Patch Up by Stephanie Witter
Genre: Contemporary New Adult novel with a slow building romance.
Publisher: Anchor Group
Date of Publication: 16 Sep, 2013
Number of pages: 260 pages
Cover Artist: Cover It Designs
Editor: Melissa Ringsted
Length: over 85 000 words.
Due to some shocking scenes, this novel is not intended for readers under 18.
Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.
"What if I am already broken into pieces?"
She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...
"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."
The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.
However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.
She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?
"I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."
(The first meeting)
Without paying attention to my surroundings, I turn to my left to walk toward the row closer to the door where a seat is available. I take a step and collide with a hard body, almost toppling me over on the ground for the second time in less than an hour. A strong hand grips me firmly by the forearm. My body stiffens and my breath catches in my throat. It’s as if I can’t move besides yanking my arm free without looking up to see who I collided with.
“Are you all right?” he asks me in a deep and calm voice.
My eyes wander from my red Converse to his dark boots. I have to calm down. I’m being ridiculous. Calm down. I take a deep breath and look up slowly. Long, muscled legs in beat up dark blue jeans, an old black leather jacket open over a dark grey V-neck sweater that showcases an impressive tall body with broad shoulders and finally, longish and messy black hair, perfect straight nose, full lips, high cheekbones and expressive soft dark eyes that lock with my bluish-greyish ones. He looks older with his goatee perfectly trimmed. A perfect hot mess many girls would say. I’m just intimidated by this stranger, though.
“I’m fine,” I reply, my voice even. I push away some of my untamed locks and curse my auburn frizzy hair that is always all over the place.
5 out of 5 Stars
Patch Up by Stephanie Witter
She just survived an abusive relationship, but still she runs into the very man she place her trust in. The very man that broke her into pieces, and left nothing but an empty shell in his wake. Skye carefully moves around her world, afraid that trusting others will lead to more pain. She hides away from the world, hoping no one would notice this broken woman. But when Duke spots her in class he starts pushing her to come back into the world and works hard to earn her trust. But how can you trust when the memories of pain and humiliation was constantly bombarding you? How can you trust and open up to another, when you fear his very touch?
Oh my, deep breath. Inhale and exhale. This was such an intense read. Sitting here I am trying to think of the right words to complement such a heartbreaking, yet needed story. I only hope that my review would do justice for it. Patch Up was filled with a huge rollercoaster of emotions. You reach into the mind of the main character, Skye, and find yourself looking at the world very differently. The emotions I experience reading this novel was epic. One moment I would be so sad, and then over to smiling and then boom, I hated someone. The name Sean will always leave a bad taste behind.
But this is real life, this happens everyday around us. Yes, we turn a blind eye and leave the victim to fight for herself. It’s just what we do. I have to say that if I do come across a girl like Skye I might be going in fist swinging, legs kicking and fighting to try and save her. You experience her feelings, you feel her pain. It’s just really intense. In short this book will leave an impact on you.
The hero in the novel, Duke, came to my rescue a few times. Also dealing with his own heartache he seemed to be the one that ensured all the healing needed for these two. I loved his nature and protective stand he had when he started falling for Skye. He was the perfect fit for her, and the perfect hero.
Something about Stephanie is that she takes you deep into real life. She makes you stop and think, look around and notice the things you try to avoid. I love this about her novels. I went back to the dedication, and I want to say well done to Stephanie. The world needed this, I needed this. Epic wake up call! I believe that those out there that wanted to tell us how they felt, why it is or was so difficult to break such a relationship, can just tell people to read Patch Up. This in my opinion deserves more than just 5 stars. I recommend you pick it up today and start reading it.
Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started English at three and fell in love with the language. Always with a book - or two - close by, she soon started reading in English when she couldn't wait to see Harry Potter translated in French. After a while, reading wasn't enough and she started writing young adult and new adult contemporary novels always filled with drama. Now she hopes to translate English novels in her mother tongue as her everyday job. By My Side is her debut novel.