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Jaded Jain

Today I'm doing a review for Breaking Braydon by M.K. Harkins. This is a stand alone novel that isn't tied to her Intentional Series, but I really enjoyed it! 

Playboy billionaire Braydon Decker changes women more often than designer ties. Scarred and humiliated as a teenager, he pledged long ago to never trust a beautiful woman again. But then he never imagined meeting one quite like Jain Parker. 

Jain, a dedicated medical research scientist, learned early in college that her good looks were a hindrance and she’d have to tone down her beauty to be taken seriously, thus, Plain Jain was born, and men were no longer an issue. Of course, she didn’t count on running into Braydon Decker. 

A successful venture capitalist, Braydon holds the key to whether Jain’s research company sinks or swims. When the two are forced to work together on a fundraising campaign, they’re instantly drawn to one another, despite their individual vows to remain unattached. As they navigate unchartered waters, their inability to trust wages war with their desire to love. 

Hearts are broken and trust is shattered when betrayal and lies are revealed. Will the truth bring them healing and forgiveness, or will it be too late? 

Breaking Braydon offers readers an emotional, compelling story filled with heartwarming humor, romance, heartbreak and love.

When I started reading Breaking Braydon it became obvious fast that the alternate title for this story could be Jaded Jain. Braydon Decker was a big money man who liked to play with the ladies, but not get to close to any of them. He was an interesting character in that he had issues, for issues that were not apparent to the reader. Then we meet Jain Parker, a woman with issues that were obvious, she had an ax to grind against men. She went so far as to change her appearance just to play the role of "plain Jain" so men would leave her alone. It didn't seem to work though because she had two men fighting to be the one to take her out, her co-worker Erik who I found creepy like a snake and of course, Mr. Decker himself.

When Jain's funding for ALS research comes to a screeching halt she has to swallow her pride and take her best friend Collin's advice, do anything to get Braydon Decker to help them. As a highly acclaimed fundraiser headhunter Braydon knew his way around the socialite community and their pocketbooks. If he agreed to help their research company with a fundraiser they wouldn't need to worry about funding ever again. 

Here's where it gets complicated. Braydon likes Jain and Jain likes Braydon, but they are both so jaded that it's a lesson in failure for both of them. Sure they loved each other, but could their bigger issues be sorted out in time to save whatever feelings they had for each other? 

I read Breaking Braydon in two nights, so it's a super fast read that keeps your interest and makes you want to find out what happens. All told Breaking Braydon is a well written and intriguing contemporary romance that will draw out a lot of emotions in you and personally I think that's what every writer aims to do. Ms. Harkins took two very flawed and jaded characters and brought them together in such a way that even though everything wasn't Skittles and rainbows they were able to find their way to true love. I especially liked her use of secondary characters, in fact, I loved, loved, loved Jain's best friend Collin and would love to see Ms. Harkins write his love story with Charlie. If you want a well written, clean, contemporary romance than you'll love getting to know Braydon and Jain. 

I give Breaking Braydon ....... 5 cups of happily ever after!

About The Author 

MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she'd like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance - eFestival of Words- August 2014)

Unintentional, the second book in the series, is based on the life of one of the characters in Intentional. Unintentional was written as a stand-alone book.

Breaking Braydon, another stand-alone book, is now available for pre-sale. Release date is January 24th, 2015

When she's not writing novels, she likes to spend her free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (She lives in Seattle, what can she say?), watching movies and reading (!)

MK also runs her own business in her current hometown of Mercer Island, Washington.

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