Anything but Broken (A Hurricane Creek New Adult Romance)

Anything but Broken (A Hurricane Creek New Adult Romance)

by Joelle Knox

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Anything but Broken (A Hurricane Creek New Adult Romance) by Joelle Knox

After five years, tragedy brings Hannah Casey back to Hurricane Creek to bury what's left of her family. She's flunking out of college, haunted by scandal, and the only person who cares is Sean Whitlow, an irresistible bad boy with a soft spot for her. The problem? He's her dead sister's ex.

Sean doesn't bleed red, he bleeds motor oil. During the week, he struggles to turn his auto repair shop into a profitable business. But when Saturday night rolls around, he's the reigning stock-car king of the local race track. He doesn't know how to lose–or how to walk away and leave Hannah alone with her grief.

Between her grades and her wealthy family's dark secrets, Hannah's barely holding her life together. And the last thing Sean needs is to get tangled up with another Casey girl. As the attraction between them spins out of control, they'll either find a love with no limits–or go up in flames.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151207324
Publisher: Joelle Knox
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 380 KB

About the Author

Joelle Knox is the penname of co-writing team Donna Herren and Bree Bridges. Best friends for years, they’ve been collaborating and publishing together since 2008. As Kit Rocha they write the award winning dystopian erotic romance Beyond series, and as Moira Rogers they’ve penned dozens of paranormal novels, novellas and stories.

Anything but Broken is their first contemporary romance and their first new adult romance.

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Anything but Broken (A Hurricane Creek New Adult Romance) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so much more than I was expecting! Sean & Hannah's story is complicated. It should be doomed before it begins. Other characters are introduced in this book setting them up for their story in the next of the series. I already can't wait for Gibb & Evie!! This is the begining to a GREAT series!
IsaBooks More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful slow paced story about Hannah Casey, the girl who lived under her parents expectations for too long, and Sean Whitlow, the small town guy who sees in Hannah the last thing he needs... It doesn't take him long to change his mind though. The story wasn't anything to write home about. There was a lot of mystery and expectations that lead to nowhere. I mean, not nowhere, but it lacked something big in the mystery department (and Yes, I am fully aware that this is not a mystery book). Hannah was a little immature at times, not 'stupid immature' but 'inexperienced immature' if that makes sense, but it didn't bother me much. What I loved was the slow build. We get to know Hannah and Sean with a depth that is uncommon in books and the secondary characters were so amazing that I can't wait to read their book.
Frank_Wright More than 1 year ago
I was, surprised at every turn with this adult contemporary novel. The story took me on a tense and intense journey into the messy lives of characters from both sides of the tracks. The characters are well developed and not only are they believable, but they are portrayed in such a realistic manner that they could be living, breathing people in a true story and I wouldn't know the difference. The thing I found most interesting is that the story is written in the first-person narrative in the present tense. I don't often come across fiction written in present tense and I enjoyed the way it kept me constantly feeling like I was right in the moment with the characters. Sounds smells and atmosphere are so well described that I felt as if I was there. So good were the descriptions, that in several instances I could see the characters roll their eyes without having to be told that they were doing it. The carefully crafted rhythm of the narrative leads you to speed up and slow down like the timing in a melody, lending a deep level of dramatic effect to the story. Momentum builds over the course the read and it never backslides. There were frequent enough reminders that there were secrets to uncover, but they were used in perfect balance so as to keep the reader engaged without beating their eyes with them. I was so lost in this story that I felt the pain and hope of the characters the whole time. I came out of the story feeling like I got the worst sunburn ever and it had just started peeling.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Well this is certainly different! Many may know this writing duo as Kit Rocha or Moira Rogers, but here they are again writing together and bringing a very different type of story. The Hurricane Creek series is pretty much standard new adult. That could be good for some, and not so great for others. ANYTHING BUT BROKEN is packed full of angst and lies and the process to uncover and work through that to get to an HEA. Hannah hasn’t come back to Hurricane Creek for years. She never came back home when her sister died. And now she’s home after her parents died. To deal with a house that brings nothing but bad memories, lies and the ghosts of the past to her. Dealing with all that and the fact that she no longer has the pressure of her parents to keep up appearances leave her unsettled about her future and what she should do next. There to help her figure things out is Sean, her sister’s ex-boyfriend. Eeeekkkk. But it’s not as creepy as you may think. It’s been years since her sister died, and they had a rocky relationship. Hannah always had a crush on her older sisters’ boyfriend, so having him show any interest on her now is everything she ever hoped for. But there are many secrets and lies between them before they can make it go. I enjoyed Sean and Hannah together, they had great chemistry both as friends and as lovers. He’s the wild to her tamed. She’s the rich girl from a “reputable” family and he’s the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, with tattoos and a liking for motor oil. But he fits dirtying her up. I enjoyed that. I did find the story a bit too angsty for my liking and when the big reveals came they felt anticlimactic at times. The pace of the story was also a bit slow at times, which made me lose interest about half way through, only to get back into it later on. What I loved? The aspect of Sean owning his own auto repair shop and the fact that he also races cars. But this wasn’t a big focus of the book, more like a side thing and that left me a bit disappointed. I hope it gets explored more in future books in this series. The side characters in this book (Sean and Hannah’s best friends Gibb and Evie) leave the next book perfectly setup and have left me definitely wanting more!
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
After five years, tragedy brings Hannah Casey back to Hurricane Creek to bury what’s left of her family. She’s flunking out of college, haunted by scandal, and the only person who cares is Sean Whitlow, an irresistible bad boy with a soft spot for her. The problem? He’s her dead sister’s ex. Sean doesn’t bleed red, he bleeds motor oil. During the week, he struggles to turn his auto repair shop into a profitable business. But when Saturday night rolls around, he’s the reigning stock-car king of the local race track. He doesn’t know how to lose–or how to walk away and leave Hannah alone with her grief. Between her grades and her wealthy family’s dark secrets, Hannah’s barely holding her life together. And the last thing Sean needs is to get tangled up with another Casey girl. As the attraction between them spins out of control, they’ll either find a love with no limits–or go up in flames. Review: I am not usually one for NA romances, because hey, I am old and have been there and done that....lol But, I love their other persona's, Moira Rogers and Kit Rocha and wanted to see what their newest incarnation would bring. I got this story on while on vacation and I put down the book I was reading to read this and did not stop reading until the end. I expect lots of "whoa is me" from NA and YA romance, but I was pleasantly surprised though this has drama, it is well-done and not over-the-top. These characters have real issues, they are touched by alcoholism and psychological issues and they way that it is handled is realistic. I really liked Sean, most young guys are all about the "me", but he is a business owner and a stand-up guy. He cares about others and so when Hannah comes back into town after her remaining family is killed, he takes her under his wing. Now, don't get me wrong there is an attraction between the two of them and they enjoy some good sexy time. But, they both have issues and secrets to deal with too. Excellent start to this new series! If more NA books were like this I would read them. 4Stars *Received a copy of the book from the Author's in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Anything but Broken (Hurricane Creek 1),  Joelle Knox Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, Well, I adore the Kit Rocha books, and have enjoyed a few Moira Rogers reads so when the team set up this new writing genre/nom de plume I was keen to read. Its a sweet story, some very sensual scenes, though its a long long way from the Beyond stories!! Interesting how well the duo can write such different sex scenes.  I really felt for Hannah, its clear she's kind of lost, kind of brittle and needs help but we don't really know the cause. Slowly we learn more about her and her past. Sean knows it of course, up until she left at 15 but has no idea after that. Now she's back, grown up and he sees  her very differently after she's been gone so long. He's attracted to her but holds back, she's always had a crush on him even when he dated her sister, and now they're grown that's intensified.  They come together gradually, she starts to take control of her life, finds the courage with Sean's help to make the changes she's always wanted, though its a hard time for her and she struggles sometimes. Her confidence is really low, and she second guesses every decision she makes. When we learn more about her family, her upbringing and all the secrets I so felt for her. She has one big secret though, one that's been impressed forcefully by her mother that she mustn't reveal, and yet if she and Sean are to be together he needs to know.... Its a lovely story, very clever the way we just think things are going well, and yet there's always more in store for Hannah, always something waiting to drag her back it seems. She's really got no-one, Evie is a good friend of course and there's Sean, but she's only just picked up with them, she's no family, and she thinks no one would miss her if she wasn't there. Thats really tough for anyone and I could feel how alone she felt. Really sad, and when she let the last secret out I so wanted to just hug her.  Its not a drama filled read, there are lots of secrets, lots going on but it flows quite gently until that last big reveal - and then the drama was perfect, nicely prolonged, really given time to settle in. I need to feel the effects on people of issues, and too often for me its over in a couple of pages. Not so here ;- ) Loved that part. I'll be keen to read further, now I feel I know more about the characters from around the town and how they fit together. Its clear Evie and Gibb have something brewing, and I'd like to read their story.  Stars: Four and a half, not quite the five but one I'd be happy to reread. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers  If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, in case I've inadvertently added a spoiler and need to edit.  
JulieD2 More than 1 year ago
A very deep, and sad story at times of a lonely girl, Hannah, that really draws you in. She hasn't much of a family and when she returns home to more unhappy problems she hooks up with her sister's old ex who she secretly had a crush on. The boyfriend, Sean, is a straight up guy, he adds excitement to the story and he's seriously sexy so that doesn't hurt. They start out as friends but Sean soon see's that Hannah is not the little sister any longer and feelings get evolved. I thought it was a very good start to a new series, there's some interesting secondary characters, so I'm looking forward to some future stories.