“It’s the dark moments that makes the good ones shine.”
EM Abel’s Breaking Free series has been one of those that gets better and better with each book. I really enjoyed reading Freeing Asia, but after reading Breaking Shaun, I knew that she was going to be one of those auto-buy authors for me. I love her writing style, her characters, and her storylines that are fun and fresh.
Saving Jay was by far the best of this series for me. When I met Jay in book one, I had a soft spot for him. There was a large part of me that wanted him to get the girl. But now I’m glad he didn’t. Because as much as I love Asia, there was a girl out there that was so much better for him. He just didn’t know it.
Jay has been missing love most his life. And not just the romantic kind. He has a tense relationship with his father, and his mother is constantly trying to play match maker. The problem is, she tries to set him up with the wrong type of girls every single time. Jay knows the type of woman he wants, and these spoiled rich girls are not it.
“I like women with tattoos. I like a woman who genuinely gives a shit about what I think and doesn’t care about what’s in my bank account. I enjoy fucking women like I own them, and as you probably already know, I only own the best of everything.”
Jade has packed up her life and moved to Virginia Beach to open her own tattoo parlor. Wanting to get away from her past and out of the lime light of a tattoo reality show, she starts fresh here. Jade is on a quest to move on from her past, to find herself again.
Jade isn’t looking for love. But when a man like Jason Clarke comes into your tattoo shop, he’s hard to resist. When Jade and Jay meet, sparks fly. Both are attracted to one another, but it’s more than that. You could tell deep down, they shared this connection. I loved the mutual nickname conversation that broke the ice. They had the best banter and I loved watching their friendship develop first and foremost. As their relationship starts to develop, both have to decide if this is something they can do. Can Jade risk getting hurt again? Can Jay open his heart to someone?
Both of these characters are endearing. Jade is fierce, strong and fun. Jay is sexy, damaged and dominant. For both Jay and Jade being broken characters, they have this strength thats there under the surface. They might be broken, but they aren’t weak. The strength that they both had with their situations was moving.
Jay and Jade had some hot, steamy and passionate scenes. Jay is the hottest of the bunch for me. This book was not lacking in the steam department. Their chemistry was off the charts, emotionally and physically.
One of the main things I love about this book is how balanced it is. It’s low angst and drama free, yet was still able to completely keep my attention. The characters are relatable and lovable, the writing is witty and fresh, and the story line is perfect for me- all about broken characters finding strength in themselves and each other, finding acceptance and finding love. This is one of those series I am truly sad to see end. If you haven’t read these books- I highly recommend.
She helped carry the weight of my heart until it was light enough for me to hold on my own. It was her love that saved me.
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My life was a dark and desolate place. Consumed by work and full of regret, loneliness had become my closest friend. Ink and a tattoo machine were my therapy, a way to claim my own skin with the art that I loved.
The day I walked into her shop, I knew I’d found what I needed.
The light I’d been looking for.
When I first looked into those blue eyes I saw a depth behind them that I wanted to explore. Jason “Jay” Clarke was more than a perfectly pressed suit and dimpled smile. He was a man with a heart of gold drowning in the weight of his world.
He wanted me to mark him.
I never expected him to soothe my aching heart.
When our worlds collide and Jay begins to fall apart, will my love be enough to save him?
**WARNING: Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language.
Letting go, Jay turned toward the table and pushed our dishes out of the way. My glass tipped over, spilling water onto the floor, but he didn’t seem to care.
“Sit down,” he told me, taking my hand and guiding me to the edge of the table.
I did as I had been told, getting up on my toes, before sliding my ass over the edge and sitting in front of him. His warm hands ran up my thighs, and his eyes were so dark and passionate that I couldn’t look away.
Kneeling down, Jay picked up one of the belts from our robes before standing up again. “Do you trust me?” he asked, holding the belt in one of his hands.
I glanced at it before meeting his gaze. I did. I probably trusted him more than I should. “Yes,” I whispered, keeping my eyes on his.
Jay’s lips lifted on one side, exposing one of his dimples. “Good,” he said before lifting the white belt and putting it over my eyes.
I gasped in surprise as everything went black. The soft material held my eyes closed as he tied it behind my head. I could feel his warm body in front of me, his thighs touching the insides of my knees. The rain sounded louder as it hit the deck outside. Licking my lips, I waited for Jay to make his next move.
“Lie back,” he whispered next to my ear.
I grinned and slowly leaned back, afraid I might knock something over. Jay’s hands helped guide me down, and once my head touched, I relaxed on the hard wood. Jay’s warmth left me, and I felt so exposed, lying there while blindfolded before him.
A few seconds later, I heard movement in the kitchen. The refrigerator door opened and closed, and I worked to control the rhythm of my breaths as I waited. I vaguely heard Jay’s footsteps as he came back into the room. It was hard to hear anything with the storm outside. Jay’s leg brushed mine before he moved to stand between my legs again. I had to fight the urge to talk. I wanted to ask him what he was going to do. I wanted to beg him to touch me, but I also knew the silence was only building the connection between us.
I have to trust him.
I felt Jay leaning forward, his hand moving to the table beside my shoulder. In the next second, something ice cold was on one of my nipples. I inhaled sharply as Jay’s lips wrapped around it, sucking it into his warm mouth. I sighed. The relief from the cold and the pure erotic feeling of having his mouth on me was almost euphoric.
Releasing me, I felt him move again before doing the same to my other nipple. A gust of wind blew outside, and I heard the rain pounding harder against the glass doors as I sucked in another breath. My legs drew in closer to Jay’s as my back arched off the table, my hands curling around the edges of it. I could feel the warmth of Jay’s chest as I drew closer to him, but he pulled away, and I relaxed back onto the table. I was breathing hard again, waiting to feel what he’d do next.
“God, you’re beautiful,” he said, his voice right above me.
2 signed Freeing Asia paperbacks
2 signed Breaking Shaun paperbacks
2 signed Saving Jay paperbacks
5 ebooks of each (Freeing Asia, Breaking Shaun and Saving Jay)
$20 Amazon Gift Card
$10 iTunes Gift Card
2 Breaking Free series swag packs
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.
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