Breach (Breach Trilogy #1) by K.I. Lynn

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Synopsis:

Delilah Palmer has always maintained control of her life and outward personality, blocking the truth that’s just below the surface. Using a façade meant to be normal and hide the scars of her childhood, she’s made a good life for herself. Becoming a successful lawyer, she is finally free from the tortured past that haunts her daily. Until he comes along and breaks open the cracks.

Nathan Thorne has a haunted past of his own. On the surface, he is personable, extroverted, and loved by everyone; everything Delilah isn’t. However, hidden beneath his charming smile is a dark and tormented man that only Delilah has the power to unveil.

Forced into a small office together, they begin to see through each other’s masks, and the magnetic attraction ignites an explosive relationship. Their firm, Holloway and Holloway Law, has a strict non-fraternization policy, forcing them to conceal their breach. But despite their efforts, separation becomes impossible, deceptions escalate, and Nathan begins to teeter on the edge of being overtaken by his past demons.

What dark secrets does Nathan harbor that stop him from giving in, and what is it that keeps him from healing and moving forward? And more importantly, where does Delilah fit into his turmoil? Will they be able to accept love and deal with all the trials that develop as their secrets are exposed, or will they fall through the cracks of their pasts and be consumed by all that haunts them?

An exciting new romance, Breach will hook readers from the very beginning. With smoldering romance and captivating erotica, this enthralling story is perfect for all. Using shrouded secrets of the past and a combustible relationship that borders on taboo, this thrilling novel ramps up the tension and romance at every turn.

Book 1 of the Breach Trilogy.

 

Review:

Breach by KI Lynn is the first book in an erotica trilogy. All of the books in this trilogy have been published, so there is no waiting for resolution on the cliff hangers.

The main characters, Lila and Nathan, are both tragically damaged souls who keep to themselves and wallow in their sorrow and assumed worthlessness.

“Can two broken souls make one whole person? ”

Nathan may seem to be a sexy, fun, confident guy on the outside, but he has a past. He is messed up on the inside; he is tightly wound and just barely in control of his anger issues. Nathan is broken and tortured. He is guarded in every aspect of his life. He is an enigma—mainly because the author offers almost nothing in the way of developing this character. There was opportunity as two secondary characters researched Nathan online, but neither divulged what they found and Lila refused to “Google” Nathan.

“Nathan had scars on the outside to match the scars he held on the inside, where as mine were all inside.”

Delilah Palmer is an attorney. Her close friends call her Lila. She uses her heavy workload as a way to avoid life and relationships. She has suffered abuse growing up, and it has shaped her into the shell of a woman she is today. Lila works hard to appear normal to co-workers and acquaintances, but on the inside she verbally flogs herself daily. She has had it drilled into her that she is worthless and no man would ever want her.

Nathan and Lila’s first meeting was funny. Nathan’s cockiness doesn’t appeal to Lila, but all the other women in the office go crazy over him. Lila and Nathan gripe at each other and tease, but it is not serious. One night, while staying late at the office, things change and they act on their secret lust for one another. Their sex is rough, passionate and consensual. In fact, they use their ongoing passionate sex as a way to avoid dealing with their issues, as a way to avoid talking to one another, and as a way to connect with one another. During their passionate sex, Nathan talks “dirty”; I didn’t find it sexy. To me, it was banal, crude and demeaning. Lila is excited by being referred to as a whore and a slut not because it is hot but because it feeds her low self-esteem. The mention of domination and submission was an unnecessary non sequitur.

Book one in K.I. Lynn’s Breach trilogy leaves readers with more questions than answers. It is definitely meant as a set up for the series. Characters’ pasts are left as tragic mysteries, the plot is thin and there is a huge cliff hanger. I am curious about what might transpire in the next book, Infraction, and I hope that K.I. Lynn develops the characters more and provides more plot than hot, angry sex. For me, this was a 2.5 star read.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20486626-breach

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