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Peek Inside Breaking Him

Folks in town say he’s dangerous. But I know him as Elijah Hays, the quiet, gentle giant who works with the horses on my ranch. I feel him watching me, making me burn in a way that both frightens and thrills me. All I can think about is exposing the dark desire I see deep inside him—that low, gritty voice rasping orders in my ear, those huge, rough hands holding me down. I want his surrender, his control. I want to break him...and have him break me..

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Folks in town call him a monster—say he’s dangerous. But I know him simply as Elijah Hays, the quiet, gentle giant who works with the horses on my ranch. I can feel him watching me, that steady, intense gaze making me crave things I don’t quite understand, burn in a way that frightens me. He’s always kept his distance…until that night.

I remember him coming to my rescue, me following him into the barn, giving him his first taste of a woman, and his inexperienced yet barely reined touch turning me to ash.

Now all I can think about is exposing the dark desire I see deep inside him—having him turn those dark desires on me. That low, gritty voice rasping orders in my ear. Those huge, rough hands holding me down when a storm blows in.

I want his surrender. His control. I want to break him…and have him break me…


- "This is a beautiful love story. Written and paced to perfection, I was entranced from the word go. This is the first book I have ever read by Sherilee Gray, but now I will be reading everything she has written." - Kimberly Addison, The Book Sirens

- "All I can say is wow! If you are in search of a book with a lot of steamy and romantic moments, this one is for you. I was not able to put this one down." - Adrien Holiday, Goodreads

- "The story is a fairly intense read, though not overly angsty despite Elijah's past. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I look forward to more from this author!" - Christine Maria Rose Epp, Goodreads

-"Damn that was good...The author started this story off with me already needing to fan myself. Sherilee Gray sure knows how to write sexual attraction without over doing it." - Mindy Burton, Goodreads

- "I have enjoyed every book that I have read by Sherilee Gray and this one is no exception. This is a great short story that will leave you fanning yourself and longing for more of Eli and Abi! So very well written and the characters capture you from the very beginning" - Melanie Hutchinson, Books Need TLC

- "What a fabulous book!! I found myself engrossed in Breaking Him from the very beginning and fell in love with the strength and emotions of the characters and their stories. Praise to Sherilee Gray for a wonderfully written book I look forward to making her a permanent addition to my reading list." - Tracie Runge, Goodreads

- "Where the hell have I been? How did I not know who Sherilee Gray was?...I was not expecting to enjoy the author's writing style so much. Nor was I prepared for how H-O-T it would be. I'll definitely be checking out her other books now that she's on my radar." - Rosa Sharon, iScream Books

- "This book is an absolute must read. It will press every button you have and some you weren't aware of. The plot and the backstory are solid. Sherilee writes a great book, this one is the best." - Lori Zenobia, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757356
Release Date: Sep 5, 2016
Page Count: 183
Imprint: scorched
Genre: contemporary, erotic romance
Tropes: across the tracks

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By ✦❋Arianna✦❋ September 26, 2016


Dayum! This was so much better than I had expected. And the best part is that this little gem was simply awesome and really, real hot! Ever since I’ve read the blurb I knew I had to read this one as soon as possible, mainly because the idea of a virgin hero intrigued me very much. I can’t remember t ...more

4 Solid Smut Scale Stars

This was a super cute, super steamy little number and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Eli was to die for.

Fans of Alexa Riley will love this one. Somewhat short, but with some surprising depth to it, I'll definitely be looking for more from this author. ...more

By Carol [Goodreads Addict] August 22, 2016

Breaking Him is a stand alone fairly short story by Sherilee Gray. This is part of the Entangled Scorched line. I was generously provided with this book in exchange for an honest review by the author.


Abigail Smith has lived on the ranch in Deep River, Montana her entire life. Her mother left when sh ...more

By Eve (Between The Bookends) September 05, 2016




How have I not read anything by this author before??

Abigail is struggling to keep her ranch afloat after the passing of her father. Helping her out is ranchhand Elijah Hays. He is quiet, gentle, and sexy as sin. Eli has a tragic past that gets him shunned by most of the town, but Abi sees something ...more

By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ September 03, 2016


You're my salvation, Abigail," he said, voice low and guttural, each word punctuated with an almost violent thrust of his hips. "Right here, inside you, I'm redeemed. I'm the man you need. I'm yours and you're MINE."

Well, hello there, Sherilee Gray, and welcome to my auto buy list ...more

By XxTainaxX August 21, 2016

4.5 Stars. Before writing this review, I may or may not have needed a little cool down time **ahem**. This book is HOT ladies and gents. SCORCHING. Eli's got this amazingly perfect mix of inexperience and alpha domination that I thought was impossible. The writer was able to pull it off and made me ...more

By Jen September 02, 2016

4 Stars

“I need you, right now. I can’t get enough of you, darlin’. You’re all I can think about, all day, every day. When I’m inside you, I’m in heaven. And as soon as I pull out, all I’m thinking about is when I can get back in.”

After her father's death, Abigail's main concern became keeping her fa ...more

By Saswati November 01, 2020

3.8 “I was always meant to be yours” stars ⭐️

A cowboy romance with a virgin and shy hero Eli who turns into a dominant lover, and a headstrong heroine Abi.

“How did you know I like tea and not coffee?”
“Same way I know you only wear your beautiful blond hair down when we go to town, or after your sho

By Alba and Her Secrets..♥ September 25, 2016

4.5 'My beautiful angel' Stars!

I only want to say two things about this book..

First, about Eli..

And second, to all the ladies that want to read Breaking Him, you just need to know this:
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By Maya August 26, 2016

ARC received in exchange for on honest review.


Hmm, this book started off as a strong one. But you know what my problem was near the end? Too much sex. Yes, I can't believe I said it but I said it. At the beginning we get a near rape scene where Elijah or as Abigail likes to call him, Eli s ...more

By Isabella. R October 17, 2020

5 Raw Hunger Stars ⭐

Breaking Him is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. Having read this numerous times’, it's my go to when I need sweet, filthy and swoony. Because everyone needs to meet Elijah Hays at least once. A damaged cowboy from a backwater town that many fear, except Abigail Smith. In fact ...more

By Olga therebelreader August 31, 2016

4.5 stars

Omg where do I start! I can’t come up with the right words to explain how much I loved this book.
Abi might look like she has an edge, but she is so sweet, loyal and passionate. She is such a strong woman and doesn't take crap. Eli is the kind of hard ass Alpha that I love.
Abi is beautiful ...more

By Claire August 19, 2016

4.5 - "The sweetest ache I've ever felt." Stars!

One thing you can guarantee that Sherilee Gray will deliver on is the dirty in her books, and boy did she with Breaking Him. Although a quick read it was packed full of naughty, delicious sexy times, and a great story-line as well.

The innocent hero tro ...more

By Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth November 10, 2016

This little story surprised the hell out of me!
A virgin hero becoming a dominant lover in a novella, unrealistic? Hell yes! Is it smutty? You bet! But between all the smut you have surprisingly much story and angst and the characters were well fleshed out in the span of 143 pages.

Elijah was a hear ...more

By Starr (AKA Bam Bam) November 28, 2018

Weeeeelllll... that was A LOT OF SEX!! Yikes!!

Definitely a departure from my usual romances. It was like eating a kilo of dark chocolate in one sitting (did that once when I was little, gave me digestive problems for days).

BUT. It wasn’t all hot gratuitous sex. There was emotional connection. There ...more

By Michelle September 05, 2016

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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A male virgin cowboy!!!! Yes, that’s right a male virgin twenty something cowboy!!!!!! I practically don’t have to say anymore since I was already sold and practically inhaled this book in one sitting.


Sherilee Gray definitely knew how ...more

By Lana Reads October 22, 2020

4,5 stars

It was short, so so very hot and sweet.
If you've ever read my reviews for short books, those three are often my "to go" descriptions for the ones I absolutely enjoyed. Because when the book is short, the author must be really good to be able to make it sweet and hot enough without making it ...more

By Carvanz July 15, 2017

What a wonderfully sweet, charming book this was! And the feels! From the beginning to end you can just feel every word. I absolutely loved Abi and Eli. Eli is an outcast, a monster, and a recluse. Abi has lost her family and struggling to save her ranch. Eli was hired by her father before he died a ...more

By Mindy Lou's Book Review September 05, 2016

Damn that was good. I admit, I am a total sucker for the silent, intense men. The fact that the whole town thought Elijah was dangerous peaked my interest. Give me an H that barely talks and I need to know more. Of course, I don't want the man to truly be dangerous, at least not to woman. The fact t ...more

By Bev December 04, 2017

4.5 hot and dirty stars

Once again Sherilee Gray has made me a happy reader, I inhaled Breaking Him in one sitting and I bloody loved it. If you want a fast, hot and dirty guilty pleasure read with a whole lot of alpha male this is one to read.

Elijah is the (small) town pariah after suffering horrifi ...more

By Riana October 20, 2020

Holy shit! I still can’t believe how freaking hot this book is. It is hands down one of the best erotic romance I’ve ever read so far. This book is a little different from other books of this genre that I’ve read, as it had an experienced h and an inexperienced H, but boy did it worked out well!!!

I ...more

By Renee November 01, 2020

This shit right here is exactly why I love Goodreads so much. Thank you to the lovely ladies who put in the work with your awesome reviews and got me excited to read this.

Funny thing, though... I'm kinda more excited now that I've finished it. If you know what I mean.


This book is SMOKING hot. Like, ...more

By Denna September 06, 2016

HOLY SHIT!!!! This book was incredible. It was hands down one of the hottest books I have read. Eli was simply amazing, he was an awesome hero and so fucking Hot! He was also very very Alpha which I loved. The h was great, I loved her. Loved how she was with the hero, she was never scared of him and ...more

By TereseDK September 20, 2016

3.5-4 smutty stars!

So this was a lot smuttier than I expected. Kinda like a longer AR book with a bit more plot to it.
The storyline itself was alright, albeit oftentimes really unrealistic, but I can totally forgive that when the nookie is that hot and also... It's fiction, you guys! I'm fine with r ...more

By 1-Click Addict Support Group September 07, 2016

I rarely ever read stories that have sexy, strutting cowboys but I'm glad I definitely read Breaking Him, because Eli knocked the boots right from under me! His sweet endearments, along with his dirty talking, had me squirming and shouting along with Abigail, “YES, YES, OH GOODNESS!!!”

The sexual ten ...more

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Sherilee Gray

About the author

Sherilee Gray

Sherilee Gray is a kiwi girl and lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband and their two children. When she isn't writing sexy, edgy contemporary romance or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of Cadburys Rocky Road chocolate in the other.

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