BBBC: Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan – Review | Playlist | Excerpt | Giveaway

June 6, 2013 Blogging Buddies' Book Club, Excerpt, Review 2

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Welcome to the first post of the BLOGGING BUDDIES’ BOOK CLUB on Have Book Will Read!

For our first group read we chose Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan.

Read on for my review, playlist, an exclusive scene from Asher’s POV, and an international giveaway!

Make sure you stop by the BBBC Facebook page to see the links to the rest of the group posts.

Unbreak MeTITLE: Unbreak Me

AUTHOR: Lexi Ryan

GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance

PUBLISHED: 27th June May

SOURCE: Review copy received from author via AToMR for book club review

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“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”

I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”

But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my façade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his. 

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?

Wow, Unbreak Me was an emotional ride but IT WAS WORTH IT!

A year after leaving New Hope Maggie is back home to attend her sister’s wedding. Krystal is marrying William Bailey. William Bailey is Maggie’s ex-fiancé. Maggie left New Hope just 2 days before she was due to marry William herself. As you can see, things in Maggie’s life are complicated and tongues are wagging as soon as people see her back, especially when Krystal and William’s wedding is mysteriously sabotaged. 

Bad things have happened to Maggie. She’s only 21 and has already gone through more than most people would ever go through in their whole life. She’s been chewed up and spat out by people who should’ve known better, people who she trusted. Things that happened to her at the young age of 15 have shaped her whole life since then. People thought they knew things about her, they thought they knew the kind of person she was. Maggie has learnt to protect herself, she’s hidden herself away in a protective shell. Not letting anyone in ever again means she won’t get hurt. But then she meets Asher, he’s different, he actually wants to get to know her. Maggie starts to feel things that she hasn’t felt before and everything is about to change …

OK, so my quick breakdown of what Unbreak Me is about doesn’t really do it justice in any way but hopefully you’ll be intrigued enough to pick it up and find out more for yourself. It was soooo good!

So, what did I like about it?

Well, I loved the alternating points of view between Maggie, William and Asher. I really like being able to get in to the head of as many characters as I can. When you’re reading from just one POV you’re always left wondering what the other characters are feeling and thinking. But not with Unbreak Me. I didn’t like reading from William’s POV so much because he wasn’t one of my favourite characters. I just felt like he was selfish and adding to Maggie’s problems. He’d made his decision to be with Krystal and he should have been strong enough to leave Maggie alone to come back to New Hope without added stress from him.

I loved the steamy scenes! They were definitely H.O.T! I also liked how Asher waited to go all the way with Maggie. He needed her to know it wasn’t just about sex for him. He felt something different for Maggie. He understood just how fragile she was and felt the need to protect her, to be there for her. Maggie was broken because of the actions of different men in her life. It seemed to me like everyone wanted a piece of her, literally, and it was nice to see that Asher would be the one to break that pattern. Maggie said it best herself when she said “You’re the first man I’ve ever been with that doesn’t want to have sex every time we’re naked”. 

I loved the way that we were made to wait to find out about Maggie’s past. Slowly, slowly, bit by bit, we were given information about what had happened to Maggie. The more she trusted Asher the more she told him. Asher was definitely the person Maggie needed in her life. She’d gone too long keeping everything bottled up inside and needed to let it all out so that she could release herself from blame and move on in her life.

The secondary characters were a mixed bag – some I liked and some I didn’t, but that was the point. I liked Lizzy and Hanna, Maggie’s twin sisters. They were always there to support her. I was undecided about Krystal and William. I felt like Krystal swooped in on William just as soon as she could and William seemed weak, he almost took the easy option of being with Krystal and then changed his mind when he saw Maggie again. I hated Ethan, Toby and Kevin. They were perfect examples of the men who had made Maggie’s life hell. One person who I didn’t originally like and then warmed to was Maggie’s mum. She was a woman who was very concerned with keeping up appearances and as such became kind of detached from her daughters. Once Maggie opened up to her and told her everything I saw a different side to her and I was left hoping that that would be the start of them re-building their relationship. Maggie definitely needed it.

I loved reading Unbreak Me and it’s one I can highly recommend. I think we ladies in the Blogging Buddies’ Book Club chose the perfect book to read for our first book. Make sure you read on to read an excerpt from Asher’s POV that is exclusive to BBBC, you don’t want to miss it! Plus, don’t forget to come on over to the Facebook page to join in the Unbreak Me discussion, we’d love to see you there.

 

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM ASHER’S POV

There is a woman swimming in my pool.
Scratch that. There is a naked goddess swimming in my pool.
I drape my towel behind my neck and watch her in the moonlight. She pushes through lap after lap, pulling her body through the water as if she’s running away from something. And as I watch her, all curves and grace and beauty, my heart pounds like I’m the one doing laps.
When she finally stops, she’s out of breath and I’m aroused as fuck.
“Training for the Olympics?”
She snaps her head up in surprise, and even in the soft light of the moon I can make out her features enough to recognize the woman I danced with at the wedding.
Maggie.
What the hell is she doing here?
“Sneak up on many girls?” she asks.
“Only the special ones.” I drop my towel on a chair and dive into the water. I hadn’t been expecting company tonight, but if she went to the trouble to track me down, I can play along.  
When I surface, her eyes are on me—my mouth, my bare chest.
“What are you doing here?” she asks, backing away.
“I live here.”
She snorts. “No you don’t.” Then, when I don’t reply, “Shit. Really? You’re Rich Dude?”
“Rich who?” Suddenly I’m feeling like a bit of an ass for diving in to join her. She’s naked in my pool but not here for me?
Damn the luck.
“Shit. I’m sorry. I just…” She’s laughing, and her posture is the most relaxed I’ve seen it yet.
The question is: If she didn’t come looking for me, why is she here?
Suddenly, it clicks and I have my answer. “You haven’t come to swim in a long time.”
That cuts her laughter short. “You watch me?”
I can’t tell if she’s appalled by the idea or aroused by it. Having just witnessed the way her naked curves look as she pulls herself through the water, I can imagine why someone might watch, but that’s not my style. No. If I’d seen Maggie swimming in my pool before tonight, watching would have never been enough.
“My groundskeeper told me a young girl used to sneak in about once a week,” I say, explaining what should have occurred to me when I first saw her here. “I assume that was you?”
“Yeah.”
“Why’d you stop?”
“I left town for a while,” she says, her words slow and carefully chosen.
“Looking for something?”
She shakes her head. “Running away.”
I understand running away. Hell, that’s why I’m here, isn’t it? I didn’t come to my house in New Hope because I thought I’d find something. Quite the opposite. I’ve been living here for the last year because of what I knew I wouldn’t find here. Trouble. Drama. Baggage.
And yet, here I am…Here we are…
As much as I’d like to be the gentleman, my eyes have a mind of their own, and I find my gaze dipping to the water and her bare breasts.
Damn.
“Sorry I had to disappear earlier.” I’ve hardly met her eyes before my gaze travels south again, to the rise and fall of her breasts, to flat of her stomach in the water, the curve of her hip.
“I’d let you make it up to me,” she says, coming closer.
My resolve to stay away from this woman and her problems crumbles just like that. I could blame my many months of self-imposed abstinence, but that’s not the culprit here. My crumbling resolve has nothing to do with me wanting to be with woman and everything to do with me wanting to be with this woman.
“You’ve had a long day,” I tell her. “You want to talk?”
She drapes her arms around my neck, and the feel of her nipples grazing my chest is enough to whip my breath from me. “Why would you think I want to talk to you at all?” she asks.
I grunt. “Because you’re looking at me like a starved woman at a prime rib buffet.”
“Yes,” she murmurs, staring into my eyes. “What does that have to do with talking?”
“Don’t you want us to get to know each other before you indulge?”
She tilts her head to the side. “I’m more about the meal than the conversation.”
There’s a heat in her green eyes that’s nearly irresistible, but there’s something else too. Something…almost familiar.
“You’re a kid,” I object lamely. We both know if her age was a real concern, I never would have taken her onto that dance floor.
She runs her finger down my neck and blood pulses so hot and fast to my cock, she may as well have touched me there. “I’m twenty-one,” she says. Then she wraps her legs around me, and I nearly lose my loose hold on control. Drama, baggage, trouble, none of it matters. Nothing matters but feeling that bare, slick skin against mine.
But that’s not true. There is something that matters. “Is this about him?” I ask.
She frowns. “Who?”
“The groom at your sister’s wedding? He has some kind of hold on you. I saw it in your eyes. In his.”
“This has nothing to do with William Bailey,” she says, but her face gives her away.
And yet, here I am, lowering my head to kiss her, when I know it’s a mistake, when I know she’s thinking about someone else, when that breaks every simple ass rule I’ve given myself for this year.
I’m acting on something more primal now, something that wants to protect her, something that says if she’s thinking of another man, she won’t be for long.
I’m careful to be slow. Soft, gentle. I don’t know this woman, but I feel like she deserves soft and gentle, and if I’m going to do this, I’m determined to be everything she deserves and more.
But she doesn’t just kiss me back. She bites my lip and digs her nails into my back. And I let instinct take over.
 
© 2013, Lexi Ryan
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