Broken Open

Broken Open

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by Lauren Dane
     
 

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Beyond passion. And beyond their control…

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex…

Then she met him.

Overview

Beyond passion. And beyond their control…

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex…

Then she met him.

Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn't the man of Tuesday's dreams. He's a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It's primal. It's insatiable. And it won't be satisfied until they're both consumed, body and soul…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Sexy, pulse-pounding adventure." -Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author

"Hot, hot, hot with the right mix of tenderness and depth! In other words, don't walk, run to read!" -Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373779352
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
11/25/2014
Series:
Hurley Boys Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
241,923
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Read an Excerpt

Before: December

Her workday over, Tuesday Eastwood turned the display lights up before locking her front doors. That's when she realized how cold it was and flipped her collar against the wind with one hand while hurrying to where she'd parked her car.

As she paused to cross at the corner and look both ways, she caught sight of Ezra Hurley. It wasn't one of those moments when you caught sight of a person and then realized who it was once they got closer.

No, she knew it was Ezra because for some befuddling reason she was hyperaware of him. He looked good as he waited for traffic, a grin on his face.

In the entirety of her life no one had ever made her belly feel the same quivery, excited swoop when she looked at him. At the rugged, masculine lines of his features. Like his brothers, yes, he was attractive. But he wore it differently than the other three brothers did.

Ezra Hurley was a Capital M Man. In that riding horses, baling hay, hands in the dirt, well-worn jeans way. Well-worn jeans that currently cradled a rear end that a sculptor would drool over. The kind of being who seemed to emanate utter capability.

How or why that was so hot to her Tuesday didn't know. But it was.

Even in a wool cap and a peacoat he radiated that something special he tossed around like catnip. In addition to being a rancher, he was a rock star. A onetime hard-living, jet-setting, arena-filling rock star fallen to earth, crashing and burning.

The flames had left him imperfect. But no less compelling.

"Hey, Tuesday." He reached the spot where she'd been rooted as she thought about him naked.

"Ezra. What brings you out tonight?"

"Errands. I was just planning to grab some dinner and head back home." He paused for just a moment. "What are you up to right now? Want to have dinner with me?"

She nodded even though she knew it was a bad idea. Ezra wasn't just a gorgeous rancher-hugely successful musician with a butt any sane woman would want to take a bite of.

He was also the oldest brother of Tuesday's best friend Natalie's boyfriend. It sounded convoluted, sure, but it meant trouble if anything bad happened between Natalie and Paddy, Ezra's brother.

Tuesday told herself it was just dinner. No big deal. She and Natalie were close as sisters anyway. She was supposed to be getting to know the people in Nat's life now.

She slipped her hand around the crook of his arm and didn't make good choices at all. "I'm starving."

He led her just up the block to one of her favorite cafés.

The hostess nearly walked into a post showing them to their table because she couldn't tear her gaze from Ezra.

"You were very sweet to her," Tuesday murmured when the poor girl stumbled away after he'd thanked her.

He ducked his head a moment before he stepped close. "Let me help you."

The backs of his fingers slid against the skin of her neck as he pulled her collar away and took the coat off.

She closed her eyes a moment as a full-body shiver of delight rolled through her. "Thank you."

He hung hers up and got rid of his as she settled at the table. Flashing her a smile, he sat across from her as he unwound his scarf.

"I like the beard," she managed to say and surprised herself by not sounding breathy or wheezy even though he seemed to suck all the oxygen from the air around her.

There was a spot she couldn't seem to stop glancing at. Just below his ear at the curve of his jaw. She licked her lips rather than get up and kiss him there.

She gripped the table instead, grateful it kept her out of licking distance.

Then he stroked fingertips over the beard—a nervous habit—and she might have lost consciousness for just a brief moment.

"Yeah? I've had one on and off. Wintertime is good for it."

Tuesday felt much the same way about her legs. "It suits you." And framed his mouth. He had a great mouth.

She deliberately looked away from him, down at her menu even though she knew exactly what she was going to order.

She'd met Ezra Hurley back in September. Her best friend's boyfriend had three brothers, all gorgeous and successful with immense personal charisma. Ezra was the last of the four she'd met but once he'd walked into the room he was all she'd seen.

She'd seen him several times since as Natalie had got closer to Paddy and they'd been pulled into the Hurley family.

Each time it had been that same shock of connection between them.

They made small talk that wasn't uncomfortable or awkward in any way until their food came.

"Did you have a good Christmas?"

"I did, actually. Got my fill of nieces and nephews. Played a lot of video games. Kids are a great way to avoid shopping trips."

"You don't like to shop?"

"With my mother and sister and all my sisters-in-law? At Christmas? No. I stayed back, drank mulled wine and played video games until the kids got sick of me and then I watched movies and enjoyed the silence."

"I have nieces, both under ten so I know the feeling."

Ezra was like a cat. Tuesday wanted his attention, but she was sort of a cat, too. Each of them brushed up against the other, naturally sort of aloof but totally digging on what the other had.

"I can't imagine what you must be thinking right now." His mouth quirked up and she swallowed hard.

"Do you really want to know?" He nodded.

"I was just thinking about how you and I are like cats."

He cocked his head, thinking. "Aloof yet demanding?"

She grinned. "Someone has cats."

"I'm not sure if they have me or if I have them."

"That's a yes."

He tore apart a piece of bread and she had to bite the inside of her lip to pry her gaze away from his hands.

She had a thing about hands and his were gorgeous and strong. Rough. Big.

"How's business? I imagine things are pretty busy during this time of year."

Tuesday owned and ran a custom framing business in downtown Hood River, Oregon. It wasn't where she'd expected to end up but after her life had gone off the rails, it was this town on the Columbia River and her best friend Natalie, who'd finally given her a place to land.

"The holidays are a good time. It's also great for my custom jewelry." Which was good because she had a huge family and birthdays alone killed her budget. "How goes ranching?"

He looked across the table at her as the server took their food away. "I was thinking of dessert. You in?"

She nodded. "Definitely. They have poached pears here that I love."

He grinned. "That so? Those are Hurley pears—did you know that?"

Sweet Hollow Ranch wasn't only the name of the band Ezra had founded with his brothers when they were still in their teens. It was the place the Hurleys lived. The land they worked.

And apparently the source of the dessert she was about to order.

"I didn't know. That's pretty nifty."

"I think so, too. If you order the pears, I'll order the cheese plate. We can share. If that's okay with you."

"More than okay. Sounds perfect."

They lingered over their coffee until most people had cleared out and the café got near closing time. He paid up and they gathered their things to clear out.

"I hadn't realized we'd been here so long."

He stood and helped her into her coat. "That's the sign of a good dinner. When you have a great conversation and time gets away from you."

He opened the door for her and even though it was freezing, she got to look at him some more.

His work boots crunched ice as they headed back to her car along the slippery sidewalk.

She couldn't recall any time in recent memory where she'd whiled away three hours over dinner and with someone she'd only met a few times.

Something in him called to her. The shape of his eyes, the history in them, she supposed, a little dark and twisty. His lips, well, the bottom one had to be pillow soft. She'd thought about that issue in great detail. He had the hottest mouth she'd laid eyes on in a long time.

Because she'd been thinking about his mouth she might have been distracted enough that she missed the dip in the sidewalk and started to slip. Not that any such thing needed to be admitted. It was cold and icy after all. Anyone could slip. Who could be expected not to think about Ezra's bottom lip?

"Whoa." He wrapped an arm around her waist and helped her back to her feet, standing very close to her as he did. He was so strong. The energy seemed to hum from him, bringing a shiver she couldn't blame on the cold.

"Are you okay?"

His voice did things to her. A little sandpapery, but wrapped in caramel. It shouldn't have even been possible to be both at the same time but it was. Every once in a while there'd be a burr and it snagged her attention—the pull—which was disconcerting and yet, it was really delicious, too.

He did things to her head. He looked good and he oozed so much raw sensuality it made her tingly. He was handsome, yes, but there was something about him, something elemental that she found herself fascinated by.

And now that she'd had him all to herself like this, she had to admit she wanted more.

"That was close. Thanks for the save."

He paused, still standing near enough that she could smell him. He had really good cologne. Spicy and sexy.

Don't sniff him. Don't sniff him. Don't sniff him.

The moment stretched between them like a physical thing until he finally stepped back and turned, resuming their walk to her car.

She unlocked her driver's-side door, using that time to get herself in order before she leaped on him.

She turned back to face him. "Thanks again for dinner. Oh, and for preventing a broken bone when I nearly slipped."

His mouth did a thing and it was impossible to look away.

Mainly because it was perfection. Fringed by a minky pelt of a beard she wanted to get all up in. It was messing with her thinking. Like a magical item. Beard of confusion, ha!

But the thing? She'd noticed over dinner that sometimes as she talked, he'd look at her mouth and then he'd lick over his bottom lip as if he was thinking about tasting her. That sweep of his tongue was like a physical stroke against her skin.

Yes, she liked the thing a lot.

She shivered, this time from the cold. He popped open the three buttons lining the front of his wool peacoat and opened it, inviting her.

There was nothing else to be done but take those steps into the warm circle of his embrace, sliding her arms around his waist.

Tuesday tipped her head back to see him better, stilling as their gazes locked a moment before his attention shifted to her mouth. And he did that thing again.

She sucked in a breath this time. He heard. She knew it because his pupils got very big.

Everything got very far off. Sounds all around them died away until only Ezra and Tuesday remained.

And then his mouth was on hers, the arms holding the coat around her tightened as he pulled her to him. Snug.

Body to body until there was no mistaking how interested he was in her.

Musician wasn't the only word Ezra could apply gifted to.

Oh. Well. Yes, please.

A breathy groan of appreciation came from her and he seemed to lick it from her lips.

It was too much. So much her heart pounded and she fought the desire to run from him.

She hadn't felt anything this powerful with a man since Eric died.

Maybe not even then.

She shoved that far away.

Despite it being too much she wanted more. Throbbed with an overwhelming need to roll around in everything Ezra brought to the table.

Her teeth grazed his bottom lip and she loved the way his beard felt as she did it. She licked over it, squirming to get a little closer.

"Fuckyeah," he muttered right before his tongue slid into her mouth and his taste burst over her.

Vanilla and a touch of brandy from the pears they'd shared after dinner. A little hint of coffee and whatever superendorphin he made with all that hotness.

He kept on, his weight holding her in place against the car.

Inside his coat, the heat of him burned her. But she wasn't sweating from that.

Her heart thundered in her head.

Finally he pulled back a little, sucking in a breath. His gaze was on hers, open. There was pain there with desire and appreciation. Vulnerability.

Please don't apologize or say I should forget it.

After long moments of silence, no apologies or panicked expectation management issued from him and she breathed a little easier even as his taste still lived on her mouth.

Those deep brown eyes shifted his attention to her lips and then back to her gaze.

A smile hinted at the corners of his mouth. "Was that my bounty for saving you from a fall?"

She pursed her lips a moment, enjoying the flirting, and then smiled back. "Maybe."

"I'm always willing to take payment for services or goods via your mouth."

She swallowed. Excited and nervous. Flattered. Turned on. "So I guess I'm rooting for a long, icy winter then, huh?"

He snorted a laugh, letting go and stepping back. The cold reasserted itself with a slap, which made it a little easier to think again.

"Thanks for making my day a hell of a lot better, Tuesday Eastwood." He opened her door.

"Yes. What you said."

He kissed her again quickly. "I'll be seeing you around. You coming to the shows next week?"

Sweet Hollow Ranch, the band Ezra and his brothers created, was set to drop an album and do a short winter and spring tour.

Ezra still wrote, recorded and produced the band's material, but he'd left touring behind once he'd got out of rehab and taken stock of his life.

And now, for the first time in years, Ezra was set to be back onstage with them at a few small fan club secret shows to try out new material before they left for the full tour.

Meet the Author

Lauren Dane is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres. She lives in the Northwest with her patient husband and three wild children.

Visit Lauren on the web at www.laurendane.com

E-mail laurendane@laurendane.com

Twitter: @laurendane

You can write to her at: PO BOX 45175, Seattle, WA 98145

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Broken Open 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars-3.75 stars..BROKEN OPEN is the second installment in Lauren Dane’s contemporary, adult The Hurley Boys romance series focusing on the members of the rock band Sweet Hollow Ranch. This is eldest brother, guitarist and song writer Ezra Hurley, and Natalie’s (book one) best friend/ jewelry designer Tuesday Eastwood’s storyline. Our couple previously met in book one-The Best Kind of Trouble-and their attraction to one another heats up in Broken Open. Told from third person point of view, the focus of the storyline follows the building relationship between Ezra and Tuesday-two people whose pasts are riddled with heartbreak and pain.  Ezra is a recovering heroin addict, whose addiction all but destroyed Sweet Hollow Ranch and the people that he loved. Heroin is a powerful drug and Ezra’s attraction and need for Tuesday has him believing he is replacing one addiction with another. While Sweet Hollow Ranch is on tour, Ezra works the family ranch back home in Hood River. Tuesday is a strong woman who refuses to stand down; a young widow whose former in laws continue to tear away at the grief that surrounds her daily existence.  Five years have passed and Tuesday is ready to move on with her life and Ezra is the man to bring her out of the past.  The relationship between Ezra and Tuesday is one of immediate attraction. Their connection and desire for one another is palpable. While neither one is expecting a permanent relationship, there is a definite spark that does not go unnoticed. The sex scenes are frequent, seductive and passionate. Ezra is a man who knows what he wants in the bedroom and Tuesday is the woman who is willing to give him what he wants. The secondary characters include all of the Hurley brothers, both Ezra and Tuesday’s immediate and extended families as well as Tuesday’s former in-laws whose mission is to destroy Tuesday’s new found happiness –at any cost. The world building reflects on Ezra’s addiction and the heartache that follows for the band. Both Ezra and Tuesday’s families are supportive, nurturing and protective of one another. There are some issues of bigotry and stereotyping. Tuesday is a woman of African-American descent and Hood River is a small town with some small town mentality and beliefs. My only concern is the actions of Tuesday’s former in-laws. Although we can understand grief and loss, their behavior is unbelievable; their emotional instability is over the top; and their need for revenge is psychotic in action.  The delivery felt displaced in the storyline.  BROKEN OPEN is a provocative storyline of family, friendship, learning to love again and letting go of the past. There are moments of humor, pain, romance and drama but in the end, there is a happily ever after for two people who have endured so much loss in their lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly good story .I really liked all of the Hurley's,Tuesday,her friend Natalie and her family . .And Ezra was so sweet !Love him!Sexy and sweet...perfect combination!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For crying out loud! Ramble, ramble, ramble! I'll admit, I gave this book a good go. But if this were Ms. Dane's first book, she would've never gotten a shot at another. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in love with Ezra! And Tuesday's is very smart and funny. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding!! This book was a page-turner in every sense of the word. I became so involved in the story and characters and actually hated that it ended. I would love to see a contium of this love story with marriage and kids. I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
still reading but i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i was really looking forward to Ezra's story, and while I like Tuesday I think this book could've been much better. It was a disappointment and I'm sad to say that since I normally really enjoy Lauren Dane. I hope she takes her time with Vaughn and Kelly, because this book is a flop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved me some Ezra. Tuesday was perfect for him and took none of his bs. This was a great read!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of Ms. Dane work yet. I love Tuesday and Ezra. The chemistry between was amazing and believable. I just was getting turn on reading the sex scenes. .... scorching HOT!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of romance novels and a lot of Lauren Dane books and this by far is a top 5 of all times. Loved the story and Ezra! I'm not sure how Ms. Dane will top this book but I cannot wait to find out. Only drawback to the story I felt that too much emphasis was put on the fact that Tuesday is African American.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for Ezra and Tuesday story, it seems...like forever! It was more than worth the wait. Two people who experienced tragedy and heartache but were the stronger for it, despite their doubts and their own humanity. Tuesday and Ezra's story makes you laugh, cry, and fall in love. I couldn't put it down until the last page!
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from November 18 to 19, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition, 384 pages Expected publication: December 1st 2014 by Harlequin HQN (first published November 25th 2014) ASIN B00L0XO3F4 edition language English series The Hurley Boys #2 other editions (2) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Beyond passion. And beyond their control…  Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex…  Then she met him.  Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn't the man of Tuesday's dreams. He's a verboten fantasy, a man tortured by past addictions, whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It's primal. It's insatiable. And it won't be satisfied until they're both consumed, body and soul…. My Thoughts What I expect and count on from Lauren Dane is her ability to produce a story that tugs at my heart while fulfilling the need in my head for connection to the characters to be strong and real from the very first time we are introduced. Also count on finding characters who are strong enough to admit to weaknesses and work on getting past what makes them feel that way, especially issues of guilt such as those that Ezra and Tuesday have to work through. After meeting Ezra and Tuesday in The Best Kind of Trouble it was my extreme pleasure to enjoy returning to Sweet Hollow Ranch in Hood River Oregon where the Hurley family opens their hearts to Tuesday just as she opens hers to Ezra and all the brand new possibilities he represents for her future. It came as no surprise to me that while reading their story I felt very comfortable, so comfortable in fact that it was hard to stop to eat or sleep until finishing the book to see how they worked out their relationship issues. The best part of this reading experience was how easily we segued right into the interactions that not only follow the dance that is the relationship developing between Ezra and Tuesday but we also get to see members of both their families as they take part in certain key scenes that allow some touchy social issues to be addressed without letting them become overwhelming elements. There are boundaries and barriers that both Ezra and Tuesday have to overcome but in the end their reward is worth the effort as they both find strength in standing together rather than allowing themselves to be torn apart by insecurities from their past. This was another home run read and looking forward to more when the third book Back To You comes out in May of 2015 with Kelly and Vaughan’s story! [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Anonymous 21 days ago
Compared to Vaughn and Kelley's story, this was really slow. I didn't feel emotion from either character. Their dialogue seemed scripted and boring. Too bad cause the description sounded good. It just didn't deliver. 260 pages
Anonymous 10 months ago
I want a Hurley
Anonymous 11 months ago
Love her stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved these characters so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually love Lauren Dane, but I could barely make it through. I found it to be very boring, and to me the couple had no believable chemistry. There was sooo much blah blah and little action. Disappointing.
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Enjoyed the message of transitions and healing. Two of my favorite characters in the arc. Would truly enjoy a follow up with all the family members (have read #3).
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I loved this. It was all about healing and second chances.
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