16 June 2014

Break Me by Harper James - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Gemma Andrews doesn’t trust men.

She’s been left with a bitter taste in her mouth after her father left her mother while she was still pregnant, for another woman, and started a whole new perfect family. Gemma doesn’t feel like she belongs with her father’s family—with her family—and has done everything she can to push them all away.

One summer, her last summer stuck with these people, is about to change all of that.

Abe North, the hunky night guard she meets by chance, breaks down Gemma’s carefully built cinderblock walls, and shows her what she’s been missing out on. He helps her to reconnect with the brother and sister she has kept at a safe distance all these years. In the end, maybe, just maybe, Abe can show Gemma that all men aren’t bad and that he’ll be the one who’ll be there for her.

But is Gemma ready to accept love?

Or is she too broken?
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Gemma’s hatred for her father was already felt in the early part of the novel. Her father bailed out on them when her mother was still pregnant with her, and started out a new family. Her mother was hurt and bitter, and it passed on to her. Every summer, she get stuck with her father’s family.

But THIS summer, on her LAST summer with them, everything changed. And I was so happy that it did. Being angry is a little bit tiring. Anger is a very heavy emotion that wears you down, and it wore me down a bit. I was glad Kate, her sister, was able to push beyond Gemma’s wall, and finally had a relationship with her sister that went beyond rolling of eyeballs, and ignoring.

There might be a boy behind her changes – Abe North, a hunky night guard she met. He tries to break the ice around her heart, helps her reconnect with the family she thought she hated and had kept her distance all these years. Slowly, relationships change, she begins to gain not just a brother or sister, but she gains a new self. She once loves her books, and spends her time alone – with Abe, she gains friends and self-confidence.

Just as when she learns to trust men, an unthinkable happened. And just when she thought she’s going to have her happily ever after, her heart gets broken. But this is where her life just got started, because as she starts to bring the pieces back together, with the help of Kate – things in her life started to shift. Soon, this bitter, hurt, and angry girl learned to love herself, and let go of the hate.

But will she be able to get her happy-ever-after with Abe? Or is his betrayal still too painful for her?

Don’t you just love the cover? A couple kissing in the rain, and I was crossing my fingers hoping that this novel would be just as beautiful as the cover. Break Me is a story about love, forgiveness, finding yourself, family and trust. It tells the story of Gemma, a girl filled with hate and mistrust, spending another summer with her estranged father’s family not knowing it was the summer that will completely change her life. It was the summer that she will learn to fall in love, and forgive.

I like the storyline, on how everything fell right into their places. I fell in love with the characters, Kate and her bubbly attitude, Gray and his insights despite his age (I can’t wait for him to really grow up), and even her father, whom surprised me in the end. He wasn’t perfect, he made some mistakes, but despite all this, his love for his daughter knows no bounds. 

✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪

When they made it back to the group all eyes were on them and then just as quickly looking around inconspicuously. She looked up at Abe and rolled her eyes as he chuckled, “It’s nice to know they care,” he whispered. As they started to walk again his arm came in contact with hers and he straightened his finger to brush along her hand. She had to concentrate on her steps to keep from going down.

“Hey guys,” Emily yelled from the far side of the group, “we’re all going in, come on.”

Gemma watched as one after the other the perfect girls around her started ripping off their shirts and the males around gawked obviously. Suddenly shy, she lowered her hands from the hem of her shirt and looked out to the water, “you know, I’ve been trying to read for about a week now and haven’t had time because someone keeps sending me home. I think I’ll stay up here and take advantage of his distractions.”

Abe reached out and pulled her back to his front, resting his hand on her hip. “If that’s what you want,” he lowered his mouth to her ear and instantly goosebumps erupted everywhere, “but I can’t lie, it’s killing me not to see what you have under there.”

She turned her head in surprise, putting their mouths dangerously close, “Really?”

“You have no idea,” he made sure she was looking him in the eyes before continuing, “Sexiest girl out here is hiding on the beach. I’m not the only guy disappointed, I’m just the only one with a shot in hell to see more, later.” He smirked at her and then kissed her cheek. “See you soon.”

She finally let her legs do what they had been waiting to do since he brushed her hand, and fell to the sand. A shiver ran down her back. This was not her life. The sexy, confident, bachelor didn’t beg her for a chance. He didn’t fight for her. And yet, here she sat, completely turned on, watching him look back over his shoulder at her. Shaking her head to herself as she stood and found her bag and proceeded to pretend to read, trying not to make it obvious her eyes didn’t leave him for a second.

Harper James currently lives in Louisiana. When she isn’t admiring her husband, the rock star, or playing with her baby boy and girl, the two cutest kids ever made, she can be found either reading or writing one of the many books she has floating around in her head. She has an unhealthy addiction to all things romance and will always fight for a happy ending.

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