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Breakdown by Aly Zigada
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Dangerous Love

“Evil was powerful, but love was dangerous.”


For a debut effort this is surprisingly well done. The author drops you in the middle of a character’s breakdown which pulls you into a story that centers around a couple who lost each other to their demons and ambitions. The language is real and gritty. The emotions of the main characters are nuanced well throughout the story. The arc in the development of the characters is impressive. The pacing is spot on. The novel flows even though there are time jumps and different POV’s in a complicated plot. She tells a full story in this book and sets the stage for more to come. I truly enjoyed the dramatic style and depth of thematic content.

The story centers around a family legacy of a decades-long recording studio music production enterprise in Georgia. The protagonist, Atticus Creed is a wonderfully damaged and brooding anti-hero hating the fact that he is still in love with the woman who betrayed him for her ambitions years ago. He is also a recovering drug addict. We are brought in close to this character through his POV. He is quite the dark delight for the reader who loves the sexy beautiful damaged Alpha male.

The heroine, Sophie, is interesting as she is also troubled, but in many ways, fearless. She begins her journey with Atticus as an innocent in love with his music. They fall in love deeply and irrevocably. But the world of Perversion records brings out her ambitions as she is brought into the orbit of Imogen, the sister of Atticus, Merritt, Imogen’s best friend and Ezra, a convicted felon who is the husband of Merritt. In their conspiracy to wrest control of Perversion records from Imogen and Atticus’ father, Sophie makes Atticus an unwitting participant. He walks away from his legacy with a fierce brutality leaving Sophie with a broken heart and her demons which she tries to control in disturbing ways.

Their reunion is the classic hate-fuck of all time. Speaking of which, this author writes with smolder and passion. Really sizzling…Gawd…It's pantie-vaporizing!!! The reader is kept on tether hooks through quite some drama between these two, even wondering if its possible for them to recapture the magic they once shared without destroying each other or themselves in the process.

“Instinct led me to love him. Love begged me to trust him. Guilt seduced me to regret the ways I’d hurt him.”

You may think you can guess how this story ends but be prepared for a wild and stunning ride with a plot that twists and turns through plot points like a slithering snake of evil, possession, deviance and desire. Love and music are made in exquisite harmony from agony. I was impressed and really loved the way the story expanded and grew.

I was struck by the sheer talent on display of this new author. I hope to enjoy more of her work as this saga continues. If you enjoy your romance dark, erotic, tortured, twisted but oh so satisfying, then this is a surefire read not to be missed.

I was surprised and delighted with an ARC from the author. I have been on a review-writing hiatus of sorts. I just had to come out of exile and write this, it was that good.
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Reading Progress

January 17, 2019 – Started Reading
February 22, 2019 – Shelved
February 22, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 19, 2019 – Finished Reading
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-bbs-potential-read
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-canary-challenge
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-de-a-z-challenge
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-slih-potential-read
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: amazing
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: bdsm
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: dark
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: emotional-truths
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: erotic
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: reunion
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: romantic-suspense
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: series
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: traumatized-mc-s
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: twisted
July 21, 2019 – Shelved as: well-developed-characters

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message 1: by Nazanin (new)

Nazanin Amazing review, Susan! Glad it was a good read! 💚


Susan Nazanin wrote: "Amazing review, Susan! Glad it was a good read! 💚"

Hi Nazanin!!! I really enjoyed this!!! This writer is really talented!!! It's great to see you!!! I hope all is well!!! 💖😘💖


V💜Greedy~Thirst~For~Forbidden🖤 Awesome review Susan 😍 glad you enjoyed this book so much so it was an inspiration for coming out from your exile ❤️ to a future rich of good books 😘


message 4: by SimplyƝì₭ (new)

SimplyƝì₭ Great review. ~


message 6: by Kat (new) - added it

Kat Valentine Excellent review!!💖😉👍


message 7: by liz (last edited Jul 26, 2019 01:39PM) (new) - added it

liz Great review Susan, as always!😘


message 8: by Christine (new) - added it

Christine Blake Great review


Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ Excellent review, Susan! Glad it was a winner :D


message 10: by Susan (last edited Aug 05, 2019 11:49PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Susan V💜Greedy~Thirst~For~Forbidden🖤 wrote: "Awesome review Susan 😍 glad you enjoyed this book so much so it was an inspiration for coming out from your exile ❤️ to a future rich of good books 😘"

Thank you, V💜Greedy~Thirst~For~Forbidden🖤. It really was sensational! 💖


Susan SimplyƝì₭ wrote: "Great review. ~"

Hi there Nik, Thank you!!! 💖


Susan KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕ wrote: "Fab review Susan ❤︎"

Thank you Kat!!! She is a terrific new author!!!💖


Susan liz wrote: "Great review Susan, as always!😘"

Thank you dear friend, liz!!! You are always so kind!!! 😘


Susan Christine wrote: "Great review"

Hi Christine!!! Thank you so much!!!💖


Susan Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ wrote: "Excellent review, Susan! Glad it was a winner :D"

Thank you, Alex!!! I really appreciate your comment!!! 💖


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Monadh Love your review!


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