Title: Break the Sky
Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance 18 +
Publish Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Snow Queen Publishing
“Do you ever let go, storm girl?” he asked. “Ever lose control? Ever surrender?”
“Never,” I whispered. “I never surrender.”
A smile of both promise and warning curved his beautiful mouth.
Atmospheric scientist Kelsey March is under siege. Her tornado research project is on the skids and she’s fighting conflict in her university department. So when irresistible bad boy Archer West suggests a hot, wild fling while he’s in town, Kelsey is unable to resist his sexy offer.
Kelsey and Archer embark on a intense, exhilarating affair. But soon their differences and private battles encroach on their desire, and Kelsey discovers she is caught in a storm she can’t control...
BREAK THE SKY is a standalone Spiral of Bliss spin-off novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane.
Break The Sky is a spinoff novella from the Spiral of Bliss series. While it does contain mild spoilers for the original three books in the series, it works perfectly well as a standalone novel although I can highly recommend the whole series if you haven’t read them before.
The Spiral of Bliss still ranks as one of my favourite erotic romance trilogies of all time – it really is elegant smut with fantastic character development and I damn near melted on the spot when I heard that Nina was writing a spinoff starring Professor Hottie’s bad boy brother and his long time friend, Kelsey. While we don’t really know a lot about Archer before embarking on Break The Sky, I’ve actually become very fond of Kelsey and was desperate for this lonely woman to find someone to hold her close.
Enter stage left – Archer West, bad boy younger brother of Dean. He’s sexy, dangerous and mouthwateringly hot. He spots Kelsey in a bar one evening after she has had a particularly bad day and the attraction between them is instant and incendiary and hard to resist. All Kelsey can see is his charming, wicked smile, the glint in his gorgeous dark eyes, the promise of a powerful body and sexual prowess behind that tough exterior. He’s everything that she could possibly want in a man and yet also all the things that she has studiously been avoiding for years. He’s outrageously flirtatious and yet really quite gentle but she manages to walk away thinking she will never see him again until she quite literally bumps into him again the next day in Dean’s office.
I so adored Archer West – he’s pretty much grown up in Dean’s shadow, never quite as bright or achieving as highly as his older brother and has developed a bit of a chip on his shoulder and quite a severe inferiority complex over the years. After a shocking childhood revelation at the hands of Dean, unsurprisingly Archer had spun right off the rails with a long history of asshole behaviour – he’s never really kept down a job, he’s slept around, done drugs, done time in prison for thieving. His past is really not so stellar but now he’s trying to get his life back on track and is attempting to turn things around, older and wiser and determined to make a better life for himself. He’s a curious mix of all out badass and yet gentle and protective man from his penchant for chocolate milk to full on, no holds barred dark alley up against the wall sex. This is a man of stark contrasts – deep and emotional. I was more than ready to surrender to Archer West.
“You’re not allowed to tell me what to do. You don’t say where it happens or when it happens. You don’t even get to decide what happens. There’s only one thing you get to do.”
“What… what is that?” I could barely form the words past the heat filling my chest.
And total surrender is what he wants from Kelsey. He storms into her life like a veritable hurricane. He sees beneath the ice queen facade that she has perfected over the years right through to the molten passion beneath the surface. He wants to chip away at that armour of steel, to make her melt and spark to life her long suppressed urges. He wants to open her up and unlock all that repression passion and is burning to see her lose control.
“Do you ever let go, storm girl?” he murmured in a voice so low I had to ease even closer, determined not to be afraid of whatever he was going to say.
“Ever lose control?” he asked, his gaze tracking over my face. “Ever surrender?”
Kelsey has also been through a rebellious streak in her youth but right now she’s very much the science Professor in her sharp suits and killer heels and she’s put all that rebellion and passion behind her and now radiates a tough girl, take no prisoners sexiness and she’s determined that she won’t succumb to Archer West’s preposterous advances but she’s fighting a losing battle. Archer is looking at her calm facade and knows that his Storm Girl is holding back – he knows that she needs storms and passion and he’s determined to unleash all that pent up lust and finally see her lose control and completely surrender to him.
Archer was a storm, no doubt, one who electrified and consumed me, but he was also every part of the storm. He was the calm right in the center of it. He was the blue sky behind the clouds. He was the sheltering place where I could crawl into safety.
I adored every second of this book and completely fell in love with both Archer and Kelsey and really wanted them to find that happiness that seems to have eluded them both for so long. This is one of my favourite set ups for a romance novel – tough badass alpha guy and the geeky female and I relished every word, every nuance as I lost myself in their story and devoured the book. I sighed with pleasure at their first thwarted encounter where they both smouldered with lust for one another, sparks and electricity firing at will and left them both wondering ‘what if’ as they went their separate ways.
Fate, of course, throws them back together and they agree to spend the time that Archer will spend in town together but nothing can prepare them for the depths of emotion that they’re going to experience. They really do heal one another – Archer is solid and strong and makes Kelsey feel safe in a difficult world and Kelsey brings Archer back to life, wakes up a side of him he never really knew was there. The unrelenting sexual chemistry is built to an intense peak as Nina Lane keeps us waiting but when they do finally succumb to that white-hot passion that they share, I swear my Kindle almost caught fire. Oh Boy – does Nina Lane know how to get her readers hot under the collar!
I shut my eyes, feeling myself tipping forward into the abyss.
“Say it,” he whispered.
“I… I surrender.”
“Good girl.” His mouth crashed down on my mine again.
It was fantastic to catch up with Dean and Liv and see them moving forward with their son, renovating their butterfly house. Dean and Archer have some serious history together that needs dealing with and Dean isn’t so sure that Archer can be good for Kelsey but Liv sees good in everyone and is determined that they will get their chance.
So, if you’re looking for some elegant smut with fantastic character development, a central couple that you can truly believe in then look no further. Break the Sky is mesmerizingly sensual, down right super-nova hot full of heart melting tenderness and fiery passion. It’s the ideal combination of romance and sex and is as close to perfection as you’re likely to see in an erotic romance novel
5 stormy sexy stars
The Spiral of Bliss Series
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Six Fun Facts
SIX FUN FACTS: Kelsey March
1. I have a secret love for Russian folk songs and once took lessons to learn how to play the balalaika
2. I played the role of Anita, one of the Sharks, in a high-school production of West Side Story.
3. When I was a kid, our apartment didn’t allow pets, but I found an escaped dwarf hamster in our dining room one day, and my parents let me keep it.
4. I once dated a guy whose life mission was to take photographs of lightning.
5. I’ve flown with an Air Force unit into the eye of a tropical cyclone over the North Atlantic ocean.
6. I don’t like mushrooms on my pizza, but I love anchovies.
SIX FUN FACTS: Archer West
1. I once worked on a salmon fishing boat in Alaska, which is how I earned the money to buy a used Harley.
2. I’ve traveled to every state in the US except for Rhode Island and Hawaii.
3. I have a scar on my leg from a childhood accident when I tried to use bottle rockets on my bicycle to make it go faster.
4. I have a crush on Wonder Woman.
5. When I was living in an apartment in LA, I learned how to make homemade spaghetti sauce from the landlord, who was originally from Sicily.
6. I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she loves traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Nina also spent many years in graduate school studying art history and library sciences.
Although she would go back for another degree if she could because she's that much of a bookworm, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. Nina's novel The Erotic Dark hit #1 on Amazon's Erotica Bestseller list. Spice Box box set which included Arouse was #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #13 in USA Today.
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