Title: Unbreak Me
Author: Lex Valentine
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Publication Date: December 2010
Genre: Futuristic Erotic Romance
Heat Level: Jalapeno Martini
Two magic wielding warriors (M/F) are torn apart by betrayal, imprisonment, and torture. When a magical heart that formerly belonged to them comes up on the auction block, both fight to win it. Major Marcus (Ren) Renniger was betrayed on a mission and became a POW. All fingers point to the woman he loved. Captain Tait Boland was told Ren had died. Unable to believe it, she set out to find the truth and exact revenge on the man who stole Ren from her. Her revenge comes at the cost of her freedom and her spirit.
Six years later, Ren and Tait have both escaped imprisonment. When they meet at Spellbound Treasure because of the heart, their passions explode. For Tait, knowing that her lover is alive fills her with bittersweet elation. Broken in body and spirit, she knows she has nothing left to give him. Seeing Tait so changed strikes fear in Ren’s heart. He sets out to unravel the mystery surrounding his capture and Tait’s imprisonment. To give her back her future and regain their life together, Ren must figure out how to unbreak Tait’s heart, soul, and spirit.
In Unbreak Me, Lex Valentine transports the readers to a furturistic realm where magic is real and portals to other worlds exist. She immediately sucked me in with a strong opening, where the character of Tait enters the Crossroads and is stripped of her powers. The character has experienced this before, under force and you instantly want to know what happened.
Rather than weave a tale of wam--bam—thank you ma’am, Valentine uses her words with precision, to tell a story of past mistakes and regrets that have transformed a once fiery woman to stone. Her former flame, Ren (a likeable male character) is an equally well drawn character. His motives and regrets are clear, his actions defined, and the result is two characters you root for. Oh and the sex—it was good.
Unbreak Me is a captivating tale and a worthy read. Its short, and though I would’ve liked it to be a bit longer, I couldn’t put it down.
*Book provided by author for review