by Barbara Elsborg


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Keeping secrets is easy. Until love tempts him to break his cover.

Archer Hart, former SIS assassin, has just completed a freelance hit job when he finds himself in a sniper's scope. The bullet whizzing past his ear is a clear message: someone wants him dead. Re-tirement will have to wait, as his only choice is to assume a new identity-and keep running.

Conrad Black is a broken man. The injured barrister has come to the beach to recover from a hit-and-run "accident", with plenty of time to wonder who might be wishing he'd been left dead in-stead of partially paralyzed. When he spots a surfer in trouble, he throws his crutches aside to pull the man to safety.

One glance at Archer takes Conrad's breath away. And Archer finds himself envying the hands Conrad is using to pet his dog. But as the net tightens, both men can feel the targets on their backs heating up. The only thing that will save them is the truth...before death snatches away their one chance at love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781546513629
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Barbara Elsborg lives in Kent in the south of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.
After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.
Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they are to write.
She loves hearing from readers and can be contacted at If you'd like to hear about future releases please ask to be put on her mailing list.

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Breaking 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## The synopsis was really good. And I enjoyed some of this story. But it was just too long for me. The heroes didn't meet until 50 pages in. I know a story needs to be set up, but by then I was already annoyed. After they DID meet, their interaction was fun. The chemistry and the witty banter between them was fantastic. I even liked the intrigue regarding the danger. However, about half way through, the plot involving the arms dealers was just too convoluted and drawn out. It just went on and on, therefore I could only rate this with 3 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
Having loved the first book in this series I jumped at the chance to review Breaking and did so without realizing that the Conrad in the blurb was Malachi’s Conrad from Falling. I was already hooked on the book within the first few pages, but once I made the connection as to who Conrad was…well there was no stopping me then and I read the book in one sitting. While Breaking is a romance, there is far more action and suspense in it than I expected and this added to my need to devour the book. And I LOVED Deefor! He was a great addition to the “cast” who enhanced the relationship between Conrad and Archer without drawing attention away from them with his antics. Such a good boy! I found the relationship that developed between Conrad and Archer intriguing. While I realize that in the beginning Conrad had no idea of who Archer actually was, it seemed unfathomable that two men whose worlds were so diametrically opposed would have any chance of a relationship. And yet Elsborg makes a plot that sounds fantastical feel realistic. The idea of an honest-to-a-fault barrister and a former special forces sniper turned hitman meeting under the circumstances they do, learning to trust one another, building a relationship, and falling in love seems undoable without painfully contrived situations, but at no point did the scenes feel forced. Our world is full of spies so it would stand to reason that there are ex-spies who retire and settle down in our communities with us none the wiser. The idea of an attorney being targeted by a dissatisfied client or their family member is not fiction. This is what made Breaking believable for me – I don’t have to know such people personally to know they exist. Yet despite them both being targeted by outside forces, they still had “normal” relationship issues they had to work through, especially as both men have rather dominant personalities. The romantic suspense element of Breaking keeps me from talking specifics, but I can say that I enjoyed how Archer’s unusual skill set helped save Conrad’s life, just as Conrad’s sense of right wouldn’t allow him to sit by and watch Archer drown despite his own injuries. The combination of losing Malachi in Falling and the car accident had Conrad questioning his life and set the stage for him to be more open to Archer than he would have been otherwise. For me, the author was able to make Conrad more vulnerable than he was previously without changing his overall personality – he was still the intense barrister but at the same time he was able to give up control sexually to Archer. This crisis of self also made his shift back to his “typical” personality as he healed and became more confident of his relationship with Archer believable. I was enthralled with how the pieces of Archer and Conrad’s life intersected and played out over the course of the novel and loved the ending. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Fall or Break series and cannot wait to see who it’s about. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
Second in the series but can be read and stand alone. This one comes along after Conrad has let Malachi out of his life and is trying to start a new chapter when he is hit by a car. He suspects it’s done on purpose, but with out any hard proof and no one to tell or to believes him. Conrad decides to take himself to the coast to heal. Little did he know that one simple act would change his life forever. Unlike the first book, this one has a much more grown up feel to it. If that makes sense? The charaters are older, the level of deceit and intrigue is far deeper. And the suspense is heavier. You’ve got two very strong alpha males on two sides of the law, running for there lives, both willing and unwilling to to do the whole give and take thing. And don’t forget about one extremely CUTE doggie! These two together, just worked. Even though they are both Alpha’s you can feel that at this point in there lives they both could use a shoulder to lean on, someone to help out, so they don’t have to be so tough all the time. Especially Archer, you know he never expected anyone else to understand or want him after the kind of life he’s lead. The second story lines and how they flow into the main story is brilliantly done. Great second book, hoping maybe we get a third? I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviews