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.
***This is a standalone contemporary romance (though a little unconventional and twisted!)
“What?” he asks, leaning his elbows on the table.
“This,” I say, gesturing between us, “would never last more than one day.”
The ultra-cocky grin he had on his face the first day I met him in my office is back. “You might think that, but there’s something I know that you haven’t figured out yet.”
“And what’s that?”
He closes some of the space between us. “Every inch of your perfect little body is aching to know what my hands would feel like. Every. Fucking. Inch. You hold a shield up, thinking it will keep me away, but there’s nothing I don’t see.”
My mouth hangs open. He’s so wrong, but he’s so right. River is unlike anyone I’ve ever met. He’s untouchable—unobtainable—and I’m married. The holes in my marriage have led me to think about things—him—in a way I normally wouldn’t. When Cole touches me, he just doesn’t reach deep enough. It’s left a void. I hate to admit it, but that’s just the way things are.
Before I can come up with a rebuttal, the waitress brings us our plates and sets them in front of us. Staring down, I pretend my salad is the most interesting thing I’ve ever seen. The strawberries and blueberries make it pretty.
“Did I strike a nerve?” he asks, sliding the plate of fries so they’re within my view.
“You’re on every single one of them.”
He laughs sadistically. “But I’m right.”
“You’re wrong. I wouldn’t let you near me even if I were single.” I pick up a piping hot fry and carefully bite into it.
“If you were single, I guarantee I’d have you in my condo naked right now.”
Writing a review for Break Even has definitely been hard because there’s so much I want to say without ruining it. I thought Break Even was going to be challenging due to the subjects being outside of my usual comfort zone, but Lisa De Jong managed to write an exceptional story that made me oversee the love triangle.
Break Even was suspenseful, emotional, and full of twists that kept me wanting to continue reading. I was desperate to know what would happen next.
I instantly fell in love with Marley and although I didn’t agree with all her actions, I felt that reason behind her doing what she did was justifiable. I wasn’t fond of Cole due to the way he rejected Marley and the way the he made her feel insignificant. I was hoping that he would change his ways until I was introduced to River. I was drawn to River immediately and although he was cocky as hell, that’s why I fell in love with him. It was understandable why Marley was drawn to him.
There’s so much more that I wish I could say other than that you really need to read Break Even. Without doubt, this is a book that will keep you interested.
I certainly look forward to reading more from Lisa De Jong.
About the Author:
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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