Thursday, February 11, 2016

review || BREAKING BRANDON { read-along } by Elizabeth Reyes


BreakingBrandonSelf-Published | November 26, 2013 | New Adult Contemporary Romance
Fate, book 2

He ruled out attachments years ago. Then one day he crosses paths with a beautiful but pampered daddy's little princess. History has taught him one thing about women like her—steer clear.

She was starting over. She moved back to her home town, took a new job assignment, and left her past behind. For the first time in over eighteen months, she's even intrigued by a man—a sexy but cold and indifferent drill sergeant. Despite feeling drawn to him, she has no time to figure out his inexplicable aversion to her.

Then Fate steps in one night, forcing them together. There's a connection neither can refute, and they both consider giving into the undeniable attraction.

Fate however can also be cruel. Just when they surrender to their heart's desires, past demons resurface in the most unexpected way, threatening the happiness neither realized they so desperately needed.

New Adult Contemporary - *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.
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{ about elizabeth reyes } .

Award winning, USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel FOREVER MINE (MORENO BROTHERS #1) in 2010 she has since published seven more in that series, FOREVER YOURS, SWEET SOFIE, WHEN YOU WERE MINE, ALWAYS BEEN MINE, ROMERO, MAKING YOU MINE, and TANGLED with more stories about the Moreno family and their friends to come. She's also published a second series, 5th Street which includes, NOAH, GIO, HECTOR, ABEL. FELIX. Her Moreno Brother's spinoff series FATE includes FATE, BREAKING BRANDON, SUSPICIOUS MINDS and AGAIN (Sydney's story). Her debut traditionally published title is DESERT HEAT and her latest release is her first ever three part romance serial DEFINING LOVE.

When she's not writing (which is rare) she spends as much time as she can with her husband of almost twenty-one years, two young adult children, her Great Dane, Dexter and big fat lazy cat named Tyson.

{ what happened in chapters 18 - chapter 22 ? }

Regina finally asks Brandon about the stuff she found in his closet, and he explains to her that he’s already gotten rid of it - it’s something he would never use with her. She’s offended by this at first, assuming he thinks she’s a prude and couldn’t handle sex like that, but he tells her that sex before her was just a release. He doesn’t need that stuff with her because the sex is perfect. She convinces him to take complete control of her, at least just once, and he does it within limits.

When Brandon goes with Regina to meet her family, they quickly realize that the Sofia that is so closely associated with Regina’s family is the same Sofie from Brandon’s past. Regina spends the day upset and seething with jealousy, even when Sofia tells her that Brandon is a good guy.

They head home after the family event is over and Regina confronts him about everything that happened that day. Their fight is interrupted when they learn Regina’s dad is in the hospital with hearth problems. He comforts her and holds her, knowing that it will be a while before they have to revisit his past.

After her dad has been released from the hospital, Regina goes to see him and her family holds an intervention about Brandon. They want to make sure he told her everything that happened. She finds out that Brandon told Sofia he loved her. They get in a huge fight about it again, and he says that it’s happened - her family turned her against him and he leaves.

{ favourite quote } :

Obsessed - obsessed is what he made her feel like. She was completely obsessed with his lips, his tongue, and his mouth on her body. She understood now what he meant about her, because before him she’d never felt anything like this.

{ discussion questions } :

  • Why do you think Sofia gave Regina her number and asked her to call her?
  • Do you think Brandon overreacted when Regina told him what Sofia said about him

{ review } .

This series is so freaking cute. It has just enough real-life issues, fears, and full emotions for the characters to feel like people you may know. Brandon's past wasn't exactly the most stellar, and while he was a bit rough around the edges, he turned into one of the sweetest Alphas there could be. Regina, who has a solid support system, has her own demons and a past she's running from, and because of that, I found her to be a solid character as well.

Watching troubled characters overcome their demons is something that I enjoy reading about. I like to watch the growth of the characters and when it's done well... well, it's done well. Brandon and Regina's romance is a bit on the quick side, but it worked for the timeline of the story.

As I've stated in other reviews of Ms. Reyes' works, sometimes I find the stories to be written with too many description-driven scenes, and at times the ages of the characters don't necessarily come through in the writing -- they tend to have either over mature or immature moments that don't line up with what has already been established. And lastly, while the epilogue is set up differently than Fate, it was still beautiful and a great way to close this story out.

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  1. This book was absolutely one of my favorites. I'm really enjoying reading it again!!

  2. Enjoyed reading this book one of my many favorite books from Elizabeth Reyes.

  3. Enjoyed reading this book one of my many favorite books from Elizabeth Reyes.