REVIEW: Before I Break (If I Break #1.5) by Portia Moore

Sunday, September 07, 2014

My rating: 

Out of the past six years of my life, I only remember about half of it. After a dozen doctors and thousands in medical bills, I was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder--one that causes me to lose track of time. Sometimes it’s hours, days or even weeks with no recollection of anything. The good thing is it's been almost two years since I had my last ‘black out’. It sounds much better than what the doctors refer to them as, 'episodes', like my life is a freakin' comedy. 

During those two years of normal, I finally managed to get my Bachelor’s degree, a job I love, and I’ve just proposed to a woman who has been there for me through it all. For the first time in a long time everything is on track.

Until a strange woman shows up at my door—she says I'm her husband and I think she’s crazy. Until, I get a voice mail on my phone. It’s from a guy name Cal. The weird part is, it’s the same name the strange woman called me. What terrifies me, is this guy Cal…his voice sounds just like mine.

First and foremost, I would like to thank Portia Moore for generously providing me this novella for review, in exchange for an honest review. And boy, this review would be as honest as it gets.

"Upset, doesn't explain this. My life has been a lie. I don't have a life.

Okay before I start this review, I just want to point out... How much that guy from the cover looks exactly like Cal in my eyes. Nice choice for a cover! :) *drool*

Okay. So back to the review.

I didn't think this novella would bring tears to my eyes. I didn't see it coming. I didn't see my heart breaking, not only for Lauren and Cal, but also for Chris.

What a freakin' mess the whole situation was!


None of what's happening are their fault, somehow, I felt that it's mostly Chris' parents, but.. anyway... everything's just unfortunate. I'm just happy that book one, didn't end on that note. I am so happy there will be book 2!

If you haven't read If I Break yet, then this review might contain slight spoilers. But I would try to do the best I could, to not spoil you guys.

Like I said on my review of the first book, the revelations on what was happening to Cal was something I wasn't expecting. It was a total shocker! I felt bad, not just for Lauren, but for everyone involved in this whole chaos. Even Chris' fiance Jenna, I've learned to understand where she was coming from. On the first book, I hated her (even when none of this was her fault either), but I understood her side on this book.

Before I Break, is told in the POV of Chris. Chris was... so nice. It was amazing how nice he was. I mean nice as in good, in every fucking way. He doesn't swear. He's down-to-earth, without any hint of arrogance to him. He lived simply and loves deeply. Cal, on the other hand, I think inherited the not so good side. Cal may not be as perfect as Chris, but the good side of him came out when he met Lauren. Cal was arrogant and confident, qualities that Chris lacked. But the thing they have in common, was how much they were willing to sacrifice everything for love.

"I don't know how I'm supposed to deal with this... if I even can but I'm willing to try because of that little girl in that picture. I'd do anything for her, including giving up the only person I've ever been in love with..."

Are you guys curious yet?
I'm sure you guys are.
To bad I'm not gonna tell. I'm not gonna spoil anything. I promised.
But I want to tell... But I couldn't... I want you guys to experience the mindfuck that I had, while guessing what was happening to these couples. It's all very new.

If you guys are pretty curious, please go and grab the first book, and then dive into this tiny novella that you could read in one sitting. But don't be fooled, it may be small, but the emotions that you will get between the pages will seem real and raw.

Oh dear. What else could I say?


If you're tired of the typical romance where the good girl falls for the bad boy that most romance novel has nowadays, then I definitely recommend you to read this.


  1. This looks interesting! I'm not even a big romance genre fan, but what a weird premise for a book! I might have to check it out. :)

    1. The twist was so unexpected. :) So I really really really recommend this!

  2. I skimmed this review as soon as I seen you mentioned it might be spoiler-y. It definitely sounds like something I want to read. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jazmen! :) read this please. I can't wait to hear your thoughts about it.


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