Beyond The Break (Conch Garden Book 1)

Beyond The Break (Conch Garden Book 1)

by Kristen Mae

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Beyond The Break (Conch Garden Book 1) by Kristen Mae


What if the forbidden could heal you?

"Achingly real, with characters that come off the page and crawl around in your head long after you've finished." - Meghan O'Flynn, bestselling author of the Ash Park series

"Beautiful writing and believable, multidimensional characters. I devoured this book in one sitting." - Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author of Scary Mommy

When Hazel Duval moves with her husband Oren to the oceanside town of Conch Garden and secures her dream job playing violin with the local orchestra, she thinks she may have finally left her traumatic past behind her. She even makes a new friend--a friend who turns out to be a little more than she bargained for.

Beautiful, brilliant, and wild, Claire makes love to the sand with her toes, focuses intensely without wrinkling her forehead, and makes a cello sing like nothing Hazel has ever heard. She also listens to Hazel's most painful secrets without judgment or expectation. It isn't long before Hazel finds herself thinking about Claire in ways she has never thought of another woman. Fantasizing. Wanting. Longing.

But Hazel is married, and so is Claire. Indulging in this fantasy is not an option. Hazel must bury her lust despite her ever-growing infatuation with Claire and the mountain of shame that comes along with it. Still, there is no denying that her feelings for Claire have awakened something primal in her--for the first time in her life, Hazel feels alive. And now the two women are flying off to Italy to perform at a music festival, where they'll be sharing an apartment.


As their friendship deepens, Hazel learns from Claire that there is more than one type of love and that salvation comes in many forms. But is Hazel's relationship with Claire really saving her, or is it only leading to the inevitable destruction of the life she's worked so hard to build?

A haunting story of unexpected love in the aftermath of a brutal trauma, Beyond the Break will take you on a journey that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about friendship, sexuality, and love. If you enjoyed Carol by Patricia Highsmith or The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer, you'll love Beyond the Break.

More praise for Beyond the Break:

"A mature book with depth and complexity." - Andra Watkins, New York Times bestselling author of Not Without My Father

"This book absolutely crushed me. It will change everything you thought you knew about love, sexual attraction, and chemistry." - Melissa Mowry, One Mother to Another

**Look for Objects in Motion, the sequel to Beyond the Break, in early 2018

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158434815
Publisher: Tritone Literary Publishers
Publication date: 06/23/2016
Series: Conch Garden , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 151,133
File size: 357 KB

About the Author

Kristen Mae is the bestselling author of Red Water and Beyond the Break, as well as the hugely popular and completely twisted short story Black-Eyed Susie. She is also a social media manager, freelance writer, classical musician, and artist. Check out her website,, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram @abandoningpretense.

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Beyond the Break 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Amy Mayo More than 1 year ago
Take yourself out of your comfort zone and hold on tight; this ride is one you'll want to take again & again. Beyond the Break is unlike anything I've ever read, and it's amazing. Ms. Mae has a knack for story telling; her words flow through the pages like music flows from Hazel's violin; strong, beautiful, soft and broken. A tantalizing story that sucks you in from the first sentence, Beyond the Break has it all. Love, Sex, Marriage, Intrigue, Pain, Secrets, Forbidden Fantasies ... all set to the poignantly chilling and exquisite soundtrack of classical music, friendship and heartbreak, the tale of Oren, Hazel & Claire is one that is meant to be devoured, savored and revisited; over & over. The natural progression and growth of the characters, their stories (both together and apart) leave nothing to be desired, as Ms. Mae has covered every facet of their lives in excruciatingly haunting detail. Will Hazel be saved by Oren? Safe & Loving, Gentle & Kind. Or will Hazel find herself saved in the forbidden arms of another? Wild & Unbridled, Merciless & Passionate. Could there be an answer that combines all that she has survived? All that she has realized? Hazel has more questions than answers when we meet her; but as the pages turn and you expect to be revealed are not so easily defined. After all, Salvation does indeed come in many forms. While I received an advanced review copy to provide an honest review, all views and opinions are my own; I've just purchased another copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deeply moving, erotic and poignant, Beyond the Break's beautiful prose will keep you reading long after you should be asleep. Can't go wrong with this one!
QC13 More than 1 year ago
How did I not actually write this review? Beyond the Break was absolutely breathtaking. Kristen Mae's debut novel brings us an intense relationship built on love, friendship, and passion. Set in an ocean-side Florida town and a quaint Italian village, this novel buzzes with imagery as the plot unfolds like a musical composition. Hazel's backstory, revealed slowly, shows us an intensely damaged character struggling to live, and finds someone who helps her not only live, she pushes her to thrive. I loved it.