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SAVING JAY (Breaking Free #3) by E M ABEL

THE BREAKING FREE SERIES BOXED SET by E.M. ABEL

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SYNOPSIS

Jay
My life was a dark and desolate place. Consumed by work and full of regret, loneliness had become my closest friend. Ink and a tattoo machine were my therapy, a way to claim my own skin with the art that I loved.
The day I walked into her shop, I knew I’d found what I needed.
The light I’d been looking for.

Jade
When I first looked into those blue eyes I saw a depth behind them that I wanted to explore. Jason “Jay” Clarke was more than a perfectly pressed suit and dimpled smile. He was a man with a heart of gold drowning in the weight of his world.
He wanted me to mark him.
I never expected him to soothe my aching heart.

When our worlds collide and Jay begins to fall apart, will my love be enough to save him?

**WARNING: Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language. 

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Reviewed by Jenny

✯✯✯✯1/2 stars!

 “‘Love is fearless. It has to be”

There’s just something about E M Abel’s writing. I lose myself in the way she sets the scene, I’ve said it before how  EM’s writing and expressive words have me almost smelling  the sea air and feeling  the breeze on my face as she vividly sets the surroundings of her stories.

There is an ease to which she delivers her stories that I adore, always filling them with warm, believable characters, passion and emotion while weaving a thread of friendship, love and healing through her stories that always seems to resonate with me.  She has a writing style that really does speak to me and I for one, can’t wait to experience more of this ladies talent in the future.

‘The things that hurt the most often would require the largest badges of honor, and I always found the most tragic stories made the best art.’

After following all the characters throughout this series, Jay’s was the story I was most anticipating. I have been DYING for Jay’s story since meeting and falling head over heels for him in Freeing Asia. I was always intrigued by Jay’s background, what shaped him and what made him the way he was in Freeing Asia. At that time, EM was able to feed me little morsels that spoke of a vulnerability beneath the controlling exterior of this man so getting beneath the surface of Jay was something I eagerly anticipated and she didn’t let me, or Jay, down.

“It’s not easy, but sometimes, we have to let ourselves believe that we’re worth saving.”

In Saving Jay, we were able to witness such depth to Jay. Beneath the cockiness, the confident swagger, the wealth and playboy ways, we discover a man full of heart, desperately searching for love, desperate to grab hold of any shred of affection after being devoid of it throughout his life.

‘There was nothing worse than a person who’d never been desperate, never known what it was like to suffer. That kind of person lacked the compassion and soul I craved.’

Jay and Jade (yes, there’s a joke in there about their names which I found endearing),have an instant attraction but this was definitely no insta love! EM built their relationship slowly and beautifully, through every achingly romantic exchange to the hurt they unwittingly inflicted on one another.  The chemistry between was passionate…sizzling and it crackled through my Kindle – THAT OFFICE SCENE!!! OMG! HOT!!! That scene really did explore Jay’s sensual, controlling side..wow! However there was so much more to their relationship and watching these damaged characters grow and face their issues was beautiful to witness. You can tell this author really does care and love her characters as the warmth in which she presents them leapt off the pages and into my heart.

‘This wasn’t a man hugging his girlfriend. This was my man desperately asking me to save him, to help him, and I was terrified.’

Jade was wounded yet fierce; a perfect force for Jay. Although both jumped in with both feet, they left their hearts guarded and built up emotional walls that each found difficult to break down. Each had trust issues that were going to be difficult to break through.

“It’s been a while since a man’s been honest with me. I guess I still find myself looking for the lies.”

Saving Jay was so open and honest. EM didn’t drag it down with unnecessary drama or angst, instead she built her characters and her story slowly in order for me to feel. To experience every moment, every change, every hurt and every happiness at every juncture.

‘Often, the things we detested the most in others were the things we feared becoming.’

This has been a wonderful emotional, fun, sexy and heartwarming series. The characters felt more like friends and it’s going to be hard leaving them behind but I feel satisfied that I’ve left them all at a good part in their lives. Can I just finish by saying…that epilogue! LOVED IT!!  If you haven’t checked this series out yet, be sure to remedy that 🙂

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author for an honest review.**

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THE BREAKING FREE SERIES

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 FREEING ASIA – BOOK ONE
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 BREAKING SHAUN – BOOK TWO
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 SAVING JAY – BOOK THREE
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BREAKING SHAUN (Breaking Free #2) by E M ABEL

THE BREAKING FREE SERIES BOXED SET by E.M. ABEL

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SYNOPSIS
ome men fall in love and hand their balls over to the first woman who keeps them interested—but not me. Surfing and my freedom are the only two things I’ve ever needed. Meaningless one-night stands are fun, but the drama and jealousy that follows them aren’t worth it.
Until I met Natalie, I never realized there were women who thought like me. She enjoys sex with no strings, and with a body like that, there isn’t a man around who doesn’t want a piece of her—including me.
But our friends and relatives all run in the same circles. And we all know friendship and sex leave a mess. Hearts always end up broken.
I know it.
But I still want her.

Sometimes, the things we want don’t always come easily. Every choice, every action has consequences that can change you.
They can change everything.
And no matter how fiercely guarded, even the strongest hearts can break.

**WARNING** Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content, language and recreational use of marijuana.


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Reviewed by Jenny

Jenny: 4 solid stars

‘I’d promised myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t let love break me. If that meant avoiding it, that was what I’d do.’

I love how this author is able to transport me into her stories, she makes me feel as if I’m living it with the characters and this, together with the strength of love, friendship and family bonds at the crux of her stories makes it easy to lose myself in her words and Breaking Shaun didn’t disappoint.

Natalie and Shaun first meet up at the end of Freeing Asia and their paths cross once again in Breaking Shaun when Natalie leaves her home to make a new start, flatting with her cousin Nick.

This girl hasn’t had it easy, having to grow up pretty quickly and take care of her younger sister and has now decided she needs to really start living and soon makes friends with Asia and the gang feeling an acceptance and belonging she hasn’t experienced before.

Shaun Fuller, Asia’s brother, is a loveable manwhore. He doesn’t do relationships, he doesn’t even do an overnighter and he doesn’t have any desire to settle down. Life’s for fun. Life should be easy and all he wants from a woman is uncomplicated sex. His ideal woman would be one who wants the same thing without forming attachments.

Luckily for him, Natalie doesn’t do relationships either. She’s as opposed to love as Shaun and prefers casual sex with different partners, but has found a lot them lacking in the sexual satisfaction area. But Shaun knows his way around a woman’s body and there’s no denying the physical connection and chemistry between Shaun and Natalie. They absolutely sizzle and the heat could be felt off the pages. These two are extremely compatible between the sheets and experience mind blowing sex…and lots of it!  When they both agree to a  ‘friends with benefits’ deal it’s an ideal and  uncomplicated situation right? Well in theory it’s a great idea but what happens when the heart becomes involved? Will one, or both break?

“I didn’t believe that kind of love existed because I’d never seen it.”

Natalie was strong, determined and pretty sure she knew of what she wanted provided she was the one in control.  Shaun was laid back, easy going, took life one day at a time and appeared to have it all sussed. Whilst their outlook on life may have been different, they both felt the need to call the shots and watching them unwillingly bend to one another was so much fun and kept me thoroughly entertained.

“Women like me don’t fall for guys like you. We don’t come when you call, we don’t beg for your attention, and we don’t confuse sex with love. Women like me break men like you.”- Natalie
“You can’t break me.” – Shaun

Peeling back the layers of these characters, revealing why they had closed their hearts to the prospect of love was at times emotional as each had a moving story to tell which enabled me to better understand their hesitation and hoping they could move forward from their pasts and fears.

“You’ve got it confused, Shaun. Love doesn’t tie you down. It sets you free.” – Marcus

I loved both characters and thought they bounced off each other really well. The relationship between Natalie and Shaun was a slow build emotionally allowing me to experience the moment when feelings changed,  and when the heart took over the emotional shift between the characters felt right and yet I wondered if they could overcome their obstacles.

“You don’t think I need you? I’ve never needed anyone before, but I fucking need you. Do you get that?”

I did see the twist coming I was worried about how I would feel about it but I needn’t have fretted, because EM Abel delivered it with such emotion and warmth and managed to completely win me over.  This was a fun; entertaining and steamy read that pulled at my heart strings a time or two. My one gripe is that I would have enjoyed more ‘afters’.  It felt a little rushed towards the end and ended too abruptly.    I have to say, I’m really looking forward to Jay’s book next!

“I’d do anything to give you the fairytale, but I can’t.”

**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

FREEING ASIA – BOOK ONE
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BREAKING SHAUN – BOOK TWO 
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 Coming Soon – Saving Jay Book Three

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FREEING ASIA – BREAKING FREE #1 by E.M. ABEL

THE BREAKING FREE SERIES BOXED SET by E.M. ABEL

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SYNOPSIS

How does a tomboy raised in a house full of men find the sensual woman inside of her? Growing up with a widowed, retired Marine as a father and two older brothers taught Asia to be tough. But how does she stop being one of the guys and learn to find the right one?

Finding herself won’t be easy, finding love will be even harder.

Meeting Jay opens Asia’s eyes to the possibility of love and unbelievable sex but can his country club world accept the woman more comfortable in torn jeans and flip flops? Or will she find the love she yearns for in the tattooed arms of her first love, a pro skater who has come back into her life?

With the possibility of new love or closure from a painful first love, finding her path is riddled with uncertainty and discoveries but before she can follow her heart she must first set it free.

**Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content, recreational use of marijuana and language.**

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Reviewed by Jenny

Freeing Asia was a wonderful story about finding yourself, loving who you are, shedding that self doubt, believing in yourself and in the process opening up your heart love.  It’s about seeing yourself as others see you, about growing and realising that change can only come if you want it, that only you can bring about the happiness you crave.


“I had to stop looking to other people to fill the void I carried in my heart.”

Asia has grown up in a houseful of men after losing her mother at only 10. She loves skating and surfing and is a bit of a tomboy.  Asia had her heart broken when she was young and has put up a wall to protect herself, never opening up and instead enjoying life with her friends and family, but never feeling completely happy and experiencing loneliness when her best friend and flatmate moves out to live with her boyfriend.

This give Asia the chance to be with herself, to come to terms with who she is, what she wants out of life and putting her heart out there.

“Why does it take a man’s attention to make me see anything good about myself?”

I enjoyed this story and Asia was a wonderful heroine, though I must admit there were times I wanted to bonk her on the head over some of the decisions she made, but she was young and on a road to self discovery so I forgave her.

“It wasn’t me. The problem was that I wasn’t sure what was me.”

Asia is beautiful and quite vulnerable despite the tough exterior she exudes. She is surrounded by those who love her and care for her and the love of two very different men.

“If you wanna be free Asia, all you have to do is see yourself through my eyes. If you could see how beautiful you are…..”

Now I have to say that I was completely invested in one of these guys and didn’t think I would ever accept Asia falling for the other.  I won’t tell you which one because that’s up to you to read this book and find out, but I will say that the author did a splendid job of changing my mind because let me tell you. When I make up my mind about a hero in a book I never change it. Ever. But E.M. Abel did it and I give her kudos for that!

My heart was free, and it belonged to him. I just prayed that he would be careful with it.”

Two men, Jay and Marcus who were both DIVINE and very, very different with one thing in common, they both have deep feelings and want Asia. One man will want to change her and one man will love her for who she is. This was a wonderfully told story. It was passionate, steamy, and emotional and ticked all the boxes for this romance addict.

“If this is what it means to be free, then lock me up and throw away the key.”

Whilst I did find it a little too descriptive at times, it most definitely didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story and I would recommend picking up Freeing Asia.  This was a standalone though there will be further books in the series about other characters in the book.

4 Stars

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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THE BREAKING FREE SERIES

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 FREEING ASIA – BOOK ONE
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 BREAKING SHAUN – BOOK TWO
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 SAVING JAY – BOOK THREE
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