Sunday 2 March 2014

Blog Tour and giveaway ~~ When I Break by Kendall Ryan


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, he can't seem to do a thing right. But this can't go on...they look up to him in every way and all hes 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.

When I Break is book 1 in a new mini series by bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

Warning: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk.
Due to mature content, it is recommended for 17+.


Whats on your mind? I asked, wiping my mouth on the napkin.

Pretty blue eyes pierced mine as she hesitated to answer. 

Say it, angel.

When I met youI dont know. I could feel your pain and knew youd experienced more than your fair share of trauma too. I felt connected to you.

I knew what she meant, but that didnt mean I wanted to encourage her attachment to me. I would only end up hurting and disappointing her. Even if I did everything in my power not to, that was my track record with women. 

McKenna, Im not going to deny that we have a connection. We do.

But? she supplied, a trace of sarcasm in her voice.

ButI fuck random girls. I use them for sex. Im not a good guy. You shouldnt be so nice to me.

Youve made bad choices. Youve messed up. But youre not a bad guy. I see the way you are with your brothers, and attending group, thats your way of trying to get better. Youre not going to scare me off so easily, Knox.

My participation in her little meetings was practically court-mandated, and honestly, the only reason Id continued going was because of my attraction to her, but I didn't correct her, wouldn't scare her off until she was ready to go.

When I Break had me at "Warning: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters."

Knox is the consummate bad boy.  Legal trouble, slut, trouble with a capital T.  

McKenna is the consummate good girl.  A fixer.  A helper.  A virginal sex addiction counsellor ~ I know, it sounds like a bizarre career choice!

When their worlds collide in sex addicts counselling, it is just trouble in the making!

But there is so much more to both of these characters.  They have both had tragic events in their pasts that have shaped who they are today.  Guilt controls them both and will either make them or break them.

Can these two complete opposites be perfect together, or will their differences be too great and keep them apart?  For that you are going to have to read for yourself.

I loved the Knox that is beneath the bad boy. I am not going to go into what he is all about, but swoon worthy I tell you!

While there are some funny moments and times when you just want to groan and roll your eyes, their stories are such that you cannot help but get invested in them.  Both so young with so much on their shoulders, you just know that eventually they are going to crack, but what will the consequences be?  

It did bother me a little that with all her counselling training McKenna has not learned that she is not at fault for things that happened to others, considering that is what she is teaching others?  I know that it is always easier looking in, but her constant blame game started to grate on me a little bit and made me roll my eyes at her ~~ but this could just be me?

The sexual chemistry between Knox and McKenna is off the charts.  You could cut the UST with a knife!!!  Where will it all end up?

For that we are all going to have to wait until the next book.

And beware, just as things were getting really interesting.... BAM!
But this didn't bother me as much as it might have, as I did know it was going to be one, and it is not too long until the next installment is published.

I am looking forward to seeing where Knox and McKenna's "relationship" goes as this series continues.

Author Bio
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels, HARD TO LOVE, THE IMPACT OF YOU, RESISTING HER and WORKING IT.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss! She lives in Minneapolis with an adorable husband, two naughty puppies, and a brand new son.
 She enjoys being naughty, reading, and anything girly. 

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