Title: Break Me
Author: Autumn Stark
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Erotic Romance)
Release Date: January 6, 2014
Cover by: Books With Benefits Press
Publisher: Books With Benefits Press
"On the verge of tears at certain points, only to have that chased away by excitement bubbling in my throat and a squeal threatening to break free of my control. The author took me on a journey I never expected. While most romance novels have the usual plot points, this one will surprise you.I started reading this book, not expecting anything spectacular. Just a run of the mill romance novel. I don't think I've ever been more surprised by what I found. I love the way the author captured the emotions of the characters and laid their hearts bare to the readers. Break Me is bound to shine in the romance genre, with a new take on love and relationships." -Night Owl Reviews, March 2014
Abigail Stevens, an efficient and no-nonsense editor for one of the biggest names in the romance novel industry, has a big problem. She's been desperately in love with Anthony Tate, Mr. Romance-Writer himself, for the last four years. She's settled for friendship and professional success for the last four years, but now the sexy writer needs something more from her and she can't find a reason to refuse.
Tony Tate has built a career centered on his identity as America's most romantic writer. That identity does not include a debauched temper tantrum in the aftermath of his very public break-up with his on-again, off-again girlfriend. Tony has known that Abby has had the hots for him since the moment they met, but when his Plain Jane best friend and controlling editor ends up being his only option to exorcise his demons and pent-up sexual frustration, he can't wait to break her prim and proper shell.
As Tony and Abby push each other farther than they've ever gone before, the question becomes, who will break whom?
“Tony,” Abby was so tired she could barely breathe, “what do you want from me?”
“I want you to explain how you disappeared without a word after four years. I thought we were more to each other than that. At least friends.”
“Did you? Did you really?” Abby’s voice rose to a furious whisper, her shoulders tense. “Well, I didn’t disappear. I left. There’s a difference.”
“Really? I must have missed the memo you sent out saying sayonara.” Tony was glaring at her, reclined on the couch.
“What right do you have to be mad? I’m the one--” Abby snapped her lips together.
“You were the one who what?” Tony eased up on one arm and waited.
“I’m the one who got swept aside like a piece of trash! I’m the one who...who...was an absolute idiot for thinking we were ever anything at all!” Abby felt like venom was seething painfully out of her body making it impossible for her to stop. “I’m the one who fell in love with a man I couldn’t have! I’m the one who was used!”
“That’s bullshit, Abby.” Tony said it calmly. “You ran away. You didn’t give me a chance to talk about any of this. You are not a piece of trash and if you call yourself that again, you’ll regret it.”
“What’s the point of this Tony? Please, just leave me alone. I’m sorry, okay? I’m sorry I ever...ever thought,” Abby started crying, the sobs pressing the air from her lungs.
“Abby.” Tony was there, pulling her against him and wrapping his arms around her. She was surrounded by him and she couldn’t make herself break free. His warmth seeped into her and his scent enveloped her. It felt like the safest and most dangerous place she could ever be. She cried for what felt like forever. “Abby, the point is that I don’t want to leave you alone. I made a mistake. I know that. I never meant to hurt you. I never meant to make you think you were trash. Can you believe that?”
My Review: 4 1/2 stars
Just wow! These two really did a number on each other. In my opinion, yeah, they both broke. I felt bad for Abby because she really didn't know that Tony had any feelings for her, real or otherwise. He used her body until she said something he didn't want to hear and then, he broke her with his words.
Then Abby, bless her, did the one thing that Tony never thought she would do. She left him. Tony had been so self centered for four years, he had no clue where she might have gone, and it was killing him because he couldn't find her. And didn't that make him look even more like an ass. So it took him a week to find out where she may have gone, and then I actually laughed out loud when Connor kicked his ass. That was great, and he completely deserved it. Tony was trying to find Abby, and he did. But she wanted nothing to do with him. She broke him by shutting him out and not believing anything he had to say, because she knows him better than he knows himself. Tony dug his own hole, he was going to have to figure out a way to get out of it. It took Tony a while to figure it out, but by then he didn't care about anything, not his career, not his reputation - nothing except Abby.
Loved the end, they really were perfect for each other. Autumn wrote a fantastic book with amazing, complex characters, and it held me to the end. I had to know what would happen after that day in Tony's apartment when Abby left. Fantastic! I'm gonna have to look for more of Autumn's work, cause I want to read more.
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