Break Me Like A Promise by Tiffany Schmidt

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
★★★★☆ (3.75)
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

(This is the second book in the Once Upon a Crime Family series. Spoilers below.)

Summary – No one is unbreakable.26073071
   All Magnolia Vickers has ever wanted was to follow father’s path as head of the Family Business. But new legislation is poised to destroy the Family’s operations in the black-market organ trade and Maggie’s recent behavior has wrecked the business-savvy reputation she’s worked her whole life to build.
She’s given an ultimatum: shape up or step aside.
Then Maggie messes up: she downloads a virus onto her father’s computer, and must sneak it off-estate for repair. When Alex, a tech whiz, uncovers the type of information on the machine, he offers Maggie a choice: her Family can give him a kidney, or he’ll irreparably scramble the data. Maggie agrees, but has no intention of keeping her promise or ever seeing him again. That night Alex shows up at her Family estate with copies of confidential Family files and a shocking revelation—the kidney is for him.
The Vickers aren’t willing to let Alex out of their sight, so he moves onto their estate and Maggie is assigned to be his keeper. A task she resents and he enjoys making as challenging as possible. But procuring black market organs is becoming increasingly difficult, and as Alex’s health declines, she’s surprised to find herself falling for him.
Like it or not, Maggie must accept that if she wants to save Alex’s life and carve out a place in the new legalized organ business, she’s going to have to fight for both.

Initial Thoughts – Despite the mediocre reviews on GoodReads, I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Hold Me Like a Breath. I was so excited to read the next book in the series. While Break Me Like a Promise wasn’t quite as amazing as the first book, I still enjoyed it.
Plot – ★★★★☆ The plot moved along quickly, but I felt like most of the plot was just waiting and a reaction to other things. There wasn’t enough action to really gain my attention.
Characters – ★★★☆☆ While I did fall in love with Alex, I didn’t really connect to Maggie. I sympathized with her, but I didn’t support her in everything she did.
Story world – ★★★★☆ Schmidt has a good basis of politics surrounding the Organ Act, however I think expanding on that could have really improved the plot.
Style – ★★★★☆ Nothing about Scmidt’s style truly stood out to me. It was smooth and clean, but it just was missing that special something.
Closing Thoughts – This book was fast paced and kept my attention. However, it just was missing that extra layer that makes a good book great.
Recommendation – Recommended for lovers of medical backgrounds, complicated love, and illegal activities.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)

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