Broken at Love: Whitman University

Broken at Love: Whitman University

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by Lyla Payne

When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland's pro tennis career, he's not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who's not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see…  See more details below


When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland's pro tennis career, he's not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who's not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them-as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.

College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn's reputation-after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester-but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there's more to Quinn than people think.

But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?

Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he's not ready to tell-and lifestyle changes he's reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian's twisted game, she might never forgive him.

To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself...even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.

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Jennifer Iacopelli
“Broken at Love is sexy, engaging and unputdownable! Emilie and Quinn sizzle on the page.”
Denise Swank
“If you like Abbi Glines, you'll love Lyla Payne…Broken at Love is a sexy new adult novel that will leave you breathless for more!”

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Broken At Love: Whitman University 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
AOlivieri More than 1 year ago
This book knocked my socks off. I thought it was going to be a quick, fun read...and it was. It really, really was. But it was also so much more than that. These characters came to life from the very beginning. Three-dimensional, complex, and surprising, Quinn and Emilie felt more like real people than characters in a book. Quinn is the epitome of a bad-boy--hot, closed-off, and self-centered. But despite how much of a jerk he was, I couldn't help but feel for him. After every bad move he made, I was still rooting for him. And Emilie is the type of girl I'd like to see in more books. Confident and smart, but still vulnerable and easy to connect with. Their chemistry seeped through every page and kept me reading late into the night. It's the kind of book you can't put down, because you just HAVE to know what happens next. I can. not. wait. for the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written story.  i liked the strength of Emilie and that the author allowed Quinn to be vulnerable. My only criticism is that i find the ages ofthese characters a mismatch with their emotions.  this book is written for an 18 - 20 year old audience
stephandrea_ More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure: this was only the second New Adult book I've read, like, ever. But I can tell you I will most certainly be reading many more after Broken at Love. At first Broken at Love seems like just a fun read, and it is a really fun read. In fact, I read most of it in one sitting, staying up past my bedtime to finish it - one of the highest compliments a book can get from me. It had everything I love - pretty rich people, brooding (and hot) men, and enough drama to fuel a whole fleet of soap operas. But what really made me love it was the genuine chemistry Quinn and Emilie had - it didn't feel forced at all, to the point where no matter how despicable some of the things Quinn did were, I was still rooting for them because separating them would just be cruel. So. Originally, I gave the book 4 stars. But then I let myself sit on that, as I do before I write a review. And now here are the reasons I ultimately bumped it up to a 5: First of all, Emilie's confidence. One thing that has turned me off of romance novels is the fact that most of the women are delicate little virginal flowers who wait around for their One True Love and a whole host of other things that make me roll my eyes. Emilie, on the other hand, knows what she wants, she's not ashamed of it, and she goes for it, even knowing there's a good chance it'll be a one time thing. In addition to that, even though she insists there's something good in Quinn under all the angst and horrible things he's done, she doesn't try to turn him into something he's not. If more romance heroines were like Emilie, I'd probably read more romance novels. And Quinn. Ohh, Quinn. At the beginning of the story, he's a really easy guy to hate. He actively does everything he can to reinforce that he is, in fact, a terrible person. But by the end of the'll love him. Not because he turns into a Prince Charming (yawn), but because - not unlike Sawyer from Lost - we come to realize that under that whole act Quinn puts on, there is a decent guy in there. Somewhere. Also, have I mentioned how much I love Quinn and Emilie together? I did? Oh. Still do. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy! (Thank you to the author for providing an ARC for review.)
SarahVB73 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!  Such a great story.  Romantic and entertaining.  Great characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. The characters .were well developed. Bad boy gets good girl. Hope there will be more in the series.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Taking a dive in the New Adult genre, I have seen lots of promotion for this book. Sports and romance is not too often found in books so I bought and gave it a try. 1. It’s a game. I’m not one to play games in relationships. I’m upfront and blunt about what I want. So when I found out this little tidbit, I was not amused. 2. Tennis. Although this book is supposed to be about sports,  I would of love to see more about the sport. It showcases it here and there, but not too often as I would have liked. After all, his life did revolve around tennis. 3. College Life. This story gave a good insight in to fraternities and partying-ways. Again, I’m not amused but found that this world is built nicely. The reader is able to see all aspects to college life and what really happens behind close doors. 4. Redemption. If anything, I love that things got turned around. I like seeing the character growth and the opening of eyes. Things aren’t always what they seems, even if you think you know. 5. Love. Even when your broken, everyone deserves love. And this love came out of nowhere and just in the nick of time. Playing games can be fun while it lasts, but in the end, it becomes draining and worthless. I enjoyed that both characters learn to trust one another and love. Broken At Love is a good book.  It’s face-paced with loads of entertainment that you are never bored. A complex and exciting story, Broken At Love is great.
ScrewyDecimal More than 1 year ago
This was my first experience with new adult romance, and it was hot, sexy fun. Would like to read more in the series!
haley18 More than 1 year ago
3.5 rating. Broken at Love is Lyla Payne's first book release, and I have to say she really nailed the new adult genre!! This was a great new adult contemporary romance about defeating ones demons, and falling in love. Broken at Love is written in first person, and alternates point of view between Emilie Swanson, and Quinn Rowland. I LOVE books that are in alternating povs, and Broken at Love was no exception! This book would not have been nearly as good if it had just been in Quinn's pov, or just Emilie's. When it comes to the characters I really did like Quinn and Emilie, Quinn is a 'bad boy', that plays games with girls feelings and sleeps around. Emilie is an artist and strong minded. I thought they were a great pair for each other, Emilie is the first person that actually cares for Quinn and wants to help him, and Quinn feels he is permanently broken and does not deserve someone like Emilie. I have to admit Quinn would get rather frustrating with his emotions, one minute he wants to be with Emilie, the next he is pushing her away again, I understood why he was so conflicted, but it was still frustrating. Emilie I really enjoyed, I felt she was easy to connect with, and I loved that she played hard to get with Quinn and put him in his place. Although Quinn and Emilie are the main characters, I have to say my favorite character was probably Rudy who is Emilie's friend and room mate. I found her so hilarious, she wasn't in Broken at Love as much as I would've liked, but I am hoping book two will either have more of her, or be her story. She had a great personality and I would have loved to have gotten to know her more! Each character in Broken at Love felt, right (if that makes any sense) I never felt like any of the characters personalities were forced, each character and how they acted, what they said, fitted perfectly. I flew through Broken at Love in one sitting, and couldn't believe how quickly I had gotten through it. Lyla's writing has great flow, which is something that to me is very important in a book. Now you're probably wondering, why I rated this 3.5 after everything I have said about it? Well, the only reason I didn't give Broken at Love a 4 or 5 is because while I did really enjoy Broken at Love, it was pretty predictable. It follows the same type of storyline most New Adult Novels seem to go with, bad boy with a broken life that only wants sex from girls, then in comes a girl that isn't his usual type and completely changes everything. It's a storyline that is slightly over done in the new adult genre, but Broken at Love is hands down my favorite out of the ones I have read, and I will deff be reading book 2. Overall, if you're someone that loves steamy new adult novels, with awesome characters, and a great romance then I would recommend picking up Broken at Love. (:
NOLAreaderMH More than 1 year ago
Good book!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
With a spirited heroine, a deliciously bad "bad boy" and a wicked game of hearts, Broken at Love is a story that will surprise, delight, and steal your heart. THIS BOOK. From the moment I read that synopsis, I had to have it. When the time came to get started on it, I was in the mood for some angst and heat. And that is exactly what I got. The best way I can describe Broken at Love is that it has a very strong Cruel Intentions vibe (minus the step-siblings in lust part). If, like me, you fell in love with Cruel Intentions as a teen (Ryan Phillipp...yum), then that is basically all the incentive you need to pick this book up. If you do not know this iconic movie, fix that immediately. Broken at Love revolves around a game, set around the major pro tennis tournaments. Quinn Rowland is the player, led along by his evil half-brother Sebastian *shudders*. In each tournament there is a "top-seed" girl, Quinn's target of Sebastian's choosing. Quinn's objective is to get the girl in bed, and admit she cares for him before the end of the tournament. The guys involved even bet on Quinn's odd of winning (hint: he always wins). I did not want to like Quinn, and I'll admit, I was set on hating him from the start. He is not a good guy, at all. The cruelness with which he breaks the girls was shocking. I thought to myself, "Oh no, here is another clichéd bad boy". Author Lyla Payne, though, did such an amazing job of making Quinn into such a sympathetic character. Once the layers are peeled backed, Quinn's life is heartbreaking and I could completely see why Emilie found him worthy of her love. I'll warn you though, there are a lot of layers to Quinn, and they're not easy to pull back. He infuriated me more than once, and at points I hated him. But I managed to somehow keep the faith. Emilie was fantastic. I loved that she wasn't an innocent, naïve girl who basically let Quinn stomp all over her. She was such a spirited, strong-willed character, with a huge heart. Her ability to keep believing that Quinn could be the man she felt he was capable of being was inspiring. I don't know that I would put myself through the heartbreak she did. It has always hurt my heart to see a girl I know subject herself to humiliation and cruelty because she believed she could be the one to heal the guy she cares about. Emilie's willingness to keep putting herself out there, was brave, yet it hurt my heart, too. I will say that Emilie tried to always smart, believing that Quinn was worthy, but not willing to break herself to heal him. Broken at Love was a really good, really gripping story, and Lyla Payne's writing was simply gorgeous. At times, the prose was surprising in it's beauty, and I found myself reading the book at a much slower pace than usual, truly letting myself absorb the words. I really enjoyed this book, and cannot wait for the next Whitman University book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was wonderful just too much of the F word which didn't enhance the story at all. 
EmmaJoseph More than 1 year ago
Good book. Hope to see more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! I was looking for a fun quick read and this delivered.  Once I started the book I couldn't put it down.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!! 
LeighAnnKopans More than 1 year ago
BROKEN AT LOVE is an exhilarating, hot read about the redemptive power of love (with a healthy dose of sexiness.)  Quinn isn't your typical bad boy. He's not just a jerk - he uses girls, yeah, but it's to fill a hole created by a very painful past. When you find out what it is, even you'll want to hug him.  Meanwhile, Emelie is one of the most kickass New Adult heroines I've ever read. She stands up for herself and only does things on her terms. To add to the awesomeness, the writing is simply amazing and sucks you right in. Don't miss this one!
jaimearkin More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars!  Let me just first say that you may hate Quinn Rowland... but you probably won't feel that way forever.  Quinn Rowland has issues ... and that's putting it lightly. When a knee injury forces his early retirement from tennis, his famous girlfriend dumps him, and his father forces him to attend college he isn't sure what he's going to do with his life. Now, he's surrounded by frat brothers, alcohol and his crazy ass half-brother. To pass the time, the boys have created a game that revolves around the major tennis tournaments ... using girls and tossing them aside at the first sign of attachment, and Quinn has no problems using his charms and good looks to win.  Emilie Swanson goes in with her eyes wide open when she gets an invite to one of the famed parties. She quickly becomes a target though and she isn't about to fall for Quinn's lines.  Like I said above, Quinn is a hard character to like, especially since it's easy for us women to put ourselves into the shoes of the female characters. I found 90% of his actions despicable and couldn't believe these boys. But Quinn, from the day of his birth has never had anyone who stayed, who supported him, and who loved him. His father is absent from his life, blaming him for his mother walking out. He basically is treading water until he can figure out what he wants from life, and when he does... his father treats him as if he's a joke. He's had to make his way through life alone and pushes any and all emotion away.  By the end of the story, it wasn't so hard to fall for him... the bits and pieces we get of the real person under the hard exterior really made me like him.  Emilie... I have to admit there were times I wanted to shake her and scream 'you can't change him!!' But she wasn't stupid. Like I said, she went in with no expectations other than a good time. But even then, emotions are tricky things and while she didn't expect certain things, she got small glimpses of the real Quinn and who he could be if only he'd get rid of the anger and hurt. Emilie certainly doesn't have things easy herself. She's determined to live her life doing things that will make her happy ... her sister's death opened her eyes to the fact that anything could happen at any time and she doesn't want to miss out on a single thing. That includes Quinn Rowland.  The chemistry between these two was wonderfully written and the interaction between them is intense. I was so engrossed in the story itself that I couldn't put this book down! I picked it up just before bed and stayed up way too late just to finish it.  I can definitely say that this is a wonderful New Adult novel. I adore this author's style and I'm in awe of the fact that she made me fall for a guy who, in my opinion, was irredeemable at the start of the story. I'm absolutely looking forward to more of Payne's stories!  If you're looking for a wonderful new voice in the new adult category, definitely run and pick up Broken at Love when it's released in March! You won't be disappointed!
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LilyForTomorrow More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever read a story where I hated a character so much. Quinn really makes you hate him. He's a sorry excuse for a person. He has no soul, doesn't know how to love or to care, but it's not his fault at all. Growing up the way he did, you can kind of understand why he's like that and then you can't help but feel sorry for him. Enter Emilie Swanson, the girl thrown into his life and who is about to change it forever. The thing that attracted me to this book was that it dealt with tennis. I am a HUGE tennis fan and you don't find too many books about it. So seeing one was a nice change of pace And there was also a good story attached to it. I am still waiting for more though! I definitely wanted more when it came to Q and Emilie. And if you think you hate Quinn, you'll hate Sebastian even more.
KristenJ More than 1 year ago
I'd been hearing so much about this book, and once I started it, I simply could not put it down.Know how some books are so good that you are lost on where to start with a review? That perfectly describes this book. Quinn Rowland is broken. Ever since he got injured and simultaneously lost both his tennis career and his famous girlfriend, he's been broken. His half-brother Sebastian has a game to help him pass his time though. They throw tennis parties at the mansion. Only the hottest girls are invited. The most attractive (or perhaps the most hard to get girl, depending on Sebastian's mood) is chosen to play Quinn's game without them knowing it- Quinn has two weeks to bed them. They have the game down to a science. Spill a drink on a girl, take her upstairs for a change of clothes, and gauge how long it will take to get her between the sheets. Even the most guarded of women rarely last the night. If that wasn't enough, Quinn will keep them hanging around - until they profess some feelings for him. Then he kicks them to the curb. He's the bad boy that you hate to least at first. Everything changes when Emilie is chosen for the game. She's savvy enough to see through his lies. Emilie leaves him flustered, confused, and intrigued about the girl who won't fall for his lines. The only problem is that he has to give part of himself emotionally in order to woo her. How much can he give before the game becomes reality? The most powerful part of the story is the alternative points of view. The decision of what was told through Emilie's eyes and what was told through Quinn's eyes is one of the most impressive things about the novel. Seeing particular scenes through the male perspective, while knowing how I'd respond as a woman, made the book so much stronger than if it was solely told through Emilie's voice.   Surprisingly, I LOVED the tennis references. It added a lot of insight into Quinn's mind. Mind you, I am not a sports girl. I typically avoid books involving them in the slightest, because of the fear that I'll have to skim past paragraphs (or pages) of things that aren't important to me.  I found Broken at Love to be a fresh new take of this idea.  I'll definitely read more in the series - and I'm eager to see what else this author writes!
Jami_Leigh More than 1 year ago
(I did get an advanced copy in exchange for spotting any last minute typos. That didn't influence my opinion, however. I read a LOT of romance with my internship, most of which are no where NEAR as believable or well written as this.) I hated Quinn. Masochistic, misogynistic, and a few other derogatory words later, I found myself liking him. Not forgiving him, exactly, but understanding why he was acting the way he was, and growing to like him as he opened up more. Damaged goods, your name is Quinn. The growth felt natural, and if Emilee's a bit flatter than I'd really like her, Quinn makes up for it, ending up deeply nuanced. The relationship is believable, and the sex... well, let's just say my SO got dragged off for a while while reading this. Delicious! A steamy read, not to be missed! 
erpearson More than 1 year ago
Broken at Love is a MUST READ! Five Stars of complete and utter perfection! The characters are unique and total opposites. Quinn is on the path off self destruction until he meets Emily..even then, it gets worse before it gets better. He is Whitman University's player all women should avoid but his charm is too irresistible, until Emily. Emily, the beautiful girl chosen for Quinn and his sadistic brother Sebastian's game, resists least at first. Broken at Love is full of unexpected twists, love and hate, and moments you will never forget. You have to get your hands on this and read it for yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed.