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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc. (December 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419963201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419963209
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,775,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Richards TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 12, 2011
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I liked this story okay; there was just something missing in it for me personally.

I did love this hero. Will's an alpha-nerd and a virgin; you definitely don't see this everyday! I loved how he is socially awkward, taciturn, and even a little obsessive and fixated on the heroine. I do think the author missed a great opportunity to make the book more about this intense yet vulnerable man's emotional, childhood scar.

I think the heroine's sexual assualt was an intrusive plot device for discussing the hero's own tragic episode. It's almost as if the stalker co-worker is thrown in to force that conversation about Will's past, and that wasn't really needed, in my opinion. I would much rather there had been some sort of issue develop between the H/h over his past and not over the heroine's withdrawal from him as she recovers from her own attack. The focus was more on the heroine's current issues and needs, and this made Will's emotional damage seem like an afterthought.

I felt for the heroine after her attack, but for some reason I was much more sympathetic to Will and his history. How can you not feel for a hero who cries in the shower after the heroine had done something inadvertently which reminded him of his own bad experience? He's a strong yet needy character, and I just wish that had been more the focus.

All in all, this was not a bad story. Don't want you to think that it was, but I just wanted something more for Will, something special for him. He finally gets the girl of his dreams, his first girlfriend ever, his first kiss, his first lover, and the very trauma that has made him wait for all this is confined to one conversation at the very end of the book. So much more could have been done with that. And that left me disappointed in it and maybe a little sad for this special hero.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. Graham on March 7, 2010
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This one is an odd one for me to review. The book was good. The story was a little off (for me) for some reason. After thinking about it for awhile I think it was because we do not really learn a lot about Will until the end and so he seems off center just a little. He was a very sweet loving guy and honestly with this story you would not want him any other way. Jenny was a very realistic character in her insecurities and as a survivor. I feel the author did an excellent job in describing the rape scene. I was devastated for her, it was very realistic in comparison to others that I have read and it made me feel as if I was there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean on December 1, 2012
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I went into this book with very few expectations and I was very pleasantly surprised. I love the characters of Will, Jenny and even Christian. They were all likeable and felt real. I loved how Will's sweet shyness totally meshed with Jenny's outgoing personality. The story was well-paced and definitely kept my attention. So, it's mostly all good.

The only thing that bothered me was the assault. Only because it seemed kind of forced and out of the blue. I would have much rather had Will's secrets be revealed by him confiding them to Jenny in a different situation - including the fact that she was his first everything. I couldn't imagine that piece of information never coming out. It just seems too important to leave out of their story.

Good read. I'd recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book B**ch on September 21, 2012
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I liked the idea of this book. Boy meets girl, girl has gay-man bestie, girl goes through trauma, guy breaks down and tells his secrets. Sounds great in an outline but the story lacks the details I want in a book like this.

Will- is a virgin. Let's start there because I have a thing for the virgin heroes (I have 2 listmanias dedicated to the v-card carrying gentlemen). Because of his childhood, Will has remained chaste and isolated from the outside world as much as he possibly can. I loved this idea and throughout the book, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to hear what happened to cause him to prefer this type of lifestyle. The scene finally came where his deepest darkest secrets were revealed...I was beyond disappointed. Yes, his childhood kida sucked but I can't see anyone avoiding people for almost 30 years just because of what was described of his youth. Another thing that bugged me is that, Will never tells the heroine, Jen, that he was a virgin when they met.
Will is the powerful male character that every woman drools over but he sees only Jen. I loved this idea because, well, what girl doesn't want a man who only has eyes for her? But his shyness was over the top. All of his internal dialogue reminded me of something a teenage girl would be thinking. I believe he even has that thought himself, "I sound like a teenage girl." In the beginning it was sweet but after a while he just seemed like a muscular P-word.
I did love that Will was so accepting of Christian. Not every straight guy can handle shopping with a gay guy who flaunts his homosexuality.

Jen- is great. She has a goofy sense of humor and a pleasant outlook on life. She and her best friend Christian have the most entertaining relationship and I think that is what really made the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rad Ryder on June 12, 2012
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Breaking the Silence was a delight to read. Having checked out the reviews, I had high expectations. At the same time, I was also prepared for a let down because when reviewers gush about characters, I am continually reminded that I seem to have very different ideas about likeability. Not only were these characters likeable, they were loveable, endearing, clever, witty and most precious of all - believable. I laughed out loud reading the dialogue between Jenny and Will at one point. Jenny had been out drinking with her gay friend Christian (nice play on words there Katie Allen)and she was giving Will directions to where they were. I so identified with that drunken dialogue it made me feel like this scene actually happened to me; maybe it did and I simply don't recall it clearly enough.

The eroticism was underlined and bolded by the intensity of desire and depth of need the author expressed so well. This was not just a hot description of moves and and how said moves feel. The need Will felt for Jenny came through loud and clear. His lack of experience certainly conflicted with his ability to expertly arouse Jenny. We've all known the fumbling of the first time. A man with no experience cannot possibly know his way around a woman's body, cannot possibly balance interpreting her response to his touch while somehow knowing the right time to move on, the right duration, the right intensity, ect. Will's ability to do everything right was believably set up by the way the author describes his utter fascination with knowing every inch of her body by touch, taste and scent. If I say much more I will give too much away... and also have to end this review right here, ahem.
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