Saturday, August 3, 2013

Take Me, Break Me by H.C. Brown

Title:  Take Me, Break Me
Author: H.C. Brown
My Rating: C+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Release Date: April 2013
Main Characters: Reno and Tanner
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Reno Rocket, bass player for the rock band Dazed, thinks he’s on the straight and narrow but is his girlfriend just a cover for his confused sexuality? When the new lead singer, Tanner Star, walks in, Reno's libido snaps to attention. His attraction to the famous rock star is immediate and disconcerting. Performing with Tanner every night blows Reno’s mind, and the moment Tanner grinds against him on stage, “curious” takes on a whole new meaning.

Tanner wants more than a lover. He wants a sub, and he’s willing to guide Reno into the world of BDSM. In turn, Reno wants to be everything to Tanner—lover, sub, and partner—but he fears the ghost of Tanner’s dead boyfriend will come between them.

At first they manage to find a balance and life is idyllic… until one rash action by Tanner plunges their new love affair into chaos. Will Reno admit to the world that he’s gay and face the media and his family’s wrath, or will he deny the love and exquisite attention Tanner’s world has brought him?

My Review:

This book had such great possibilities, but for me, just fell short. But with that being said, as I read it, I kept thinking that I was just going to stop reading, then something would happen in the story where I had to read just a few more pages. By the end of the night, I had finished the it definitely wasn't all bad. BUT it had such awesome potential....

Okay, so where to go from here with this review. How about I start with what I liked:
**I love the rocker story line. Tanner is the new lead singer for the band and he has instant chemistry with the bass guitarist, Reno, who's supposed to be straight.
**I thought Reno's back-story with his home life made sense with his issues. He's young and that part of the story was a great side story.
**I even liked the confrontational aspect with the band members, but was confused about Deke....whether we were supposed to like him or not.

What I didn't like:
*The BDSM aspects in this story just did not seem at all believable. In fact, a lot of times they were downright cheesy or just lacking. There was a LOT of character see-sawing emotionally about what they wanted/needed and that was almost always done within a BOTH characters, which just ruined it all.
*Gah--the mental names. "my lover", "my Dom", "my sub"...OMG, this drove me batty in this book. Just use their freaking names already. It made my teeth hurt it was so over-the-top.

This is one of those books for me...the entire time I read it, I kept thinking I was just going to dnf it because it was driving me batty, but the story continued to pull me in where I didn't ever actually put it down. Overall, I'm sad about it because it really could have been a wonderful just needed some tweaking.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Those types of books can be so irritating! I had the same thing with a book I recently read and reviewed, All These Things I've Done! There was so much potential for it to be a great read, but I found myself not looking forward to reading it. Then something would happen and I was like, "Yes! Things are finally picking up." Then it would fall flat again. I kept reading and finished, but was disappointing. :-(