Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lawbreaker by Kat Bastion - Review

Author: Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion
Publication Date:  17 September 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Unbreakable, book 3
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up 
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

Reader Warning: You'll need to buckle up and load up on snacks and energy drinks, because this baby clocked in at 112,000 words. But the heartwarming story is filled with adventure, dry humor, quick-witted banter, a touch of mystery, and a hard-earned happily ever after. :) 

Raised on the streets, Shay Morgan yearns for a real family, where love is unconditionally offered—even when trust doesn’t come easy. Before that day arrives, she trespasses and steals in order to provide for the few people who’ve gone out of their way to protect her.

Born to privilege, Ben Bishop loathes his family for the despicable things they’ve done, and not done. He vows to be different, play by the rules, do the right thing. Building a thriving nightclub with those who share his values dominates his world.

One explosive night at his bar, Loading Zone, changes everything. For both of them. Forever.

A dance of opponents commences as they thwart with suspicion, start to trust, then sidestep to protect themselves from a fatal blow. Until they soon wonder if they’ve been fighting for the same side all along.

As they begin to open their hearts, they up the stakes with a one-week pact. She shows him the power in breaking the law. He demonstrates the virtue of following it.

Then a far-reaching crime is suddenly exposed—that his family committed. And for one chance moment, Shay and Ben hold the key to right the wrong, correct the injustice. But at what cost?

Will they be able to return from the other side together? Or will their differences tear them apart?

Flirting with danger...has never been so tempting.

My Review:

I keep running into this problem with contemporary romances lately where I am simply unsure exactly how I feel about them. I am left in that in-between place when it comes to a star rating and it haunts me because I never really know if what I ultimately decided on was the right choice.

Lawbreaker is a story about finding yourself on your own terms and creating the future you want.  I loved the concept of it.  I loved the idea that our Heroine Shay is a runaway who raised herself on the streets, finding ways to survive inside and outside of the law and created a sort of family with others in her same circumstances.  I loved that our Hero is a man who for all intents and purposes has everything anyone could ever want except a functional and loving family.  I loved these two fighting to find themselves and who they can be with each other.  My challenge came with just how slow the first half of the book is. It's beautifully told no doubt, but it took me days to drag myself though those first chapters.  This is where I find it hard to decide what the review rating should be because in the end this is a beautiful story of love, understanding, character growth (oh my the character growth) and triumph, but it is plain and simply drags for a good portion of the book.  Is it worth reading?  Absolutely, that's why I gave it 4 stars but you need to go in to this book when you have time, space, quiet.  It is intense in the emotional journey and will take all of your emotions with it.

Lawbreaker is part of a series and having read the whole series might heighten your enjoyment but I didn't feel that you needed to read them by any means, this is definitely what I would consider a standalone in a series. If you are looking for a beautifully (yes I know I keep using that word to describe this book but there truly is a reason for it.) emotional read I can highly suggest this one.  If you are looking for a quick easy HEA wait on this one, get it in your book pile for sure but you want to read this when you have the time to focus and devote to it.  You won't regret having given this book all your heart and attention but I just don't feel like you can go in half-arsed with it.  There are some tough subjects ( one which I have to admit I wish we had gotten more closure on) and it could be pretty hard to read for those with a background of sexual abuse or alcoholism, but at the same time it is tastefully portrayed (as much as those acts can be told in a tasteful manner) and brought with heart behind it, the acts are all told via the person who lived them but they aren't active acts happening at the time of the actual story.

Get Lawbreaker on your TBR and prepare for an emotional journey.


About The Author:

Kat Bastion won several awards for her bestselling debut novel Forged in Dreams and Magick.

Kat and Stone Bastion’s bestselling first novel No Weddings and the No Weddings series were named Best of 2014 by multiple romance review blogs.

When not defining love and redemption through scribed words, they enjoy spending their time mountain biking and hiking in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
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