Monday, May 26, 2014

Broken by M.L. Young - Book Review


Bailey Wrenn is a small town girl with a big back story. Her mother left when she was young, leaving her in the care of an out of touch alcoholic father that barely noticed her existence. After trudging through life with no clear direction, she begins to wonder if she needs to leave this scarred memory of a town behind and finally move on. When Bailey hears from her friend Julie that life in Chicago is great and she should come out sometime, she takes that open invitation, and comes to visit her old friend with no idea of when she’s going to leave.

One night, after Julie drags her from the apartment to see a local fight, she sees Kyle, a mysterious MMA fighter with a winning streak and an elusive personality. He doesn’t talk to anybody after his fights, and disappears faster than Bailey can blink. One day during a chance encounter filling out job applications, Bailey runs into Kyle at his work, and the electricity between them is bright enough to light up the city.

It’s only when they begin to get close, though, that things are turned upside down. An old boyfriend and a brutal and devastating past makes Bailey believe she can’t be close to another man ever again, even if he seems perfect. She feels alone. She’s broken.

HEA and no cliffhanger! This is a standalone novel.

*This book is recommended for readers 17 and up for violence, language, and some adult situations.*
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Don’t you just love the cover? Because I thought it was really beautiful, and the blurb intrigued me as well. So when it was up for review, I was excited to read it…

My shoulders slumped, my brows furrowed, and I was making the tsk-tsk sound. I don’t know what went wrong, but I honestly didn’t feel a thing – except for that single phone call she made with her dad – that was really a nice scene. . I was so surprise with her demanding him of what to do with their first time together. OMG. I think Kyle has the initiative to make it more special since he knew where she was coming from.

It is rare for me to put out a not-so-stellar review for a book. But I honestly found this book bland, the chemistry and the intensity of emotions I was looking forward for wasn’t just there. I was waiting for a full-blown firework, and I was given some sparks from a matchstick. I don’t need a book to make me cry, or to make me laugh out loud, but I need a book to at least make me ‘feel’. It took me a while to finish this book, I was just glad I did, because until the end I was hoping there was more to Bailey and Kyle.

There is some potential with the storyline, but the author might need to work on the dialogues, the pacing of the story and put some emotion in the book. 

✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪

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