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Breaking Elle

(Break Me #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  669 ratings  ·  72 reviews
How is it that the one person who you have avoided is the same person who could give you true happiness?

When Elle Bennett meets Reed Austin she can't deny the attraction. She discovers that certain people come into your life who make you question everything that you've ever believed about love and life. Will she risk everything for something exciting and dangerous or will
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published August 19th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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3 stars

This was so OTT with drama, and the back and forth between Reed and Elle was ridiculous. But I couldn't stop reading. I don't even know if I want these two to end up together, but I need to know what happens next.
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Elle's been with her boyfriend Cane for two years which seemed a solid kind of relationship..

But then add bad boy Reed into the mix and their attraction towards each other is sky rocketing hotness!!

Elle is in love with Cane but can't fight the attraction she feels towards Reed, their attraction is instant!!

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The things Reed says are swoon worthy: (Here's a small taste
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta
I had the honor of beta reading this book and I absolutely loved it! I so love a good love triangle and this one… well we get a little more with a possible love square! Oh yes… there is three hot as sin men in the book! We have Cane the boyfriend, Tyler the best friend, and Reed the hottie that’s new in town! What is not to love about those three! This book is in a dual POV from both Elle and Reed. I love it when we get in to a males POV!

We start off with Elle and Cane in a relationship. They h
A love triangle is complicated enough. Love square? That is a whole different shenanigan. So yeah, this one has love square. We have 3 boys vying for her attention: there is current boyfriend who becomes an ex, Cane. The ever supportive best friend who has feelings for her, Tyler. And the shiny new hot guy from Texas, Reed. And the girl in the middle of it is Elle. Now this book was OK. And if you are going to ask me who I like, I probably will go with the best friend. Tyler has always been supp ...more
J.A. Heron
I really don't know where to start, do i will start with what everyone wants to hear. REED, OMG I am in love. What a guy!! He's a troubled soul, and i really feel for him. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and although he's been a bit of a man whore in his past, when he meets Elle our sweet kind and funny heroine, he falls for her. Reed is sexy, faf, and an amazing character.
I feel for Tyler, Elle's best friend, because his friendship means the world to him, to them both. He has feelings for Ell
Melanie Charlesworth
Rating - 5 STARS
Cover - 5 Amazing
Steam - 5 HOT!
Ending - Major Cliffhanger!!! I hope that book two is published soon!!
Genre - Contemporary Romance

Elle - the main female of interest of three different men

"Seeing him across the room makes me speechless; standing in front of him leaves me breathless....For some reason, just the thought of his touch makes me anxious and excited."

Cane - the boyfriend as the story begins

""Whatever you want, babe. You can have a walk-in closet and take
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta
I beta read Breaking Elle by Antoinette Candela. This story centers on a beautiful girl named Elle that is dealing with family, relationship and trust issues. I adore all the cute boys in this book but 1 stole my heart. I fell in love with the character Reed who is swoon worthy with his mysterious past, Texas drawl and rockin' body. I got totally sucked into this story as it unfolded. This debut novel is enticing, addictive and charming! ...more
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book but I wish I knew it was gonna be a cliffhanger before I started cause this waiting is gonna drive me nuts! reed deserves his hea!!
Alissa Evanson
3.5 Stars to 4 Stars

I kind of had conflicting feelings about this book. We've all read about the love triangle, well what about the love square? Yep, that’s what I said. One girl and three guys vying for her affection will have you swooning and wanting to punch something all at the same time.

First you have Elle, who is a young twenty two year old who has a lot on her plate with her family/home life. She has a good job and an amazing relationship with her boyfriend, Cane, of two ye
Donna ~
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
** Received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

What a debut from Antoinette Candela…4.5 STARS! I absolutely loved this story and will be anxiously awaiting the release of Wanting Reed…..yes there is a cliffhanger!

Elle is a stunning girl who comes from a broken family and has trouble letting people in. Well except for Tyler, her strikingly handsome best friend. Tyler has helped Elle through it all and has made himself her protector. It is clear to see that he wants more than j
Romance Readers Retreat
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Breaking Elle is book one of the Break Me series by Antoinette Candela. I LOVED this book, it was excellently written and kept me sucked in from the beginning up until the very last word... I’m dying to read book two.

Elle is a beautiful young woman who has three men falling all over her and each other to have her for themselves, this makes for a brilliantly complicated love story and a great read. Cane and Elle have been together for two years, they work together and are spending as much time t
Cocktails and Books
4.5 Stars

I LOVED this book. It had a love triangle~ish feel to it and there were times where I had to wonder just who Elle was thinking about, but it was a fabulous story from a debut author that I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from.

Elle Bennett is a manager at a youth center, where both her best friend, Tyler, and her boyfriend, Cane work. The minute she meet the new youth counselor, Reed Austin, she feels an immediate draw to him. And I felt bad for her, because she may ha
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five stars of "wait did that really just happen" !

Elle: beautiful and doesn't know it
Reed: Mr. tall and handsome swoon.....
Tyler: the best friend who hot and stuck in the friend zone lol

What happens when you don't exactly have the best role models on what a realtionship so be like, when all you see is heartbreak and infidelity. While it would make anyone confused right? Well this is what happens when Elle isn't sure why she is feeling this way when she meets a new employee at her job, which s
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
You’re really going to leave me hanging like that?!?! Seriously??? Absolutely loved this book, even though she left me hanging!!

I normally hate books with cliffhangers. But Breaking Elle had me so drawn in, that I knew it was going to end a certain way, however, I didn’t realize it would be such a cliffhanger!!!

Elle has 3 – yes, 3 guys who are absolutely in love with her. One has been her best friend for over 10+years, the other has been her boyfriend for over 2 years and the 3rd just recently
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got hooked on reading the sample at the beginning. The flow of the story was easy enough to get you interested or invested into the characters. Elle meets Reed while in a relationship with someone else. But they feel this immediate attraction for one another. Elle's boyfriend messes up and she dumps him. Reed snatches up the chance to be with her. Then it's Elle and Reed... Then Reed messes up and now it's Elle and Tyler her best friend. But she is not happy because her life is a mess. The cra ...more
Myra Espino
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Love this book! I love how the story started. The concept and the flow of the story is also good that you can easily understand and follow the story. Ms. Antoinette really did a great job in this book.

About the story, I love how the story was all about. The characters, well I love how the characters were being described and their personalities. The character that really captured my attention was Reed, haha!! I love how he was being described and I love the way he acts towards Elle. Every Re
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Cliffhangers are killin' me!!!! This was a serious love square. I wish Elle would have just taken time for herself ~ you don't need a man to be happy girl! I don't like where I felt this ending was headed, I am seriously hoping that she does not end up with Tyler but something tells me she is ready to play it safe. Now we know that Reed will be coming back (next book) so I would hate to see that friendship ruined because she could not take time to be alone. I am "Team Reed" for this one, I belie ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yes there are editing errors. Yes there is a thick fog of questions with few answers in sight. Lots of emotions and even more love angst angles than a geometry book. I am right there wishing things were better for Tyler, but I am wishing good things for Reed and Elle. As for Cane and Tyler trying too hard to reclaim Elle and her affection, yeah. Dirty pool.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm not sure if I liked the book or not. I don't like cliffhangers but was well written. ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Vicki Curtis
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book. Ready for book 2.
Stefanie Kral
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must start off saying that the whole time I was reading this I was wishing I was Elle. I have a hard enough time getting 1 guy, this chick has 3 falling all over her!!! And, when I say 3 guys, I mean 3 fine, sexy guys!! You have Cane her boyfriend of 2 years. Tyler her best friend since they were young. And, finally Reed. The new guy from Texas. Who literally has "bad boy" written all over him.

We start off with Elle having a girls night out. She bumps into the sexy Reed and is instantly taken
Wit & Wonder Books
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This is the debut novel by the amazing and oh so talented Antoinette Candela. Let me just start by saying how amazing of a story this was! A novel that is so poignant and intense that it will suck you right in and not let go of you until the last page, at which time you will be left saying OMG I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS, so some friendly advice, have WANTING REED on standby!

Do you like angst? CHECK .. Love triangles ( well more of a love square if you ask me )? CHECK .. Dual POV'S? CHECK .. Hot
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished Breaking Ellie last night and after a good night’s sleep I feel like I am able to give an honest review. There are things I liked and disliked but first let’s get to what the story is about.


Ellie is a 22 year old girl and is still living at home with her mother and stepfather, and is very sweet, kind and is dating Cane.
Cane has been with her for a couple of years, they had a rough spot that they had to work through but all in all, has been a good relationship for th
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Elle is a sweet but slightly confused girl, with a lot of trust issues.

Tyler, Cane and Reed are the three men that love her. Yep, no ordinary love triangle for Elle, this is a love square

Tyler - BFF since childhood

Cane - The boyfriend

Reed - The forbidden fruit

OK, so who wouldn't be happy with 3 sexy as sin guys after her? Yeah, maybe not as fun as it sounds.

Elle has been with Cane for 2 years, she is totally in love with him. They seem the perfect couple, with a great future ahead of them, until
Monique Machuca-Austin
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**JUST BOOKED received an ARC for an Honest Review**

WHAT…HUH…WHY…AWH…DAMN…I just read Breaking Elle by Antoinette Candela, WOW!

Breaking Elle is not a love triangle but I full blown love to the power of square. Elle is a 22 years old young woman at 5’7 ft. with killer legs, thick wavy brown hair that falls to the middle of her back, and has almond shape hazel eyes. Elle is finishing her degree in Biology and is in the process of applying to medical schools possibly in Florida, but currently she i
Promiscuous Book Blog
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has been on TBR for moths now and I finally got the chance to read it, and to say it was worth the wait doesn't seem to cover all the things that happened in this book.

Elle Bennett, how should I describe this girl? Broken, but trying to make her family history not repeat itself? Sad, but trying to make her current relationship work? I don't know. Elle is a beautiful girl that every man takes notice to, but she isn't looking for anything at the moment because she's been with her boyfri
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mglb
3.5 Stars

This is a wonderful debut novel for author Antoinette Candela. I love a book with angst, and this definitely delivered. As a bonus, we have not 1, not 2, but 3 major hotties. Elle is a girl with a past that has damaged her. As a result she has a really tough time trusting and letting guys in.

The first hottie we meet is Tyler, Elle’s best friend. I have to be honest, here, I REALLY feel for him. He is actually my favorite guy in the story. He’s sweet, sensitive, protective, and ALWAYS th
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-nook
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Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Elle has a boyfriend she adores, a hot best friend who has feelings for her that are more than friendship, and there is a new guy in town who has her feeling things she hasn't felt before. Reed has just moved to Boston to escape some trouble from his past. He never excepted to meet a woman who he comes to need more than he's needed anyone before.

There are definitely some steamy moments in Elle's relationships. It could easily make a girl jealous that she has so many options when it comes to hot
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Antoinette Candela is most likely listening to music at a very high volume right now and pondering her next book. She grew up in Upstate New York and is an avid New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan. As a child, she enjoyed reading and writing and penned her first story at the age of thirteen. She drives fast, is a neat freak, loves red wine, Scrabble and can't live without her iced coffee and a

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