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Break In Two Paperback – November 24, 2013
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"I inhaled this book.. Riveting sexual heat.. A delicious and definite five star read."
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"Wow what a totally fantastic story. Addictive. With quite a few twists, plenty of hot sex, this is a book I highly recommend you read!"
~Philomena Callan, Top UK Reviewer
"A wonderful story that twists and turns and never lets up for a second. Setting the bar high with her debut novel, MJ Summers has all of the skills necessary to cement her name at the top of the ladder."
~Alex Laybourne, Author of Trials & Tribulations
About the Author
MJ Summers currently resides in Alberta, Canada, not far from the Rocky Mountains, with her husband, three young children and their goofy dog. When she's not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), hiking, Zumba and yoga (to make up for the milkshakes), swimming and camping (with lots of gooey s'mores and hard ciders). She also loves shutting down restaurants once a month with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they shut the lights off. MJ is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the International Women's Writing Guild. MJ would love to hear from you and does her best to respond to all emails personally. She also enjoys joining book club meetings (via Skype if not in her area). You can contact her at email@example.com or here: https://twitter.com/MJSummersBooks https://www.facebook.com/MJSummersAuthorPage www.mjsummersbooks.com https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7302721.M_J_Summers
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Secondly, I am not a fan of the instant "there is just something about him/her" factor. It makes me think the author has no imagination or creativity to be able to come up with an actual reason for the two to like each other... it's cheap.
Thirdly, Cole seemed like a female trapped in a males body. There was just so many instances where I though to myself, 'that is not something a man would say/do.'. Yes books are fantasy and not reality, but there needs to be some sense of realism for a story to work. Did Cole seem sweet and romantic?... Yes. Did Cole seem strong, manly and rugged as a cowboy would most likely be written to be?... No.
Fourthly, and I have to say, I am no prude, but I feel as though there was just TOO much sex scenes. It was to the point that it was beyond boring and I skipped it. If you want to write erotica, write erotica, if you want to write romance, write romance. A romance novel can have some sex scenes in it, but it was just to the point that it was monotonous and boring, not to mention badly written. It almost felt as though a teenager had written it at some points. I can understand that sex scenes can be difficult to write, but if you are struggling to write them, maybe don't include so MANY of them... like really, like seventy-five percent of the book was sex scenes... not enough meat to the story, and too much gravy.
Fifthly, I didn't like that Cole was so quick to take Gabriela's side of the story without listening to Claire after she and Gabriela had their talk. Cole blamed Claire, saying that she upset Gabriela to the point that she is considering going back to Brazil. Gabriela had mentioned feeling uncomfortable and wanting to leave way before Claire said anything to Gabriela and Claire should have told him that. When Claire told him she was leaving, he said, something along the lines of 'you are doing what we both know needs to be done.', wtf? I wouldn't have forgiven him so quickly... there would have needed to have been some groveling on his part before I would even consider taking him back.
I liked that Claire wasn't a stick figure. Waif thin women only exist on the television and in magazines... oh and also my nightmares. Reality is that most women have a little chunk to them. Kudos for writing a woman of real size.
Although I think Claire was written to be a little too insecure, I like that she was vulnerable and insecure (just maybe tone it down a little bit next time). All of us feel insecure at times, and especially if we are recently cheated.
I think the author did a spectacular job describing the scenery. I have never been to Colorado, but she described it (and London for that matter) in such detail, that I could almost picture myself there. I only wish she had taken the time to develop the detail of the stories as she did in describing the scenery.
In the end...
Using this book as a judge of what the authors books are like, I wouldn't likely read another of her (or his) books. I can't say I would recommend it to anyone, but I commend the author on having the guts to write and put it out there for all to see and judge. I wish her/him the best.
This story is long-ish (over 400 pages) and by the time I had gotten to 39%, the characters had been through the normal hullabaloo and it could have ended, leaving us with another enjoyable-for-the-moment-but-ultimately-forgettable book. And I wondered what could fill the rest of this story?
Oh, boy. I don't want to give spoilers...but it's so HARD! Let me just say that from about 60% I spent the rest of the time GLUED to my Kindle with my heart confused about whether it wanted to be in my throat or in the pit of my stomach. I REALLY felt for these characters and I was sad, pissed, and honestly a little worried that there were going to be some really stupid decisions made.
There were a few times when I was cussing Cole and a few times when I was cussing Claire. But mostly I felt bad for Claire. I understood her insecurities and defeatist attitude. For someone whose confidence was just starting to blossom, she was hit with a whammy that would make any woman flounder.
Break In Two is told in 3rd person narrative and it not only gives the perspective of Cole and Claire, but we are treated (briefly) to the thoughts and motivations of some of the secondary characters like Cole's mother, the odious Antonio, The sexy, outspoken Frenchman, Luc Chevalier (who needs his own book! Hint Hint, Ms. Summers), etc. But don't worry that it detracts from the story or gets boring-- the other characters' details aren't long and drawn out or tedious. They are relevant and add a lot to the book.
On this topic about 3 person POV--for most of the book there seemed to be a lot of switching from Cole to Claire, like from paragraph to paragraph. In a lot of books the author will tell one MC's POV, for a while then switch, but it's an obvious switch. This book seemed sort of jumpy about it. But I can't complain too much about that because I always love and appreciate dual POV's--and I'll take 'em anyway I can get 'em. Also...I was a little tired last night... but I HAD to finish, so maybe I missed something in my tiredness, but I'm wondering why Ben and Alicia's son is named Jake Jr. ??? Oh, well, it was late, and I'm easily confused.
This book kept me highly entertained. It was erotic and funny then it made me sad and mad--my emotions were all over the place and that deserves 5 stars for sure.