Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway ~*~ Break Me In by Sara Brookes

Often I’m asked if I base my character off anyone in real life. The answer is always no. Now, that isn’t to say that I haven’t taken tidbits from people I know or things I see on my travels around the internet. Alex, the hero of Break Me In, used to play golf in his spare time. He was really, really good at it too. And Elena, the heroine, helps him rediscover his love of the game (in more ways than one, if you catch my drfit). My husband and daughter both are avid golfers, so they proved to be valuable sources of information when I had questions.

I also had a clear picture in my mind of what I imagined Elena looked like. Or more importantly, her hair. I had seen a picture on a stock image site years and years ago that I thought captured the look I imagined Elena embodied. Years later, I was kicking myself because I couldn’t locate the image again. I put my graphic design skills to use and spent a few days manipulating a stock image to fit the image in my head.

So, I thought I would share my design effort today. Enjoy this exclusive peek!

Elena avoids relationships by using her flogger as a shield. Alex is struggling with substance abuse and Elena will do nearly anything to help him conquer his demons, even risk losing him forever. When he comes home, whole and healthy, he raises the stakes by requesting their friendship turn to a D/s bond. His submission will change their dynamic forever. She convinces herself it’s just sex. Love and desire aren’t part of the equation.

Under Elena’s reverent command, Alex finds a comfort he’s always yearned for. He’s happier than ever as he spends his days slinging coffee and his nights bound and collared. Submitting to Elena exposes more than his strengths—it reveals a powerful attraction. Most of all, it uncovers their passionate love. He’s ready to convince her there’s no reason to mask her feelings, but his efforts are derailed when his toxic past resurfaces to annihilate their future.

Warning: A hunky, tortured barista. A seductive, stubborn Domme. Desire that can’t be tamed by cuffs, ropes and chains. And angst. So much drama and angst, John Hughes would be proud. Being bad never felt so good.

When the door to the warehouse opened, his heart slammed hard against his ribs. It tripped once, slammed again, reminding him he needed to breathe. The air burned his lungs has he inhaled and his heart settled into a normal rhythm.

Elena leaned against the casing, her red hair smooth and sleek as the tips curled under her chin. She’d left her bangs straight tonight so her hair framed her heart-shaped face. Her eyes shined brilliantly under the fringe, her full red lips curving up into a sensual smile.

He was so taken by the sinful curve of her mouth, it took him a few seconds to notice she wore a green corset. The very same one he’d lusted heavily over when she’d worn it during Tony and Genevieve’s engagement party last year. It had played a starring role in more than one masturbation fantasy during his recovery time.

At least after his sex drive had returned.

To further add to the hot lust curling through his system he noticed she hadn’t paired it with the men’s shirt. Instead her bare creamy ivory skin was pillowed at the edge, her breasts threatening to spill over if she moved.

And oh how he wished she would move.

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Review ~

Break Me In is the third book in the Geek Kink series by Sara Brookes and stands completely on its own.  While you will get glimpses at what look to be previous couples, it isn't enough to make you feel like you can't enjoy Break Me In without reading them.  But if they are anything like Break Me In, you'll want to go back and enjoy the world Sara Brookes creates.

First, I have to admit Break Me In was a little slow in places.  There is a lot of back story to these two characters which isn't a bad thing.  I love an in-depth novel as much as the next person.  But, there are times it just sort of dragged and i was waiting to get to the next scene and watch things progress.

Alex has an abusive past to deal with along with a crazy ex-wife and alcoholism that must be fixed before he can truly explore what he craves.  Elena has her own share elf issues that we don't delve into as deeply as Alex's but she has some pretty thick walls of her own. Alex and Elena have known each other for years, fighting an attraction recently, they are both scared to give in.

Overall, I thought that Break Me In was enjoyable and a nice view of the D/s scene with characters who aren't perfect.  There are so many things going on, I think I might have been a little disappointed a the lack of sex scenes (oh my, I can't believe I said that ~ lol).  But I really enjoyed the way these characters worked, with each other and friends, to overcome internal and external obstacles.

A recommended read if you enjoy some kink, a little bit of geeky, a female dominant that isn't over the top and a male submissive who is just trying to figure things out.

Author Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sara_Brookes
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  1. i always liked when they have a flaw and turn it around for better in the end

    1. I think it's a lovely thing, that redemption, Jodi - thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me today and for the review!

  3. I like flawed characters as long as they can be redeemed if they are to bad. I don't want a perfect hero but I also don't want one that has no redeeming qualities.

  4. I like the flawed characters. Lots of excitement while they try to redeem themselves

  5. Characters should be flawed because everyone is, no one is perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I don't believe in "Mr. Perfect". Everyone has flaws. That is what makes them interesting.

  7. Sara, this sounds wonderful! Congrats on a scorching new release!

  8. I enjoy when characters have flaws. I can relate to them more.

  9. No I have no preference as long as they are not perfect

  10. I like it when characters have flaws because that makes them more believable. Thanks for the giveaway!