Break For Me picks up right from where Burn for Me left off, but switches focus from the oldest Bell sibling to the middle child, Jensen, and the man she struggles to maintain a distance from, District Attorney, Dean West.
The story opens with Jensen and her siblings struggling through the day of the anniversary of their mom’s disappearance fifteen years before. But on this night, she finally lets go and spends a night of passion with Dean West, then she runs. Again.
Dean is hopeful when Jensen finally stops pushing him away. He tries to accept her decision that she isn’t interested in him, but then he learns that he’s not the one that put that sad expression on her face. In fact, it is to him she turns to forget her pain. He braces for the fact that it may never be more than that even as he puts himself out there for her. But then a car and a body are found.
Jensen is finally getting answers that she thought she was ready for just like she thought that she had moved on after the family tragedy, but the need to fall to pieces and the fear of letting Dean get close tell her different. It is while tentatively starting something with Dean that she learns that he is no stranger to family tragedy. The answers to her mother’s disappearance lead to something shocking, but Jensen doesn’t have to face it alone if she will let Dean in.
While the first story captured me on all levels, this one didn’t. I didn’t connect with Jensen and couldn’t understand what stopped her from moving on her attraction to Dean or being tough on him. There was this unnamed need for emotional walls to be up and a vague idea that she feared relationships because her folks fought which made no sense because she knew Dean wasn’t like that- in fact, he was a rock of calm and steadiness. So yeah, good story and I was totally into the suspense, but Jensen’s hang-ups not so much. Oh and whew! Based on what was dredged up from the evidence in the car, this story is going somewhere pretty interesting with the next installment.
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