This is such a wonderfully written love story, about love, family and most of all about seeing that sometimes giving and getting a second chance is worth all the hurt and pain. ~ Piper, Guilty Pleasures
Beyond passion. And beyond their control…
Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood’s life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she’s finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex…
Then she met him.
Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn’t the man of Tuesday’s dreams. He’s a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions, whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It’s primal. It’s insatiable. And it won’t be satisfied until they’re both consumed, body and soul…
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Broken Open is book two in the Hurley Brothers series. If you love Mrs. Dane’s Brown Siblings series, then you must check this series out.
Ezra Hurley had it all. He was a famous rock star, doing what he loved, and most importantly had a family that loved him to the core. He threw it all away for heroin. Now he has been sober for quite some time running and working the family ranch. He has a heart of gold, even if he can’t see it. How can you not fall in love with a guy with a dog named Loopy and a pig named Violet.
Tuesday Eastwood is still trying to pick up the pieces from her husband dying five years ago. Tuesday is an artist, and runs a shop in Hood River and Natalie’s best friend. Natalie also happens to be Ezra’s brother Paddy’s girlfriend. Tuesday has been “lost” for several years with her only lasting relationships being her friendship with Natalie and their college roommates, until she meets Ezra Hurley. Once Tuesday meets him she know her life is going to change and she knows she has to come to terms with things regarding her husband, his family and herself.
Tuesday can be a straight shooter, which I loved about her. She is a beautiful black women with a lot broken pieces, but she does not let that hold her back. Sure she has bad times, but she moves through them. I loved that Tuesday was written as such a strong character. Her friendship with Natalie is great, and makes you wish you were friends with them.
Ezra has to be one of the best written heroes I have read in a long time. He is so complicated, but you understand where he is coming from. You want to tell him what a good person he is and that yes he made mistakes, but he is doing what needs to be done to be that better person he has now become. Only problem is he stills see himself as that horrible person. Tuesday and Ezra compliment each other so well. Through all their faults and thier issues Tuesday never gives up on Ezra. Even when she thinks she might have to give him up she doesn’t. This is such a wonderfully written love story, about love, family and most of all about seeing that sometimes giving and getting a second chance is worth all the hurt and pain.
Lauren Dane is one of those writers who has the talent to write characters who grab me and won’t let go. Ezra and Tuesday are sexy, funny and heartbreaking and I was completely drawn in by their story! ~ JavaGirl, Guilty Pleasur
From my first meeting with the Hurley brothers in LUSH, I have been not so patiently waiting for Ezra’s story. Ms. Dane does not disappoint! BROKEN OPEN was a very emotional read for me. Both Ezra and Tuesday have been through hell and survived. Ezra is a former heroin addict, while Tuesday lost her husband to cancer. Both have spent the last five years redefining themselves, making huge changes in their lives and finding their new places in the world. The founder of a successful rock band, Ezra stepped away from touring with his brothers, something he felt necessary to maintain his sobriety. He took over the running of the family ranch but still writes, records and produces with the band. His guilt over what he put his family through while using heroin pushes him to prove himself by being the responsible older brother who takes care of his family. His family has forgiven him, but Ezra needs to forgive himself and move on. Ezra’s budding relationship with Tuesday, the best friend and housemate of his brother Paddy’s girlfriend, Natalie, has the potential for disaster. However, they’re both intelligent and realize the need to tread carefully. There were times the slow build-up of their relationship made me a little impatient, but both are grappling with feelings of guilt and fear, and ultimately the pace fits who they are and works well with their story. I loved that these characters are both strong, yet vulnerable. They want to be together, but both hold back from taking that last step toward each other. Tuesday is smart, creative, independent, and bold. Her family, like so many families in Ms. Dane’s books, are loving and supportive, but not afraid to call it like they see it. Tuesday’s parents made me laugh out loud a number of times. The Hurleys are always entertaining and I love the close relationships Ezra has with his brothers and parents. He tries to come across as gruff, but the care he takes with his animal menagerie and his love for his nieces shows what a big softie he really is. Vaughan’s story is integrated perfectly. The set-up is there for his book, without overshadowing Ezra’s story or being too “in your face”.
The fact that Tuesday and Ezra are an interracial couple is deftly handled. Tuesday’s experience with racism is, unfortunately, realistic, but it’s neither the focus nor the conflict in their relationship.
I loved both these characters and their love story. In addition to the hot, sexy scenes that Lauren Dane writes so well, there is both humor and heartbreak. I don’t like to cry and it’s rare for me to cry over a book, but I cried for Ezra and Tuesday. I cried for what they had both been through, as well as for their struggles to accept that they deserved to move on from their pasts and find love and happiness.
There were times, although brief, that I felt the descriptions of the characters, especially Ezra, became repetitive. It wasn’t a huge issue, but it did start to feel like I was reading the same description multiple times and I was tempted to skim to get past and on to more interaction between characters. I didn’t, but I was tempted, something I rarely am with a Lauren Dane book.
My number one favorite quality in a writer is the ability to create strong, supportive, interesting and entertaining families. Families by blood or choice, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as the characters are well-written and believable. Lauren Dane is one of those writers who has the talent to write characters who grab me and won’t let go; who make me want to be a part of their family. The settings, characters, and plots are all different, but at the heart of her books is a strong unit of love, friendship, and loyalty that draws me in time and time again.