Broken Open (Hurley Brothers)
Harlequin HQN / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital
Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood’s life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she’s finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex….
Then she met him.
Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn’t the man of Tuesday’s dreams. He’s a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions, whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It’s primal. It’s insatiable. And it won’t be satisfied until they’re both consumed, body and soul…
I have two words for you, readers: Beard action!
What I liked best about Lauren Dane's Broken Open is that it’s actually a love story with three main characters: Tuesday, Ezra and Ezra’s beard. (If beard ménage is not a trope, it should be.) Hipsterish bearded men with tats are, in the immortal words of Paris Hilton, so hot right now, and whole Pinterest boards dedicated to sexy bearded dudes have sprouted like daisies of late. Dane cleverly capitalizes on this growing beard-fetish movement by paying homage to the beard throughout Broken Open.