I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This novella surprisingly worked for me. I wasn’t sure whether I would like another of Walker’s books but I did. While I’ve only read one before and ended up liking it, it just didn’t leave much of a lasting impression on me–I could take it or leave it.
Break For Me is the second prequel in the Secrets & Shadows series and while I had not read the first novella it wasn’t terribly hard to follow along. Our heroine, Jensen, is a local detective who starts a relationship with the DA, Dean – and our hero – that seemingly started off as a way to give into the tension that was obviously present between the two of them. But it turns into more because they both had feelings for each other that ran a lot deeper than they were willing to admit.
But when the discovery of a body turns out to be that of Jensen’s mother who had gone missing 12 years prior, Jensen’s world is turned upside down once again. And these two will have to decide whether they can weather this storm or be torn apart by it.
A gritty and edgy read that features two characters whom have both had tragedy hit close to home that have made them into better people and gotten them to where they are in life. Another plus for me was the inclusion of an interracial relationship, which is something that we need more of. Man, it was hot to read.
My only real peeve is that the author kept referring to the heroine grabbing onto the hero’s dreads whenever they kissed. I get it. He has dreadlocks and you love the feel and texture of it. Cool beans. But I felt like that was a bit over the top with the repetitive mentions of it. I also felt like it was stereotyping. Not all black men have dreadlocks and for me it felt like this was added and mentioned – repeatedly – as if it was some sort of novelty item. I have no problem with his hair being highlighted once or maybe twice but for me it was unnecessary.
But, aside from that the book was definitely a solidly good and at times steamy read that I would recommend to other readers of romance-suspense.