Review: Break and Enter by Rachel Haimowitz and Aleksandr Voinov

Break and EnterBreak and Enter by Rachel Haimowitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Cyke is a white-hat hacker with a ton of hardware of his own installed. After he breaks into SenTech to test their security and winds up becoming the fall guy for a real thief, paramedic Bear gets to wipe him up off the street and take care of him. What should just be all in a night’s work for Bear turns into something more as Cyke becomes a repeat patient and Bear gets drawn into his dangerous world.

When I read the blurb for Break and Enter, I knew at once it would be my kind of book. Cyberpunk’s right up my alley, and the world building in Break and Enter is top-notch. I really felt drawn into Cyke’s world as he tries again and again to break into SenTech and winds up on the street in Bear’s care. He’s reluctant to let Bear in, but Bear ends up breaking through his defenses anyway.

Bear is an interesting character as well, a geek who is excited to get his hands on Cyke’s hardware… and a little more. Bear can’t help but be fascinated by Cyke even when he’s eating everything in his house. I really got the sense that they needed each other and there was definitely sexual chemistry there, but I’d love to see a sequel where their actual romantic relationship develops more.

I love to see m/m romances where the plot is as important as the relationship, and Break and Enter nails that. It just fell a little short for me as an actual romance, and I found myself turning the pages to find out what happened in the plot more than to discover where their relationship was headed. I’m not even sure I can explain why – the book is extremely well-written and I have no complaints – it just didn’t stir up the emotions in me enough to warrant that five star gold.

Despite that, it’s still a great book and one worth picking up if you have a few hours to burn. If you like technology and cyberpunk along with m/m romance, you’ll definitely find something to like here.

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