Lauren Layne’s heart-wrenching 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?
Praise for Broken
“A solid tale and a quick read, with plenty of steamy romance and sex.”—Library Journal
“Broken is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. It’s a story about two people saving each other from themselves.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst
“Five stars! I pretty much loved everything about this book . . . the characters, the storyline, the pace, the writing, the love, the chemistry . . . everything!”—The Book Hookup
Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford Novel series can be read in any order:
I WISH YOU WERE MINE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
I THINK I LOVE YOU
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:
The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED
The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM
Awesome read! It's cute, romantic without being too nice.... I'm in love with her books!
I must admit I was unsure I would like Olivia's character after ready Isn't She Lovely because she was the Ex.... But I loved it! I also greatly appreciated that it gave homage to the vets that come home from war with wounds deeper the the ones we see!
Lauren Layne does New Adult right!
Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Another FABULOUS read by Lauren Layne! She does New Adult right! The characters Layne creates are multi-dimensional and very easy to like. Yes, even Paul at his worst. Broody, sexy Paul. Yum… She doesn’t waste any time jumping into the story, either. You get just enough to know what’s going on and BAM! Off you go.
I particularly appreciate how she handles sexual tension between characters. I’ve only read two of her books now, but it’s never felt forced or contrived. The buildup is fantastic and the payoffs are explosive and extremely satisfying. Looking for heat? Right here. In spades.
This was a great followup to “Isn’t She Lovely.” It was fun getting to know Olivia and her side of the story. Is that a hint of “Beauty and the Beast” I detect? ;) I’m a sucker for any kind of re-telling, particularly a fairytale.
I’m officially hooked on Lauren Layne. I suspect I’ll be taking down the rest of her collection over the next few months… Thanks for the great vacay read!