BREAK EVEN by Lisa DeJong Review!!!! @LisaDeJongBooks

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Blurb:

My story isn’t a love story … not the typical kind anyway.
As a lawyer, I’m used to discovery, but I never saw this one coming.

Every day, River gives me ten reasons to stay away, and then eleven reasons why I can’t. Our relationship was to remain strictly business, or at least I tried.

Four years of marriage, and everything with Cole has changed. I never knew two people who lived together could be so distant. But I’m not ready to give up on him.

One man wants to break me.
The other is just trying to get even.

Both are lying to me.

***This is a standalone contemporary romance (though a little unconventional and twisted!)
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Colleen
4.5 STARS
Wow! Break Even is Lisa’s best book to date! It is so very unlike all her other books – it crosses boundaries and pulls at your heart in unlikely ways. I was a little hesitant once I realized that Break Even is a “cheating” book; this is my least favorite type of book to read. However, knowing Lisa’s writing style and her way with characters made me decide to go all in – thank goodness I did!
River, Marley, and Cole’s story gripped my heart and made me feel things while reading that I have honestly have never felt before. Lines are crossed, lives are forever altered in ways that can never be repaired. Oh, let’s not forget the plot twist….I never saw it coming!
This is a love story but not in typical fashion. It is a journey of three broken souls, some more damaged then others; one trying to break free, one trying to break apart, and one trying to break even. There are many twists and turns, leading to a point where happiness and love is the last thing on these character’s minds.
If you are in the mood for angst, pick up Break Even. If you are in the mood for an interesting and intriguing love story, pick up Break Even. If you are in the mood for a book that will tear your heart out and slowly put it back together again, little piece by little piece, pick up Break Even. If you want a book that is a fantastic read from beginning to end, Break Even is for you….
EXCERPT

River sets a tray down on the counter, startling me. “You do that a lot?”

“Do what?” I ask, relieved to distract myself from the pressure of the situation.

“Bite your lip.”

“I was just thinking,” I admit, resisting the pull the ocean has on me.

He cups my face in his hands. “Don’t let yourself ruin this weekend by overthinking anything. It’s ours, and I’m not willing to give it up yet.”

I open my mouth to speak, but he kisses me instead. The picture within the clear blue water fades. River kisses me until I’m blind of my worries and guilt. Whoever said an ocean is better than a river has never met my River.

“Better?” he asks as he pulls away.

“Much.” I watch as he sits on the edge of the tub and turns the water off. When I first met him, I saw him differently. His compassion was veiled by arrogance. If River Holtz wanted, he could make a woman happy for more than a night.

He motions me over to where he sits.

I lift myself from the counter, slowly walking to him. When I’m close enough, he reaches for me, pulling me against his rock hard body. His chin rests on my chest as he looks up at me. “You’re mine until tomorrow morning. Don’t forget that.”

I comb my fingers through his hair. “I haven’t. And, I also haven’t forgotten that after I leave here tomorrow, we’re nothing.”

“Not true,” he says, kissing between my breasts. “I’ll always be the guy you wish you could have again. The one you’ll compare everyone else to.”

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