Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Breaking Brandon (Fate #2) by Elizabeth Reyes: Blitz, Guest Post, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to the book blitz for Breaking Brandon (Fate #2) by Elizabeth Reyes, hosted by As the Pages Turn.  The Fate Series is a spin-off from Elizabeth Reyes well know Moreno Brothers Series, and are companion novels, so it isn't necessary to read that series first.  Today we have teasers, a really fun guest post with Brandon and Regina, my review, as well a giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

TITLE: Breaking Brandon
SERIES: Fate, Book #2
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Reyes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: November 26, 2013
BLITZ Organized by: As the Pages Turn
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Fate is a Moreno Brothers spinoff series.

He ruled out attachments years ago. Then one day he crosses paths with a beautiful but pampered daddy's little princess. History has taught him one thing about women like her—steer clear.

She was starting over. She moved back to her home town, took a new job assignment, and left her past behind. For the first time in over eighteen months, she's even intrigued by a man—a sexy but cold and indifferent drill sergeant. Despite feeling drawn to him, she has no time to figure out his inexplicable aversion to her.

Then Fate steps in one night, forcing them together. There's a connection neither can refute, and they both consider giving into the undeniable attraction.

Fate however can also be cruel. Just when they surrender to their heart's desires, past demons resurface in the most unexpected way, threatening the happiness neither realized they so desperately needed.

 Brandon and Regina gives us 5 Fun facts about each we didn't know about
 Regina smirks digging her teeth into her bottom lip as she glances at Brandon then clears her throat and sits up all no nonsense like.

"Ok counting down fun facts from  number five. You might not know this about Sergeant Billings," she winks at him with a grin as he stares at her lifting a brow."Or maybe you did if you were paying close attention.... He sleeps in the nude." She leans over and kisses him lightly on the lips whispering. "And of course now he has me doing it, too." 

Brandon appears undaunted by this but doesn't take his eyes off her even as she pulls away giving her that unreadable stare only he can do so well. 

"Number four fun fact," she continues. "Most won't be surprised but as um... particular as Brandon can be about most things. He's very good in the kitchen," she grins at him sinfully. "And I don't just mean with me on the counter." Brandon's eyes shoot open obviously not expecting her to share that with us. Regina laughs but continues. "I mean he's a very good cook and still can't get over how much I lucked out meeting someone this hot, this sweet, but who can also cook the way he does. Talk about feeling like a pampered princess."  

We get a little smile from Brandon this time as he straightens out in his chair. *Whispers* Did I mention he's in  his fatigues and looks too damn hot for words!

"Number three," Regina smiles big leaning into Brandon. "That last one just reminded me of this. He's adding another tattoo to his collection that reads Princess Billings."

Now we get a glimpse of that full beautiful smile. Regina giggles kissing him again a bit longer than last time. This time Brandon brings his hand around her neck pulling her closer for a much deeper kiss and as much as I'd like to sit here and watch dreamily... it's getting hot and my note cards I'm using to fan myself are not big enough for the heat I'm beginning to feel! *Ahem!* Thankfully Regina pulls away a bit embarrassed though Brandon's serious expression offers no apologies.

Rubbing his thigh with her hand she smiles. "Fun fact number two. For someone who puts on such a tough act, barely ever smiling, I've now seen Brandon laugh almost to tears." She giggles and Brandon actually chuckles shaking his head. "Okay so it's only certain people in my family that bring it out in him but still. He's laughed to the point he was holding his sides more than once now."

After whispering some stuff and laughing some about it Regina clears her throat and continues.

"Number one fun fact about Brandon is something new for him and I'm so happy about this by the way ." Brandon peers at her curiously. "When I first met Brandon he was all about no attachments. Obviously he made an exception. Anyone whose read our story will know this," she says smiling sweetly at him. "But he's continued to make exceptions. He may not admit it openly but he's embraced my family whole heartedly even becoming very close with my brother-in-law, the kids and a few others. So the number one fun fact about Brandon is he's now embracing making attachments of all kinds. In love and in friendship."

She squeezes him hard and kisses him again only this time they keep it short. "Okay you're turn," she smiles playfully. 

I now get to ogle.. err..  focus on Brandon legitimately and for good reason. He has the spotlight.

"Alright I'll do them backwards like she did," he informs me with that serious stare and already I can feel  the sweat beading around my forehead and upper lip.

I nod nervously. "Go ahead Mr.—  Uh Sergeant Billings."  He smiles at me!

"Fun fact number five and I mentioned to Regina even she wouldn't know some of these," Regina stares at him half smiling. "She murmurs in her sleep."

Regina's mouth falls open. "I do not!"

"Yeah you do," he says very smugly. "Most of the times I can't make out what you're saying," we're indulged once again with another very satisfied smile. "But a few times I have and it's very interesting." 

Regina begins grilling him in a hushed voice but I hear him tell her he has to move on to the next one. He turns back to me still looking too smug.

"Fun fact number four," he glances at Regina for a moment his expression changing—going a bit serious. "She can surf." He stares at her for a moment, raising an eyebrow. "A little too well for someone who only spent one summer doing it."

"It really was only one summer," she insists.

Suddenly the playful Brandon who spoke of her murmuring is gone and Sergeant Billings is back in the room. "Fun fact number three," he says all humor gone from his eyes. "She's been refilling the empty tote in my closet."

"Brandon!" she says bringing her hand to her flushing face.

"That's all I'm saying about that," he assures her. "Fun fact number two," he continues quickly. "She and her baby sister  think no one is on to them trying be sneaky about getting her older  sister hooked up with—"

"That's not true!" Regina protests.

"Babe, you're not sneaky. It's pretty obvious."

"I meant we're not being sneaky," Regina smiled. "I didn't realize you thought we were trying to be."

"Good to know because everyone knows what you two are up to." He squeezes her leg and takes a deep breath. "Number one fun fact about Regina?" he looks back at her going from playful to serious to almost nervous and we actually see him gulp. "She's taking a home pregnancy test when we get home."

Regina and I both gasp. "Brandon that's supposed to be a—"

"By the time this is posted everyone will know babe." He winks at her  and as playful as he attempts to look he's lost some facial color. "Trust me."

I'm speechless but have no choice but to thank them for joining me and wrap it up. On to interview Elizabeth Reyes!         

We asked Elizabeth two choose some of her favorite lines from Breaking Brandon. In no particular order she gave us her list  but being the tease that she is she's made very short comments on why she chose them then said she'd just let you the readers  figure it out. She CLAIMS she doesn't want to spoil anything for the reader. Hmph!

So let's examine these. Up first is this one.

  He finally understood what his father had meant all those years. That kind of deep emotion—the kind he felt suffocating his heart at that moment—was sacred. It was something that should remain deep inside. No one had a right to know you were feeling it but yourself.

Her comment was this sets up how much it will take to Break Brandon.  Hmm..

Next she chose this one:
 Regina: You’ve obviously made some kind of assessment about me, yet you know nothing about me.”
Brandon: “That’s right. I don’t. And I’m sorry that my lack of desire to know more upsets you.”

Ouch! Reyes only gives us a smug smile. Tease!

Another one of her favorites:
  “Sir, I can explain.”
“Yes, you can and you will,” Brandon said, his tone hard and full of authority just as he’d been trained by the very best. “Only not here, not like this.” He got right in Rodriguez’s face. “I want a full report on my desk tomorrow morning, explaining why you ignored a direct order from your superior. I wanna know exactly what you were talking to her about when you’ve been instructed to stay away from her entirely. And also want you tell me why the hell I shouldn’t write you up.”
     Reyes comments is,  "One of the very first signs of breaking down and he knows it."

On to the last one:
“What I was doing before you . . . Baby, I may as well have been dead. My life now with you compared to what it was then . . . I was dead.”

Here I only comment about this one was  a "Sigh!" and a big smile.


USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 9 full length novels total and fast at work on the next. The excitement her Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate series have garnered has far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with as much excitement that she'll continue to put out books related to these series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon.
In 2014 she will take her next step in the exciting world of writing and publish her first traditionally published book with Simon & Schuster/Atria. But she will continue putting out self published books as well.

My Review:  Breaking Brandon is the second novel in Elizabeth Reyes Fate Series.  I haven't read the first novel in the series, yet still thoroughly enjoyed Breaking Brandon, so this could really be considered more of a companion novel, though I do plan to go back and read book one.  We originally met Brandon in Sweet Sofie, book three in The Moreno Brothers Series.  Don't worry if you haven't read that yet though, because Elizabeth Reyes recaps what happened and what is relevant to this story.  Brandon thought he loved Sofie, and when she rejected him, that combined with his abusive relationship with his father, his father's death, and the subsequent loss of his mom, caused him to choose to turn into a hard, cold man who chose not to have attachments of any kind, a motto which he had lived by for years.  Now a Drill Instructor in the Marines, he finds himself transferring back to California, not far from his old neighborhood in La Jolla, somewhere he never thought he'd go again.  Regina Brady is also moving back home to California to start over, recovering from a tragic loss herself.  When Brandon first sees her in the airport, he overhears her phone conversation, notices how beautiful and how well-dressed she is, and immediately he can't stand her, labeling her a daddy's girl, a spoiled rich little princess.  He's even madder at himself because he can't seem to quit looking at her or get her out of his mind, and it brings up memories of feelings he once had for a girl, as well as a time he'd tried to forget.

When Brandon reports to work at the Base, he is informed by his superior that there are civilians working there in the same building on a project.  After seeing several of the civilian men working on the project, he is quite taken about when a woman walks and he realizes that that woman is his spoiled princess from the airport.  He's even more surprised when he learns that she is the lead civil engineer on the job.  Regina Brady recognizes Brandon to, and immediately smiles at him, only to receive a hate-filled, disgusted stare back, which she doesn't understand.  Several subsequent brief encounters with Sgt. Billings make it obvious to Regina that he can't stand her, but she has no idea why.  Deciding that two can play this game, she thinks it is best to avoid him, even though there is something about him that draws her to him.  Her choice to avoid him at all costs results in a mishap that throws them together whether they want to be or not.

The subsequent relationship that develops between them is intense, passionate, and takes them both completely by surprise.  They are both such broken individuals with pasts that have caused them to have more in common than they realize.  The spoiled princess Brandon hated has become "His Princess," who he now cherishes.  Regina in turn is finding that this man is bringing a level of healing to her heart that she thought she'd never find after the loss that she had incurred.  The chemistry between them is smoking hot.  Though they share parts of their pasts, there are parts that they aren't ready to deal with yet and would rather keep hidden, dark parts.  Brandon is very possessive and hot tempered, and makes it clear to her what he wants, and Regina finds herself also wanting the same things.  They both experience joy and begin to share bits and pieces of their pain, but when events turn serious and the past collides with the present like a head-on collision, they have to decide if what they have together is worth overcoming the obstacles of their past, and the obstacles that they face presently.

Breaking Brandon is a beautiful story about two incredibly broken individuals living life behind a mask who gradually learn to remove the mask and peel back the layers of pain to find love, healing, and acceptance.  It is romantic, has some very steamy scenes, as well as some very tragic and heartbreaking ones.  The books is fast paced and kept my attention, and the plot intriguing.  The story is told from both Brandon and Regina's points of view, alternating chapters.  Breaking Brandon is a great contemporary romance and is something I would definitely recommend to fans of that genre.  

My favorite quote from the book referenced a tattoo Brandon had on right side. Regina has asked him what it means and this is his response:   "What's past is prologue," he whispered, before lifting the shirt over his head and bringing it all the way down to cover the tattoo.  "Technically, it means history repeats itself, but I like to think of it how my mother explained it.  While our past does set the stage for what's to come in the future, ultimately it's your decisions based on what's happened in that past - good or bad - that determine your future."

Elizabeth is offering up (3) winners, signed copies of Breaking Brandon.  The giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 12/06/2013.

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  1. This cover is so pretty and the book sounds amazing! I loved the fun facts!

  2. I love everything that Elizabeth Reyes writes! You should definitely read the first book, it was probably my favorite from her! For some reason when I read the Moreno brothers series I skipped Sophie's book so I don't know who Brandon is but I plan on changing that really soon. I love the interview! Great review :)

    1. I haven't read all the Moreno Brother books yet either and I am definitely going back and reading fate. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Sometimes these kinds of books work for me and sometimes they don't. The fun facts was a great idea for a post! Glad you liked this one!

  4. Great post,great review! :)
    So far I haven't read any book from Elizabeth Reyes,but after reading this review I will definitely put on my to-read list :)

    Thanks Ellen :)

    1. I enjoyed it. I hope you do to when you get a chance to check it out.

  5. I have to thank Always YA for the intro to you and your book. I wonder will you ever write other kind of books? Like steampunk. paranormal something like this?

  6. I love the way the fun facts were done, it's a wonderful way to get to know the characters, I wasn't sure until I read them then I thought yes it's a buyer

  7. I've liked Brandon since Sweet Sophie and I'm loving him in this one. I need to finish it!


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