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Break Me Down (Loving on the Edge Series) Kindle Edition
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Just wish the ending had more HEA and less HFN...
Gibson's childhood was one of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father who tried to eliminate his son's quietness and kind heart. Gib's sense of self came out of his ability to withstand the pain, to never show weakness, and while it's made him successful in business it's left him lonely as he can no longer ignore his true desires. He always saw himself as a dominant but after meeting Mistress Samantha he knows he's been living a lie as her power tempts him constantly. Going after what he desires though isn't easy as his father's words and deeds weigh on him, living up to other's expectations keep his desires hidden, and to be happy he'll have to show true strength in accepting his submissive desires. Gibson is an immensely likable man, sexy with heroic tendencies, but also with the pain of his past palpable. Preconceived notions of what it means to be a man batter at him and his reactions to embracing his Sub side are believable and understandable. His fears of being mocked and disappointing those he cares about had me wanting to hug him as these feelings were dark and deep. His Grand Gesture in winning Samantha, while unconventional, was a huge leap of faith for him and truly romantic.
Samantha's life as a child was also lonely and full of abuse as she traveled through the foster care system. It left her vulnerable to broken bones, near rape, and being someone's dirty little secret. While all this made her stronger it also hardened her heart. She's now a woman who won't show weakness and it's led to a lifestyle based on dominance. She likes the control she has now as she had none growing up. Unfortunately, being a female Dom makes it hard to find a man strong enough to embrace his Sub side. Though she's drawn to Gib he runs from the possibilities of what they could be in the future because of his own self-esteem issues. When she's at her lowest emotional point though, after being attacked by two drunks, it's Gib who brings her back from the edge. She's not willing to be his dirty little secret though which leads to an emotional battle of wills requiring them to look deep into their psyches. True strength comes from personal acceptance and only in each other's arms will they find that acceptance. Samantha's a strong-willed woman who experienced some truly horrible things growing up. Instead of giving into the pain she used it to become stronger which made her someone to admire. She's sassy and a bit flirty but exudes power which makes her the perfect Mistress.
From the moment these two met their connection was instantaneous and crackling. When together their sexual tension was palpable while the wait for them to finally get together kept me on the edge of my seat. These were likable characters put through the emotional wringer early in life with bruises to their psyches still today. Pain is what brought them together and what binds them still and is what will help them reach their HEA if they're just willing to trust in each other. This was a quick read with dark emotions and steamy scenes set in the world of bdsm. I'm not normally a fan of bdsm romances but in the hands of Ms. Loren she kept me captivated. With this being a shorter read not much time was spent on Gib and Samantha as a couple. Their connection was already established so their interactions here mostly took place in the bedroom which kept me from fully embracing them as a real couple. Their banter was witty and playful though which made for entertaining interactions and was a nice balance to their darker exchanges. On a whole this was another satisfying installment in a series that remains one of my favorites for its steamy interludes and engaging characters that are far from cookie cutter.
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What I love about this Loving on the Edge novel is that Sam and Gibson (Gib) both have demons from their past that they're battling in their minds.Read more
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