Release Blitz ~ Breaking Free by Isabel Lucero (Reviews)

Breaking Free (South River University #3) by Isabel Lucero

Release Date: July 15

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At a party on a rival college campus, I drunkenly stumble into a bathroom just as a tall, muscular man steps out of the shower…naked.

Instead of fleeing, I stay put and end up having the hottest bathroom hookup with someone whose name I don’t know. Because I’m still in the closet, I don’t talk about what happened that night, glad that it was with a guy who doesn’t live in the same town. But come Monday morning, the naked man from the bathroom strolls into the locker room and locks eyes with me.

His name is Dominic and he’s new to campus and trying to take my spot on the team, which makes me hate him. It’s too bad I loved everything he said and did to me the night we met, but I can’t let him get to me with his cocky smirks and filthy words. I have to focus on keeping my position on the team, but I can only think about the positions I want to be in with him.

He’s arrogant where I’m modest. I’m docile where he’s domineering. We’re complete opposites, so it could never work, but being with him makes me want to break free from the chains that have kept me in the closet, because he’s also the firm hand to my wavering confidence and I’m the moth drawn to his flame.



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4.5 Stars
This is the third in the series and the author returns to MM with it. I must admit to preferring their writing in the genre as I found the female lead’s character in the previous book to be less well-fleshed out. You don’t need to have read the previous books to enjoy this; the characters re-appear but any relevant plot details are covered here so as to not confuse the reader.
Trevor was introduced in the first book as a friend who was questioning his sexuality. A bathroom hook-up comes back to haunt him when the guy involved turns up on his football team. Dominic may seem confident and pushy but he is fighting his own battles; issues with his recently deceased father means he avoids commitment. He wants Trev, the attraction obvious but he also likes the fact that it appears that as he is in the closet, Trevor is not looking for a boyfriend. Trev is fighting the attraction, not wanting to face the issues that coming out will cause. He’s also fighting Dominic for a place on the team, adding a little enemies-to-lovers dimension to the story.
I really enjoyed the banter between these two and there’s a dominance from Dominic that hypes their encounters up a level. There is a lot of heat between the pair but as they start to open up, the connection becomes more personal and it is a more enjoyable story because of that.
I’d definitely recommend this, especially if you like a little light dominance in the bedroom. Never too heavy-handed, there’s enough story and emotions in the book to make it more than just a Jock comes out plot.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***


4.25 Stars!

This was a really good addition to the series, but it can be perfectly read as a standalone.

The book starts with a bang, as closeted Trevor has a very hot secret encounter with a stranger, who ends up being his new teammate, who might or might not want Trev’s spot on the team.

I was a bit disappointed by Trevor’s reasons for being closeted. I get that he was afraid and that it isn’t easy to go through that, but his parents hadn’t been anything but supportive all his life, and his friends—especially his closer circle—were bound to be as well, so it made little sense to me. I felt sorry for Dominic and all he had to go through prior to getting to South Haven and it made his desire to lose himself in Trevor and forget for a bit understandable. Plus, it was obvious he was more into Trevor than he wanted to acknowledge. LOL. They were really hot together and I loved the banter and the way their relationship progressed.

And of course, seeing Ronan and Renzo and how good they are together was the icing on the cake! I just adore them and any glimpse we get of them is pure gold. Now I’m looking forward to Jayden’s story because I really liked him here.

Overall, I really enjoyed Breaking Free. It was sweet, hot, with some light D/s undertones and some angst. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***


About the Author:

Isabel Lucero is a bestselling author, finding joy in giving readers books for every mood.

Born in a small town in New Mexico, Isabel was lucky enough to escape and travel the world thanks to her husband’s career in the Air Force. Her and her husband have three kids and two dogs together, and currently reside in Delaware. When Isabel isn’t on mommy duty or writing her next book, she can be found reading, or in the nearest Target buying things she doesn’t need.

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