Series: Fall or Break, #2
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Length: Novel (321 pages)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (July 28th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: Archer 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.
Product Link: https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5515/breaking
Review: Breaking is book #2 in the Fall or Break series and it can be read as a standalone, as it doesn’t have much connection to book #1. In fact, I would’ve preferred not to have read book #1, because the person Conrad was in that book was very different from the Conrad we see in Breaking. I was a bit disappointed to be honest, because my expectations were not met. However, I’m going to rate the book as it was written, not according to my expectations.
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it, not even a little bit. I had a hard time connecting with the main characters. This book was very long, and I was looking forward to getting to know Archer, because he seemed like a very interesting character.
However, what I did manage to learn about him is not enough. He seems pretty shallow, but that’s probably because for the most part he was preoccupied more with fucking Conrad and using him, showing his dominance and making Conrad yield to him. I personally need a lot more from a character, because as it was, I didn’t really like Archer that much.
Conrad was such a dominant personality in book #1. I was looking forward to him finding someone to fit him perfectly. I didn’t feel like Archer was the match for Conrad. I got tired of seeing them fight for dominance, especially when Conrad was the one who gave in every single time. I felt like the chemistry between Conrad and Archer was all wrong.
Early on, as soon as they met, they figured out they’re both tops (but for the life of me I have no clue how they realized that so fast) and the sex became a means to submit the other. I didn’t feel any emotional connection between them, and by the time it happened towards the end, it was too late for me to feel it, but I did appreciate it.
I love a good, intense, emotional, dirty sex scene. However, there was so much sex in this book, it overshadowed the plot and the pacing of the story became all wrong. At one point I was cringing at the mere mention of sex; 80% of the book was about hard-ons, tented pants, and precum dripping everywhere, blow jobs, sex, more sex and sex yet again. I wanted to cry! Really, LESS IS MORE, especially in this case. Besides, I felt that their sexual relations were sometimes falling into the dubious consent category, which is not something I normally like.
The action that took place between the sex bouts was interesting at first, but it soon became ridiculous; I think this happened at about the 80% point in the book. Trying to solve the issues by themselves was a little laughable, especially when they could’ve used the help of the Secret Service, but that wasn’t the problem.
I hate it when smart characters are being told to not fucking move, stay right where you are but they decide not to listen anyways, only to end up screwing the whole thing over. I expected more from Conrad because he was a smart character who definitely knew better.
Another thing that I didn’t really like was the fact that Conrad and Archer both had suffered abuse in their youth. I would’ve had no problem accepting that as Archer’s story because it would’ve made more sense, but Conrad as well? I think that was overdone; Conrad and Archer don’t have a lot in common, so maybe that was something that was to make them more alike? If so, I my opinion, it didn’t work.
Like book #1, there was some humor in Breaking as well, but it was nowhere near as good as in the previous book. There were definitely times when the dialog made me smile, but it never once made me laugh like I did in Falling. What I loved most was Deefor the dog. He was so darn cute, there’s nothing better than a dog with a huge personality. And Deefor was the one who made me LIKE this book instead of just tolerate it.
Overall this was a good book, but the execution is somewhat lacking.
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