Breaking Down My Walls - Anne Marie Citro

4 Stars!

After the torment of her childhood, Taya believes in love for everyone … except herself. Some things can’t be untaught.
Beautiful and tough, yet the most private woman anyone has ever met, Taya knows everyone has a past, yet she doesn’t share hers. Her past must remain behind her for her sanity and so the only man she has ever loved will move on with someone who hasn’t been destroyed by those who were supposed to protect her.
Then a threat has her past storming back in and taking over.

After looking into the big, baby blue eyes of the deranged little orphan who was dragged, kicking and screaming, into his home, Levi is determined to be the boy who will teach Taya that not every offered hand will betray her.
Playful and gorgeous, Levi’s first passion is the girl who consumes his heart. His second is serving his country, following in his father’s footsteps. When Levi is deployed overseas, he encourages Taya to spread her wings and pursue her dreams, hoping she will come back to her roots and the man who is waiting for her.
Levi is mistaken.

Taya can’t change who she is and has built a life for herself far away from the only man she will ever love.
Can Levi convince Taya their relationship is worth the fight? Can he force her to overcome her fears and let him in completely? Can Levi prove his love is the freedom she has been searching for?
Levi allowed Taya to control their relationship in the past, but now things have changed. He is taking control back, with or without her consent.

Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life. 

Wow what a rough start this girl had. The book certainly tugs at the old heartstrings. I loved seeing the blossoming of the relationship between Taya and Levi. Right from the very beginning Levi had a wonderful way with her. This was so sweet to read about. He was so gentle with her, patient, kind and loving.

And then they grew up - and their relationship changed and grew. It just killed me that Taya was so stubborn (I mean I get it, I know why, she was seriously hurt), Levi was so good for her and she couldn't see what was right in front of her. This story was not only about Taya and how she lived with her past, her pain and the memories but also Levi and how he grew and how he learned about love and how its a give and take - and sometimes giving in a little, taking a step back is the best plan. The whole time he never gave up on her awwwww!

Great character development! The author really drew a clear picture of their personalities. And actually the whole family, Taya's new family, was all pretty cool. they were rough around the edges, but still a great family and they loved her.

A lot of surprises and twits in this book and a very nice ending!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from RABT book tours Thank You!!

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