Blog Tour & Giveaway: Breaking the Wrong: Calia Read

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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.
New covers were just revealed for this series created by Regina Wamba of  Mae I Design and Photography. Here are the original covers and the new ones posted next to them for reference.

Book One: EVERY WHICH WAY:    Add to Goodreads          Buy Nook/Kindle

Kim's Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

I have to admit that after reading the first book Every Which Way that I was not sure how much I would like a book about Macsen. In the first book, I went from loving Macsen to being really disappointed and not liking him by the end. But at the beginning of Breaking the Wrong, I started to see the qualities in Macsen that I initially liked about him. He is smart, kind of nerdy, quiet, and deep. I had a little hard time warming up to Emilia as well. We briefly met her in the first book, but have no idea why she wants to go to college in Kentucky so badly. We are given her back story slowly throughout this book so it is somewhat of a mystery as to why she changed her whole life to come to Kentucky, what happened with her sister, and why Macsen is on her burn list.  So at first she kind of rubbed me the wrong way and all I could see was her hidden agenda. But eventually I started to see that she is also shy, sweet, and just starting to come into her own sense of self. 

"You're like broken glass...You're intense. It's unexpected and makes everyone jump."

But as they are thrown together more and start opening up more, they grew on me. And as the situation got deeper and the secrets were threatening to spill out, I got really nervous. I felt they had good chemistry together and were very compatible. They just had a lot of unknown issues standing in between them.

Emilia: And I think over Tosha's words, my smile fades, "You're going to find someone that reads you right back." It feels like a warning to me that I might meet my match.

Macsen:"But you're not next, okay? And I don't want the option of next. I want to figure out how to make you happy, not how to hide all my mistakes from you. I'll tell you everything about me, anything you want to hear. I won't repeat my mistakes."

I kept silently begging Emilia to come clean too before the truth came out. And I was interested in finding out the whole story and what the truth really was.  And when it all came crashing down, I realized just how emotionally invested I was in this couple and how much I had come to like each one of them. They both have deep wounds, but they also have strong feelings and an intense attachment to each other. But once trust is shattered, it is hard to regain.

“I achieved nothing in my revenge, except handing over my heart to the one person I was supposed to hate.”

"Why wouldn't I be, Emilia? I open up my f**king soul to you, and you blew it to pieces."

Can two similar people with tragic pasts be able to come together and be whole or will they always remain broken?

Although the book was slow building, I ended up liking it and found myself eagerly reading the last half to figure out what was going to happen.  I could feel the deep connection and need between Macsen and Emilia. It was hard to see their struggles and their pain. They both had emotional journeys where they had to face the past in order to have a chance of moving on in their future. 

It was nice to visit with some of the characters from the first book Severine, Thayer(although I could have used a bit more Thayer since he is easy to adore), Tosha, and Chris. I hope that possibly we might see a book for damaged Sloan brother Mathias as well. 

Thanks to Calia Read for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

(kissing scene)

“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.
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  1. Love the Sloan brothers. Can't wait to read the next story.

    Mac's character really blew me away. He was the one you Loved to Hate in the first book. But, in his own book you see his story and feel for him.

    Emilia in in so much pain and blinded by her grief and the need for revenge. Until she gets to know the real Macsen. She finally begins to heal and sees she has made a mistake.


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