The Queen’s Book Talk # 24 : Break Even by Lisa De Jong


Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published December 27th 2015


My story isn’t a love story … not the typical kind anyway. 
As a lawyer, I’m used to discovery, but I never saw this one coming. 

Every day, River gives me ten reasons to stay away, and then eleven reasons why I can’t. Our relationship was to remain strictly business, or at least I tried. 

Four years of marriage, and everything with Cole has changed. I never knew two people who lived together could be so distant. But I’m not ready to give up on him. 

One man wants to break me. 
The other is just trying to get even. 

Both are lying to me. 


I’m a fan of New Adult novels especially at night or when I’m in a slump so thank God for good NA Authors. This book is an example of a good old new adult romance novel. Just the right amount of romance, lies heartbreak, twists, steamy scenes and love love love.

Break Even is about a broken marriage and something that will definitely pry the gap even more. If you like stories that will slightly break your heart and also make you think if what we settle for ourselves are always the right thing to settle on then this is the book for you. I won’t go any further in this non spoilery section because it would be more punch-y im the heart if you dive in blind.


Lengthy safe and settled relationship stories always have a sudden longing effect for me so whenever I read about long realtionships getting ruined in a blink of an eye it kind of bugs me that something so safe and so sheltered and established can still be destroyed in just a second.

Marley’s marriage in this story shows how one will do anything for love. She , for one, wanted to be a lawyer that can help people that can’t represent themselves but ended up being a partner in her husband’s firm. Not that it’s a bad thing but every couple should have to grow eventually ( which she realizes in the end of the book ). I love that Marley is honest enough to eacknowledge the troubles of their marriage and put it forward for them to discuss it.

Cole’s constant travelling is a sure sign that he is doing something fishy. When a guy loves you he won’t be staying that much away even though his job requires it. There is some predictability at this part of the story but she remained consistent and slapped us in her twists.

River. He is our too good to be true guy because he’s bad and good and sweer and all that at the same time. Many might sau that there is really a guy like that out there but until I find one I’m still standing by my point that these kinds of guys are even more fictional than fictional characters. They sewm to be cliche but actually they add spice and hope to the main character to be able to help herself and grow and I like River. He showed Marley what she deserved and I applaud his restraint to say to Marley who Cole really is because if he said anything about it too soon then Marley would have taken it a lot differently. She just had to find the truth by herself.

The twist. That twist is literally a twist. I guessed that Cole is cooking something fishy but not as fishy at this. And for the record, Cole is good. Up until the end I can’t still figure out he truely is sorry or is it all just for show because he did’t want to lose.


In conclusion, I like the book and the easy writing enough to give it 4 Royal Stars. I just hope my next reads are mindblowingly new and not cliche.

Thank you for reading my loves! 😘



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