The Breakup

The Breakup

by Erin McCarthy

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Can two wrongs feel oh-so-right? This bride is about to find out—with the bad boy who makes an epic breakup worth her while.
Bella: I know I’m a princess. I’m used to getting what I want. But all I ever really wanted was a husband and a family. Unlike my sister, Sophie, I’ll never have a brilliant career to fall back on. So what’s a bride to do when she learns that Prince Charming is a cheating snake just a few days before her fairy-tale wedding? With my fiancé begging for another chance, the only way to save the wedding is to even things out with a little revenge sex—and local bartender Christian Jordan seems like the right man for the job.
Christian: If gorgeous Bella Bigelow thinks sleeping with me will somehow lead to happily ever after, I’m not going to turn her down. The guy she wants to marry is a jerk, and her sister is fooling around with my estranged twin brother, Cain. So what’s the problem—besides falling for a woman who doesn’t know what she wants out of life? All I want to do is whisk her away from that church, take her to a cabin in the woods, and act out all our naughtiest fantasies. And I may just get the chance. . . .
Don’t miss Sophie and Cain’s story in The Hookup!
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Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525619734
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: The Jordan Brothers , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 237
Sales rank: 85,363
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than sixty novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. A RITA Award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Adult Reader award, McCarthy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana.

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Chapter 1

I wanted the blonde.

I have a bad habit of always being attracted to women who are unavailable. Emotionally unavailable. I don’t know why I do that or what it is. If it’s just as simple as wanting what I can’t have, or some deep-seated bullshit about needing to win because I’m one of five kids from a family that was the town joke.

It’s also a protective measure because I’m not parading a bunch of women through my son’s life. I keep it casual. But I could do that with unattached women too, though probably not as easily.

So mostly I think it’s just because I’m an asshole.

Whatever the reasons, it had gotten me into trouble in the past, and as I watched the rich blonde, Bella Bigelow, stumble up to the bar totally drunk on Friday night, I knew I was doing it again. Chasing trouble. I had met her once before and I had thought she was gorgeous. All long legs and tan skin and juicy tits. A perfect face with a lean nose and plump lips that I wanted to suck on.

Her sister was screwing my twin brother.

But her sister wasn’t engaged to be married.

She was.

“What can I get you, Bella?” I asked, leaning on my elbows on the bar top so I would be closer to her. She smelled like a rich girl. All lotions and perfume and expensive clothes. It was amazing to me that someone could smell like money, but she did. Being a bartender in a tourist town on the coast of Maine, I had seen my fair share of rich girls up from Boston. This one shouldn’t be any different.

And yet, for some reason she intrigued me.

“A vodka cranberry,” she said, sounding a little defiant and more than a little drunk.

This was her bachelorette party, and apparently she was taking the last-week-of-freedom crap all very seriously. The first time I had met her she had been sweet and polite. Now she was loud and demanding.

“Sure.” I lifted up a glass and poured vodka in it, reminding myself that while I liked unavailable girls, I didn’t like drunk girls. Not in bed anyway. Too sloppy, too limp. I liked naughty girls who dove into misbehaving with their full wits about them. And their mouths open.

Drunk girls gave the worst head. It was a proven fact.

“Here you go.” After squirting in the cranberry juice, I slid the glass to her. “Seven bucks.”

“Put it on my tab.” She flicked her long hair over her shoulder and turned to go.

“You closed out your tab,” I reminded her. “Last round.”

She paused and frowned at me. “Then why do you still have my credit card?”

“I don’t.” Her platinum express credit card that read Bradley Alexander, presumably belonging to the rich fiancé, had been returned to her at least fifteen minutes earlier. “I gave it back to you.”

“No, you didn’t.” Now she just sounded belligerent. “What are you trying to pull? Are you trying to steal my credit card?”

That pissed me off. “No. I am not trying to steal your credit card. I gave it back to you. Check your purse.”

“I don’t have a purse.”

“Well, it had to appear from somewhere,” I drawled, using my typical charming voice, not wanting her to see that inside I was seething. My whole life people had been accusing me of shit just because I was a Jordan brother and my father was a thief and a career criminal. I resented the hell out of it. “Maybe you pulled it out of your tight little ass.”

Her jaw dropped. She looked outraged. Yet . . . I knew she found me attractive. I had been noticing her giving me signals all night. She gave me sidelong glances. Her eyelashes batted. She licked her lips. I don’t think she even knew she was doing it, but her body language said she was curious about me. About me in her.

She took a huge gulp of her drink then shook her finger at me. “You can’t talk to me like that.”

“And you can’t steal that drink,” I said mildly. “Someone has to pay for it, and it’s not going to be me.”

“Put it on my tab,” she said. “God, you’re such a local loser.”

There are a lot of things she could have said that wouldn’t have bothered me. But that . . . that got under my skin. It was an old wound and she had just dashed salt on it with her pretentious stare and cutting words.

She stole the drink, whether she realized it or not. I had to assume she was too drunk to know where her credit card was and I could have let that slide. But once she purposely insulted me, I knew I wasn’t going to do the right thing.

Nope. I wanted to screw her.
And I was going to make her want to screw me.

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The Breakup 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Marlene976 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series and can be read as a standalone ( side note ….happy to catch up with Cain and Sophie) It was a very layered, funny, sad and joyful story. I thought that Bella was a well developed character and an independent one even though it would seem at first that she is just going along with what her parents and fiancée want; Christian was a little difficult to figure out however he is a solid person trying to do the right thing. Great story and looking forward to more ( is Camden next)
Matriaya More than 1 year ago
I give this one about 3 stars. The writing style was engaging, but the characters were not my usual cup of tea. Also, I started on a book not the first. Overall, I'd say it was pretty hot, but not necessarily what I was looking for.
Merryj More than 1 year ago
All she wanted was a husband to love and have a family but what she got was a conniving cheating ex which she luckily found out about two weeks before their wedding. To get even she goes to a bar to pick up someone for revenge. She meets Christian who has his own fair share of problems but steps up to the plate. Christian and Bella makes for an intriguing couple that finds themselves putting their lives back together after betrayal of their ex's. Can they bring closure to their past and build a future together? I voluntarily agreed to receive an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
KSwanson More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, although I think I liked the first one more, this one was still pretty great. Christian and Bella were so cute together, and I really liked the pull between them. How they just gravitated towards one another, despite all the reasons why it was wrong to feel the way they felt. In the beginning, I was on the fence about Bella and her "people pleasing" ways, I thought she needed more of a backbone, but later in the book, her character developed and I quickly fell in love with her. No longer was the girl who just nods and smiles to whatever was thrown at her, you got to see the fire spark within her to put a stop to her push-over ways. Then banter between her and Christian was funny and I loved her quirkiness. We also got to see more of a sisterly bond between her and Sophie in this book, as well as how Christian truly feels for his twin brother. Christian's issues regarding the types of women he couldn't help but be attracted to was a little unnerving, but I love how he sorted himself out and became the man who deserved Bella. The story was great for a nice quick summer read. I highly suggest people read book 1 before this one to get the max reading enjoyment of the Jordan Brothers. We got introduced a little more to the other Jordan siblings in this book, so I have high hopes for more books from Erin McCarthy and I can't wait to read them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a quick read it's a fun really coming of age love. When Christian finds himself with two baby mama's he has to do some serious thinking. And he holds Bella’s future and the unborn child she's carrying in the balance. This is different than his first son his mother who didn't want that child so he's raising him with his mother's help. This story is really about growing up and seeing the future for all involved. And is love enough for Christian to take a chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it. Highly recommended. Fun to read....!!!!!!!!
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
The Jordan brothers are almost an urban legend in hot mess drama. Emphasis on the HOT. Whether you have read The Hookup or not, The Breakup will keep you entertained and never let you down. This runaway bride is waking up. Being the princess never had a bigger downfall than learning your fiancee isn't who you thought. So Bride Barbie did the only thing she could do- run! I loved the backbone that Bella seems to grow in this second chance, runaway bride adventure. It's not innocent but it sure is fun!
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
The Breakup is the second book in The Jordan Brothers series by Erin McCarthy and definitely worth reading. What better way to get back at a cheating ex, but to hook up with the local bartender. Bella believes that this will all end up with a HEA and Christian isn't about to tell her no. Only falling for the girl who has no idea what she wants wasn't necessarily part of the plan. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
MissMissy12 More than 1 year ago
HOT! Wow I couldn’t get enough of this book. Bella and Christian, a cabin in the woods, need I say more? I don’t want to give anymore details and ruin it, but this book needs to be in your library. I’m reading it for the second time now!
Donatelli More than 1 year ago
The Breakup by Erin McCarthy is the second book in the Jordan Brothers series this is Bella and Christian’s story. Although I didn't read the first book in this series I was able to jump right into this book. I did enjoy this book so I am planing planning to go back and read the first book. So what happens when two completely different people, who are looking for anything but love, meet in the most unexpected and unusual way? Lots and lots of sparks and drama. Bella is the quintessential good girl, who just wants to get married and have babies. She is sweet, the ultimate people pleaser, always putting everyone else first. She grew up in a wealthy family with a domineering father who treated her like a princess. But she definitely has some self esteem issues. She considers her self the dumb sister. She thinks she has found the perfect man, smart, rich, handsome, and her parents totally approve of him. Boy was she wrong, she discovers, one week before the wedding, that he is cheating with more than one woman… In walk Christian Jordan, who is sex on a stick with a bad boy attitude to match, who gets just about any girl he goes after. He did not grow up with the proverbial silver spoon, in fact he grew up dirt poor with a father who is in prison. Christian is only interested in women that are totally unavailable and only looking for a good time. He has a no commitment motto. There were definitely some aspects about Christian that I didn’t care for, but you will have to judge for yourself. As the story progressed he did redeem himself with the love and devotion he showed toward his son and that did make me like his character more. I enjoyed the unique way that Bella and Christian’s relationship developed, their chemistry was definitely off the chart HOT! I did appreciate the author's maturation of the two main characters throughout the book. Bella started off as a bit of a doormat, but in the end she grew a backbone and did some of her own stomping. Christian did some growing up as well, seeing Bella as more than just a rich princess. Overall this book was well written with some good surprises, which always makes a book more interesting . I did however feel that the ending was a bit rushed. I would have liked if the author had given us a little more about how Bella and Christian worked out their issues. Overall this was a fun, breezy summer read. ***I kindly received an ARC of this book by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review in order to read this book. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. This is my honest review.***
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
HOT, HOT, HOT!!! I enjoyed reading The Breakup by Erin McCarthy, book two in The Jordan Brothers series. A few days before her fairy tale wedding, Bella discovers proof that her fiancé has been cheating on her with bar bathroom hook-ups. Not wanting to go through with the wedding, Bella wants until the morning of the ceremony to runaway. Bartender and woman-whore Christian picks up Bella when she is in need of a ride and helps hide her as she escapes the ceremony. Bella was not very experienced or confident about sex, especially after the criticism from her former fiancé. Asking Christian to show her what to do to pleasure a man and make sex feel special might not have been her brightest thought or request. Christian has no problem sleeping with Bella, but these two have a connection that neither ever felt before. What are these two opposites to do when they fall for each other, especially when complications arise? Ms. McCarthy wrote a very hot story; filled with sexual chemistry, fun dialogue, and endearing characters. Beware, the heat level is high as there’s a lot of sexy time between Christian and Bella. I definitely recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Christian and Bella both make some rash judgments about the other. Bella acts out at her Bachelorette party and got kind of rude and snippy with Christian. Christian thinks she is hot as sin and the fact she is engaged doesn't bother him all too much. What bothers him is everyone's poor opinions of the Jordan family, whether deserved or not. Christian is not what he appears to be. He is a bartender but does have ambitions. He is also a single father raising his son with the help of his mother and sister. Bella doesn't know the circumstances surrounding Camp's paternity and doesn't react very well upon learning them. Christian never deflects the blame for his poor decision and paternity with the way Camp was conceived and who it was with. Although he doesn't react very well to Bella's rash judgment, he does concede that it doesn't put him in the best light. Bella has been burned by her fiance'e and his cheating ways. She does take her sweet time in figuring out what she is gong to do about their impending nuptials. Her reactions weren't always what I thought they would be but they did seem believable for her. Christian did make some unfair rich girl judgments about her. I liked how she took charge of her life. She stopped apologizing and started living her life for herself. Their chemistry was undeniable but these two both played games at one point. Keeping secrets never works out I felt Bella should have told Christian the one big one right away. Her excuses for not doing it rang hollow. She was adamant that no secrets should be kept in a relationship, but kept a huge one for quite a while. I did like how the characters resolved their feelings and worked it out. II received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Bella is ALWAYS polite, prim, and proper...until she's not. While at her Bachelorette party, Bella has a little too much to drink and "steals" a drink while making harsh comments to the bartender-Christian. In effort to be "nice" to Bella, Christian offers her the drink on the house. While he believes her behavior to be that of a spoiled rich girl, he also thinks she's the most beautiful woman he's ever met. Too bad she's engaged or is she? After finding various "hidden" messages to women on her fiance's phone, Bella has to decide if she wants to be polite or be a run away bride. Christian, never having the family unit he's always dreamed of, vows to never have kids until he makes a commitment. Having already messed up that plan, Christian vows to be the best dad he can with his focus solely on his son. Until he meets Bella. She's everything he's ever wanted, but can't have and thinks he doesn't deserve. It's always easy to say what you'd do in certain situations, until you're actually in that exact situation. While I was cheering for Bella to believe she had value, I realize that's hard to do when you've been raised to be obedient and not question what you're told to do, even as an adult. It was awesome to see Bella's transformation. The overwhelming theme was "Don't judge a book by its cover". They both misjudged the other, but came to love who they were apart and together. I truly enjoyed this novel. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
JennieF More than 1 year ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation received by Ne Galley and LoveSwept. The Breakup is book 2 of the Jordan Brothers series and while a standalone you might want to also read the first book. Bella know as the "Princess" is getting ready for her wedding and finds out her groom is cheating on her but her mother tells her she should just overlook the cheating and go on with the wedding...Bella decides that she can't overlook it and leave him at the altar. She calls Christian to pick her up and now she must decide what she wants out of life.... Christian on the other hand has a reputation for sleeping around but there is something about Bella that speaks to him. When she calls he goes to pick her up and while sparks fly between them they both need to grow up and take responsible for their own lives before they can begin to maybe have a life together. Will these two figure out how to make that happen or will they just "breakup"??
singneon More than 1 year ago
These two definitely deserve one another. Bella is way too immature for her age but I guess that's the "princess" mentality. Christian, well he really rubbed me the wrong way in the first book with the Cain issue which I think is just inexcusable especially coupled with his "woe is me" mentality. Their drama is entertaining & engaging but the repetitiveness causes the plot to drag at times, they are both indecisive when it comes down to the really important stuff. They have great chemistry though, I wish their relationship had more time to build-up. 3 1/2* rating, not quite as good as the first book. I was provided a free copy by Net Galley
rc1836 More than 1 year ago
Friends to lovers wonderful romance. This is the 2nd book in Erin McCarthy's Jordan Brother's series. I loved book 1 but because I had read it, and this story covered the same time period there was some repetition even though this book focused on Bella and Christian, a couple with a very different dynamic than Sophie and Cain. That being said I enjoyed the book. I liked how both Bella and Christian grew as people. There was some fun banter, and I enjoyed coming along as they slowly fell in love and got their HEA. And the epilogue, wow, you're just gonna have to read the book to see how it all works out for these 2 great couples. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
When reviewing a book I always try to keep in mind two things. First an author has put their time and heart into it so bashing is unnecessary. Secondly, just because I don't like something doesn't mean everyone will feel the same so try to point out the positives. Unfortunately with this book I'm having a hard time adhering to point two, that's how much I disliked it. Reading through the reviews though it appears others feel differently but for me I have to say there is nothing about this story that I liked. These characters annoyed me. Their behavior repulsed me. The overall story left me scratching my head and asking why. All I can say about this one is NO. Just NO!
MartyPT More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Jordan Brothers series. We met Bella and Christian in the first book as secondary characters, I really loved the first book it was honest and didn't sugar coat alcoholism. I liked this book, the characters are good and well rounded, but it helped having read the first to see some of the issues that started there. Neither character is looking for each other, but that doesn't stop them from finding each other and what all happens. Really enjoyed the epilogue. I hope the next book might be about Charlie I like this family, as screwed up as it might be.
kendra0 More than 1 year ago
I honestly don't know what there was not to love about this book, the story was great, the characters were well developed and the plot had a nice flow to it. This is Sophie and Christian's story, Sophie is set to marry what she thinks is the man of dreams, he's rich and comes from a good family, but is that really enough when she finds out that he has been cheating on her for their entire relationship? In walks Christian to save Sophie from the confines of a loveless marriage. The sparks fly the minute that Sophie and Christian met on the night of her bachelorette party, and when they are finally together you will feel the connection that they share. What I loved most about this book series was that the stories were about the women of the book, most romance stories are all about the men, so for this author to make the women shine was just amazing.
Adultbooksrmyjam More than 1 year ago
I really liked this one. I wasn’t too sure on Bella at first, but she totally grew on me right away. I do think she had one of the coolest jobs ever in a fictional book that I’ve ever read. She was a birth-mother advocate at an adoption agency. What an amazing job for a fake character to have! Then there’s single dad, Christian. I liked him in the last book and I was still digging him in this one. I liked watching those two fall for each other. The epilogue was all kinds of sweet. I’m sold on these Jordan brothers!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Within days of hearing wedding bells ring Bella Bigelow discovers that her groom isn't ready to say "I do" because he's too busy rolling around in the sheets with another woman, and Bella is crushed. She had everything all planned out, they'd get married, do the lavish honeymoon, and then return home and get started on the next chapter of their lives... now she has no idea what she is going to do, should she call off the wedding or not? She gave up everything to be with this man, she has no career to fall back on, and no back-up plan, she either needs to decide is she can forgive him and get married, or flee and never look back? As the last few hours roll down to wedding day she decides she can't go through with it, and calls her friend Christian to come and whisk her away. She needs a place to hide-out and get a handle on her emotions and make a new life plan, so he takes her to his families cabin for a little break. But after a few days together she starts to think that maybe the rule of "the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else" might just be the best way to move on, and Christian Jordan seems like a good candidate to help her with that. He doesn't do relationships, which means no feelings or obligations afterwards, and he seems to be well versed in one night stands, what could possibly go wrong? The Breakup is a drama filled tale that will stir up your emotions and put a squeeze on your heart, you just can't help but feel for these characters and the situation they have found themselves tangled up in. This was my first visit to the series, and with the back story continuing from the first installment, I sometimes felt as though I was missing out on some pertinent details, but with that being said I don't feel like it took too much away from Bella and Christian's story, I was still able to grasp everything that was happening with them. This was an enjoyable read to settle down with this afternoon, it made for the perfect little literary getaway, the story line was engaging, the characters were well drawn, and it left me my heart happy. Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
When I started this one I was sure I was not going to enjoy it and for most of it I just gritted my teeth and kept reading because it was an ARC and I finish those but after a while it started to get better. Bella was going to get married but the groom is cheating on her and finally on her wedding day she bolted and called Christian who came and picked her up. Runaway Bride and the bartender...These two have been circling each other and establishing a weird kind of friendship and the rescue cemented everything. The Jordan brothers and the Bigelow sisters are opposites and yet they work. Both stories in this series were kinda off but okay. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I liked this story. It’s sweet and sexy. It took me a bit to warm up to Bella and also Christian a little bit too, but once their relationship started to blossom, I was behind them. I felt like getting to know them together redeemed some of their not so finer qualities of the past. I enjoyed watching them fall in love; I think they understand each other so well and are perfect for each other. Love the epilogue!
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 Stars! We were introduced to Bella and Christian in the first book “The Hookup”. Bella left her groom (Bradley) at the altar after finding out he had been cheating on her ... with several women. Bella was from a rich family and appeared to be a “princess” but looks can be deceiving. Christian had a one-night stand with his twin brothers ex-girlfriend (Ali) ... only his brother (Cain) didn’t know his girlfriend was an EX-girlfriend and she became pregnant. And seeing how Christian’s brother became a raging alcoholic after he found out, Christian laid claim to the little boy because Ali didn’t want him and Christian wouldn’t let the little boy grow up feeling unloved. When Bella decides to get revenge on her ex for cheating on her ... she wants revenge sex with Christian. So she asks Christian to pick her up at the church and take her away. They go to cabin in the woods and spent the next 2 days in bed. If I say anything more about what happens next, I will wreck the story for others. Even though Christian was the bad guy in the first book, I couldn’t help but fall for him in this book. When he told his side of the story, I just felt sorry for him. And Bella was just a sweet, down-to-earth rich girl. Ms McCarthy sure knows how to portray her characters in the best light and even make the ones you hated in one book - love them in the next book. This book is just a great funny romance with hot sex scenes. I just love this series and highly recommend it. But read the first book first to get the whole background on this couple. There are more siblings in this family, so I sure hope there is going to be more books. I received an ARC courtesy of Random House - Loveswept through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
CRISSYM More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read The Breakup. The blurb pulled me in and I just knew that this would be a fantastic read. Unfortunately it wasn't and I'll tell you why. Let me start by saying that I did not read the first book so I went into this story with no back ground on these characters. I have to be honest, I absolutely disliked Christian and his actions. Just when I started to like him, he did something that ruined it. Bella was an okay character but I just could not connect with her. It's hard to enjoy a story when you can't connect with the characters and you dislike one of the main characters. All I can say, is that this story just did not work for me.