Broken by Lauren Layne: Review

Broken by Lauren Layne: ReviewBroken by Lauren Layne
Series: Redemption #1
on September 2, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

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?

Alexis says…

I think I have a serious addiction to NA books and this one was a great fix for me. Broken is a modern-day twist on Beauty and the Beast with so much heart and feeling that I couldn’t get enough (see first sentence).

Olivia is a glamourous twenty-two year old Manhattanite that needs to get away for a bit. She needs to seek atonement for what she has done to ruin her relationship with her boyfriend Ethan. The best way for her to do this is to go to Bar Harbor, Maine and take care of an injured war veteran. Though she has no previous experience of being a care-giver she is absolutely the best person for the job.

Paul is not some older war veteran, he is just a couple of years older than Olivia. But what he lacks in age he makes up in anger. Due to his time at war he has shut everyone out due to his injuries, which in all reality some were brought on mentally. Paul’s father has had it with his self-imposed isolation, anger, and is giving him one last chance to come out of his shell or he is financially cut off.

Once Olivia arrives and meets Paul she knows that his bodily injuries are the not as bad as his mental state. Immediately, she realized she can’t take the easy route like the others have done in the past and try to approach Paul in a different way. Because Paul is so hard to crack he is absolutely atrocious to her her at first. To be honest, not many would put up with him (six others had already quit on him).  At one point, I thought, “WTF is wrong with him? There literally can’t be someone out there that mean!” I think he may have overreacted just a smidge. It takes a very strong female to be able to put up with him and to help him overcome his issues. Paul’s father definitely knew what he was doing when he hired a super-cute 22-year old to bring Paul back to life. But once Olivia and Paul succumb to their seriously awesome chemistry, there are fireworks. Even the banter between the two of them is dripping with sexual tension albeit also flipping hysterical.

This story was told in a dual POV and I think it helped with character development. For Paul, you see how much anger he has built up and how Olivia is helping him break down his walls. In turn, you can see the way that Olivia approaches Paul is exactly what he needed. Olivia doesn’t give Paul the chance to be all “woe is me”. She makes him realize that his life is worth fighting for, that a life with her is worth fighting for.

There were two small things that bothered me just a smidge but did not take away from the story. I wish there was an epilogue (this coming from an epilogue whore). I am super happy with the way the story ended. But I wanted more….I know that it’s a lot to ask for. Also, once Olivia’s secret is revealed, it really wasn’t that bad. I guess I was hoping for something more shocking. This is without saying that I totally enjoyed this book and highly recommend it! I can’t wait to read more from the author.


About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and real-person clothes like an adult.

Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels.

She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

She lives in the Seattle-area with her husband and jumbo Pomeranian.