04 September 2014

Broken by Lauren Layne - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Redemption # 1
By: Lauren Layne
Releasing September 2nd, 2014

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?

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My Review

Olivia and Paul were both broken. As the blurb goes, Broken tells the love story of the girl who has secrets and a guy with scars.

Olivia Middleton drops out of the university, abandons her luxurious life in Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine. If she were to have a choice, she would have wanted somewhere further, but she agreed to a compromise. Well, anywhere but New York. After what have transpired, she needed an escape. Most people would think she was off to save the world, doing something kind for someone, little did they know, it was about penance. But she was in for a big surprise when she came face to face with the ‘old’ man she was supposed to take care of – he’s a cranky twenty-four-year old who had no intention of making her stay a pleasant one. He’s a man who had flickered a spark inside of her that she didn’t expect. Chemistry – the first time they have met, you can already feel it between them. Sparks were flying all over, and the sexual tension was off the charts. I was glad she didn’t back out, instead, Olivia stood firm, and gave it her best shot. Gee – even from the start, she was already making me smile and making me proud.

Paul had driven out a lot of caregivers in the past. He was no longer the man he was used to be. Instead, he was replaced with a scarred, dark persona whose nights are filled with terrible nightmares that has been haunting him since he had come back home from the war. He wanted to be just left alone, and would do anything to maintain the solitude. But he needed to accept his father’s ultimatum and live with his newest caretaker for three months or he’ll lose everything. What he didn’t expect was a hot, twenty-two-year-old who makes him yearn things he couldn’t have.

Olivia didn’t give up. Day by day, she was working past his defenses, past his walls. It was fun watching him fight it, trying to stay like he was prior to her arrival. But this girl – she’s a force to be reckoned with. Before he knew it, he was doing things he didn’t know he was capable of.

Olivia had wanted him to live, and I was glad she did what she did. It was heartbreaking, but he needed a dose of reality. Even his father, whom I wasn’t really fond of, showed some emotions in the later part of the novel which had me teary-eyed. Paul may have allowed himself to fall in love, but Olivia, and the rest of the people who loved him wanted to watch him live again.

Oh, you will hate her before you love her. But I swear, before the novel will end, you will be head over hills in love with her. Olivia had come a long way. She might start out like a snob, or a brat, but she ended up grounded. I love how her ‘charitable’ endeavor changed her, even though it broke her heart. But the Olivia we knew in Ethan’s story almost ceased to exist. Yes, she still have those temptations and miss her extravagant lifestyle – but the new Olivia knows how to swallow her pride, lives on her own (in a not-so-glamorous apartment, I might say and pays for her own bills. Quite a change, right?

What I didn’t expect to see was her vulnerability. I was prepared to hate her more, to wish her ill after all she did. Instead, Lauren Lane managed to turn the tides and before I knew it, I was rooting for her happy ending!!

The author didn’t sugarcoat her imperfections, what she did. She knew what she did was bad, and is remorseful over it. I can feel her guilt, and her shame. It was eating her. Nevertheless, Lauren Layne showed that change is the only constant thing in the world. And even the meanest, toughest girl is capable of it – watching her transform through the pages, but still maintaining the feistiness in her without being a b**ch was pretty much a sight to behold.

They were an imperfect couple, with so many flaws but had found the perfect love in each other. I love how the story progressed – it didn’t drag, the pace was perfect. My emotions were all over the pages, I laugh, I cry, I fell in love, and got my heart broken somewhere. This was a great read – finished this in one sitting. Lauren Layne didn’t give me any reason to put this one down.

This one goes to my favorite list!

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

The Series
Redemption 0.5 (Ethan & Stephanie) 

Meet Lauren

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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