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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Break the Line by Allison Mullinax - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Benson is a pro-fisherman with plenty of success. He has many sponsors, makes good money and leads a carefree life. He's about to win another big sum of money in Alabama, when he gets in trouble with his boat. That's when he meets Danni-Rose, a local woman, who helps him, but lets him know how dangerous speeding on the water without keeping an eye on the surroundings can be. Benson falls head over heels for Danni-Rose, but she has a complicated past and grief makes it impossible for her to fully live her life. Does Benson have a chance?

Danni-Rose is sad and she can't seem to move on. When she meets Benson something changes within her. She likes him, but this gives her mixed feelings and messes her up inside and she isn't sure she's ready. Benson stands for everything she despises. His profession is part of the problem. Can she look past that when she gets to know him better? Will Danni-Rose be ready for a little bit of happiness after years of being sad?

Break the Line is a beautiful emotional story. Danni-Rose has been through a lot and even though she's a fierce woman she's also vulnerable and not ready to fully live again. She lost so much and this moved me to tears. Benson is a kindhearted man. He will do anything for Danni-Rose and his gentleness and compassion are making him a wonderful match for her. I loved how Danni-Rose and Benson are both passionate about nature. They each like to spend time outside and that is something that forms a connection between them. I kept hoping they would have a future together.

Allison Mullinax has written an original romantic story. I liked the emphatic way she approaches her characters and their problems. Break the Line has plenty of emotional layers and there's a great serious message she's giving her readers as well. I loved the combination of that with a gorgeous complex love story. Break the Line is surprisingly gripping and I loved the many unexpected twists and turns, it's an amazing book.

Advice 

If you like emotional love stories Break the Line would be an excellent choice.

About Allison Mullinax


North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

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Website // Amazon // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads

Why We Fall in Love with Characters

Guest post by Allison Mullinax

It has happened to all of us. It could be a male main character that you’ve had a slow burn developing for in the last three chapters. It could be the teenage heroine you easily identify with. Does a character’s father remind you of your own? Whatever trait has you longing to read their dialogue into wee hours of the night, you aren’t alone. Here are a few reasons we fall in love with characters, and why they stay with us long after the final page has been turned.

Realistic-I live for the moment of discovering a character so well written, I forget they only exist on the pages and not outside of the movie reel playing in my imagination. When an author creates a character like this, they’ve not only pulled me deep into their story, but they’ve also given me a character that I’ll never forget. But what makes a character come to life? For me, it’s the little things: the mannerisms, the flaws, the way the heroine bites her thumb nail when she’s nervous, or the way a character’s grandmother smells like fresh squeezed lemonade and gardening soil. Characters are unique individuals to readers, and it’s hard not to fall in love with one that feels so real.

Relatable- If the character’s main conflict happens to be a struggle the reader can relate to, it makes it that much easier to fall in love with them. A single mom is likely to form a connection with a character while reading a story centered around divorce making a new life for herself and her daughter. An army veteran might find interest in the main character of a story about a war hero. Whatever the character’s conflict may be, it’s human nature to root for a character who is similar to us. We cry when they cry, because we feel it a little more deeply if we’ve experienced the emotions ourselves.

Personality- What quality in others do you find attractive? It’s likely that whatever type of personality you enjoy in those that you meet, is also present in characters that you love. Maybe it’s humor and quick wit. I love when a character can make me laugh out loud with their sarcasm and witty dialogue. Maybe it’s their drive and determination you find admirable, or their ability to take charge of a situation. When we find a character whose personality leaps off the pages, we tend to swoon for them.

What one reader finds charming in a character, another may dislike. Characters are personal to each of us, and we feel as though we truly know them as our eyes travel across the pages. No matter what the catalyst may be for falling in love with a character, we can all agree…there is nothing quite like it.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a $25 Storiarts, a shop that sells writing/reading gloves, scarves, blankets and many more items with excerpts from literary classics, gift card from Allison Mullinax.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

27 comments:

  1. Break the Line sounds like it has characters that come to life quickly, ropes you into the story easily and grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go until you hit the last line.

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    1. Allison MullinaxMarch 7, 2018 at 6:02 PM

      Thank you for the kind comments!

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  2. This does sound like a good read - love the cover too xx

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    1. Allison MullinaxMarch 7, 2018 at 6:02 PM

      Thank you! The lake scenery was my favorite part of the cover. Ok, and maybe Benson too ; )

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  3. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  4. Great book! The author seems to know her way around a fishing boat.

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    1. Allison MullinaxMarch 7, 2018 at 6:05 PM

      I grew up in a small lake town! Fishing boats and fisherman were always around.

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  5. It sounds like a very emotional read!

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    1. Allison MullinaxMarch 7, 2018 at 6:05 PM

      I hope you enjoy the story!

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  6. Sounds like a great read for when I got camping (or,I admit, I read on the boat while the rest fish lol)

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    1. Allison MullinaxMarch 7, 2018 at 6:06 PM

      Lol! I do the same. I hope you feel right at home with Benson & Danni-Rose's love story.

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  7. This looks like a really good read!

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  8. This sounds so sweet!! I love books with kind, gentle, patient men! Go get her, Benson! ;)

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    1. Allison MullinaxMarch 7, 2018 at 6:07 PM

      Benson definitely goes after what he wants with a lot of patience : )

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  9. (Sorry for the wrong link in the social media entry!)

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  10. Yes, I love when an author creates a hero that I can fall in love with. They make the best book hangovers! Congrats on your release of Break the Line! It sounds like a wonderful romance!

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    1. Allison MullinaxMarch 7, 2018 at 6:08 PM

      Thank you so much! I do hope you enjoy the story : )

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  11. Do you feel a slight sense of mourning for your characters when you've finished writing a book?

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    1. Allison MullinaxMarch 7, 2018 at 6:10 PM

      I do! I get just as excited and invested in what is happening to my characters as the reader. Once I've typed "The End" there is always a lingering sense of sadness that their story has come to an end.

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  12. Sounds great! I love stories in which the characters overcome their difficult circumstances. Finding love is a lovely bonus!

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  13. Great review. Thanks for sharing and hosting.

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  14. I liked the review, the book sounds great! :-)

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  15. It sounds a really engrossing book

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  16. I love the cover and would definitely pick the book up and see what it was about based on that. I must admit I haven't read any "fisherman" books, but this sounds a great place to start. One of my favourite genres/themes is the "pro" of whatever.

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  17. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book looks amazing!

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