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Breaking Point

(Lucy Kincaid #13)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,187 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Bella Caruso survived a nightmare of abuse and betrayal. Today, she has dedicated her life to saving other young women from the hell that almost killed her—first as an officer of the law, then by stepping outside the law and into the darkness where true evil dwells. Now, it appears that the darkness has taken her once again.

JT Caruso often worries about his sister, given
Kindle Edition, 444 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Allison Brennan Hi Holly: Sorry I'm so late in responding! I just returned from a week long writers retreat :)

BREAKING POINT is the 13th book in the Lucy Kincaid…more
Hi Holly: Sorry I'm so late in responding! I just returned from a week long writers retreat :)

BREAKING POINT is the 13th book in the Lucy Kincaid series. In SHATTERED, which is the 4th Maxine Revere book, Max investigates cold cases and she tackles the murder of Justin Stanton, Lucy's nephew, from 20 years ago.

While you can most certainly read these books separately, and I believe they stand alone, the fact that Lucy lied to her new boss about helping Max (this isn't a spoiler because it's dealt with early in the book when she makes the decision to go to San Diego) impacts her now that she's returned.

SHATTERED is currently available in hardcover and ebook, but the paperback will be released on May 1 (along with a reduced price ebook). I hope that helps!

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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
BREAKING POINT is the second book I have read by Allison Brennan and the first solo Lucy Kincaid book. The book I read previously was SHATTERED in the Max Revere series, but Lucy Kincaid had a big role in the book as well. And, I know after reading SHATTERED that I needed to read more books by Allison Brennan. So, I was very pleased to get the latest Lucy Kincaid book.

Terri Wino
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2018
After a bit of a slow start with the set up, this turned out to be one of the more enjoyable books in the series. The rest of the book was pretty fast-paced and switching back and forth between the various main players in this book was done very well to keep the tension up.

Bella, a character who hadn't appeared in previous books, was an interesting character and after about half of the book I felt like she was a member of the group from the beginning.

I liked the fact that Lucy had to face some
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Allison Brennan writes a great series with Lucy Kincaid. Lucy has been relegated to desk duty for the past couple of months because she lied to her new boss, who also seems to have another agenda where Lucy is concerned. Lucy has apologized to her boss (Rachel Grant), but to no avail. When RCK starts an investigation in to what is a big human trafficking business that has a couple of undercover cops and a civilian involved. They ask Lucy to be a part of this case - Lucy explains to them (one of ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few books by Allison Brennan, including a couple in the series featuring Lucy Kincaid. I was a little worried coming in part way through after not having read the last few... however, that was actually not my biggest stumbling block when I first started this book.

It was more the 'other' players and their backstories. I really did feel like I'd inadvertently walked into someone else's party and didn't know anyone and kept missing the 'in' jokes. Names were being thrown around and I
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Breaking Point combines the Kincaids, Rogans and RCK Protective Services into a thrilling story about human trafficking.

Even though this is technically a Lucy Kincaid series – the main heroine of this book is Bella Caruso. She is JT Caruso's younger sister. JT has been a secondary character throughout many books.

When Bella was a teenager she was sold into sexual slavery by her father. Her brother JT, who had been away serving in the Marines was the one to rescue her when he found out what
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Minotaur Books for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.

This was my first book by Allison Brennan and also book 13 (yes, thirteen) in the Lucy Kincaid series. I think with how long the series is it read fine as a standalone. I didn't feel like I was missing a lot of information. So if you're thinking about jumping into this one but are hesitant because it's so far into a series, there's no need to worry!

Bella Caruso is a survivor - she survived one night of awful
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Jul 31, 2018 marked it as read-2018  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
"listened to 5:16:43 - part 5 chapter 14 - DNF, for now, will try again in the future - it's just too repetitive, slow and boring"
no stars at this time
Book Him Danno
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allison Brennan does it again with Breaking Point a darker side of human trafficking and what lengths people will go to bring down the flirt of the world.
Belle was trafficked as a teen and now is fighting back trying to bring down a sick group of men who will kill her without blinking. Belle goes deep undercover hoping to find a missing girl at the same time help the local law enforenement save a few along the way from LA to small town in Texas.
This dark gritty story has a ending that reader
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Breaking Point by Allison Brennan tackles a difficult subject--the sex trade, especially involving underage girls. Brennan manages to illustrate this despicable practice in a way that clearly illustrates the horrific abuse without making it titillating.

Bella Caruso is undercover with a trafficking ring, trying to locate one particular girl. During the rescue of two underage girls, a policeman is murdered, and Bella's position becomes even more dangerous.

Bella's brother JT Caruso turns to Special
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Everyone has a breaking point. It is just a matter of psychology - figuring out what was feared the most.

In the world of human trafficking, this thriller is all about the strength of women. In this case Lucy Kincaid and Bella Caruso.

The narration starts out strong and intense, Bella was sold by her step father and with the abuse she endured, the manipulation of her identity, she feared that she would loose her life and those that she loved. It was dangerous for her to care about anyone. Close
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2019
4 stars.

We get to meet Bella, JT Caruso's younger sister in this. At 13, she was sold by her stepfather to a prostitution ring whilst JT was deployed overseas as a Navy SEAL. It took him over a year to find and rescue her. Now, she's a retired police detective and working undercover privately to find a young girl who's been sold. When the cop helping her was killed, JT knows Bella is in trouble and enlisted Lucy's aid.

But Lucy is having her own trouble at work with her new boss Rachel, who
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The name of the author of this book, Breaking Point is Allison Brennan. This is a story in her Lucy Kincaid series. That's all I needed to see to know that by picking up this book I was about to have a very exciting, very suspenseful adventure.

As expected this story has a very well-thought-out. well-developed plot with lots of surprises and suspense. As well as being a story about one of my favorite characters, Lucy Kincaid and the various other personalities that are usually featured in the
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This is the first Lucy Kincaid book I read, and I now see that it is #13 in the series, so I am sure that I missed a bit. Most of the book sucked me in, but the ending seemed so overly dramatic that I found it hard to believe, as though it was meant to be a Hollywood movie.

I liked that there were lots of strong woman characters. I also liked the depiction of a workplace where men and women worked together closely and respectfully without any romance. There were lots of friendships and platonic
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some of the hardest books to read emotionally for me are the best. This one is no different. The fight against human trafficking, which is a difficult thing to even contemplate, is the topic of this book and it's consequences. But the other part is what it does to families and how each react.

Bella lived it and is now fighting it as hard as she can. She is trying to find Hope and the is will she find her before she is killed. Her brother JT is a partner in RCK and when he gets a message from her
Jill James
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Her best so far. Loved it.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Breaking Point is book #13 in the exciting Lucy Kincaid series by bestselling author Allison Brennan. A riveting suspense that's a definite must read! The books in this series keep getting better and better, and you won't be able to put it down. With the realistic storyline, amazing characters, mystery, intense situations, danger, suspense, and intriguing twists and turns, this story will capture you right from the beginning, and hold tight until the very end. This was a fantastic story, and a ...more
Nikki H. Rose
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
In a series as long as the Lucy Kincaid series, it's sometimes important to make the protagonist of the series exist in the background – to a certain extent. In this particular novel, the focus is on Bella Caruso, or Dr. Isabella Carter if you're going by her well-detailed alias. Bella lived through a horror similar to Lucy's past, but much longer. She was sold into a prostitution ring by her own father to pay a debt, but luckily her brother, J.T. – a member of RCK Protective Services – found ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allison Brennan is one of my must read authors, and her Lucy Kincaid series my favourite of hers.

Bella Caruso, little sister of RCK figurehead JT Caruso, is undercover trying to find a young girl who was sold to human traffickers as a 12 year old. She's in deep, but is reluctant to get out without Hope. A cop she is working with turns up dead, and her handler reaches out to JT who he served with as a SEAL. What begins is a search for Bella and Hope, and a trip to stop more being sold into the
Bella Caruso sis a survivor. She survived a nightmare of abuse and betrayal as a teenager and is determined to help those young women who are facing the same thing now. Deep undercover, Bella is determined to find this one child, Hope, who has been missing for eighteen months. Now Bella is deeper than she ever has been but time is running out.

J.T. Caruso is determined to help Bella but when he finds out she is so deep undercover in a sex trafficking ring, he brings in an expert on such things,
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Minotaur Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Breaking Point. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

FBI agent Lucy Kincaid once again puts her skills to the test, when she is asked to help dismantle a sex trafficking operation. Getting involved despite having ongoing issues with her new boss is risky for Lucy's career, but her background and expertise are crucial for the success of the mission. With an undercover civilian with ties to
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Series: Lucy Kincaid, book #13
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Police Procedurals

Started off well but then it slowed down and dragged. I felt like there were too many characters running around, all of them had some kind of problems and issues to solve. I wanted to follow Bella: how she can dodge bad guys while trying to find and rescue Hope and other girls. But instead we get to read that Lucy's new boss is a bitch, there's lots of information from previous books that didn't
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Seriously, I appreciate how long it takes an author to write a book and have it published but I need a new Allison Brennan book about once a month. :) I couldn't wait to get Breaking Point and it was incredible - suspenseful, gripping, emotional - all the things I've come to expect from this author's work. Lucy is a wonderful, in-depth character that I never tire of. I wish every Kincaid, Rogen and now Caruso could be in every book. What a wealth of diverse and well-developed characters!!
I have
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
So much happened in this one, so many ties, past and present come into play. But I think what interested me the most was the battle of wills between Lucy and her boss. I thought there Lucy did a great job most of the time and took the high road. Not sure I would have been able to do the same, I probably would have used my connections to bitch slap her, instead Lucy tried to hide things from everyone else and hoped things would work out. Not sure I believe what the boss said at the end, seems a ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, mystery, preorder
Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid series has become one of my “move to the top of my to be read list” whenever a new one is released. In Breaking Point, Lucy is asked to help her brother’s friend, JT Caruso, find his sister, Bella, who is working undercover for a private organization. Bella is trying to find a missing girl who was sold into a dangerous prostitution ring, and the ring is expanding across the US. Bella is walking a tight wire, threatened with constant exposure, but she is so close to ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Breaking Pointby Allison Brennan
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 30 Jan 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Breaking Point through St Martin's Press/Minotaur Books and Netgalley:
Bella Caruso is a survivor, she survived abuse and betrayal, and now she works to help save women from the very Hell she went through.

JT Caruso worries about his sister, with reason. She is dedicated to saving lives of the women who went through the abuse that nearly
Zoraida Luciano
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Allison Brennan holds nothing back in this book. Very emotionally charged read. Not an easy book to read with such a heartbreaking subject.
A long book, but hard to put the book down. I was riveted. She holds nothing back. The characters are so strong! Fast paced and suspenseful. I experienced so many different emotions reading this. Heartbreak, anger, and so much more.. many times I wanted to put it down and stop reading it but I just had to know how it ended. Like the characters in the story I
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I say every time I review a Lucy Kincaid novel, Lucy and Sean are absolutely one of my favorite book couples ever. Even though this story had less of their relationship and more action, I just love their connection. I've read all of the Rogan and Kincaid books, and I highly recommend reading all of them in order so that you get the full understanding of all the complicated relationships and can fully appreciate all the amazing characters Allison Brennan has created. This was a fantastic story ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fast paced thriller on a topical subject with two terrific heroines - Bella and Lucy. The sex trade is horrific (and some of the details here are hard to read) so it is incumbent upon us to respect those like Bella who have turned their hideous personal experience into a crusade to save others. In this case, though, things get more difficult but luckily, SA Lucy Kincaid, is enlisted and able to take on an effort to find Bella and save as many women as possible. This is the latest in a long ...more
Diane Saul
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bella is deep under cover with a powerful figure in the sex trade business, specifically underage girls. Bella lived it years ago and now is searching for a specific young girl but she also has a goal of shutting down the network. She is so deep undercover she may have lost her perspective. FBI agent Lucy gets involved in the case but she has a new boss. Things aren’t going well with her new boss which creates problems for Lucy and her work on the investigation.

The details about the sex trade,
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year.

Allison has penned more than two dozen thrillers and many short stories. RT Book Reviews calls Allison “a master of suspense” and her books “haunting,” “mesmerizing,” “pulse-pounding” and “emotionally complex.” RT also said that "The

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