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Title: Flawed
Series: Ethan Frost #4
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: 17 Jan 2017
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

When Tori Reed loses everything, he sets her free.

I told myself I’d never trust Miles Girard, no matter how brilliant or sexy he may be. His sister, Chloe—Ethan Frost’s wife—is my best friend, but I know just how low Miles will stoop to get what he wants. Now he’s the last thing I want: my boss.

Growing up, I had it all—except for the sense that I belonged. And when a mistake from my past surfaces in the press, my parents don’t hesitate to cut me off.

But surprisingly, Miles offers me a helping hand.

Before I know it, our relationship turns unprofessional in the hottest ways. Of course, he still drives me crazy. But when I’m dealt the ultimate blow, Miles is there for me. And maybe he’s the one I’ve been looking for all along.

REVIEW 

Rounding out the Ethan Frost series with a bang, Flawed features Chloe’s best friend, Tori and her brother, Miles. You know that saying, ‘there’s a thin line between love and hate’, well Tori and Miles take that to the next level with a bucket full of sparks to go alongside their feud.

Tori carries a grudge against Miles on Chloe’s behalf because of the situation their parents forced on them; however, Chloe is determined to prove Miles is not to blame for anything other than being consumed by his inventions. Miles is so full of self-loathing and regret about Chloe’s torment, every barb from Tori cuts the would deeper. However, Miles isn’t the type to take the recrimination lying down and tends to verbally lash out in retaliation creating further tension between the pair.

Tori has been determined to clean up her lifestyle in an effort to be a better role model to her god-daughter, Violet. However, her toxic family relationship has resulted in Tori becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy which she is finding it increasingly hard to break away from. Exasperated by an incident of the revenge scandal nature, Tori develops the courage to break away from the ties that bind her once and for all. Tori and Miles are very similar in the way they carry their regret and self-loathing like anchors weighing them down and keeping them from moving forward. It is especially poignant that the negativity they feel stems from other people’s actions rather than their own.

They also have comparable emotional barriers brought about by skewed self perception created by the tainted view of others; they also both have the tendency to project their issues onto other situations inevitably making things worse.

Giving into the chemistry between then alters their perception of not only each other but allows them to see themselves in a more positive light. I do like it when your partner provides the basis and support required in which the other can thrive and grow, Miles and Tori find their way to a mutually beneficial relationship following a few rocky moments. Communication and compromise are key to any relationship, Flawed vividly portrays the way in which an equal relationship should look, and the effort it requires. Both characters learn to open up with each other when they have always only relied on themselves.

Flawed also touches upon the inequality in attitudes toward men and women, especially in the way the media treats them with regard to sexcapades – men are still regarded as studs while women are vilified as ho’s.

Ultimately, Flawed is two broken people filling the cracks in each other while altering their own self perception for the better.