Broken Open by Lauren Dane

Posted September 19, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Broken Open by Lauren DaneBroken Open by Lauren Dane
Series: The Hurley Boys #2
Format: eARC
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Musician, Romance
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Beyond passion. And beyond their control…

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex…

Then she met him.

Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn't the man of Tuesday's dreams. He's a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions, whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It's primal. It's insatiable. And it won't be satisfied until they're both consumed, body and soul…

 I don’t think this book was exactly what I was expecting, like I knew from the synopsis that the book had a lot to do with two people who are kind of stepping out of dark periods of their lives and spend some time, let’s call it, “enjoying each others company”. But it ended up being a lot more about these individual people trying to find a way to step out of the walls they have built around themselves and moving past some serious stuff in their past.

I really liked Tuesday. She was just so complex and interesting. I loved that she’s such a strong person, but yet really has no idea that she is. I can’t imagine losing my spouse, so it’s completely understandable that she would take some time getting over it, but when this book starts she is well on her way to rebuilding her life and making her professional dreams come true. I liked what a good friend she is, and also what a good daughter she is. She tries to do the right thing when it comes to her in-laws, which let me tell you if I was, I wouldn’t have been so patient with them.

Ezra was really intriguing to me, he’s a very famous musician and he is coming back from being a heroin addict. Talk about an intense thing to move on from. He has basically removed himself from his old temptations by becoming a work-a-holic on the family ranch, and not touring with the band anymore. He’s such a good brother to his brothers, and he’s also just such a good guy. I liked the dynamic between him and Tuesday, they both are able to talk to each other in way I don’t think they would be able to with other people. They see through the BS, which I loved.

This is an interracial romance, and it does address some of the racism that sadly, still comes along with being in an interracial relationship. I will say I loved how many people rallied around them whenever they were challenged. Ezra and Tuesday really heat up the sheets, and I have to say I love Ezra in those scenes, he has alpha tendencies, but not in a domineering way, it just works for him. I did think the pacing on this book was a little slow, it made the book feel longer, and I think I would have liked the book just a tad more if the pacing was a little bit faster. But all in all I really did enjoy this book, and I think if you like romances where people are coming out of the dark and finding their way again, then this might be a book for you.
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About Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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