Breaking the Wrong by Calia Read
Emilia Wentworth would do anything for her sister.
For three years, Emilia has lived in the past, feeling her sister’s pain and hating those who are to blame, including one of the Sloan brothers.
Finally, she has had enough. The only way to be free is to create a Burn List with all the people who have ever hurt her sister.
As she crosses each name of, she gets closer and closer to her final target.
But, things aren’t always as they seem.
Loyalties are tested.
Boundaries are crossed.
And the truth is revealed.
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“If you were bold…” Macsen shifts closer and I clinch the book tightly in my hands. “What would you do?”
My heart picks up speed as I open my mouth. I hesitate for a second, afraid to say what I feel. But when will this opportunity ever come again? Probably never. But it doesn’t make it any easier.
Tell him or don’t. Tell him or don’t. I weigh the pros and cons in my head as I stare at him. After a few seconds pass between us, I let out a shaky breath.
“I’d lean forward…” I whisper.
His face moves closer and I watch his green eyes become hooded with lust. “And what?”
I lean an inch closer. “I would kiss you.”
Macsen’s eyes slam shut and the rejection I feel stings. I start to rise and when he opens his eyes back up. His hands gently hold my own to the floor and then his mouth is on mine. I want to shiver from how lightly his lips move against mine, how smooth they feel. They move coaxingly, with soft nips. My lips stay shut. I’m enjoying every single trick of his to get me to open up my mouth to him.
My breathing is shallow as I pull away. His hands move away as he settles onto the floor, his legs wide apart. My nose brushes against his as I stare into his eyes. His pulse is pounding at the base of his throat. With my palms flat on the floor, I lean closer. My body is between his spread legs. Even though he’s silent, his chest rises and falls like he has just stopped running. I know he wants me. I shut my brain down, ignore what a mistake this is, and lean forward and kiss the side of his neck. He jumps slightly and I lick his skin.
I hear him groan and move my lips upward.
A kiss cannot replace the past. But with every kiss to his skin, my hurt becomes a distant memory. All my pain is gone and all I can feel is the blood roaring throughout my body. My lips tingle as I drag them across his jaw. When I reach his lips, I stop, and hover. I can only go so far before it’s his turn to take control.
My eyes briefly flick down to his arms. He’s resting his weight on his palms, but I watch his arms shake. He’s losing his calm demeanor. The longer our lips are apart, the more the air snaps around us. My breathing is harsh as I wait patiently. When Macsen still hasn’t moved, I start to back away.
“Don’t,” he says roughly and reaches out. Easily, his hands span my waist and he drags me onto his lap.
I grip his forearms tightly as my body sinks closer and my thighs hug his hips. Against the juncture of my thighs, I can feel how hard he is. I shift once and my thighs start to shake. He only pauses for a second, looking at me with such intensity, I’m waiting for my skin to melt. When his lips meet mine, there’s more urgency to our kiss. My nails dig into his flesh as he licks the seam of my lips and nips at my bottom lip.
I want to pretend, just for a few hours, that I’m someone filled with forgiveness. No scars on my past. No cuts on my emotions. I want to be a whole person, not someone sewn back together. And I feel put together with Macsen’s arms banded tightly around me.
I open my mouth and his tongue slips in. I gasp loudly in shock at how good this feels. Goosebumps break out across my skin, and I move my tongue against his cautiously. My revenge runs in the opposite direction the longer his mouth is on mine.
Slowly, I start to relax my body. I practically sigh when Macsen’s hands move from my hips and toward my face. He bites lightly on my bottom lip and soothes the burn with his tongue. Macsen angles my head and explores my mouth. I thrust my tongue against his and fist my hands into his hair. The grip on my face tightens before his hands drift away, traveling down my body.
His fingers drift over my breast and through my bra, my nipples tighten. I want him to keep touching me there, but his hands move across my stomach and slip underneath my shirt.
How can I be doing this? None of this is part of the plan. My mind torments me and tries to pull me back to reality, but Macsen is my weakness. I can’t stop. My fingers drag up his arm, clinching his biceps. His hands explore my stomach and I breathe heavily, pulling away from his mouth and leaning my head on his shoulder. Those large hands inch closer to the lace of my bra and the two of us are breathing hard. His fingers veer around my chest and I feel him slip a finger underneath the strap of my bra. And even with the barrier of my shirt, he drags it down my shoulder and down my arm.
There’s a torturous second where he does nothing and I think I stop breathing.
Against his neck, against my will, I murmur, “More.”
My brain has shut down and now my lust is talking. It’s a greedy feeling because all I can think about is having his hands all over me.
College seemed like too much stress for me. Traveling across the world, getting married, and having three kids seemed much more relaxing.
Yeah, I’m still waiting for the relaxing part to kick in…
I change addresses every other year. It’s not by choice but it is my reality.
While the crazies of life kept me busy, the stories in my head decided to bubble to the surface. They were dying to be told and and I was dying to tell them.
That was four years ago. Soon, the stories will be shared with you. I hope you’ll enjoy escaping to the crazy world of these characters with me!!
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Breaking the Wrong is the second book in the Sloan Brothers series by author Calia Read. The first book Every Which Way starts the story of the Sloan Brothers and I would recommend that you read it first to put Breaking the Wrong into context, but Breaking the Wrong can be read as a standalone.
The book starts off with a riveting prologue that immersed me in the story. Emilia Wentworth is an enigma of a character and her story is unique, engaging and I devoured the pages to find out what was going to happen next. She has created a burn list and revenge is her top priority. Her plan is thrown for a loop when she meets Macsen Sloan. Macsen is on that list and to put the wheels in motion Emilia gets to know him to find his weakness. The story takes quite the turn when Emilia finds out that Macsen is not the man she expected him to be.
Calia Read did a fantastic job with this part of the Sloan Brothers story and she has left me panting for more. And by more, I mean more Macsen. He is hot and sexy and SMART! *Wipes drool from chin*
The writing was far better in BTW than it was in Every Which way (in my humble opinion). I loved the way the story was told and unfolded. Breaking the Wrong is in first person, easy to follow with a dual point of view. LOVED it! When I read EWW, I had trouble following the dialogue and connecting with the characters, but I felt the author had great potential and was looking forward to more. I was not disappointed. Author Read came out swinging with this story and hit it out of the ballpark.
The development of these characters and their story was intriguing. When we were first introduced to Emilia in EWW, I really felt uneasy about her and I was certain I didn’t like her. I was suspicious of her and she made my stomach turn. In Breaking the Wrong, I was intrigued by Emilia and eventually came to adore her.
These characters have their challenges and obstacles to face, the pace of the story perfect, there is angst and I couldn’t put it down for wanting to know what was going to happen. The relationship progressed at a realistic pace and Emilia and Macsen really got to know each other as I got to know them as well.
I needed to find out what the “story” was and why and what would happen. BTW was intelligently written, with well-developed backstory, captivating, heartfelt and gut wrenching. Give it a try! 4.5~Stars