Breaking Kate (Acceptance #1) by D. Kelly
Released: March 23, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance/erotica
Publisher: D. Kelly
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Michael Matthews has been in love with Katherine Moore since the second grade. In Michaels mind there is absolutely nothing that will ever be able to keep the two of them apart. The night Michael is set to propose to Katherine the evening is interrupted by an unexpected tragedy that tears the two of them apart for good.
Three years have passed since that fateful night when Katherine, now known as Kate meets Daniel. After an awkward start sparks fly between them. Daniel and Kate fall hard and fast into the most passionate and intense love affair of their lives. In three years a lot can change, Michael knows he made the biggest mistake of his life when he left Katherine and he will do anything to get her back. Asking his best friend Daniel for help is his first step in righting the wrongs he made so many years ago. Unfortunately, neither of them realizes that Michaels long lost love Katherine is Daniel’s true love Kate.
While attending the engagement party of a mutual friend, all of their paths collide. How is Kate supposed to choose between the two men that mean the most to her in the world? Kate has to push past her heartache and put some serious thought into what comes next. One wrong choice and not only could she lose them both but Daniel and Michael may never recover their friendship.
Katherine Moore, who is now known as Kate, hasn’t had the easiest life. Although she grew up in an affluent home, it had its downside. She lost her mom at an early age and then essentially lost her father at the same time to his need for money and power in his business. She was left to fend for herself but had two best friends there with her, Jess and Michael. She began dating Michael in high school and they were set to be engaged right before college until a tragic accident happened and changed the course of the three.
Michael and Katherine were perfect until they abruptly weren’t. When he father died, he assumed the worst about her and even went as far as to blame her for the death. He spends the next several years spiraling down his personal hell. Instead of trying to heal, he chooses to have a string of one night stands to forget about all the loss his incurred. He has set himself up with a new set of friends, who have become his family, as well as a career in construction instead of attending school for business. He’s truly a sad, lost soul.
Daniel and Kate meet through a setup by their mutual friends. He comes from a great family who is close and loving. It’s the opposite environment of how Kate grew up. He also works in the family business—construction. See where this is going? Kate and Daniel have an immediate and profound connection when they meet. Their relationship progresses at a fast pace, quickly becoming serious.
This first book is mostly about Daniel and Kate. She begins to heal after nearly four years of despair; he does the same six months post breakup. They have such a basal rapport; everything seems to grow fairly smoothly and organically despite the quick timeframe.
I enjoyed the concept of the book; it’s almost like two separate stories of star-crossed lovers where only one seems like a viable option for a healthy future. As a reader, we know and can read the different points of view from all three of the main characters. The flow of the storyline at some points moves very quickly with things happening everywhere and at other times is very slow with bits that don’t appear to enhance the plot. The story also emerges separately between a contemporary romance and then erotica, sweet relationship stuff and then dirty, yummy sex. I can’t quite decide if this is yin and yang or just bothersome; I appreciated both parts but they didn’t entirely go together. One more thing, be prepared for a ton of secondary characters and situations. I haven’t figured out if this is integral for the future of the series or if it’s just abundant. Overall, it is a satisfying read with an interesting premise. I’m curious to see where the second book goes.
Rating: 3.5 stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.