Break Me (TBX, #1)Break Me by Ashley Christin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Break Me (TBX #1) by Ashley Christin is the first standalone book in her new TBX series. This is my first read by Author Ashely Christin and I can honestly say that I will be reading more of her work in the future. This series is based on a group of 2 brothers alongside their good friends attending college as well as focusing on the Pro BMX riding careers of both brothers, Colt and Parker.

I usually tend to stay away from college romances because at times and depending on the writing, I find that they can easily border on immature storylines, unnecessary drama and angst and for me personally, I don’t find that enjoyable. I can honestly and excitedly say that this was not the case with this book at all. I really enjoyed the storyline along with the characters including the secondary ones as well.

The writing was very good and flowed fairly seamlessly. I loved getting both POV’s and for me that is always a plus. I want to be able to relate to my characters and what better way than getting insight on their most inner and private thoughts. The author did a good job with both Colt and Brealynn’s POV’s and because of that, I was able to fully connect and invest in them both throughout the story. Now, with that being said there were a couple of times/instances that for me, I would have loved to have seen played out differently. I was a bit disappointed on a couple of occasions with both characters for not only their inner thoughts but their actions as well. Now with that being said, I also had to take into consideration their ages and put that into perspective too. It made me realize that at that age, I should expect those emotions as well as actions and so I did on some level understand some of it but I didn’t have to like it.

Colt had a heartbreaking family tragedy that made up his back story and it really made my heart hurt for him. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that it didn’t “define” him and/or “ruin” him in a way that most authors could have done in that situation. I really loved that this author handled his character in a slightly more mature way than having him behave in a way he actually could have considering he was young. Colt was sexy, he was charismatic and charming and I loved the way he felt about Brealynn, it was beautiful in every way. Although he was in college, his feelings ran that of a very sexy, mature man and his “caveman” tendencies were a turn-on for me throughout. When I first started reading this story and because I didn’t know this author’s writing “style” I was a bit hesitant in what to expect with the drama and angst. I am happy to report that the majority of it was done in a subtle way and it never over powered or over showed the storyline.

Brealynn proved to be a great strong character. Considering she was returning from break while nursing a broken heart, I was so glad that she quickly realized that the so-called “love” she thought she had experienced was nothing more than a “warped” teenage view on love. She will soon realize, that in fact, it wasn’t love at all and when she and Colt finally succumb to the “real” thing, it’s noting short of fireworks. Brealynn was beautiful, sassy, she had a great personality and I loved her from the start. She was a girl after my own heart and I could relate to her completely. Even at that young age, me personally, can truly say that I would have harbored most of her exact inner thoughts when it came to falling for the college campus bad boy hunk. I loved how she handled him and the growing relationship between the both of them. She had “real” insecurities that most of us girls at that age would have had and I loved that the author made it so relatable.

Colt and Brealynn were a breath of fresh air and I cannot wait to see their relationship grow in time. They both have a beautiful and sincere love for each other and I look forward to seeing where the author takes their relationship in the future! The secondary characters were great. Kelsey and Parker’s story is next and the ending of this book left me wanting their story immediately, lol. The set-up was brilliant and I think it’s only fair to assume that there will be more than enough sparks flying once we see how those living arrangements play out. I am really, really curious to see if we get a story on Tim as well as Jasmine, Colt and Parker’s sister. Alex, was a villain that everyone loves to hate on but by the end of the book, she redeemed herself somewhat with me and I think there could even be an interesting story on her in the future. I have some sneaking suspicions, wink, wink, and although there was nothing in particular to make my imagination run wild, there was a hint of “mystery” towards the latter half of the book surrounding Tim and his “whereabouts” and it made me wonder and I have to say, I am intrigued by it! I have conjured up a couple of theories in my own mind and I am more than curious to see if any of them come true!

Author Ashley Christin is off to a very good start with this series and has roped me in for sure. I hope her writing continues to grow in what looks like a promising future for her and I look forward to reading more of her work soon.
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