Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: Broken Open by Lauren Dane

Beyond passion. And beyond their control…

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex….

Then she met him.

Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn't the man of Tuesday's dreams. He's a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It's primal. It's insatiable. And it won't be satisfied until they're both consumed, body and soul….

I knew Tuesday and Ezra would have off-the-charts chemistry, simply because that had been the case when they circled each other in The Best Kind of Trouble.  And I didn't disagree they would find their happy ending together, given they had both overcome serious heartaches in their respective pasts.  The main issue I had with Broken Open was the amount of outside interference that seems to propel the narrative.  Yes, Tuesday and Ezra get to know each other and ultimately fall in love, but Tuesday's former in-laws and her parents and his parents and his brothers and her best friend and the racist at the feed store are all involved in their path of romance.  It started to become too much, and I wondered where Tuesday and Ezra -- and their feelings -- were in all the external conflicts. 

I am looking forward to Back to You, the final book in the series.  Fingers crossed Kelly and Vaughn find a way to be together again.     

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