Sunday, October 25, 2015

Review: Breaking Him by R.K. Lilley

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

It was the kind of relationship where I invested more than I had to spare. 

I gave it everything. 

And so when it failed, I lost myself.

It changed me. He changed me.

I went down with the ship.

My soul, burnt embers in the aftermath. 

The fire of him ravaged it all.

He burned me. 

Broke me.

Scarlett had always dreamed big. She was headed straight for Hollywood. Destined for silver screen greatness.

But in her wildest dreams she never imagined she’d be broke and single at twenty-eight, doling drinks at thirty-five thousand feet.

She was a glorified waitress in the skies.

It had been years since she’d seen him.

But one day, there he sat, gazing intently at her, ready to set everything ablaze once more.

Dante wanted her. Again.

Sure, she’d play along…but this time, it was his turn.

She was breaking him.

After all, love is war.

Natasha’s Experience:
Oh my god. I was not expecting that much angst, torture, fierce and unbridled love.

“Love is never satisfied with half-measures. It won’t take parts of you. It will own all of you, every single, longing piece.”

Scarlett and Dante are equal parts vicious and passionate. They are both each other’s undoing. But love has never made sense for them; they’ve never been that conventional couple. Scarlett grew up knowing how it felt to be unwanted, how it felt to be broken down time and time again. Dante was a mystery with his temper and rage that ruled him as a child.

“We were too precisely built together, each too profoundly shaped by the other. Every part of us had been assembled as one piece.”

They find solace in each other when the world seems like a cruel place to be alone; they revel in their connection, slowly building a kind of love that can only exist in a pair of souls that are tied together in the way they are. However, their kind of love doesn’t come without a price. They endure some sort of tragic event and are savagely torn apart. What happened to their solidity? Why are they so consumed with the need to break each other apart when they grew up being each other’s havens?

“The most toxic relationships in life are defined by the way they make us feel about ourselves.”

Usually I read about toxic relationships and there comes a point where I think, “Okay, you both need to go your separate ways because your relationship is filling you with the type of poison that you can’t possibly survive.” So why is it that I was rooting for these two to just overcome whatever it was that they did to each other to cause the pain that they feel every single day?

“How could you find comfort in the soul that had shattered you?”

I’m not a fan of cliffhangers, at all. I should say my anxiety is not a fan of cliffhangers. That being said, this cliffhanger almost felt necessary to my sanity. I needed to breathe because this book was packed with too much feeling, too much intensity, too much heartbreak. I’ve never had that kind of experience, where you reach the last page and you audibly sigh because holy crap you need a breather! I need to properly digest everything I subjected myself to with this read.

“What happens when two people of terrible pride fall for each other? Terrible things. Destruction. Chaos. Pain. Sorrow. War.”

I have so many ideas about what is to come but I will undoubtedly be blindsided, as I was for a majority of this book. Seriously, BREAKING HIM will break you first before you even realize it’s happened.


About the Author

R.K. Lilley is the best-selling author of the Up In The Air, and Tristan & Danika, and The Wild Side series.  She lives in Texas with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She's had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She's been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day.

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