Knox Bauer's life has unraveled to the point of no return. Fighting to fill the emptiness inside himself, he seeks solace in unfamiliar beds with unfamiliar women. As guardian to his three younger brothers, he can't seem to do a thing right. But this can't go on...they look up to him in every way and all he’s done lately is prove how messed up he really is. Needing a change, he attends a local Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting, where he finds himself tempted by the alluring instructor, McKenna.
Twenty-one year old McKenna is trying to make amends. After losing her parents in a horrific accident, she knows if she can just be good enough, maybe she can forgive herself for what happened. With her newly acquired degree in counseling, she begins leading a sex addicts group where she meets the troubled Knox and her life takes on complications she never bargained for. She doesn't have time for a bad boy who only wants to take her to bed, even if her body disagrees. The fixer in her wants to help, but trusting Knox's true motivations might take more courage than she has.
When I Break is book 1 in a new mini series by bestselling author Kendall Ryan.
Warning: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk.
Due to mature content, it is recommended for 17+.
Knox,” she murmured, her voice a tiny plea. “I wish we’d met under different circumstances. My being your addiction counselor complicates things.”
“Why can’t I just be a man, and you just be a woman?”
“You’re in recovery. I can’t be a temptation to you.”
I swallowed heavily. Too late for that. My balls were aching with the need to sink inside her.
“We all have certain wants and desires, McKenna. It doesn’t make them wrong. We’re only human.”
Indecision flashed in her eyes and her gaze zeroed in on my mouth. If I had to guess, I’d say she was thinking about what it would be like to kiss me. It seemed that good-girl McKenna had a naughty side to her. Every ounce of her wanted that kiss. I could read it all over her, from her flushed chest to the thrumming pulse in her neck. I’d be willing to bet it had been a long time since a man touched her. Her body’s responses were too obvious, and I could read the want and curiosity all over her.
I leaned forward just slightly, wetting my lips. She swallowed, her eyes tracking the movements. Angling my head to hers, I paused, stopping myself. Why? To prove a point. We were mammals, we reacted to the opposite sex. It was biology. We were born to breed, to reproduce. Men especially—to spread around our seed. Just the fact that I stopped myself proved that I didn’t have a problem. Only I wasn’t sure if I was trying to convince McKenna or myself.
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Heart on Fire by Scars on 45
Love Don’t Die – The Fray
Teardrop - Massive Attack
Fragments – Thievery Corporation
Letters from the Sky – The Civil Wars
My Review: 5 stars
This one was a pretty emotional read in places. I felt for McKenna because she really has no one besides herself. Her family is gone. Her roommate, Brian, all of a sudden is being demanding and telling her what she should and shouldn't do. McKenna works tirelessly volunteering, trying to make up for something that she should recognize - ironic, since she's a counselor. Knox being in her first group since she's obtained her degree is like playing with fire. She should maintain a professional distance, but finds herself intrigued with him and his family. Knox doesn't see himself as worthy of McKenna. He thinks he's just a screwup and that's not going to change. However, just in the course of this book he has changed. He's gone out of his comfort zone to help out McKenna. He isn't thinking about how this all affects her either. She could lose her license because of her relationship with him; although truthfully, I don't think it's crossed either of their minds. McKenna is risking a lot to be around Knox and his family, whether they realize it or not. They both hold so much inside, and the pain and emptiness is working and hurting in different ways for both of them. Kendall did a great job with this. I picked it up and read straight through until I was finished. Her characters are fantastic, and I'm hoping for the best in the next book. But I know it'll still be painful to read, just like this one. Knox and McKenna have chemistry, now they just need to find out if they can have more than that. Here's hoping.
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels, HARD TO LOVE, THE IMPACT OF YOU, RESISTING HER and WORKING IT.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss! She lives in Minneapolis with an adorable husband, two naughty puppies, and a brand new son.
She enjoys being naughty, reading, and anything girly.
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