New Release and Review – Break Even by Lisa De Jong

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New Release and Review – Break Even by Lisa De Jong Title: Break Even
Author: Lisa De Jong
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: December 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Page Count: 233
Format: eARC
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My story isn’t a love story … not the typical kind anyway.
As a lawyer, I’m used to discovery, but I never saw this one coming.

Every day, River gives me ten reasons to stay away, and then eleven reasons why I can't. Our relationship was to remain strictly business, or at least I tried.

Four years of marriage, and everything with Cole has changed. I never knew two people who lived together could be so distant. But I’m not ready to give up on him.

One man wants to break me.
The other is just trying to get even.

Both are lying to me.

***This is a standalone contemporary romance (though a little unconventional and twisted!)

Break even - teaser 2


I went into this book blind for two reasons. One I love reading books and being surprised. I think everyone should try this at least once. Two because I trust this authors writing enough that I don’t need to know what I’m going to get. Lisa did not disappoint. I won’t give much away but I promise if you read this you will be on the edge of your seat the whole time.

I literally felt like I was going to have an anxiety attack while reading. This doesn’t happen often. Yet it’s the best feeling because it means the author doesn’t give much away. She leaves you wanting more with each turn of the page.

“That look he had on the day we said I do … I still see it there. It hasn’t disappeared completely, but the way he shows it has. How do I get that back?”

Marley is a woman trying to save her marriage. I didn’t know if to shake her, hug her, or invite out for drinks. But she was so relatable I think all women doubt their marriage at one point and we’ve all been Marley in one way or another.

”To an outsider, I have it all – the job, the husband, and the house- but inside I’m nearly empty. Hell, I’ve been running on these fumes for over a year. I can’t go on much longer…not like this.”

Cole is the husband making her doubt their future. He was shady to me from the beginning. I didn’t like him or trust him. In simple terms he was a man that only thought of himself. Somewhere along the way he forgot that a marriage was a partnership. Again I think we’ve all felt this from our spouses at one point.

“The one who made me believe in love shouldn’t also be the one who makes me doubt it.

River is her new client her husband and business partner has left in her trusted hands. He is the wild card that just fell in her lap. You don’t know if doubt him or trust him. He gave nothing away so I had no idea who he really was for most of the book.

“When I want something, I get it. This is a special property, and I know I’m not the only one who’s going to go after it.”

He has no problems saying what he wants or needs.

Hell just met heaven, and I think heaven has the upper hand.”

One man wants what’s best for her the other only wants what’s best for him. This book keeps you going back and forth between the two. I won’t tell you who is who. I’ll let you enjoy the ride I did. I know this review is very vague but trust me this is one you’ll enjoy the ride on.

“No, Beatrice, we’ve talked about this. I’m allergic to men.” I stop to take a careful sip of my happy juice. “I actually did something that made me feel really good this morning.”


“What?” he asks, leaning his elbows on the table.

“This,” I say, gesturing between us, “would never last more than one day.”

The ultra-cocky grin he had on his face the first day I met him in my office is back. “You might think that, but there’s something I know that you haven’t figured out yet.”

“And what’s that?”

He closes some of the space between us. “Every inch of your perfect little body is aching to know what my hands would feel like. Every. Fucking. Inch. You hold a shield up, thinking it will keep me away, but there’s nothing I don’t see.”

My mouth hangs open. He’s so wrong, but he’s so right. River is unlike anyone I’ve ever met. He’s untouchable—unobtainable—and I’m married. The holes in my marriage have led me to think about things—him—in a way I normally wouldn’t. When Cole touches me, he just doesn’t reach deep enough. It’s left a void. I hate to admit it, but that’s just the way things are.

Before I can come up with a rebuttal, the waitress brings us our plates and sets them in front of us. Staring down, I pretend my salad is the most interesting thing I’ve ever seen. The strawberries and blueberries make it pretty.

“Did I strike a nerve?” he asks, sliding the plate of fries so they’re within my view.

“You’re on every single one of them.”

He laughs sadistically. “But I’m right.”

“You’re wrong. I wouldn’t let you near me even if I were single.” I pick up a piping hot fry and carefully bite into it.

“If you were single, I guarantee I’d have you in my condo naked right now.”