Blog Tour: Breaking Shaun (Breaking Free #2) by E.M. Abel(@EMAbel4)~ Stacy's Review, Excerpt, Teasers & Giveaway
“Let’s fall in love before the world breaks through. Before time catches up and I break you.”
Breaking Shaun is the second book in the Breaking Free series and it can be read as a standalone, which is how I read it. And now that I have completely fallen in love with these characters I am going to read Freeing Asia which is book one. Not that I need to, but I just really want to. I LOVE the way the Author writes and really pulls you in to not only the world of her characters, but the world surrounding them as well. As much as I love Natalie and Shaun, now I just really want to read Marcus and Asia’s story too!
The book starts off with Natalie moving across the country to live with her cousin Nick in Virginia. Basically she just needs a new start, and being twenty-four years old with nothing to lose she decided to make the move. I think at her young age she just feels a little lost, and I could honestly relate to her in many ways. She has dreams of becoming a photographer, but somehow that all got squashed and she just ended up in the service industry like so many of us do. She’s tough though, and she definitely IS NOT looking for love or romance. She actually has a guys attitude of “screw em ad leave em” which is in her mind the perfect way to stay free from hurt.
“I don’t really get into men. I get on them, and then I get off.”
“Women like me don’t fall for guys like you. We don’t come when you call, we don’t beg for your attention, and we don’t confuse sex with love. Women like me break men like you.”
Shaun is actually the same exact way, He bangs A LOT of chicks and the moment any of them get too close he’s outta there! Shaun also seems a little lost to me, but also more at ease with his life for some reason. He’s only a couple years older than Natalie but he just seemed a little more secure to me. I’m not really sure why that’s just how I felt. One thing is certain, Shaun is HOT and the way his green eyes and surfer body are described is just how you’d want it. He has a filthy dirty mouth on him which I love, and he’s kind of a mega slut which surprisingly didn’t bother me. Either way he’s HOT!
“I don’t want a girlfriend. I want a woman I can get along with and fuck.”
Shaun and Natalie’s chemistry is instant, but their actions most definitely are not. Shaun makes it clear from the very beginning that he wants Natalie, but Natalie is scared of having her usual-casual sex with Shaun. She’s almost too attracted to him, and that could obviously cause a problem. So these two decide to strike up a friendship which is totally new to the both of them, but considering the close group of friends that surround them, it seemed feasible I guess. This is how the other characters are intertwined as well, Shaun is Asia’s brother and Marcus’s best friend, and Natalie is Nick’s cousin who is also best friends with Asia—got it? There are some other friends/family members as well but I really like their core group of friends, they felt like friends I would have in real life. Especially Nick, that dude is hilarious and he says the funniest stuff. I just loved them all.
So basically Shaun and Natalie decide to go down the friendship road until they can’t handle it anymore and obviously lust and want overcome them. Yet they still seem able to keep their “no strings attached” clause intact, it is very apparent that they are falling for each other. It’s cute actually, and although you think it sounds cliché it’s really not. And I think a lot of that has to do with the writing, it was fresh, and sexy and super witty and I am an instant fan of E.M. Abel now. Like for real. Her storytelling has a super addictive quality that makes you feel like you’re right there in the story with them. Obviously these characters go through some crap and dramatics, but at the end of the day I was just really happy with how it turned out, and I actually had a smile on my face when I was done—I love that! This book was a GREAT read especially for summer!
“I wanted all of her. I wanted to be the first man she gave everything to, but I knew I didn’t deserve it. I could only take what she was offering. So, I did. I took all of it.
“Is this what you wanted?” he whispered as he took my wrists in one hand and the other came down to cup my breast. I swallowed as moisture gathered in my mouth and my brain scrambled for a response. It was just so difficult to think with Shaun’s hard body pressing against mine in the middle of his apartment building where anyone could see us.
His gaze finally broke from mine and moved down to my lips as he glided his thumb across my hard nipple. I could smell the soap on him, feel his wet, warm skin pressed against me. My eyes fluttered closed and I pressed my head against the wall as the lust took over.
Shaun moved his hips forward making me very aware of his arousal before lowering his head and slowly dragging his tongue across my bottom lip. I was panting now and my entire body was tingling. I don’t know how he’d done it but Shaun had completely turned the tables on me. I’d come over to assert myself and show him the side of me he hadn’t seen, yet here I was getting pressed against a wall and turning into putty in his hands.
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