Breaking by Barbara Elsborg ~ Book Review by Caroline

25063508 Title: Breaking

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Archer Hart is on the move before the man he’s just killed is found. When a bullet whizzes past his ear, he realizes hunter is now hunted. So much for his retirement plans. Someone wants him dead and all he can do is keep running.

Downed by a hit and run driver, barrister Conrad Black is certain the ‘accident’ was deliberate but he has no proof or support. In recovery, struggling to work out of partial paralysis, he has plenty of time to wonder who regrets not striking him harder. At this point, running anywhere is a distant dream.

The confidence, determination and stamina of two alphas males will mean little if neither is willing to bend—seize the love offered—and work together to understand why they’re suddenly both marked men. Not easy for either when Archer has broken the law in the worst possible way and Conrad is the law.

Caroline’s View:

Conrad Black’s life has revolved around work for the last few months as he tries not to think about losing his old lover Malachi. When he is the victim of a hit and run that only he is convinced wasn’t an accident he has to make some pretty big changes. Thankfully he isn’t paralysed but his recovery is going to be long and painful and whilst lying in his hospital bed he has too much time to examine his life.
He runs from his family and friends and holes up in a seaside cottage but even that doesn’t give him the peace and seclusion he so desperately wants.

Archer Hart has a very high risk occupation and not one for the faint hearted. Aiming to get out before it’s too late he has plans set for his retirement but his last job sees him becoming a target when a bullet narrowly misses his head. For one that is always so careful to cover his tracks, as his life relies on anonymity, it now seems someone knows who he is. He sets off travelling, never staying in one place for long in the hopes of escaping whoever is on his tail. A day spent surfing sees him nearly drowned until Conrad risks his life and wades into the water to rescue him.

Barbara Elsborg gives us two very dominant alpha males who refuse to give an inch initially and circle each other like sharks. There is the sense of a constant challenge between the two but also a curiosity of ‘what if’. There is of course the issue of how their jobs affect each other – not something that Conrad can overlook easily.

Archer is teasing and cocky, very sure of himself and certain that he could never fall in love. He wants to get Conrad into bed but only if Conrad will defer to him and let him make the rules. Conrad is confused. He has spent weeks dissecting his previous relationship and is almost ashamed at the way he sometimes treated Malachi. He is almost haunted by the questions in his mind and whether he really tried hard enough to love the man.

The story is full of twists and turns and some that you will definitely not see coming but the real beauty is in seeing two very stubborn men having to compromise. They have to rely on each other in a lot of ways, often just to stay alive, when it seems their enemies are everywhere. There are a lot of walls to break down in every area of their lives and if they can just get the chance to stop running and breathe a little they might get a chance to make their compromises work.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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