Friday, July 24, 2015

ARC Review: Breaking (Fall or Break 2) by Barbara Elsborg

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.

Dani's rating:

This is an intense, emotional read with much angst and loads of steam.

This mouth-bruising, air-stealing, mind-fucking kiss was like no kiss he'd ever had or ever given. It deprived every cell in his body of oxygen, and flooded them with lust.

The overarching theme of Breaking is that of hurt/comfort. Both MCs are damaged, cracked, broken. Both are closed up so tight, they can barely breathe.

I hated and loved Conrad Black in Falling, the first book in Elsborg's Fall or Break series. I learned more about Conrad here, and I can see why his relationship with Malachi didn't work.

Conrad needs someone to push back, to challenge him; he needs someone who will make him beg.

Conrad wanted him, even though he knew he'd never keep him, wanted him even though he knew he was dangerous, wanted him because he made him feel alive.

Malachi's sweetness and easygoing nature are a perfect match for Harper, but not a good fit for Conrad.

Archer is an enigma, a challenge, a hitman with a conscience and a hard, kinky edge.

"You do know the more you fight, the better I like it? The way you smell, taste, and feel when you're aroused like this --it all turns me on. Fear, anger, lust."

Conrad saves Archer ... more than once. But Archer saves Conrad too.

Their relationship does not come easily. Both men are scared and aloof. They talk round and round. Archer has never trusted, never cared enough to stay.

When we first reconnect with Conrad, he is in a hospital bed and severely injured. Conrad knows what happened to him was no accident. Someone wants Conrad dead.

Someone is after Archer too. His last job didn't go as planned, and he's quitting the lucrative but dangerous hitman-for-hire business ... hopefully in one piece.

The plot involves two men on the run, revenge, arms dealers, secret service agents, brokers, secret identities, guns, lies, torture, violence, Georgian gangsters, and a castle under attack (siege?).

I liked the first 65 percent and the last 6 percent of the book a great deal, but somewhere in between, the double-crossing and layers of bad guys upon (possibly) good guys upon REALLY bad guys who are not what they seem, and .... What?

Never mind the miraculous healing ... must be the bionic sperm. Hey, I choose to believe that. Don't fuck with it, mmmk?

But the sex was hellaciously HAWT, and the chemistry and play for dominance between Archer and Conrad positively sizzled.

Deefur the dog (get it?) stole the show, and I dug the romantic, secluded (for a while at least) cottage on the beach where the men first connected.

The dual POV really worked for me as well. I liked digging deep into Conrad and Archer's thoughts and motivations. Plus, there's humour. Who knew serious, always-in-control Conrad could be so damn funny?

Definitely recommended for a gripping, dirty ride with some true emotional payoff at the end.

"Harder," Conrad gasped. "All of you."

"You're my anchor," Archer whispered in his ear. "You keep me safe."

I hope there's another book in this series!

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