Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review: Until I Break

Until I Break
By: M. Leighton

Synopsis: Until I Break In love, sometimes what you fear most is exactly what you need. Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control. And she doesn't exist. Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn't know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with. Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare. When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be. Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her. The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.

My Review: 2/5 Stars

     I wanted to like this book.  I really did.  I went in with high expectations.  It is rare I cannot finish a novel, but this was that rare occasion.
Samantha is an author, writing steamy romance novels.  The persona she portrays as Laura Drake is strong and confident, everything Samantha is not.  She lives two separate lives, working diligently to keep the two words apart.  That is until she meets Alec.  Alec is the man of her dreams, literally.  He is the main character she has dreamed up in her novels.
Alec has a dark and haunting past.  His demons plague him daily.  He desperately tries to turn over a new leaf, but meeting Samantha sets off a frenzy with in him that he is unsure he can control.  Pursuing Samantha is something he shouldn't do, but he is compelled to.  All too soon he finds that she is unlike any woman he has tried to seduce before.
… This is where I left off.  Midway.  Samantha and Alec were beginning their relationship when I put this book down one evening and I never felt the desire to pick it up again.  The story was written well, but I never connected with the character.  I never fell in love with them.  Maybe I will try again another time, but for now I have placed this one back on the shelf.

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