Huh. I gotta say I've never read a book where the Hero was a drag queen. Not sure I'd ever read another, for that matter. Somehow I can't see this stoHuh. I gotta say I've never read a book where the Hero was a drag queen. Not sure I'd ever read another, for that matter. Somehow I can't see this storyline taking the world by storm and knocking those billionaire bdsm guys off their pedestals.
Lots of fodder for discussion and snarky comments in this book - self-proclaimed "chubby" heroine with no self-esteem when it comes to men, deals with everything by being quick with snappy comebacks and diversion; gorgeous metrosexual neighbour, acts like the witty gay best friend but wants to drill the heroine senseless; the tortured background - early death of his mother, sexual abuse, drinking problem, moodiness, etc.; throw in a little bit of kink (like having sex while he's in costume) and there you have it.
All a bit two-dimensional and wrapped up a little too neatly for me -- IRL the Hero would need YEARS of therapy, methinks.
I liked the writer's sense of humour though, I LOL'd more than a couple of times. ...more
This is NOT a romance. Not erotica. Not a love story of any type or description. WHAT. SO. EVER. Anyone who picks this up expecting yet another versioThis is NOT a romance. Not erotica. Not a love story of any type or description. WHAT. SO. EVER. Anyone who picks this up expecting yet another version of 50 Shades, only darker and more BDSM-ey, is in for the shock of their life.
Break Her is a psychological thriller unlike any I've read in recent memory. The protagonist is pitted against a villain that defies description (by me, anyway). He is completely without conscience, a pure psychopath. Fuck the nicey-nicey personality disorder titles they give that stuff nowadays; this guy is a complete fucking psycho.
I'm not going to say much about the story - that would give it away. It is tautly written, fast-paced and mesmerizing. I couldn't put it down. Nor could I look away, even when the author was describing assaults so brutal that I literally couldn't imagine getting through it.
(WARNING: Anyone with any kind of sexual assault triggers or history shouldn't touch this book with a barge pole. Any merit to the discussion of rape and its use and effect contained in the book is miniscule compared to the graphic descriptions that accompany it.)
I was riveted while reading this book - my whole body held tense, almost literally on the edge of my seat. At times I was laughing out loud, other times open-mouthed speechless, one time bawling like a baby.
The writing was excellent - the author kept me guessing through the whole book. Small details slowly revealed, tension building and releasing all the way through until the end.
And the end! Holy shit. I didn't realize I was holding my breath until I let it out in one big gust. The author does such a job of keeping the reader off balance that at least one point I thought it WAS going to turn into a bent version of 50 Shades.
Thank God it didn't, but the way the author confirms it is with one word near the end of the book that sent my stomach dropping all the way to my toes.
If you can stomach the subject matter and the violence this is one of the best books I've read this year.