Series: Dante & Scarlett #1
on October 13, 2015
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It was the kind of relationship where I invested more than I had to spare.
I gave it everything.
And so when it failed, I lost myself.
It changed me. He changed me.
I went down with the ship.
My soul, burnt embers in the aftermath.
The fire of him ravaged it all.
He burned me.
Scarlett had always dreamed big. She was headed straight for Hollywood. Destined for silver screen greatness.
But in her wildest dreams she never imagined she’d be broke and single at twenty-eight, doling drinks at thirty-five thousand feet.
She was a glorified waitress in the skies.
It had been years since she’d seen him.
But one day, there he sat, gazing intently at her, ready to set everything ablaze once more.
Dante wanted her. Again.
Sure, she’d play along…but this time, it was his turn.
She was breaking him.
After all, love is war.
“What happens when two people of terrible pride fall for each other? Terrible things. Destruction. Chaos. Pain. Sorrow. War.”
I don’t think my words can do this book justice, but trust me when I tell you to read it. I’m definitely a character reader, and I think that’s the reason why I’ve fallen in love with R.K. Lilley’s books. She writes complicated, messy, selfish and often unlikable characters – but I kind of love that about her. Similarly, Dante and Scarlett were both characters that I was rooting for but was completely frustrated with at times. I loved that they weren’t perfect, but I also wanted to shake the book because of the things they were doing to each other. Either way, I was clearly invested in them! From the tension that keeps them apart to the magic that ties them together, these characters felt real and you grow to cherish them for their imperfections.
“I don’t want to do this anymore. If I could forgive you, could you forgive me?
For all of it. Everything. Every last horrible thing we’ve done to each other. I’m so tired of this war. I’m done lashing out at you, and I’m ready now. Readt to forgive you. Even for the worst of it. Especially for that.”
“Could I forgive him?”
I didn’t know. I’d never tried…”
The plot and pacing are not without flaws, but I absolutely loved the writing style. R.K.’s writing is – as always – incredible. She writes with so much depth, passion and intention. Every moment feels purposeful. I highlighted quote after quote while I was reading, which isn’t surprising given how much I love her writing. From the humorous moments to the sadder ones, I was caught up in the emotion in these pages. I giggled when Scarlett and her friends made fun of Dante in the beginning of the story. I was horrified when Dante did something at the end that I don’t know if I could ever forgive. I was moved by the depiction of depression that Scarlett experienced during her childhood. I swooned when Dante declared his feelings (again) for Scarlett. I was totally swept up in the story!
“What could I forgive for the sake of love? What could I get past for the simple justification that I wanted to be happy again? My answer stunned me. Rocked me down to my soul. More than I’d ever though I could.”
Breaking Him deals with the complicated nature of friendship, family and love. It explores the mistakes you make, the moments that define you and the memories that haunt you. There was a warmth and depth to it that won me over and made this a favorite. It’s not a perfect read, but it’s one that I’ll revisit again and again. This book is a shining example of why I love second chance romance, and I can’t recommend it enough! Can’t wait to read the next book and hopefully find answers 😉
If you want an epic love story, you’ll find one here! It’s got romance, longing, anticipation and more on every page. BUY IT, AND I’M NOT SAYING PLEASE.