TITLE: Alexa Crushed
AUTHOR: T.R. Cupak
Alexa Morgan lost her mother when she was two. At eighteen, her father and stepmother died when a devastating earthquake hit the Bay Area. Only one person has remained a constant in her life: Devin.
Devin has been Alexa’s best friend since childhood. The two are inseparable—or they were until Devin declared his love for her at sixteen. When Alexa can offer him only friendship in return, Devin retreats, brokenhearted.
Alexa, on the other hand, longs for Ethan, the boy next door. Four years older than her, and with an ever-changing roster of girlfriends, Ethan is everything Devin isn’t: wild, sensual, and unpredictable.
In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, Ethan makes his move on Alexa, who reciprocates in a confused whirl of grief and desire. When Ethan leaves town the next day, Devin comes back into Alexa’s life, offering support and expecting nothing in return.
Alexa begins to see the advantages of Devin’s quiet, stable love. Can she get past the friendship hang-up while trying to forget bad boy Ethan? It’s a choice that will change her life forever.
Alexa is a very blessed girl. She has an amazing dad who she helps rebuild a classic car with, a step mom who has raised her her whole life who loves her unconditionally, and amazing friends.
The book goes over several years of Lexi's life. You watch her grow up. Her best friend is a boy named Devin. You witness the fall out at sixteen of him being in love with her, and her not feeling the same.
There is the older boy next door Ethan. Who has a revolving door of women coming in and out of his house. Yet for some reason Lexi is drawn to him.
When Alexa is eighteen tragedy strikes. Ethan is with her when it happens and doesn't want to leave her side. While grieving she ends up sleeping with him and he leaves after. Only leaving her a note that says: Mine.
But at the same time Devin comes back. He picks up the broken pieces of the only women he's ever loved and puts her back together. He is her rock. Lexi leans on him and falls in love with him.
One thing that slightly bothered me was I worry about Devin. Is this a healthy relationship for the two of them? We know he loves her and we know she at least loves him as a friend, but does she love love him?
I feel like she instantly fell out of Ethan's bed and into his and after losing the life you knew, it's questionable. But at the same time I get it and it is a reality of what can happen during that time.
For a debut novel I have to give T.R. Cupak a round of applause. This didn't feel like a first book.
The only thing I question is the epilogue, that made absolutely no sense to me, but hopefully she will clear that up in the next book. I can easily rate this book a 4.
*I was given this ARC, in exchange for a fair and honest review.*