Breaking Elle by Antoinette Candela
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Elle has a boyfriend she adores, a hot best friend who has feelings for her that are more than friendship, and there is a new guy in town who has her feeling things she hasn't felt before. Reed has just moved to Boston to escape some trouble from his past. He never excepted to meet a woman who he comes to need more than he's needed anyone before.
There are definitely some steamy moments in Elle's relationships. It could easily make a girl jealous that she has so many options when it comes to hot guys who want to pleasure and protect her. I got frustrated at times by her inability to spend more than a very small amount of time alone. She faces various betrayals and challenges, but seems to rely on another one of the men in her life almost immediately when different one has screwed up.
Reed is a complex character, and suffers the fate of many characters past who don't tell people things in the name of "protecting them". This is one of those situations where I really didn't understand why he was keeping all the secrets he was. It seemed pretty clear to me that keeping all of his information hidden would only lead to him hurting himself and others. Despite there being some pretty good choices in this book, and Reed having the complex issues that he does- I'm still rooting for him. It feels like if he could just get his life on track and deal with the mistakes of his past, he would be great.
The dialogue feels a little repetitive at times, but overall the story engaged me enough to have an opinion about what I wanted to happen with the characters. I will be reading the next book in the series because I do want to see how all of this plays out.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review