Julie Reviews Fragment by Ellie Wade

What happens when something so terrible tears you apart from the inside out?

You become a fragment of yourself.

On the right path to achieving her hopes and dreams, Campbell Stevens has always been a model student. The first time she lets loose during her senior year of high school, she loses everything.

Living in a nightmare after surviving the most traumatic event, Campbell learns to be content by walking through life single and unattached, free of the uncertainty that relationships bring. She isn’t looking for love. In fact, she goes out of her way to avoid it—that is, until she runs into Deacon Montgomery, a kind and handsome Chicago firefighter. She denies her instant attraction to him, only making him more persistent in his pursuit of her. Despite her desire to be with Deacon, Campbell is too damaged to share herself with anyone else.

Life left Campbell shattered. Can Deacon help put the fragments back together? Or will she forever be broken?
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Fragment is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger. I know most people like to know if there’s a cliff, so you’re safe with this one.

Campbell Stevens is in high school and going to Mexico with her friend Lexi for spring break.  She is excited and is living the dream.  She has her life planned out and going to be Valedictorian of her class.  When a life-altering event changes her plans, she will never be the same.  Gone is the once happy girl and is replaced with someone that her friends don't recognize any more.

She decides to leave her old life behind and attend college in Chicago where she meets Claire. Claire is the type of friend that everyone needs and is so different from the self-centered Lexi. Lexi really irked me in this book because she never seemed to care for how Cam felt at times.  Cam knows she can trust Claire and she is the first one she opens up to about her past.

She is now 23, a bartender, and not the same person she was at 17.  She doesn’t want any relationships and only wants someone she can screw without having any emotions involved.  She can turn herself off and on, and always want to be in control of every aspect of her life.  She certainly doesn’t want a man who can control her.

While in the local coffee shop, she meets a handsome stranger that really takes her breath away and leaves her speechless.  Deacon is a hot firefighter and knows when he locks eyes with Cam that he will never be the same.  I love to see how much Deacon pursues her and no matter how much she pushes him away, he is still so persistent.

“I want all of you, and if you are broken, I want all those shattered pieces, too.  Please just trust me.” - Deacon

When Lexi comes to visit Cam and runs across Boss, a fireman friend of Deacon’s, she arranges for them to party with them and Cam is not sure how to act around Deacon.  As much as she pushes him away and what a smartass she is, he doesn’t let it deter him and every woman needs a man like him.  Hot, sexy, and a firefighter?  Nothing better than that.  When Cam finally agrees to have one date with Deacon, she thinks she can get through it and walk away.  But, Deacon won’t let her.  She feels the same pull he does and knows one date will not be enough.

“I will always fight for you.  You are my everything.” - Deacon

As she finally agrees to date him and knows this is all new territory for her, it seems the closer she gets the more she starts to pull away.  My heart really broke for Cam and you can really feel her struggles.  She has had such a horrible past and I’m so thrilled for her to begin to see she wants a life and to not just go through the motions and feeling nothing.  As they grow closer and she does push him away, it’s amazing how things can change and she realizes that she can’t live without him.

“You have to understand what a beautiful person you are, both inside and out.  I can love you until my dying breath, but you won’t truly feel it all if you can’t see the beauty within and love yourself.” - Deacon

Cam really grew throughout this book from the former shell she was to a woman who finds out she can open her heart and feel again.  Deacon never fails her and seems to know what she needs and when she needs it.  I fell in love with Deacon because he is such a good family man with his mom and sisters.  He has a heart of gold and is not your typical cocky asshole.  He seems just the one to pull Cam out of her past and make her want a future.  Cam was so broken and with his help, she knows she wants to heal.  I like how Ellie brought out the emotions in this book and you can really feel Cam’s pain.  You want her to fight for herself and not give up, to know she deserves a future.  This book really pulled at my heart in more ways than one and I give this book 4.5 stars.

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