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Breaking Her

Love Is War, Book 2
Series: Love Is War, Book 2
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SCARLETT

He had done it again. Ravaged me. Burned me. Broken me. Given me air, only to leave me gasping, writhing. But then something changed. Something that terrified and excited me both. Something that utterly destroyed me. Something that made me whole again.

DANTE

Our love was cursed from the start. She didn't know it but I did. All she knew was that I'd lied to her, betrayed her. Done unforgivable things. Unavoidable things. Yes, I had broken promises as surely as I had broken her heart. But, just as every war has casualties, and every lie has consequences - every bastard has his reasons.

©2016 R.K. Lilley (P)2016 R.K. Lilley

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wow wow wow

What a raw strong beautiful story so heart wrenching but I'm the next breath had you giggling. would recommend you read with tissues and chococlate!!

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  • Ndulgent Reader
  • 15-12-16

Just OK

I had trouble connecting with the characters and never felt as if the story was complete in the end. Though I'm a fan of the author, this series wasn't for me but it was ok. The quality narration worked in its favor.

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  • BluBumbleB
  • 12-09-16

ANOTHER 5-STAR LISTEN!

Seriously, I'm a R.K. Lilley fan for life! There's just something about these books that hits every button for me. This series was perfection--dramatic, over the top, romantic perfection. It's not a fairy tale romance though, it's gritty, very dark, and kind of twisted. The narration was on point and befitting of the characters, also the interplay and history amongst the characters and their relationships was just toxic enough that I just ate up every minute of the story. A definite repeat listen for both books in this series, and highly recommended for those love sick like me out there.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 23-06-16

THIS WAR HAD CASUALTIES.... BUT LOVE TRIUMPHED

R. K. Lilley has done it again.... she's blown me away with an absolutely gripping and riveting story of love that's turned toxic... leading to spiteful jibes, witty yet wounding banter and years of regrets, heartache and painful memories. As the story slowly unfolds it introduces you to Scarlett and Dante who superficially hate each other and yet their history's are somehow entwined, their feelings run deep, their chemistry is combustible.... and that sometimes leads them to give in to angry sex. Their pasts are waiting to be told and their futures are waiting to be rewritten.

The chapters dart from present to past and back again giving an insight into like minded childhood friends whose natures were so similar that they formed an unbreakable bond... the world vs Scarlett and Dante. Scarlett was found in a dumpster, lived in a trailer with her alcoholic Grandmother and was dirt poor - whereas Dante comes from Old money, had a Trust Fund and his Mother's high expectations for him were constantly thrust in his face. Opposites in a lot of ways and yet there tempers and attitudes were so alike.

They go from being devoted friends to inseparable lovers with their hearts and futures so tightly entwined that they thought nothing and nobody could break them apart... but they were so naive and so very wrong. As the story flips back to the present you know Dante's broken Scarlett's heart but how and why will remain a mystery until the end. This bitter-sweet heartbreaking and tragic story that slowly unfurls tells a tale of innocence, brutal rape, murder, jealousy, shattered dreams, painful memories, blackmail, treachery, lost years, bitter regrets, soul shattering shocks, twists, drama, angst, manipulation, lies, secrets, selfless unconditional sacrifice and soul deep anguish that cuts deep. However, there's such a sweet backstory, a touching young love and an epic love story amongst the rubble of hate filled years of war, conflict and hostility.

This review is for the entire duet because after book 1 I just couldn't wait to listen to the now available second instalment of Scarlett and Dante's story which was utterly compelling, pulse-poundingly gripping, tearfully tragic, heartachingly beautiful and totally unforgettable. These two characters loved and lost but when the awful unbelievable truth was finally revealed they fought hard, against a vicious vindictive enemy, and eventually got their long awaited second chance to make things right, to forgive, to heal.... and to claim their HEA.

Worth a credit? I'm emotionally exhausted, mind f'd, overwhelmed, overjoyed and grateful to R. K. Lilley for yet another memorable and very creditworthy listen... thank you.

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  • Tina
  • 08-10-20

LONG BUT PRETTY GOOD!!!

Even though this book was split up into two books, the story was good. Great narration as well.

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  • JP
  • 29-09-20

Dante & Scarlett

▪▪▪Review containing spoilers▪▪▪ Audible Escapes review. Dual POV. Book 2 in the Love Is War duet. Character crossover from Up In The Air Series (Frankie, Estella & James). Each chapter starts with a random quote. Both narrators did a great job. This story is so heartbreaking. Trigger warnings: school bullying, drunk & abusive grandparent, 4 hour rape, self defense murder of a cop, adoption of a baby without the father's consent, lies, beating of a pregnant woman and her death after delivery, new born rescued from trash, murder of a grandparent, attempted suicide. Dante is the eldest grandson of the Durant family. He works for his family's department store chain. He's led by his heart to defend and protect Scarlett from school bullies but he keeps secrets from her. When they were high school students he murdered the homeless man that attacked and sexually assaulted Scarlett after the police did nothing. He served no time as it was deemed self defense. Later he helped get rid of the body of the detective that stalked, kidnapped and raped Scarlett after she killed him. Scarlett (aka Scar, Angel & Tiger) was a throw away baby; bullied as a child; neglected and abused by her drunk grandmother; defended and protected by Dante; assaulted by a homeless man; kidnapped, tied down and raped for four hours by the male detective working her assault case, when he freed her and passed out she used her grandmother's gun to kill him; flight attendant; actress; engaged to Dante, fell pregnant and gave her baby up for adoption after Dante dumped her but never told him. This couple suffers five years of separation because Adalaide was blackmailing Dante with pictures of the dead detective. During their separation Dante is forced into a six month engagement with Tiffany. Tiffany tortures Scarlett by texting her pictures of them. After breaking his engagement to Tiffany,  Dante breaks down and visits her and they verbally eviscerate each other and Scarlett keeps score trying to always strike Dante to wound him. This story has some seriously messed up stuff going on added to the above. Leo, Dante's dad, threw Dante a belated 15th birthday party full of prostitutes. Dante & Scarlett lose their virginity to each other when they're 15. After Dante dumped her, Scarlett got engaged to Nate & then broke up with him. Nate attempted to overdose on pills a week after she dumped him. Scarlett later finds out that Dante sent Nate to comfort her since he couldn't. Adalaide has Farrah spy on Scarlett. Adalaide lay in wait until she finds out that Dante and Scarlett are engaged before she set her evil blackmail plan in place. Later it's revealed that Adalaide either killed or set up the murder of Vivian. Adalaide had a hand's in Jethro beating Renee, was present when she showed up beaten and in labor at Leo's door, the delivery of Scarlett, the death of Renee and was the person responsible for putting Scarlett in the trash because Leo loved Renee and planned to leave Adalaide to be with her. Glinda gets sober, is diagnosed with cancer, turns herself in as the person murdering the detective taking the blame for Scarlett. Glinda explains that she got pregnant for Renee after a boy was dared to have sex with her for $50 because she was the ugliest girl in school. She apologizes to Scarlett for all the wrongs she committed against her. It's revealed that Bastian has been in love with Scarlett all along. Side Characters: Anton, Scarlett's friend. Scarlett's roommates: Demi (22, has a niece Olivia), Leona, and Farrah (Adalaide's spy). . Bastian (Dante's half brother, Leo's second son). Reese McCoy, high school bully. Moon Bliss, Demi's new friend. Tiffany (aka Fany, Dante's ex-fiancée, Adalaide's pawn, Bastian's soon-to-be wife). Nate (Dante's ex-best friend, Scarlett's ex-fiancée, attempted suicide by overdosing on pills). Diablo (the kitten Dante gave Scarlett). Amos (the dog Scarlett rescued and kept). Parents: Renee & Jethro (Scarlett's parents); Leo & Adalaide (Dante's parents); Vivian (aka Gram, Leo's mother); Heather (Leo's mistress, Lorenzo's mom); Gina & Eugene [adoptive daughter Mercy (Scarlett & Dante's bio daughter)]; Glinda (Renee's mom). Chapter 42 epilogue: the movie premiere of Scarlett's first lead role. Frankie from the reality show 'Kink & Ink' goes to the premiere with Estella. James Cavendish set up that meeting since he and his family are long time family friends of Dante's family. Dante and Scarlett get married and Mercy is their flower girl. JP

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  • Brooke Golden Chase
  • 10-09-20

Wow! Wow! Wow! Phenomenal Duet!

I was completely hooked the moment I started the first book, their chemistry was palpable. Parts of the story were hard to listen to, heartbreaking, but SO MUCH good and love. These two books were addicting, probably one of my very favorite stories, i won't forget about them! Good chance I'll be reading this series over and over, its THAT good. Oh, and one of the best parts, the sex in the book was perfection. You could truly feel each situation. I didn't cringe once, truly excellent writing!

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  • Jen - Audible Addict
  • 25-08-20

What a ride!

Wear your seatbelt for this one. There are triggers, so proceed with caution - but it is one hell of a ride! Holy dark, gut-wrenching mistakes, Batman! Everything I wrote in my review of book 1 applies to this one as well. While listening to this duet I have cursed R.K. Lilley's name, growled in frustration & wondered at the sheer amount of toxic dysfunction, self recrimination, targeted self-serving vehemence & LOVE in this book. Dante is the antihero I needed him to be in the most despicable, most frustratingly soul-shattering, soul-crushing way possible! I would like to have had more of Dante's point of view to get more of his side of the story, but what Scarlet endures broke my heart piece by piece as they let go of their baggage and the full story was uncovered. Jason Clarke and Sarah Naughton both delivered excellent performances in this emotional and difficult story. Jason is one of my favorite narrators, so that comes as no surprise. Loved it, even though it was painful at times!

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  • BigDayDana
  • 02-07-20

so fantastic, sexy and and fresh!

first the narrators are the bomb! they truly made this story seem so authentic! really, sexy voices. the story was so great. such a very sexy story, but not dirty. characters had heart-wrenching issues but love overcomes all. but the flaws were realistic of all characters and so refreshingly real and honest that you could identify with a lot, unlike other popular novels. buy it!!

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  • Yzezaz
  • 29-06-20

Heavy

Emotionally intense! not a dark romance per say...but the emotional abuses to each other were heavy.

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  • Leslie Caruthers
  • 07-06-20

One of my favorite series!

The love story began when they were 10 years old & while it is also filled with tragedy, pain, drama, suspense, it is beautifully told & one of my absolute favorites to listen to, by 2 of the best narrators in the business. TRIGGER warning! There are a couple of scenes that contain violence & may be difficult for some readers. If you can handle that, I highly recommend this series!