Tessa Bailey returns to the blog with the fourth book in her Romancing the Clarksons series. Please read on for my review of
Too Beautiful to Break
Belmont Clarkson is the focus of this story: he’s never been particularly comfortable with change – and this family has had tons of change happening of late. He’s always appeared as the most withdrawn and damaged of the siblings, and his full story is yet to be shared. But, he’s had one constant along the way – his girlfriend Sage – whose presence seems to keep him on a more even keel. But all is not well in Sage’s life either, and she is worried about the codependency issues that seem to keep them together even as both are too broken to really be good for the long term.
Now faced with a choice, and her parents needing her, Sage decides to go to them, knowing Belmont wouldn’t be able to function in that new world: she’s never shared much of her own issues with him – thinking he needed her more to listen than to share, and she’s wondering just how well he’ll survive without her. But, her choice is clear (to her) and away she goes.
Such a different story from the earlier books in this series. Watching their struggles: Sage with leaving to return to a family life that wasn’t ideal, and Belmont’s struggle without the touchstone that keeps him calm and loosely engaged with the greater world. He’s forced into situations that are uncomfortable and unfamiliar – and his path is never without missteps, but the growth and revelations he experiences will be, eventually, good for him. Even as he (and readers) don’t always see it at first. What comes forward most strongly is that until that growth happens, for the both of them, neither is truly understanding what love is, or how to function with and without it. And not surprisingly, it is Belmont who makes the sacrifices for Sage that show that love in many enduring, heartbreaking and even poignant ways.
Bailey has done it again – taken what was expected and toss that to the wind, bringing a wholly unexpected set of issues to the table, giving us characters that fit well with the others in the series, yet stand out for their heart and the need to see them both find the ending that is appropriate and oh so welcome.
Title: Too Beautiful to Break
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #4
Also in this series: Too Hot to Handle, Too Wild to Tame
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Forever
Published on: 26 September, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 45 minutes
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A love of a lifetime . . .
Leaving Belmont Clarkson is the hardest thing Sage Alexander has ever done. From the moment they met, she knew Belmont was the one, and getting up close and personal with him on his family's epic road trip has taken her desire to a new, even hotter level. But there's no way she can go there---not without revealing secrets that could devastate them both.
Losing Sage is not an option. Belmont's heart is hers, has always been hers. He knows she's hiding something from him, but nothing will stand in his way of telling her just how much she means to him. Finding her is easy---saving her from her past could cost him everything.
The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey's Romancing the Clarksons series!
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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