Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Blog Tour: When I Break by Kendall Ryan

Knox Bauer's life has unraveled to the point of no return. Fighting to fill the emptiness inside himself, he seeks solace in unfamiliar beds with unfamiliar women. As guardian to his three younger brothers, he can't seem to do a thing right. But this can't go on...they look up to him in every way and all he’s done lately is prove how messed up he really is. Needing a change, he attends a local Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting, where he finds himself tempted by the alluring instructor, McKenna.
Twenty-one year old McKenna is trying to make amends. After losing her parents in a horrific accident, she knows if she can just be good enough, maybe she can forgive herself for what happened. With her newly acquired degree in counseling, she begins leading a sex addicts group where she meets the troubled Knox and her life takes on complications she never bargained for. She doesn't have time for a bad boy who only wants to take her to bed, even if her body disagrees. The fixer in her wants to help, but trusting Knox's true motivations might take more courage than she has.
When I Break is book 1 in a new mini series by bestselling author Kendall Ryan.
Warning: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk.

Due to mature content, it is recommended for 17+.


Knox Bauer has a lot going on in his life. He's guardian to his three younger brothers and he fills the emptiness he fills inside himself by spending time with women and in beds he can't remember half the time. Forced by his counselor to attend Sex Addicts Anonymous, the last thing he expects to find is McKenna.

McKenna's parents died in a car accident. Ever since then she's been helping others. She moved to Chicago with her friend Brian and spends most of her time volunteering at the local shelter and her Saturdays counseling at the Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting. Knox has enough already on his plate, McKenna doesn't need to find herself falling for a sex addict who won't admit he's got a problem. But sometimes these things are beyond our control.

Knox has taken care of his three younger brothers for a long time. He's watched them grow up and has been the only parent figure to the boys for so long. He will do anything for his brothers, even if that means he has to attend meetings he finds useless. What he doesn't expect to find, is McKenna. McKenna is so pure and innocent and he knows he should run the other way, but he can't help but me drawn to her. Same for McKenna. McKenna isn't looking for a complication like Knox, but she sees so much potential in him, and will do whatever it takes to make him open up and talk about what made him the way he is today. As they grow closer and closer, they both fight against their growing attraction towards one another, but neither one of them is able to stop what's happening between them. But can McKenna learn to trust Knox, or will his ways get him in deeper than he ever imagined?

While I did enjoy both characters, the book left a huge cliffhanger at the end. I kept waiting and waiting for the climax and I'm still pretty much sitting here waiting for it. The book was enjoyable, don't get me wrong, it just lacked that spark I was looking for. I will most likely read the next book in the series only because I want to know what happens with their story, but I'm not sure because I was pretty much just left there hanging at the very end of the book. I give this 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

***ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review***

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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels, HARD TO LOVE, THE IMPACT OF YOU, RESISTING HER and WORKING IT.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss! She lives in Minneapolis with an adorable husband, two naughty puppies, and a brand new son.
 She enjoys being naughty, reading, and anything girly.

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Blog Tour Giveaway:
Kendall is giving away:
  • Three $10 Amazon Gift Cards
  • One signed copy of Working It (US ONLY)
  • One signed copy of When I Break (US ONLY)
  • 2 ebook copies of When I Break

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