REVIEW: Broken Open (The Hurley Boys #2) by Lauren Dane

I’ll preface by saying that I’ve read nearly everything Lauren Dane has written and she’s an auto-buy/read for me. I always enjoy her books, particularly her take-no-bullshit heroines. Even still, I was a tad bit apprehensive to see how she’d portray a Black woman and an interracial coupling. I needn’t worried! Tuesday is a fluffy-haired goddess, strong-willed, yet vulnerable and most of all not a stereotype or a caricature like we too often see in this genre.

Ezra Hurley…

I was jumping-for-joy happy Ezra and Tuesday’s story wasn’t mired in their racial differences. Their conflicting issues were normal and realistic for two people with troubled pasts, regardless of their race. That didn’t mean that there weren’t subtle mentions that Tuesday and Ezra were indeed from different races with varying experiences informed by their racial backgrounds. Then there were the plot points that as a Black woman myself made me appreciate a relatable character who could be me, my sister, or my BFF.

Another reason why I loved this book, and the series as a whole — is the friendship between Tuesday and Natalie and the close knit Hurley family relationships. Tuesday and Ezra’s relationship does not exist in a vacuum without any interaction with others around them.

There’s only one thing I would have liked, an epilogue. With the series continuing with Ezra’s brother, Vaughn’s, story, I suspect we’ll get updates on Tuesday and Ezra there, so I’m not too mad.

I highly recommend anyone who enjoys interracial romance — or just good romance, in general — read this book. Brava, Ms. Dane!!!

 Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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