Author: Lauren Layne
Published: September 2014
When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.
Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.
Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?
***Note: This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the publisher via Net Galley but that in no way affected this review!
Ana and Celeste will put Broken on their top shelf!
Ana: 5 stars! I pretty much loved everything about this book…the characters, the storyline, the pace, the writing, the love, the chemistry…ya…EVERYTHING!!
Paul and Olivia couldn’t be more different, yet their personalities were so perfect for each other. Paul was broken and surly but, under that gruff exterior, had a heart of gold. A man who helped others but didn’t want anyone to know, a man who tried to stay away from what he wanted so that he didn’t hurt anyone…a man who had served his country but now was all alone. Olivia was more than just a spoiled rich girl. She had depth and substance. She wanted more from her life and needed to get away from her past. She’d been hurt (and had hurt others) but she dug deep and pulled out some strength that she didn’t even know she had. She was fierce and sassy when she needed to be and I enjoyed how she set Paul off balance more than once! I really enjoyed their interactions and their banter was great. Now, I’m an angst lover and this book had it in spades. The raw emotion and the heat between these characters was fantastic. Their chemistry was perfection…equal parts love and hate, desire and frustration, and want and need that, ultimately, explodes into flame!! My heart beat along with theirs and exploded with joy as their relationship grew stronger!
The pace of this story and the writing were great and the secondary character, although they didn’t play huge roles in the book, actually added depth to the story. This was definitely one of those books that I call a “job risker”…the kind of book you sneak-read at work even though you know you shouldn’t because you can’t be away from these characters for long and you have to read just one more page! [Continue reading & get hooked!]