Saturday, April 14, 2012

Review: Fragile by M. Leighton

Her heart, as delicate as glass. His love, as strong as steel. Can either survive life and death?

Hardy Bradford is an eighteen year old football phenomenon who has the girl, the school, the town and the future in the palm of his hand. His life is all mapped out for him, right down to who he’ll marry and how he’ll become a professional football player. It doesn't seem to matter that Hardy would’ve chosen a much different life if it was up to him. But it's not. At least not until his Miracle comes along.

The first time Hardy laid eyes on Miracle St. James, he didn’t know who she was, but he knew she was something different and that he’d never get her out of his head. And he didn’t. Now, months later, Hardy’s world is turned upside down when Miracle shows up in his class, stealing his heart and forever changing the course of his life.

Miracle’s sick. Very sick. And Hardy might be losing the only thing in his life that has ever mattered. How much is too much to sacrifice for the one you love? For just a little more time? For just one more chance? Can Hardy be the hero Miracle needs? Or is it Hardy that needs saving?

Knowing how much time an author puts into a book makes it hard not to write a good review, but Fragile just wasn't for me. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that it was written in third person. I don't purposely avoid these types of books, but lately it seems that everything is written in first person; maybe I'm just not use to it. I'm also a huge non-fan of instant love. Hardy falls for Miracle way too quickly. I know that love at frist sight fiction is suppose to be romantic, but I'll say it again...It's just not for me. I have met very few authors that can pull off love at first sight without it feeling rushed. What I have to say about Miracle is going to make me look like a complete ass, but she was just too good. It felt like the author was trying too hard to make us love her; she was way too perfect.

It wasn't a complete loss. I did really enjoy the last five chapters; things really started to heat up and the pacing greatly improved. Ms. Leighton even gives us some pretty steamy scenes which was a total shocker because up until that point there were only a few subtle hints here and there. So I was completely surprised that this somewhat cheesy and predictable romance got a little naughty ;-)

It was a really sweet romance and the ending was great, but this book just wasn't written for me. Maybe it was written for you. Who knows?? I do know that I'd be willing to give the author another shot by trying another one of her books. You never can tell.


  1. GREAT review! I don't like love at first sight stories either, for the same reason as you. They always feel rushed. Plus, in real life, it RARELY happens! Tough to believe in something in a book when you don't believe in it in real life!
    Thanks for the review! Enjoyed it!
    Laurie Carlson