Spring Break at college is supposed to be a time of fun and parties, but Alaska Rossi, AKA Janey Smith, is on lockdown thanks to her father’s mafia dealings. She wants only to party down with the rest of her classmates. At least her hot, darkly mysterious bodyguard— deep undercover as her dorm’s resident assistant—gives her something to fantasize about during her boring nights in confinement. When she wins a campus radio contest, and is gifted with a special invitation to an exclusive island, she knows it’s her chance to break free. After all, Eden is a place where no one knows her name, so what danger could possible come to her? But when danger appears in the form of a masked man who takes control of all her pleasures, tapping into her darkest fantasies, she begins to wonder if her undercover lover, and the mysterious bodyguard who’s deep undercover, are one in the same…
I read Breaking Free in the Bad Boys of Eden anthology, and I'll admit it's not a book I'd normally choose to read as it falls into the 'new adult' genre and I tend to prefer more mature characters. This probably explains why I didn't enjoy it as much as other people have. There is nothing really wrong with the story or the characters as it is well written, I just couldn't get into it or connect with the characters. The sex in it is amazingly hot though, with lots of steamy scenes that I enjoyed reading.
College student Alaska (AKA Janey) is the daughter of a prominent mob boss and she wishes she could enjoy the parties and fun that most students take for granted. However she is under the watchful gaze of her handsome bodyguard Jesse who tries to keep her out of trouble. He is supposed to be undercover as a dorm assistant, but accidentally lets slip that he knows her real name. They are attracted to each other, but Jessie feels he isn't good enough for her. However when he sees how bored and down she is during a college break, he arranges for her to 'win' a trip to Eden. Eden is a magical island in the Bermuda Triangle where all of your wildest fantasies come true.
This is a fun, lighthearted story that I'm sure many people will enjoy, unfortunately it just wasn't for me. The author does a good job of bringing the island to life though, and Alaska's fantasy scenes are seriously sexy and imaginative. Breaking Free gets three out of five stars from me.
I read this book in the Bad Boys of Eden anthology which I received free of charge in exchange for posting a book blitz post.