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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review: Breaking Point (Turning Point #2) by N.R. Walker

Breaking Point (Turning Point #2)
by N.R. Walker 
Expected publication: November 22nd 2013 by Totally Bound

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

A fight for what’s right becomes a fight for his life.

As guilt plagues him, Matthew Elliott’s world begins to spiral out of control. The harder he holds on, the more it slips through his fingers, and he’s helpless to stop it.

Entering into the underground cage-fighting scene, he starts out fighting for what’s right. The deeper he gets, the more guilt consumes him – the more pain he takes for his penance, and he’s soon fighting for more than justice.

He’s fighting for love.

He’s fighting for his life.

Kira is safe. Matt knows this. Deep down, he knows this. And yet, his guilt that Kira got hurt, that he nearly lost his chance to a lifetime of happiness - this is what kept eating away at Matt's sanity and his need to protect. 

To atone for his imagined guilt, and it was imagined, Matt signs up for an undercover job involving a fight club and a drug cartel. Unfortunately, things get complicated as now Matt sees, too late, that the lies he needs to keep from hurting Kira physically, was hurting his lover from a much deeper level. Will Kira learn to forgive?

These are tough times for Matt and Kira. The task at hand is so steeped in the violence of the fight club and the lies Matt has to keep shelling out to protect the one man he loves. He did not expect to become friends with the other fighters like Arizona and Boss either. As the days roll into weeks and into months, Matt slowly crumbles and barely holds on to his sanity. His spiral down to despair is painful to read.

Breaking Point is the book that tests Matt's and Kira's love. Will we, the readers, find this love break? Or will this point get beat and see their love live on?

It was very difficult reading how these two beautiful men's love for each other gets tested in such a violent manner. It was difficult reading through the intense text that depicted the harsh realities of the Mixed Martial Arts sport. I must admit though, I literally ate up the words where the cage fights were depicted. It was an exciting but very brutal writing. 

Breaking Point is not like Point of No Return (Turning Point #1) where there was still that ever present sweetness of the developing love. Here, the brutality of the sport, of Matt's despair and of almost losing out on love, was quite overwhelming at times. And yet, it was hard to put this book down. 

For all of the drama, the intense sport violence and the angst going on, this was a surprisingly light read for me. It was fast paced and action-packed, so there was no chance for me, as a reader, to sigh and put it down for other mundane task. I picked this up and gobbled it down. 

This was the perfect sequel for the two men and reading as how it ended, I am now anxious (in a good way) to read the third installment.

Note: For those who are curious, don't start with this book. This literally is a sequel to the first book and reading this without that first would just confuse.

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