Book 1, Love Is War
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It was the kind of relationship where I invested more than I had to spare.
I gave it everything.
And so when it failed, I lost myself.
It changed me. He changed me.
I went down with the ship.
My soul, burnt embers in the aftermath.
The fire of him ravaged it all.
He burned me.
Scarlett had always dreamed big. She was headed straight for Hollywood. Destined for silver screen greatness.
But in her wildest dreams she never imagined she’d be broke and single at twenty-eight, doling drinks at thirty-five thousand feet.
She was a glorified waitress in the skies.
It had been years since she’d seen him.
But one day, there he sat, gazing intently at her, ready to set everything ablaze once more.
Dante wanted her. Again.
Sure, she’d play along…but this time, it was his turn.
She was breaking him.
After all, love is war.
I would give this book an infinite amount of stars if I could! RK Lilley has truly outdone herself yet again with Breaking Him. I have been a huge fan of hers for a while and love everything she writes but something about this one really spoke to me. I was hooked instantly and became obsessed with the characters. I always ask myself what was I thinking when I'm reading a book with such pain and heartbreak but then I remember that those are the best kind of books. RK is an expert at both of those and making me feel what the characters feel, even if it's only a sliver of their feelings. I became so absorbed in the characters and the story that I felt like I was a part of it.
Scarlett and Dante are both such strong characters. Scarlett is a fierce, witty, independent woman with such a big heart that she keeps protected. Even though she's been through hell and back and had her heart completely shattered, she is full of fire and very protective of and loyal to the important people in her life. Dante is like a giant teddy bear. While only a very few people see that side of him, he is insanely protective and would do anything for the ones he loves. He and Scarlett are very similar. They are both passionate, no nonsense people and will do anything to protect one another.
What I love about this story is that Scarlett and Dante have know each other practically their entire lives and they grew up together in every way possible. They started out as friends. They were never just an ordinary pair of friends though, they always had this special bond between them. From the moment they became friends they were each other's world. As their friendship grew so did their bond and their feelings. The fact that they were each other's first love warmed my heart and had me rooting for them the entire time. Their love was so innocent and pure before it became so broken and destructive. When they're together, they're dynamite and you can feel how strong and deep their connect is. It breaks my heart that there is something so awful between them that is keeping them apart. I am dying to know what it is because they are perfect for one another and are destined to be together. One of my favorites quotes is when Scarlett is referring to Dante and says, “There is only one heart in this universe that calls to mine, and it does call. Constantly, relentlessly, it sings out to me in a captivating, resonating voice. Day after day, year after year, it calls to me.” If you weren't rooting for them before, you'd have to be after that!
I found their banter hilarious but I also felt my heart crack every time they would say or do something to intently hurt the other. You can feel how in love they still are, so any time one of them took a jab at the other it was so painful and I could only imagine how they felt. The entire book was a roller coaster of emotions and the last two chapters completely shattered me. I am really looking forward to the next book to fill in some of the blanks and see how their story ends. There is something so incredibly special about their love. Another one of my favorite quotes was when Dante said, "All we are is proof that love can survive anything.” I'm just hoping that is true and that they will be able to find a way to work out everything that has been put in their way. This was a beautifully written story!
Rk did it again ! Great book it's a must read! I'm bitting my nails until the next book comes out !!!!!!!
Wow! Could not put it down. So many questions! Can’t wait for Breaking Her.