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“Broken” by Kelly Elliott Review

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Broken by Kelly Elliott


Format: Available for eBook and paperback
Series: Book 1 of Broken series
Rated: 16+ for language, sexual content, theme
Genre: New Adult
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In the first book of this series, we meet Whitley who is a young woman who follows her high school sweetheart, Roger, to New York to follow her dream at being an event planner. When there, she learns that the man that she thought she knew is not him and falls deeper and deeper into the hole.

After the night Roger snaps and almost kills her, Whitley moves to Ilano, TX with her best friend Courtney to start over. She had sworn off men all together, but that proves difficult when a southern cowboy named Layton becomes her knight in shining armor.

Layton has his own problems he’s been going through, having lost his mother, father, brother, and his girlfriend. When he first meets Whitley, he’s immediately attracted to her, but pulls back because she is stubborn and gives him attitude.

As the two get to know one another, they see that they are both afraid to get hurt but that fear could be keeping them from something great.

When they start dating, it’s hot and heavy. They start falling hard for one another and everything seems to be in bliss. But of course, their pasts would catch up to them and they have to bond together to fight back.

This book had potential to be really good, but for me it just felt a little repetitive. I like when these kinds of stories do something different or add some kind of other element. The element that makes you go ‘OMG’. This book, while it was a sweet story didn’t really have that OMG moment.

Another flaw that I noticed was there was some editing problems. There were times when a sentence got repeated (out of dialogue) and it got frustrated to read. A little more editing would have helped.

The characters Whitley and Layton were your typical hero and heroine of the story. They both seemed flawless in their looks and it was a bit of a turn off. It seemed like there was nothing wrong with them. After they got together, the fighting just stopped. It would be a lot more interesting if they continued their back and forth when they started dating.

And it just might be me, but does everyone in love stories just seem to have blue, gray, or green eyes? What happened to brown, the color most people have for eyes?

Overall, the story was ok to say the very best. The two characters were fun to watch at the beginning because of their arguments, but then got a little boring when all you were basically reading is them having sex. I started to be come more interested in Reed’s (Layton’s best friend) and Courtney’s love story. The 2nd book in the series is supposed to be about them and I am excited to read that one over this one.

Recommendations: Collide series by Gail McHugh, Damaged series by H.M. Ward


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