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Breaking Skin Paperback – June 8, 2016
About the Author
Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.” Connect with Debra: www.facebook.com/AuthorDebraDoxer twitter.com/debradoxer www.instagram.com/debradoxer www.goodreads.com/author/show/6876249.Debra_Doxer
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I was hooked from the very beginning, right at that line, this book pulled me in. This was my first read by this author, but it definitely won't be my last! I really enjoyed the writing and the storyline kept me intrigued.
Cole and Nikki's story begins with a ONS. They have a connection but both of them have decided on only one night. Yet it's obvious they feel a loss by the end of it.
"I sense a tug at my heart, a heaviness in my chest I didn't expect, and it feels like longing but it also feels like loss. The loss of something I didn't know I wanted, but understand I'll never have."
We later learn that they were both in rough places and neither were in the right frame of mind to start a relationship. But neither can seem to forget about that night...
"There are certain events in your life that leave an indelible mark. They change you because they write themselves on your soul."
Nikki was such an easy character to root for. Was she perfect? No. But she recognized her flaws and owned them. She didn't place all the blame on others. I loved how she recognized that even if *most* of the blame was on her family (in my opinion), she could have done more...
"Renee made it difficult, but not impossible. I should have pushed harder. I should have come on my own when Renee told me it wasn't a good time because it was never a good time."
"Deep down I knew this was a lot for Renee to handle on her own, but each time I mailed her a check, I told myself I was helping. Now I realize that check was a poor substitute for my affection. It was for me, not for them."
And even though her dreams of being ballerina is one of the most important things in her life, she sets that aside when her niece needed her. She's easily one of my favorite heroines.
Then there's Cole *swoon* To be honest, now that I'm reviewing this more than a week later, I can't remember any stand out qualities about him :/ I know that sounds bad, BUT my memory sucks so it's not too out of the ordinary. I do know that I really loved him... he's the exact kind of hero I root for her.
"She's the one who got away, and I'm letting her slip away again."
"Because we make each other stronger. The two of us together could slay dragons if we had to."
The reason I couldn't give this 5 stars was because the conflict at the end seemed a bit forced and not very realistic given the characters personalities. I didn't really believe Cole would give up so easily. I also wished Nikki had been more forthcoming about her feelings for Cole.
This story exemplifies right person, wrong time, and I loved how they were able to come together again.
"Cole and I found each other not once, but twice."
It felt like fate. And even though the circumstances surrounding their second chance aren't pretty, I kind of liked it. What if Nikki and Cole are soulmates and this was the only way for them to find each other again? Would you take a bit of messiness if it meant you got your soulmate? It certainly got me thinking and I really loved how it all came together in the end <3
For an emotional family and thought provoking novel, then check out Breaking Skin by Debra Doxer. This is one of her stand-alone novels.