REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY – The Way We Break (The Story of Us #2) by Cassia Leo

Happy release day, Cassia! The Way We Break is book 2 in Cassia’s The Story of Us series and is available today!

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Live the truth…

The truth about Hallie has torn Houston and Rory apart for a second time. Houston is finally unburdened of the secret his sister confided in him, but
now he must deal with the aftermath.

He has vowed to set things right for Rory, and he’s determined to get her back. But the destruction left in the wake of Hallie’s letter is not the only
obstacle he must face. Houston must find a way to win Rory back by showing her their story isn’t over yet.

..or live the lie.

In her desperation to move past the anguish of Hallie’s secret and Houston’s lies, Rory seeks solace in Liam. When Liam is transferred to another tech
company in California, Rory jumps at his invitation to leave Portland, and her broken heart, behind. In California, Rory finds a friend who opens new
doors for her in the literary world. But does this new friend have ulterior motives?

The Way We Break
is the second book in The Story of Us Series, which follows the tumultuous love story of Rory and Houston. The sequel and final book in the series, The Way We Rise, will be released September 2015.

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The Way We Fall (Book One): HERE

The Way We Break (Book Two): HERE

The Way We Rise (Book Three): HERE

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December 4, 2014

Liam’s  truck hits  a  bump  and  I’m  yanked out of my thoughts. The  scene  before me materializes, then reality punches me in the gut. We’re now bumping along a narrow road at Pioneer Cemetery. The rain is coming down so hard, I can barely see the grave markers. But I remember quite clearly we have to take the first right and go all the way down until the road begins to curve left.

Liam parks the truck and reaches for the umbrella in the cab.

I place my hand on his arm to stop him. “I need to go alone.”

He nods. “Okay, but you need to take the umbrella.”

I take the green umbrella from him and gaze into his crystal-blue eyes. “Thank you for bringing me here. It means a lot to me.”

He smiles faintly. “I know.”

I push the passenger door open and stick the umbrella out of the truck so I can open it before I step into the downpour. The rain batters the nylon and a few fat drops hit the back of my head as I hop out of the truck. Landing in a shallow puddle, I mentally curse myself for wearing sneakers instead of rain boots.

I  slam  the  truck  door  shut  behind  me  then  slog  across  the  soggy  grass  toward  the second-to-last gravestone in this row of markers. The ground sloshes under my feet as the rain batters my umbrella, making it almost impossible to hear my own thoughts. The smell of wet stone and decaying earth is overwhelming.

A deep chill settles into my bones the nearer I get to the end of the row. I walk between the banks of stone crosses and Gothic tablets memorializing people who were once as alive and vibrant and loved as Hallie. Finally, I reach the plain stone marker with Hallie’s name on it and my fingers tighten painfully around the umbrella handle.

The stone reads “Hallie R. Cavanaugh. May 14, 1990—December 4, 2008. A much loved daughter, sister, and friend. Forever in our hearts.”

Six years later and I still can’t believe it. Like it’s just an elaborate hoax and Hallie is going to walk up behind me right now and say, Gotcha! The rest of my life seems hazy and incomplete when I try to imagine it without her. She won’t be my maid of honor. I won’t be her firstborn’s godmother. We won’t be playing bingo together in a nursing home. She’s just gone.

The cold seeps inside my twill jacket and I instantly begin to shiver. Wiping the tears from my face, I kneel before the gravestone, paying no mind to the muddy rainwater soaking through the knees of my jeans. I reach out and trace the H of Hallie’s name.

“Hallie.” I whisper her name aloud. “I miss you so much.” The patter of the rain on my umbrella fills the spaces between my words, a solemn drumbeat. “I’m sorry… I’m sorry I never saw this coming.”

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The Way We Break is the intensely turbulent continuation of Rory & Houston’s story. It’s sure to shatter expectations with characters who will surprise you and a story full of twist and turns. Cassia definitely brought some of that WOW factor I was expecting at the conclusion of The Way We Fall.

“Saying good-bye to the things that cause you pain sometimes means saying good-bye to the things and the people – the addictions – who once brought you pleasure.”

Rory and Houston’s story continues in the same non-linear timeline and dual POV as TWWF. Much like book 1, it kept me engaged and my mind racing as I wondered where the story was headed. I experienced a range of emotions and reactions as truths were revealed and the story unfolded. I wanted them both to find the closure and happiness they deserve and yet I was torn by whether or not that meant they should be together. The start of their relationship and their tumultuous history certainly complicated my feelings on the matter.

“We need truth. And that’s all I’m offering. Just give me a chance to show you that nothing else matters to me anymore expect you and the truth…”

My heart broke for Rory repeatedly as she faced heartache and havoc throughout the story. I need her to find peace…she deserves to find peace. As for Houston, the verdict is still out on him. Though he certainly redeemed himself in this book, I can’t help but feel some anger towards him for the past. In the words of a very wise friend, it was an “impossible situation” that landed these two where there are and I am clinging to the hope that they will rise.

We are left with one hell of an ending and some unfinished business that I look to be resolved in the concluding book, The Way We Rise, which is expected to release August 21, 2015.

Overall Rating 4 Stars

I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.

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