Patch Up by Stephanie Witter
Patch Up #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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.”
* Due to some shocking scenes, this novel is for readers of 18 and up.
Book Review ~ ‘Patch Up’ by Stephanie Witter ~ 5 Stars!
There are few words I can use to express how much I loved ‘Patch Up’ by Stephanie Witter. As a psychology graduate I have a weakness for stories that really delve into the inner depths of a character’s mind, and giving the reader a unique opportunity to see how people who have undergone trauma struggle through their everyday life. ‘Patch Up’ did this beautifully, and I really loved getting to know Skye and Duke, and seeing how the relationship they formed made their scars come to the surface and helped them heal.
Skye was a heroine that I think many readers will have to warm to, but I connected with her straight away and really loved her character development right from the first page. Stephanie Witter had Skye’s character pat-down and didn’t falter in her portrayal of a girl who was in a deep depression. I really liked Skye’s cold exterior to start as it heartbreakingly echoed the desperate need she had to keep to herself, as forming attachments can make you vulnerable.
Now Duke was my kind of hero. Charming, passionate and stubborn, but hiding a darkness inside him that comes out when someone gets too close. My heart broke for Skye when Duke talked harshly to her, and I really liked seeing how his harsh words became less of a barrier between them as Skye becomes stronger and more focused on helping Duke through his grief. The give and take in their relationship was wonderful to watch and I loved seeing how both characters developed into humans capable and less afraid of love and attachment.
This book contains some very distressing scenes of abuse which Stephanie Witter handled perfectly. It is heartbreaking to read what Skye’s ex-boyfriend did, and continued to do to her even after their relationship ended, and it just made me warm and root for Skye all the more.
This was a beautiful yet heart-wrenching book which I know will resonate with a lot of people. Wonderfully written and perfectly paced, this is a book not to be missed.
*Review copy was kindly provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review*