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“Life is full of pain and heartbreak, conflict and doubt…but there’s also love and passion, joy and laughter… and its ups and downs along the way make like worth living”
When she catches her fiancé cheating, Olivia Mason moves to South Carolina. Having no family, she has lost a lot, but she is ready to move on, ready to make a fresh start, ready to make her own choices. Men and relationships are the last thing on her mind until she meets Dex Porter, the sexy ex-marine turned underground fighter, who is still haunted by his time spent in Iraq.
I liked Olivia and Dex. They had issues and fears; Olivia was strong, independent, sweet and feisty. Her past meant that she had been coasting through life, she had fears of abandonment, and her heart was guarded. She didn’t want to get hurt, and therefore, kept people at arms length, never truly letting anyone in.
“Maybe I had always been a little closed off but I had reason to be”
Dex was rough, sexy and may have come across as arrogant at first, but he really is a good guy who was caring, funny and fiercely protective at times. Loved his alpha male side. His past meant that he didn't do relationships, he uses fighting, woman and alcohol to numb out his pain and block out the demons that still consume him.
“In the light of the day. I could hide from my ghosts, but the reprieve was only temporary. As soon as I drifted to sleep, they would chase me down again”
The storyline; it was emotional, sexy funny and not too high on the drama. Told from Olivia and Dex’s POV meant I was able to get to understand their fears, their vulnerability, and feel their emotions, also reasons behind their hesitation to be more that just friends even though they are drawn to each other.
“We were both anchored to the past, haunted by our own regrets and unable to move forward or let go”
“If Olivia caught a glimpse of what was beneath the surface, it would only send her running”
“I found myself gravitating towards him whenever he was around. I wasn’t in denial: I knew that I was attracted to him, I mean who wouldn’t be? By I also knew I couldn’t go there”
I like watching their relationship develop, the way they try to fight their attraction they have for each other, and the way they open up to each other as their walls slowly come down. Olivia and Dex found in each other someone who could make them stronger. Someone who could help them heal, and move forward with their lives. It was both moving and touching at times to read.
“There was something about her that both captivated me and made me feel comfortable. There was no expectation or judgement with her, and it put me at ease.”
“Sometimes all it takes is finding something to fight for”
Overall, Break Away was another enjoyable, quick read from Ellie Grace. I liked her writing style, as it was engaging from the start. The story flowed well and I liked the way Ellie made her characters develop throughout the book. Great secondary characters such as Dex’s sister, Amy and his best friend Tate were both great supports for Olivia and Dex. I would read a story about them. It was nice to see Nora and Jack, characters from the first book-This Time around-and see a snippet of what was going on in their lives.
The ending was good, no cliffhanger, but I will say my only slight disappoint was the epilogue. I love my epilogues and I like them big; ones that as I swipe the last page I’m left with a big fat grin on my face, and with this one I liked it, but I wanted to see more into Olivia and Dex’s future. However, with that being said I would recommend that you Add Break Away to your TBR list, and if you haven’t read This Time around I would also add that one too. I look forward to reading Ellie’s next book.
Ellie Grace is an avid reader, chocolate lover and caffeine addict. When a story popped into her head that she couldn’t seem to shake, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a writer. When she’s not writing, she’s usually curled up with a book by one of her many, many favorite authors.
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