{Review+Giveaway} Breakaway : A New Adult Spring Break Anthology

April 21, 2014 Giveaways, New Adult, Reviews 9 ★★★★

{Review+Giveaway} Breakaway : A New Adult Spring Break AnthologyBreakaway by Alana Albertson, Carly Carson, Cherie Blakeley, Dawn Robertson, Farrah Farside, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Jay McLean, Linda Barlow, M-E Girard, Missy Johnson, Nicole Blanchard, Pam Godwin, Penny Reid
Pages: 406
Published by Bolero Books on March 15, 2014
Genres: Anthology, contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult
Source: ecopy from Publisher

Party with your favorite New Adult authors as they celebrate Spring Break with a collection of 13 scorching hot novellas and short stories. 

Confessions by Jay McLean: A flat tire and a twist of fate bring them together, but it's their pasts and their confessions that keep them there. 

Spider on a Plane by Ilsa Madden-Mills: When lead guitarist for Vital Rejects boards his plane, he’s assigned to sit next to the most famous, goody-goody in New York. He hits on her; she snubs him. The plane lands, but their journey is far from over… 

Bunsen Burner Bingo by Penny Reid: Katy Parker likes being the invisible girl almost as much as she obsesses over the campus golden boy, Martin Sandeke. But when she inadvertently overhears a nefarious plot about Martin, she'll have to overcome her fears and summon the courage to be seen. 

To Steal a Kiss by Pam Godwin: When petty thief, Addy Goldner, is caught with her hands in the pockets of a dark-eyed college boy on spring break, will he turn her in or punish her by stealing something for himself? 

Ricochet by Missy Johnson: He wasn't supposed to be anything more than a one-nighter to ease my broken heart...he also wasn't supposed to be my best friend's younger brother. 

Claiming Freedom by Dawn Robertson: Greyson Scott is exactly what Stella Lewis needs for a Spring Break to remember. But when the vacation is over and real life returns, she's shocked to learn he's one fling she can't seem to forget. 

Color Me Bad by Linda Barlow: Fleeing a dude with a shotgun, Rory McKay seeks help from bad boy townie, Griff O'Malley, only to learn that Griff may have murdered his last girlfriend. 

Invaluable by Alana Albertson: For Kyle Lawson, former NFL star turned Navy SEAL, a hot one night stand with a USO cheerleader ends in an early morning rescue mission. He will never win MVP, never get the Super Bowl ring, but some heroes don't play games. 

Bling Ring in Mexico by Carly Carson: When spring break fun turns into crime, Susanna must choose between chasing bling and chasing a hot dolphin trainer. But straight-arrow Joaquin has no intention of being the boy toy of his flighty classmate. Too bad lust has such a good grip on him. 

Contacts by Farrah Farside: Brooke thinks she's got the best she can get in Liam, but those closest to Brooke make her face the harsh truth: she's Liam's secret after-hours screw. 

Unbreakable by Nicole Blanchard: Stranded with her ex-boyfriend on an island during a storm, Rue Lawrence will either resist temptation...or surrender to it. 

Rained In by Cherie Blakeley: Stuck dog-sitting for her boss, Kiera Vane’s spring break plans are looking bleak. When a handsome stranger appears she panics, but soon discovers he’s the least of her worries. 

In a Daze by M-E Girard: Martie receives an invitation to a women-only evening from Daze, the girl she’s been obsessing over in class. She lands in a throwback to the ’50 butch-femme scene, and if Daze is the femme, then Martie better man up—and fast.

NA Review My Thoughts


Breakaway will have a story or two in it for everyone. Whether you like light and fluffy, dark and gritty, cute, sexy, or smokin’ hot, there are stories that will satisfy any romantic craving. I absolutely loved Breakaway. It was perfect for getting my quick romantic fixes. The stories were varying lengths and had completely different feels to them. I gravitated towards the longer stories and the cute and fun ones. But some of the darker ones were really interesting. I thought it was a really eclectic mix of Spring Break tales, but all of them had a very new adult vibe to them. Some of them were downright hot hot hot.

I liked a few of the stories so much that I had to drop everything, look the author up and write to them about their other books and buy them. I was also pleasantly surprised at how many stories there were in the book. It seemed like a pretty good length book, and there were 13 different stories for you to drink up and enjoy.

My favorite story in the book was Bunsen Burner Bingo by Penny Reid. And a few of my other top picks were Spider on a Plane by Ilsa Madden-Mills, Color Me Bad by Linda Barlow, Bling Ring in Mexico by Carly Carson, and Contacts by Farrah Farside.

Bunsen Burner Bingo was just beyond adorable. I want to see a full length book with the story of Katy and Martin. I loved that Martin was both this super smart science geek and a hot frat guy. Katy was someone who was burned in the past and hides behind her clothes and her science. This short story was laugh out loud funny and I want more!

Spider on a Plane was really cute too. It left me wanting more because of how everything ended. It is just begging for another scene once they get back to the house. Color Me Bad was awesome because of how long it was. It felt like the most completed story in the whole bunch. I felt like I got to know the characters the best, and the story was so full of twists and turns. Linda Barlow is someone I need to watch out for. If she could do that much in a novella, I must see what she can do with a full length.

Bling Ring in Mexico was a really sweet romance between two classmates that never got to know each other in school. Plus there is swimming with dolphins, how can you resist that? Contacts was a really great story about some girl who was getting used big time by a guy and gets swept off her feet by a much much nicer guy. Just the kind of thing to make me swoon. This is another one that I really want to see a full length book made out of.

I really enjoyed Breakaway. It put me right in the mood for summer. Fans of spring break, of new adult or of romance should check this book out. Read them one at a time when you are looking for a quick romance fix or read it all in one setting because you can’t get enough of the fun, either way, Breakaway is sure to please.



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About Ilsa Madden-Mills

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty and funny New Adult college romances.

A former high school English teacher and elementary librarian, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She loves unicorns, frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any book featuring sword-wielding females.

Email her at ilsamaddenmills at gmail dot com.

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About Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

9 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} Breakaway : A New Adult Spring Break Anthology”

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    Ooo Michelle from the cover to your review this makes me think of summer and snow cones. Yum. These would be perfect reads for the beach or traveling on vacation 🙂

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