Review: Breaking Chance by Kim Knox

Filed in Kim Knox , Review , The Smutty Lover Posted on September 23, 2010 @ 6:00 am 4 comments

Format Read: E-book
Number of Pages: 103 pages
Release Date: January 6th, 2010
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Formats Available: eBook
Purchasing Info: Author Website,  Amazon, BooksOnBoard, Book Depository UK,

Book Blurb: 

What a girl wants and what a girl needs are sometimes two different things… For Melissa “Lucky” Chance, another stretch in Ganymede’s ice prison is nothing new. The flash-freeze that’s supposed to destroy her will only leaves her with an insatiable desire for the first hot body she lays eyes on. Except this time, she faces a death sentence. Her only hope of escape lies with the man known as The Butcher. John Ramius understands the logic behind his conviction as a criminally insane mass murderer. No man should have been able to slaughter over fifty men in as many minutes, but no one sees the underlying curse that compels him to sense—and fulfill—someone’s deepest need. Chance’s skill will free him to kill the Sun-King; he will find no rest until he does. As they run from the forces of the Jovian colonies, Ramius finds himself temporarily sidetracked, not only by Chance’s relentless desire, but by her underlying, unspoken need. Ignoring it—or his own compulsion to do every wicked thing imaginable to her—is not an option. Only after all their defenses are stripped away do they discover that their meeting wasn’t by chance. Someone is manipulating them both, and the only way out is the path to their destruction…

My Thoughts: 

When Melissa “Lucky” Chance is again facing another set of charges after being caught for thievery and sexy conduct the authorities deem unsuitable, she assumes she will have to go prison and escape again. But this time she finds herself she may have played with fire once too many times as the ruling and visiting judge has sentenced her to death along with a dangerous murderer John Ramius. The only way to get out of this mess, Chance has to team up with this dark and dangerous man who may not have very good intentions towards her, but to survive she may have to entrust him to escape their looming execution.
This book was part of the recent splurge I had on sci fi romance and I am very thankful that I picked this up because it was a fun, sexy and engaging read! For a novella it packed a lot of action and emotion and there was interesting surprises and twists that I did not expect.
Ramius’ character really reminded me a lot of Vin Diesel’s, Riddick from the Pitch Black movies, there was a real sense of menace and danger at the beginning of the book and I think it really added to the sexual tension with Chance, who is really drawn to him in a lot of ways despite knowing and fearing he might harm her, Chance on the other hand is the opposite of Ramius’ character and is brash and cocky and impulsive. I really liked how she rebelled against her Government and was able to subvert the controlling chip, that all citizens are forced to have. She was a fantastic foil to Ramius and vise versa and it made their romance more believable especially when they force each other to face their past, later in the book.
I really felt that over the course of the story, from the tense beginning to the big ending they both balanced each other well and along with the high octane action. The romantic developments did not falter, but built up to an emotional one with surprising revelations from Ramius which really fleshed out his character even more.
However I do wish there was more about the sentient living ship, Drew, which Chance and Ramius steal to escape the authorities. He showed great possibilities and I especially loved his interactions with Chance and Ramius, but because this was such a short book, the ending does leave things open for more but ends satisfactorily if there are no sequels. But I really liked the setting and the premise that Kim Knox sets out and if you fancy a quick and sexy read with emotional depth I highly recommend this book!

I give Breaking Chance 3 and 1/2 Bookies

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About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Michelle Greathouse September 23, 2010 at 6:18 am

    I have had my eye on Kim Knox for a time now. I wish her books were in print.

    I tried to read one on the computer from NetGalley – but that was just too uncomfortable and inconvenient.


  • Has September 23, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I really enjoyed this book – I think the one on Netgalley is a full book so it can be difficult but this was a novella and it was only 96 pages overall. I think its easier to read novellas on a desktop than a full book.

  • Sugar September 23, 2010 at 9:41 am

    You had me at Vin Diesel! I will check this one out.. Love sexy mens mmmm 🙂

  • Ragan September 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I can totally see your Vin Diesel comparison but this one wasn't as good to me as it was to you.

    You did a great review though. Very positive. =)

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