4.5 Stars, Barbara Elsborg, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Karen, Samhain Publishing

Review: Breaking by Barbara Elsborg

Title: Breaking (Fall or Break: Book Two)

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Page/Word Count: 321 Pages

At a Glance: Breaking pretty much had everything I look for in books that I love.

Reviewed By: Karen

Blurb: Archer Hart, former SIS assassin, has just completed a freelance hit job when he finds himself in a sniper’s scope. The bullet whizzing past his ear is a clear message: someone wants him dead. Retirement will have to wait, as his only choice is to assume a new identity—and keep running.
Conrad Black is a broken man. The injured barrister has come to the beach to recover from a hit-and-run “accident”, with plenty of time to wonder who might be wishing he’d been left dead instead of partially paralyzed. When he spots a surfer in trouble, he throws his crutches aside to pull the man to safety.

One glance at Archer takes Conrad’s breath away. And Archer finds himself envying the hands Conrad is using to pet his dog. But as the net tightens, both men can feel the targets on their backs heating up. The only thing that will save them is the truth…before death snatches away their one chance at love.

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Review: Alright…so, I read the book and got ready to write the review and looked up the book to get the blurb, and what do I see…? A super-hot cover that has Archer on it, exactly how I had pictured him while reading the book.

Breaking pretty much had everything I look for in books that I love. I love stories with law enforcement, military, hit men, that kind of thing, and this book had Archer! Archer was trying to get out of the business; he was closed off from any emotion, had nobody; didn’t want anybody, or more correctly, didn’t think he deserved anybody. And, due to a screwed up childhood and all those little steps along the way, didn’t know what it was like to love or be loved… He was broken.

Another thing I love in my books is alpha-type guys, and this book had not only one but two! Where Archer is out breaking the law, Conrad is on the side of the law—he’s a barrister. He may have grown up different than Archer but ended up just as lost and broken. I’ll admit that after reading the first book in this series, I wasn’t looking so forward to Conrad’s story. I didn’t like him all that much in Falling. I was wrong! Once you learn more about him, and why he acted the way he did, and watch as him and Archer start to mend each other, you can’t help but fall for these guys. The back and forth sarcasm between the two of them had me smiling, and when these two get together, the sex scenes are crazy hot!

I love a good drama. I love reading through and trying to figure out who the bad guy is. Sometimes it can get frustrating when you get it figured out right from the beginning, but that wasn’t the case here. I had a hard time putting the book down because I couldn’t wait to figure out who was after the guys.

The only issue I had as that the pace seemed to drag a little through the middle. There was just a little too much reading where I thought, didn’t we already do this? But, overall, I really loved the book and look forward to reading more by this author.

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5 Stars, Barbara Elsborg, Loose Id, Reviewed by Sammy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: The Demon You Know by Barbara Elsborg

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Title: The Demon You Know

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Publisher: Loose Id

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At a Glance: The Demon You Know was an incredible story with fascinating worlds and impossibly rich characters.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: A good demon?

Ezra is a timekeeper in Hell, responsible for building and maintaining the clocks that tick away eternal torment. He’s never believed he deserves to be in Hell, and when the reason he’s there is revealed, he’s horrified…yet filled with hope. But is this just another form of torture? When Ezra’s given a chance to go to the surface, he’s determined to uncover the truth, but his fellow demons seem just as determined he won’t survive the journey.

A bad angel?

Roman doesn’t understand why an angel who failed his training the first time round has been given the job of policing paranormals in the UK’s capital city. He’s consumed by unhappiness. He might not be in Hell, but sometimes it damn well feels like it.

When Roman meets Ezra his failings come back to haunt him. Ezra makes him want to break the rules, but an angel protecting a demon? Discovery would bring an eternity of suffering, and with a boss none other than the archangel Michael, it’ll take more than a miracle for the lovers to stand together.

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Review: Barbara Elsborg is a new author for me, and I must gladly admit I will be purchasing this author’s back work based on the strength of this novel, The Demon You Know. I found it to be an incredible story that made me hungry for more about this alternate world and the demons and angels who inhabited it.

Roman is a conflicted angel. Hyperaware of his own failings, and tied to a past that left him emotionally scarred, unable to trust, and reluctant to love, he metes out justice to paranormals of all kinds and loathes himself for doing it. When he stumbles upon a homeless young man at the shelter where he volunteers, his curiosity is aroused. You see, Roman can read people, but there is something different about Ezra, and Roman is inexplicably drawn to the man, sexually and more. There is something so right about being near to Ezra, and Roman can’t seem to pinpoint why.

Ezra thinks he is a demon—albeit a poor one. He doesn’t like Hell, but then, who does? He suffers endless abuse there, both physical and sexual, and hides most days, simply trying to avoid conflict that follows him everywhere. But, he is also unique among the demons in that he can recall going to Hell as a child, something that is totally unheard of in any realm. Yet Ezra is sure of it, and that is why he holds fast to the idea that somehow he is not meant to be there. When he’s chosen to be sent on a soul gathering on the surface, Ezra is determined to spend his days there not hurting others and gathering their essence but living a “normal” life for those brief days he’s above ground. Little does he count on meeting an angel who may be both his salvation and his one-way ticket back to Hell.

This novel was stunning in the way alternate worlds were built. Hell was an amazing place, raw and evil, one could almost feel the heat and grit that existed there. Ezra had no hope there and the despair, along with the violence done to him, was so real that you are immediately drawn to this character and wanted so badly for him to somehow succeed in escaping his plight. Ezra was not just a victim, though. That would have merely made him one-dimensional. No, Barbara Elsborg introduces a fascinating twist that makes Ezra so much more than just a weak character we should pity and, in doing so, she reveals the inner strength that has allowed him to do more than just survive the horrors of Hell.

This author cannot only craft fascinating worlds but peoples them with interesting characters that all play a part in the eventual solution to Ezra’s personal dilemmas. Side characters are rich and appealing, even when they are ones you want to punch in the face! I so appreciated the idea that Roman was a flawed angel, and not always due to his own faults. The idea that Heaven and Hell manipulate their occupants in order that they may gain that which they desire most was a second fascinating twist to this action packed novel. Roman was so determined to be better, to be the angel he knew was expected of him and yet, he was so very human in so many ways. Roman and Ezra together were both amazingly erotic and beautifully tender.

The Demon You Know was an incredible story with fascinating worlds and impossibly rich characters that made me hunger for more story by novel’s end. I am excited to have found this author, and encourage you to check out her work. She is a fascinating storyteller with a rich imagination.

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5 Stars, Barbara Elsborg, Reviewed by Lana, Samhain Publishing

Barbara Elsborg’s “Every Move He Makes” Is A Story of Passion, Denial, And Danger


“Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have?” – Joss Whedon


Title: Every Move He Makes

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 324 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Keeping an eye on his charge isn’t easy. Keeping his hands off? Impossible…

It took attending his own funeral to force Logan to accept a new life as an undercover MI6 agent. That doesn’t make his latest assignment any less aggravating. Babysitting a Russian pop star with delusions that someone’s trying to kill him.
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“With or Without Him”, Barbara Elsborg Delivers A Winner



“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ― Marilyn Monroe


To the best of my knowledge (which admittedly isn’t much), this one of the few fully M/M books written by Ms. Elsborg. I read one other of her others, Every Move He Makes, and really liked it. When the opportunity to review With or Without Him was presented, I jumped. First of all, I like long books (and I cannot lie). More of a good story is just better, right? This one weighs in at a whopping 427 pages. But they flew by. The story kept moving and shifting and jumping and jiving, and the next thing I knew it was finished. And I was disappointed, because I was really enjoying it.
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