Break Down

Rebecca Norinne
Break Down
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Publisher
Self-Published
Release Date
February 2018
ISBN
9781386401391
Series
Book 4 of Dublin Rugby
Genre
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
He knows his place on the pitch, but life is a whole other game.

All his life, Liam Donnelly looked and wondered. Could he? Would he? And then, finally, he did. But when he sampled a taste of that forbidden fruit, his whole world came crashing down, his position with Dublin Rugby right along with it. When the chance to ply his trade in Edinburgh comes along, Liam jumps at the offer, knowing it could be his best opportunity to start fresh and get back to the man he once was. But one look at Chef Lachlan MacLeod-his knowing, whisky-colored eyes, the abrasive scruff dotting his jaw, and the colorful ink lining his forearms-and Liam's wondering all over again. Can he? Will he? His heart says no, but his body says yes. Too bad love is never that simple.

He's conquered his own demons; can he help another man do the same?

Out and proud Chef Lachlan MacLeod has no problem with who he is, except he has a history of hooking up with bi-curious straight men. He's vowed never to go down that path again, but when Liam Donnelly shows up in his restaurant, his eyes filled with heat and secret longing, Lachlan can't help himself. He knows the closeted rugby player is a terrible idea, but the man calls to him in a way no one ever has before. What started as a safe way for Liam to explore his sexuality quickly morphs into something much deeper, and now Lachlan wants more. But can his heart reconcile what his head already knows-that loving the gorgeous, broken athlete might actually mean letting him go?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
May 21, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
22 people found the following review helpful
5 star shaped doses of the feels for BREAK DOWN!

When Dublin Rugby player Liam Donnelly is given a lowball offer from the team after 10 years and an injury that kept him sidelined for awhile, he knows he's at a crossroads. He can give up the game he loves, or he can accept an offer to play for Edinburgh, and an opportunity to start fresh. After being blackmailed by the first man he's ever been intimate with, Liam is terrified to act on his desires, but maybe, just maybe, moving to Scotland will give him the fresh start he needs to figure out what he really wants. And after meeting Chef Lachlan MacLeod, he immediately knows it's him.

Lachlan wants Liam, bad, but he isn't interested in being the secret plaything to a confused man. Liam tries to stay away, but the need to explore his darker fantasies is just too strong. He doesn't expect to fall for Lachlan, or for the chef to be the one who will change his life forever.

Oooh, ya'll, it's been awhile since I've read an excellent MM read, and BREAK DOWN is it! Daaaamn these dudes are sexy, I most definitely wanted to figure out a way to jump into my Kindle just so I could soak up their chemistry in person. Their connection was absolutely powerful, but my heart broke for both men. Lachlan wants nothing more than to be able to show affection for his man in public, and while Liam wants that too, he is so terrified of being outed that it's debilitating at times. While BREAK DOWN was incredibly erotic, mostly it was this brilliantly written and emotional tale about this couple learning to fall in love and the challenges that come with opening your heart and hiding from the world. I recommend this to fans of any type of romance!

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; MM sex, some condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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