My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Broken is a story about hope; one man’s journey to survival and a girl who’s made mistakes.
“Carrying for a war veteran isn’t aboutPaul Langdon returns from war a shadow of the man he once was, both physically and emotionally. Everything has changed, the way he moves, the way he looks and the way he feels. His father sends him carer after carer to help rehabilitate his body, and more importantly, his mind.... But to accept help, to move on, Paul has to want it. He needs a reason to motivate himself out of the dark. Is there anything or anyone who can make a difference? Change Paul's mindset? Give him hope of a future worth living?
philanthropy. It’s about penance.”
Enter sassy and beautiful, Olivia Middleton. Paul's newest companion/carer.
Will Olivia be able to keep his nightmares at bay?
Our leading characters experience an immediate and fierce attraction to each other. There’s insta lust but that doesn't mean it's all sweet love and plain sailing. There’s a dose of enjoyable angst and drama added to the mix and the build of a beautiful friendship; a routine with each other where they begin to share some lovely habits.
My wishes for more stars
I wish there hadn't been so many jumps in the time line. There were sections where it moved on by weeks and I felt like I was left with gaps in my knowledge and emotions. I wanted to completely experience the build of their relationship, not every single minute but, for me, the missing time was slightly too much.
I wish some of the happenings towards the end had been a little different. It didn't always feel completely true to the characters and story, but equally Mrs pedantic here kind of liked the drama.... It felt just about plausible, if slightly dramatic in terms of motivation.
Despite my two wishes, my love for this story grew and grew; I found myself smiling and loving many elements of it. Olivia's enthusiasm for Paul is infectious and their growth as characters immense.
Olivia and Paul have sweet moments of sexy, hotness and romance....
The story has a delightful, pureness to it which I really enjoyed and made my book heart happy. It's a wonderful example of how everything happens for a reason, even if it doesn't always feel that way. Fate and life brings people together and it's beautiful.
Broken is a lovely example of a New Adult story, so if this is where your true book heart lies, Lauren Layne is an author you need in your life. It has all the ingredients necessary to feed our sweet romantic needs. A treat for those who love a truthfully broken hero, and a determined heroine who’s ready to aid the healing. If you fancy a NA feast, one-click your copy of Broken, smile and enjoy.
Note: Broken is told from the dual perspective of our hero and heroine and is a standalone story.
Complimentary copy received from Random House Publishing Group, via NetGalley, for my honest review
Guest reviewed for Four Chicks Flipping Pages