Two-Damage My Heart, C.N. Holmberg

An illustrated cover, the man is at an odd angle (sideways left facing) at the top, the woman, sideways right facing at the bottom. He's wearing a tie with arms crossed, a briefcase and helmet next to him. She's holding a book with armor to her side.

Because Charlie is one of my fav authors, I wanted to keep going with this series even though book 1 wasn’t a total homerun. But I think the series just isn’t the right fit for me, and that’s okay. A major part of this book centers on LARPing and playing it out through the text, and that’s not something I care to read through. I might have enjoyed it more had it not played out in such detail. Some readers might really enjoy that, so I don’t want to dissuade potential readers from what could be their next favorite book.

I also feel that the ending was unrewarding. It sort of just ended, and I only knew it was going to be ending because of the page count in the book. It was abrupt and not all that fulfilling. But, again, these are just my preferences. Charlie will continue to be one of my favs, and I encourage other readers to give this a chance.

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About the Book

Eight years ago, Rue Thompson fell in love with her brother’s roommate. From across the country, he started writing her letters out of the blue—letters that encouraged her, amused her, and healed her.

Then he ghosted her and broke her heart.

Fortunately, Rue’s now stone-cold heart protects her from anything that dares make her feel, except when she’s live-action role-playing with her friends in the park. When in costume and wielding a foam sword, Rue can be whatever she wants.

But then the boy—now most definitely a man—suddenly reappears in her life and shows renewed interest. The catch? He doesn’t recognize her. Apparently eight years and new hair masks all wounds. But Rue remembers everything. No amount of make-believe can change that. She’s taken enough damage, thank you very much.

But this time, Landry Harrison plans to convince Rue he’s leveled up—even if it means dressing up in tights and a cape to prove it.

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