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Break (A Second Chance Stand-Alone Romance)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  694 ratings  ·  136 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Shattered Hearts Series comes a sweet and sexy stand-alone rock star romance.

For most of my life, Ben Hayes was the gorgeous bad boy musician next door. My brother’s heart throb best friend.

Then, he was my boyfriend for six of the happiest years of my life. Until he dumped me on social media in front of millions of people,
Published July 27th 2018 by Gloss Publishing (first published July 26th 2018)
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Eve (Between The Bookends)

Unfortunately, this one just didn't work for me. I hated the hero. He was weak. He was a drunk for most of the book. The author alludes to him having a drug and alcohol problem, but it is never addressed. Even when the reason cames out for what he did, I couldn't get past it. I felt terrible for him, but I couldn't quite believe that humiliating the heroine was the ONLY thing he could have done. Seemed to me he could have made 500000 better choices in dealing with it all. And, I am SO over heroe
Dilek VT
2nd chance romance with an unbearable as*hole hero.

He breaks up with her in a very humiliating way, then when he comes back, he is forgiven with little to no grovelling.
Tianna✸loves books✸
Nothing, I mean NOTHING in this world will make me forgive a guy who humiliated his love on social media in front of millions of people.
Whatever the fucking reason he may have , I would NEVER ever forgive such asshole.
Amy Weichseldorfer
This is less a review and more a listing of the reasons why this book didn't work for me.

1.) I really liked the first half of the book. After that, though, a couple of things came into play for me that are instant turn offs. First, the h (Charley) just seemed to fall right in line with everything Ben wanted. Instantly. Door mat. Ugh!

2.) Her family, knowing how horribly the relationship ended, just basically told Charley to suck it up and move on AS SOON AS he moved back home. I felt the relation
Anne OK
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Major disappointment. I never felt attached to this story or the characters -- even though it had potential for a good plot. Characters were without much punch -- and I didn't care for either or their off-the-cuff choices. Rock star male lead was unbelievably "loser" material. He had a story that could have been powerful, but he abused trust in so many ways. And the female lead was a doormat and I couldn't muster much sympathy for her either. And even the ending left me totally unsatisfied. Like ...more
Paula Jackman
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this book. BREAK is beautifully written, with characters that are now embedded in my heart. I went through so many different emotions while reading this book. One minute I was crying, and the next I was laughing with tears rolling down my face.

I love Ben and Charley. They just click. They’re both quite quick-witted.

Ben isn’t your typical rock star. He doesn’t care about all the fame. What he does care about is the ones he loves, and he will do anything to protect them. E
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 Cashmere Kitten Stars

This is my first read by this author. I wish I could say I liked this story more than I did, but for the most part, it just didn’t work for me. I didn’t care for the flow in which it was written, however I did like many of the songs that accompanied each chapter. I wasn’t especially endeared to either MC, and I wasn’t thrilled with the way a few things were handled. Vague, I know, but I don’t want to give too much away, or taint anyone else’s view going into this read.

Anna Nguyen
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another emotionally charged romantic journey between two people you will be rooting for the whole way. Ben and Charley are two relatable and souls you can help wanting to discover more about to understand how they got to the present and what they will be like in the future.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved everything I have read by Cassia Leo but Break has jumped to the top of my list. I absolutely loved everything about this story. I immediately formed a connection with both of the two main characters Ben and Charley. They were both witty and endearing and I immediately wanted to know more about them.

Charley is the girl next door, the girl you form a bond with, the girl you feel pain with, the girl you can relate to. Charley goes through some major heartache and her resilience and st
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Charley and Ben were happy and in love. Everything was perfect. He was the faithful rockstar and she was finishing her degree. Until the day he broke up with her on social media, humiliating her.
Three years later, Ben is back to his hometown and has to face Charley and what he did to her. But why did he do it? Will Charley forgive him? Will she give him a second chance?

I loved Break! This book is amazing! Charley and Ben's story is very emotional and took me in a rollercoaster ride of emot
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome amazing story I absolutely loved this book from start to end. I was like Charley through this whole book in tears; they would roll down my cheek in sadness and in laughter.
Both main characters have a heart of gold and an amazing love for each other and their family and friends.
I loved the way Ben loved and protected Charley and his loved ones even if it meant he had to hurt them.
I absolutely loved Ben’s father Frank’s bond with Charley and her family. Charley and Ben’s friend’s
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Ben was my first everything. He taught me how to kiss. He taught me how to listen. He taught me how to love, not just him, but how to love life.”

“You’re….a nuclear explosion. You’re a force to be reckoned with, and I fucking love that about you.”

“Listen to me, Char. You. Are. Loved. You always have been and always will be. And someone is going to get to love you. I hope to fucking God that someone is me. If it’s not, then I’ll accept that. But, I won’t let you go on believing you’re not loved.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm still reeling from the emotional ride that is Break. Break deals with several issues from alcoholism to loss, to abuse. There are so many plot twists and turns that I'm going to keep my review short so I don't spoil this touching story.

We hate Ben. We hate him with a fiery passion. Why? I'll explain. Imagine the love of your life, your first love.....your first everything on one of the biggest days of your life dumps you. Via text? No. A letter? Oh no, no. On social front of MI
Vanessa (nessreads)
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 "Kitten" Stars!!!

When you start a book and are turning the pages as fast as you can because you can't stop and don't want to stop reading and only to realize without even knowing you've finished the book. You were so invested in what you were reading that you lost track of time. This, this is exactly what happened as I read Break. I didn't care about anything other than immersing myself in this story. These characters took me on a ride to say the least. I couldn't get enough, and I was hardc
Stacy Hahn
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin with this book. I can’t tell you how much I loved it! I fell in love with Ben and Charley from the get go. This book flashes back from past to present in each of their POV’s and gives you pieces of their history and how they were/are so much in love. Ben is a rockstar and he and Charley were an Instagram “it” couple until everything blew up. Charley doesn’t feel like she is good enough, but Ben adores her and never failed to tell her how much he loved her, so when a very public ...more
Jackie Lane
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Charley, the girl next door (literally) who at a young age falls for Ben. They have seemingly perfect relationship, but Ben publically breaks her heart. Charley pines for him and has to shut down her social media accounts to keep herself from stalking Ben to try to figure out what went wrong with their relationship.

Three years later Ben returns to his hometown to care for his ailing father and he is out to prove to Charley that things are not as they appear.

Although I can't
Sally Fletcher
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved everything that Cassia Leo has written, but for me this is by far her standout best. I couldn’t put this book down and the range of emotions I felt whilst reading this, happy, sad, heartbroken, excitement. The way this was written took me on the journey along with the characters. I felt like I was a part of the story. Beautifully, well written, I don’t have the words to do this book justice.
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Cassia you are a genius>
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Every story you write makes me feel so good. I will say:

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Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Break by Cassia Leo was a friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-maybe something again romance and my first read by this author. I enjoyed this second chance romance that was at times infuriating, but also sexy and sweet.

Charley and Ben Hayes were friends and neighbors. Ben was her brother’s friend who she always crushed on. Then they were happy and in love, until the day he very publically dumped her and humiliated her. After that, Charley’s life was at a standstill, while Ben’s grows as a rock star
Lisa Marie ~ Words We Love By
Some times it's easy to write a review. You just type up what you liked or didn't, give your reasonings and you're good. Other times, like with Break, it's tricky. There is a big reveal that if even hinted at can spoil the book for readers, but that also colors the story and it's characters and, in turn, my review. So, if at times, I seem vague and things don't exactly make sense, sorry but once you read, it will.

Charley is a at the end of college and in the middle of her final exam. She had to
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
“I love us”

Break is Cassia Leo’s new Second Chance Stand-Alone romance. It is the story of first loves, choices and consequences. I absolutely loved Ben & Charley! They have a chemistry, a connection, a spirit about them. The story is told in duel POV’s with flash backs. I really felt the connection between Ben and Charley as well as the angst that came alone with their story.

Charlotte “Charley” Winters and Ben Hayes have known each other since Charley was eleven. First as friends, which eve
Britt Franks Red Hatter Book Blog
Surprisingly, this was actually my very first time reading anything by Cassia Leo. It’s ok, I kind of want to smack me too. I can clearly see I’ve really been missing out because Break is outstanding! Not your typical celebrity meets average girl romance here with this epic second chance. Nope. Break is overflowing with heartfelt emotion, shocking secrets, devastating loss, but most of all love. Lots and lots of fill you heart up, cry your eyes out, happy sighing love. Then, just because apparen ...more
Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
I Immediately fell in love with Charley. The pain she is suffering made me want to hug and comfort her. She is the girl next door you just want to be friends with. I wanted to hate Ben. I wanted to hit him, but as soon as he came on the scene and showed up to see Charley, I knew he was as innocent as she was in the cruel twist of fate. He is not your typical singer/actor, the one in love with fame and money. He deeply cares for those in his inner circle and will do anything to protect them.

Kristen Johnson
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Break is a second chance romance story that isn't what you expect at all. Told in both the past and present, Break weaves a tale of love gone wrong and the lengths a man will go to make things right.

Ben and Charley had a whirlwind of a time for six years, a perfect romance, a great love, or so Charley thought until Ben broke her heart. But Charley doesn't know everything about that breakup and years later when Ben finds his way back home to be with his dying father, she's determined to not let
Sandra Curney
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anytime that you are up until 3am because you simply can not put a book down, you know its an incredible book. Break is one of my favorite reads of 2018.

Charley and Ben have a very long history. Ben was her first kiss at 15, her one true love. For years they keep their love hidden from their families, especially Charleys brother. They were together for 6 years until Ben breaks her heart on social media in front of all the world to see.

Three years later and Ben comes back to his hometown becaus
To say I was disappointed is underplaying this. From the start this second chance romance was missing something. Given the back story, the angst factor on this should have been sky high yet it didn't venture out of the shallows. I'm guessing that if most people meet an ex who dumped them in the worst way possible, there'd be fireworks or an iceberg act. There was a half baked attempt at something, not sure it fell in either of the previous camps and then she really just rolled over for him. Any ...more
Book Maniac Forever
Break caught my attention right away with the interesting blurb. The fact that I hadn’t read a Cassia Leo book in a while made me really eager to reconnect with her writing. While this story was good, it didn’t reach my expectations. As a second chance romance, I was expecting more angst and feelings!

I felt Charley forgives Ben’s mistakes too fast. I mean, come on! He broke up with her on his Instagram account making her looking like a fool! The reason for this breakup isn’t reveal until the ver
Cheryl Whitty
Reviewed on behalf,
This is a story of young love with Ben and Charley who have lived next door to each other growing up. They fell in love when were young teens, after many happy years together Ben dumps Charley in the most public of ways.
Three years later Ben returns home when his father is ill. The first thing he does is find Charlotte to apologise. Unfortunately it takes a lot more than an apology. Cassia never lets her characters take the easy route, so there is plenty
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous read by Cassia. I loved the dynamic between Charley and Ben. The fact he was such a hot shot and she was just your average girl with low self esteem. They fell for each other young and he was a upstanding teen who never let his fame get to him. He still loved his hometown girl through it all. When the breakup happened I felt like I was Charley. I felt her pain at the way it all went down. It wasn’t pretty. When Ben shows up after all that time I was very curious how things were ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home). She is also the author of the popular Luke and Chase series.

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