Nov 14, 2014

Review -- Breakaway

Author: Lindsay Paige and Mary Smith
Release Date: August 13th, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 195
Format: Paperback, Gifted

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Levi Carr is captain of the Roxboro University Lions hockey team. His rival is James Wayne University and their captain, Trevor McCarthy. After an incident in high school and his mother’s death, Levi does whatever he can to make McCarthy’s life a little harder. When leaving the rivaling campus one night, Levi meets one person who can unknowingly help him mess with McCarthy.

My one job in this is to mess with McCarthy’s head and all it has done is mess with mine.

Presley McCarthy lives in the shadow of her twin brother, Trevor. After being separated when their parents divorced, all Presley heard about was Levi Carr being a bully to Trevor. Now in college, Presley is trying to be her own person, but when she meets Levi Carr, it all changes. But will the changes be good or bad?

He is nothing like my brother described. Maybe I’ve been wrong all along.

*This book is intended for mature audiences.*

My Review:
I guess I have figured out one thing, I like bad boys in books. Well let me clarify. I like bad boys that don't want to be the bad boy. I like the ones that have a struggle that makes them the way they are but when the right time comes they realize their ways and want to change. I love watching the change happen and how they makes me "awww" at the things they do.

Levi is that guy. He is the typical hockey player, well jock in general. He is cocky, knows he is attractive, and takes advantage of the girls that throw themselves at him. I liked him though. I could tell he wasn't all bad, no matter the persona he tried to give off. You saw his soft spots before Presley saw them and you couldn't wait to get more information on those spots. I loved watching him change throughout the book, you could see him cracking before he even knew, it was wonderful!

I really like Presley as well. I saw that she was pretty level minded for the most part and thought for herself. You can tell she is used to listening to others tell her what to do, but she finally starts to take a stand on what she wants. I also loved that though she loves her family, she isn't afraid to cheer for the rival team either. She loves hockey no matter what and just enjoys a good game. When I read that she had not only her brothers team shirt (also her own college) but also a shirt for Levi's team, I was proud of her for it!

Let me start here by saying I love sports, I am a hardcore Chicago Bears fan. I also watch the Bulls and the Cubs. So I love Chicago. I have never really watched Pro Hockey though. Being born and raised in Florida we don't exactly have hockey down here. We are like the Jamaican Bobsled team, we have no ice, so no hockey. We do have a local minor league team called the Pensacola Ice Flyers (used to be Ice Pilots). I went to a few games when I was younger, but I just watched the fights. I didn't understand the rules or the plays or anything, I just watched what I could understand. After reading this book, I want to learn all the rules and buy a season pass. I already bought tickets for the first home game here just so I can go watch and get my fill. I don't have cable, but I found out I can watch the games through the website so I have that option too :)

There is some graphic scenes in this book, but they are spread out and not too bad. I love that there is a real story behind it and the sexual scenes are more of a small treat within the pages instead of the book being mainly about that. Some authors think we all want those scenes and a little filler in between, but I would guess that most of us tend to like them in small amounts so it isn't so awkward.

The book is set between apartments, hockey rinks, and various restaurants around the town. It was very easy to follow. Like I said above, I do have a local hockey minor league team so I knew the general look of the rink. I was able to use that knowledge to help me get through the scenes, but I also know hockey is pretty straight forward in how they look and what the rinks look like, so I believe someone who doesn't even watch hockey or never has, could still understand everything easily.

Even though hockey is a big aspect of this book, you don't necessarily need to love it or even like it to follow the book. The relationships within the story are worth reading no matter what your opinion on hockey is. It is just as easy to read it with or without the hockey within the pages.

This book was a wonderful treat! Even though I am sick I had to wake up this morning in order to finish this book up! I now want to run off and read more of the series though I have to be responsible and read some other books on my TBR list first before I can come back to it. I know though that I will be coming back to this world very soon because I need more Levi!!


  1. I'm a new viewer, and I just have to say, your blog is freaking gorgeous!
    I enjoy bad boys in books, too. Most of the time, there just waaaay more intriguing than innocent guys. This book sounds really good, and I love your review. :)
    - Cambrie @ and so the book begins ( )

    1. thank you so much! I have worked very hard to get my blog to where it is! I am glad to have you as a viewer!!


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