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by Lauren Layne
Lauren Layne’s heart-wrenching novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both . . . or destroy them.
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


Lauren Layne’s heart-wrenching novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both . . . or destroy them.
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?

Praise for Broken
“A solid tale and a quick read, with plenty of steamy romance and sex.”Library Journal

Broken is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. It’s a story about two people saving each other from themselves.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst
“Five stars! I pretty much loved everything about this book . . . the characters, the storyline, the pace, the writing, the love, the chemistry . . . everything!”—The Book Hookup
“A solid retelling of a tried-and-true fairy tale with a lot of window-fogging heat and one of the steamiest sex scenes I’ve ever read.”—Adventures in Writing
“Another fabulous read by Lauren Layne! She does New Adult right!”—Royal Social Media
“Engrossing . . . a unique read . . . The chemistry is hot.”—Reading on the Farm
“Lauren Layne writes awesome romances. I am such a huge fan and Broken is a perfect example of why. If you love those romances that hook you in, break your heart, make you feel so much and then slowly put you back together, rooting for the broken soul in the process, then this is the book for you! Five stars!”—The Romance Room
“Lauren Layne once again impresses with Broken. Paul and Olivia’s romance was filled with passion and heart, and was a pure pleasure to experience!”—The Reader’s Den
“Lauren Layne seriously knows how to balance the sexy with the heart-wrenching plots.”—Lazy Book Lovers

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this series opener, Olivia Middleton abandons her Park Avenue home and college to head to a small coastal town in Maine for a job. Everyone assumes she is being kindhearted in going off to care for someone, but it is more than that: she is seeking penance. Olivia's client is not the elderly man she expected but instead 24-year-old Paul Langdon, a wounded veteran. Paul has no intention of allowing this new caretaker in until his father issues an ultimatum that he tolerate her for three months or lose his inheritance. What Paul doesn't count on is that Olivia is his age, beautiful, and able to slip past his defenses.
Verdict This fast-paced, plot-driven novel from Layne (Isn't She Lovely) meets the definition of new adult fiction. There is a lot going on among characters at the beginning, leaving readers to wonder if there is a story here. After a couple of chapters, though, it all starts to come together as Olivia and Paul must decide whether they will help each other out. Ultimately, a solid tale and a quick read, with plenty of steamy romance and sex.—Phyllis Goodman, Clermont Cty. P.L., OH

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Random House Publishing Group
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Redemption , #1
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Meet the Author

Lauren Layne is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, Lauren and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where she decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite Lauren’s ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, she’s gone on to publish several books, including those in the bestselling Stiletto series, with more stories always in the works. Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their spoiled Pomeranian. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her either at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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Broken 4.6 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 98 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book isnt she lovely and just loved the way she kept the story line clean and wanting. So I went off and bought the second book which I finished reading in a day. Can not wait until the third book comes out.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
Perfect redemption story! How can you not fall for a scared, damaged hero? Read this book in one sitting...loved every minute of it!
lilianaD More than 1 year ago
I received a copy in exchange of an honest review. I loved the book, a story of loss, betrayal, love, healing and hope told in a very compelling, touching and fun manner, a modern version of the beauty and the beast. Olivia is a privileged young woman from Manhattan's 5th Avenue, who lives a life of contentment without happiness and feeling cornered to make a important life decision, makes a choice that betrays her long time friend/boyfriend Ethan and good friend Michael. Follows dropping out of college and looking for redemption in the form of employment as a caregiver for a war veteran, in a lost little city in Maine. Paul is a war veteran who is tormented by survivor's guilt, being the unique survivor of his marine patrol, and bearer of disfiguring face scars and an afflicted leg-he' lives as an hermit in one of his father's remote properties in Maine. Getting those two broken souls together would lead to a long journey to healing, love and hope.  Ms Layne is a great story teller, the characters are well defined, realistic, with the right touch of wit and self-deprecation, it makes the reader laugh and brings tears to the eye and makes the book a definite page turner. The journey to trust and healing is not easy, there are field mines on the way, but every step is further in the right direction of redemption and rebirth of the soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the sweetest love stories I've read in a while. Sort of partial since it involved one of our Wounded Warriors. Read the last chapter over about 5 times!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Olivia and Paul! Great story...I couldn't put it down, but I need just ended and that sucked.
COBauer More than 1 year ago
Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Another FABULOUS read by Lauren Layne! She does New Adult right! The characters Layne creates are multi-dimensional and very easy to like. Yes, even Paul at his worst. Broody, sexy Paul. Yum… She doesn’t waste any time jumping into the story, either. You get just enough to know what’s going on and BAM! Off you go. I particularly appreciate how she handles sexual tension between characters. I’ve only read two of her books now, but it’s never felt forced or contrived. The buildup is fantastic and the payoffs are explosive and extremely satisfying. Looking for heat? Right here. In spades. This was a great followup to “Isn’t She Lovely.” It was fun getting to know Olivia and her side of the story. Is that a hint of “Beauty and the Beast” I detect? ;) I’m a sucker for any kind of re-telling, particularly a fairytale. I’m officially hooked on Lauren Layne. I suspect I’ll be taking down the rest of her collection over the next few months… Thanks for the great vacay read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Holy hotness. This book is EXTRAORDINARY. I absolutely loved it. I treasure the whole Beauty and the Beast trope. And boy, was this guy a beast. He was mean as all get out. But because the story alternated POVs, we got to know what HE was thinking too, and that helped redeem him in the eyes of the reader. I love that the heroine knew when to walk away. No doormat in sight. Yay me. These two leads had a marvelous connection. Everything just clicked for me. And groveling to boot? Hell yes I'll be reading this again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
highly recommended...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad I took a chance and read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this one I couldn't stop! Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. One of my favorites by far. I loved the relationship between Olivia and Paul!
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - I have a serious lady boner for the guy I'm supposed to work for. Stars! I was a little nervous when I started Broken, Olivia featured somewhat as the enemy in the first book in this series Isn’t She Lovely and I was interested to see what sort of story Lauren would give her. We were pathetic privileged monsters, and I, for one, am determined to change, even if his isn’t. Olivia in the first few pages of the book is someone I really though I wasn’t going to like, but as the story progresses, I fell more and more in love with her. Paul really does treat her pretty abhorrently at points, but rather than give up, pack up and go running back to her wealthy parents and hassle free lifestyle. She stands up and fights for herself, and for Paul. She makes me long for normal. She has to go. I loved Paul too, he was an absolute idiot in the beginning of their story, but as Olivia kept bouncing back from his attempts to get rid of her, he gradually opened up more, and you got too see the real guy beneath, and not just the miserable anti-social invalid, he wanted people to believe he was. There has to be a human being left under the cold savage. I just don’t know how to reach him… yet. There are a lot of moments in this where I had to stop and take a breath and wipe away a tear, don’t for one second think that this book is light and fluffy because it is being released under the Flirt/Rouge logo. Both Olivia and Paul have issues and secrets they are keeping from each other that they work through as the book progresses, and I struggled to put this book down. She’s gorgeous and dazzling. I’m disfigured at best, monstrous at worst. I adored the first book in the Redemption series, and I loved this one too, the ending just made me want to hug the random person sitting next to me on the bus. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for Michael to get his book, I am keen to see where Lauren takes us next. ”I’d go anywhere for you.” ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and I was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy, sweet, sad, a perfect combo
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Im heartBROKEN
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I loved the story line and the characters! I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book; 245 pages, the hero really gets to you. I could not put this book down, getti g ready to buy the first book in series. GJRA
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Couldn't put this down!
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Its great! I read it when you first published and now i cant stop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down!