Review: Be My Downfall by Lyla Payne
Toby Wright has always prided himself on being one of the most normal guys at Whitman University. He loves his parents, has a great job lined up after graduation, and with the exception of attempting to cross the unbalanced Sebastian Blair sophomore year, has kept his nose pretty clean.
But the rich never have empty closets, and memories long stashed away come spilling free when notorious party girl Kennedy Gilbert almost dies in his dorm room.
Nobody really knows how Kennedy manages to stay in good standing at Whitman-she never goes to class, doesn’t pretend to care about her future, and as far as people can tell, is never sober. This isn’t her first meeting with a stomach pump, but it is the first time she’s woken up to Toby’s concerned brown eyes. Despite the fact that she prefers life without friends, he gets under her skin with his insistence on playing her guardian angel.
No one knows better than Toby that people can only be saved if they want to be, but the realization that she has no one else draws him back into the shadows of Kennedy’s life-and eventually into her bed. But she long ago came to terms with a truth that Toby refuses to accept: she doesn’t want to be rescued, she only wants to forget.
Unwilling to give up on her, Toby’s dragged under by this broken girl and her dark, twisted Whitman University he never guessed existed. If he struggles to the surface, he’ll abandon someone he loves for the second time in his life. If he doesn’t, it won’t be long until they both drown.
Okay, I need to be honest right now, this book just did not do it for me. I was rather disappointed because I absolutely loved Broken At Love (the first book in Whitman University) and this book just fell short for me. Toby was predictable and Kennedy was just there. I found there were moments in the book when I was bored or not interested. Periods of time where I had to struggle to finish the book. Broken At Love was 100x better, it was captivating and held my interests but Be My Downfall didn’t. I didn’t want a happy ending with this book. The story just fell short for me, I would have to give this a whole 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Treatment works because in order to put an addiction truly behind you, you must put the past behind you-the choices that led to your addiction. If a person can do that, they can let go of the crutch as well.