My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Break Even by Lisa DeJong ~ 4.5 Stars
*** Contemporary. Standalone. Marley’s POV***
“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.”
***** OMG! I CAN’T EVEN!!!! Magnet to Nickel is how I feel reading this book – Could not put it down – Devoured in one sitting…
“You profess live with indifference.”
This book just knocked me on my ass in a big way. I read a couple of reviews before I started and it all pointed to infidelity. Typically, I don’t like to read about love triangles or infidelity but I am so thankful I gave it a go. You should too – you will not be disappointed. You think you know what this story is about but you really don’t.
“Do I owe you for tonight, or does Cole have me covered?”
Reading this book is like peeling layers of onion. It’s a mystery – I was trying to guess where the story was going until the big twist knocked me in the face and then just when I thought I could breathe again, the second wave hit before I even had a chance to get back up. Oh my God! My heart was bounding out of my chest but I want more. I don’t know how to write this review without spoiling it other than you just have to read it and judge for yourself.
“Maybe I don’t take about love, but if I ever do, it’ll be with passion.”
Marley is a successful lawyer, as is her husband Cole. They were college sweethearts. Right from the first chapter, I was intrigued. Cole is selfish, can’t satisfy his wife and seems to want to spend a lot of time away on business trips. It was difficult to see Marley’s heartbreaking relationship or lack thereof – Cole definitely puts business before his wife. While away, Cole wanted Marley to take up a new client River. Oh man! River is tattooed, a club owner, alpha male, cocky, and will take what he wants. River needed a lawyer to close on a club deal and River doesn’t make it easy. Between the sexual innuendo he throws at Marley and the cocky attitude Marley does not stand a chance – lines blurred and professional boundaries were crossed. Marley is beautiful, sweet, and smart. She loves Cole but River can make her feel desirable and wanted again. Can she resist the temptation? One night changed everything for them and was it worth it?
“You deserve better, but any pain you fell from here on is all on you.”
This book delivered everything I want – it was funny, angsty, with some of the hottest sex scenes, emotional, raw – I even had tears a couple times. The banters are so fantastic. The writing is exquisite. All three main characters are flawless. The plot line is compelling and unique and it includes a HEA. My only wish is that the epilogue was longer — maybe several years into their life but I think that’s only because I didn’t want the story to stop. Seriously, I didn’t have enough. This is the first book I read of Lisa DeJong – just brilliant! I will be looking back at her previous books and also looking forward to her new book.
*** Definitely another FAV this year and a MUST READ!!!!
“People claim each of us has a soul mate who we’re meant to be with. I don’t think that’s true at all. There are multiple people in the world each of us could fall in love with. How well you change together is truly what determines how long you’ll be together.”
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