Title: Breaking (Fall or Break #2)
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 28th 2015
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Who would have guessed? I ended up loving Conrad Black. Barbara Elsborg manages, not only to redeem him, but to make him more approachable and even loveable to the reader. If you read Falling, you know what I’m talking about. Conrad managed to come across as a sympathetic douchebag, if such thing exists.
Now it’s obvious why his relationship with Malachi didn’t work. Because Conrad doesn’t need to be in control. He needs to lose it. He needs someone to make him beg and push his boundaries. This someone is called Archer. Archer is a complex character. He’s a badass hitman, but he’s not soulless. And he really cares about Conrad.
This story is not without flaws. First of all, you ‘ll have to suspend your disbelief. There are a few coincidences that are way too far fetched and I found myself wondering : “Really? What were the odds?”. Not to mention the characters recovering from all types of injuries in no time.
Second, the plot gets a little out of hand at some point. The MCs are on the run, there are gangsters involved, and so much is happenning… I got confused.
Another (small) niggle is that Conrad never apologized for his shitty behavior towards Malachi. I would have liked to see some kind of closure from Conrad’s POV regarding this.
BUT positive outweighs negative here, and there were a lot of things I realy liked:
The comfort/healing theme. The amazing chemistry and scorching hot sex scenes. The slow burn. The dog! I loved the dog. The action, despite the above niggles. And the fact that despite the chaos, the characters talked and worked hard to be together. No insta love here!
In other words, this story had flaws, but it also had a lot of soul. I hope this wasn’t the last book in the series.