Review: Breaking the Girl by M. C. Webb

Posted February 5, 2017 by Karen in Karen, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Breaking the Girl by M. C. WebbBreaking the Girl by Jennifer Serverino
on February 14th 2017
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Breaking the Girl by M.C. Webb is a dark story of desire. Two souls collide, breaking open a long forgotten past, and a very tortured present. What drives the lovers closer, may be the very thing the tears them apart.

Axel Stone is a porn star, a highly successful porn star. Now semi-retired and frigidly cold, Axel stumbles through life the only way he knows how – lots of booze and women. With more than 1500 movies over his short career, Axel has slowly removed himself from filming, opting instead to “train” woman for the industry resulting in their near stardom as they emerge onto the adult film sets. Every director wants one of Axel’s girls because Axel’s girls, make money.
And Payton Knight needs money.
Homeless, survivor of a horrific ordeal has left Payton broke and desperate. A chance encounter to meet and be trained by Axel, with the possibility of making enough cash to right her wrongs, Payton jumps at the chance. It doesn’t hurt she is instantly attracted to the leading man. Neither get what they expect and as they both struggle with which reality is less damning, both Axel and Payton pay an ultimate price.

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I decided to read this book because it sounded intriguing and different from what I usually read. It is an emotional story about a former porn star still involved in the adult industry. It is a dark, gritty story about two people with secrets who are forced to do whatever it takes to survive.

Axel Stone started in adult films at a young age and is now training young women to learn how to have sex on screen and become porn actresses.  Axel meets Payton when he is asked to train her.  From the moment they meet, Axel senses that Payton is different from all the other women he has met. Payton’s shyness and sincerity are what draw Axel to her. She is intriguing and refreshing and she affects him like no one else ever has.  There is a physical and emotional connection between them and Axel tries to warn Payton about working in this soulless industry.  He feels protective of Payton and tries to talk her into going home and choosing another career but she will not listen to him.

Axel is burned out, has a bad attitude and he is not an easy person to like.  Sadly, he has never known love or kindness.  He expects the worst from everyone because that is all he has ever known and as the story unfolds, it is easier to understand what shaped Axel into the man he is today.  Addison is a breath of fresh air in Axel’s stifling, unfilling life.  He wants her, yet he is afraid of the feelings she invokes in him.  My problem with this story was I had a difficult time connecting with Axel, although he does redeem himself.  This is a highly charged, emotional story with a lot of passion.


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I love a contemporary romance loaded with banter and chemistry with a protective alpha male pursuing a feisty female. When I’m not reading I’m spending time with my family and fostering dogs. I've been reviewing for Cocktails and Books since April 2013.

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