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Breaking Out (Lydia Michaels' Surrender Series #2)

Breaking Out (Lydia Michaels' Surrender Series #2)

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by Lydia Michaels

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Second in the darkly compelling, sexually-charged contemporary romance Surrender trilogy, in which two men vie for the mind, body, and heart of a woman who may never give in to their wishes—or her own…

Evelyn “Scout” Keats has left behind her painful past of surviving on the streets, and is now living in the luxurious penthouse master


Second in the darkly compelling, sexually-charged contemporary romance Surrender trilogy, in which two men vie for the mind, body, and heart of a woman who may never give in to their wishes—or her own…

Evelyn “Scout” Keats has left behind her painful past of surviving on the streets, and is now living in the luxurious penthouse master suite of Hotel Patras with her lover, billionaire Lucian Patras. But what she doesn’t know is the price Lucien paid for her freedom.

To protect Scout’s life, Lucian cut a deal with a dangerous man from her past, Parker Hughes. He swore to stay away from her for thirty days, even though he knows Parker will be fighting to keep them apart for good and take Scout as his own.

Yet neither man realizes that Scout is not about to be used as a prize or a bargaining chip for any man’s power play—and she falls back on her hard-earned self-respect and courage to show both men that the only person she truly needs is herself.

But Lucian has other plans…

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Lydia Michaels' Surrender Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Lydia Michaels writes all forms of hot romance. She presses the bounds of love and surprises readers just when they assume they have her stories figured out. From Amish vampyres, to wild Irishmen, to broken heroes, and heroines no man can match, Lydia takes readers on an emotional journey of the heart, mind, and soul with every story she pens. Her books are intellectual, erotic, haunting, always centered on love. She is the author of the Surrender Trilogy, including Falling In and Coming Home.

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Breaking Out 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
HoneyRaven7 More than 1 year ago
Do you know that feeling when you get so drawn into a story, that you cry with characters and you yell at them? Breaking Out did that for me. In this, the second installment of The Surrender Trilogy, many puzzle pieces fall into place. It had love, hot scenes and angst. The ingredients of my favorite romance novels. I was left speechless and am biting my nails until the final book is released. When I received my copy, I was in the middle of a suspense novel and STILL put it down just to I could see what Lucian, Scout and Parker have been doing since the first book. Thank you Lydia Michaels for giving us these characters! Even if you did make me cry. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Scout and Lucian and even Parker from the first book. I've been waiting for this book to come out and Ms. Michaels did not disappoint. See I have this love/hate relationship with this book----for one I LOOVED it. For another----I spent one sitting reading it. One. Sitting. That means I had to call off work and my house is still a mess from this morning. I mean, I didn't even eat much because I was so into this book. . . . now. . . I have to sit still **trying to sit still but failing** and wait for January for Coming Home. Gah!! NOooooooo! I mean--I can't wait!!! Meanwhile I will appease myself reading her other books. However **gets down on knees** when will these come out on audiobook? My housework skills are lacking nowadays whilst my nose is stuck in your books. Audiobooks would be a nice solution!
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Lauren2LC More than 1 year ago
This book starts with Evelyn (Scout) and Lucian together in their groove of a new relationship but it sure doesn't end that way. The closer Evelyn and Lucian get the more Lucian starts to panic about his deal with the devil, while it is making its way to the forefront with the help of his ex best friend. "I love you, Evelyn. I want you to know, no matter the mistakes I've made in the past or the mistakes I'm sure to make in the future, I've never loved anyone the way I love you." Scout thinks are going good until Lucian dumps her and she goes running back to her friend Parker. All she needs is a friend but Parker finally plays his hands and shows what he wants. With Scout being devastated she allows it until finally Lucian gets his head out of his ass and fights for what is his, but now that the truth is out and it may be too late. "She may be poor, but she's the only person I've ever met with as much determination as me. She's my match, and for the first time in my life, I finally understand what others fear when they face me in a board meeting. If she's determined never to be with me again, take my word, she won't." Finally Evelyn thought she could be happy and move forward with her life and get the happiness she deserves but maybe she was just a pawn in this game of chess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The english language is so vast and authors use the same phrase/word over and over and over.....how many times is his jaw going to lock...good story but such sophmoric expressions.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second book in series was ever bit has good as the first!
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Breaking Out is the second book in the Surrender Trilogy by Lydia Michaels. Make no mistake... this book is hot. It has all the steamy goodness that readers of erotic fiction are looking for and so much more. Readers who fell in love with Lucien and Evelyn in the first book, with both love and hate where they go from here. Michaels isn't afraid to keep the reader guessing and she goes the extra mile with this book. Heartbreak. Passion. Betrayal. It's all here and readers will not be able to put it down until they turn the final page. A very emotional and gut wrenching addition to the series. What I liked: In the first book in the series readers were introduced to Evelyn "Scout" Keats. This a heroine, like few others I have seen in this genre. She is a girl from the streets with a tragic childhood and a need to provide for herself. When she gets a job at one of Lucien Patros' hotels she has no idea that she would end up in love with the owner. Evelyn is finally getting a chance to see the other side. She goes from being homeless to living in the penthouse. Now that's a big change and readers will love the continuing growth of Evelyn in Breaking Out. She is still learning to navigate her new reality. She has some inner demons to deal with in this installment and readers will only fall more in love with her as she grows and comes to terms with her life now, as opposed to her past. Lucien is back. He's just as brash and stoic as he was in the first novel. He is so used to getting his way and it is evident in everything he does. But underneath all that, readers see a need in this hero. He wants someone to complete him and Evelyn does that in every way. He teaches her everything from how to make love to how to play chess and his love for her is passionate and overwhelming. He does do something very stupid in this book, that will change his relationship with Evelyn forever. It's not that he doesn't think about what he's doing. He just thinks it will all work out, that no matter what he will still end up with the girl. Not exactly what Lydia Michaels had in mind! The emotions that the reader will go through reading this book will range from love to hate, from anger to happiness. There is just so much angst and tension that it is hard not to have mixed feelings about how the book turns out. They'll love Lucien and Evelyn together, they'll hate what Parker is doing to their relationship. They will be angry at Lucien for making a bad decision and happy that Scout is coming into her own. It's a roller coaster for sure and the ending leaves you hanging. Eke gads! What will happen now? It's a gut twister for sure, but that's part of the beauty of it. Parker makes a great villain here. But is he really a villain? He was Evelyn's best friend. He did look out for her and protect her when she was on the streets. I think it is a good hallmark of a great author to be able to make her readers genuinely dislike a character. There is going to be a lot of emotion expended in how readers come to terms with the deal Lucien makes with Parker and how they could both be so insensitive to her feelings. Bottom Line: Want angst? Want sexual chemistry that is mind blowing? Want a unique heroine with an amazing story? This book has it and a lot more. A hero that is both rich, but needy. A villain that may or may not really be the bad guy here. Wow! So much going on in this installment of the series. The final book is gonna rock!
krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
Hang onto your hats ladies... for those of you that have been following along and reading the first book, you're in for a doozy. I totally get it but I totally wasn't expecting what Lydia surprised us with this time around. The conflict, the heartache, the questions... She did not let up one bit. I kept turning the pages and reading as fast as I could to find out if she was going to break the monotony of endless what's going to happen now questions but she stayed true to form keeping up with the high tension all the way to her cliff hanging ending that will again leave us on the edge of our seats until the next installment is released. I loved it and I hated it because I want so much to know what happens next! There were so many times I wanted to throw the book across the room, so many times I wanted to scream at the pages in frustration and at the same time reach through the pages and loll out the therapeutic hugs. Note to readers: try not to bite your nails with this one I lost a few in the duration. (Urg) Lydia has once again won my complete attention and fandom. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that book three comes out soon!
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Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars - THIS is why I love to read! Breaking Out was full of many highs and many lows. It made me sad and happy and really, really mad. It started on a really high, fun note, and ended on an incredibly frustrating and somber one. THIS is why I love to read. Evelyn has a good thing going with Lucien, but lately he's been growing more and more distant, and she doesn't know why. When he leaves her, she is more devastated than she thought possible, and it's then that Evelyn starts taking the steps to remake herself all on her own. My favorite part of Breaking Out was watching the transformation of Lucien. In Falling In, he started out as a pretentious, angry man with nothing much to keep him warm at night except for his billions of dollars. Through his association with Evelyn, he had the opportunity to become teacher, master and, surprisingly, friend. He had spent so long chasing something more without even knowing it, that when he found it in Evelyn, he quickly embraced it. Evelyn, however, was much more hesitant to embrace all the new feelings she had for Lucien. She was brought up on the streets not being able to depend on or trust anyone but herself. She loves Lucien but can't tell him that, because of the power those words would give him over her. I constantly admired Evelyn's strength of self and character. Honestly, sometimes I felt like she was a little TOO strong. A little too unbendable. When Lucien starts to pull away, Evelyn panics and immediately thinks the worst. Her fears took over and she gave them power. It broke my heart that this strong girl didn't think she was worthy of Lucien or his love. And, then when Lucien enacted his part of the deal with Parker, and left her, Evelyn was devastated. I don't blame her for being scared and sad. Despite her not being able to say the words, she loved Lucien with everything in her, and then, in her eyes, he just dropped her. What was the saddest part to me is that Evelyn didn't trust Lucien enough to see beyond his actions and to read between the lines of his words to know that he didn't want to leave. That it was killing him as much as it was her. And then there was Parker. UGHHHHHHH. What a huge douchebag. For as smart as Parker was supposed to be, he acted so stupidly. This guy made me feel so stabby. He was certainly a huge part of my frustration while reading Breaking Out. I loved the scenes between Lucien and his father. Their relationship is strained at best, and yet, when Lucien is at his lowest, it's his father's house that he travels to. It was a bittersweet scene between these two hard-headed men whose lives were changed by women. I love books that make me feel in spades, and Breaking Out certainly did that. Once again, it's told in a different sort of dual POV, with a third told in Evelyn's, another third in Lucien's, and the final third back in Evelyn's. I continue to be impressed by Lydia Michaels' stellar storytelling. Her writing is beautiful. And the chemistry between Lucien and Evelyn is so palpable, it nearly leaps off the page. I loved this book so much, and I just knew that it was only going to lead into an explosive final book.
celesteworld More than 1 year ago
I am just loving this series!  If you haven't read Falling In, the first in this series STOP and read it before reading this one.  I am anxiously looking forward to the final installment Coming Home.  Definitely read this series!  ENJOY!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every single page. Could not put down. The love, the sex, the pain was just off the charts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a hard one to read and a hard one to put down. It brought strong emotions and tears to my eyes. I sincerely hope all turns out well for Evelyn, "Scout." Looking forward to the third part of this trilogy. LA-TXN
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