I’m going to do a book review for you today and the book I’m going to talk about it’s the first one in the Broken Series by Kelly Elliott.
This book was my choise for the Week #02 of the 2015 Reading Challenge draw from the Spice Up Your Reading jar 🙂
The premise was reading something about a Southern Author, and when I saw that paper with the writing I just couldn’t shake this book out of my head. I have bought it from Amazon Kindle and I itching to read it. I did little research and BINGO, Kelly Elliott it is, in fact a country girl!
Broken by Kelly Elliott
Broken Series (Book #1)
New Adult Romance published November 17th, 2013
Another titles in the series: Broken Dreams, Broken Promises
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home, no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other.
When a tragic accident takes Mike away from Layton, and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focuses all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of. He makes a vow to himself to never let love in again. The last thing Layton needed or wanted was more heartache.
Whitley Reynolds grew up in a privileged home in upstate New York. When she landed the star football player in high school no one was surprised, not even Whitley. She dreamed of a life with Roger living in New York City and happily followed him there.
The first time Roger hit her for arguing with him about a dinner party, she forgave him. The more it happened, the further Whitley withdrew from her friends and family. One fateful day things go to far. Whitley makes a promise to herself and finds the courage to do the one thing she thought she’d never be able to do.
Fleeing with her best friend Courtney, Whitley was determined to put her past behind her and start a new life in the small town of Llano, Texas, where no one would ever find out about her past.
Will they both ever learn to trust and love again, or will their pasts come back to haunt them, keeping them both alone and…
My thoughts on Broken
I really enjoy reading this New Adult Romance with a double point of view, one from each of the main characters (Layton and Whitley). It was easy to read, kept me smiling most of the time and wanting to read more.
My favorite character was Courtney, Whitley’s best friend. She was crazy as you can’t even imagine, outrageously funny and the things she said to her friend kept me laughing. Mix that with the fact that the girl reads books for a living and she got me good. The story was not about Courtney though, that will come in the 2nd book of this trilogy (so far).
Layton was another character I enjoy, not only for his good looks and the fact that he was not a man to break a promise, but because he was not afraid to let the tears go and cry if it was necessary. From joy or sorrow, either way I love it because it makes him even more beautiful in my eyes, more human.
I couldn’t put it down. It kept me interested all the way thru the end of the book and I have to say, even when it was a little corny at some point, the author made a hell of a job with this book and I want to read more of what she had written.
The parts that I enjoy the most where mostly the hole “I bet you can’t read this book and not reach for a vibrator” (yes, Courtney said this to Whitley) and the part when Layton was talking to his ex almost by the end of the book.
Buy the way, the book that was mentioned in this novel, the one Courtney gave to Whitley to read on her kindle. Look it up! It’s on Amazon and O-M-G!
Not the entire book was amazing, the story of course it was but there were a few things I didn’t like very much. The romance develops too fast, like a love-at-first-sight-but-I-will-not-accepted kind of thing and not very realistic for me. I had not even notice the pass of time if the author had not mention it here or there. I didn’t like the repetition and the winking. I don’t know if in Texas the cowboys wink a lot but it was a little too much for my taste.
Something else that bothers me was the fact that whenever Layton and Courtney touch in any way they felt this “electricity” between them. I’m sorry to say but there it’s only one book that I remember has the same description that happen between characters and I’m not naming it because I don’t want people killing me. And adding to the unrealistic part was that fact of “I knew you were the one since the moment I saw you for the first time” talks. Romantic, yes, but really?
I guess I was looking for a little more realism in this novel and forgot that it’s a New Adult Romance, not a real life romance *laugh a little* Also I was looking to see how the pieces of both broken characters were glued back together but I didn’t felt that pain that comes with being broken so badly for the things that happen to them. I did feel the love thou and that was good.
Do I recommend this book?
If you like cuss words, hotter than life cowboys, ridiculous bets between friends, fights that had no reason what so ever, stupid decisions and love, so much love (and sex).
What are you waiting for??
I can even tell that if you get to the very end of the book and you don’t want to read the second book of the series you are insane, my friend, you are crazy. Because… well I can’t ruin the end for you but DAMN! I want to know so many things and trust me, so will you 🙂
There was only one quote that stuck with me besides all the normal romance “I love you” kind of quotes. It was what Layton said to his ex-girlfriend, Olivia. I remember because I thought “WOW. That it’s deep. I’m amazed that he knew the difference already and told her that”
“We weren’t in love. We were in lust“
I gave this book 3 starts. Some of you may ask why and I will explain myself, after all this is only my personal opinion on this book and I’m not a certify reader (if such a thing exist or not, I don’t know LOL).
I did enjoy the book. I couldn’t put it down. It’s funny, romantic and a love story. I will read it again some time. But I was not in-love with it completely and there were some minor things that the author could have made better in my opinion.
It’s a good book, a light read and great to entertain the idea of romantic love in a way that only movies or books could 🙂