I’m always on the hunt for a quick and mindless read which is why I tend to pickup cheap or free Kindle books from time to time. Back in December Broken by Kelly Elliott popped up so I saved it for a quick read someday. I wasn’t feeling like picking up anything complicated last week so I decided to give Broken a try and see how it was.
One part of my reading goals this summer was to keep reading even when I was not exactly thrilled with a book. This one was a freebie I had picked up back in December so I hadn’t paid for it, but at the same time I couldn’t stop no matter how bad some parts got. The writing was good, but there were some parts of the book that just left me going “WHY?!”
If you are looking for a very, very, easy read with a simple but catching storyline this is a good book to pick up. With that being said, this is NOT a basic romance novel. The book is filled with swear words & lots of references to sex so if you are not sure you like that kind of book, stay far away from this one.
At one point during this book Mrs. P (a character in the story) refers to romance novels as smut and I think this could very well classify in that category. It wasn’t a terrible book, just one that you have to keep an open mind about when reading if you chose to.
Whitley takes the leap of faith and leaves her abusive fiance from the New York City life to head down to Llano, Texas. On the way to her very first client meeting she runs into Layton Morris, a local cowboy with a bit of a past around Llano. Annoyed with each other at first, their fights become flirtatious and both realize that they have found their perfect match. Through struggles over about a year period of time we watch Layton and Whitley discover more and more what they love about each other.
There was more than one occasion where I found myself going “why am I reading this again?” but the storyline had me hooked wanting to know what happened next with Whitely and Layton. The two told each other at least 6 or 7 times per chapter “I love you baby” and there was A LOT of cheesy moments throughout the book. Honeslty, some points of the book were WAY too much for me. It was a constant back and forth of going “I need to just stop this is horrible” to “But I like the story line and want to know what happens.”
I would give this book 2 out of 5 stars. The language got to me after awhile and could’ve been scaled back a little bit. I really liked the overall storyline it was just a pretty distasteful at times.
One issue that I LOVED that was addressed was domestic violence. Whitley is coming out of an abusive relationship and readers see her emotions unfold in regards to her ex-fiance. The end of the book does point out what to do if you or a loved one are being abused and I think that is an extremely important topic to be address, regardless of what the scenario is.
This was the first in the Broken series, Broken Dreams was released last April and Broken Promises was released last December. I’m torn as to whether I will pick up the next two books since I really want to know what happens in Broken Dreams with Whitley’s friend, Courtney but at the same time I don’t know if I can deal with another book.