Thursday, June 12, 2014

Breaking Shaun Blog Tour!

Breaking Shaun (Breaking Free, #2)Breaking Shaun by E.M. Abel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars!!!

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Let’s fall in love
Before the world breaks through.
Before time catches up
And I break you.

After reading Freeing Asia and meeting Asia’s brother Shaun, I was excited to hear he was getting his own book. His story didn’t disappoint. I liked Freeing Asia a lot, but I liked Breaking Shaun so much more!

I was captivated from Shaun and Natalie's very first meeting. Shaun being the cocky playboy that he is propositions Natalie. And Natalie being the tough chick she is turns him down. Flat.
“I’m not interested.”
“Too bad. I was really looking forward to lifting that red dress up around your hips and testing how wet I could get you before you begged me to fuck you”

Natalie may seem like the wild girl. She works at a bar, she sleeps with whoever she wants whenever she wants. She doesn’t do relationships and she doesn't believe in love.

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I liked control because, honestly, I didn’t trust anyone enough to let them have it.

Natalie really isn’t as wild as she seems. She’s actually a responsible and loving sister. Spending the bulk of her teenage/adult years taking care of her little sister, she figures now is as good of a time as any for a fresh start. So she moves cross country, temporarily staying with her cousin Nick. Nick is good friends with Asia Fuller, who happens to be Shaun’s sister.

Shaun Fuller. Shaun also sleeps with whoever he wants whenever he wants. He doesn’t so girlfriends, he doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what he is. He’s straight with anyone he’s with. He doesn’t make promises he can’t keep.

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Shaun doesn’t know what it is about Natalie that draws him to her. Sure, she’s beautiful, but there is more than that. She turns him down over and over again and it just makes him want her that much more. Natalie is finally settling in. She’s got a job, she’s making friends, she doesn’t want to ruin it by sleeping with her new friends brother, no matter how attracted she is to him. So they decide to be just friends.
Keeping that man in the friend zone was going to be a challenge for sure. I just hoped I was up for it.

And let me tell you... Shaun doesn’t make it easy. But neither does Natalie. He soon realizes, he really has met his match with her.

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I  had a feeling I had finally met my match.

We all know how well ‘just friends’ usually goes. Just friends turns into just friends with benefits. And that can be... tricky.

Lets talk about the characters. I loved them both. Natalie was confident in who she was, independent and fun. After learning about her past, it was easy to understand why she was the way she was when it came to relationships.
“Loving someone isn’t enough to keep them from leaving, and I’ve been left behind enough to know it’s not worth the risk.”

And then there was Shaun. I love a good playboy/man-whore and he was perfect! This cocky, confident and hilarious man eventually opened up and showed his more vulnerable side.

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Can I just say that the chemistry between these two was off the freaking chart!?!? Seriously. The steam in this story didn’t disappoint. One of the hottest books I’ve read in a while... Shaun will have you fanning yourself. His mix of playfulness/alpha male was perfect. This book belongs on the top of my panty-dropping-hot shelf. A relationship (sexual or not) with two alphas seems like it would be destined to fail, but this couple really worked together.

Now the ending. There are going to be some readers out there who won’t love it. It won’t work for everyone. There was a bit of a twist that I wasn’t sure about at first. But the more I read, the more I loved it. Personally, I thought the ending was beautiful. I felt like it showed growth on both of the main characters parts, and unconditional love and acceptance. It left my heart warm and I had a huge smile on my face.

I really enjoyed the writing, the characters and the storyline of Breaking Shaun. There wasn’t much about this book I didn’t love. I love a friends to lovers story, I love a good man-whore with a strong independent woman, and I absolutely adore stories where the characters have substantial growth. This book hit all those love buttons. It was great to catch up with Asia, Marcus, Nick and JAY. I’m so excited for his story!

If your looking for a summer read full of humor, romance, and tons of steam, you’ve found your next book!

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***ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review***

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Some men fall in love and hand their balls over to the first woman who keeps them interested—but not me. Surfing and my freedom are the only two things I’ve ever needed. Meaningless one-night stands are fun, but the drama and jealousy that follows them aren’t worth it.
Until I met Natalie, I never realized there were women who thought like me. She enjoys sex with no strings, and with a body like that, there isn’t a man around who doesn’t want a piece of her—including me.
But our friends and relatives all run in the same circles. And we all know friendship and sex leave a mess. Hearts always end up broken.
I know it.
But I still want her.

Sometimes, the things we want don’t always come easily. Every choice, every action has consequences that can change you.
They can change everything.
And no matter how fiercely guarded, even the strongest hearts can break.

**WARNING** Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content, language and recreational use of marijuana.

 “Is this what you wanted?” he whispered as he took my wrists in one hand and the other came down to cup my breast.
            I swallowed as moisture gathered in my mouth and my brain scrambled for a response. It was just so difficult to think with Shaun’s hard body pressing against mine in the middle of his apartment building where anyone could see us.
            His gaze finally broke from mine and moved down to my lips as he glided his thumb across my hard nipple. I could smell the soap on him, feel his wet, warm skin pressed against me. My eyes fluttered closed and I pressed my head against the wall as the lust took over.
            Shaun moved his hips forward making me very aware of his arousal before lowering his head and slowly dragging his tongue across my bottom lip. I was panting now and my entire body was tingling. I don’t know how he’d done it but Shaun had completely turned the tables on me. I’d come over to assert myself and show him the side of me he hadn’t seen, yet here I was getting pressed against a wall and turning into putty in his hands. 

$10 Amazon Gift Card
$10 B&N Gift Card
$10 iTunes Gift Card
3 signed paperbacks of Breaking Shaun
10 ebooks of Breaking Shaun
5 swag packs

About E.M. Abel

My husband is awesome and also a Chief in the US Navy. This means crazy schedules, uncertainty and lots of nights spent alone writing on my computer.

I have two amazing kids who always know how to make me laugh.

I've been passionate about writing since I wrote my first poem in the 3rd grade and I've been using it as a means to express myself since.

I think because I hold my emotions so close and fear being vulnerable I use different forms of self expression- writing, drawing, painting, photography, tattoos- to show the world who I am.

The one rule I use everyday is the Golden Rule--"Treat others the way you'd like to be treated." I believe karma is very real and sometimes she can be a bitch if you make her that way.

I love acting crazy, I love to laugh, I love making people laugh, I love the ocean, I love dancing like no one is watching, I love good music, I love good books... oh man I should probably stop there. I love a lot of stuff.

Please feel free to write me or send a friend request.

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