Title: Breaking Braydon
Author: M.K. Harkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2015.
Playboy billionaire Braydon Decker changes women more often than designer ties. Scarred and humiliated as a teenager, he pledged long ago to never trust a beautiful woman again. But then he never imagined meeting one quite like Jain Parker.
Jain, a dedicated medical research scientist, learned early in college that her good looks were a hindrance and she’d have to tone down her beauty to be taken seriously, thus, Plain Jain was born, and men were no longer an issue. Of course, she didn’t count on running into Braydon Decker.
A successful venture capitalist, Braydon holds the key to whether Jain’s research company sinks or swims. When the two are forced to work together on a fundraising campaign, they’re instantly drawn to one another, despite their individual vows to remain unattached. As they navigate unchartered waters, their inability to trust wages war with their desire to love.
Hearts are broken and trust is shattered when betrayal and lies are revealed. Will the truth bring them healing and forgiveness, or will it be too late?
Breaking Braydon offers readers an emotional, compelling story filled with heartwarming humor, romance, heartbreak and love.
3.75 Seattle Stars!!
(Because Seahawks are going to the super baby!!)
I feel like I made need a dose of an antidepressant after reading this book, lol. That’s the way to start a review, right?!?! Well, at least I have your interest peaked, let me see if I can explain what I mean better….
Breaking Braydon starts out with basically a boy and a girl, hmmm, maybe man and a woman, fits best, both desperate to NOT find love. Braydon has scars from his past. Scars that have ruined him for women completely. Beautiful women is more apt. He loves them and leaves them literally, well except he doesn’t do the leaving, he kicks them out right after the dead is done. 6 hours is the max he has ever spent with any woman and the longest he will ever be able to tolerate one. He’s actually so well known for loving and leaving women that there is a sort of running bet on who will “break him”. The woman who can make him fall in love with him wins the pot of $100,000 and the title of the one who Broke Braydon. But that will never happen because he targets his women, charms them and then kicks them out….Until Jain.
Jain has her own ugly past. Between losing her mother and a horrible situation with a guy, she does everything she can to avoid men. To the point of, people always told her she was beautiful growing up, so beautiful that she thinks no one will take her seriously about her work. So she makes herself plain. Even going as far as wearing different colored contacts so her eyes, that she’s got so many compliments on in her younger days, don’t show. Her only goal in life is to find a cure for ALS. But when her crew run out of funds they have to find someone to help them. Someone like, billionaire Braydon.
Okay, so the whole set up of “Breaking Braydon” was beyond intriguing. I seriously thought I knew right then how the book was going to go down. But it actually wasn’t quite what I thought. It seemed to be focused a lot on beauty. How Jain hid hers, and how Braydon only sought beauty out. And I’ll admit, Jain sort of got on my nerves. She really didn’t seem like a fun person to be around. I guess, she was always sort of down. Down about her looks, down about someone wanting her, down about her past. Colin, her best friend, did seem fun to hang with, and I often wondered if she brought him down. He never seemed to show it, but he just had a better attitude to me. When he was in the scene it always seemed to be happier and more upbeat. I totally understand, she had a mission and had really been dealt a bad hand with losing her mom, but I think she needed some antidepressants or therapy herself.
Braydon was mostly the same way. He was always plotting on revenge, but also his insecurities seemed to hang with him, until he met Jain. Then he was so focused on her that it seemed he was more upbeat. The happiest the two ever were, were when they were together. And, that’s awesome, means for a lasting relationship I would think, but I think previous to them meeting they were just going through the motions of life, but not actually living it. It was good to see them bring that out in each other. Together they were very sweet, and seemed to just be all around happier people. Almost like, the darkness of the past lifted when they were together.
I will warn you, this is basically a love at first sight book. Probably for Braydon more than Jain, because she seemed more in denial and too insecure. I think, maybe that was my biggest hangup with the book, if I’m being honest. They were both so insecure and broken that it was harder for me to stay connected to them. Not saying I’m the most secure person in the world, I just tend to like to read about chicks that are. I, in no way am saying that I didn’t like the book, just pointing out things I observed while reading it. I really loved Colin, and think he deserves a huge medal for all he put up with out of Jain and Braydon from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day. Tiffany was a really cute character too. She seemed like a great friend to have and an even better sidekick to wreck havoc with, lol, especially if revenge is in that havoc.
And can I just say, I love books that take place in Seattle. I got to live there for a year, almost 2 years ago now, and I totally fell in love with it and am constantly trying to relocate my family there on a permanent basis. So, when things are mentioned like the Space Needle and the Seahawks I get all giddy. I know this has nothing really to do with the book, I just had to put that in there too, lol.
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About The Author
MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she’d like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance – eFestival of Words- August 2014)
Unintentional, her second book, is based on the life of one of the characters in Intentional. Unintentional was written as a stand-alone book.
Breaking Braydon is MK’s newest work. It will be published early 2015.
When she’s not writing novels, she likes to spend her free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (She lives in Seattle, what can she say?), watching movies and reading (!)
MK also runs her own business in her current hometown of Mercer Island, Washington.
She LOVES to hear from her readers!