Friday, September 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Breaking Elle

Breaking Elle
Antoinette Candela

                                             Mature Content. Intended for those 18+


How is it that the one person who you have avoided is the same person who could give you true happiness?

When Elle Bennett meets Reed Austin she can't deny the attraction. She discovers that certain people come into your life who make you question everything that you've ever believed about love and life. Will she risk everything for something exciting and dangerous or will she choose what is familiar and secure? 

Reed Austin isn't looking for love when he moves to Boston. The distance was supposed to help him escape the trouble he left behind. Once he meets, Elle, everything changes. Reed can't figure out why he's drawn to Elle, but one thing is certain - he needs her.

Passion. Betrayal. Solace. Confusion. Desperation. 

Love and life are not simple and emotions and relationships are tested. Will attraction be enough or will their secrets and past keep them apart?


"I've never been good at games." I reply softy. I can't pull my eyes away from his achingly perfect face. 

"I can start off slow." His voice is husky and enticing. Leaning in closer his eyes search mine, gauging my reaction. He reaches down and strokes my cheek, and the way my body responds to his touch is just... indescribable. 
“I’m jealous of your pillow and sheets; I want this cheek to rest on mine and I want to keep this body warm,” he whispers, his lips right above mine.

My heartbeat spikes and I close my eyes. I inhale, soaking all of him in: his scent, his image, his words. I try to fight the urge to touch him, to fight the fact that I want him to touch me. It’s so painful, my senses are screaming for him. Opening my eyes, I don't move, waiting, knowing from the look in his eyes that he wants the same thing. But he stops and retreats. He smiles flirtatiously and lifts one perfect eyebrow. I'm breathless and my head’s spinning with the thought of being so close to tasting him.

"Let's go and join the party," he says. Taking my hand, he turns to the entryway, but when he sees that I'm not moving, he looks over his shoulder.

 “What’s wrong?" He asks playfully. "You look disappointed. Were you expecting something?” He smiles crookedly, his eyes warm and intense. 

“No. Nothing.” I blink, inhaling a deep breath, catching myself before I say or do something I'll regret.


I received a copy of this book for my honest review. 

I will warn you right up front, if you don't like cliffhangers you might want to skip this one. In fact it ends with one of the biggest cliffs I have ever seen. 

I really wanted to like this book. And for the most part I did. Elle is in her early 20's living at home with her mother, stepfather and brother. At the beginning of the book she is wildly, madly in love with her boyfriend Cane. 

I wanted to like her. I tried to like her. I just really didn't so much. 

Her best friend is Tyler. They have been best friends forever and ever and he would love more. But if I had to hear her say one more time why they couldn't be more, I thought I would scream. And here, I think, is my biggest problem with Elle. It was always all about her. And what she wanted. 

Without giving too many spoilers away... Elle and Cane part ways. Sort of; he's still her brother's best friend so he never actually goes away. 

Tyler is always there on the sidelines and then he's more but she holds him at arms length until it suits her. 

But then there is Reed. I liked Reed. Reed had his own issues and like many, doesn't share those all of those issues in the best way and creates even more drama than ever needed to be. Elle, in what I began to think of as suitably selfish Elle way, when she doesn't get what she wants when she wants it, virtually turns her back on him. And all of a sudden, there is Tyler. 

Elle strikes me as the type of woman who doesn't see herself as complete unless she has a man. Or in this case, a line of men who seem to be one in many to fill the void. 

I read the book, hell I read it twice.... for different reasons. And yes, I will probably read the next one.... remember that cliffhanger I told you about? I still need to know what happens. 

The book is fine-- it's not the authors fault that I have problems with women like Elle. 

About the author -Antoinette Villelli Candela

Antoinette Candela is a little shy with a larger than life personality. Suffering from Peter Pan syndrome, she refuses to grow up. She finds inspiration for her writings from everyday life, through her fun and quirky interactions with friends and family and the drama that never ceases to disappoint.

One thing is for certain, Antoinette lives by her own rules. As a Bostonian she loves the Yankees and is proud to wear her “I Love Derek Jeter “T-shirt. You can catch Antoinette on the beach soaking in the rays, but when the rumble of the thunderstorm rolls in, she’s curled up with a book or tapping away on her keyboard.

Mother, Writer, Reader, Lover of Music and all things learning, Antoinette is the charismatic author of Breaking Elle.

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