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Break Down

(Dublin Rugby #4)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  67 reviews

He knows his place on the pitch, but life is a whole other game.
All his life, Liam Donnelly looked and wondered. Could he? Would he? And then, finally, he did. But when he sampled a taste of that forbidden fruit, his whole world came crashing down, his position with Dublin Rugby right along with it. When the chance to ply his trade in Edinburgh
Published February 21st 2018 (first published February 2nd 2018)
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Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, what a delectable discovery this was. Whats not to love? A Irishman, a Scotsman, rugby and whisky all with a romantic cherry on top.

description For years, Id avoided my desiresfocused my attentions elsewherebut now that Id acted on that curiosity, I didnt know if I could deny that part of myself any longer.

Break Down is a story of friendship, acceptance and of course, love. Having had a bit of a time of it of late following being blackmailed, Liam Donnelly is finding his feet in Edinburgh after
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
3.5 Stars

The blurb tapped into my inner sports nut even though I know fuckall about rugby aside from that Friends episode when Ross thought he was going to impress his Brit girlfriend then squealed. Doesnt matter though, sports romances are my kryptonite. Add in a chef and


This is the fourth book in what up to now has been a MF series but can be read as a standalone. Liam is a pro rugby player and is coming to terms with being bisexual. He had a drunken encounter then the guy turned around
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Passionate, provocative, and deliciously steamy!

Break Down is a sultry, sports romance featuring the confused, closeted, sexy Liam and the mature, confident, supportive Lachlan as they discover that the heart wants who the heart wants and that some things are definitely worth fighting for.

The prose is fervent and crisp. The characters are multi-faceted, vulnerable, and endearing. And the plot is an alluring mix of sizzling tension, palpable chemistry, heartfelt emotion, mouth-watering fare,
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sportmen, m-m, arc, sport, 2018

Release date: Feb 21, 2018


MM romance.


Well, at first glance, I thought it would be steamy as hell, and well, just steamy as hell, and I would feel like I always feel when I read about MM stuff - "left out"

yeah, Samuel, i feel ya, man, I feel's a man fuck only ...LOL

BUT aside all my sarcasm, people, this is a story of a rugby player Liam Donnelly who transferred from a Dublin rugby club to Edinburgh, cause of a blackmail issue, concerning his private sexual relation with
"I waited with baited breath..."

Seriously? What did you "bait" your breath with? Cheese, like a mousetrap? Earthworms, like a fishhook?

DNF @ 16%, right at this point. And then I returned it to Amazon for a refund. Life is too short to put up with crap like this.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance, lgbtq, sports
Straight up, this is one of the best romances Ive read in a long time. Theres so much I enjoyed in this story Im at a loss where to start. Oh Liam... how my heart went out to him having to leave his home and his friends and start afresh in another country with a new team, all because of the fear of being outed. Now in Edinburgh, still struggling with his sexuality, the last thing he expects is to meet Lachlan MacLeod.

The tension between them was palpable and it just felt so real; the emotional
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 4,3 / 5 stars

This was my first Rebecca Norinne book and I enjoyed it immensely. It was a fast and very enjoyable read. It had its fair share of angst, love, fun and it was truly the perfect MM romance that I had been craving.

I loved getting to know Liam and Lachlan but also all Liam's friends and team players (both past and present) and I know I'm gonna love the rest of the series. Also I loved getting bits of Edinburgh, the language, the culture, the scenery. Can't wait to keep reading
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally a m/f series that branched into a m/m story that I really liked. This felt like the author wasn't just here for the view, but was sold on the property and was here to build. I haven't read the other books, but I've got to admit, the little bit of backstory we got was intriguing and out of all the m/f to m/m authors I've read lately, this one comes the closest to making want to read the other books.

Like most m/m sports themed romances this was heavy on the coming out quandary and of
***5 Stars***

Sooo I did a thing.
I read a book in a series without reading the previous ones, which I know isnt a total faux pas, but considering I am one of those that does believe in reading a series in order, its a thing. But I do have valid reasons for jumping into the mix with soon to be released one:

1) Rugby (I know, its a rugby series, but bear with me)
2) Hot chef (I am a foodie ~ which in my world means I simply love to eat and drink)
3) MM Romance!!

Any of the three separately and
Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book.

Breakdown is emotionally intense and heartfelt and sexy as hell! It reads well as a standalone, but as there are some mild plot spoilers for the previous books, if you plan on reading the series I recommend that you read them in order. Rebecca Norinne handled the plight of a closeted professional athlete with care and sensitivity (Liam's fear and anxiety was palpable, as was his affection for Lachlan), in addition to portraying the
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So this is my first read from Rebecca Norinne and what a read i got! This is a fantastic M/M romance read. I'm a huge fan of this genre but if like many your looking for a book to start you off. I can Highly Recommend, this
Andi Isack
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Usually when it comes to a M/M romance, most of people wrickle their noses. Because is so easy to judge and put an label on it as something awful and gross. Do not forget love has no sex. Rebecca Norinne has written another great story don't giving a damn about taboo or stereotypes. Liam and Lachlan will show you the other side of love. because with them love is not just red, love is a beautiful rainbow. And all of us like a beautiful rainbow, right? because is colorful, natural and unique like ...more
5+ stars for this amaaaaazeballs book.

(Note: No need to read the rest of the series to get whats going on. The characters were recurring but the story flows well without having to read the rest of the series.)

No pun intended.

Liam and Lachlan. Damnnn they were good together. I loved Lachlans policy that he wouldnt go back into the closet for another guy. No matter what. That kind of strength is admirable. And the end where Liam finally gets his head out of his arse was perfect.

Just perfect.

May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 star shaped doses of the feels for BREAK DOWN!

When Dublin Rugby player Liam Donnelly is given a lowball offer from the team after 10 years and an injury that kept him sidelined for awhile, he knows he's at a crossroads. He can give up the game he loves, or he can accept an offer to play for Edinburgh, and an opportunity to start fresh. After being blackmailed by the first man he's ever been intimate with, Liam is terrified to act on his desires, but maybe, just maybe, moving to Scotland will
Rebecca Norinne
This book y'all.

When I told people I was writing Liam's story, a few people looked at me cross-eyed. He'd been such a minor character in the books leading up to this one, and they had no idea why he warranted his own story. But I knew. From the beginning, this book has been waiting. And waiting. And waiting. I love Liam so, so much, and I knew he had to have a strong, tenacious counterpart. Writing Liam and Lachlan's story tested everything I thought I knew about myself as a writer. I know
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
Break Down is Book 4 in the Dublin Rugby series by new-to-me author, Rebecca Norinne. Say whaaa? *nods head* Yes, I am capable of reading a series out of order when they can be read as a standalone. Lets not dwell on this too much, or my OCDs will kick in, and Ill start twitching. Oi! *wags finger* No laughing #thestruggleisreal

Anyhoo, I digress... back to more important matters, THIS BOOK (squee!).

Liam Donnellys life has gone to hell in a hand basket. I cant even begin to imagine the strain
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

Oh my wow! This book is great! Full of emotion and love, it will grab your heart and tug!

What do you get when you take a hot rugby star who is sexually confused and add in a sexy, chef who knows what he wants? An excellent read! That's what. Liam loves women, but he also might love men. He's pretty sure he does, but after a single encounter with another man ends in blackmail, he takes a trade offer and joins the team from Edinburgh. When he arrives in town, he meets sexy chef Lachlan,
Fran Zoch, LSoR
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok first off this is a m/m romance so please make sure you realize that , it us an awesome story about how the limelight can make a person doubt what they feel is real or what they really should be feeling.

Ok so a Scotsman and an Irishman walk into a bar , no seriously, this book had my heart hurting for both Liam and Lachlan,  because they hurt in the book.

Liam is a Rugby player well into his thirties and knows he doesn't have much left , but it us also his personal life that he is worried
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great book. The struggle that Liam and Lachlain go through will tug at your heart strings. There is soo much emotion in this book and I could not put it down.

Even if you do not generally read M/M romance you will enjoy this book. I do not generally read M/M romance unless it's part of a series I'm invested in or from an author I love and this book fit both criteria. It was so well crafted it and so well written I really enjoyed it and could put myself in their shoes even without
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was completely and utterly blown away by this book. First, let me just say: I have yet to read the first three books in Rebecca Norinnes Dublin Rugby series * GASP * Shocking, yes, I know. I just jumped right into Break Down, not giving a crap about any back story. The author promised that it could be read as a stand alone, and by god, shes right. Second, let me add: I freakin loved it.

Break Down is an M/M tale. And, if youve been
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While M/M romance is typically not my genre, this series has been amazing so far so I had to read it. This book is as awesome as the rest of the series. Love is love, and Liam's story had to be told. Liam is struggling with his sexuality, and trying to keep his life private. When he gets traded to a new team in a new country, he thinks it might be what he needs. Meeting Lachlan is a surprise he doesn't see coming.
This book is amazing, and so well written. I can't wait to read more from this
In all honesty I didnt know if I was going to read this book. I had read all of the Dublin Rugby series so far. In fact Trying Sophie was one of my favorite books that I read in 2017. But I just wasnt sure if I wanted to read a M/M romance. But I felt like the series wouldnt be complete if I didnt read it. So when I was offered an ARC for an honest review I decided to give it a go. And by the end of the book I was glad I did. I really enjoyed Liams story. Its another love story but he has to ...more
Kali McQuillen
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read, 2018-arc
*4.5* I absolutely fell in love with Liam and Lachlan. They're both strong, alpha men that have great careers. Liam can't figure out why he isn't ever satisfied with his relationships. I mean he knows but he won't admit it until one night. One night that is a disaster.

Fast Forward to a new town and in just one instant everything changes for him. I could feel every emotion that he was going through and feel his difficulty in trying to do what he thought was right.

Lachlan NEVER wants to go through
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Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was not only a beautiful love story but a journey of hope, struggle and the long road to self acceptance.  This is book 4 in the Dublin Rugby series and can be read as standalone.

After giving into temptation, of the manlovin variety 😊, rugby player Liam Donnelly ends up being betrayed and blackmailed.  All he can do is watch helplessly as his life starts falling apart. In the aftermath, Liam is uncertain of his future and when given the chance to play in Edinburgh he jumps at the
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, reviewed
Liam always wondered what being with another man would be like. One night he took a chance and got blackmailed for it. His rugby career stalled because of an injury he's not sure what's next for him. A chance to play for another team in another country seems to be the answer to his problem. A start over and a way to leave his blackmailer behind.

Lachlan, chef and owner of a very in demand restaurant, is out and proud of his life. The night Liam walks in and sets down at his bar, his life changes
Through three previous books Ms. Norinne has pulled readers into the exotic world of rugby, made us sweat and bleed alongside these muscular and manly athletes in stories that have thoroughly entertained me. With this fourth installment readers get a new view as the actions moved to Edinburgh with a new set of teammates for the aging Liam Donnelly to get to know. Its a difficult time for the normally jovial player though as hes not only dealing with the end of his career on the horizon, but is ...more
Feb 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
Amazing! Rebecca Norinne did it again, crafting a masterpiece with Liam and Lachlan's story in "Break Down", her new installment in the Dublin Rugby series. 
A wonderful tangle of need, feelings, passion, sensuality but also vulnerability, and it's impossible not falling in love with the two protagonists.
This is also a challenge won by this author, who has focused the spotlight on what still remains a taboo: being gay in the world of sport and especially in one of the most "manly" sports, such as
Cathy Brockman
OMG! Color me impressed! Break Down is book four in the Dublin Rugby Series. It can be read as a stand-alone just fine as this was my first book of the series and my first time reading Rebecca Norinne, and it won't be the last at either. Oh and this cover? NIce and it fits the other covers really pulling you to go back and read them too. I want to read the first three, though they are M/F and not LGBTQ. It's not often I put any book on my to read again list since I have so many unread books in ...more
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ARC received for an honest review

An Irishman and a Scotsman meet in a restaurant.

No, there is no punchline, I just want to be sitting between them listening to them talk. Sigh, those accents .

From the minute we meet him, you can't help but fall for the adorable Liam Donnelly. He is unsure of so many things in his life. Changes in his career, he is unsure of himself - who he is, what he wants. He is stumbling his way through life at the moment.

Enter Lachlan and oh my! This is the start of
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5 Stars to Break Down (Dublin Rugby #4) by Rebecca Norrine.

Wow this book was sexy! I have become a fan of MM romance over the last couple of years and while I don't read every one I come across, I do read quite a lot of MM books. That said, Break Down was one of my favorites ever. I won't lie, this genre is sexy and hot. But while there were those same aspects of hotness in this book, there was also something different. An aspect I don't often read with male protagonists in the MM genre. While
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USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes sexy romance from the heart. When not banging away at the keyboard, she is watching rugby, playing board games, or drinking a pint of craft beer.

Originally from California, she now resides in New England with her husband and two cats where she is renovating a house built in the 1700s and trying valiantly not to be eaten alive by mosquitos.


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Dublin Rugby (5 books)
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