Series: Redemption #1
Publisher: Flirt on September 2, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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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?
Check out my review of Isn’t She Lovely (Redemption #0.5)
I read and enjoyed the prequel to this series, Isn’t She Lovely, so I was interested to see what Olivia’s story would be like.
I enjoyed Broken as much as, if not more than, Isn’t She Lovely. Olivia’s story was more heartfelt and had more emotional drama than the story in Isn’t She Lovely. Olivia is hired as a companion for Paul Langdon—an injured war veteran who pushes everyone away. Paul kept the novel interesting with his emotional baggage that he was carrying. It was like a constant push-pull type of plot. It wasn’t boring and it was a captivating story, but it was more emotional than anything action-y.
Olivia Middleton was the main female character. We hadn’t learned much about her personality in the prequel. She was an okay character. At times she came off as a bit spoiled but she had a good heart. She wasn’t by any means perfect and she was hiding some things within herself. She was a real character with feelings and she was pretty relatable, especially as the novel wore on.
Paul was kind of a jerk. He pushed any and everyone away because of his injuries. He had some pretty traumatic experiences in his time in the service but I personally thought that was no excuse for the way he treated people. He definitely wasn’t my favorite character that I’ve read and I frequently found myself annoyed by his character and personality. He just rubbed me the wrong way.
The romance in this novel was push-pull. Paul was an indecisive character and I hate that Olivia had to put up with him. But she did so faithfully and that made me admire her character even more. They formed an emotional connection eventually as the book went on, but I felt like it only scratched the surface of what it should have been. The chemistry and attraction was definitely there though.
Broken had its positives and negatives for me. I loved the emotional journey that the characters were on. And even though I didn’t love one of the characters or the romance, it was still a good read.