Title: Malaise by Max Henry
Available: October 11th 2016
Genre: NA Standalone
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.
Panty Scorching 3
Overall Rating 4.5
Reviewed by Lindsey
I just love Max Henry. Her stories are amazing. This one is very very different from her others and it was great! I lived how the story flowed and the characters become so immersed with one another. This isn’t a pretty story all wrapped in a nice neat bow. It’s about the rough people. The ones on the wrong side of the tracks. And how people judge when they couldn’t walk a mile in their shoes.
Meg is a lost girl looking to find herself. Her parents are dicks and the only other person who cared about her is gone. She really struggles with this. Her inner turmoil broke my heart so much. I wanted to jump through the pages and hug life back into her. She’s a sweet soul. She’s honest. She’s beautiful. She’s different. Her parents can’t accept that she doesn’t fit into their cookie cutter mold. When she finally gets enough and moves on to make herself happy it’s beautiful. And she finds happiness with a man from the wrong side of the tracks.
Carver is a little hottie. This man! I love him! He hasn’t had life easy. Honestly it’s been pretty fucking brutal for him. And he still takes it on stride and does what he has to do. When he meets Meg in a very bad place he realized why his life had been empty. He didn’t have her. He’s the type of man who would do anything to see those he care’s about happy and living with a smile. He’s a deep individual. He’s learned from past mistakes and moved forward. Even when the odds are against him.
I loved this book. There wasn’t any super hot steamy scenes. And that’s okay. This story didn’t need all that to be great. It was about two young people finding their stride in the world with odds against them. It was a great read and I love Max even more for writing this book.
About Max Henry
Max is the author of dark, and highly emotional romance. Her Butcher Boys series is centred 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.