If I Break

If I Break

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by Portia Moore

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This is not your typical happily ever after...

Lauren Brooks wants to do three things: Escape the small town she grew up in, get accepted to her dream school in Chicago, and graduate without drowning in debt. Now she's working her ass off to do just that.

With a full course load and a waitressing job at one of the hottest night clubs in Chicago, she does not


This is not your typical happily ever after...

Lauren Brooks wants to do three things: Escape the small town she grew up in, get accepted to her dream school in Chicago, and graduate without drowning in debt. Now she's working her ass off to do just that.

With a full course load and a waitressing job at one of the hottest night clubs in Chicago, she does not have time for distractions;namely ones who only want to get into her pants. She's been burned before.
Only a fool goes for a second round.. With just two semesters left until graduation, everything's on track.

Until she meets Cal. Enter distraction.

At six-foot-two, with ebony hair, deep grey eyes, and a smile that could only hide an agenda, she knows he's trouble. And for the first time in her life, a little trouble might be just what she needs.

No what she wants.

It isn't like she'd ever marry the guy.
Until she does.

What she thinks will be her happily ever after, is only the beginning.
Cal has a secret. One that makes loving him come with a price, and being his wife cost more than she bargained for.

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If I Break 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book I kept trying to guess what would happen next but I was never right! This book will keep you on the edge of your seat! You won't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
and then bought the rest of the books in the series. Well worth it and I did not get upset like I have done with other series that require an additional purchase.
misslucylu More than 1 year ago
The storyline was intriguing and kept me hooked. However, I had to knock a star off because of the poor writing. This story really needs some good editing. Many of the sentences don't flow because of poor writing.  If you can ignore that, definitely worth a read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW.. If I Break by Portia Moore is like a Lifetime movie. Through the whole book, Portia describes everything with vivid detail. Each character plays a significant role, even if it might not have seemed like it. Lauren loves Cal with all of her heart, she just doesn't understand why he is always on "business trips" or if he even contacts her, its through text. Raven and Angela would have to be my favorite characters, always understanding, never judgmental, loving, and are always there for Lauren. I know a lot of other reviewers have said that they didn't like Cal, but the whole time I was reading, I was rooting for him and Lauren. As the reader, I predicted many outcomes, but what actually happens at the end is so unexpected and surreal, I had to reread the page(s) a couple of times. Portia Moore has definitely written an original story, thought of outside the box. It is the first piece of her's that I have read, and I already signed up to receive her newsletters. All I have to say, is to indulge yourself in this story, and you will be taken on one bizarre ride. Thank you Portia Moore for allowing me to read and review this wonderfully written story, for an honest review!! Cannot wait for the sequel to come out, and I am STILL rooting for Lauren and Cal <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books story line is very unique, and despite the spelling errors and wishy washy main female role, and had me hooked. There were a few issues with the main character. She would flip personalities from being timid and shy, to overly demanding and high maintenance. While I do understand where the author is going, most of her rage and out bursts detract from the story. As well as the long inner monologues. Yes, we get it that Lauren obsessively pines for Cal. No need to beat us over the head with it. Also, there are some continuity errors. At one point Lauren is driving a Mercedes (or a BMW can't remember for sure) but then litterally 2 pages later the aunt that she is visiting mentions her Audi sitting in the driveway...these things need to be cleared up. As Well as the mix up of some homophones....lye is a chemical, and not what you do in a bed. A second ed. Would be a good idea. Not by any means is this book a literary master piece, but it is an entertaining read. I wish I could give it more stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is awesome. I read the whole series in 5 days. First book caught me hook, line and sinker. I laughed. I cried and I got frustrated. Coundn't pick a favorite. Both men had qualities I loved and hated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second, the content of this story deserves a rating of at least a 10 which could pertain to legally challenging. Great imagination of Portia Moore to put this story together, I had a hard time putting this book down. I hope the sequel is as engrossing.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars- IF I BREAK is an adult, contemporary, mystery romance by Portia Moore.  The focus of the storyline is on Lauren Brooks and Cal Scott who first meet back in 2008 while Lauren is working as a waitress at a local club.  The storyline is told from first person POV (Lauren) and follows three separate timelines that eventually meet in 2013.   The premise follows Lauren and Cal’s relationship from their first meeting through courtship, romance, love and marriage, and during the ensuing years Cal’s mysterious work commitments take their toll on his young wife. He is secretive about the actual work he does for his best friends’s father’s company-the long hours, the travel and the available perks.  Lauren lives in luxury wanting nothing but her husband whose frequent disappearances have resulted in a shrew of a woman in Lauren. Lauren’s character is not reflected in a positive way. We are introduced to a young woman who is more of an old shrew than a happy wife but then again, we meet her at a time in her life when everything has fallen apart.  She is a difficult character to like. Cal is an enigma. We know very little about the man, only as much as Lauren has told us, and in this, is the conundrum. Lauren, herself, knows very little about the man to whom she has married.  The only constant is his professing undying love for Lauren and his best friend Dex (and wife Helen). Cal has a secret that will destroy everything he has with Lauren and more. The relationship between Lauren and Cal is filled with sensual love, sex (mostly implied) and mystery. Cal is a man so in love with his wife he will do almost anything to keep her happy-almost. In this, he is a man who disappears on numerous occasions with no explanation or cause.  The secondary characters are numerous and play an integral part in the story when Cal disappears from Lauren’s life. There is a definite story behind Cal’s best friend Dex and it is one I would like to see brought to life in another storyline. IF I BREAK is an interesting and suspense filled, albeit slow to build, storyline with a twist of epic proportions. I was in the ball park about the reveal but in the wrong section-close but not quite close enough. The presentation and execution of the story is a little awkward especially with the continual bouncing between three time lines and some important information seems to have been lost in the telling (or was kept from the reader on purpose i.e. Steve’s involvement and introduction). IF I BREAK is the first instalment in Portia Moore’s new adult series. The storyline is open ended and there is so much more to tell. Let’s hope Portia Moore has plans to continue Lauren and Cal’s story. I am hoping for a happily ever after but I am not sure how Portia will be able to rectify Cal’s secret to keep  everyone in the storyline, and the reader, happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate that after i had one crying spell i had another i am dead serious and i went through two tissue boxes.But i love this book amd right now it is 1:50am and i started reading this at noon yesterday so that should tell yall how much i fell in love with this book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was simply wnderful. Beautifully written, to whoever said there were errors, youre a dumbass. I couldnt put this book down! Phenominal!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this series. Its different from anything ive read before and i wasnt expecting the surpride twist at the end!
fabulousme More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!!!! This is the best book I have ever read! Let me tell you I have read over 500 books this last past year and his by far tops all of them! Portia Moore  has become one of my favorite authors. This story is go good and it had me on edge to find out what was going to happen next . It's not like any other book I have read. It is not predictable, It is not what you think it is when you are reading it and it will keep you reading til you can't keep your eyes open. If you are looking for a good book then this is it! This was my first book by Portia and I love it . I just purchased the other three so I can finish this story!   Again This is an Amazing series!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I absolutely did not expect what happened. Definitely a great read.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Every other sentence had at least one swear word-!? Not my type of book. Stopped reading after three pages.
Anonymous 29 days ago
I couldn't dislike the characters if I tried. Spoiled, immature, and over the top. It was like reading an episode of Days of Our Lives.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Did not finish reading. Could not get into this book jumped around to much and need to be proof read
Anonymous 6 months ago
I was so involved in this story, I immediately bought ALL of the following books. I can't wait to move forward with Lauren and Cal!!!
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Anonymous 7 months ago
Great twists and turns all in all a great story
BigBookTheory 9 months ago
Is it wrong for me to say I hope Cal comes back? But then I carried on reading the first two chapters (which I hardly ever do) of the next book and now I hope there will be a sort of merging between Chris & Cal. I read this entire book in one sleep-deprived day, and it is absolutely amazing. In the middle I thought, OMG! what if he is leading a double life, and in a way I suppose he is. I CRIED!! When after she discovered the 'secret' and she remembered when he said, "Without you I'm nothing" and then I completely lost it, when she remembered: "You're the reason I fight to be here..." I am one of those people who prefer not to pay for e-books, but will spend a fortune on a paperback - but this story I MUST continue reading!
Anonymous 9 months ago
The story kept changing and I wondered what it was all about but then it came together and I haven't cried reading a book in a long time. I am reading the ithers and can't wait to finish them.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book is terrible! It startted out that way and got worse. It just rambles with absolutely no substance. What a waste of time. I gave it sixty pages, now I'm deleting it. Not wasting time on any more of this nonsense. Hated to give it even one star!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love this book! I can't stop thinking about Lauren and Cal! Going to buy the next book now...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story. I don't even know how to describe it. Not what I was expecting, but better. I will be reading the rest of the series. Once caught I can't stop until this edge of my seat tale is complete. Thank you for this.