Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review & Giveaway: BROKEN by Lauren Layne

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?

Laura's Review: 
This was a great romance about healing and redemption - and the power that love can have to help both. A modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast - with the grumpy recluse living in a mansion, the staff that tolerates him, and the somewhat naive new girl that is the only one to get through to him. Of course, Paul really wasn't a beast at all, he just thought of himself that way. And he had very good reasons to feel as broken as he was - so much so that I'm surprised he came as far as he did by the end. Olivia quickly redeems herself from her not-s0-lovely role in Isn't She Lovely?  - at least in the readers' eyes, it takes a little longer for her self-realized redemption. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Layne's latest - it was the perfect blend of grit, angst, heartbreak and love - and it is definitely one of my favorites by her that I've read so far.

Broken: 4.5/5 stars

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. 

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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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