Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review of When I Break by Kendall Ryan

The bit on the back…

Knox Bauer's life has unraveled to the point of no return. Fighting to fill the emptiness inside himself, he seeks solace in unfamiliar beds with unfamiliar women. As guardian to his three younger brothers, this can't go on...they look up to him in every way and all he’s done lately is prove how messed up he really is. Needing a change, he attends a local Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting, where he finds himself tempted by the alluring instructor, McKenna.

Twenty-one year old McKenna is trying to make amends. After losing her parents in a horrific accident, she knows if she can just be good enough, maybe she can forgive herself for what happened. With her newly acquired degree in counseling, she begins leading a sex addicts group where she meets the troubled Knox and her life takes on complications she never bargained for. She doesn't have time for a bad boy who only wants to take her to bed, even if her body disagrees. The fixer in her wants to help, but trusting Knox's true motivations might take more courage than she has.

I bought this book ages ago mainly because I was attracted to the cover. I only discovered New Adult as a genre when I started blogging and I really, really enjoy it so this seemed like the perfect read for me.

Knox Bauer has a lot of responsibilities in his life and likes to blow off steam by sleeping his way through his town. In a bid to change his ways and to prevent his younger brothers from following in his footsteps he enrols in his local Sex addicts Anonymous meeting where he’s introduced to McKenna who turns out to be just as damaged as he is.

Everything about Knox, right down to his name screams bad boy and I was ready to fall head over heels for him. And I did. His past is a bit heart-breaking with a dead mother and an absent father he has the responsibility of bringing up his three younger siblings on his shoulders. Although he’s got the whole bad boy exterior he seems like a genuine guy trying his hardest to do right by his little family unit. I loved that sense of ownership and responsibility he had and could totally get on side with him trying to blow off some of the steam that came with that.

McKenna is a completely different character to Knox. She volunteers and thrives on helping others, specifically sex addicts and that’s how she meets Knox. She’s had her own share of hardship with the tragic loss of her parents at a young age and she has such a rock steady character to use that hardship and turn it into something positive by helping others.

The dual narrative allows you to see Knox for who he is but also who he is through McKenna’s eyes. They have an instant connection and it’s more about respecting McKenna for Knox than treating her like he usually treats women. I loved getting to see the real Knox coming out as their relationship progressed.

The story is entirely predictable but entirely enjoyable. I didn’t realise that it was part of a series at first because I bought it so long ago but I will definitely finish the series now.

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