The Breakup by Erin McCarthy Release Date: August 28, 2018 Publisher: Loveswept Book #2 in the Jordan Brothers series Number of pages: 204 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 8/14/18
At certain points (a lot more than I expected) throughout this story I actually forgot why I didn’t like Christian in the first book, The Hookup. I’m not necessarily satisfied with his reasons for what he did to his brother in the past, but I really got to see that he’s not a bad guy. In fact, he’s really a good guy and he’s doing what he can to be a good father.
As for Bella, I knew there was more to her than the rich stuck-up Stepford wife type young lady we met in that first book. We got to see glimpses of the real Bella in that previous story. Just as I could see how her sister didn’t fit the mold her family expected in book one, I saw how Bella did everything in her power to fit that same mold so as not to disappoint anyone. Bella is a people pleaser, even when that pleasing makes her miserable. For whatever reason, Christian gives her that safe space to be her true self. They may not voice their thoughts about how safe they feel with each other, but at some deep level they can feel that connection.
The progression of this story was a bit different and I really enjoyed the flow. The relationship didn’t take the usual route. It’s not that Christian and Bella did things exactly backward, they were all over the place…but it really worked, and worked well. On top of their relationship, it was good to see that Christian and his twin Cain are slowly working on their own relationship.
While I don’t think you have to read the first book to enjoy this book, it would bring so much more to the story. It may seem like a pretty good book if you don’t read book one first, but having read both it takes this story to a whole other level. This story is amazing! There were a few more tidbits about the rest of the Jordan siblings that have me intrigued for the next book.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**