Break Me by Lissa Matthews #AfternoonDelight

Posted February 17, 2016 by Shari in Reviews, Afternoon Delight / 9 Comments

Break Me by Lissa Matthews #AfternoonDelight
Break Me

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Series: The Club
Genres: BDSM Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on January 27, 2016
Pages: 83
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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Break Me is a romance that leaves you feeling breathless as a heroine overcomes the loss of her Dom. Her life of black, grey and white is all she lives for, but now two years later, cracks are forming in her shell. All because of one man who sees deep inside her and wants what she gave to another man. He wants the deep connection that a Dom and his submissive have together.

Jared has settled down in a new town with a new job and a new club. He sees a picture on the wall of a woman and asks about her. Drawn in he finds out her Dom is gone and now he wants to connect with a woman who is beautiful in her submission. When he finally finds her in a cafe, he comes regularly and sits patiently and quietly waiting for her to give her name to him. Knowing she is broken, he is patient enough to wait, knowing it will all be worth it in the end.

Claire is only existing. She owns a cafe and now the bookstore her Dom was connecting to her cafe. It is all they wanted, but now she doesn’t have him to share it. Now a man sits in her cafe patiently waiting. She knows what he wants and it awakens the dead part of her heart with just a crack. But that is all that is needed for her to start the road back to the living.

Claire breaks hard in this emotionally charged short story. The circumstances of her Dom’s death has left her even more broken. This one man sitting in her cafe is patient and irritating. Giving him what he wants isn’t on her agenda, but then again what she needs is this one man who can hold her together as she finally breaks down and is reborn.

This is a short story and it moves quickly from the beginning to a happy for now ending. Emotionally draining as you wonder how you would react to the one person you adore more than life leaving you. How would you pick up the pieces? Throw in the deeply emotionally charged BDSM elements that draw you even closer. The trust that feels like it was broken. I loved Claire and just how dedicated she was to her man, but I also wanted to see her break from her mourning and find a new love, a new life. Jared was wonderful. Patient but dominant. He knew when to allow Claire to grieve and when to push her harder. He wasn’t going anywhere and that felt right.

Not a fiery fall into bed and spank the hell out of your ass book. This one makes you feel and think. A great story!


About Lissa Matthews

Living in North Carolina, talented, multi-published author, Lissa Matthews, has many loves in her life: Family, friends, NASCAR, football, music of all kinds, cooking, BDSM, and last, but not least, coffee. She loves it so much she and those who know her are surprised she hasn’t floated away on a caffeine-induced cloud while giving life to feisty heroines and hunky heroes.

Lissa’s love of romance came from every book she has ever picked up. No matter what she read, she fell in love with the written word. The promise of escape, the deep, intriguing characters, and the winding journey from beginning to end, constantly drew her into bookstores and libraries as she was growing up.

Her first stories were written in junior high and she kept it up through college. She would stay up late at night when her kids were little reading romance and still penning her own stories. In 2007, when she and her family moved to North Carolina from Florida, she began pursuing writing as a profession and she couldn’t imagine doing anything else… Well, except maybe writing in her own cupcake bakery/coffee shop. But that dream is a ways down the road… Lucky for Lissa, she believes in dreams coming true.

Lissa is married with two children and seven, yes, seven cats. She blames her oldest child for the cats.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • Wow, that sounds really interesting. I don’t think I’ve read a story where the Dom dies and she has to go on.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I have read at least 2 of them before this one. One the Dom gave her to another Dom, which was weird. Then the other one the Dom knew he was dying and trained his friend to be her Dom. This one was more of what real life would be like.

  • That’s a lot of stuff for a shorty. No wonder you have it 4 stars

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It was still good, just comes in at the point where life is about to change and acceptance is needed. It wasn’t a marry me and be my sub love story, but a moving on and into a new relationship kind of romance.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It was still good, just comes in at the point where life is about to change and acceptance is needed. It wasn’t a marry me and be my sub love story, but a moving on and into a new relationship kind of romance.

  • Whew, that would be emotional. I can’t decide if having it in a shorter story is a good or a bad thing under the circumstances. But I do like that he is patient and trying to help her heal.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Lissa seems to only write shorter stories so I have just learned to accept it. She pushes a lot into a small space and does a lot to make it work. I loved he was patient and not pushing her to accept him. He let her determine the timeline, but he also was dominant and let her know when she made decisions, he took it from there.

  • Spank the hell out of ya, lol, but good to hear it was more than that

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It wasn’t so much a deep BDSM romance, but a character romance with a few BDSM elements.