The Breakup by Erin McCarthy
Series: The Jordan Brothers #2
Also in this series: The Hookup (The Jordan Brothers #1), The Hookup (The Jordan Brothers, #1)
Publication Date: August 14th 2018
Point-of-View: Alternating First Person
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Can two wrongs feel oh-so-right? This bride is about to find out—with the bad boy who makes an epic breakup worth her while.
Bella: I know I’m a princess. I’m used to getting what I want. But all I ever really wanted was a husband and a family. Unlike my sister, Sophie, I’ll never have a brilliant career to fall back on. So what’s a bride to do when she learns that Prince Charming is a cheating snake just a few days before her fairy-tale wedding? With my fiancé begging for another chance, the only way to save the wedding is to even things out with a little revenge sex—and local bartender Christian Jordan seems like the right man for the job.
Christian: If gorgeous Bella Bigelow thinks sleeping with me will somehow lead to happily ever after, I’m not going to turn her down. The guy she wants to marry is a jerk, and her sister is fooling around with my estranged twin brother, Cain. So what’s the problem? Besides falling for a woman who doesn’t know what she wants out of life? All I want to do is whisk her away from that church, take her to a cabin in the woods, and act out all our naughtiest fantasies. And I may just get the chance. . . .
Bella is pretty sure that her fiancé is cheating on her. She’s one week out from her wedding and she’s an emotional wreck. When she finds texts on her fiancé’s phone confirming the cheating Bella confronts Brad about it. He, of course, being the ass he is, turns it around to make it look like Bella is the cause of his cheating. She knows she’s being manipulated but still can’t bring herself to end it. She talks to her parents who push her to marry Brad anyway. She’s SO confused!
Bella recently became friends with Christian, a bartender in the coastal Maine town that she’s getting married in. She gets drunk and asks him to teach how to be good in bed but he refuses. Though Christian doesn’t normally have problems sleeping with women in relationships, because they’re emotionally unavailable, there’s something about Bella that makes him want to treat her well.
When Bella decides right before the wedding ceremony that she absolutely can’t marry Brad she calls Christian and he whisks her off to a family cabin to hide her from her family, Brad and his family and anyone else trying to talk to her. With Bella now single and free, Christian has no problem showing her exactly how good in bed she is. The two spend a couple of days together but soon they have to face reality. Bella has to decide what she’s going to do now that she quit her job, sold her furniture and has nowhere to go, and Christian has to decide if wanting Bella in his life will be a good thing or just make his crazy life even crazier.
After book one in this series I can’t say that I liked Christian all that much. Book one was about Bella’s sister and Christian’s twin brother getting together. It seems that Christian slept with his twin’s girlfriend and was caught. Of course it comes out in this book that the girlfriend, Ali, had told Christian that they had broken up and since Christian had had a thing for Ali all through school he took her up on her off of some bed-play. Little did he know it would change his life forever. Turns out he wasn’t a bad person after all – he just didn’t make the best judgment calls about people. He knew this about himself so that’s why he hesitated when Bella approached him about going to bed with her. I was happy that he finally saw that it would be a bad idea. I actually ended up liking Christian a lot in this book, thank heavens. 🙂
Bella was a strong character but sometimes she made me a bit crazy. She knew deep down she was never going to marry Brad but then ended up waiting until the last possible moment to run. That bothered me a lot. I guess I have not idea what I would have done in that situation so I can’t be too judgy. I liked how she handled things with Christian, her family and Brad after the wedding fiasco and was happy that she didn’t settle.
I was annoyed at the alternating first person POV. Not that I mind that POV so much, but there was no clear delineation of when one POV stopped and another started, like a new chapter. There was just a break in the story and then we’d get another POV – sometimes it was hard to figure out if I was reading Bella’s POV or Christians. 🙁 Not to my liking.
The book was good and I really liked it. It was a fun, easy read and was perfect for just sitting in the back yard with no worries.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5