Thursday, December 31, 2015

5 Star Review~ Break Even by Lisa DeJong



My story isn’t a love story … not the typical kind anyway.
As a lawyer, I’m used to discovery, but I never saw this one coming. 

Every day, River gives me ten reasons to stay away, and then eleven reasons why I can't. Our relationship was to remain strictly business, or at least I tried. 

Four years of marriage, and everything with Cole has changed. I never knew two people who lived together could be so distant. But I’m not ready to give up on him.

One man wants to break me.
The other is just trying to get even. 

Both are lying to me.

***This is a standalone contemporary romance (though a little unconventional and twisted!)



Break Even by the ever talented Lisa DeJong can be read as a standalone and it does have a happily ever after but man oh man the journey to get there is turbulent and rocky, beautiful & oh so broken. 

Break Even follows Marley, which by the way I love that name so much, in her love story. It's completely conventional to start off. Happy wife, good job, loving husband, until one day it isn't and it all starts to fall apart around her. 

When River walks into her office, everything in Marley wakes up again. The passion she feels she is missing from her everyday life and marriage. The feeling of being sexy and wanted. Everything is so much brighter when River is around. But he's a temptation she can't afford to have. She's married and she's not that kind of woman..... until one day she is.

This story is very forbidden and if you don't like cheating, you're not going to like this.. But for me, the cheating in this story wasn't too bad. It made this story so much more. It wasn't only Marley who was unfaithful and untrue to her marriage. It doesn't make the act of infidelity ok but it did make it ok in this story. 

I burned for River. He was so yummy and so sexy that I could see how Marley just couldn't say no. River turned into everything right for Marley.. He watched her, coveted her, took care of her and made her feel like the special woman she always should have felt like.. Cole (her husband) just wasn't giving it to her anymore.... and then the SECRET! BOOM! Not even going to go there. Everything gets so twisted and murky, that you just have to experience it for yourself.

Everything Lisa DeJong writes clenches my heart. It grabs hold and I just can't stop until I've devoured every last drop. Break Even was no different. I had no idea what this book was about when I signed up to review this story but it didn't matter, I jumped because I knew I would feel EVERYTHING. I would feel my heart in the pit of my stomach, in such a good way. You never know what this talented author is going to throw at you next. Break Even will mesmerize you, steal you mind, body & soul, and make you believe in love in all the wrong places.

I can't wait to see what this amazing author will present us next!

5 stars!


My eyes never leave my guest who’s dressed in a crisp navy blue suit, white shirt with the top two buttons undone, and expensive brown leather belt and shoes—the kind Cole works so hard for. River carries the look with ease.
“I hope I didn’t interrupt,” he says, sauntering toward one of my guest chairs.
“You’re early.”
He shrugs, relaxing into his seat. “I was bored, and I’ve noticed you like your coffee, so I thought I could buy you a cup. It’s the least I can do since you’re going to have to put up with me all day.”
“Who said you could barge into my office?”
He smirks. Stupid dimple. “Your secretary was missing so I helped myself.” His eyes stare into mine—too long and far too intense. “I didn’t mean to interrupt your phone call with Mr. Mason, by the way.”
“Something tells me you’re not feeling all that guilty.”
“You’re right, but I did learn something about you.” His elbow rests on the arm of the chair, index finger brushing his chiseled jaw.
“What’s that?” I ask, unable to look away.
“You profess love with indifference.”
My mouth falls open before I realize it. I quickly recover, searching for my voice. “What do you know about love?”
“Enough,” he says simply.

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