Review: Broken Knight by L.J. Shen
Broken Knight tells the story of Luna & Knight; best friends who are secretly in love with each other but are too afraid to tell each other. It’s a friends-to-lovers story filled with all the angst in the world. Seriously, it’s overflowing with angst.
Out of all the tropes out there, the friends-to-lover is a trope tier trope. When done correctly it can have significant and satisfying results. And although the author made good honest attempt at establishing a great romance, unfortunately the story of Luna & Knight is undercut with a lot of issues.
Like mentioned, previously this book is filled with angst. It’s too dramatic at times. There were very few light moments nor were there time to breathe. Something was always happening. Also, the pay off for the angst felt rushed. What I mean is, everything is quickly wrapped up in a nice bow without any proper real development at the end.
It was very hard to subscribe to the Luna & Knight love story. At first, I was all for it. But as the book progressed, I quickly changed my mind. More times than not they were being unlikable characters, and their romance straddled the line between problematic and unproblematic. In addition to hurting themselves in the process of their pinning, they also hurt other people. They were selfish at times and brought out the worst in each other. This was especially true in regards to Knight. I get that he is dealing with a lot of personal issues, but that does not mean that he has permission to lash out other people. Some of his actions and words were uncalled for. When we eventually made the steps to solve his problems, his apology to others was weak and he vaguely felt remorseful.
Broken Knight is layered with angst and unfortunately falls victim to an unlikable romance.