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Break Me Slowly (Shattered #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  5,279 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
Graduate student Katelyn Gunn is headed for her first day of assistant teaching when she is almost hit by a car. The nervous and inexperienced Kate is shocked to realize that it isn’t the near death experience that has her heart racing, but the sinfully sexy man behind the wheel. Adam Kinkade is ultra-wealthy, devastatingly handsome, and the most powerful distribution mogu ...more
Kindle Edition, 191 pages
Published March 10th 2013 by Bear & Gunner Publishing LLC
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Jessy (Jessy's Book Club)
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If the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy and the Crossfire Trilogy made a baby, it would be called Break Me Slowly.

I quite enjoyed this one. I had just come from a very intense read so this fit in perfectly. Short and steamy. When I first saw the title I expected a dark read which it wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing light about the characters’ pasts. They both come from abusive backgrounds and we get a glimpse of Adam’s and in much more det
Mar 13, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
Barely 3 Stars

A wannabe Fifty and Crossfire, even down to the words: "I'll try". It could have been really good but I thought the story was anemic and thin. Nothing was in depth. Nothing was really told/shown who Adam is and was. What does he do? Who are his friends? What makes him tick? Dunno the answers to all questions. I did like Katelyn. But I want to know about Adam. I loved that he groveled at the end to get her back... just love that scene.
Mar 31, 2013 Jodie rated it really liked it
Adam Kinkad.

We were two broken people who couldn’t communicate about the darkness that was swallowing us whole.

Remember when you were coming down from reading the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy and the Crossfire Trilogy and you were left in that cloud of nothing will ever compare to these, what am I going to read, the book hangover that doesn't seem to go away. Well, I give you your Tylenol, Break me Slowly.

I enjoyed this book more then I thought I was going too espec
Apr 19, 2013 Writer rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: WILL NOT RECOMMEND
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Two weeks! that's how long it took me to finish this. It begun with a good promise of something that might be really enjoyable. But after about 200 hundred so kindle pages, it went down hill. I don't know why an author would write a scene that's quite hard to believe and swallow, so demeaning on the heroine's character.

One particular scene is the Heroine, Katelyn Gunn, after finding out the apartment where her
Mar 19, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
This one was around 3.5 stars. I was very close to Bared to You, nearly down to some of the same lines.

These two have major...

And Megan & Brian??? WTF where did that come from? There was like ten seconds spent on that disaster of a situation...

Katelyn meets Adam when she is nearly run over by his car as she stands dazed in the streets. Kate has deep issues from her past and closeness and touching is a trigger that sets her off...but when Adam gets near her a calm finds her that she had not
3.5 stars

I discovered I'd already read this book when I opened it, still I skimmed back through it. In a variation on the beautiful virgin tumbling at a billionaire's feet trope, here we have our innocent walk out in front of his (chauffeur driven) car. Both Katelyn and Adam have secrets to hide as expected in this genre and both are unable to stay away. Alas, no trilogy is necessary to tell their story. However, there IS a trilogy in this series. Next up, Possess Me Slowly tells Katelyn's roomm
Mar 17, 2013 Erin rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
You know it's bad when you're returning a $.99 book for a refund. Rushed, silly overdone plot. Meh, just can't read any further.
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
I loved this book. I loved Adam and Katelyn. And now I want more!
Oct 21, 2015 Christine rated it did not like it
The plot was confusing... and it seems that this book was another fifty.
Jun 12, 2015 Farah rated it really liked it
Shelves: books
Okay this is obviously fifty shades meets crossfire series but you know what I liked it anyways. Even though I said before I was done with this overused formula but something about this book was entertaining. The characters were interesting and their chemistry was hot.

I didn't like how (view spoiler)
Mar 17, 2013 Christina rated it liked it
Too rushed.

I do have to say I didn't mind it, it's great for one of those in between a heavier book, type of reads. It was quick, fast and typical. Way too rushed. The first 1/2 was so completely rushed that it was hard to believe. Some scenes I had a hard time grasping the reality and believing in the book. It felt as though it was just too forced, trying too hard to be like 50 and B2U and not at all letting us connect with the characters.

Most of the time, I couldn't stand Adam. I love the who
Mar 26, 2013 Dicina rated it liked it
This book really disturbed me at times, there were some scenes I couldn’t understand. Like this scene in Adam’s office that was so wrong...Had the heroine not been a virgin, this scene could have been HOT (IMO anyway) but there it was just wrong, I do not get how an innocent virgin (with such an abusive past and the issues Katelyn has) would go for this. I will not get into the details but I just cannot understand this scene and the eagerness of Kate.

But in the end I still quite liked it, it was
Sigh. Another one. After reading this, which was not so painful mind you, I had the urge to create another book shelf...50 Shades Knock Off. ;) I could add hundreds of books to my new shelf. Sigh. Again. ;) This is what happens to virgins who don't keep their eyes on the road, what a mind*ck!...well in that case let me throw myself in front of the next limo I see just saying I could use a new shirt.
Sheesh... this series sucks. Why do 90% of the novels in this genre revolve around billionaire male-protagonists who just happen to own private planes??? I'm pretty sure that an average man can enjoy BDSM just as much as a gazillionaire. The Christian Grey, Gideon Cross, Damien Stark story angle has been overused, & frankly I'm tired of it. *1/5 stars*
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
2.5 stars. Meh. Not horrible, but not great. Totally weirded
Out by the first scene in his office. Not a bad storyline, but I felt zero connection to the characters. There were a few plot lines that got thrown in that never went anywhere.
May 11, 2013 Nic rated it really liked it
LOVED this book! Can't wait to see if there is another book!!! *Review coming soon*
Mar 28, 2013 M3tamorphasis11 rated it it was ok
I'd like to start off by saying that I fell really liked he main characers' names:
Katelyn Gunn
Adam Kinkade >>>Wow! just fantastic. Their names were apropos.

Apropos to what?; you may ask...

Well, Katelyn is like a Gun, where concealed and on safety is harmless, non threatening, inconspicuous. Until it is touched the right way, raised and exposed, the safety undone and fired! A force to be reckoned with, fierce, dangerous, aggressive, hot! Until its switched back to safety, cooled down an
Mar 18, 2013 *My* rated it liked it
This had potential but I think it was a bit rushed and some of the scenes were just uncomfortable and unrealistic. Again, another book with a skittish virgin who immediately has sex like a porn star. She doesn't even let her best friend hug her because she was abused as a kid, and all of a sudden, she lets a stranger do all sorts of things because its "lust at first sight"? Their first sexual encounter in his office was just awkward, but I read it in one night, and it kept my interest sooooo, l ...more
The BookChick
Overall, Break Me Slowly was a solid and reasonably enjoyable story. It definitely had the trappings of all the other polished billionaire/young naive woman stories that many of us have read ad nauseam since the popularity of such books. Adam and Katelyn were not much different from the protagonists in similar books. They were both damaged and the two of them were bound together by their brokenness. Katelyn's shade came as a result of the damage--mental and physical--inflicted on her by a distur ...more
Oct 11, 2013 Eve added it
I'm currently reading this book and I'm on page 20. I just couldn't resist not reviewing.

First of all, Katelyn is one of the worst heroine ever. I know I've just started reading this book but she's really an idiot?

She wanted to go out with him when she doesn't even know him. He's a stranger for God's sake. So what if he bought you a blouse because he ruined yours. That doesn't mean you can think of inviting him for coffee. What if he's a serial killer mmh? Normally, when a heroine met someone l
Oct 13, 2014 Lovetoread rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
This was my first book by this author, and let's just say it was so good I went and purchased book 2 and 3 of this series. This is book one of Joya Ryan's The Shattered Series. It was everything I want in a romance, interesting story, strong and likable characters and hot sizzling passion between the two main characters, in this case Katelyn and Adam.

The opening of the story as graduate student Katelyn Gunn heading for her first day of assistant teaching when she is almost hit by a car. The ner
Mar 27, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
I can't decide between 3.5 or 4 stars...

As much as I hate to say this (because writing original stories is hard these days), this book is obviously a FSoG rip-off. Not that I don't like FSog, God knows I totally do, but I'll appreciate a book more if it has its own 'life'. This book could be so much better, if only I weren't constantly reminded of FSoG as I flipped through pages.

But let's set that issue aside, I want to say I love CEO Adam Kinkade (you heard me right, he's kinky) and Katelyn Gun
Stories & Verse
Aug 10, 2014 Stories & Verse rated it liked it
"I love being here with you Katelyn." His words were tender. "Every time I'm with you -- " He leaned in and nipped my earlobe. "-- inside of you… I feel like I'm home."

"Break Me Slowly" is fan fiction for "50 Shades of Grey". Although there is no physical bdsm, there is verbal bdsm. The relationship starts out as what seems to be a one night stand but surprisingly develops beyond.

It was interesting to read how their love evolved, though I thought the way Kaitlyn acted at times was unlikely if
Maria's Book Blog
Mar 19, 2013 Maria's Book Blog rated it liked it
Let me just start by saying that I really wanted to fall head over heels in love with this book and I seriously hate giving negative reviews. I was intrigued by the storyline because it reminded me of my faves (Fifty Shades, The Crossfire series and The Blackstone Affair) but it didn't exactly deliver. It kind of felt like something was missing and I didn't really feel attached to the characters. While I can totally appreciate the fact that it was very fast paced (because I lack patience sometim ...more
Ronda Caudill
Mar 14, 2013 Ronda Caudill rated it it was amazing
First of all I would like to say that five stars isn't enough for this book. I would give it a 10!

Break Me Slowly by Joya Ryan was absolutely amazing. This novel rivaled that of Fifty Shades of Grey. Anna and Christian move over and make way for Katelyn and Adam.

The characters were so realistic and so complex with so much baggage; they were both broken but were able to mend each other. Katelyn was a wonderful person. Even with all of the issues with her family she still couldn’t abandon them in
Lucy Baldock
Mar 05, 2015 Lucy Baldock rated it liked it
I liked the story of this book even though it did have similarities to FSOG and Crossfire but with the past of the protagonist it was believable. However some scenes really angered me, the way she acted in Adams office when she found out he was buying her mothers apartment was completely out of character considering her past and how she flinches near other men. Also the book felt rather rushed at times we didn't find out much about Adam, or Kate's mother, things were just skipped over that seeme ...more
★★Sara Lizzy★★
Mar 16, 2013 ★★Sara Lizzy★★ rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. Adam is a rich, powerful, man whose car almost runs over Katelyn at the beginning of the story - there is an instant attraction between them. This book has some similarities to Sylvia Day's Crossfire Series.... both books have main characters that fall quick and hard for each other. Both books also have the main characters who come from tramatic childhoods and have avoided serious relationships in the past because of it. While I say that the book "Break Me Slowly" and the Cr ...more
The premise was so good. I was so excited to read this, but the execution and the characters failed me. The story fell flat.

The story was there, but the way it unfolded just felt awkward and forced. The heroine, I could not see why Adam Kincaid, this young successful man wanted anything to do with her. I could not connect. Some of the discoveries were crazy and I felt just taken out of a hat like the situation with the Maggie and her boyfriend.

Whatever angst there was it was quickly resolved.
★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

It feels as though this story has been done over and over.. which it has.
Shy, 23 year old virgin who was abused meet's hot/sexy/billionaire who also has a past and she tries to save him while he doesn't want to be saved.
Also, you haven't had sex in 23 years but once the cherry is popped, they turn nympho!

Same old!
This story has been done so many times that nothing can surprise me anymore.
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“Oh, yeah? So what? You wanna play Name That Complex? One quick lay while you command me to call you Daddy?” Katelyn asked “No. I want to sink my cock into you so deep that you scream with pleasure and call me lover.” Adam responds then adds “And there will be nothing quick about it.” 14 likes
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