My story isn’t a love story … not the typical kind anyway.
As a lawyer, I’m used to discovery, but I never saw this one coming.
Every day, River gives me ten reasons to stay away, and then eleven reasons why I can't. Our relationship was to remain strictly business, or at least I tried.
Four years of marriage, and everything with Cole has changed. I never knew two people who lived together could be so distant. But I’m not ready to give up on him.
One man wants to break me.
The other is just trying to get even.
Both are lying to me.
***This is a standalone contemporary romance (though a little unconventional and twisted!)
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
That synopsis. The moment I read it, I knew I needed this book. But. It doesn’t even come close to describing just how much this story etches its way deep within your heart.
“I’d climb until my fingers bled if it meant I’d still have him.”
Marley and Cole Mason, husband and wife attorneys have their own law firm. They have it all. The money, the house, nice cars. But Marley craves so much more from her husband. Time, love, and affection. Her love tank is on empty and while she repeatedly tries to tell this to Cole, he always comes up with excuses. When Cole has to go out of town, he leaves a client in the hands of Marley to deal with. River Holtz. The fire to uproot her life that she never saw coming.
“I don’t see them, Marley.”
I have to be vague in the plot as I refuse to ruin anything for the reader experience. You must throw yourself in this one. Remember that you have not read this story before, and nothing is as it seems. There are twists and turns you never see coming. Your heart goes out to these characters as every emotion in this story feels real. You understand Marley, and what she craves. Her situation is not for the faint at heart. We are thrusted so far deep into her story. The reader is in the middle of her despair, the moment she falls for River, and the obliteration of her heart in the process.
“I hate him. I want him. I loathe him. I need him.”
This story is simply MAGIC. It’s addicting. It’s like the author secretly sprinkled fairy dust on her words to keep the reader wanting more.The writing pulls you in. The author places you within the heart of Marley. You FEEL her love and yearning for her husband, Cole. You know that her heart always belonged to him. That just somehow they lost their way. And River? You FEEL the moment he ignites a spark that died in her heart so long ago. But this is not a typical cheating or love triangle story. I can’t even compare it to anything I’ve read as this book definitely deserves a class of its own.
“To open your heart is to open yourself to heartbreak.”
There are people that may have issues with this story because of certain factors. But despite any reservation you have about this book, READ IT. Books are supposed to push boundaries, make us feel, and remind us just how much love cannot be defined and placed in a box. Love is selfish. It’s also selfless. It’s intoxicating, overwhelming. Love shatters. I love that the author held nothing back. This story is raw and gritty. It’s the truth about love. Love is not hearts and flowers. Love hurts. But love also fulfills.
“He’s a magnet. I’m nickel. He wants me. I need to feel wanted. Days of loneliness, and he’s filled each one.”
Break Even is a powerful story about a woman that aches for the love and adoration of her husband. Marley is strong and self-sufficient. She is not a weak woman who simply falls for another. This is her story and it is so much deeper than that. So who does she finally surrender to? Her husband, Cole, whom her heart never left? Or River, the man that reminded her what it feels to be strongly desired and coveted by a man? You MUST read to find out.
My eyes never leave my guest who’s dressed in a crisp navy blue suit, white shirt with the top two buttons undone, and expensive brown leather belt and shoes—the kind Cole works so hard for. River carries the look with ease.
“I hope I didn’t interrupt,” he says, sauntering toward one of my guest chairs.
He shrugs, relaxing into his seat. “I was bored, and I’ve noticed you like your coffee, so I thought I could buy you a cup. It’s the least I can do since you’re going to have to put up with me all day.”
“Who said you could barge into my office?”
He smirks. Stupid dimple. “Your secretary was missing so I helped myself.” His eyes stare into mine—too long and far too intense. “I didn’t mean to interrupt your phone call with Mr. Mason, by the way.”
“Something tells me you’re not feeling all that guilty.”
“You’re right, but I did learn something about you.” His elbow rests on the arm of the chair, index finger brushing his chiseled jaw.
“What’s that?” I ask, unable to look away.
“You profess love with indifference.”
My mouth falls open before I realize it. I quickly recover, searching for my voice. “What do you know about love?”
“Enough,” he says simply.
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