The Way We Break is the stunning continuation of the bestselling Story of Us series from New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo.
The truth about Hallie has torn Houston and Rory apart for a second time. Houston is finally unburdened of the secret his sister confided in him, but now he must deal with the aftermath.
He has vowed to set things right for Rory, and he’s determined to get her back. But the destruction left in the wake of Hallie’s letter is not the only obstacle he must face. Houston must find a way to win Rory back by showing her their story isn’t over yet.
In her desperation to move past the anguish of Hallie’s secret and Houston’s lies, Rory seeks solace in Liam. When Liam is transferred to another tech company in California, Rory jumps at his invitation to leave Portland, and her broken heart, behind. In California, Rory finds a friend who opens new doors for her in the literary world. But does this new friend have ulterior motives?
The Way We Break is the second book in The Story of Us Series, which follows the tumultuous love story of Rory and Houston. The third and final book in the series, The Way We Rise, will be released September 2015.
This book is not a stand alone. You must read book one in order to know what is going on with The Way We Break. So if you haven’t read book one…stop right here and go read it!
My heart broke for both Houston and Rory in this book. Houston and Rory are both running. One from the situation and one back towards the woman he should have never let go. But is it too late for them to finally connect? We spend a lot of time with Rory in this book. Her feelings, her hopes and her fears. What she thinks she needs and what she really needs. Houston knows that he has a lot to do to win Rory’s trust again. Will he be able to show her, that she has always been the one for him? Or is it too late, with her starting a new life in California with Liam?
This book takes you on a journey…one that breaks all of those involved, leaving us with quite the cliffhanger…September can’t come fast enough!
5 heartbreaking stars
Rory – December 4, 2014
The first two hours of our road trip to Silicon Valley pass fairly quickly. We stop once to let Skippy and Sparky have some water and stretch their legs. And Liam can’t stop talking about how much I’m going to love Mountain View, California. He’s been there for business trips at least half a dozen times and he claims it’s a Mecca for tech-savvy grown-ups. One of my favorite things about Liam is that he refers to adults as grown-ups.
I wish I could say I feel like a grown-up, but I feel quite the opposite today. The truth is that I agreed to come to California with Liam on a crazy whim. And if Houston hadn’t shown up while my mom and dad were at my apartment five weeks ago, I may not have said yes.
When I opened my front door and found Houston standing there, with my father standing just a few feet behind me, it was the first time I had seen Houston since he’d handed me Hallie’s suicide note. He wore a black Barley Legal T-shirt that hugged his broad shoulders, and a smile as warm as a speck of dust caught in a sunbeam. I hadn’t seen that smile since the day at Wallace Park, when he told me that everywhere we’re together is the only place and moment that exists. And that was exactly how I felt as I stood frozen on my threshold.
He held up the stack of papers in his hand and proclaimed, “It’s over.”
His voice was softer and clearer, as if his soul had been brushed clean of everything that had been weighing him down. I tried to imagine what he meant by this phrase, but in his presence, my brain wasn’t operating on all cylinders.
“What’s over?” I asked.
“My marriage,” he replied, tempering his smile as he seemed to realize the need for less hubris. “We need to talk, Rory.”
“Is that Houston?” my mom called to me from the kitchen.
Houston’s smile vanished. “Is your mom here?”
My pulse raced as I tried to figure a way out of this. “Yes,” I replied, stepping over the threshold toward Houston as I tried to sneakily shut the door behind me.
“Who else is in there?” His blue eyes narrowed as I tried to close the door. “Rory, who’s in there? Is it Liam? I saw him talking to you yesterday at the opening.”
“You were there?” As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I wanted to smack my own forehead. Of course he was there. He owns a fifty percent stake in the wine bar. So I wasn’t imagining things when I thought I saw him.
“Don’t change the subject, Rory. Is Liam in there?”
I chuckled nervously as I pulled the doorknob. “What? No. Liam’s not here.” The door clicked shut behind me, and I leaned back against it to keep from collapsing. “No, it’s just my mom. She came over to talk.”
His gaze fell to the floor, disappointed. “It’s your dad, isn’t it?”
My fingers gripped the doorknob so tightly my knuckles cracked. “Yes.”
The muscle in his jaw twitched as he drew in a sharp breath through his nose. “Did he apologize to you?”
“He… He just got here.”
He looked me in the eye, his brow furrowed with confusion. “You haven’t spoken to him until now? But… it’s been eight weeks since I gave you that letter. I told him eight weeks ago that he needed to apologize to you.”
“You what?” I shrieked, unable to believe what I’d just heard.
“I told him to apologize to you.” He looked even more confused by my anger. “Yes, I went to his fucking office and I told him to make things right with you or he’d have to answer to me.”
“He’s my father, Houston. My relationship with my father is none of your business.”
“Your relationship? What fucking relationship? It took him eight weeks to talk to you about this. He hasn’t even triedto see how you’ve been doing?”
“Neither have you!”
The doorknob turned and I fell backward a little as the door opened. Then the sound of my father’s voice filled me with dread.
“What’s going on out here?” he asked. “Are you okay, Rory?”
Houston’s face contorted with rage when he saw my father. Before I could stop him, he shoved my father back, but with me in the way he was only able to make contact with one hand.
“Eight fucking weeks!” Houston roared. “Do you have no fucking conscience?”
I pushed Houston back into the corridor, but it was like trying to push a bull back into a pen.
“Stop it!” I shouted at him, gripping his T-shirt like reins, trying to steer him away from the door.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friendsand Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.
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