Break Me Down (Loving on the Edge Series)

Break Me Down (Loving on the Edge Series)

by Roni Loren

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Break Me Down (Loving on the Edge Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MMRNY More than 1 year ago
Not A Very Comfortable Read For Me!! I am a huge fan of Roni Loren's Loving on the Edge series, but this one really bothered me. This story, especially the situations that were introduced in the story, even though some of them were not followed through with, made me very uncomfortable. I'm sorry to say that I did not get the same level of intimacy and romance between Sam and Gibson as I have gotten with the other couples in this series, and that saddened me. Yes, it was obvious that Sam and Gibson cared for each other, but their was something missing in their relationship to me. I found Sam to be a bit too abrasive and hard, and I felt like she really pushed Gibson into some extremely uncomfortable situation way before he was ready to deal with things, and I felt like she took things too far with him most of the time. I also will admit to not being a big fan of woman dominants and male submissives, because I feel as though the woman dominant always takes things too far and tends to behave even more manly than a man would in such situations. It is as though all femininity leaves the woman and she needs to show the man that she is just as tough. And I found Sam to be the same way. However, I must admit that the book was extremely well written, as only a Roni Loren book can be, and the story was engrossing, even if I had to put it down on numerous occasions because things were going a bit too far for me. Having said all of the above, I cannot wait for the next story in this series, because I truly am a huge fan of this series and Roni Loren's writing. This one just wasn't for me.
ecwordwiz More than 1 year ago
Not far to go from reality and yet so far away... I knew this one story was going to hit home before I picked it up just from watching Sam and Gibson interact in the previous Loving on the Edge novels. Even so, I came with an open mind and ready to see where Roni would take us with these two. I knew I was going to connect with Sam. What I didn’t realize is just how much I would connect with Gibson. In fact, that connection pretty much blew me away. I’ve loved all of this series, but I have to say this one has become my absolute favorite. Sam is like so very many dommes I’ve known. We tend to be very loving and caring but with a core of steel and goo at the center. We can be quite the bitchy sadists. At the same time, we are very much women with all the emotions that go with it. Some of us learn to repress some of those emotions and perhaps in that repression our very need to control is born. Sometimes that need to dominate and control is born from being left no control and the victim of life and circumstance when we were young. In Sam’s case, she was orphaned at eight when her grandmother passed. She spent the rest of her childhood being shuffled from one foster home to another always feeling unwanted and passed up. She’s experienced her share of emotional trauma, but life fashioned her a survivor. At the core that’s just what she is, a survivor taking the reigns of her future in hand. Sam is no longer willing to play second fiddle, someone’s secret, or be untrue to who she is, even if it means walking away from the only man she’s ever loved. Gibson… lord how to explain Gibson? That’s like trying to describe everything that makes myself tick. Do you have a lifetime to listen? I think I mentioned that I really connected with this character, I don’t know if that is the half of it. You see I’m what I like to call a dominant switch. In most circumstances, I’m all over being dominant but put me with that ONE right man where the chemistry is just right and I can topple like a house of cards. I so totally got his need to be in control and to hide any sign of weakness. I got exactly what it meant to power through the pain. But put him with Sam and all he WANTS is to submit and worship at her feet. Unfortunately, getting past learned reactions isn’t always an easy fix. Just because you want something doesn’t always mean you can make it happen. So things are looking pretty unworkable to Gib. Sometimes, though, it takes figuring out just how important someone else is in your life to decide to make the change no matter what it takes. I really felt for Gib and I have to admit I think fell just a bit in love with him. Damned glad I can have as many fictional boyfriends as I want. And I have to tell you I think Gibson just went to the top of the list. By the time I got to the end of the book, I was doing fist pumps for Sam and Gibson for working through their issues and realizing the love and life they can have together. They have a really powerful dynamic between the two of them I found majorly compelling. Unless you all haven’t figured out by now, I totally recommend this book. Anyone that loves a good BDSM romance and especially those looking for a female in the dominant role are really going to love it. If you’re looking for true to life realism in the lifestyle then the Loving on the Edge series promises to deliver. *****Reviewed for*****
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
In the BDSM world, it's all about who's got the control, and when you have two people trying to be on top it's going to make for an intense and dramatic story. This is especially true if one of those people is realizing that their role as a Dominant might be masking their true desire. Such is the case with Samantha and Gibson. Though Gibson trained Sam as a Domme, he's never felt more alive than when he played with her as a submissive during her training. He's always shied away from this side of himself and tried to cover it up but she's seen through his mask and is determined to push him out of his comfort zone - and into her arms for good. Gibson's conflict within himself is the key to the story, his desires warring with the expectations on him. From an early age he was defined as weak by his father, and the thought of being submissive at the club he belongs to chills him to the bone, even as it lights him up sexually. I really liked his character, and his struggle, while intense, felt very real. Sam was an equally engaging woman, having experienced a past traumatic attack that has defined her need now to always be in control of a situation. She's never going to lie down for anyone again, and this sets her and Gibson up to fail, as Gibson is determined to never show his submissive side to anyone. When they are thrown together in a situation where Gibson's protective side comes out, Sam will only allow him to take on that role with her if he'll submit in the bedroom. What happens is a sexually explosive affair that could wreck them or heal them. It was a real nail biter for me, the super steamy scenes both in and out of the club, warring with the conflict. Some of the scenes between them were beyond my comfort zone, but necessary and integral to the story as a whole. 4 stars for this intriguing and dramatic story about trust and desire.
Sandra3545 More than 1 year ago
Break Me Down is my first book with a female dominant also referred to a Domme. Whoa this book is steamy, erotic, BDSM, sexy all rolled into one. Sam has found the role she wants to be in while at the Ranch a dominant, she will not let her crappy childhood affect her life anymore. Until the day she’s remind of the helpless girl she once was and she tries running from it. Gibson is a businessman, a man who likes to receive pain, and a dominant. He does scenes with woman at the Ranch to help train them into the select roles they want to be in. When Gibson helps Sam out in her role as a dominant he realizes his feelings for her but he can’t let himself be dominated let alone by a woman. So he keeps his distance from her, until he sees how broken being attacked made her. The struggle between Sam and Gibson is so intense you can’t help but want them to end up together. I loved this book finally seeing a woman in the dominant role is something I’ve been looking for to read for quite a while. I hope Roni Loren decides to write another dominant female role sometime soon again.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog I was really looking forward to this story because I’ve been intrigued by Gibson and I wanted to explore more of the Domme psyche in this series. I find it a bit fascinating to see the switch of power and often very hot! BREAK ME DOWN is no exception to that rule. Although I would’ve enjoyed seeing their story explored in more detail in a full length novel instead of a novella, I think Ms. Loren did an amazing job at making their dynamics work both in and out of the bedroom. Both Sam and Gibson have a lot in their past that truly shaped them into who they are today. And those pasts can be what stops them from being together. Sam won’t hide her dominant nature anymore and Gibson has it ingrained in him that to submit would make him weak and after what he’s gone through, he can’t be weak. This novella explores them getting over those hurdles and battling their own demons to get their HEA. Because the pull is too much, and their chemistry too big to deny. I always sound like I repeat myself when it comes to this author, and in a way I am. With every story that Ms. Loren writes I fall more in love. She’s one of my top go to erotic romance authors because her stories are always guaranteed to be extremely hot but that in no way takes away from the storyline, which is full of juicy and emotional layers that need to be peeled back slowly. I cannot recommend this series enough. And BREAK ME DOWN does not disappoint.
Jackiebkworm More than 1 year ago
I didn't know how I would feel about this book since Gibson is the submissive and Samantha is the Dom. I found myself getting lost in the story. It didn't matter who was the sub and who was the Dom. All I wanted was for them to find happiness and overcome their past. I received an ARC for an honest review from Netgalley. My heart broke for Gib and everything he went through as a child. I can see why he can't come out and let those that know him that he's not a Dom but a sub. He didn't have it easy growing up. Especially when his father blamed Gib for something that wasn't his fault. But he was a child and of course he was going to grow up with that growing inside of him. Sam also had it rough being passed up by every foster parent she had. No one picked her, no one loved her. Sam did everything she had to to survive. She could only depend on herself to keep herself safe. She had to learn to protect herself. She went through things no one should ever have to. I loved Sam and Gib together. They've been through so much to get to where they are. Sam is a strong woman that has overcome some of her past. She just needs someone there for her to remind her how strong she is. Gib needs to know that being a sub doesn't make him weak. He's needs out of his head and to just let it all go. Pike and Foster make an appearance in this book. I think this is the first book Jace doesn't make an appearance in. I was so lost in the story I didn't even realize it till the end of the book. Can't go wrong with a Roni Loren book. I've loved all of the books I've read of hers so far. I highly recommend this book.
Sandi3545 More than 1 year ago
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
My heart wanted to break for Gib and Sam. Another amazing story by Roni Loren. I have to admit – some parts of this story made me a little uncomfortable, but reading the story was totally worth it. I’ve never read a book about a male sub before and it took me a bit to let go of my notion that the male is always the dominant. Roni Loren treated this subject with great respect just as she has all of her other stories. Gibson (Gib) and Samantha (Sam) met at the Ranch where Gib helped train her as a Domme. During their training Sam saw the submissive tendencies come out in Gib and wanted to explore that side of him and dominate him but Gib couldn’t handle it and walked away from her. He is ashamed of his submissive feelings and thinks there is something wrong with him wanting to be beaten and dominated; he thinks others will feel he is less of a man if they find out. Both Sam and Gib believe the things they endured during their childhood have influenced their sexual proclivities. Gib’s father beat and humiliated him and once he discovered he enjoyed that during sex play he felt ashamed because he hated what his father did to him. Sam was nearly raped by another girl when she was young and now she needs to be dominant. When Gib tells her how ashamed and embarrassed he is by his desire to be dominated she helps him to see that it doesn’t have anything to do with his father. This was a very emotional story for me. I felt so bad for both Sam and Gib but particularly for Gib. He wants so badly to love and be with Sam the way she wants him to be but he just can’t get past the feeling that it makes him less of a man. The writing, as always, is richly descriptive and makes me totally lose myself in the story. It was nice to catch glimpses of characters from previous books in the Loving on the Edge series. While this book can easily be read as a standalone you might enjoy it more if you’ve already read the other books in the series. Roni Loren’s stories always have an HEA but getting to this one for Sam and Gib really tugged on my emotions. I was happy that Pike put in an appearance and provided a bit of comic relief during a part that was particularly difficult for Gib. Roni Loren sure packed a lot of stuff into this novella and I loved it! I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite disappointing read!