#RollBackWeek Review: Broken Open by Lauren Dane

Posted September 26, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

#RollBackWeek Review: Broken Open by Lauren Dane
Broken Open
by Lauren Dane

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 25th 2014
Series: The Hurley Boys #2
Published by Harlequin HQN
Narrator: Kate Turnbull
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
 

Recommended Read!

“BROKEN OPEN is packed full of sexual chemistry, and deeper emotions.  Two broken people helping each other heal.  You will fall not only for the main couple, but their family and friends as well.  That is my crack!  And this was a perfect fix.”
~ Under the Covers

I have a confession to make.  I liked this book more than the first!  I sort of knew that would happen because Ezra, ohhhhh boy.  I had to get my hands on him.  We all love a tortured hero that has been through hell and back and Ezra fits that mold.  Plus he’s a rock star turned rancher in his spare time when he’s not writing massive hit songs.  Bonus points for that.

BROKEN OPEN gives us the side of his relationship with Tuesday that we only saw through Paddy and Natalie’s eyes in THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE.  I knew their chemistry was off the charts, but my excitement grew from the very first moment they connected in this book.

They have some serious obstacles to overcome in this book, but for the most part this was a sweet and sexy read without going to deep in angst territory.  And I like that about this series.  Another favorite thing of mine is the smart and rational female leads.  These are women that know themselves pretty good and can admit when they need to take a step back instead of acting out.

But back to Tuesday and Ezra.  Ezra has been through the ringer.  His drug addiction had put him almost out of the band, and it’s now relegated him to studio work only.  He’s just starting to dip his toes into live performances again but it’s not something he can go back to full time.  He’s taken on responsibilities at the family ranch and that’s important to him.  He’s the big brother that the others look up to and look to him when things go wrong.  And for a while he wasn’t.  He’s still dealing with the emotional aftermath of that in this book, and trying to figure out when his addictive personality will strike next.  I found him to be a strong and lovable alpha male.  Worthy of all the love and attention and everyone wants to shower him with.  And just the guy you want to fall in love with.

I loved Tuesday’s personality.  She’s a tough chick who goes for what she wants and she’s had to deal with a lot of heartache in her previous marriage.  From being cheated on, to the death of her husband.  She’s lived through it.  She’s thrived.  And she’s now an independent woman making her dreams come through.  She doesn’t need a man, she wants Ezra as a partner, not a crutch.  And that’s my favorite type of heroine.

I think Ms. Dane did a great job at handling racism in this book as well.  Oftentimes in books with an interracial couple that is just glossed over.  But that’s not true in society and it was nice to see the author incorporate that struggle into their relationship as something they have to deal with as well.  It only made me love Ezra more to see that.

BROKEN OPEN is packed full of sexual chemistry, and deeper emotions.  Two broken people helping each other heal.  You will fall not only for the main couple, but their family and friends as well.  That is my crack!  And this was a perfect fix.

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About Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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The first book was a 3.5 star read for me so I’m definitely looking forward to reading this one and I’m hoping I love it more than the first…Thanks for the review Francesca

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Thanks for the review francesca

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Thanks for the review, I have this on my TBR pile.