Series: Blades #11
Published by Penguin on 2012-02-07
Reviewed by Miranda
Rory Brady was Ballycraig's golden boy, the local lad who moved to America and became a professional hockey player. But he broke his promise to Erin O'Brien-and never went back for her. Now Erin has moved on, and Rory must race the clock to prove to her that the man she fell in love with is still there. But can happy-go-lucky Erin risk it all and give another chance to the man who broke her heart?
Erin O’Brien dreams of getting out of her hometown of Ballycraig, Ireland. Not because she hates it there, but because she wants to see the world and all the art in it. Erin fell in love with Rory Brady at the tender age of fourteen. But, after years of bliss together, he broke up with her over the phone from the United States where he was set to become a big time hockey player. Erin’s dreams of a wedding and happily ever after were shattered leaving her barely a shell of her former self. With the help of her friends and all the citizens of her tiny town Emma was able to build herself back up and start over with new plans and those plans are about to take her out of Ballycraig just like she’s always dreamed.
Rory Brady is the first Irish born player in the NHL, which garners him quite a bit of publicity and hero worship from fans in the states and abroad. However, he doesn’t find many fans when he comes home to Ballycraig to make amends and get back the woman he loves. Rory has grand plans to win back Erin’s heart but he will have to go through his former friends to do it. Is this hunky hockey player man enough to withstand the naysayers and capture his woman’s heart all over again or has Erin extinguished the feelings she once harbored for him?
Breakaway is a smash hit! The eleventh installment of Deirdre Martin’s Blades proves this series just keeps getting better and better! It is impossible not to fall in love with Erin and Rory and Ballycraig. The depth of emotion that Ms. Martin has packed into this novel is outstanding. I just love Erin and Rory! Erin wants so badly to rebuke his offers of kindness but it’s difficult to ignore the feelings still lingering. I also love love love Rory! Here is a man who knows he was the biggest ass and he plans to make up for it. His attempts to woo Erin are downright adorable. There is a scene in Breakaway that is so hot and sweet it’s perfect.
Breakaway in many ways is so real. You have real people with real problems trying to survive in a hard time. A local tavern that oozes personality and controlling mams with their own agenda. There is a part that I was unsure about at first. Erin has all this confidence that she’s grown since the big break up but when she finally attains her dreams she begins to feel insecure. I didn’t like that but after thinking about it I know it happens all the time. Sometimes people fear their dreams and never act on them and then other times they get their dreams only to see them slip away because of doubt. I feel that Ms. Martin keeps it real with Erin. She is a conflicted woman and just because you are not confident in everything doesn’t make you less of a person.
Breakaway will take your breath away with its majestic romance, beautiful setting and remarkable writing. This one’s a must read and I’m Joyfully Recommending it!