Review: Break the Sky by Nina Lane

Posted August 23, 2014 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: Break the Sky by Nina Lane
Break the Sky
by Nina Lane

3 Stars


Released: July 29, 2014
Published by Snow Queen Publishing
Pages: 400
Format: eBook

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“I did find Kelsey and Archer somewhat entertaining as a couple.  They were just not memorable.” ~ Under the Covers

Here’s the thing about covers…they CAN be misleading.  I saw this cover and immediately thought “hot biker book”.  And although our hero rides a bike, this is not an MC romance.  It is however, a family centered story.  And I do enjoy those quite a bit (even more so than MC books).  This book spins off from the series SPIRAL OF BLISS, being the story about Professor Dean West’s brother.  Since this was my first read by this author, I missed out on some background because I didn’t read the previous books.  However, I think this worked very well as a standalone.  And as much as I thought Dean was interesting enough, I actually have no desire to go back and read his story.

But back to the brother, Archer West is a self proclaimed bad boy and the family black sheep.  That might because he’s not 100% really part of the family.  Archer’s brother, Dean, takes the rose colored glasses off of him at an early age, revealing he has a different father.  And he’s the product of their mother stepping out and cheating on her husband.  Archer has never been able to recover from that.  He’s been a loose cannon ever since.

He is just misunderstood and needs some love.  I liked him pretty quickly because he shows a caring side.  One that is still looking for acceptance and love, and still tries to show that he cares for his family.  Kelsey on the other hand is an atmospheric scientist, ex storm chaser and current University Professor.  She has become this tough chick because of her past and she’s made something of herself.  Now thinking that the grown up thing to do is giving up her passion for chasing storms and just working behind the scenes back from University.

I think that both characters could’ve been more.  I liked Archer more than I liked Kelsey, to be honest, but I think they were both wishy washy and a bit weak.  Their dialogue felt scripted at times.  But what really got me ready to pull my hair out?  The indecisiveness of both characters!!!  The constant back and forth.  The I can’t be with you because of this and that … Ok I’ll leave… What do you mean? You’re giving up so easy?” behavior.  Mostly on the heroine’s part.  It happened once, it happened twice, it kept happening.  I wanted to beat some sense into her!  With a wooden spoon!  Then it was contagious and other characters were doing it.  Arghhhhhh  Putting that aside, I did find Kelsey and Archer somewhat entertaining as a couple.  They were just not memorable. 

I loved the original concept of incorporating storm research into this book.  It made it original and interesting for me and probably was my absolute favorite thing about the book.  That and the small details that were key moments in the Archer/Dean brotherly dynamics as well as the Archer/Kelsey relationship building.  There were so many cute moments (the tree house, the nickname, the coin, the comic book…), even if some of them could also be cheesy.  Loved those!

I feel bad classifying this as new adult because by definition I think these two are older and should fall under just contemporary romance, but their maturity level?  Yeah, just wasn’t there.  As far as this being erotic romance?  I think everyone has different ideas on what they consider erotic romance and what just falls on a sexy contemporary.  So lets call this one sexy and lets leave it at that.

*Review copy provided by author


About Nina Lane

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization.

She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.


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thanks for the review francesca….i also thought it was an mc book and that the couple was a bit older just by looking at the cover.

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But it’s a hot cover! LOL


Thanks for the review Francesca

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.