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Title: Broken By Lies
Author: Rebecca Shea
Series: Bound and Broken
Publisher: self-published
Published: February 17, 2015
Genre: new adult romantic suspense

Synopsis I had no idea how much I would love Alex the day he walked into my life.

He changed everything.

The way I breathed. The way I thought. The way I loved. He brought me back to life.

He gave me strength and a safe place to land.

And then he broke me.

Finding Emilia was a chance to do something good for once in my life.

I wanted to change.

She believed I was her savior. I ached to be. She found her way into my heart and claimed it as her safe place.

I should be telling her the truth about me…instead I break her with lies.

This book is a New Adult Romance and contains mature subject matter. It is not intended for those under 17 years of age.


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Ana 4 stars  After losing her mother, Emilia goes searching for her father and, although that turns out differently than she expected, her life will never be the same again.  By chance, she meets Alex and this is when the roller coaster ride begins.  This is a very quick moving story.  Everything about the storyline, the twists and turns, and even the romance moves at lightening speed.  That is, until it hits the end and a very big cliffhanger.  As always, Rebecca Shea’s writing is wonderful.  Smooth and engaging.  There’s just enough description to keep you satisfied but not so much as to bog down the storyline.  It makes reading her books effortless.

These two characters are both carrying baggage due to their family situations.  Both find themselves in a place they can’t begin to imagine how to get out of.  And both need something more from life.  Emilia is alone in the world and broke.  Alex is stuck in his current situation simply by having been born into it.  And, although he’s very wealthy, it comes with just as many obstacles as the ones that she faces.  When they meet, he instinctively wants to help her and the story develops from there.  Although Alex knows it’s probably not the best idea to bring Emilia into his world, he does so anyway.  And I must admit that even after reading the book and enjoying it, I still don’t quite know how I feel about that decision.  After all, he knew that nothing good would come from it and that he was putting her in danger.  I was equally surprised by Emilia’s ability to trust him almost immediately after meeting him.  This decision would definitely be considered questionable in the real world.  But then I remind myself that this is a book, that everything moves more quickly in stories and that the author is just showing me that the heart wants what it wants.  Both of these characters are so desperate to live more normal lives that they’re absolutely willing to take the chance.  Their chemistry is definitely strong and that adds to the intensity of the story and makes the quick romance more understandable.  And hearing the story from both their points of view was an added bonus.  It helped me better understand the story as it progressed and ensured that I understood where each was coming from.

Because I didn’t see all of the twists and turns coming, I don’t want to ruin them for you either.  Just know that this is one of those books that you will want to curl up with and read cover to cover.  You’ll be immersed in the storyline quickly and you’ll want to unravel the mystery around these two.  I’m not sure what will happen next but I know that I’m interested in finding out.

Celeste  4.5 stars *breathes into paper bag* I love mafia stories and I had no idea this was about organized crime when I went in. If I loved Rebecca before, I love her even more now. Except for that ending….nah, I still love her even though I was left totally hanging.

I’ll get right to it…I loved Alex Estrada. Holy sexy, holy bossy, holy powerful and holy guilt ridden man that I’d love to touch all over have in my life. He hated himself, yet couldn’t help but want to have a brightness in it. That brightness was Emilia.

Emilia was also a great MC. Hopeless, her life seemed so bleak and lonely…but then Alex swooped in. While her brain cautioned her, her heart and her body told her to trust him. I loved the conflict, and I loved how she gave in. She had nothing to lose and everything to gain and she went for it, and that made me so happy!

Now let’s talk holy crap moments. I think I had about 10 of them. I knew some “things” were meant to foreshadow other “things”, but I never predicted half the ways “things” went down. I do love a good twist and turn, and this story brought it big time.

The ending was a mother loving cliff hanger. Rebecca, I kind of love/hate you a lot right now. I have also just done something I regret: I read the synopsis for book 2. *cries* I have made the ending worse. But I can’t stop thinking about it and now have all the thoughts and theories and omg, I hope I’m right. Basically, this story isn’t even close to being over and I am dying to get my hands on the next installment.

Anything I needed to be done differently? I think the profession of love. Both characters loved too quickly for me. The chemistry and romance were written well enough so that the reader could tell their relationship was something special, I don’t think the label of love was needed until way later in the story. However, it didn’t make me like it any less, I just don’t think they knew they loved each other so early on.

Questions? Yes. I have so many. I can’t really list them because it might spoil, but I’m pretty sure nothing in this entire story happened by chance. So sit down, buckle up, and get ready for the ride…it’s gripping!

Rec this? YES! If you love a hot sexy romantic suspense this is for you.



About the Author: Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her son’s football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever after’s.

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