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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, ...
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Overview

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!”—MyStars Book Blog
 
“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
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/10/2014
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

(c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553390353
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Series: Redemption
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 6
  • File size: 660 KB

Meet the Author

Prior to her writing career, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne worked in e-commerce and web marketing. She wore cute shoes and actual outfits, like an adult. Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas, and started writing romance novels for Penguin Random House and Grand Central Publishing. Lauren believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily-ever-afters, the latter of which she writes full-time from her Manhattan apartment.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 3, 2014

    4 - I have a serious lady boner for the guy I'm supposed to work

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2014

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    Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2014

    I received a copy in exchange of an honest review. I loved t

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Amazing

    Amazing

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Awesome!!

    I could not put this book down. One of my favorites by far. I loved the relationship between Olivia and Paul!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2014

    A Modern Beauty and the Beast

    This book is so amazing! It's my favorite kind of story... a guy with major scars (literal and emotional) and the beauty that shows him how to live again. It's got an extra spice to it because the girl isn't so perfect either. I definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2014

    Loved this book

    Great story! Story had me hooked from beginning to end! Could not put it down! Loved the characters you really feel for them!

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

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    I absolutely loved this book! This is a story of two broken peop

    I absolutely loved this book! This is a story of two broken people trying to live. Actually, Paul, doesn't care too much about living or at least having a life worth living. He's just existing as a grumpy, scarred, recluse. He is angry, mean, and he knows just what to say to hurt you the most, but he sure knows how to turn on the steam. Olivia has a secret that she is letting dictate her life, so she is basically running away from herself. Put these two together and you have something explosive with its addictive bantering, tension that will make you weak in the knees, and a story that pulls you right into the lives of the characters. There was definite lust at first site, but the pain and anger between the two characters kept them from jumping into a relationship. Broken was an exceptional re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and it kept me lost in its world until the very last page.

    The ARC of Broken by Lauren Layne was kindly provided to me by publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2014

    Amazing Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2014

    Couldn't put it down

    I read the first book in this series and had a bit of a problem with it being written in first person (although i loved it) i was bit skeptical......not sure i was going to be able to handle another first person book. BOY WAS I WRONG! I read this book in one day. I could not put it down. Maybe i have a soft spot for the military influence. I loved the chracter development, i love how they discovered themselves and eachother. I can not wait for April when the next one comes out! My hat is off to you Lauren Layne.....you are becoming one of my favorite authors!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Enjoyable

    This book was good, it had a lot of romantic suspense. It was nice to see two people help each other through there issues. I did have a couple issues with how he treated her, but it was very enlightening to see the issues of the modern day soldier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Good story

    Great writing style. I liked it a lot. A bit different (better?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    I enjoyed it just like the rest of the series.

    I enjoyed it just like the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Great

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Excellent read

    Wonderful story. Finished this one in one sitting...just couldn't put it down. Loved the characters, loved the story line. Will definitely be reading more of Lauren Layne's books.

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

    I really liked this book! This is the first book in this series

    I really liked this book! This is the first book in this series I've read, but I'm definitely going to read the first in the series and any of the future books. I liked both of the characters and I think they both have a lot of heart, and they were really great for each other. I like the premise for the story, and the way it played out. I did hope for more for the ending, but I still enjoyed it. It was a very quick read for me and it kept me interested till the end. I also like that even though Paul was tortured; he wasn't a man slut, it's really nice for a change; I get really sick of those type of guys in books, so Broken was a very good change. I like the writing style, so I'm definitely excited for the next in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    F

    F

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Awesome

    Great book!!!!!!

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

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    An emotional and enjoyable New Adult romance, Broken was a lovel

    An emotional and enjoyable New Adult romance, Broken was a lovely read. Though I didn't totally love this book, I really liked it. It was a sweet romance.

    Olivia and Paul were both good character. I didn't expect to like Olivia (who was a minor character from Isn't She Lovely), but I did. She felt guilty for what she did and really did what to redeem herself. And, she was stronger and more resilient than she believed herself to be. Paul was complicated. He was stuck in 2 years' worth of misery and tended to lash out. But, beneath the mask of a jerk that he liked to portray, he was loyal to the people he cared about and sweet when he wanted to be.

    I had the same issue with both characters, however. They both had very immature moments. In Paul's case, he threw tantrums like a two-year old when someone tried to encroach on his solitude and he had a cruel streak about it. With Olivia, the idea that she could redeem herself with community service, rather than talking to the people she hurt and finding the ability to accept her mistakes, was naive, but I was willing to go with it. However, I thought it was unrealistic for her to expect someone to get over two years' worth of misery in 3 months, just because she willed it. And, I thought it was unfair of her to be angry with Paul when he wasn't willing to heal at her pace. And I got even more annoyed the everyone took Olivia's side rather than realizing that, after taking so many steps in the right direction, he might need time to bring himself to take those final steps. It just didn't strike me as realistic. And, it put a damper on my perception of their relationship. Despite these issues, though, I didn't dislike the characters. They weren't my favorite, but I was okay with them.

    The romance was good. Despite any issues I had with them, I thought Olivia and Paul were good for each other. They helped each other move forward. And, they definitely hot some chemistry. I thought they were a lovely couple.

    The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great.

    Broken was a lovely New Adult romance. It had its issues, but it was still an enjoyable read that I liked. Romance lovers, this is a book you might want to check out.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

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    BROKEN tells the story of Paul and Olivia, a couple of young ric

    BROKEN tells the story of Paul and Olivia, a couple of young rich kids from New England who seek retribution and forgiveness.
    The concept of being broken is a theme throughout the book. We discover that Olivia is broken due to failed relationships; Paul is broken in body, mind and spirit through his war injuries. Even Paul’s father is broken in his relationship with his son. It’s a last chance for them all to pick up the pieces and make themselves whole again.
    he book’s portrayal of a wounded veteran and his life is highly accurate. Paul’s issues with PTSD, nightmares, physical limitations and alcohol abuse are a terrible reality for our wounded warriors. The fact that Lauren Layne chooses to portray Paul as having so many issues is a more accurate representation since many of these heroes suffer from multiple problems.
    Paul’s intense anger at his condition and the world around him, bordering on the sadistic at times, drives the plot, creating the motive for Olivia’s need to be helpful. It’s this element that gives them both the strength to move forward with their new lives.
    The secondary characters at Bar Harbor are an excellent addition to the tale but I found the characters tied to Olivia’s life in New York a bit two dimensional. However they don’t have much to contribute to the story so it doesn’t detract from the tale itself. The plot is highly character-driven and mostly believable.
    One flaw I find in the story is the issue of why Olivia needs to leave New York for Bar Harbor. She is fleeing two bad relationships but I felt her problems were not sufficiently serious enough to merit the worry grief she felt. Olivia is portrayed as a strong woman with strong ideals but the fact that she is running from the adversity of a failed romance such as the one portrayed is not consistent with the character’s motives. The conclusion to the story, while meeting the HEA requirement, left me a little cold in that it seemed that the loose ends were wrapped up too quickly and neatly. It was my desire to see more of a fight or struggle between Olivia and Paul as they decide to give their love a serious try.
    BROKEN is a good story about believing in someone and healing wounded souls. I would recommend it for its portrayal of the plight of our wounded soldiers.

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