***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***Breaking Brandon by Elizabeth Reyes
Series: Fate, #2
Published by Self-Published on November 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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He ruled out attachments years ago. Then one day he crosses paths with a beautiful but pampered daddy's little princess. History has taught him one thing about women like her--steer clear.
She was starting over. She moved back to her home town, took a new job assignment, and left her past behind. For the first time in over eighteen months, she's even intrigued by a man--a sexy but cold and indifferent drill sergeant. Despite feeling drawn to him, she has no time to figure out his inexplicable aversion to her.
Then Fate steps in one night, forcing them together. There's a connection neither can refute, and they both consider giving into the undeniable attraction.
Fate however can also be cruel. Just when they surrender to their heart's desires, past demons resurface in the most unexpected way, threatening the happiness neither realized they so desperately needed.
New Adult Contemporary - *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.
My Book Review:
Breaking Brandon is book #2 of her Fate series and tells the story of Brandon Billings. Fans of Elizabeth’s Moreno series will be familiar with Brandon since he was the “other guy” in Sweet Sofie! I was so excited that Elizabeth decided to write a story for Brandon. His character really intrigued me in Sweet Sofie and I felt bad for him after the way the Moreno brothers ganged up on him in Sweet Sofie. As much as I loved my Moreno boys I thought they were a bit unfair to him in Sweet Sofie.
Anyway back to Breaking Brandon. The book opens up to a scene that was in Sweet Sofie. After being told to stay away from the girl he thought he was in love with and dealing with his dying father Brandon had, had enough of things around his hometown of La Jolla. Brandon is taking his mother with him back to North Carolina, where he is currently stationed at when another tragedy hits for Brandon. Brandon turns off all emotion at this time. He doesn’t want any attachments and he decides to focus on his military career only. The story then skips to four years later and Brandon is being sent back to the place he vowed never to return to, his hometown. While waiting for a connecting flight Brandon is involuntarily drawn to a dark hair beauty who reminds him of the girl he thought he loved long ago. He dismisses her as spoiled and a daddy’s girl from a conversation he overhears. Brandon never expects to run into this mysterious beauty but of course fate has other plans.
Regina Brady has dealt with her own tragic past. She lost her husband to a motorcycle accident and is still recovering from that lost. Regina is the cool headed one. The one her family leans on and depends on during emotional situations. So when her husband died, Regina completely fell apart, badly. Badly enough that she doesn’t share with her family what almost happened. Regina is also headed back home and starting a new job. She’ll be closer to her family but at the same time far enough away to still feel like she isn’t being smothered by their worries. Regina notices the handsome soldier who doesn’t seem to like her very much. She can’t figure out if she knows him from somewhere and she can sense some major dislike from this handsome soldier.
As fate would have it Brandon and Regina end up working at the same military base.
Brandon is not very nice to Regina in the first half of the book. He vowed a long time ago to never attach himself to anyone and it annoys him that he can’t ignore Regina. She’s on his mind even when he doesn’t want to think about her. He’s cold and very standoffish. But soon circumstances keep bringing them together and Brandon slowly lets down his guard and realizes his first impression wasn’t an accurate one. Boy, once he decides to take the plunge there is no holding back for Brandon. He’s all in and I love that best about his character. I always wanted to know what happened to him after he left La Jolla and wow…breaks my heart the things he went through. I can understand why he cut himself off emotionally from getting close to anyone.
It was great seeing him fall in love with Regina. These two were hot together. I would say this is Elizabeth’s second sexiest book, her first being Abel in my opinion! 🙂 The connection between them was real and I connected with them all the way. The cute nickname that Brandon gives Regina just had me melting. There are a lot of swooning moment for me. As with Elizabeth’s previous male characters, Brandon has the alpha-possessive maleness trait down pat. This was one of the many things I loved about him, besides his bone melting kisses! 🙂
Regina was no wilting flower either. She didn’t put up with Brandon’s coldness with her. I liked how she confronted him about it and didn’t back down when he didn’t give her a straight answer at first. It took me while to remember Regina’s character but fans of the Moreno will get a kick out of how Elizabeth intertwines and brings the Moreno back into this story.
There was a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. At first I thought OMG..did Elizabeth really do that but thank GOD she didn’t! Tricky evil lady playing on the readers emotion like that. I really enjoyed their journey to finding happiness and just peace. It was sweet and emotional. Loved the epilogue to this one! One I my favorite epilogues of her books. It was great catching up with the gang. It was wonderful to see things settled for Brandon and his past. Elizabeth Reyes has become one of my auto buy authors this past year. I love her stories full of love and big families. With Breaking Brandon she delivers with those things I love and then some. Family, they are important and a big factor in her stories. I definitely recommend this also recommend you read Sweet Sofie too before diving into Breaking Brandon.
★★ Book was read in November 2013. I own my own personal paperback and eBook copy. ★★
Books in this Series:
- Fate (Fate, #1)
- Breaking Brandon (Fate, #2)
- Suspicious Minds (Fate, #3)
- Again (Fate, #4)
- Rage (Fate, #5) – Coming 11/20/2015
- His to Guard (Fate, #6) – Coming early 2016
- Uninvited (Fate, #7) – Coming mid 2016
•• Breaking Brandon ~ Excerpt ••
He’d just taken a bite of the pizza and the flavors had exploded in his mouth when he heard the tail end of Regina’s conversation and froze.
“She’s dating my Ricardo? Are you sure it’s the same one?”
Chewing slowly, he waited as Regina paused and he heard the refrigerator door open. “Get out!” she said, suddenly sounding a little too giddy for someone who’d just walked away in such a somber mood. “She’s bringing him Sunday? Does she know he’s my ex?”
She paused again while Brandon swallowed down his pizza. It went down a little harder than he’d expected.
“Oh, wow. Did she say if he’s still surfing? I wonder if he still looks the same.”
After hearing that, Brandon started toward the kitchen. He didn’t want to be petty, but Regina’s interest in her Ricardo was irritating as shit, so he figured he may as well get close enough to hear every word. It wasn’t like she’d hushed her voice or was trying to keep this conversation private, so he leaned against the kitchen entryway and took another bite, looking straight at her.
Suddenly, she seemed uncomfortable. It was almost as if it’d just hit her that Brandon could hear what she’d been talking about.
Clearing her throat, she turned away and reached into the fridge. “No, don’t be silly.” Now she lowered her voice, making Brandon chew slower in an effort to remain calm. “I know she’s annoying, but I’m seeing someone now, remember? Besides, I wouldn’t play those immature games. Listen,” she said, abruptly turning back to Brandon with a smile. “We were about to eat. I’ll call you later. Let me know if there is anything you need me to bring.”
She hung up and put the phone down on the counter. “You want a soda?” she asked, reaching back for the refrigerator handle.
Brandon shook his head, staring at her as he stuck the last piece of pizza in his mouth and continued to chew.
“Did you like it?” she asked, smiling brightly.
Again his response was nonverbal; he simply nodded but continued to stare at her. She tried walking past him, but he didn’t move. His body took up most of the door frame, so she stopped, placing her hand over his chest. The tiny smirk on her face relieved him slightly. Obviously, she wasn’t too worried about this.
“My sister was just telling me about my cousin’s new boyfriend.”
“I heard.” He finally spoke up. “Your Ricardo?”
She brought her fingers over her mouth in an attempt to hide a bigger smile. “I just meant my ex.”
Brandon brought his hand around her and squeezed her ass, making her yelp then laugh nervously. “Your ex who you’re still curious about?”
“No,” she said, caressing his face as she pressed her body against his. “Not curious.” She pecked him softly. “I just haven’t seen him in years.”
She tried to kiss him again, but he pulled back. “Curious,” he restated then nipped her bottom lip as he brought his other arm around her and squeezed her other ass cheek even harder. “What kind of immature games was your sister asking you to play?”
That surprised her though she quickly recovered and kissed him a little more aggressively, but he pulled away again.
“Answer the question, Regina,” he said, spreading her ass cheeks and sliding his fingers upwards.
He almost smiled at her gasping, but he continued to stare in her suddenly aroused eyes.
“Our cousin can be annoying, so my sister thought it’d be fun if I flirted with him Sunday.”
He spun her around and pinned her against the kitchen wall. “And that’s how you refer to me to your family? Someone you’re seeing?” Before she could respond, he ripped her panties off. “Is it? Not your boyfriend? I thought we discussed this?”
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