“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?”
Let’s just start out by saying I didn’t know what to expect. I read more New Adult then I would care to openly discuss (though you can tell its a ton), and this one definitely fell short for me in a lot of ways. BUT at the same time, it was sweet and made my heart all gooey at the same time. Such conflict!!
To begin, let’s just discuss the characters and leave the plot on the back burner.
Olivia is…definitely spoiled and made me want to harm/hit something a good portion of the time. She is self centered, materialistic, and so superficial that its nauseating. I think she’s actually intended to be a snobby rich girl who complains about her hair and talks constantly about all the designer crap she has.
Paul is the tortured (literally!) War vet that just wants to be left alone because he blames himself for what happened over in Afghanistan (like SO many other wounded vets do). He’s mean and rude and doesn’t need a companion. He just wants to be left alone to read (as a reader, can I just say dreamy!)
She’s there to get over a wrong she has done,he’s taking the money to give to someone who really needs it, and together they help each other heal. Sorta. She helps him far more,considering she just gets over herself at some point.
As a couple, I enjoy that its slow and that they really don’t even talk to each other for a while. I also enjoyed that the whole “THIS IS A JOB!” thing is very much so an issue and both of them respect this. I also enjoyed that they end up liking each other for the simplest things like “she doesn’t pity me, she just encourages me to do more.” I so enjoyed those moments.
Where did it go wrong for me? The steamy scenes…or lack there of. I’ve been spoiled, I’ll admit it. Jay Crownover has absolutely spoiled me when it comes to her Marked Men series. (Are you looking for a steamy read? Those are fantastic!) We spent 3/4ths of the book just getting to the steaminess. And once we were there, it was just kinda there and gone. It wasn’t bad! It just left a little more to be desired, for me at least.
And let’s just talk about the traditional “they have to break up!” Scene that’s in EVERY New Adult novel ever. I hate those. Those will drive me up a wall someday. This one was understandable, but overreaction much? Cause that seriously was a MAJOR overreaction. And that left me with 2 chapters at the end that just had me thinking “oh look… We’re just tying up all the loose ends and making things perfect.”. Things that drive me crazy, guys. But it was a good solid ending, I’ll give you that.
I read this because I requested the 2nd book in the series, Crushed, on Netgalley completely not knowing it wasn’t book 1 in the series. I’m actually excited to read book 2. I’m sure Michael’s book will give me a whole ‘nother perspective to this elite rich kid group that we were introduced to in Broken.
Broken is an easy going New Adult with not a lot of steam. A little nervous about reading steam? The storyline of this book might actually be right for you! It’s well written and explored.