Happy release day, Cassia! The Way We Break is book 2 in Cassia’s The Story of Us series and is available today!
The Way We Break is the stunning continuation of the bestselling Story of Us series from New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo.
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.
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 third and final book in the series, The Way We Rise, will be released September 2015.
OMG! I have no words to describe this book. I absolutely loved it. If you haven't started this series yet, you need to go get book 1, The Way We Fall, immediately. You do need to read book 1 before this one in order for things to make sense. This book starts where the other ends.
This is not just a book you read, it's a series you experience. The emotions the characters are experiencing, you are too. I could feel just how much Houston loved Rory. He was willing to do anything to get her back. He's so patient and understanding, absolutely perfect. I liked him a lot better in this book.
My heart broke for Rory though. She knew that Houston made her happy, but life was getting in the way. Waiting for things to work out for them was excruciating. This is one of those stories that kept me up all night. I just needed to know how it ended.
I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. I will be reading it as soon as I can.
Trust me, you will not regret purchasing this series. It's one of those books you'll want to read over and over again.
December 4, 2014
The French have a phrase I’ve become quite familiar with: la douleur exquise. Translated to English, it literally means exquisite pain. But the French use this phrase to refer to the excruciating pain of wanting something—or someone—you cannot have.
For me, la douleur exquise refers to the friendship I lost when my best friend Hallie Cavanaugh took her own life exactly six years ago today. The friendship I so desperately want back.
La douleur exquise also alludes to Hallie’s older brother, Houston Cavanaugh. Everything about him. From the magical moment I first laid eyes on him when I was eleven years old, to the disenchanting moment when his wife attacked me just over three months ago. Houston is the one wish I’ve held on to for more than half my life. You can’t hold onto a wish for that long without incurring the agony of deprivation. And the pain of wanting Houston has been the most excruciating anguish I’ve ever endured, until he showed up on my doorstep three months ago and completely obliterated my heart.
The tattoo artist holds my wrist steady as he focuses on the design he’s carving into the delicate skin on the inside of my left forearm. Each stroke of his tattoo gun delivers microdroplets of ink deep beneath the surface of my skin. I try to focus on the shades of blue and green hair sticking out the sides of his baseball cap as he leans over my arm, to block out the sharp burning sensation, but it doesn’t help.
“I’m almost done,” he says, lifting his head to flash me a sparkling smile. “Just relax your hand.”
I glance at my left hand, where I have a white-knuckled grip on his pinky. I quickly relax my fingers and he shakes out his hand. Then he grabs my wrist again.
“Sorry. It’s my first time,” I reply. “It…”
“Hurts? No worries. I’ll try and make it quick.” He winks at me then bows his head to get back to work.
I can’t help but blush at the innuendo in our conversation. Biting my lip, I close my eyes and try not to flinch as he retraces the lines of my tattoo. Yes, it hurts, but not as bad as the pain of losing my best friend, my parents, and the only man I’ve ever loved.
My mind draws back to August 27th, the day Houston handed me Hallie’s suicide note. The words Hallie never intended for me to see.
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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THE WAY WE BREAK
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THE STORY OF US SERIES ON GOODREADS
The Way We Fall (Book One)
The Way We Break (Book Two)
The Way We Rise (Book Three)
THE WAY WE FALL (Book One)
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