Title: Breaking Braydon
Author: M.K. Harkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2015.
Playboy billionaire Braydon Decker changes women more often than designer ties. Scarred and humiliated as a teenager, he pledged long ago to never trust a beautiful woman again. But then he never imagined meeting one quite like Jain Parker.
Jain, a dedicated medical research scientist, learned early in college that her good looks were a hindrance and she’d have to tone down her beauty to be taken seriously, thus, Plain Jain was born, and men were no longer an issue. Of course, she didn’t count on running into Braydon Decker.
A successful venture capitalist, Braydon holds the key to whether Jain’s research company sinks or swims. When the two are forced to work together on a fundraising campaign, they’re instantly drawn to one another, despite their individual vows to remain unattached. As they navigate unchartered waters, their inability to trust wages war with their desire to love.
Hearts are broken and trust is shattered when betrayal and lies are revealed. Will the truth bring them healing and forgiveness, or will it be too late?
Breaking Braydon offers readers an emotional, compelling story filled with heartwarming humor, romance, heartbreak and love.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 Stars ~
I have read all of MK Harkins books so far and I have to say this is probably my favorite so far. I have really enjoyed all of her books, but there was something about this book that just struck a chord with me. I have loved watching MK’s writing improve over the course of the three books. I find that she really knows how to create lovable characters. I think the thing I loved the most about Breaking Braydon, in particular, was the subject matter this story was based around. I have NEVER read a book about scientists trying to research for a cure of a cancer before. I thought it was an interesting spin on a story already told about the VERY rich man who falls for the “plain” Jain. I enjoyed that she gave us an insider look of what a research facility does and how it operates. Like I said it is an unique storyline.
This isn’t a really long book and it moved at a very smooth pace….not to quick but not to slow either. Everything moved along effortlessly . I thought the character development was spot on and I liked that we weren’t overloaded with extra information and details that we just didn’t need. She wrote this in Dual POV and I am a HUGE fan of that. I book can totally win me over when it has both sides of the story. I also liked that this book was bogged down with a lot of over the top drama. Yes Braydon and Jain have some issues to overcome and some hills to climb over, but nothing dragged on for a long period of time and nothing seemed over exaggerated. Another thing that I LOVED is that this book is a standalone with a Happy Ending. I loved the epilogue to this book…it really wrapped things up nicely.
In this story we meet Jain (The Scientist) and Braydon (The Wealthy Venture Capitalist) Both of these characters were great!!! They each had some serious trust issues stemming from humiliating experiences from back in High School. Jain has always been a very pretty girl, but when something happens in HS and then she’s not taken serious in College she has decided to tone down her looks and become a plain Jain. Over the course of the book we find out that there is more to her reasoning for the “plain” look and the disguise, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Jain has also thrown herself into her work in finding a cure for ALS. This is where she meets Braydon. Her research company has just run out of funding and need help….In comes Braydon and his funding. From here we get a story that will have you laughing, smiling, blushing and even shedding a tear or two. Braydon was a great hero. I really fell for him. Yes he had his issues with trust and in the long run those issues caused problems for him, but I truly believed his feelings for Jain. I want to say that this book was an insta-lust/love type story but it still felt believable. I liked the speed the author took with Jain and Braydon. I liked watching these two open up and learn to trust again. I do wish that Braydon would’ve opened up about his HS experience with Jain, so she could’ve understood him better. We the reader find out, but he never tells Jain.
Ms. Harkins also did a great job creating secondary characters who were just as important as the main characters. I loved Todd, Colin and Brian, even Tiffany wasn’t so bad. Don’t get me wrong she created an amazing Villian in this story too (Angela)….That chick had some serious issues and was just vicious. I enjoyed the role Todd and Colin played as friends to Jain and Braydon. Everyone would love to have friends like them.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for that sweet, fun and not a lot of drama story between two people who learn to trust and love again. I am looking forward to the next book she writes!!!
I wasn’t opposed to spending a little time with them, the relentless women. The tabloids were right; it was always under six hours. After that, I’d be done. They usually wanted to stay longer. Why did they delude themselves?
Jain’s different from those women. I punched my pillow again, groaning in frustration. These thoughts had been circulating around my brain all night. Why couldn’t I just forget about her? Her lips, that’s why. Every time I closed my eyes, I imagined kissing her. Slowly, thoroughly. I knew those lips would be soft and inviting. I could almost hear her moan with pleasure as we kissed and held each other close. Stop it! You’ll only hurt her.
I needed to stay away from her. I would only bring her trouble, and she’d bring me heartbreak. Instinctively, I knew both to be true. But could I stay away?
MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she’d like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance – eFestival of Words- August 2014)
Unintentional, her second book, is based on the life of one of the characters in Intentional. Unintentional was written as a stand-alone book.
Breaking Braydon is MK’s newest work. It will be published early 2015.
When she’s not writing novels, she likes to spend her free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (She lives in Seattle, what can she say?), watching movies and reading (!)
MK also runs her own business in her current hometown of Mercer Island, Washington.
She LOVES to hear from her readers!