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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Fragile and Fierce is the second book in the Broken and Beautiful series by Elizabeth Courtright, a mesmerizing story of contemporary romance with great characters. When they finally meet again, Aster doesn’t want to have anything to do with Ryan. All she wants is to forget and move on. Casey and Kyle have had their own rocky moments in their relationship and, in spite of the challenges they have faced in the past, they have held onto each other. But this time Kyle is faced with a choice that could destroy their marriage completely. Can these relationships be saved?
In this spellbinding novel, the reader is introduced to a set of compelling characters, and it is interesting that they have grown together as friends before getting into relationships among themselves. Elizabeth Courtright writes excellently and she has the gift of taking readers into the hearts of her characters, allowing them to get a feel for their powerful emotions, their heartaches, and their longing for love and fulfillment. By the time the reader finishes the book, it feels like they have known these characters for a very long time.
It is impossible to ignore the lessons in trust, friendship, love, and acceptance that are so seamlessly woven into the fabric of this beautiful story. The conflict is developed at different levels and readers will enjoy the way it helps the plot to move forward. Fragile and Fierce explores the beauty of what is human in most of us, the pain that flows from our broken hearts, and the fierceness of desire that makes us come alive. The wonderful narrative is punctuated by great dialogues and compelling descriptions. This is entertaining and delightful; a story to be read with the heart. Character-driven, well-paced, and absorbing.