Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It’s my fault; I’m the one who isn’t strong enough. I’ve been damaged…broken. Breck’s words haunt me…’There’s a consequence for every choice you make.’
I’ve had so many women I can’t even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don’t need or want anyone, ever…not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what’s left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my ruin…my sweetest hell.
Disclaimer: Intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.
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It’s been a while since I read a real soppy love story as I have had my head stuck in tons of YA. This was a nice and welcomed change of pace. The story is really and truly about Breck Steel but then to get to the depth of the story we have Emma Jones.
Emma is from a small town and being a preacher’s daughter she always felt like there was more to life than where she grew up. In a relationship with the one guy she ever dated since high school, she just knows that she wants more than what Justin has to offer. So she ups and leaves for Boston to conquer her dream of being an artist.
She meets Jess and the rest of her crew, which includes Breck Steel who simply leaves Emma breathless from the moment their eyes meet. Breck is dark, mysterious and for the most part dangerous but then there is Emma who is innocent and a bit naïve. Over time Breck and Emma form an unlikely friendship, which they both knew with time, could be soo much more. But Breck is not used to feeling like this about any one let alone a woman, there is something about Emma he just cant seem to shake. Especially as Breck believes he is beyond saving and doesn’t want to taint Emma. I wont give away any more of the book as I like to give spoiler free reviews.
I wont lie I absolutely loved this book, from the first chapter I was sold and knew that I have to get into the story. I liked that the story is written from Breck and Emma’s perspective. There is soo much in this story that I experienced a range of emotions through it all There were times I laughed, and moments I was actually holding my breath. The authors writing style was so descriptive that I could almost vividly picture some of the fight scenes. I enjoyed Brecks sense of humor and even Gavin’s snide remarks. I found Jess the most annoying as she has a bit of a self-destructive way of dealing with her issues. I liked the unspoken trust that flowed among them as a group although I was not happy that it took them so long to share most of it with Emma. It could have save a lot of heartache if they all did. The story was touching and for me it made me see that no matter what your past is you can always make something even better of your future. It also made me know that love can be absolute and all-consuming and that is truly covers a multitude of sins. Trust me you wont be disappointed with this book.
“I vaguely hear Anton making his not so smooth move, but my attention is still diverted to the enigma standing on the threshold. Carnal thoughts wage with futile attempts to break the vexing connection enslaving my failing senses. Heat simmers through my veins to places low in my belly and my lips part in resentful shock from the intensity of emotions raging inside of me. His gaze is full of hate, punishing even, and chills spill down my spine. Need to know why he affects me this way conquers all my internal alarms blaring for me to just stay away. The redhead follows his gaze and the warning in her eyes is clear. Disregarding the seething look, I pull away from Anton. Breck’s lips curve slightly as his eyes gleam dominantly, daring, showing his intentions to play. Standing my ground, I refuse to break the silent challenge. I don’t understand the rules, or the game, but there’s no way in hell I’m going to lose. The music stops; people push their way through the crowd towards the bar, but neither of us moves. Anton is calling me. I ignore him. Flashes of light ignite the room in angry hues as the band begins the next song. Breck’s date pulls on his arm, and it’s me who smiles this time.
Several accosting seconds tick by before he gives me a slight nod, admitting his defeat, but it’s the toxic mix of admiration and animosity in his eyes that strips me of air, making my knees weak. With one last look, he’s gone, but I know whatever this is that he’s started is far from over. Slowly, the tension gripping me begins to ease. Dread and desire hit me like a sledgehammer. I don’t want to play his game. Good or bad, I don’t want to feel anything for him…not him. Shaking my head, I blame Jess’ drink. Feeling discombobulated and foreign in my own skin, I breathe a rushed apology to Anton and walk shakily to the bar. “
Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, Ash to Steele, and her newly released paranormal romance novel, Feel. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards, and Saving Rain and After the Rain were nominees for the 2014 RONE Awards.
When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, three dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.
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