Breaking the Girlby M.C. Webb
Axel Stone is a porn star, a highly successful porn star. Now semi-retired and frigidly cold, Axel stumbles through life the only way he knows how – lots of booze and women. With more than 1500 movies over his short career, Axel has slowly removed himself from filming, opting instead to “train” woman for the industry resulting in their near
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Axel Stone is a porn star, a highly successful porn star. Now semi-retired and frigidly cold, Axel stumbles through life the only way he knows how – lots of booze and women. With more than 1500 movies over his short career, Axel has slowly removed himself from filming, opting instead to “train” woman for the industry resulting in their near stardom as they emerge onto the adult film sets. Every director wants one of Axel’s girls because Axel’s girls, make money.
And Payton Knight needs money.
Homeless, survivor of a horrific ordeal has left Payton broke and desperate. A chance encounter to meet and be trained by Axel, with the possibility of making enough cash to right her wrongs, Payton jumps at the chance. It doesn’t hurt she is instantly attracted to the leading man. Neither get what they expect and as they both struggle with which reality is less damning, both Axel and Payton pay an ultimate price.
*This novel contains adults content including death and rape. It is for Mature audiences only.
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This book was an emotional, traumatic and at times disturbing read, that got to me on many levels. Please be advised that there is a graphic rape scene towards the last quarter of the book so if this is a trigger, please be prepared. Axel is a trainer, he teaches women how to become stars in the porn industry; Payton is the naïve, fresh faced, homeless girl who is lured by the chance to make good money in an idustry that uses men and women up, then tends to throw them away with no further thought. Axel knows that Payton is not suited for the industry she so desparately wants to join and initially refuses to train her, doing his best to turn her off the path she has chosen. However he eventually caves into Payton's requests and trains her. I was conflicted and frustrated on occasion with Payton, she was so naïve and oblivious to the “real world” that at times I wanted to shake sense into her. On the other hand, you could almost feel Axel's dissatisfaction and disullusionment with life and the industry he has been in for so many years. Axel has a plan, he has mapped out his furture and cannot wait to leave the porn industry whilst Payton is anxious to be as successful as she can to make the money she so desparately needs. Axel also knows that it will not be easy to leave the industry, particularly since his horrible business partner Barb is as determined to keep him tied to her as he is to escape. Side note – I really hated Barb! Throughout the first part of the book, Payton often refers to Ben, however it isn't until close to the end that you find out why she is homeless and what her story is and why she is so determined to make it big in the porn industry and make the money she so desperately needs. In Payton, Axel finds a glimmer of hope that his life does not have to be the cold and emotionally barren place it has been for so many years. But will the love that these two find, survive the terror and horrible ordeal that almost destroys both Payton and Axel or will they be torn apart? The writing and character development was good and I will be looking to read more from M.C.Webb
A new-to-me author so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the premise sounded interesting. What does happen when a porn star gets tired of his/her work? Why do people get into this line anyway?What happens when they fall in love? So, I was looking forward to what would unfold, but sadly this book was a huge fail for me. I found the characters flat and dull, and the situations veered from boring and bland to start, then going from ludicrous to simply unbelievable. At the start we learn Payton was homeless when picked up, desperate and I understood why she’d maybe go for something like this. She’s naive, gullible, but it was too hard to take that this innocent, untouched, precious girl would see Axel and fall in love, right from the off. She’s seen some of his vids and “jumped at the chance” Really? Reluctance as its her last option I can understand, but being excited at having sex with a porn star, being trained for porn films? I thought it was the money she wanted, but she seems to want the experience too, even looking forward to it. She says she can’t wait to get close up to certain parts of him..She talks about him as if she knows him, and yet she’s just seen his vids ( not sure where when she was homeless, don’t expect shelters go in for pay per view porn ;-) and doesn't actually know him. She's no idea what kind of person he is, kind or cruel, helpful or grasping, caring or just ready to beat her into shape. He could have been more like Travis, a sadistic, cruel, sex fiend. Axel sees her and says she’s got “full, not-too-big breasts on an hour glass figure”. Fair enough so why does he then say in the next sentence that she’s long and lean, but a bit on the thin side? Still, he’s being paid good money so back to his place they go. Its downhill from then on for me basically, nothing much happens really, they’re in his home, talking about sex and porn, why, how and when...and then bam – and its all action, violence and a totally unbelievable last third. No way to explain to the Law – which his friend Reece is part of – what went on, and as the story continued it just lost what little credibility remained for me. ** Warning: there’s a pretty nasty rape scene towards the end (not Axel) Those who're affected by such scenes may wanr to avoid that ** This is probably one of the harshest reviews I’ve ever written and I hate doing that. Two stars from me simply means that I personally didn't like it, NOT that its a bad book. I’ve not read other books of Ms Webb, and maybe they are great, they do seem to be a different genre, and perhaps I’d love them but just not this one. who knows? I can see on Goodreads that there are some 5* love it reviews, so I felt I had to put in full all the things I really didn’t like about it for balance. Ultimately its up to each reader to make their own choice, maybe the things that irritated me here you won’t bother about and can ignore. I’ve loved some stories others have one and two starred, that illustrates just how subjective reading choice is, though I hated this you may love it for all the reasons I don't. Stars: Two, sadly I just did not get along with this story. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Alex Stone is a star maker – well, of women that want to make it in the adult movie industry, that is. He has made it big in the industry and knows what it takes to be a star but is jaded, tired and ready to get out completely when he is talked into taking on the training of Payton. Payton needs money and feels that without an education or real skills her best chance is to be in the movies, porn movies. As jaded as Alex is he sees right through Payton’s naiveté and tries to dissuade her from pursuing what she seems to think will make her life more secure. Payton and Alex had secrets and issues to deal with. Alex came across cold at points but did warm up and grow through the story. Payton really did have a one track mind that did not allow her to really see what her future would be if she continued on the course she set for herself. This is a dark, gritty, sometimes painful read with graphic scenes that include a disturbing rape and violence. That said, this is a book that made me care not only for Payton and Alex but also for the supporting characters. It made me feel and think and hope that the two would find a healthy way forward with their lives. And, I am now VERY curious about Alex’s friend Reece and wonder if he might show up in a future book – I would definitely like for him to ;) Thank you to NetGalley and Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) for the copy of this book. This is my honest review.