Monday, August 3, 2015

Amy's review of Breaking Free - Guarded Hearts books by Alexis Noelle


Holly James is trying to move on with her life, but it’s not easy. She can’t stand to be touched by anyone, not even her own family. She is a lost broken shell of the person that she used to be. She realizes that shutting everyone out is much easier then opening up and letting someone hurt her.

Drew Walker is no prince charming. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself and has no intention of changing. He loves the life of excitement and entitlement that comes with being the lead singer of a band, and has no plans to get tied down anytime soon.

When these two meet there is an immediate chemistry. The thing that surprises Holly is that she can tolerate his touch. He makes her feel like herself once again and gives her the freedom and comfort she has been desperate to find. On the other hand he is self-centered, egotistical, and everything that she should stay away from.

What happens when the one person who can save you might also be the person who can break you?

“There was something about Drew, but I had no idea what it was. He was self-centered, cocky, and definitely not prince charming. Maybe that’s why I liked him though. Maybe I didn’t want to be saved by the handsome prince. Maybe I wanted to be corrupted by the evil king.”

**Breaking Free is for mature audiences only—strong language, and explicit sexual content are apparent.**

3.5 stars Breaking Free is a book that goes with the Guarded Hearts “series.” However from what I understand you can read each of these books as a standalone although characters from the previous stories are included in Breaking Free. This is the fourth book in this bundle. Holly James’s past has led her to cringe at the thought of people touching her which includes her friends and family; not just males but all people. The events that have tragically changed her do not allow her head or heart to bond with anyone much less engage in any type of relationship. Holly’s brother is ridden with guilt. He was not able to save Holly before but he will protect her now from anyone and anything to make up for what he wasn’t able to do in the past. Holly’s friends and family say they understand but they don’t. She sees their faces and knows they wish she would just forget. In order to try and help Holly her friends decide to take her to a concert. Holly is terrified but in order to please everyone she decides no matter how traumatic she is going to try and survive what she feels will send her reeling right back into her worst nightmares. Drew Walker; lead singer of The Renegades is your stereotypical rocker. He is beautiful, sculpted, tatted up and arrogant. After Holly leaves the concert venue trying to avoid the crowd she meets a mysterious man that she isn’t anxiety ridden by. He touched her and she felt calm. Fear did not rip through her like usual. Holly needs to know why this man was able to be close to her without her falling apart. Of course you can imagine the roller coaster here. A terror ridden girl meets the man who she doesn’t fear. The man has issues of his own; the biggest being the fear of commitment. Drew’s drama runs deep and both characters were a tad over the top for me. The back and forth was a little too much and I wanted to have a counseling session with both of them. However, having said that as you all know I am open minded when reviewing and know that we don't all love the same type of story -- so -- if you like a good tormented romance then this one is for you! I cant comment on the previous books as I have not read them. But you might want to click up the series in order to have a better connection to all the characters.

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