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Review: Breaking the Story by Ashley Farley

28793180Passion, peril, and a scandal that will rock American politics.

Scottie Darden is a train wreck. Her personal life is falling apart, and her career as a photojournalist has stalled out. To attract the attention of the main players in the news industry, she needs a standout story with a unique perspective. What she finds is a scandal that could turn the 2016 presidential election upside down. But before she can release her damaging images to the media, Scottie must uncover the truth behind the photographs. She turns to handsome mystery man Guy Jordan for help. When they join the campaign trail in search of answers, their investigation quickly becomes deadly.

Hop on board for a wild ride of adventure where desire ignites, lives are threatened, and secrets are revealed.

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When I first read Merry Mary I struggled to understand Scottie and some of her outrageous decisions. But by the end of the book I had such high hopes for her and her future. Despite her husband having left her, her nearly going to jail for kidnapping a baby that she actually saved and finding out she was pregnant, it looked like she was on the path to making a life for herself.

Sadly, at the start of this book, you find that Scottie has basically returned to who she was at the beginning of the previous book. Not only was I disappointed to find she was back with her loser husband, but I was confused as to why she was surprised to return home and catch him in bed with another woman! If anything, I’d say that I truly wanted to strangle her in the beginning of this book. Especially when I read about her drinking and last I had checked, she was pregnant. Fortunately, that gets cleared up a few pages later and you discover she’s lost the baby.

As for the story, there was a bit of a difference of pace compared to the previous book. But overall, I actually liked the story. It’s obvious Scottie is a magnet for trouble, but at the very least it creates an entertaining story. Even more so, I forgot how much I enjoyed her family and their ability to be there for Scottie no matter what kind of predicament she gets herself into. It’s actually refreshing because as often as she finds herself in trouble, she’s really going to need them if this series continues.

I enjoyed the suspenseful plot, though I’ll admit I’m really burned out on politics at the moment. With everything that is going on in the real 2016 Presidential race, I struggled a bit to be interested in this fictional version of it. Nevertheless, this was a great sequel to Merry Mary, but I would warn that you should be prepared for the pacing and feel of the story to be completely different from it. Either, I promise this is a great book and I hope you’ll take the time to check it out.

Reviewer’s note: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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