Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sheri's Review of Malaise by Max Henry



Title: Malaise by Max Henry 
Available: October 11th 2016 
Genre: NA Standalone 


Final exams and end of year parties don’t seem so important at your brother’s funeral. Two short weeks, and Meg would have survived her senior year relatively unscathed. But when her best and only friend—her brother—dies in a questionable road accident, being the loner in her year doesn’t fit as well as it used to. One act of kindness from the man her small town isolated amidst rumors and lies, and her hope for a day where pain won’t overwhelm her doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Brett Carver is trouble with a capital T, but he’s also the only person who can get Meg to let go and smile. Some good things are never meant to last. Arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, the man who finally found a way to bring light back to her dark days is ripped away when she needs him most. Determined not to lose the only good thing to have come out of her year from hell, Meg sets out to prove Brett isn’t guilty. But first, she must accept the ugly truth … … that the people who can prove his innocence are the same people who will do all it takes to keep them apart.


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Max Henry is doing something different with her new book Malaise. Its a detour from the rough and tough bikers, Butcher Boys or hot rod hotties, however just like the rest of her books it doesn't disappoint when it comes to gritty, heart wrenching drama. 

While working her shift at the local grocery store, Meg received a note to call home but with just a few minutes before knocking off she decides to wait to see whats so important. Little did she know that when she walks into the house, her world will start to crumble. Meg learns that her beloved brother was killed in a motorcycle accident. What is she to do? He was her best friend, her protector and the buffer between her and her parents. Meg has the answer.....getting wasted. Who cares if it is just temporary? She just needs something to numb the pain. While attending a party (with the popular kids) Meg decides to drink her sorrow away but when she stumbles off on her own, she didn't expect to see her savior. 

Brett Carver was from the wrong family. The last name Carver was known for trouble or at least that is what the locals figured. However when a drunk angel stumbles onto his log, he realizes that attending this high school party might not be so bad. She is just like him. Neither one fit with this crowd and while talking to her something just clicks for him. Too bad she is so drunk she won't remember him in the morning. Well that is until his troubled angel falls into the fire pit and gets a pretty nasty burn. Everyone is just watching and not doing anything, so Brett has no choice but to act. This one gesture seals it for him and he will stop at nothing to make Meg happy again. 

When Megs parents get wind of her hanging out with the town's trouble maker, they giver her a choice to either "Shape up or ship out". So Meg decides that leaving is the best and tries to make it with Carver but when their roadblocks consist of people getting fired, living out of a hotel or getting arrested, can these two make it? Or will Meg go back home to her parents and forget she has ever met Carver?

Max Henry is doing something different with her new book Malaise. Its a detour from the rough and tough bikers, Butcher Boys or hot rod hotties, however just like the rest of her books it doesn't disappoint when it comes to gritty, heart wrenching drama. At times I found myself becoming sick stomach with the way Meg's parents treated her and their actions in regards to her brothers death was horrible. I really felt for Meg. Brett on the other hand was down right Swoon worthy. He quickly became the rock that Meg needed and did just about anything to proved he was there for the long haul. 

Side notes:
-Carver's sister is hilarious and was just the type of person the Meg needed to stand by her side when trouble with Carver arises. 
-I was glad Meg finally stood up for herself when it came to her interactions with her parents. She was treated like a second class citizen for much of her life and it was nice to see her grow into a strong woman. 
-Also this story takes place in New Zealand. Which is no problem but there were many times I had to look up the lingo or certain items the characters were talking about. 

Great Book 4 Star review. 


About Max Henry

Max is the author of dark, and highly emotional romance. Her Butcher Boys series is centered around a group of men who met living on the street, who have teamed up with an indebted motorcycle club to take down a notorious drug lord. Her writing has been described as 'gripping', and 'addictive', taking you on an 'emotional roller coaster ride'. Originally born and bred in New Zealand, Max now resides with her family in beautiful and sunny Queensland, Australia. Life with two young children can be hectic at times, and although she may not write as often as she would like, Max wouldn't change a thing. When she's not engrossed in her dark and twisted fictional worlds, she can be found enjoying the outdoors while 4wd-ing with her family.

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