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Review – Breaking by Barbara Elsborg

Review: Breaking by Barbara Elsborg

Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publish Date: July 28, 2015
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher

Fall or Break #2

25063508Archer Hart is on the move before the man he’s just killed is found. When a bullet whizzes past his ear, he realizes hunter is now hunted. So much for his retirement plans. Someone wants him
dead and all he can do is keep running.

Downed by a hit and run driver, barrister Conrad Black is certain the ‘accident’ was deliberate but he has no proof or support. In recovery, struggling to work out of partial paralysis, he has plenty of time to wonder who regrets not striking him harder. At this point, running anywhere is a distant dream.

The confidence, determination and stamina of two alphas males will mean little if neither is willing to bend—seize the love offered—and work together to understand why they’re suddenly both marked men. Not easy for either when Archer has broken the law in the worst possible way and Conrad is the law.

Wow this is some hot alpha v alpha action. Like incendiary.

I had mixed feelings for Conrad going into this read, what he did to Malachi in the first book was despicable. I oddly understood why he did it but still. Bad things happen to him here and because I’m not a good person I actually really enjoyed that he started this book with his defenses down. It helped me to move beyond my first impressions of his character and see that the facade he showed to the world was cracked and he’s as vulnerable as the next person.

Archer is alpha, alpha, alpha but the chinks in his armor that are revealed along the way are delightful and I relished each and every discovery.

These two men clash in all the best ways. How DO two uber controlling men let down their guard with each other? I can only say read it to find out because it is utterly delicious. This is a smart, fast moving story with fantastic little twists peppered throughout that kept me guessing right up to the end. These are two kindred spirits that were lucky enough to find each other. I really loved that.

This is book 2 in a series and there are mention of the characters from the previous but you could easily read this as standalone. The first does offer another layer but not required reading IMO (it’s a damn good read as well though).

I’m giving Breaking an A-

By Heller

In the United Nations of Book Pushers I represent the Canadian contingent. I've known Has, Lou, E and Minn for a few years now and I've discovered many a new author from them for which I will be forever grateful. New to me often translates to "Where has this book been all my life?" and leads to endless re-reads.

The majority of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (not that it's any different now) and I always carried at least one with me wherever I went no matter whatever trouble I was up to. My e-reader is something I could never give up now, despite my initial resistance to it. I love my books but carrying around a library in a small electronic device is a thrill that never gets old.

I read anything and everything that strikes my fancy: Regency, Retro-Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apoc...the list is pretty much endless. I tend to cycle through interests so it really just depends on my mood at the time. I would say that right now M/M books have me firmly in their grasp and they've been the majority of my reads for the past couple of years. I think there's nothing better than headjacking into a story and characters created by an author, I'm always up for a ride to a place I've never been before.

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