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The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle
1st book in The Breakaway series
Available formats: Paperback & Ebook
303 pages, released May 1st 2012
Source:Copy was purchased by me-purchased twice actually ha, bought it on my kindle LOVED it...then went and bought the paperback copy!:P




When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she's missing. Escape isn't high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she's part of a family-even if it is a family of criminals. But she's still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she's falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn't sure she wants to take it.


“Why did you leave me? Why did you run? Why can't we stay together”? Her mind reeled with sudden panic. “I'll go with you. Whatever we have to do, I'll do it.”

Ah The Breakaway, where do I even begin with this book? I had my eyes on it for MONTHS before finally caving in and buying the damn book, stupid of me to buy this book and start reading it late at night…I was up till 5 in the morning finishing The Breakaway cause I could not find a good stopping point, this book completely captured me. Captured me..get it?? Lame joke I know (._.)

So The Breakaway is about Naomi Jensen, to outsiders it may look like she has the perfect life, hell maybe she even convinced herself for awhile she had a great life, but with a boyfriend that says he loves her, then hits her, and parents that never give her the time of day, maybe Namoi's life isn't so great after all. One night after being hit once again Naomi needs some space from her boyfriend Eric, she goes for a walk. Naomi didn't know on this very walk she would be kidnapped by a group of criminals, little did she know that she was also going to fall in love with one of them..

This book was delightfully wonderful, in a very twisted weird way that I don't really understand yet. I don't know what it is about books that have main characters going through Stockholm syndrome in them, but I love it. I love it so much, and for some reason I always find myself loving the "bad" guy that kidnaps the girl. Actually let me rephrase that, I love the "bad" guy if they are actually caring and non-forceful to their hostage (such as in this book, and Stolen by Lucy Christopher which is a book beyond amazing and you should read it). I don't know what it is about these crazy obsessive guys, but I like them! Actually I do know what it is that makes me like them, it's because they are interesting to read, simple as that, crazy people are unpredictable and I like that in the books I read!

Alright now lets talk about the man in question, JESSE! He is our hostages "love"interest if you may. My first impression of him was that he was creepy, very creepy, this guy gave me the chills! I was also wondering the first few times I encountered him while reading if he didn't have a mental illness, but don't worry! He eventually stops being creepy and he becomes, very well, likable! I found myself enjoying him towards the end of the book, and the romance in The Breakaway was an amazing one between the Naomi and Jesse.

Overall I actually found myself liking most of the characters; each character was very different than the next. Each character also had their own secrets, which of course made this even more of a thrilling ride. In all this was just an amazing read, I was originally going to give this book 4 stars because I didn't like how it ended, BUT then I found out it is actually going to have a sequel (which I believe is going to be brilliant!) so I gave this 5 stars since the story did not end there.

Sidenote: This book does NOT have any sexual abuse, although it does have physical abuse such as the main character getting hit a few times and pushed around.

Brief definition of Stockholm syndrome: a psychological condition in which a person taken hostage sympathizes with or becomes emotionally involved with his or her captors.





6 comments:

Addie R. said...

This book sounds awesome! Kinda reminds of Stolen. And I'm so glad I'm not the only one into crazy obsessive boys, well at least if they're not like that with the girl.. And I didn't know this was gonna be a series! I'm even more excited! :D Great review:))

Kristin said...

I loved this book. It's such a great story that traps you from the first chapter.

Rie Conley said...

I've known Michelle for years! I'm so glad she finally published this. So good.

The Shadow Realm said...

I absolutely LOVED Stolen so I have been dying to read this book. Great review :)

Yvonne

Mel - Thedailyprophecy. said...

Such a fascinating concept. I will check this one out :)

Bianca said...

It sounds so good. Thanks for the great review :D I am going to have to check it out.