Until he saw her.
The one that got away.
The one he thought he’d never see again.For thirteen years, Stevie West drowned in her lackluster life. Recently divorced from her “roommate” with passionless benefits, she was ready to start over. On her own.
Until she ran into him.
The same man she’d met one year ago.
The temptation that had finally given her the courage to find herself again.
When lightning strikes twice, there’s no way to deny the chemistry it creates.
But with both of them still nursing old wounds, Mark and Stevie will have to find a way around the other’s defenses, a way to breakaway and score the one thing they never expected… love.
Breakaway was my first book by A.M. Johnson, and I really enjoyed being a part of Mark and Stevie’s journey; it definitely wasn’t a smooth path for them because both were hesitant and playing a pretty good game of defense when it came to putting their hearts on the line again, but it was almost like these two were meant to find one another because even though their first encounter was bad timing, a year later, they found themselves face-to-face again, and this time, there was no way Mark was allowing Stevie to slip through his fingers, even if his quick and intense feelings for her scared the hell out of him.
Stevie West is a woman who readers will definitely relate to…for 13 years, she played it ‘safe,’ marrying a man who gave her stability and comfort, but what Ben didn’t give her was passion and self-confidence, and for that reason, she set herself free, not allowing her fears or insecurities to prevent her from taking control of her own life and giving herself a second chance to be the woman who laid dormant inside for way too long. The Stevie that she’s working to be is brought out quite easily by a certain Tampa Bay center, and while things between them may be happening too quickly, how Mark makes her feel about her body, about who she truly is, and about the kind of man she deserves, Stevie can’t help but give into the insane chemistry between them and while she does so with hesitancy, she also does so because a man like Mark is worth the risk.
Mark Carmelo is not quite a veteran hockey player, but when it comes to his perspective on puck bunnies and thinking with his smaller brain, Mark learned pretty early on that that kind of lifestyle was not for him. It’s more than apparent that Mark has trust issues thanks to his cheating ex and sometimes he allows his past to darken too much of his present, and while I can’t blame him for guarding himself from getting hurt again, his inability to see what was right in front of him at pivotal moments was incredibly frustrating and also a bit heartbreaking because it clearly shows just how much Mia’s betrayal scarred him.
Both Mark and Stevie are a work-in-progress when it comes to their burgeoning relationship, harboring old wounds that make them question and rethink everything. But when they focus just on each other and what they’re building, it’s impossible to not notice just how much happier and lighter their lives are when they’re together, so as long as they remain open and honest, this second chance at love will feel like they’ve won the Stanley Cup!
Breakaway is a sweet and sexy story that gives hope to those whose previous relationships may have failed by illustrating why still believing in love and risking one’s heart is completely worth the potential pain. Mark and Stevie are an amazing couple who love with their whole hearts and while that might not have ended too well for them before, it seems that the connection they share wants them to try again; this time with the right person, and even if it’s scary and has the potential to turn out poorly, shooting for love a second time could make them feel like the champions they deserve to be.
4.5 Poison Apples
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