Friday, August 29

***Blog Tour,Review and Giveaway*** Broken By Lauren Layne

Title: Broken
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: Contemporary
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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?

My Review

Holy cow!! What an emotionally charged book. I was so not prepared for this book and went in not expecting to need a box of tissues and to hide in the cornier while I sobbed my eyes out. So this is defiantly one of those stories that will haunt you for a few days, I finished it a few day ago and I’m getting choked up thinking about but mind you I’m kind of a big baby at times. The way Lauren Layne was able to bring such beautifully broken characters and a beautiful well thought out story was amazing. So without further whining about my big babyness here is the story….

Olivia is your typical New York socialite, except for that she feels broken inside. She drops out of school to pursue a more philanthropic life, except it’s not really from the good of her heart but to prove to herself that she not without redemption after she hurts the love of her life. So her parents find her a job helping an injured war vet. She goes expecting an older man that she will have to do everything for. On her journey for redemption she never expects one Paul Langdon. At their first meeting things do not go as planned and she soon realizes that this may not be as easy of situation as she thought.

Paul is living a life as a shell of a man, after the things he saw and went through in Afghanistan he can’t stand to be in the real world. Instead he pushes everyone away and takes to drinking his life away. His father however has other plans when he hires Olivia. Paul plans on running her out like all the other hired help but when his dad threatens to cut him off he strikes a deal with him. Three months…if he can work with Olivia for three months he will leave Paul alone and never push another “nurse” onto him again. Paul needs to play his dads game but not for himself, but for a friend and her daughter.

Both of them were broken souls but Olivia is determined to bring Paul back as well as save herself. When they do come together its explosive but with secrets and hurt their relationship will not be an easy one. Even when she reaches Paul and he opens to her, she can’t get him to open up to society out of fear and his demons.

This story is one of overcoming all obstacles to find love and what you would do to have and earn that love. I loved this book through and through, the only downside is that I did get a tad pissed off at some of Olivia’s inner monologues and her shallowness; however she does redeem herself to me. Paul is wow..he just blows my mind. His story is one that I’m sure will haunt me for a while but to see him come into his own was magic. Really thank Lauren for writing their story and sharing it with us…cheers to you and I look forward to many more books in the future.

★★☆4.5 Healing Stars ☆★★

Review By Angela Deforge

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About the Author

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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