• Breaking Perfect

  • By: Lydia Michaels
  • Narrated by: Lance West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Breaking Perfect

By: Lydia Michaels
Narrated by: Lance West
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling and award-winning author Lydia Michaels unleashes the “taboo” in a scorching psychological tale that breaks the rules of fidelity and redefines perfect in a Dominant/submissive, polyamorous romance that delivers! 

On the outside, our life looks perfect. Inside, I’m screaming. 

I suffer from severe and profound OCD, triggered by a trauma I survived when I was a young girl. My husband saved me. I crave order, because chaos stirs the messy parts of my mind I’d rather keep tied down. 

But when my husband’s ex-lover shows up unannounced - a man I had no idea existed from a secret part of my husband’s past he kept hidden from me - tension unfolds and our perfect life starts to unravel. 

My compulsions come out to play. Only, our house guest isn’t like my tolerant husband. He doesn’t ask for control. He takes it. 

And I surrender to this stranger’s will, because the twisted parts of me have become so rigid I sense my perfect life is about to break, and choosing to break seems the only choice left within my control. 

©2015 Lydia Michaels (P)2022 Lydia Michaels Books
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One of the hottest books I’ve read!

A beautiful awakening! This is an amazing MMF romance that takes your emotions everywhere. You feel the raw heat between everyone, the loved that is shared, and that sinking feeling when it seems to fall apart. I love how well the psychological aspects of each character’s issues are explained. This is a perfect love triangle story (and it was smoking hot too).

The audiobook is performed by a single male narrator reading three parts, 2 male and 1 female. Lance West does an incredible job as Liberty, Mason, and Sean. Very impressive writing and narration.

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Beautiful Romance Revealing Itself

So I just did a reread of this for about the 5th time. The book is on audio for the first time and I was blessed enough to be asked to listen and review the audio.

This story has stuck in my mind since I first read it in 2018. It was one of the first MMF romances I ever read and it moved me so much. We have a married couple you has been perfectly content in their routine. Even though our heroine Liberty has severe OCD, her and her husband, Mason, are able to cope and get along just fine.

Things are just starting to change and evolve for them when Mason's ex-partner, Sean comes to town after losing his father. He didn't know the man he loved was married to a woman, let alone this odd but gorgeous goddess.

What follows is a beautiful story of learning who we really are, giving up control, and trusting ourselves to people who love us. I am always stunned by the trust and growth in these characters and this time was no different.

However, since I was reviewing the audio this time.. I have to be honest that I did not mesh with the performance of the narrator for this one.. It was stilted and awkward at many times. I was constantly adjusting the speed to try and settle in and it was a rough go. Once I got about halfway through... I actually had to put down the audio and pick up my paper copy to finish my reread in peace.

I stand by loving this story with all my heart, but as an audio lover... this was not for me.

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Absolutely phenomenal poly book

Lydia Michaels wrote an absolutely phenomenal poly book with such heart and heat it blew my mind! The characters are so stunningly perfectly written you can’t help but feel like you know them. The story is so achingly beautiful with it’s real life emotions and struggles it breaks your heart and remakes it all in one! 10/10!
I don’t normally care for solo narration but The narrator Lance West does an exceptional job with all three characters and his inflections are on point!

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Spicy!

I loved this book so much! Lydia Michaels is a new to me author, but after this one I’m definitely going to go through her backlist. Lance West was an amazing narrator!

Breaking Perfect was so steamy and spicy! I loved Libby, Sean, and Mason’s relationship. Lydia portrays a FMC with OCD and instead of having her ridiculed or the character’s behavior changed the other characters adapt to her quirks and work to make her comfortable.

I loved how their relationship came together. This D/s plot romance has BDSM, MMF, touches on mental health issues, and the chemistry was off the charts.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This was okay but at least it was steamy!

Lydia Michaels story-telling has been incredibly intriguing ever since I read Hurt. I was curious if I would enjoy any of Lydia’s other books so I wanted to check out Breaking Perfect.

Breaking Perfect is an MMF erotica with some BDSM elements. This was one of the hottest books I have ever read. Lydia has a way of writing scorching intimacy. All my stars are for the amazing sex scenes.

Unfortunately, I feel like I have read this story line one too many times for this to be enjoyable for me. I didn’t love the lack of communication amongst these three characters. The way Sean treated Liberty in a scene, knowing about her past trauma didn’t sit right with me. Also, this book has one narrator for three perspectives which took a bit to get used to.

Thank you Valentine PR for sending me this audiobook for review!

Themes:
- Contemporary Romance
- Light BDSM
- OCD
- HOT AF AUDIO
- Messy Relationship
- Trauma Healing

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Overall - 3.5⭐️
Spice - 5🌶

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Unexpected

This book was not what I expected and I mean that in the best way. I was hooked on page one and couldn’t put it down. The narration was really good and went well with this story. If you’re interested in reading a poly romance, pick this one up!

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Lance West is amazing!!! Love this book & audio

Liberty adores her husband Mason and hates being a broken wife. She knows that Mason worries that she will have a breakdown and she hates being treated like a piece of glass that will shatter at any time. She craves the spontaneity others enjoy.

She wishes she could have one regular moment in her life. She feels the need for a change but doesn't know how to relay it to Mason. She is ashamed of her new desires and is afraid that her mother was right the whole time and she would die if she disappointed Mason.

Mason is a trauma surgeon and worries the nights he is on call because he never knew what could set Liberty off and put her over the edge. It took him a while to work out the perfect system where he would give Liberty unnecessary tasks - rearranging books/videos out of order and anything else he can find to fulfill her need to feel necessary.

Although he knows all about Liberty's past that left her with mental scars even after their five years of marriage he hasn't told her about his past. A past that just arrived on his doorstep. His lover from thirteen years ago. His male lover.

Mason was Sean's biggest regret. Instead of owning up that he was in love with a man, he walked away from the only person who has ever loved him.

Although I have read BREAKING PERFECT already, I was excited to listen to the audiobook. I should have been prepared that listening to the story was even more emotional than reading it. This book is very well written and the characters are fully developed and relatable.

This story is written from the POVs of Liberty, Mason and Sean giving you full insight into their complicated life. This is the first time I have listened to a book narrated by Lance West and I am just blown away! I actually had to recheck the credits several times because this man does a PERFECT woman's voice.

I love these characters! Lydia Michaels has given us characters that are perfect even with their fractured pasts.

Libby's OCD has OCD. She had a horrible childhood and now she fights hard for perfection. To the point that if one second of her day is off schedule she starts to harm herself to try to get back control.

Mason will do anything to make sure that Libby is not only happy, including pushing his sexual desires aside. But, Sean is the key to chasing away Libby's demons.

This is a D/s poly romance that deals in BDSM, MMF, mental issues and power exchange so beware if you have any triggers.

This book is highly erotic and smoking hot and Lance West was wow, just wow! This book is unlike any other Lydia Michaels book in that it not only deals with multiple partners, but the sexual chemistry is off the charts! Highly recommend!

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Takes some adjusting

At first, I found it difficult to complete this one with how superficial it sounded. Once the intimate scenes started, it became more enjoyable and didn’t feel like it was dragging anymore.

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A New Favorite Author?

Well, well, well. Another fantastic and favorite read of 2022! I was by no means expecting to love this book as much as I do. As most of you know, I am incredibly picky when it comes to reading and third person. Typically, I hate it. I don’t usually connect that well to the characters that are in the book if they’re written in third person. However, there are a few specific authors that can write in third person and it doesn’t phase me one bit. Lydia Michaels is now on that list of authors.. I was absolutely astounded from chapter 1 how much I really enjoyed this book. First of all, this book is only narrated by Lance West. Typically with romance books that are either first person point of view or in third person point of you it’s usually narrated by a female so listening to this audiobook immediately felt different but in a really good way. I surprisingly really enjoyed Lance West voicing all three main characters. It just fits so well with this book. Liberty, Mason, and Sean have such a wonderful dynamic. These three are really special. I think everything about this book was absolutely amazing. Writing, story, each and every character and their backstory. There is so much thought and detail put into this book, I certainly appreciated it. Liberty Mason and Sean have such fantastic chemistry. It was so steamy and undeniably hot. This is my first time ever reading a book from this author and it will definitely not be my last! This book will definitely be on my list of favorite reads of 2022 and is also a book I’m gonna have to add to my collection.

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Whoa! Steamy, but so much more

This is the first book I've read/listened to by Lydia Michaels. Whoa! This was steamy...all the way through from the first chapter to the last. I am on a long trip and listened straight through. It was quite the ride with lots of squirming! At first I wasn't sure where it was heading. The oddity of it almost made me groan in exasperation about why I picked to listen to this. BUT I quickly became riveted to the storyline. My heart ached for Liberty! And Mason. He is amazing. Then comes Sean who had to earn his favor. I was skeptical. I truly believe this is one of my favorite ménage books. So much for all the characters to overcome. I seemed real. This turned out so much better than I first expected.

Lance West did a great job. His performance was well done. This audiobook rolled like a movie in my head.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-18-22

Way more than I expected!

I don’t know why but it took me a few chapters to get fully invested in this book. Having said that, once I reached that turning point around chapter 5 I was fully hooked and wanted to keep listening without any breaks. The storyline was really intriguing, spicy, and fun to listen to for the rest of the book. The narration by Lance West was great, and once again Lydia Michaels delivers characters with heavy backstories but that compliment each other so well!

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  • Wanderer Dreamer Romance Reader
  • 06-17-22

Hot and hella sexy forbidden romance!!!

Breaking Perfect is the dominant/submissive, poly-amorous standalone romance story of husband-and-wife Mason and Liberty (Libby) and ex-lover Sean. Three people, each a little broken, coming together to create a perfect relationship and it is one beautiful, magical, sexy, wild ride!
Mason and Libby have been married for five years, they live in a perfect house and on the outside seemingly have the perfect life. However, Libby suffered a horrific past and deals with it the only way she knows hoe by obsessing, consistency, order, and pain. Libby is strong, she is a survivor waiting to be set free from her past trauma. Mason has learned to provide the perfect order to keep Libby’s OCD mostly under control over the years. He is the glue that holds her together but has a past that no matter how hard he tries to forget still desires. So, imagine his surprise when his past shows up on his doorstep and becomes part of his present.
Sean wasn’t sure knocking on Mason’s door was a good idea but after driving 14 hours he knows he has to take the opportunity to see the man he loved again, what he didn’t bank on was the attraction, protectiveness and list he’d feel toward the woman who managed to steal the heart of the man he’s pined for all these years. Sean observes that Libby is naturally submissive in everything she does so when he’s given the green light to join the couple he taps into her submissive side. Sean is sexually dominant as is Mason, two alpha males who only relinquish control when they are intimate with each other. Sean recognises Libby needs an alternative to her need for pain so introduces sexual masochism which worked for her and was so thought provoking.
Lance West narrates this solo and does an amazing job getting across each person’s fears, desires, needs and wants. The only critique I have is the narration was so slow that for the first time since I started listening to audiobooks, I actually had to speed it up.
I loved this audiobook! I honestly think this is my favourite Lydia Michaels book to date. It was hot, sexy, forbidden, had a little light BDSM in there, as well as some of the hottest, sexiest dirty talk that will have your temperature rising and your panties going up in flames plus some super sweet tender moments and thought-provoking learning opportunities. If this book doesn’t cause your panties to spontaneously combust and leave you needing a few cold showers, then I hate to break it to you, but your libido is broken because this book is hella sexy!

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  • TheSassyNerd
  • 06-09-22

Beautiful!

READ/LISTEN TO THIS! I can not reccomend this book enough!

Lydia Michaels books are still quite new to me but the few books I have read I have loved and I am slowly but surely making my way through her backlist.

I loved Libby and Sean, Mason. I loved everything about this relationship between these three. This story was STEAMY! SO. FREAKING STEAMY but as hot as it was it also had depth and touched down on some pretty serious issues like mental health.

This author is becoming a fast favorite of mine. She has a way of telling a story that keeps you hanging on every words.

5 Stars!

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  • Jocelyne
  • 03-08-22

Sizzling psychological erotica novel

3.5 ⭐️ This is a sizzling psychological erotica novel. Liberty (Libby), Mason and Sean are complex characters. Their relationship is emotional, intricate, and passionate. Lance West did a good job with the narration. This story is different than the others stories I have read from this author. I'm having mixed feelings about it. However, If you like complex erotica romance, you should like this one.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 02-21-22

Hot & Steamy

I was ready for a romance, but wow, this one is hot! Liberty and Mason are married. He a doctor, she an OCD wife, with a lot going on in her head. She has had a horrible childhood and as a result has an extreme need for structure. When Sean, Mason's old boyfriend, pops into her life, chaos takes flight. Mason is torn because of his feelings for Sean. Sean is attracted to Libby, and Libby is finally finding the freedom to let go. Will this trio find a balance? Talk about complex! We have Libby, who is like an onion. Layers upon layers and she never ceases to surprise me. Mason is a man who loves with his whole heart and always puts Libby first. Conflicts with his strong feelings for Sean. And Sean is a mess, but finds his balance with these two. It's steamy, it's passionate, it's relevant and has so many feelings, I was mesmerized. If you love complicated love, this one is for you!

Lance West brings it all to life with a very good narration. He has a soft voice, but brings out the alpha in both Mason and Sean with ease. He creates Libby with all of her compulsions, making her realistic and believable. It was a great performance.