Break the Line
by Allison Mullinax
Fiery Seas Everlasting
February 13, 2018
As a pro-fisherman, Benson Howell’s days are spent on murky lake water, reeling in largemouth bass and winning first place trophies. At twenty-nine, life is easy and carefree. His only job is to stay in the top rankings during the fishing circuit, and keep the sponsors happy. That is, until he meets hot tempered, fiery haired Danni-Rose in small-town Alabama. He has never backed down from anything too big to reel in.
Danni-Rose has spent the past six years of her life burying her past. When Benson Howell literally plows his boat right into her life, armed with simmering anger, she fights the current pulling her closer to him. With a past she can’t let go of, and the sexy fisherman breaking down all her walls, Danni-Rose does everything she can to break the line connecting her to Benson.
Will Danni-Rose be able to let go of the past? Can Benson change her mind about him? Or will they both miss the catch of a lifetime?
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Excerpt 5 from Chapter 8 of BREAK THE LINE by Allison Mullinax
His strong arms reach around me, and his chest is pressed against my back. “Now, I’m sure you think you know how to do this, but let me show you the right way,” he says, leaning down to whisper in my ear.
“Next thing you’re gonna tell me is it’s all in the flick of the wrist.” I grin, feeling at ease out here on the shoreline with him. There’s a calm washing over me that I haven’t felt in such a long time.
“Nah, it’s the bait,” he says, and I laugh against his chest. He reaches around and presses his lips to my temple causing my eyelids to flutter closed. “All right, now show me what you got.” He slaps at my rear and stands back, folding his arms across his chest. I pull the fishing rod back and cast the line out about twenty feet from the banks. “Not bad.” He reaches in the cooler and pulls out a bottle of water. I watch as the bobber floats in the lake, waiting for any sign that a Brim is nibbling at my cricket.
“I can see why you love this so much; it’s peaceful,” I shout over to him, fishing several yards away.
His jaw muscles tighten from his smile, and he shakes his head. “Shhhh woman, you’ll scare the fish away. Just relax, remember the ground rules we discussed.” I realized on our drive that he didn’t bring me out here to show me how to fish, or to even talk, which he so kindly laid out in the rules of fishing. He brought me out here to calm me down, and give me some peace before tonight. I look back over to him, and I feel my guard starting to crumble away. The muscles in his arms are tanned and toned from years of reeling in lake monsters. His ash-blond curls flip out underneath his baseball cap, and the sudden urge I have to run my hands up his neck causes me to quickly look away.
“Liza came over this morning. We went into town and ran in—” I begin.
“Baby, I love that mouth of yours… trust me, but right now I just want you to close it. Whatever it is you want to talk about, save it for tonight. No talking about things you worry too much over. Just breathe in the clean air, relax in the shade. Fish,” he instructs, not turning to look at me, and keeping his attention on the lake.
We’ve been sitting out in the weeds and grass for over an hour, not saying a word. Every once in a while, I catch Benson staring at me while I’m throwing the line out into the lake, and he throws me a wink. We stayed in perfect silence, enjoying the quiet comfort of nature and each other. It was exactly what I needed, and he knew it without me even having to tell him. The magnetic pull I’ve been fighting since day one is growing stronger, and my will to fight it is weakening.
When he pulls in to my driveway, he leans over in the seat pulling my face to his. “I can’t wait for tonight, and to hear about your day. I know you’re worried… don’t be.” I give him an appreciative smile as I slide out of the passenger seat.
“See you in a couple of hours.”
Genre: Romance – Sports (Fishing), Emotional, Southern
Part of a Series: No
POV: Benson and Danni-Rose
Steam Level: Warm
Break the Line is a quick and emotional read with themes of water-safety and learning to moving forward after heartbreak. I loved both Danni and Benson and the whole Southern charm of the story. Danni-Rose’s parents were awesome. The story was gripping and full of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. If you’re looking for a sweet and charming Southern Romance that tugs at your heartstrings and imparts an important message about love and life then look no further. Break the Line is all that and more.
I received a copy of book for free. This is my honest and voluntary review.
About Allison Mullinax
North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.