Broken (Redemption #1) by Lauren LayneBroken by Lauren Layne
Published September 2014
Series: Redemption #1
Genres: New Adult
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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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?

NYU drop-out Olivia Middleton wants nothing more than to escape her life in New York and her family in Boston, so accepting to have a “humanitarian break” nursing a war veteran in the depths of Maine sounds like an extremely good option.

Except that she had no idea that the aforementioned war veteran is Paul Langdon, a handsome, twenty two something but extremely sour boy who doesn’t need care so much as company, according to his father, who hired Olivia through his connection to her family.

When they first meet, Paul is being his idiotic and gruesome self and wants nothing more than drive Olivia away, despite the fact that due to a deal with his father, she needs to stay for at least a month. And Olivia has nothing to lose, and nothing to look back forward to if she left the Langdon mansion, so the two of them will have to find a way to get along…

Broken was the kind of fresh ARC that I loved reading, because it was absolutely gripping and I couldn’t lay it down for the world. It reminded me a lot of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You, but without the dimension of a suicidal patient in a wheelchair. And it isn’t a pale copy either: Broken is about a guy that lost hope and was scarred both on the inside and on the outside; someone who wants to live as a recluse and without any social interaction deeming that his life ain’t worthy to be lived. But it is also a girl that is seeking redemption for the one and only mistake she did and deeply regrets.

I simply loved the sass and determination that Olivia brought along and used on Paul. I liked her character, and the fact that despite of her wealthy background, she is someone down to earth and friendly. She sure is used to nice things, but doesn’t let it define her.

And Paul, despite being the broody guy behaving like a 70-year-old ass, has something wonderfully endearing to him.

As far as the story goes, you are definitely being kept on your toes, especially with underlying attraction, sexual tension and longing. Broken will give you the full butterfly experience!

And as far as the writing goes, it was superbly neat and extremely enticing. You will also be happy to hear that it was written in a dual point of view.

In summary, Broken was a great book I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend. I am definitely waiting to read more from the Broken series, as well as the “prequel” Isn’t She Lovely.