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SCARLETT

He had done it again. Ravaged me. Burned me. Broken me. Given me air, only to leave me gasping, writhing. But then something changed. Something that terrified and excited me both. Something that utterly destroyed me. Something that made me whole again.

DANTE

Our love was cursed from the start. She didn't know it but I did. All she knew was that I'd lied to her, betrayed her. Done unforgivable things. Unavoidable things. Yes, I had broken promises as surely as I had broken her heart. But, just as every war has casualties, and every lie has consequences - every bastard has his reasons.

©2016 R.K. Lilley (P)2016 R.K. Lilley

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ANOTHER 5-STAR LISTEN!

Seriously, I'm a R.K. Lilley fan for life! There's just something about these books that hits every button for me. This series was perfection--dramatic, over the top, romantic perfection. It's not a fairy tale romance though, it's gritty, very dark, and kind of twisted. The narration was on point and befitting of the characters, also the interplay and history amongst the characters and their relationships was just toxic enough that I just ate up every minute of the story. A definite repeat listen for both books in this series, and highly recommended for those love sick like me out there.

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 06-23-16

THIS WAR HAD CASUALTIES.... BUT LOVE TRIUMPHED

R. K. Lilley has done it again.... she's blown me away with an absolutely gripping and riveting story of love that's turned toxic... leading to spiteful jibes, witty yet wounding banter and years of regrets, heartache and painful memories. As the story slowly unfolds it introduces you to Scarlett and Dante who superficially hate each other and yet their history's are somehow entwined, their feelings run deep, their chemistry is combustible.... and that sometimes leads them to give in to angry sex. Their pasts are waiting to be told and their futures are waiting to be rewritten.

The chapters dart from present to past and back again giving an insight into like minded childhood friends whose natures were so similar that they formed an unbreakable bond... the world vs Scarlett and Dante. Scarlett was found in a dumpster, lived in a trailer with her alcoholic Grandmother and was dirt poor - whereas Dante comes from Old money, had a Trust Fund and his Mother's high expectations for him were constantly thrust in his face. Opposites in a lot of ways and yet there tempers and attitudes were so alike.

They go from being devoted friends to inseparable lovers with their hearts and futures so tightly entwined that they thought nothing and nobody could break them apart... but they were so naive and so very wrong. As the story flips back to the present you know Dante's broken Scarlett's heart but how and why will remain a mystery until the end. This bitter-sweet heartbreaking and tragic story that slowly unfurls tells a tale of innocence, brutal rape, murder, jealousy, shattered dreams, painful memories, blackmail, treachery, lost years, bitter regrets, soul shattering shocks, twists, drama, angst, manipulation, lies, secrets, selfless unconditional sacrifice and soul deep anguish that cuts deep. However, there's such a sweet backstory, a touching young love and an epic love story amongst the rubble of hate filled years of war, conflict and hostility.

This review is for the entire duet because after book 1 I just couldn't wait to listen to the now available second instalment of Scarlett and Dante's story which was utterly compelling, pulse-poundingly gripping, tearfully tragic, heartachingly beautiful and totally unforgettable. These two characters loved and lost but when the awful unbelievable truth was finally revealed they fought hard, against a vicious vindictive enemy, and eventually got their long awaited second chance to make things right, to forgive, to heal.... and to claim their HEA.

Worth a credit? I'm emotionally exhausted, mind f'd, overwhelmed, overjoyed and grateful to R. K. Lilley for yet another memorable and very creditworthy listen... thank you.

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Selfish Herion

sorry just did not like the herion. She created her own chaos. Every move she made was for selfish reasons. She only considered her own feelings and her own success. Her motives were all because she was hurt. The Hero did a lot to save her from herself. Had she just asked questions instead of lashing out the book would have moved at a better pace. The self pity got to be way over done. The end of the book didn't have an HEA feel to it. It feels incomplete. I guess the reader is suppose to understand her reasons for inflicting pain on Dante. Because she did a lot of damage to Dante that he didn't deserve. No one owed her a thing but she acts like they do..Only one part of the book i felt pity for her but that passed with the next chapter.

The book has a childish feel because of the herion's behavior. i am a huge fan of R.K. Lilley but not this book. i will continue to be a fan.. she is an auto download..

The narration was good and spot on..

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very good

loved the whole series!
One of the best love stories.
Very good narrated books.
Love the books!!!

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Is it worth it?

H.E.L.L Y.E.S!
If you got hooked with the first part, and wanted to find answer to all those cliffhangers and questions unsolved... well with this final book you won’t be disappointed! It is filled with plot twist, suspense, drama, surprises and love. But not just the typical “happy ever after” love; the “let’s grow and be stronger together” kind of love.
Just beautiful!

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This series took the cake for me

I think I this series was awesome, it really had some unique spins on it, where it just kept you guessing, mystery, sex, love... this is one of the best series that I've listen to in a long time. also it really showed how deep love really runs and what you should be willing to do for it. love is truly a battle.

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Breaking Her

Love it! That wasn’t my first reaction to these books, I thought what the hell am I reading. But I stuck it out and fell in love! I usually read twice before I rate but this read is powerful and worth all the stars!

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amazing wrap up

I'm totally in love with this series. it's a heart breakingly honest account of 2 people that face so many tribulations that you root for them from the start. the overall story is well crafted and the characters well developed. the narration is so well done by both readers and with so much care and emotion, the story will literally break your heart. you cannot pass up this read.

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  • Liv
  • Los Angeles metro-area
  • 08-06-17

An excellent conclusion!

Would you consider the audio edition of Breaking Her to be better than the print version?

Yes, but that’s mainly because I can stay invested for longer periods of time with talented voice actors - like Sarah Naughton and Jason Clarke - narrating a story for me. I didn’t have time to read the print book or e-book format at all, so technically I can’t compare the two formats equally on that level.

What did you like best about this story?

The truth that finally came out about why Dante ended their relationship in addition to all the other truth bombs that exploded left and right, the flashbacks and all the sexy times were the elements I liked best about this story.

Which character – as performed by Jason Clarke and Sarah Naughton – was your favorite?

Dante was my favorite character. I loved his fierce need to protect Scarlett at all costs, a need that began when he first met her at age 10.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Although I didn't cry and can no longer remember a specific moment that made me laugh per se, I did love the quotes that reflected the tone to come in each chapter.

Any additional comments?

There were so many great life quotes in this novel. A couple of memorable favorites (paraphrased) - <br/><br/>‘We’re meant to support each other.’ ~Scarlett<br/><br/>‘Some promises are kept before they’re even spoken.’ ~young Scarlett on her inevitable engagement with young Dante<br/><br/>‘Life is hard. After all it kills you.’ Chapter heading quote by actress Katherine Hepburn<br/>

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Just OK

I had trouble connecting with the characters and never felt as if the story was complete in the end. Though I'm a fan of the author, this series wasn't for me but it was ok. The quality narration worked in its favor.