Monday, September 1, 2014

Broken by Lauren Layne - Review/Giveaway

Redemption # 1
By: Lauren Layne
Releasing September 2nd, 2014


Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both... or destroy them.

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?

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New Adult isn’t my favorite genre, but Broken by Lauren Layne blew me away. I really loved the broody at times downright rude Paul Langdon, and the not willing to take his BS, Olivia Middleton. These were some great characters.

At times I wanted to strangle and smack them for their stubbornness and their quickness to jump to conclusions. This might be explained by the younger ages, after all Olivia is only twenty-two.

I loved that the author does a good job of getting the time to pass quickly and giving Olivia enough sass to handle Paul, and giving Paul some serious back story that supports his gruffness. I understand Paul’s issues and I enjoyed the way that Olivia challenges him to be normal and to live again.

This story has angst, growth and so much tension. I really enjoyed this book and I really recommend it.

I received a copy for the purpose of review. I was not compensated for my review. 

Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
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  1. Great review, Sheri. One of the hallmarks of NA fiction is the sometimes rash actions of the characters and overexaggeration of every thing. Drives me nuts sometimes. LOL

    Kay xx