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Betrothal or Breakaway by Leah Brunner: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Book three in the wildly popular D.C. Eagles Hockey Series!

Can Ford Remington–team captain of the D.C. Eagles–forge the future he wants?

Ford’s love life isn’t non-existent, it’s just hopelessly one-sided. And the only woman he’s ever wanted—his childhood best-friend, Amber—doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. So why bother dating?

When Amber’s fiancé leaves her pregnant, and without health insurance, she’s prepared to do it all alone. Until childbirth causes complications with her heart and she needs minor heart surgery.

Ford proposes a plan: a quickie wedding, insurance for Amber and her baby girl, and two years of platonically wedded bliss.

But how will he let go when he’s not only in love with Amber, but also with her baby girl who now feels like his own?

And even worse, Ford might have to walk away sooner than he ever expected …

Betrothal or Breakaway is a dual pov, fade to black romance, with lots of sizzle but no spice.

This work of fiction contains mild language, depictions of child neglect, bullying (minimal), and the death of an animal (not descriptive). If you are sensitive to these subjects, please use these trigger warnings to make an informed decision about reading this story.

Leah Brunner is an Amazon top 50 best selling romance author!

Leah loves writing explosive chemistry and relatable, flawed characters who will make you laugh (and cry). Leah is best known for her D.C. Eagles Hockey series, and for writing low spice romance with grit.

When she's not writing, she can also be found petting her Maine Coon cats, or watching funny cat videos with her kids.

Although she's a Kansas girl at heart, Leah is a proud Air Force spouse and currently lives in Ohio with her husband and children.

You can find Leah on Instagram @leah.brunner.writes

Or join her Facebook reader group: Leah's Lit Lovers

Betrothal or Breakaway is the third full length book in the D.C. Eagles Hockey series. While you might have a better idea of the team dynamics and will definitely see some familiar characters if you've read the previous books, I do think this could be enjoyed just fine as a standalone as well. (That said, it's one of my very favorite series and I absolutely cannot recommend it enough!!)

Being one of my favorite series, I was very much looking forward to Ford (Remy's) story... and then when I heard it was going to be a marriage of convenience story!? Yes, please! Thankfully, it absolutely did not disappoint! First of all, can we talk about that dedication!? Honestly, five stars for that alone... boy did I feel those words deeply! The actual story was just as wonderful too. Ford and Amber have been best friends since childhood, but when she learns during her labor that she needs a heart surgery, she finds herself in need of health insurance and help with her newborn. Ford's solution? Marriage, of course. His love of her is apparent right from the start, but it takes her a little longer to get there... but oh my goodness was it absolutely worth the wait!! Their friendship was the best, but when they cross that line into something more!? I just adored these two together so much. 

I always love seeing a neurodivergent rep in a story, especially when it's a MC. I've seen myself in these characters. I've seen my autistic son in them. I feel like that is so very important. I admit I get a little nervous when we specify autism though, because there are just many ways it can (and often does) go wrong. I am happy to say Ford's character was done really well. Obviously, Ford isn't going to be a perfect representation of every autistic person, but he was a good representation of what it might look like for some. It's mentioned that if Aspergers were still a diagnosis, he would lean more towards that part of the spectrum, and I could definitely see that. It didn't downplay some of his struggles, but it also didn't focus on those either and it wasn't used for sympathy. One thing that I would have personally loved to have seen done differently was for identity first language (is autistic) to have been used rather than person first (has autism). This is a highly debated topic within the autism community, but most actually autistic people prefer identity first and some even find person first offensive. That said, because Ford wasn't super open about his diagnosis, I could see where his character might have been more in that other camp. So, while I would have loved to have seen that, it didn't take away from my absolute love of this story either. 

Betrothal or Breakaway is a closed-door romance, with nothing beyond kisses on the pages. That said it does have some implied intimacy/fade to black moments (between a married couple) and does have some innuendo/talk of sex throughout as well. There is also a fair amount of minor language. As such, it might not be everyone's cup of tea. 

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