The Way We Break

The Way We Break

by Cassia Leo

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The stunning continuation in the bestselling Story of Us series from New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo.


The truth about Hallie has torn Houston and Rory apart for a second time. Houston is finally unburdened of the secret his sister confided in him, but now he must deal with the aftermath.

He has vowed to set things right for Rory, and he's determined to get her back. But the destruction left in the wake of Hallie's letter is not the only obstacle he must face. Houston must find a way to win Rory back by showing her their story isn't over yet.


In her desperation to move past the anguish of Hallie's secret and Houston's lies, Rory seeks solace in Liam. When Liam is transferred to another tech company in California, Rory jumps at his invitation to leave Portland, and her broken heart, behind. In California, Rory finds a friend who opens new doors for her in the literary world. But does this new friend have ulterior motives?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151331876
Publisher: Gloss Publishing LLC
Publication date: 05/28/2015
Series: The Story of Us , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 84,292
File size: 885 KB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.

The author recommends the following reading order:

- Forever Ours (Shattered Hearts #1)
- Relentless (Shattered Hearts #2)
- Pieces of You (Shattered Hearts #3)
- Bring Me Home (Shattered Hearts #4)
- Chasing Abby (Shattered Hearts #6)
- Abandon (Shattered Hearts #5) (a spin-off)
- Ripped (Shattered Hearts #7) (a spin-off)

- The Way We Fall (The Story of Us #1)
- The Way We Break (The Story of Us #2)
- The Way We Rise (The Story of Us #3)
- To Portland, With Love (The Story of Us #3.5) (a novella)

- Unzipped (Luke: Parts 1-3)
- Password (Luke: Part 4)
- Timeout (Luke: Part 5)
- Hunting Luke (Luke: Part 5.5)
- Trust In Me (Luke: Part 6)
- Decode (Luke: Part 7)

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The Way We Break 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
kmperry More than 1 year ago
Engaging and emotional The Way We Break continues the story of Rory, Houston, and Liam. Rory's world has collapsed around her and she jumps at the chance to escape the pain, betrayal, and heartbreak for a fresh start with Liam in California. While Houston was the love of her life, he's broken her heart again and she can't trust him. Rory is determined to move on and focus on her writing.  Houston is determined to get his life in order so that he can get Rory back. He is incredibly persistent and devises a unique plan to win over the love of his life yet again. Liam provides Rory with the space she needs to start piecing her heart back together, and more importantly the opportunity to write.  The Way We Break is an engaging and emotional story with plenty of surprises that I didn't want to put down. This is not a standalone book and you have this series in order to understand the characters, events, and history. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Prima_Donna More than 1 year ago
“Code Blue. Code Blue. First Floor. Room I-1-5-3. Repeat. Code Blue. First Floor. Room I-1-5-3.” HAVE I GOT YOUR ATTENTION OR WHAT?! Is that an actual quote from the book? YES! OMG. WHAT HAPPENED??? Dying to know? (Pun intended!) Lol. Sorry folks, but I’m not going to spoil the fun ;) All I can say is prepare for Cassia Leo’s signature emotional roller coaster ride! She knocked it out of the park again and scores yet another 6 out of 5 stars home run with The Way We Break (Book #2 of The Story of Us series)!!! If you thought the shocking revelation at the end of The Way We Fall takes the cake, let me tell you that it’s only icing on the cake! I was on the edge of my seat, gripping my Kindle as if my life depended on it, reading as fast as I could with my heart in my mouth because… - Character X is too good to be true… alas, my heart is broken! - Character Y is surprisingly resourceful and just like that, I’ve switched teams! - Character Z is a force to be reckoned with! Z is a new favorite for me! There’s so much more to each character that it will BLOW. YOUR. MIND.! Cassia is the Queen Manipulator of my emotions. She had me sobbing uncontrollably one moment and in stitches the next! This book was filled with hilarity AND STEAM! Oh là là! "Do we really need bananas?" "Yes! Everyone knows you can't have a creamy surprise without bananas." *wiggles eyebrows* Needless to say, my level of excitement for each installment of the trilogy grows more with the next! With bated breath, I’ll be counting down the days till the release of the final book, The Way We Rise!!! With that, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book ♥ “Saying good-bye to the things that cause you pain sometimes means saying good-bye to the things and the people—the addictions—who once brought you pleasure.”
tazzie0206 More than 1 year ago
We remember how Rory was left brokenhearted at the end of book 1. Her disappointment in Houston over his lies and the impact reading Hallie’s letter had on her, were devastating. Liam seemed to come to her rescue and we were left wondering if she would allow her heart to mend with his help. Book 2 takes us on Rory’s journey as she tries to piece her life back together. Portland only has tears and sorrow, as she can’t find forgiveness for her father or Houston. Determined to pave her way in the literary world, she agrees to move to California with Liam and give their relationship a chance. But Houston is not one to be deterred and his desire to convince Rory of his undying love might cause him to make some crazy decisions. Twists and turns take you on an emotional rollercoaster as Rory finds that her dreams might not be what she thought and people are not who they seem. She finds herself trying to work through her feelings and her insecurities. Houston is still on her mind, but she wants to see where this new adventure with her friendly and kind lumberjack goes. Will this work out how she expects? The characters once again make you feel their pain. Holes in the story of Rory and Houston and how they got started are filled and we get a better idea of why Houston decided to pursue her in the first place. At times I wanted to smack him, or smack her, or smack all of them, but then I felt their pain and continued wanting to hug them. Kenny is there to add a level of levity needed to balance the sadness revolving around these people. Crazy, dark, and steamy are words that perfectly describe the relationships in this story, yet despite all the conflicts, love abounds. With the wicked ending, you will be left openmouthed and wondering which direction this will take. I can’t wait for the next book!
dainer81 More than 1 year ago
OMG! The Way We Break was freakin amazeballs, it was such a good follow up to The Way We Fall. You get a bit more back story of each of the characters and you fall in love with each of them a little more. I still love the character of Hallie and her poor tortured soul. Rory is just as beautiful, Houston is just as swoon worthy and Liam, well let's just say he disappointed me in this one. I cannot wait for book three
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a fan of Ms Leo. I have read several and enjoyed every one. Highly recommend this series. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope you give this series a try. I have enjoyed everything written by this author and will continue to read future work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, too much sex & too many f--- words, probably would a gave avhigher rating. Will finish series but no more by this Arthur. Adult content & language should a been in preview. But what's adult about so many f---- words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. I think it's an incredible story and can't wait to read the final book. Loved it!!
JustBlogIt-Reviews More than 1 year ago
The Way We Break is book #2 in The Story Of Us series. It takes us through the aftermath of Rory finding out about Hallie's suicide note when Houston finally confesses to her about it. Will Houston be able to fix things between Rory and himself or will he lose her completely now? This book is absolutely amazing, packed full of emotionally charged reading. I couldn't put it down. If you thought book one, The Way We Fall, was great then you're going to be blown away by this one. I felt like I was in a tornado the way my emotions were spinning around. One second I was crying my eyes out and the next I was laughing myself to tears. This series started out fantastic and is just getting better .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Rory & Houston continues with several twists & turns & them finding thier way back to each other. The 1st two books were great with me wanting more of their story. Looking forward to the next book.
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Looking forward to the 3rd book and hoping it's an HEA! Really enjoying this book series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I love the book, there are still some things I don't like about it! Like Rory not just moving in with a guy she just met, but, moving to another state with said guy! NO!!! I understand that people do some stupid things when they are angry, but, come on...let's use just a shred of common sense!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this wish I could give this a 6 or 7 star review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it and like always it is worth the it. Can't wait for the next book.
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kboett3 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book!  In book one we got one hell of a plot twist but Cassia Leo didn't stop there. In this book she continues to give us a roller coaster of emotions as well as the best mind screwing of the year.  During book one we were introduced to Liam and fell for the gentle lumberjack. He is such a warm and loving character. As the story progresses and we get more of his back story and he manages to dig his claws into you. He is one of those characters that you grow to love. At the end of the last book Rory was not in the best place. But she puts on her big girl panties and mans up the challenge that is her life. She is so strong and warm in this book that we can't help but fall even more in love with her.  By the end of this book you will be screaming and ready to throw your device but I promise it is worth it. 
AvidReader2100 More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't like a love triangle? Especially with all the twist and turns that this second book brings. If you have NOT read the first book please go back. You will not be able to fully appreciate this authors work without the full story. Can't wait till book three is RELEASED! 
Iowa_Gal More than 1 year ago
Cassia Leo has done it yet again in The Way We Break (The Story of Us #2).  I have been waiting for the continuation of Houston and Rory's story. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. From page one, I was addicted. Cassia Leo's writing style is one that pulls you in and places you, the reader, into the story. I felt every emotion that the characters were feeling.  In The Way We Break a lot of stuff is revealed and people are not as they seem. This book leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting MORE!! I will never give anything away, but I will say this...This book is fantastic and is a must read!!  I highly recommend The Way We Break by Cassia Leo. Five AMAZING Stars, hands down!!!!
Robyn_Nichole More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Rory story with the first book in the three book series "The Way We Fall" and my love has only grown from there. The love story of Houston and Rory is a long and complicated one with many cliffs and winding roads. Will their story ever finish with happiness or will Rory ride off into the sunset with the handsome and sweet "Lumberjack" Liam? I started this book thinking I knew all the secrets between this complicated bunch of characters and once again Cassia has blown my mind with more twisty angst. Cassia has a way of making you love the characters that make up her amazing stories. Who doesn't want a gay bestie like Kenny or beautifully broken and flawed men chasing after your heart?!?! Hold on to your hats folks this ride is a real roller-coaster!! I leave you with one of my favorite quotes in the book. I love this because it really speaks to the heart of any relationship. Truth is the key! "We don't need more distance between us, Rory. We need truth".
Snoopyvet More than 1 year ago
this is one of these stories that you will keep you engrossed and not wanting to put it down. Love how Cassia pulls me in to these wonderful stories.  Her writing style is just amazing  Can't wait to read book 3 and see where these two end up  i could just go on & on but just go hurry & read
Cristina_V More than 1 year ago
~ ARC Kindly Provided by author, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Cassia ! ~    Ravishing, Gripping, Hot and Messy Those are my four words that describe perfectly this book. Wish I could give it more than just 5 messy stars but they don’t allow me to. In book 1, “The Way We Fall” we meet the main characters that are Rory and Houston, the way that their love story has started and unfortunately ended abruptly and the way they are accidentally, on purpose brought back together by destiny.  The Way We Break,shows us how much the characters have grown from that first book and it faces the decisions that are being taken by our main favorite characters Rory and Houston. This sequel is one big emotional roller coaster. A lot of things are being disclosed in this book that you won’t be able to know who to trust, like and love no more. I don’t really know what more,I can possibly say at this point where I have just finished the book, because I’m at a HUGE loss for words. This book hooked me from the very first page and I couldn’t let go of it not even for a second. As promised, I will not be giving out any kind of spoilers and all I will is that : This, is one hell of a perfect sequel. It leaves you hanging and desperate for more ! Awesome job Cassia !  Can’t wait for the third book to come out to see how this messy love story ends.
kerbear_79 More than 1 year ago
This story has so many emotions. You can go from happy and laughing to felling sad and then needing a fan to cool off. I have found an even greater love for Houston in this book. He is pulling out all the stops to win Rory back. Man, can Tessa get anymore crazy? That woman is a piece of work!! I can't help but smile at the new relationships Houston has formed. He's such a great guy. As for Rory and Liam all I can say is WOW!! You have to read it to know what I'm talking about. So many new and unexpected developments. My emotions were all over the place in the last part of the story. I was scared, heart broken, and sad. Then came some more happiness and HOTness and then BAM it was like WTH happened here. I'm absolutely loving this series and sooooooo ready for book 3 lol!
MelanieJean More than 1 year ago
Well, we have another FABULOUS read from Cassia! This is a continuation story featuring Houston, Rory, Kenny and Liam. This story follows you with so many emotions, I feel bipolar! In a good way. I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers - but I cannot stay away from them. I cannot wait for the 3rd and last installment of this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another book by Cassia I fell in love with. Her characters are always so real. I love that they have more than one dimension. She manages to tackle some big topics with such grace. The journey is amazing as we continue on with Houston, Rory, Kenny, and Liam. Parts will leave you angry or laughing. Sometimes everything is not as it appears on the surface. Often we need to take big risks, like moving 600 miles to achieve our goals. Moving in with someone we hardly know. Sometimes we are surprised where the help is actually comes from when we learn the truth. Can't wait to see how their story ends in The Way We Rise