Break Me In is book three in the Geek Kink series by Sara Brookes. I really enjoyed the first two, and love the premise, so I was eager to get my hands on this third instalment. I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed.
Break Me In tells the story of Elena and Alex. Elena is a Domme who is happy to dominate men, but avoids relationships at all costs. Alex is a barista in the local coffee shop, and he’s going through a seriously tough time in his life, one he’s trying to bury beneath alcohol.
The two have been friends for years and years, but it seems things are set to change. Alex is curious about BDSM, submission in particular, and he wants Elena to teach him how it works, to figure out if it’s a part of himself he’s been missing out on all this time. But Elena is more interested in helping him overcome his demons – namely his alcoholism – and puts that ahead of anything else, even though she risks losing him forever.
Fortunately, a spell in rehab helps Alex to defeat some of his demons, but not all. He still has a messy past, and is eager to have submission be part of his future. It will change their friendship forever, but Alex doesn’t seem to see it that way, so Elena convinces herself she can be Alex’s Domme without any emotions getting involved.
Within their new dynamic, Alex flourishes and is happier than he’s ever been. But it inevitably unearths an attraction, and even more. Elena’s terrified for so many reasons, but Alex is determined to break down the walls she’s put up around her heart. Just as he’s getting somewhere, however, his own past puts a huge blight on any potential future for the two of them.
This is one heart-rending read, and I loved it. Sara Brookes is an excellent writer; she has a way of weaving emotion, desire and lust effortlessly into a realistic storyline – the result being a serious page-turner of a book. The storyline, characters, tension and emotion in this book are top notch and I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out. This is no traditional romance, but that’s what makes it so real, so unique. The cameos from characters I’ve read about already added extra flavour to the book, but you can still read this as a standalone novel. Overall, definitely recommended to BDSM erotic romance fans – check out the whole series if you haven’t already.