problem—Derek refuses to talk to reporters. The son of a famed Illinois senator, this football star despises the media.
Hannah has never been one to follow orders, especially when she wants something. When her new assignment tries to give her the brush off, Hannah won't take no for an answer, going to extremes to get the attention of this superstar athlete.
Drawn to her quirky questions and die-hard persistence, Derek begins opening up to this rookie reporter, and he can’t stay away no matter how hard he tries.
As the two get closer, Hannah finds herself falling for the enigmatic quarterback. But nothing’s ever easy. As a decade old
secret comes to light, Hannah has to decide how far she’ll go and how many lines she’s willing to cross to keep Derek safe.
Is uncovering the truth worth the risk of losing it all?
4 .5 Breaking Stars
Breaking Cage is a standalone and is written by the wonderful A.J. Pryor. First off, cover love right? I simply want to devour this book based on the cover alone. Yum!
Breaking Cage is a sports theme book and to my surprise is a little suspenseful and that’s completely my cuppa.
Hannah is a reporter, but she’s a newbie. She wants to hit it big and write stories that interests her, but she only gets a job as a sports journalist because she lies and says she knows everything there was to know about sports. I really loved that. I found it super cute that Hannah tries hard to learn about football and acts like she knows what she is talking about. She doesn’t act dumb, it’s just cute watching her struggle at times.
Derek is the star football player and he doesn’t do interviews and when he does he gives everyone a hard time. He also has a nick name called Rage because of his temper. I loved Derek. I found him so complicated and tortured. Something happened in his past which has shaped him to be the man he is today.
Hannah wants Derek’s story. The twist of the book, okay not really twist, but what I really liked was that Derek knows that! Yes, Derek knows Hannah wants his story and Hannah knows that Derek knows. I found this storyline so refreshing. It’s not like Hannah harbors a secret throughout the book. So the banter between the two main people is really interesting to read and very addicting.
As the story continues you start to understand what has happened in Derek’s past and you question who is good for Derek, people wise. At the same time someone doesn’t want Hannah to discover the past and will do anything to stop her.
There is some tension between Derek and Hannah, but like I said, I like how they interact. Hannah wants to be known as a good reporter and doesn’t want to start anything with Derek. Derek is super attracted to her, but doesn’t want to put her in the spotlight either, because nothing good could come of that. But while all of this is going down, there’s suspense! Who is after Hannah and what happened to Derek in the past?
Overall, Breaking Cage was a delightful and suspenseful read. It kept me on my toes the whole time and I never knew what was going to happen. I love the mature and witty banter between Derek and Hannah. A.J. Pryor knows exactly how to write a fresh and well-rounded read.
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A.J. Pryor lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. If not home writing, you can find her at the beach, the yoga studio or the soccer field with her girls. An avid reader of contemporary romance, new adult and young adult novels, her Kindle is always within reach. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.