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Breakaway (New York Blades) Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012
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Rory Brady: Fascinating portrait of a complete sociopath. Rory Brady dated Erin for 8 years, planning marriage and a family, then dumped her over the telephone to pursue an NHL career. Now he's back in town and he's not afraid to let everyone know that he's Rory G-ddamn Brady and deserves a second chance. He deserves his girl back, his best friend back, the faith of his little Irish town, and the love of his Grandma.
And he never, ever apologizes. Well, scratch that. He does once, in Chapter 11. "Sorry for that," he tells Erin whom he has been told was on suicide watch by the town when he broke her heart. Sorry for that, but we will be getting back together. Because I'm Rory G-ddamn Brady and that's what I've decided.
He even says in an internal monologue that while he may have utterly destroyed Erin, so much so that he didn't even recognize her skeletal figure on the street the day he returns, it's been so good for her because she stands up for herself. I'm Rory G-ddamn Brady, patting myself on the back. I really can't remember the last time I read such an unlikeable leading man.
So of course, not-so-plucky Erin runs right back to Rory G-ddamn Brady because, well, he's Rory G-ddamn Brady, don't you know? And she abandons perfectly well-adjusted Jake who's done nothing but be nice to her. But it's okay! Because Rory G-ddamn Brady points out that an over the hill, married woman named Sandra with four kids has always liked Jake and Jake is all, "Awesome! I always wanted to raise some other dude's four horrible children and be the go-between in a messy divorce!"
'Cause the author wouldn't want Erin to look like a total bee-yotch for just leaving Jake in the lurch like that. Gotta throw him a bone.Read more ›
Contemporary Romance -Feb. 7th, 2012
Erin O'Brien thought that she had it all: she was going to marry Rory, her childhood sweetheart, who was selected to play in the NHL in America. But overwhelmed by his success, Rory broke up with Erin instead. Devastated, Erin stayed in Ballycraig, Ireland, stuck at her mother's B&B and secretly hopes to find a way out of her dreary life. Two years later, Rory returns to Ballycraig determined to woo Erin back. But can she forgive him?
For some reason, British romance writers can create the bleakest settings. Right from the beginning, you get a sense that Erin's life just sucks - she has an overbearing neurotic mum who works her like an unpaid slave (and somehow hopes that Erin will work at the family B&B for forever!) and a best friend who's married to a crappy guy and stuck with four kids. Erin's life is so depressing! It feels like she's trapped. It didn't help that Rory, the guy who was supposed to sweep her off her feet ended up dumping her. Thankfully Erin is not afraid to reach for her dreams. Even though her mother is against it, she's taking an online degree in art history and dreams of being away from Ballycraig and her family's B&B. I like that she has spunk and independence. Unfortunately, I thoroughly dislike Rory. In fact, I downright detest him. I hate the fact that he waltzed back into town confident that Erin will take him back. I hate the fact that it never occurred to him that she was devastated by their breakup and that it took her a long time to get over him. Worse of all, I hate the fact that they did get back together again even though he doesn't deserve her.
This romance was such a letdown with such an undeserving hero.
Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club
Reviewed by Fran(Under the Covers Book Blog)
This was a classic case of "This cover is so hot!" and then the book falls a bit flat. Having not read the previous books in this series I can say I wasn't lost and was able to enjoy this book as much as the story allowed me. Mostly because we are not in New York with the team, or even around hockey.
Nope, we are in Ireland. Turns out Rory Brady was a bit of an ass and a jerk. He left his hometown to go become a big NHL star and then dumped his high school sweetheart, Erin O'Brien. Erin has been devastated and has not been able to move on much with her life. And then Rory comes back for the summer with the goal of getting her back. You know what they say, you don't know what you have until it's gone and all that.
But here's my problem. Instead of Rory coming back and doing some serious groveling to get in her good graces again, he's very much so his regular self. He just expects Erin to fall back at his feet just because he came back for her. To take her away from the little town she's always wanted to leave behind. And in a way she does kind of give in to him easily.
The writing was good and I will probably try out some other books in this series or look out for the next one. I just think I picked the one that seemed to do a lot of talking in circles and going to the pub to get drunk. But it was a light and fast read.
*ARC provided by publisher
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I read this book from back to back and found it boring...,I like her other books but just not this one. There was no sizzling attraction, tense sexual heat..the story fell flat.Published 17 months ago by Tray S.
Deirdre Martin's books are always good. Her characters are interesting and she doesn't let the reader get bored with her dialogue. That's a plus for me.Published 21 months ago by Book Lover
I know romances are not supposed to have this super complicated plot and surprising twists. No one expects a Song of Ice and Fire. But characters are supposed to be relatable. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Camile Freitas
I almost skipped this one due to some of the reviews, I'm glad to say I didn't. The characters were well written and their story and issues believable. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mary
not nice to require illiterate people to write. I will give you multiple choice: a. Martin great writer. or b. Martin best writer.Published on September 4, 2013 by Willis
I'm a huge hockey fan, and who doesn't love a good romance?! The New York Blade series is a perfect fit for me! Love these books!Published on August 28, 2013 by Marindi Coward
Nice story. A mother who tries her best to keep daughter in the small Irish town. Daughter was in love with a hockey player who made it big in the US. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Teach
In this book Erin and Rory are lovers who have broken up all because of Rory's hockey career. Now he wants her back. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Kathy