Title: Self Destruct (Destroy #1)
Author: K.D Carrillo
Release Date: November 1, 2013
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
SynopsisBecca Scott spent years burying her traumatic past under alcohol and boys. With the help of her best friend she struggled to accept herself and let go of the pain. She thought she had her life under control for once, until she met Aiden. Aiden Ryan lives with constant self-hatred. He allowed those close to him to manipulate his life for their own gain, because he felt he deserved it. He was resigned to marry a woman he didn't love, until he met Becca. Becca and Aiden try and let go of their painful pasts to be together, but will their pasts let go of them?
Self Destruct by K.D. Carrillo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Becca is a 20 year old with a troubled past. She had a lot of trauma in her early adolescence and the response of her parents was not helpful. As a result she has engaged in a fair among of self destructive behaviors and hasn't been able to really connect with or develop real relationships with men. Aidan has been trapped in a loveless relationship for years due to a moment of carelessness in his teens, and a mother who values social standing and appearance above all else. When Becca and Aidan meet one summer, they both realize what their lives have been missing and find the love they both deserve.
I liked the beginning of this book quite a bit, but as the story continued I struggled to really stay connected to the story. Becca and Aidan (as well as Toni and Jeremy) were characters that were easy to like. They way they all supported one another was great. I liked the strong instant attraction that Becca and Aidan felt to one another, but when that turns into an entire life encompassing deep love within a week I struggle a little to stay on board. Even when I just gave in to the idea that they were the one for each other, the story lines started getting a little extreme for me. It felt like any one of the traumas that faced either character would have been enough to build a strong story on, but having one improbable intense tragedy after another happen to these characters started to feel little over the top. It also found some of the dialogue a little choppy and the speech a little hyperbolic at times. All in all, I did enjoy these characters and their friendships, and was hoping that good things would come to all of them. 2.5- round up to 3.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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About the AuthorK. D. Carrillo is a graduate of Central Washington University, the setting of Self Destruct. This is her second self-published title. Fighting Destiny (Central Coven 1) was released in May 2013.