Too Beautiful to Break (Romancing the Clarksons Series #4)

Too Beautiful to Break (Romancing the Clarksons Series #4)

by Tessa Bailey

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A love of a lifetime . . .

Leaving Belmont Clarkson is the hardest thing Sage Alexander has ever done. From the moment they met, she knew Belmont was the one, and getting up close and personal with him on his family's epic road trip has taken her desire to a new, even hotter level. But there's no way she can go there---not without revealing secrets that could devastate them both.

Losing Sage is not an option. Belmont's heart is hers, has always been hers. He knows she's hiding something from him, but nothing will stand in his way of telling her just how much she means to him. Finding her is easy---saving her from her past could cost him everything.


The Romancing the Clarksons series
Book 1 - Too Hot to Handle (Rita and Jasper)
Book 2 - Too Wild to Tame (Aaron and Grace)
Book 3 - Too Hard to Forget (Peggy and Elliott)
Book 4 - Too Beautiful to Break (Belmont and Sage)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455594207
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Romancing the Clarksons Series , #4
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 38,720
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Tessa Bailey is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after her high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

You can learn more at:
Twitter @mstessabailey

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Too Beautiful to Break 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this series! I hated to see the last one end. This book was as good or better than the rest. Please write more like these! They have humor, emotion, & plenty of heat!
Anonymous 6 months ago
In spite of having read the first 3 books in the series and liking them, I almost didn't buy this one. There were a few negative reviews that made me hesitate. Ultimately, I wanted to hear Belmont and Sage's story enough to risk a few dollars. So glad I did! The love and passion between those two was palpable and irresistible. There were a few slightly hard to believe plot twists, but hello, this is fiction. I did keep wondering where the legally binding documents were that caused the whole mine episode, of course. Just don't look too analytically at it! The quality of the writing, the love and healing between the siblings, Belmont's desire to work on his demons, Belmont and Sage's steamy discovery of sex...all of it combined to make a great book. Doesn't hurt to have it be a standalone novel with a happily ever after ending either! Thanks Tessa!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spectacularly bad -- spaghetti Western-esque plot with damsel in distress who must bravely sacrifice herself for her crappy family's sake in a truly bizarre plotline involving an oh-so-evil local mine owner. Not a fun read (and that's with skipping 75% of the book).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a huge DISAPPOINTMENT. This plot was ridiculous. Petite Sage working in the mines after one day of training to work off her horrible parents' debt? Really? And her reason for the break up made no sense whatsoever. Is Tessa now writing quantity over quality? Because "Disorderly Contact" was awful as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters and I absolutely loved Belmont. The ending was a little strained but I didn't mind. I love the idea that two people can be so meant for each other that all else falls into place.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Belmont Clarkson is the focus of this story: he’s never been particularly comfortable with change – and this family has had tons of change happening of late. He’s always appeared as the most withdrawn and damaged of the siblings, and his full story is yet to be shared. But, he’s had one constant along the way – his girlfriend Sage – whose presence seems to keep him on a more even keel. But all is not well in Sage’s life either, and she is worried about the codependency issues that seem to keep them together even as both are too broken to really be good for the long term. Now faced with a choice, and her parents needing her, Sage decides to go to them, knowing Belmont wouldn’t be able to function in that new world: she’s never shared much of her own issues with him – thinking he needed her more to listen than to share, and she’s wondering just how well he’ll survive without her. But, her choice is clear (to her) and away she goes. Such a different story from the earlier books in this series. Watching their struggles: Sage with leaving to return to a family life that wasn’t ideal, and Belmont’s struggle without the touchstone that keeps him calm and loosely engaged with the greater world. He’s forced into situations that are uncomfortable and unfamiliar – and his path is never without missteps, but the growth and revelations he experiences will be, eventually, good for him. Even as he (and readers) don’t always see it at first. What comes forward most strongly is that until that growth happens, for the both of them, neither is truly understanding what love is, or how to function with and without it. And not surprisingly, it is Belmont who makes the sacrifices for Sage that show that love in many enduring, heartbreaking and even poignant ways. Bailey has done it again – taken what was expected and toss that to the wind, bringing a wholly unexpected set of issues to the table, giving us characters that fit well with the others in the series, yet stand out for their heart and the need to see them both find the ending that is appropriate and oh so welcome. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not read anymore after he went in her stead to work off her piece of crap parents debt. She even treats him like crap as well after everything he has sacrificed for her selfish self. Horrible book just wasted money on it. I liked the other books of this series but this one is the biggest disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not at all where I thought this story was going to go.
CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
I can say one true thing, without hesitation. The Clarksons are one intense family. They come by it naturally, of course, imbued with it, as they were, by their mother, Miriam. And, of all of the Clarksons, a family that I adore beyond measure, Belmont is extra-special, the one whose book I have been waiting for. Thank you, Tessa Bailey, for doing this special character justice in TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BREAK. Throughout the entire Romancing the Clarksons series, Belmont has stood out from his siblings. Stoic, quiet, intense, and ever-present, while the other Clarksons got their stories, their resolutions, the smoothing away of their life-hewn rough edges, Belmont, well, Belmont carried on. It's clear throughout the books that there is something else going on with him, something simmering just below the surface, something that only Sage Alexander truly understands. The pull between Sage and Belmont is truly magnetic. Their relationship is absolute yin and yang, and Sage understands before Belmont that they have to break the bond in order to become who they need to be. They both have unfinished business in their lives, and only by learning to step into their own fears and responsibilities will they be able to move forward. Tessa Bailey has such a way with words, with characterization, and stories that grab you and don't let go. I have no doubt that, like any good mother, she loves all of her characters equally, but I have to believe that Belmont holds a special place in her heart, because he certainly does mine. I have loved him throughout, and couldn't to see his relationship with Sage blossom into the fullness that it was destined to be. Finally, in TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BREAK, Bel and Sage are there, and I could not have enjoyed this book more. It's an easy 5-stars for me, and a great way to wrap up this series. Perfect for fans of contemporary romance with plenty of angsty twists and turns on the way to happiness, the Clarksons should definitely be on TBRs everywhere. And, while I'm sorry to see this series end, I can't wait to see what Tessa has in store for us next.
Teewee125 More than 1 year ago
The last in the series and what a story it is. Full of emotion. Tears of sadness, tears of love and tears of joy. Sage and Belmont have such a special connection. Their pasts have been filled with hurt, pain and suffering. But together they will see it through and come out stronger. Depending on each other is not what Sage wants though. She doesn't want history to repeat itself. She doesn't want to be her mother and father. Belmont is her life but she wants to be equal partners with him not existing because of him. She needs to stand on her own. Belmont has his own demons from his past. He is consumed by the darkness but Sage pulls him through that darkness. The love these two share is so emotional. Now Belmont is consumed with love and light rather than the darkness he has lived in for so many years.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
The way Tessa Bailey strings together words which paint Belmont and Sage's relationship makes them the Standard of Essential Love. This couple takes mindful actions, think out their words, and feel so thoughtfully the intensity is tangible. The Clarkson men definitely tear you up with their sweeping emotions in the Romancing the Clarksons series. The main characters in "Too Beautiful to Break" are both late in life virgins. They're the quintessential two pieces which make a whole. Belmont feels emphatically about Sage; everything he does is for her; to care and protect her. He reveres her. Sage looks at Belmont with awe, respecting his strength and vulnerabilities. But most exquisitely beautiful things are fragile. Sage and Belmont are simultaneously strong and vulnerable together. They can feel too much, needing to bask in each other to excess. They need to pull away in order to figure out how to come together. "Too Beautiful to Break" features an incredibly unique Hero and Heroine whose words and actions create a intricately delicate Love. They piece their intense feelings together with excruciating care learning to trust themselves not to drown so they can breathe. Tessa Bailey infuses so many different types of passion in this story. Not to mention she definitely does not skimp on the sizzling hot sex scenes. Belmont loses his shyness and picks up dirty talking quick. Sage also knows what she wants and surprises and delights Belmont with her gusto. "Too Beautiful to Break" is an incredible ending to the marvelous Romancing the Clarksons series. Happily Rita, Jasper, Aaron, Grace, Peggy, and Elliot all are in attendance! This book is a Romantic Must-Read! To read the entire review please visit: This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“Sometimes the right thing was the most painful. Sometimes it gutted you and ruined you forever, so a single second wouldn’t pass without a reminder.” “I have no greater weakness or strength than you.” Too Beautiful To Break is the fourth book in the Romancing The Clarkstons Series and finally we get Belmont’s story. And just like the saying, they saved the best one for last…. When we catch up with Belmont and Sage, Sage has had to make one of the hardest decisions of her life. She must leave Belmont behind and deal with her family’s troubles. She wants nothing more to confide in this strong and determined man, but the truth is just too much for her to bare, so she decides to try and deal with it all on her own…Belmont has known since the moment he laid eyes on Sage that she was meant to be his. So, being without Sage is not an option. He will move heaven and earth to find the woman that slays his soul. And while he knows Sage has something that she doesn’t want to share, this determined man will stop at nothing to make Sage his… Overall, I thought this book was a terrific read. It was the perfect way to end an amazing series. I’ve been dying for Sage and Belmont’s story for some time now and I will tell you that it does not disappoint. It was sweet and intense with just the right amount of sexiness. Belmont was absolute perfection. He had me swooning all over the place and my heart is just so full with how much he truly cares for Sage. And Sage, I couldn’t be more proud of her for not only facing her past, but taking a leap on the unknown. Too Beautiful to Break was an amazing read from beginning to end. This story packed one heck of a punch, taking me on an emotional and heartwarming journey. In the end, it left me with all the feels and the biggest smile on my face. Simply put, a terrific story to spend the day getting lost in.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BREAK is the fourth installment in Tessa Bailey's contemporary, adult ROMANCING THE CLARKSONS erotic, romance series focusing on the Clarkson's siblings. This is eldest sibling Belmont Clarkson, and wedding planner Sage Alexander's story line. TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BREAK can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary although I recommend reading the series in order for cohesion and backstory as Sage and Belmont's story have been developing throughout the series. Told from dual third person perspectives (Sage and Belmont) TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BREAK follows the friends to lovers relationship between wedding planner Sage Alexander and salvage boat owner and operator Belmont Clarkson, a co-dependent relationship that places our heroine in a position to walk away claiming her sanity and her sense of self as she struggles with the push and pull of her love for a man so broken he is physically or emotionally unable to let go of his need for Sage Alexander. What ensues is the emotional and heartbreaking revelations about one woman's past, present and possible future, and man who is willing to sacrifice his freedom and his life for the woman he loves. Belmont and Sage are kindred spirits; two broken souls whose backstories are heartbreaking; whose memories of the past come with pain, sorrow, loss and the darkness of emotional, physical and mental abuse. Belmont's siblings are unaware of their big brother's tortuous past; Sage keeps hidden a past awash in embarrassing secrets and threats against the people she loves. The relationship between Sage and Belmont is a friends to lovers romance that struggles with the innocence of virginity; memories of the past; and threats that are meant to coerce and control. The $ex scenes are seductive and provocative. All of the previous story line couples including Belmont's siblings Peggy and Elliott, Jasper and Grace, Rita and Aaron, play secondary and supporting characters. The Clarkson's are a tight knit group of siblings, very protective of the people they love. We are also introduced Sage's parents Peggy and Thomas Anderson. The world building continues to follow the Clarkson siblings as they search embark on a cross country journey to honor their mother's final wish. Along the way each sibling will find love, them self, and their purpose in life. TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BREAK is an emotional and heartbreaking story line.Throughout the series Belmont and Sage's story has been building with hints at the potential breakdown of one man who is unable let go of the past and the woman he loves. The premise is engaging; the characters are broken, colorful and lost; the romance is exploratory and sensitive.
Emily-SBDR More than 1 year ago
I have a confession. Up until a few days ago I was a Tessa Bailey, and that is a title I am more than happy to be rid of. TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BREAK is one of those books that lives my its heartbreak-sounding title. But fear not, because as good of an emotional lashing as this book gives, it gives an equally and even more so soul-warming story between Belmont and Sage. I will say, I think I would have benefited from reading the previous Clarkson books prior to this one because it does seem as if I missed a few key interactions between Sage and Belmont, but nothing crucial enough that I felt like I was lost. These two pick up on a journey cross country, when Sage decides she has to pull away. They've become too important to each other and use each other as a crutch so much that it's starting to dredge up bad memories of the dependency of her family that became disastrous while she was growing up. But as much as Sage thinks this is the right thing to do, it hurts her and Belmont far more. Of course, Belmont is his own brand of deliciously over-the-top alpha and goes after Sage. But when they come back together the slew of ups and downs to follow was enough to give me a head rush. Their inexplicable and demanding chemistry is something that took my breath away. And yet their near-obsession with one another isn't enough, or maybe is the cause, of their need to become martyrs in this story. Belmont is still gun-shy with his feelings after Sage's cutting remark when she tried to leave him, Sage is her own version of gun-shy because of some misplaced loyalty to her family. But Sage and Belmont keep coming back to the solace they find in each other. This book is spine-tingling sexy and borderline tear-inducingly emotional. These two characters bring so much heart and heat to the pages I dived into this book and finished it almost oxygen-deprived from holding my breath waiting to see what would happen next. Ms. Bailey has introduced me to one of the freshest and unique voices I have read in quite a while and I'll be flying through her backlist at my earliest convenience. Until then, I'll just be here, urging (and silently demanding) you go pick up this book. It's well worth the read! Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Too Beautiful to Break by Tessa Bailey Book Four of the Romancing the Clarksons series Publisher: Forever Romance Publication Date: September 26, 2017 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): A love of a lifetime . . . Leaving Belmont Clarkson is the hardest thing Sage Alexander has ever done. From the moment they met, she knew Belmont was the one, and getting up close and personal with him on his family's epic road trip has taken her desire to a new, even hotter level. But there's no way she can go there---not without revealing secrets that could devastate them both. Losing Sage is not an option. Belmont's heart is hers, has always been hers. He knows she's hiding something from him, but nothing will stand in his way of telling her just how much she means to him. Finding her is easy---saving her from her past could cost him everything. What I Liked: I have so many mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it wasn't horrible, and I can see readers enjoying it. On the other hand, I didn't really like it. I love Tessa Bailey's books, and I have been a huge fan of hers for a long time. But this book just didn't do it for me. This is the fourth and final novel in the Romancing the Clarksons series, and it features Belmont Clarkson and Sage Alexander. They have been circling each other during this entire series, but never together romantically. At the start of this book, it's just Belmont and Sage, since the other three Clarksons have taken detours during the trip, and will meet Belmont in New York for the Plunge. But Sage knows she can't stay with Belmont for this trip - she needs to take care of some business at home. Business that she knows Belmont won't like. She uses their dependency on each other as an excuse, but really, she needs to go back to her sad, terrible life in Sibley, Louisiana, so she can make things right. But Belmont will follow Sage to the ends of the earth, and he stops at nothing to help her when he learns of her situation. They both have a lot standing between them, but their love is stronger than they know. Things I liked about this book: the characterization. I may not have loved Belmont like most readers of this series, but I can really appreciate how unique and different he is. Bailey has made him stand out completely, compared to the rest of her heroes of her various romance books, and in the romance world in general. Belmont is one of a kind. We can clearly see his character development in this story; he goes from putting Sage on a pedestal, to understanding her and loving her all the same. He overcomes some of his fears, and begins to understand his own self better. The same can be said about Sage. She goes through a lot in this book, and she learns a lot about herself, and about Belmont. From start to finish, she is working towards a healthier, stronger relationship with Belmont. She also works through a lot of feelings she had stored up from her past, dealing with her parents and her childhood. She didn't have a traumatic or "terrible" childhood, but let's just say she had to come to terms with forgiving her parents, for a lot. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
This book has gutted me. I've been waiting for Belmont from the very start of this 4 book family road trip journey, and boy, was he worth the wait. To quote one of my favorite movies (and one of my favorite ladies ever, Dolly Parton), "laughter through tears is my favorite emotion." I felt that several times while reading this, and it felt so good. Seriously, this book gets All. The. Stars. 5+++!! Belmont Clarkson is a unique man. He's stalwart, and almost a man of another time. He's big, but quiet. Fierce, but so gentle too. He loves his family, but almost from afar, afraid his feelings might be too much for them. He's the oldest of the 4 siblings, and the only one with a different father. He had a traumatic event happen in his childhood that scarred him, and he was never the same afterward. He's never quite faced up to it, and it's caused him a myriad of issues. His family and Sage set off on this road trip, from California to New York, to fulfill his mother's last wish: to have them all jump into the Atlantic Ocean off Coney Island, together, on New Year's Day. They've lost each of his siblings to finding their own loves along the way, and it's only he and Sage left in the giant Suburban. Until she tells him she's leaving too. Sage is a wedding planner, which is how she came to know the Clarkson family. She was planning Peggy Clarkson's (many) ill-fated weddings, and they became best friends. But, she also fell into a bit of a co-dependent non-relationship with Peggy's oldest brother, Belmont. The need they have for each other, and the way they've been using each other, isn't healthy. It reminds Sage of her parents' own flawed relationship, and she doesn't want that for herself, or for Bel. On top of that, she's about to go home to the small town of Sibley, Louisiana, which she hoped to NEVER see again, to help her parents out of a big jam. And she knows she can't let Bel follow her, so she has to be ruthless, in letting him go. Belmont and Sage's chemistry has been insane from the start. They love each other so fiercely, but aren't sure they can be what each other needs. They both have GIANT issues to overcome, and watching them do so is hard, and painful, and so worth the wait. I sobbed my way through part of this book, and smiled, laughed, and felt my heart explode through the rest. I loved the 2 of them together so much, and I am so beyond thrilled we got to experience this journey with them. Throughout this entire journey, though she's not there in person, is Miriam Clarkson, the matriarch of this family. She's the reason they're all there. Her words in her journal, and her final request of her children, has been the driving force behind this entire series, and their epic trip. As much as she wasn't the conventional mother, she loved her children fiercely, and she knew them, really knew them, often better than she ever revealed while she was alive. Their love for her, and each other, is what forced them on this quest to start with, and it's what makes the whole thing worth it. As much as I always love Tessa Bailey's books, this one, this whole series even, was very special. Her dirty talking alpha heroes are consistently THE BEST, and Belmont was no exception, though it took a little longer for his true colors to show through. I just love her voice, and how it comes through in every story she tells. I will never forget this family, or their epic journey. You won't either.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! Wow, just, wow... This novel opens with just Sage and Belmont in the car, as Sage prepares to leave him without him knowing why or where she's going. She's running from him to face her past - a past that is very ugly and makes her ashamed. Belmont finds Sage and fights to rescue her from her fate. Through all of this, the undercurrent of their relationship percolates. They have an intense attraction to each other, but have never acted on it. Add in the fact that Sage refuses to emulate her parents relationship and she would rather push Belmont away than do that, and you have all the ingredients for an intense romance. This novel is an emotional roller coaster that had me turning pages just as quickly as possible - it went from incredible highs to incredible lows, then did it again and again. Wow, if I smoked it might be time for a cigarette.... This might be the best Clarkson story yet. If you only read one Clarkson novel, it should be this one. While their road trip ends, I hope the characters will show up in future books and I really hope to learn Libby's story. This is a must read for fans of the genre. The author is a master of her craft and is on my must read authors' list.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
What an incredibly intense read! Book 4 continues with Belmont and Sage making the journey to New York for the Polar Plunge. This was Belmont's mothers dying wish, for all four of her children to do this together. They all started out on the road trip and with each book, a sibling battled their demons and found love. It seems Tessa Bailey saved the most wounded for last. Belmont and Sage both have so many demons they are dealing with. They've dealt, up to this point, in a co-dependency that Sage knew wasn't healthy. She knows this because her parents have done the same thing for her whole life. Leaving her feeling abandoned and living on the outskirts. This whole book was just intense. The way Belmont needed Sage, it was as if he couldn't breath without sharing the same air as her and yet he never felt he could truly have her. Sage has her own issues to deal with, but also tried everything she could to help Belmont with his. He comes off as weighed down by his issues and yet he was probably the strongest of them all. Too Beautiful to Break is an appropriate title for these two people. The love and determination displayed was powerful and inspiring. It was a great ending to the series. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Reading Too Beautiful to Break, is like standing in the eye of a hurricane. The storm clouds alert to danger, but the thrill of the unknown outweighs the fear of what's to come. Belmont and Sage are a cocktail of danger from their co - dependent relationship, to their individual demons. Underneath the calm lies precarious revelations that could prove lethal to a friendship that goes beyond the boundaries of the norm. At times I felt like a voyeur as I traversed the carnage of this disturbingly complicated duet of hearts, but once you step into the maze there's no turning back. Your heart won't allow you to walk away.