read I am who I always wanted to be. I read to escape and I write so others can as well. My family, my actress dog Bella, coffee, and a steamy love story are a few of my most precious things. My Sweet Demise is my debut New-Adult contemporary romance novel. Keep up to date with future releases by following on Twitter: @shanavauthor


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