Title- Break Free
By- Amber Garza
Genre- Contemporary Romance
Publication Date- April 18th, 2014
Jade Mathews is on the run. Running from an addiction that almost destroyed her, and a man who wants her dead.
Kyler James is a writer, a recluse locked in a prison of his own making.
When Jade and Kyler meet they find solace in one another and start to heal. Until Jade stumbles upon Kyler’s latest manuscript and is shocked to find that it is her story. One he couldn’t know. Jade fears she’s trusted the wrong person once again, and this time it may be her undoing.
Is the past destined to destroy them, or will they finally break free?
This book had me on the edge of my seat. I usually can start to predict where a book is headed while reading it, but I have to give it to Amber Garza, I could not predict how this book would end….
Jade is a girl trying to take a chance a break free from a life of drugs, physical and mental abuse. At first she just appears to be a lost cause that just can’t seem to break the cycle that she has been living in since childhood where men have taken advantage of her and abuse her. After Heath almost killed her again in one of his drunken rages, Jade decides she has to leave and just take the bus as far as she can away from here. This takes her to Red Blossom. Jade stumbles upon a barn to keep her out of the elements she had no idea what she would wake to in the morning.
Kyler is a writer and we learn he prefers to stay on his property alone with his dog Edgar. When Kyler found Jade in his barn, he didn’t ask any questions just offered her food and shelter.
Jade had extreme trust issues with other people and she just couldn’t understand why a person as handsome and nice as Kyler would take time to help her out. But no matter how many times Jade questioned Kyler’s motives he continued to show her kindness and offer her the safety and security to stay with him and Edgar. Kyler had many great philosophies and thoughts in life and in his writing. When Jade was having problems with understanding the characters choices in Kyler’s book (the decisions that Clare made) he told her,
“Isn’t that how life is, Jade? It’s our choices that have power. Other people can do things to us, good and bad, but at the end of the day it’s our own choices that make or break us.”
I found this statement to be very profound and true….
I loved this book…It had the power to pull me in and keep me guessing. Jade might have a messed up past, but she is starting to see through the help of Kyler that her past doesn’t make her who she is today or what she will be in the future. The message behind their bond and growing relationship is one that makes you believe in the possibility of happy endings.
When Kyler told Jade that he wasn’t interested in getting to know the person that she used to be, that he only wanted to know the person she was now. It made me love him even more. Throughout the book this similar message is conveyed and I just felt it was so powerful. Thank you Amber for writing an amazing book that touches on some tough topics, and reminds us that our past is not what makes us who we are; we make those choices in the present and future.
Amber Garza is the author of the Delaney’s Gift Series, the Prowl Trilogy, suspense novel Engraved, and many contemporary romance titles, including Star Struck, Tripping Me Up and Break Free. She has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing. Tea and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they’re real people. She currently lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.
Writer of romantic fiction. Singer. Reader. Wife. Mother. Wine enthusiast. Candy addict. Lover of Jesus.