Monday, May 13, 2013

ARC Review of Until I Break by M. Leighton

Goodreads Summary:

"I’m intrigued. Tempted beyond what I’ve ever been before. To know her, to open her up. To break her."

In love, sometimes what you fear most is exactly what you need.

Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control. 

And she doesn't exist.

Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn't know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with.

Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare. 

When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be.

Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her.

The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.

**This book may be read as a stand-alone, as the story of Alec and Samantha comes to a conclusion in this book**

My Review:
Brace yourselves, Until I Break is a gripping story full of love, lust, and twists that knock you off your seat. M. Leighton does not disappoint as she delivers another amazing book. Samantha is an author who lives a double life. When she is on tour or doing events she is dressed as a completely different person. She has had a rough life and prefers to keep it hidden. I really liked how the story bought bits and pieces of the book Samantha wrote. Her hero Mason is her fictional book boyfriend if you will. She is pretty shocked when her version of Mason walks into a book event. It catches her off guard. What she doesn't know is that Alec Brand is not a hero. He isn't Mason.  He doesn't pretend to be either. He has his secrets. He is very upfront about himself and what he wants. My favorite quote:

"I won't hurt you, Samantha," I pledge quietly... "This is all about pleasure, pleasure you've never known before, pleasure I want to introduce you too. A little fear can heighten the senses; a little pain can feel like ecstasy. Would you like me to show you?"

Alec is a box of surprises that man. There are twists and turns that I never saw coming. Many times I was like O_O  Alec promises to show Samantha a wild side of lust. Alec is not a man who enjoys dates and long walks on the beach. Well maybe the beach part but, only if it ends a certain way. He is very experienced and Samantha only writes about it. He likes blind folds and toys while Samantha has never dabbled. Her past has damaged her and she is worried she will never feel pleasure again. Alec vows to change this. Will he be able to? Will Samantha ever be able to tame the wild beast? Is Alec destined to be alone forever? 

This book is a tad more erotic then her other books. I personally loved it! I found the story refreshing and fun. Ok, it was super HOT! More then just romance however, it is an amazing story. The things that Alec does both frighten and intrigue Samantha. There are a few times when she doesn't know if sheIt was nice to see a character like her, whom we could all relate to. The excerpt's of the vampire book Samantha was writing were great too!! I honestly hope we will get a chance to read it. 

This was a great book. I loved it. I will continue to read whatever this woman writes, it's gold. You really need to read this book!! 

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