Release Date: March 8th 2016
Bach lives his life with honesty and without restraints, happy to be known as a sexy as all hell, unapologetic asshole.
When he drinks, he drinks hard.
When he wants a woman, he makes sure she knows it.
When he opens his mouth, it’s either to piss someone off or to turn someone on.
You can normally find him with one hand on a bottle and one hand on a woman, trying to forget his past.
Harley Evans is a twenty-one-year-old year old college student. She’s a good girl who fell hard for Dylan, who’d promised her forever. But Dylan, Bach’s best buddy, lied.
He enlisted in the Army, crushing Harley with equal parts anger and sadness. She’d already lost her father to that choice. Heartbroken, she falls back into depression.
Stuck in Crystal Gulf all summer with little to do, Harley needs a distraction. Enter Bach, sexy as f*#ck distraction, ready and willing.
Dylan’s not all bad though. Before he left, he asked Bach to watch out for Harley, knowing she’d never go for a guy like Bach. She’s too good for him. Too good for anyone.
But Dylan was wrong. He never should have left them together. Bach is there to pick up the pieces Dylan left behind. Soon pieces aren’t enough. He wants more, needs more Harley.
DESTROY ME is dark, sexy, heartbreaking, and intoxicating.
☆ARC kindly provided for honest review☆
When Shana approached me and asked if I wanted to read this book I said yes straight away. I’d seen some teasers by other early readers and thought it looked good. I jumped in without reading the blurb. I got half way through the first chapter and my heart sank. A love triangle storyline with a college aged heroine. Both things I tend to avoid. I decided to keep reading regardless. And by the end of that first chapter I was hooked. Why? because this book is so much more than the sum of its parts. It’s is a love story, but it’s got so much grit and reality in it. Its about Bach learning to love himself just as much as he comes to love Harley. It never shies away from the characters thoughts. It doesn’t gloss over their actions. Shana has written a hero (anti hero at times?) that not only bears the scars of a disturbing childhood but is a unapologetic mess of a man because of them. Does Bach think he’s a mess? That his past has defined him? Certainly not to begin with. Not until Harley shows him a different path. And you know what I loved about her? She didn’t have to try to hard in my opinion. Yes there were times it looked like loving Bach might ruin her but she never really let it. She may have made questionable decisions at time but I think she held true to herself. And for a younger character she was kick ass when required to be.
Bach Bachman. I don’t think there enough words to describe that gorgeous mess of a man. We’ve all read books with a broken hero that uses drink and sex to cover the hurt. But none as honestly as Bach does. You know he makes mistakes, wouldn’t be much of a story without those. At times he made my skin crawl. The choices he makes are gut churning. But beneath it all is a man that loves Harley so fiercely it made me cry.
Shana Vantapool is an incedible talent. She sucked me in with this story and it’s stayed with me for the last month. Honestly I think it always will. She creates a world for her characters that is real. Uncomfortably so at times. This is not a fairytale romance. But it’s still a beautiful one. It’s just beautifully real.
5 stars all the way from me!