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Clean Break by Abby Vegas
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on March 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction
Lane Haviland can’t seem to catch a break. She’s dead broke, barely functioning as an adult, and completely alone in New York City. Her so-called “apartment” is a six-by-nine cell in a Brooklyn basement. And her new boss hasn’t ever met a personal or professional boundary she can’t bulldoze through.
Still, Lane’s determined to at least attempt to claw her way back to respectability. But she can’t seem to get her mysterious handyman, Viktor, out of her apartment – or her headspace. Maybe that’s a good thing: Viktor’s easy on the eyes, and that deep-voiced Russian accent is beyond sexy. But as he and Lane grow closer, he can no longer hide his connections with a dangerous criminal underworld – where secrets can be deadly.
Clean Break by Abby Vegas was a read I did not expect. I was thinking it would be a straightforward girl meets bad boy story, but instead it was a nuanced tale of a young woman struggling through heartbreak and depression who meets a man that is much more than he seems. Lane is struggling through life, almost destitute, her every day life is a never ending cycle of hunger and exhaustion. After getting scammed, she moves into a tiny basement apartment. There she meets handyman Viktor, a brooding and sexy Russian with dark ties. What follows is a true tale of redemption with a surprise ending.
The plot of Clean Break was a fresh take on a contemporary women’s story. Full of dark humor, struggle and redemption, it was a nice change of pace. Abby Vegas’ writing was spot on. She crafted a detailed and touching read that made me laugh and cry. The pacing had a few bumps, but they did not detract for the story as a whole.
The world created was not super vivid, but this was a true character piece, so that was not needed. The emotions were strong in this one. The vivid descriptions of mental anguish, hunger and exhaustion really made this read. The characters were real and I was able to connect with each of them.
Clean Break was a read that I really enjoyed. Full of depth, humor and genuine heart, it was a great story. Abby Vegas crafted a very real tale that resonated with me. The ending was a bit cheesy and almost too perfect, but I still enjoyed the entire read.
Favorite lines – It is my firm belief that I wasn’t always a miserable f*ck-up. There are people I used to know who would disagree with me on this, and it’s getting harder to remember what I was like before everything bad happened — but I was normal once, or close enough to pass for it. Then I was not-normal, and then I sort of vanished. For several years I was putting one foot in front of the other — existing, basically. But I was doing it in grand style.
Biggest cliché – I’m not allowed to be happy.
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