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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:38

Review: Too Beautiful to Break by Tessa Bailey

Written by Jennifer Porter
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TooBeautifultoBreakToo Beautiful to Break by Tessa Bailey (contemporary, Forever, September 2017)


Series: Romancing the Clarksons, book 4


A love of a lifetime . . .


Leaving Belmont Clarkson is the hardest thing Sage Alexander has ever done. From the moment they met, she knew Belmont was the one, and getting up close and personal with him on his family's epic road trip has taken her desire to a new, even hotter level. But there's no way she can go there---not without revealing secrets that could devastate them both.


Losing Sage is not an option. Belmont's heart is hers, has always been hers. He knows she's hiding something from him, but nothing will stand in his way of telling her just how much she means to him. Finding her is easy---saving her from her past could cost him everything.


I could tell from the first book in the Romance the Clarksons series (Too Hot to Handle) that Sage and Belmont’s story would be the last one - because I wanted to read it so badly. In Tessa Bailey’s latest series, four siblings take a cross-country road trip to honor their deceased mother (Belmont, Rita, Aaron and Peggy). There was something so broken and needy about Belmont that called to me from the start. Of course, this made me a bit nervous about Too Beautiful to Break because I was worried about whether or not it could live up to my expectations for it. Fortunately, this book was everything I wanted it to be - an angst-filled romance with a joyful ending for the entire family.


When this book opens, Belmont, the oldest and most remote of the siblings, is left alone with Sage in the suburban to make the final push to New York City to swim in the ocean on New Year’s Day (as per their mother’s last request). Sage is sibling Peggy’s BFF who came along for the ride and ended up becoming Belmont’s touchstone - that thing which helped to keep him sane. Belmont is a nearly silent monolith who has trouble with any and all social interaction (especially interaction with his siblings). He had deep-seated emotional scars from being trapped underground as a child and from how this event impacted his relationship with his family (he has a different father than his other siblings). Belmont assumes everything will be fine as he and Sage continue the trip, but Sage has other plans.


While Sage is better at social interaction than Belmont, she is harboring just as many secrets; secrets that can’t be contained any longer because her family is in trouble. It turns out that Sage fled from her family and a very difficult situation. Her parents were never very strong people, and they tended to be very wrapped up in their own relationship. Sage was the odd woman out; and she also had to take care of her parents who could never seem to function as adults. When they get into some serious trouble with her father’s petty and mean-spirited boss, Sage feels compelled to return to Louisiana to help. Sage’s family situation is brutal, emotional exhausting and even maddening (i.e. I wanted to shake the parents). So Sage returns home to help, leaving Belmont feeling bereft. He of course follows Sage as soon as he can. Sage’s pain when Belmont arrives to help and learns about her past is heartbreaking. And I could see how Belmont was going to rush in to help despite his own fear of closed spaces (think mines) - one of the most selfless romance-hero acts that I’ve ever read.


This book is truly an emotional roller coaster ride that will tie your heart up in knots several times over before finally making it burst with love and joy. The angst is off the charts as is the sexual tension between Sage and Belmont. And while Belmont is not an experienced lover, once he let’s go, he become a trademark Bailey hero dominant, dirty talking and very naughty.


Too Beautiful to Break is a perfect conclusion to the Romancing the Clarksons series. The four siblings make it to Coney Island and find something precious that they were missing: love and family. I would recommend reading the series in order to get the most out of the journey and out of Belmont and Sage’s romance.


Tessa Bailey: http://www.tessabailey.com


Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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