Title: When I Break
Author: Kendall Ryan
Release Date: Feb 24, 2014
Knox Bauer’s life has unraveled to the point of no return. Fighting to fill the emptiness inside himself, he seeks solace in unfamiliar beds with unfamiliar women. As guardian to his three younger brothers, he can’t seem to do a thing right. But this can’t go on…they look up to him in every way and all he’s done lately is prove how messed up he really is. Needing a change, he attends a local Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting, where he finds himself tempted by the alluring instructor, McKenna.
Twenty-one year old McKenna is trying to make amends. After losing her parents in a horrific accident, she knows if she can just be good enough, maybe she can forgive herself for what happened. With her newly acquired degree in counseling, she begins leading a sex addicts group where she meets the troubled Knox and her life takes on complications she never bargained for. She doesn’t have time for a bad boy who only wants to take her to bed, even if her body disagrees. The fixer in her wants to help, but trusting Knox’s true motivations might take more courage than she has.
When I Break is book 1 in a new mini series by bestselling author Kendall Ryan.
Warning: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk.
Due to mature content, it is recommended for 17+.
“What’s on your mind?” I asked, wiping my mouth on the napkin.
Pretty blue eyes pierced mine as she hesitated to answer.
“Say it, angel.”
“When I met you…I don’t know. I could feel your pain and knew you’d experienced more than your fair share of trauma too. I felt connected to you.”
I knew what she meant, but that didn’t mean I wanted to encourage her attachment to me. I would only end up hurting and disappointing her. Even if I did everything in my power not to, that was my track record with women.
“McKenna, I’m not going to deny that we have a connection. We do.”
“But?” she supplied, a trace of sarcasm in her voice.
“But…I fuck random girls. I use them for sex. I’m not a good guy. You shouldn’t be so nice to me.”
“You’ve made bad choices. You’ve messed up. But you’re not a bad guy. I see the way you are with your brothers, and attending group, that’s your way of trying to get better. You’re not going to scare me off so easily, Knox.”
My participation in her little meetings was practically court-mandated, and honestly, the only reason I’d continued going was because of my attraction to her, but I didn’t correct her, wouldn’t scare her off until she was ready to go.
I feel like When I Break is Kendall’s strongest work yet, she completely let her characters shine here. Goodness knows she can write a love scene that will cause your blow out to frizz, but there was none of that here. Trust me though, Kendall gives us plenty delicious tension between Knox and McKenna. I admit I was surprised, being Knox was a sex addict I was totally expecting hot, wild, crazy, make your toes curl sex BUT reading along I really liked that there wasn’t any of that. I feel like I got to know Knox and McKenna better. We have two well developed characters who’ve experienced loss in their past who learned to cope in their own ways; Knox has random sex, McKenna volunteers for every organization under the sun. I loved seeing them get over their initial hesitation with getting to know each other, on the surface they thought the other was so different but when they peeled back each others layers they found they had a lot more in common then they thought.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these two, I like how their relationship developed and progressed, the tension and angst, I like how the ending made me yell out “nooooooo” and has me rooting for them as I anxiously await the next book. Hurry Kendall!!!!
***I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review***
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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels, HARD TO LOVE, THE IMPACT OF YOU, RESISTING HER and WORKING IT.
She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss! She lives in Minneapolis with an adorable husband, two naughty puppies, and a brand new son.
She enjoys being naughty, reading, and anything girly.
Kendall is giving away
-Three $10 Amazon Gift Cards
-One signed copy of Working It (US ONLY)
-One signed copy of When I Break (US ONLY)
-2 ebook copies of When I Break