Title: Breaking (Escorted, Book 1.5)
Author: Claire Kent
Release Date: June 26, 2013
ARC provided by NetGalley
Now he has only one woman to please.
He knows what to do with her body. He wants her, needs her, takes her--until she can't take any more.
But what they have is so much more than bodies moving together. He loves her, loves her, loves her.
He still doesn't always know how.
Breaking is an erotic novella (21,000 words) that can be read as a standalone, although it features characters from Escorted
What a surprising and highly emotional read. I must admit to setting myself up NOT to get excited with this book. Typically, novellas don't do much for me. They often lack the strength of a full novel. And by that, I mean there isn't usually enough time to get invested in a character, much less, care about them. The bad thing about novellas is (for me), lack of a back story, weak plot, and weak characters.
I found none of that in Breaking.
And I didn't even read the first book, Escorted. (Psst...I AM GOING TO READ THIS NEXT).
So yeah, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself loving the story, the characters, and invested in what was going to happen.
Ander and Lori have hooked up in the first book, Escorted, and are in a committed relationship--engaged to be married.
But Ander cannot get over the fact that he cannot be this perfect man for the woman he loves. He holds all his fears inside until Lori senses a difference with him. And when he refuses to communicate what the problem is, he could end up losing the very woman he needs to overcome his past.
I loved how Lori could sense a difference in Ander. She was so in tune with this man--loved him beyond reason--and provided a haven for her man where he could feel safe. What I mean by that is this: When you are in a loving, committed relationship, you need to be able to see their faults, their vulnerabilities, their SOUL...and your love is unconditional. I totally felt that with Ander and Lori.
Breaking is a sexy story with an emotional pull. A story of how when one person who is at the point of breaking can depend on the one they love and who loves them wholeheartedly.