Breaking Point

Susan Hayes
Breaking Point
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
September 2013
Book 5 of Sunset Point
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Lexa Fox lost her childhood the day her mother took her and fled Sunset Point. Twenty-three years later, she's returning to claim her inheritance from a father she barely remembers, in a place she doesn't belong.

Detectives Beau Rivers and Diego Mendez grew up in ménage families and always knew they'd be a trio if they could find the right woman. They'd found her once, but fate took her out of their lives long before they were old enough to stake their claim. No woman since has ever managed to live up to their memories of Lexa, so when fate brings their childhood sweetheart back into their lives, they do everything they can to convince their gray-eyed, world-weary beauty to stay.

There are dangers to be faced and enemies to overcome, but in the end it's up to her men to show her that some hearts never give up hope, and some loves have no Breaking Point.

Book Review by Christine Blackthorn (author,reviewer)
Mar 04, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
196 people found the following review helpful
Of the menage stories I have read this is one of the best, though I have to admit that I think it is hard to write an exceptionally good menage story and BREAKING POINT falls in some ways into the usual traps. It is a fascinating and engaging world which is being created though.

Lexa returns to the childhood home from which her schizophrenic mother has ripped her in her preteens. She returns to take up her father's inheritance, initially only to sell off the assets in order to pay her mother's hospital bills with which she has struggled all her adult life. She seems to be suffering from retrograde amnesia, which made her unable to recall her early life with her father. She only knows what her mother has told her about the island paradise on which she has grown up.

When she arrives, she realizes that the hotbed of sexual sin, as her mother has described the island, is nothing other than a peaceful community in which menage relationships are protected and fostered. She also begins to remember the beauty of those first few years, the way there had been a second man in her mother's and her life and the two best friends she had had on the island.

Long story short, these two friends have never forgotten the little girl they fell in love with as children and have been searching for a woman to complement their lives. Without giving too much away of the plot, I can say that among the threat of drug dealers and corrupt managers, they decide to pursue and seduce Lexa in remaining on the island.

The plot therefore contains many typical elements of menage stories--the protected community, the chase of two men, the moral agonizing and outrage. But it has also interesting elements of new external conflicts, corruption and physical threat. Overall, it has an interesting story dynamics.

I liked the characters created and the potential lying behind the world. There is so much there and it is clear that the rich backstories introduced will lead to more stories told in the future. I like the joy and cheek of the main characters.

However, I didn't like that the beginning of the story is very slow and even slightly disjointed in places. It takes a little while for the separate stories to come together--though that has its charms in places. The problem is that the character development is suffering under the divergent story lines. The characters seem to waver from shallow to deep, from trusting to reticent, from brash to gentle. Whilst this is possibly closer to reality for humans, it makes it harder to relate to them.

The menage sex was surprisingly well-written. I often find that the necessity to add more identifiers into the text (because of the higher number of bodies involved) sometimes makes it too long-winded. In a way, too many hands, not enough sensation. This problem rarely occurs here and the eroticism is high.

Overall it was a fun read, taking a little while to get into and leaving me with a mild curiosity what will happen in the next few books. Definitely worth a try.
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