Release; Break Down

Title: Break Down

Series: Dublin Rugby #4

Author: Rebecca Norrine
Genre: M/M Sports Romance

Release Date: February 21, 2018

He knows his place on the pitch, but in life, it's a whole other game. 

 All his life, Liam Donnelly looked and wondered. 

Could he? Would he? 

And then, finally, he did.

 But when he sampled a taste of that forbidden fruit, his whole world came crashing down, his position with Dublin Rugby right along with it. 

When the chance to ply his trade in Edinburgh comes along, Liam jumps at the offer, knowing it could be his best opportunity to start fresh and get back to the man he once was.

 But one look at Chef Lachlan MacLeod — his knowing, whisky-colored eyes, the abrasive scruff dotting his jaw, and the colorful ink lining his forearms —and Liam's wondering all over again.

 Can he? Will he? 

His heart says no, but his body says yes. 

He's conquered his own demons; can he help another man do the same?

 Out and proud Chef Lachlan MacLeod has no problem with who he is, except he has a history of hooking up with bi-curious straight men.

 He's vowed never to go down that path again, but when Liam Donnelly shows up in his restaurant, his eyes filled with heat and secret longing, Lachlan can't help himself.

 He knows the closeted rugby player is a terrible idea, but the man calls to him in a way no one ever has before. What started as a safe way for Liam to explore his sexuality quickly morphs into something much deeper, and now Lachlan wants more. 

But can his heart reconcile what his head already knows-that loving the gorgeous, broken athlete might actually mean letting him go?

Books about closeted men hurt my heart, because I know that eventually both parties involved are going to be hurt in some way.

Liam hasn't explored his urges over the years, the one time he does he gets hurt and it changes the course of his life.

Lachlan vows to not get involved with questioning men. It's how you get hurt. But when he comes face to face with Liam things change.

I loved how their relationship evolved from tentative to all in. They knew what they wanted and they didn't hold back despite their reservations.

I understood where Lachlan was coming from as he fretted over Liam and his closeted status. No one wants to feel less than worthy or a secret. It was hard watching these two characters who I knew deserved ne another build up this great relationship only to potentially lose it because they were afraid of what it meant to be a couple.

For all his faults Liam was a good guy. He might not have known what he was doing when it came to relationships in general not just with a man but he did his best. My heart went out to him for so many reasons. Yes, he hurt Lachlan. Did he deserve everything Lachlan threw at him? Probably not, but I could see both sides of their relationship. They needed each other to understand the other, but first they had to understand themselves.

Lachlan was out and proud and unafraid to make how he felt known. While Liam slowly began opening up to Lachlan it was still difficult for him.

Lachlan and Liam had growing pains, as any couple does, I felt that the issues were handled well enough that I felt their connection was real. 

While I've never read any books in this series before I liked the writing style and I loved the characters. I want more of Lachlan and Liam because I have a feeling their relationship is just beginning and the best of them is yet to come.


I absolutely adored Liam and Lachlan’s journey. It was sweet, smexy, frustrating and real and I savored each step forward and back that these men took in order to find their HEA. - Books-n-Wine
What do you get when you take a hot rugby star who is sexually confused and add in a sexy, chef who knows what he wants? An excellent read! - Que Sara Sera Book Blog
From start to finished i devoured this read and couldn't put it down till i had. I was drawn in and captivated with Liam and Lachlan's story. - Millsy Loves Books
Break Down was everything and more; all of Rebecca Norinne's words are so beautifully and tastefully written you will not be disappointed with this book. - Scandalous Book Blog
Wow this book! I am having a hard time putting into words how I feel. I absolutely loved this book. This is one of the best M/M romances I have read in a while. - Laid Back Book Bitches
Holy amazing story Batman! This is the first story by this author that I have read. I'm a automatic one clicker for her now. WOW. - The Heathers Blog
This M/M read is beautifully written. The characters being both sexy & rough, yet emotional & vulnerable. - Dani's Book Review Blog

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No amount of logic or reason could prevent me from stepping between Liam’s thighs and fisting his blond hair between my fingers. No amount of caution or doubt would keep me from tugging his head back. And when he gasped—his mouth parting in surprise—no amount of uncertainty would keep me from crushing my lips to his, from my teeth nipping at the sensual curve of his full, bottom lip. Nothing, and no one, would keep me from devouring the mouth I’d dreamed about for weeks, from licking my way inside, from tangling my tongue with his until he weaved his fingers through my hair and moaned, the sound moving from his chest, through his mouth, and into mine.

USA TODAY bestselling Rebecca Norinne writes steamy contemporary romance featuring smart and sexy heroines and the men who adore them. When not writing, Rebecca is watching rugby, drinking craft beer, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next story. Find out more at


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