I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.
“She makes me forget to breathe. She makes me forget everything.”
Broken is a beautiful story of love and redemption for a woman with secrets and a man with physical and emotional scars. Olivia Middleton is leaving her Park Avenue life behind to help an injured veteran in Maine. This happens to be Paul Langdon. He is no longer the star quarterback he once was. The war has left his soul in pieces. He has had countless of caretakers and he continues to chase them away. The moment Paul meets Olivia he wants to chase her away too. But, for different reasons. Little does Olivia know that by agreeing to attend to Paul, she is also risking her heart.
“But she responded. She responded like she was made for me.”
There was not one moment where I wanted to put this book down. Not one. You meet Olivia, the privileged girl who decides to drop out of college to help a veteran. She thinks this will be some sort of penance for her past sins. Until she meets Paul and sees what she’s up against. He’s angry, rude, disrespectful. She second guesses this job for a brief moment and then quickly commits to being there for Paul despite the backlash. As the story progresses, they slowly begin to get to know each other. Paul is hesitant on letting Olivia in, but his heart knows better.
If you think this is a fluffy story, you’re wrong. If you think this is the usual broken people healed by love, you’re wrong again. You are immediately drawn to Paul despite his reluctance to living life. He embeds himself in your heart and you want nothing more than to understand what broke him and what (or whom) can put those pieces back together. The author takes two shattered individuals in a situation where love or the idea of it seems impossible.Her writing style is flawless in the way she conveys this beautiful and emotional story. You do more than watch them fall for each other. You feel it.
“You made me whole. You took a wretched, broken soul and showed him how to take his life back.”
Broken definitely brings a refreshing twist to the NA genre. The characters and the storyline are genuine and will keep you immersed in the story the entire time. This story truly gives truth to finding love even in the darkest of places. You will feel the moment Paul’s dark soul comes alive the moment he sees the light in Olivia’s. Their love is unlike any I’ve read. It faces a darkness and sorrow not experienced in other books. Broken and it’s characters absolutely captured my heart and I highly recommend it to any fan of the romance genre.