The Break Up
Series: The Jordan Brothers #2
Author: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Random House-Loveswept
Releases: August 28, 2018
Can two wrongs feel oh-so-right? This bride is about to find out—with the bad boy who makes an epic breakup worth her while.
Bella: I know I’m a princess. I’m used to getting what I want. But all I ever reallywanted was a husband and a family. Unlike my sister, Sophie, I’ll never have a brilliant career to fall back on. So what’s a bride to do when she learns that Prince Charming is a cheating snake just a few days before her fairy-tale wedding? With my fiancé begging for another chance, the only way to save the wedding is to even things out with a little revenge sex—and local bartender Christian Jordan seems like the right man for the job.
Christian: If gorgeous Bella Bigelow thinks sleeping with me will somehow lead to happily ever after, I’m not going to turn her down. The guy she wants to marry is a jerk, and her sister is fooling around with my estranged twin brother, Cain. So what’s the problem—besides falling for a woman who doesn’t know what she wants out of life? All I want to do is whisk her away from that church, take her to a cabin in the woods, and act out all our naughtiest fantasies.
And I may just get the chance. . . .
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The Breakup by Erin McCarthy
“Christian, you’re a fucking idiot,” I murmured to myself as I sat in my car behind a classic stone church. I had graduated from being attracted to trouble to picking it up in a church parking lot.
Then she came flying out of the back door of the church, her skirt bundled up in her arms, exposing her legs from the knees down, a veil flowing behind her. She ran in heels like the devil himself was after her, and hell, maybe he was.
I had been shocked that she had texted me, and even more shocked still to find myself offering to pick her up. But Bella had gotten under my skin. Maybe it was seeing her holding my son so sweetly. Maybe it was her humble admission that she wasn’t good in bed. Or more likely it was the fact that she had come to my mom’s still planning to marry an extreme douchebag and had now seen the goddamn light. I didn’t want her to change her mind and lock herself into a life with such a miserable guy.
Am I known for being Mr. Monogamous? No. But I wouldn’t put it off on my girlfriend if I cheated. It would be my fault and I would take responsibility, not make excuses. And hell, I never cheated on a woman I was involved with, because I was never involved. I just helped women cheat.
Yep. Fucking saint sitting at church, that was me.
I started to get out to open the door for her but she called out, winded and hysterical, “Get in and drive!” She yanked open the passenger door, tossed a bag over the seat to the back, and scrambled to get inside.
I slid back behind the wheel and glanced around to see if anyone was coming out after her. “You in?”
There hadn’t been a door slam. She was grappling to get it closed, but finally I heard the click. Her head turned toward me. “Okay, I’m good.”
I hit the locks just in case the door wasn’t completely closed. I would fucking flip out if she spilled onto the road in a wedding dress. “Where are we going?” I asked her.
“Anywhere.” She pushed the veil back off her face with trembling fingers. “Somewhere where no one can see me or find me.”
“I know a place.” We had a piece of property that had belonged to my mother’s father that had been used back in the day for fishing and hunting. There was a dilapidated shack on it and an old railroad caboose my grandfather had thought was cool.
I was driving but I couldn’t stop myself from looking at Bella. She was engulfed in all the trappings of a bride. There was white fabric everywhere, and her hair was curled in long waves. She had on extra makeup and thick, dark eyelashes, and her cleavage was popping. “You look beautiful,” I said, even though it was probably the last thing she wanted to hear. But she did.
She was stunning. Breathtaking. Mouthwatering. Even her anxious breathing just set her cleavage heaving, turning me on. I wanted to yank that bodice down and suck her nipples. Lift her skirt and dive on under there with fingers, mouth, my hard cock. I wanted to yank that tiara veil thing off her head and bury my hands in her hair, tugging her head backward, forcing her to look at me.
I also wanted to hold her naked in my arms and reassure her that she was enough. Sexy. Satisfying.
Maybe I was actually going to have a chance to do all of that.
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New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than sixty novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. A RITA Award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Adult Reader award, McCarthy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana. You can learn more about this author here: http://www.erinmccarthy.net/
Within days of hearing wedding bells ring Bella Bigelow discovers that her groom isn't ready to say "I do" because he's too busy rolling around in the sheets with another woman, and Bella is crushed. She had everything all planned out, they'd get married, do the lavish honeymoon, and then return home and get started on the next chapter of their lives... now she has no idea what she is going to do, should she call off the wedding or not? She gave up everything to be with this man, she has no career to fall back on, and no back-up plan, she either needs to decide is she can forgive him and get married, or flee and never look back? As the last few hours roll down to wedding day she decides she can't go through with it, and calls her friend Christian to come and whisk her away. She needs a place to hide-out and get a handle on her emotions and make a new life plan, so he takes her to his families cabin for a little break.
But after a few days together she starts to think that maybe the rule of "the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else" might just be the best way to move on, and Christian Jordan seems like a good candidate to help her with that. He doesn't do relationships, which means no feelings or obligations afterwards, and he seems to be well versed in one night stands, what could possibly go wrong?
The Breakup is a drama filled tale that will stir up your emotions and put a squeeze on your heart, you just can't help but feel for these characters and the situation they have found themselves tangled up in. This was my first visit to the series, and with the back story continuing from the first installment, I sometimes felt as though I was missing out on some pertinent details, but with that being said I don't feel like it took too much away from Bella and Christian's story, I was still able to grasp everything that was happening with them. This was an enjoyable read to settle down with this afternoon, it made for the perfect little literary getaway, the story line was engaging, the characters were well drawn, and it left me my heart happy. Highly recommend!
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