Broken Build: Silicon Valley Romantic Suspense

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Jen Jones hides a horrible secret behind her new degree, toned body, and exciting job at Silicon Valley's hottest startup-until a man linked to her past is killed in a hit-and-run.

CEO and founder Dave Jewell is about to land a huge deal. He doesn't need blood on his car, threatening phone calls, and Jen wrapped in broken code and blackmail.

A gang of thugs hunts Jen, and she takes refuge in Dave's protective arms. Together, they must thwart a ...

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Overview

Jen Jones hides a horrible secret behind her new degree, toned body, and exciting job at Silicon Valley's hottest startup-until a man linked to her past is killed in a hit-and-run.

CEO and founder Dave Jewell is about to land a huge deal. He doesn't need blood on his car, threatening phone calls, and Jen wrapped in broken code and blackmail.

A gang of thugs hunts Jen, and she takes refuge in Dave's protective arms. Together, they must thwart a killer and rescue an innocent victim from their past. Love blossoms, but a damaging revelation points straight at Jen, threatening to tear them apart forever.

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Editorial Reviews

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer - Billy Burgess
Broken Build has an intriguing plot full of mysteries, lies, romance, sabotage, secrets and twist and turns at the end of every chapter. The main characters, Jen and David, have great chemistry and steam up the pages. The dialogue is spot on, even with all the technology jargon. I can easily see Broken Build becoming a movie on cable television, like Lifetime. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Broken Build and I recommend it to others.
Busy Mommy List - Brandy Oliver
Rachelle's knowledge and computer savvyness adds so much to this suspense, mystery, thriller, techno thriller, romance novel. Just like her genuine love for writing comes through each description, each character and each page of her books, Broken Build will hit you full force with Rachelle's meticulous style, you will be counting down the days until her new novel comes out in 2013!!
Kimberly's Thoughts - Kimberly Spencer
Author Rachelle Ayala has once again pulled you into another of her fantasy worlds. In Broken Build you will be spell bound trying to fit all the pieces together in this mystery, suspense novel. Can the romance that’s blooming between Jen and Dave, survive the truth? Can the chemistry that is igniting faster than either of them can control, hold up after all the cards are on the table and souls are open to the bare truth? (You will) find all the answers and enjoy yourself along the way.
Griffin's Honey - Heather Pfingsten
Just when I thought I had figured out one piece of the puzzle another character was introduced or something in the story shifted and I was completely thrown off balance…the crux of any good suspense novel!

Last night I was reading, it was almost 1:00 AM and I said out loud… to the couch, apparently, since nobody else was awake… I can’t figure out “who done it.” Come on… you know the old line attached to all mysteries… WHO DONE IT!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480010512
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/5/2012
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachelle Ayala was a software engineer until she discovered storytelling works better in fiction than real code. She has over thirty years of writing experience and has always lived in a multi-cultural environment. The tapestry of characters in her books reflect that diversity.

Rachelle is currently working on story dealing with women and contemporary issues. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.

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  • Posted November 16, 2012

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    Broken lives, broken promises, and broken dreams. Jen Jones is

    Broken lives, broken promises, and broken dreams.

    Jen Jones is a software programmer in charge of complicated “builds” for a company owned by David Jewell. She has big problems. The programs keep failing (causing a broken build) and the brother of an ex-boyfriend is blackmailing her. She must steal code from her company to satisfy his demands. Jen is hiding from the world, afraid that she’ll lose her job if her real identity is revealed.

    David Jewell is obsessed with finding his daughter, kidnapped as a baby from his house. He believes his dead wife’s family stole their daughter. He needs enough money to find the girl, now age six. He doesn’t know his software engineer is the woman he blames for the girl’s abduction.

    Jen’s blackmailer is murdered and the kidnappers of David’s child demand a copy of the code that might make him rich. Jen and David are thrown together and soon develop a strong attraction. Trouble is that Jen can’t love this man because she knows he’ll hate her when her identity is revealed.

    This complicated plot weaves many lives together, springing surprises along the way, just like a complex computer system. The answers to all the riddles might heal or they might blow everything apart. The “broken build” is a delicate problem to solve. Can Jen work a miracle? Will her skills mend broken lives or is she facing more broken promises? She must be courageous in the face of pain and danger.

    I enjoyed learning about the intricate process of completing a software “build” and the "techy" terms did not interfere with my enjoyment of this well-written suspense. You can see that the author knows her subject well and portrays her characters with great skill.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    This is the second book I've read by Rachelle Ayala and it certa

    This is the second book I've read by Rachelle Ayala and it certainly didn't disappoint.
     It was very different from the first book, which was on the religious side.
    Broken Build is full of suspense and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book.
     Broken Build is about Jen Jones who is a software programmer, but her programs keep failing, or
    creating "broken builds".  She has a rocky criminal past that she is desperately trying to keep quiet,
    but her ex-boyfriend's brother isn't making it easy. Jen Jones is an engineer with a new body,
    a new degree and new job. She also has a dark secret. Dave Jones is CEO and founder of the exciting
     new start up company that Jen has a job at and unbeknownst to him, a past connection to Jen.  J
    en is talented and Dave needs her to get the business going, but a hit and run accident triggers a
    whirlwind of events that not only endangers the builds but also their lives. During the twists, turns
     and endless confusion, of who is pulling the strings behind the scenes and why they would ever
     want to torture and hurt either of them. Never knowing who’s going to show up, no matter where she
    goes Jen lives in fear of what it going to happen next. Living with the guilt of her secret, feeling the
    weight of it on her shoulders when she allows the comfort of Dave’s arms to console her.
    People are getting killed, for what she has no clue, but knows she could be next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

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    This is yet another excellent book by one of my new favorite aut

    This is yet another excellent book by one of my new favorite authors, Rachelle Ayala.
    So far, I have to say, Rachelle Ayala, is a very well rounded author who seems to be able to write many different styles her own. It is almost magical, maybe mystical, the way she can intertwine a few different "types" or genres, into one book. ( Michal's Window, was another one like Broken Build. 2 different books, 2 completely different stories and characters) yet somehow, they end up being the, Rachelle Ayala, genre. If you have read either of these books, you know what I'm talking about.
    Ok, so enough gushing over this author, lol, I just haven't read such fascinating books like this in a long time. Not that Rachelle Ayala is a V C Andrews or a Roland Dahl, but I remember those books when I was younger, as being fascinating books I would have given my pinky finger to sit up and finish that night. It's the same way with Rachelle's books.
    Broken Build is about, Jen Jones, who has some dark secrets in her past. Jen changes her appearance in hopes of a fresh start at life.
    Jen Jones, (or Jennifer Cruz), has a past with David Jewell, a software CEO, who she takes on a job with. David doesn't recognize her, he hasn't seen her for 6 years, but there comes a time when he will find out who she is, and this ends up threatening their relationship.
    Together the 2 have to rescue David's daughter, who is believed to be with his dead wife's family.
    This story starts right from the first chapter and Rachelle, doesn't miss a beat! I wasn't super surprised, that this author would outdo herself yet again. Simply because, Michal's Window was such a shockingly good story that was filled with romance, betrayal, and heart pumping suspense. But I was very, very impressed.
    Rachelle's knowledge and computer savvyness adds so much to this suspense, mystery, thriller, techno thriller, romance novel. Just like her genuine love for writing comes through each description, each character and each page of her books, Broken Build will hit you full force with Rachelle's meticulous style, you will be counting down the days until her new novel comes out in 2013!!
    I should warn readers a little bit about this book.
    As I stated previously, I loved Broken Build!! However, this may not be suitable for everybody, as there will be some scenes that some may not find appropriate and there may also be some language that some do not find suitable.
    There is a lot of computer "lingo" in this story as well, which may be a bit hard to grasp. But, Rachelle, does do a fine job describing in great detail what these words, and phrases mean.

    ** I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review **

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    This novel features complex characters with troubled pasts and d

    This novel features complex characters with troubled pasts and deeply instinctual motivations, a twisting plot line involving murder, kidnapping, rape, mistaken identities and, most importantly, a love story that transcends human fallibility and is a testament to the power of forgiveness. Set against the backdrop of a software start up in Silicon Valley, I loved the technical aspect of the book, the pressure to get to market, raise funds (I was particularly fond of the business angels) and the wider implications of success at work. This book is fast paced and satisfying.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

    intertaining? possibly¿ edge of the seat reading? absolutely. tu

    intertaining? possibly… edge of the seat reading? absolutely. turn page, turn… she’s guilty, but who’s doing the killing and where is the child? as jennifer jones despairs about the missing child, she falls in love with the little girl’s father. dave jewell, a broken man, whose wife died and child was kidnapped, starts to live again when jen walks into his lifeturning it upside-down, filling it with dangerous thrill.

    i’m not much for a romance novel, but the mystery of the missing child and the killings, kept me wanting more, like an addiction. i had to know who wanted to destroy dave jewell so bad and why.

    rachelle ayalla chooses her words carefully to create an ambiance that is both pleasurable and intriguing. the words rolled off the page while i turned them to get to the answer i needed most–who?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2012

    Will love prevail after a broken start?

    Jennifer Cruz is a girl with a past. She undergoes plastic surgery to change her image in hopes for a better life. But images can't change her heart and the things that haunt her. It can't change the fact that she's in love with the man she wronged. Now that she works for his company, will he recognize her? Jen is faced with new fears instead of ditching her troubled past.

    Things get a little too close for comfort when Dave, the man Jen's in love with, shows great interrest in her. Romance blooms, but secrets play on Jen's heart. Will Dave learn who she is? Would he ever be able to forgive her for what she'd done?

    When Rey Custudio, a man out to take what he can from Jen, is murdered while waiting for Jen to finish a job he's forced her to do, suspicion falls on Jen. Her relationship crumbles, and trust becomes an issue between Dave and Jen.

    Secrets emerge, lies unfold and Jen soon learns beauty is only skin deep. Will Dave love her for who she is, or forgive her past indescretions if the truth is revealed?

    Broken Build is an exciting story full of twists and turns, murder and deception, with a steamy romance. The question is, can love prevail and trust be gained, or will the past destroy what Jen and Dave have? I can't spoil the fun, but I can say Ms. Ayala has done it again by creating another riveting tale sure to keep you guessing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Loved it!!!

    This book was a really good read. Looking forward to reading more from this author! !!

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

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    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite As soon as Br

    Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

    As soon as Broken Build begins you know that Jen Jones is not your average heroine. She’s got gangbangers whistling at her and Muscle Boy is blackmailing her. That’s not even half of her story; she’s changed her name from Jennifer Cruz to Jen Jones and had plastic surgery to escape her past. But as Rachelle Ayala is intent to teach us, the more things change the more they stay the same. In an effort to escape from his blackmail, Jen does a job for Muscle Boy who later ends up dead and she’s the prime suspect. Dave, her former victim and current love interest, saw her with Muscle Boy whose name is actually Rey and has to wonder about her innocence. You’ll wonder if Dave will ever believe Jen is no murderer and will he ever learn how their pasts are connected.

    Broken Build was a great drama-filled mystery loaded up with enough twists and turns to make your head spin. Dave’s character is enough to make you want to give up on him. Sure he’s tortured and he’s been through so much in his life, but does that really excuse his habit of using and discarding the women in his life? Ultimately he is redeemed but it was a little difficult to root for him at times. At times the tech-speak was a bit off putting, but it was no different than chatting up your office IT guy. Rachelle Ayala brought out the best in both Jen and Dave, making them just flawed enough to redeem themselves and fight like hell for their happily ever after.

    The couple that can overcome the obstacles facing Dave and Jen deserve a long life together and a house full of babies.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I enjoyed the conflict in this book. The trust between the main characters was up and down and very true in today's fast paced society. I liked that the main character was actually a very intelligent woman. I was saddened by the fact that she felt it necessary to change, but that is frequently the case in today's society.

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

    After reading three of Rachelle's books, I see the recurring the

    After reading three of Rachelle's books, I see the recurring theme of man and woman love each other but cannot fully trust one another which makes for exciting, edge of your seat reading. As stated in my Knowing Vera review, I love that the main characters of all three of her books in the Chance for Love series are intertwined. This story had so many twists and turns that it was hard to keep up and Rachelle did a great job of making you suspect EVERYONE as the bad guy. I was rooting for Jen the whole time and was relieved to find out she wasn't guilty of half the things she was accused of.


    Having finished reading the entire Chance for Love series, I have one thing to say. I'm glad I'm not friends in real life with Jen, Vera and Maryanne! They are brave women that always encounter adventure that I'd be too scared to handle. Great writing, Rachelle!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Luv it

    Luv this book and lookin' forward to reading more books by this author.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    sweet story

    had me guessing all the way. loved the ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    okay

    Was confusing in parts and really dragged on in places. Not very realistic storyline or believable actions by characters, I mean if I was attacked, beat up and nearly raped I am not going outside to walk around on crutches while the guys are still loose. And the main guy/love interest was a bit of a tool. Especially since he was supposedly this man of God when the protagonist first met him and he seems more of a man whore. I gave it 2 stars because I did finish reading it and it was free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Hard to follow the story

    It felt like the author wrote the story with random thoughts. Changing or adding ideas without any clear direction. Makes it hard to follow the story.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    In this book I loved that the author kept me guessing as to what

    In this book I loved that the author kept me guessing as to what would happen next. Our leading female character Jen not only has a past but it is tied to her boss's. Dave our male lead wants to protect Jen but can he truly protect someone he doesn't trust or for that matter can he forgive and fall in love with someone who he feels destroyed his family. Sounds complicated right well now throw in some criminals, a mystery blackmailer oh and if that's not enough try to save a failing company. Yep we are talking a front to back page turner.




    This book so far has been one of my favorites and I definitely recommend you adding it to your reading list. It has everything you could want action, suspense and romance who needs to spend 10.00 on a movie ticket when you can take a great ride at home. 

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

    Broken Build is a non stop thriller!! It is full of suspense wit

    Broken Build is a non stop thriller!! It is full of suspense with a taste of how true love will always come through! I was the edge of my seat through the entire book!!



    Jennifer (Jen) has a secret. If the secret is let out it could ruin everything!! Her job, her life!! The guilt she holds is a,almost too much to bear, especially when tragic circumstances threaten to let those secrets out!!! What can she do but pray!! Then to make matters worse she is torn between love and the guilt that holds her down!!!

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    Ok...I have to admit I'm a sucker for romances and happy endings

    Ok...I have to admit I'm a sucker for romances and happy endings. There doesn't seem to be enough of that going around in real life and I'm always happy after reading a story, where against all odds, the hero and heroine live happily ever after. Sorry! I gave away the ending, but the journey is full of intrigue, mystery, street thugs, scandal, romance, and more.




    Jen Jones writes code for a computer company in Silicon Valley but has a lot of secrets. Right away the reader is thrust into her chaotic life where she's being black mailed by her dead boyfriend's brother...but you don't find out why for awhile. Her personality and inner dialogue with herself make her a very likable character, and she's a strong woman too. Ayala has definitely shown the strength of women. Dave Jewell is her boss and becomes entangled with Jen when he suspects her of misconduct...and her blackmailer is killed in his parking lot. But Dave doesn't realize yet that he already knows Jen....well, who she used to be. And now there's a killer after Jen!




    This is a great story and I really enjoyed reading it. There's a perfect mix of excitement, danger, drama, and of course, romance. But I like that it's not your typical gushy romance. There are some x-rated scenes for sure and even some scenes that are hard to read (when the gangbangers are involved)...but it's not over the top. I couldn't understand most of the computer/tech talk, but this just added to the intrigue...and made it more realistic for me. There is so much going on and you will be surprised along the way and rewarded at the end. I definitely recommend this book!

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