Monday, December 28, 2015

~*★Release Blitz with Review★*~ Break Even by Lisa De Jong

Title: Break Even
Author: Lisa De Jong
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 27, 2015


My story isn’t a love story … not the typical kind anyway.
As a lawyer, I’m used to discovery, but I never saw this one coming.

Every day, River gives me ten reasons to stay away, and then eleven reasons why I can't. Our relationship was to remain strictly business, or at least I tried.

Four years of marriage, and everything with Cole has changed. I never knew two people who lived together could be so distant. But I’m not ready to give up on him.

One man wants to break me.
The other is just trying to get even.

Both are lying to me.

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Title: Break Even
Author: Lisa De Jong
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 27. 2015
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa
If there’s one thing I know about reading a Lisa De Jong story, it’s that you’re going to become emotionally invested, touched, altered and changed by it by the time you turn the last page.

And much like her others in the past, this one did not disappoint.

This is not an easy book, but it is a very real book, even when it sits at its most fictional and unreal.
It’s not about two random people meeting and falling in love with little to no drama. It’s not about perfection. It’s about finding the beauty in the imperfection. In the pain. Finding a light if you will, in what a place that seems to just increasingly become more dark as time goes on.

I don’t want to give away what takes place here as I’m a firm believer especially with books of this nature that you need to experience it yourself, but what I will say is, what you think you know when you start reading this, what will probably rub some people the wrong way at first, it’s not what you think. What you see here at first especially is only skin deep. It’s only scratching the surface of things and as the story progresses, you will be taken on one hell of an emotional ride.

I felt Marley, every damn reaction she had throughout this, deep in my bones. She wasn’t perfect, none of them were and none of us are, but what takes place here and why, at least for her, I sympathized with. Normally, I wouldn’t. I admit that but there was something about the way this was presented, the way she was presented that made me understand her a lot more than I would say, anyone else.

My heart ached for her, my eyes cried for her and I got my back up on more than one occasion wanting to fight for her and with her, that’s how well the author brought me into her world. Her very being.

This wasn’t a love triangle to me. Marley was torn in two different directions, I give her that but given everything that takes place throughout this book, I won’t put a love triangle on this whatsoever. River was it. At least for me he was. His presence, his sheer force of being exploded off the page right from the moment he was first introduced and all I could see after it was those two in the end.

I had suspicions about Cole right from the very beginning and throughout, I paid attention to every little thing he said and did because of it, in the end, getting at least part of the payoff that comes from being right about someone in having his true motivations shown.

All in all, this was a fantastic read and definitely one that despite initial wariness based on subject matter, I am glad that I took the chance on. It exceeded all my expectations and is definitely one of my favorites this year, both from a romantic angle and from a suspense angle. The author well versed in the element of surprise.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read Marley’s tale before release. It was a journey that I am so glad that I was a part of.



River sets a tray down on the counter, startling me. “You do that a lot?”
“Do what?” I ask, relieved to distract myself from the pressure of the situation.
“Bite your lip.”
“I was just thinking,” I admit, resisting the pull the ocean has on me.
He cups my face in his hands. “Don’t let yourself ruin this weekend by overthinking anything. It’s ours, and I’m not willing to give it up yet.”
I open my mouth to speak, but he kisses me instead. The picture within the clear blue water fades. River kisses me until I’m blind of my worries and guilt. Whoever said an ocean is better than a river has never met my River.
“Better?” he asks as he pulls away.
“Much.” I watch as he sits on the edge of the tub and turns the water off. When I first met him, I saw him differently. His compassion was veiled by arrogance. If River Holtz wanted, he could make a woman happy for more than a night.
He motions me over to where he sits.
I lift myself from the counter, slowly walking to him. When I’m close enough, he reaches for me, pulling me against his rock hard body. His chin rests on my chest as he looks up at me. “You’re mine until tomorrow morning. Don’t forget that.”
I comb my fingers through his hair. “I haven’t. And, I also haven’t forgotten that after I leave here tomorrow, we’re nothing.”
“Not true,” he says, kissing between my breasts. “I’ll always be the guy you wish you could have again. The one you’ll compare everyone else to.”

About the Author

Lisa De Jong

Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn't change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.

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