Wow! Lexi Ryan’s Unbreak Me was so much more emotional and intense than I was expecting. I’ll admit I was a tiny bit taken aback at the beginning because, while this book is marketed as NA and main character Maggie is twenty-one, it really read to me more like a contemporary romance. Which is fine, and once I adjusted my expectations, I was completely on board. Lexi Ryan’s writing is smooth, well-paced and a pleasure to read, and many of her descriptions and imagery in this novel are really beautiful.Unbreak Me is told from three alternating points-of-view, but the story really belongs to Maggie, who has returned to her small hometown after dropping out of college and breaking off an engagement a year earlier. I really liked the use of all three viewpoints, and I felt that seeing the two male perspectives—one from a character who grew up with Maggie, and another from a man who’s getting to know her for the first time—gave us a more complete picture of Maggie’s character. Maggie judges herself very harshly, and I appreciated the chance to get to know her not only through her own thoughts, but through outside eyes. While some reviewers called the relationship between these three characters a love triangle, it didn’t read that way to me—one character was a part of Maggie’s past, the other her future. So even for readers who normally avoid love triangles, I don’t think the romance in Unbreak Me would prove too bothersome.One of my favorite things about this book was the setting: a small, working-class town that’s also home to an elite private college. The often uncomfortable coexistence of “townies” and wealthy college students added a very interesting dimension to the novel, and I felt it was portrayed quite realistically. I was also impressed by the depth of Maggie’s character development. Due to a traumatic incident at the age of fifteen, Maggie is labeled the town “slut,” a label that haunts her and influences her actions and decisions throughout her life. The author did a great job of illustrating how the roles others try to force us into do have a huge impact, even if we know those labels aren’t true. They still become a part of us, and they still hurt. In a way, they often become a self-fulfilling prophecy.Watching Maggie’s transformation throughout Unbreak Me was satisfying, and the romance was definitely swoon-worthy. Unbreak Me is a good choice for readers who want emotional depth along with their angst and romance—and, of course, a happy ending. I received a review copy of this book from ATOMR Tours.