Love wasn’t in the script…
Former man-eater Samantha Lockhart has been an actress long enough to be able to spot a smooth-talking player a mile away. Dark-haired, bourbon-eyed, a wicked smile…Kyle Masterson is one of the best.
From his bad-boy motorcycle boots to his good-ole-boy Southern drawl, everything about Kyle screams sex appeal. But after a tragedy hits close to home, Sam tries to convince herself she’s done with players on and off the stage.
Kyle, a V-twin-riding divorce attorney, has witnessed enough horror stories of love gone wrong to know that while women are welcome in his bed, they’re definitely not in his future. But once the petite, mercurial redhead catches his eye, he can’t think of anything—or anyone—else.
Sam’s trust doesn’t come easy, but the more time they spend together, the deeper they both fall. Yet just as they’re breaking through each other’s barriers, someone who doesn’t like being upstaged makes a deadly play of his own. And if Sam refuses, she may not be able to breathe a word to anyone…ever.
So I have been on a really good reading jag as of late and have been handing out 4 & 5-star reviews like crazy. This is due to two things. The first is that I’ve had the opportunity to read or re-read books that I bought from authors I love and share my love of said authors with our blog followers – yeah, just a bit of fan-girling going on. The other reason is that I’ve also had the opportunity to read books by authors I’ve discovered through the blog and have come to really enjoy their writing. Harper Kincaid’s Heart Breaker falls into this second category and I’m surprised to say that I think I may have enjoyed it even more than Rule Breaker and I loved that book pretty thoroughly. I suppose I’ll have to read them back-to-back to know for sure and that will be SUCH a hardship. <=Did the sarcasm come through?
Kincaid sucked me right in with a Prologue that left me devastated. I actually had to put my Kindle down for a good 10 to 15 minutes before I could continue – it was that heartbreaking for me. Yet it gave me a good glimpse into the player that Samantha was before her world was shattered. Understanding her grief, I completely got where she was coming from when she rebuffed Kyle’s advances and I would have loved to have watched that scene play out in a movie. But as their paths continue to cross (in an orchestrated maneuver on Kyle’s part), Sam finally gives in and I can only say WOW!!! The chemistry between the two is intense and it’s what made the morning after so … heartbreaking, frustrating, infuriating, you get the picture. While I loved the relationship Sam has with her sister, I freaking adored Trick and the stunt he pulled was fabulous! Witnessing the emotional upheaval Sam experiences is distressing, but thankfully Kyle proves he knows how to grovel with the best of them and even better, he knows how to admit when he is wrong.
While the book moved quickly, I didn’t feel as though the relationship was an insta-love situation. There was a professional admiration that Kyle had for Sam as he had seen her act in a couple of plays before they ever met, so that “celebrity” attraction was there. But because both have some rather serious baggage – and Kyle’s was freaking fascinating – neither was in a rush to fall in love. They might have been willing to fall into bed after a bit of a pursuit, but their hearts were pulled back as neither wanted to get hurt. But pain is inevitable when love is involved and these two were given quite the lesson as to how much hurt people can endure and still come out swinging. And that suspense element kept me on the edge of my seat as the drama played out. I really did not know what to expect and was impressed with just how much action Kincaid managed to put into the book and maintain a smooth-moving storyline. Heart Breaker was a blast to read, an excellent addition to the Break on Through series, and I cannot wait to read the next one – please let it be Mad Max and Jessica. PLEASE!!!