Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance as E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy as Emily Mah. She is a former attorney with degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and business law from UCLA, and currently lives in her lifelong home state of New Mexico with her family. For more information or to sign up for updates on future book releases, visit her website at www.emtippetts.com
Break It Upby Emily Tippetts
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Kyra Armijo is making a few changes in her life. One of them being, she's no longer going to give it up to every guy who looks at her twice. And she's putting her hopes and dreams for her future first. When the aspiring photojournalist gets the opportunity of a lifetime to tag along with international boy band sensation, Triple Cross, she can't pass up the chance.
The only problem is that she's in love with one band member, dodging the unwanted attention of another, and desperate to keep her turbulent past under wraps. Triple Cross have "nice guy" appeal, approved of by parents the world over, but have just let go their longtime manager, who controlled their clean image and media exposure with an iron fist. When Zach Wechsler, the object of Kyra's affection, begins to show interest, she has to be careful.
Surely one girl can't destroy a band that's been together for ten years... only what if she can? Kyra knows she's one bad decision away from ruining everything she's worked for, and taking the hottest act of her generation down with her.
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This book was a a complete rip off. I purchased it on my nook, expecting a decent book. When I opened it, the page indicator said there was only one page to book and that was the cover page. This has happened in the past. The page indicator saying the incorrect amount of pages in a book, but I never have had an issue. Until now. It wouldn' t allow me to turn the page at all. I paid 2.99 for nothing. I would give this no stars if I could.
I'll admit, I only signed up to review this book because I liked the author's previous work and the cover caught my interest. Who doesn't love boy bands? But I was pleasnatly surprised when I started reading and found out it was a companion novel to the Someone Else's Fairytale books. You don't need to have read the first two to understand this one, but I think it would help you understand where the characters are coming from if you did. Kyra was a very refreshing character because she already knows who she is. She goes through a change in the second book so by the time she gets to this one she's a reformed rebellious teenager and she's confident in that. I loved that there was this underlying theme throughout the book about double standards. Kyra is seen as promiscuous in earlier books, but when Ben does the same thing people just think he's a party boy. And it was nice to see someone touch on that topic without making it feel preachy. The main love interest, Zach, was really great because he developed as a character too. It was just as much his story as Kyra's. He's so sweet and innocent, yet he's very judgmental. I summed that up to him not really having any social interactions with peers because his mom kept him really sheltered since she was his band manager. But I liked that he had flaws. It made him more real. And it was cool seeing him contrasted next to his cousin, Ben, who was so different. Ben = Kyra's past and Zach=what Kyra was trying to make her future. The whole time I was wondering if she'd just give up on Zach and go have fun with Ben. Because while I did want to smack him sometimes, he did have a charm to him. Like he needed to be saved from himself. If you liked Between the Lines by Tamera Webber, I think you'd really like this book. They're very similar in that it's a behind the scenes of a celebrities life and relationships. But really any contemp lover would probably enjoy this.
A quick read that had me hooked! Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a quick read that had me hooked. I read every free chance I had and finished it in a day. Kyra is a young woman with a past that she has moved beyond in the last year. She is making better choices and gaining more responsibility and trust from her family even though she doesn’t think she deserves that trust. But she is slowly starting to believe she deserves it though. Kyra gets a once in a lifetime chance to go on tour with the most popular boy band out there, and even though she doesn’t trust herself, she takes the opportunity. Kyra learns a lot about herself and others while on this tour. She is there for the band and the documentary crew. She steps in on many occasions almost as an advisor or manager. Those moments were a bit hard to believe but they worked. Her ending was fantastic. I was very proud of her and what she accomplished with her interview. Zach, the band’s lead singer, is struggling with the fame. He wants to do right by his fans and his bandmates (who are also his brother and cousin). He needs a friend and finds that in Kyra. He seems like a genuinely good guy. He doesn’t want scandal or drama. Ben, the band’s troublemaker, is lost. I wish he would have found his way but that wouldn’t have been all that believable because so many child stars don’t find their way. He is childish and a bit vindictive. I wanted to like him, but I couldn’t. I enjoyed Break It Up as a spinoff to Someone Else’s Fairytale and Nobody’s Damsel. I loved both of those books. It is always fun to read about other characters in series that I have enjoyed. I enjoy getting to know those secondary characters. It makes the picture more complete for me. Did I think this book was as good as those? Not really, but pretty close. I want to read more about all of these characters, that’s for sure! Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It is a good “it’s never to late to make a change” book. Will I read it again: I’m not sure. But Ms. Tippetts is on my must-read author list! (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
I liked this one from the start. Kyra is a witty, savvy narrator who takes us on her redemption tale--only to have her whole life go up in tabloid. The low-down: Kyra's mother abandoned her at birth and her father raised her. Despite his best intentions Kyra was a wild child. She carries the baggage of her promiscuous ways, and, at 18, is only just seeing the value in valuing herself. She has a tremendously supportive family, including her step-mother Jen and her step-uncle, Jason Vanderholt--Jen's twin and (also) a movie star. In fact her oblique celebrity through Jason is what gets Kyra and a couple friends invited for dinner with Triple Cross when they layover in Albuquerque. It's problematic, in that Kyra's a fangirl. She's so nervous she's unaccountably shy, which appeals to Zach, soulful center of the band. They sleep together--operative word SLEEP--and not long after Zach begins to text her up. See, he's kinda lonely. Now that his mother's isolating influence is gone, Zach realizes he doesn't know the first thing about managing his band--or his band mates, his brother Logan and cousin Ben. Kyra had been such a good listener over their night together, he continues to lean on her. It's sweet and not at all sassy. In fact he'd really like Kyra to go on their new European tour to hang out and help out with the tour movie--if she's interested. Actually Kyra isn't interested. She feels unable to control her attraction for Zach, and senses that he'd never consider her romantically if her knew her sordid sexual history--something Ben makes crystal-clear. Because Ben is all about the bad girls and want Kyra to get on board/on bed (?). It's a twisted love triangle. In the face of Zach's pleading, and against her better wishes, Kyra caves. Each step along the way Kyra gets deeper into the murk. Zach clearly has an attraction, and Ben isn't even subtle about his desire. Triple Cross struggles as Ben goes AWOL and shows up late for concerts--only Kyra can rein him in. And the videographers are taking unlimited footage of the wheels coming off this wagon. Meanwhile Kyra's desperate to stay out of the limelight and tabloids. Unsuccessfully. In truth, I loved the strength that Kyra exhibited in her trial-by-media. For someone so young she behaved in an admirable way. Throughout her redemption she made her boundaries clear, and kept her relationships professional--something few girls in her position might have even contemplated. It's a story of self-love, and finding the strength to succeed when the whole world (quite literally--you should have seen the flame wars!) is against you. While the book is marketed for New Adult, I'd recommend it to older teens and above. It really felt YA to me. ***I received an ARC of this title for the purposes of a blog tour review--and I loved it.