The Line That Breaks (The Line That Binds #2) by J.M. Miller
Series: The Line That Binds #2
Author: J.M. Miller
Published: 25th March 2014
Source: E-copy from the author for my honest review
*This is NOT a standalone. It's the followup to The Line That Binds*
While searching for answers involving Stockton Estate's stone well, Ben Shadows and LJ Wayde discover one truth: the curse is real.
Unfortunately, that truth has LJ facing the same fate that's been tied to her bloodline for generations. The curse has given her the ability to help others conquer their greatest weaknesses, but it comes with a torturous price. As the rush of helping people starts to outweigh the pain of the consequences, LJ moves toward acceptance. She considers it a gift, a chance to make up for the way she treated people in the past.
Ben pushes on to find an end to the curse despite LJ's reluctance. He fears the real consequences are far worse than LJ's current symptoms, possibly linked to her Aunt Janine's memory loss. His love drives his need to protect her, even if it means hiding the next piece of the well's mystery.
When LJ finds what Ben has kept secret, she may never forgive him.
Will he lose her heart before he can save her mind?
**Recommended mature YA for mild language and mild sexual content.**
The Line That Breaks is the second and final book in the series and having read the first only hours before starting this book, I have to say it is just as good. It start a little ways from the ending of the first book, don't worry you don't miss out on any of the juicy bits, with LJ and Ben struggling to find out more about the curse and how to break it. We also learn a few new things about the curse in this book, though you may have guessed some of them already.
LJ and Ben's relationship hits a lot of rough spots in this book, and while in some cases I feel that there's a ridiculous overreaction, the relationship always feels real. I don't agree with some of the things LJ does but her constantly putting others first is somethign I definitely agree with and the fact that even though her life's been rough she still able to give so much of herself to help others really endears her as a character. Ben too, is such a sweet and lovable guy. In fact this book is filled with awesome, lovable characters, even some of the not-so-great people redeem themselves somewhat. Except Emily, never Emily.
I thought the pacing in this book was great right up to the end where everything seemed to rush together. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the ending, but it just felt like everything unravelled too fast, like when you drop a ball of wool and it unravels completely before you can blink. It may have just seemed that way to me because I was getting really tired by that stage (1am does not make for great reading time, but I had to finish the book!) but I would've liked more of a slow build-up like the rest of the story was. This is just a minor thing, and I still really enjoyed everything about the book!
Figuring out the secrets of this curse is not easy and pretty much everyone is pushed to breaking point at one stage or another, which is what makes this book so great. It's not just an easy here-are-all-the-answers quest, Ben and LJ struggle to make sense of what is happening and to find out how they can fix things. This is not an action-packed book but since even the 'boring' bits of the story are engaging, you don't notice at all. If you read the first book then what are you waiting for, and if you haven't read the first book then you should get on it right away! A really great, quick, 2-book series that I thoroughly enjoyed!
The alarm clock kicked on. Its music was distant, muted. In another room? I shifted my stiff body. My back protested the movement with a pinch that rivaled a knife wound. There wasn't a comforter or any pillows around my body, only a coldness seeping up from . . .
Cracking my eyes open, I realized I was in the bathroom. I palmed the frigid, ivory-colored tile and pushed up to my knees. Every part of me ached. I glanced around and noticed a shallow pool of water inside the footed tub. A sponge lay at the bottom.
I'd cleaned again. It was starting to happen more often. Time was slipping away without recollection. I'd be lying if I said it didn't scare me at all. Part of me was terrified. The other part was already numb, ready to accept this fate. My family's fate.
Author Bio - J.M. Miller
J.M. Miller first discovered her love of writing in high school where she penned poetry for extra credit in English class and even braved
the anxiety of an open-mic night at a local coffee shop. Life soon followed, with a couple of careers, marriage, and a baby. The urge to write again came not long after her daughter’s birth, this time calling for more than a few lines in a messy composition notebook.
She is a military spouse, and a veteran herself, who finds inspiration in the people she’s met and the places she’s lived and traveled.
J.M. Miller first discovered her love of writing in high school where she penned poetry for extra credit in English class and even braved the anxiety of an open-mic night at a local coffee shop. Life soon followed, with a couple of careers, marriage, and a baby. The urge to write again came not long after her daughter's birth, this time calling for more than a few lines in a messy composition notebook.
She is a military spouse, and a veteran herself, who finds inspiration in the people she's met and the places she's lived and traveled.