Broken at Love (Whitman University)

Broken at Love (Whitman University)

by Lyla Payne

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Broken at Love (Whitman University) 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 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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016180250
Publisher: Author Published
Publication date: 03/08/2013
Series: Whitman University , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 7,678
File size: 584 KB

About the Author

Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us – past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla’s hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

If you want to know more, please visit her at

If you’re a fan of Young Adult fiction—science fiction or otherwise—please check out her work that’s published under the name Trisha Leigh.

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Broken At Love 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between the plot spoilers bragging about getting their book for free for their *honest* review, and the nasty pornographic posts, and kids playing on here, its hard to get a true review. Bn, when are you going to put a stop to these plot spoilers, porno posts and kids using the nooks as chat rooms. Its irritating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the stories with the broken man finding that one special girl to change evrrything. A good story but i like a little more drama in my reads. A quick read but recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the story is good, the way Quinn "changes" is a bit unbelivable. Overall its ok, just not outstanding or remarkable. It has the potential, it just didnt make it there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an ok book, but a little cheesy tho
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Ava8 More than 1 year ago
*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review* I gave Broken at Love 3.5 stars. We meet Quinn a 20yr old ex tennis player feeling lost and shattered after being forced into retirement due to a knee injury. He has been sent back to college by his uber rich dad much to his own chagrin. With only his half-brother for company the two boys have set up the perfect tournament to coincide with the Tennis Opens. Quinn beds a girl, gets her to admit her feelings and then dumps her stone cold, all within two weeks. While brother Sebastian happily counts their winnings from each bet because Quinn never fails. Never, that is until Emilie enters his life. From the very first page we meet Quinn and he is a major d**k, this can’t be denied and the boy would even admit it himself. Brought up by an army of staff with money thrown at him, it is easy to understand why this boy is closed off from love. So when his only real passion in life is thwarted by a knee injury, Quinn doesn’t know who he is without tennis. He is cold and emotionless and treats girls pretty much the same with no regards to their feelings. His next target to dupe is Emilie, although Quinn wasn’t counting on the sassy chick saying no. That word doesn’t exist in his vocabulary. Broken at love was a fun read, I finished it in one day. I didn’t fall in love with Quinn and I think this was due to his attitude in the beginning, he was too much of a douche and although he was slowly beginning to change I didn’t feel that connection with him. I could sympathise with his circumstances as he was faced with an uncertain future now that tennis was no longer an option but half way through the book I wanted him to man up and take responsibility for his actions. Emilie was a great character, I loved that she seen Quinn as just another player she was wise to his ways. Okay she wasn’t totally unaffected by him as she so readily admitted “of course I’m attracted to you-I’m alive, aren’t I? I haven’t had my hormones surgically removed, and Jesus, have you looked in a mirror?” So although she was able to hold off on his advances it didn’t last for long. Emilie knew she was taking a risk by letting Quinn into her heart and she wasn’t expecting it to last but she did it anyway, deciding to live in the here and now after promising her little sister that this was something she would always do. I liked the pace of the relationship between Quinn and Emilie, he wasn’t able to win her over quickly and the change in Quinn wasn’t instant as well. This added to the realism of the characters. It was a good story and one that I enjoyed but for me it just fell short of great. I wanted Quinn to man up and tell Emilie how he felt; every time she opened up to him he left her open and vulnerable. There were only so many times he could use the hard done to spoiled kid excuse. I loved that Emilie took matters in her own hands and helped Quinn get his brother back towards the end but again this was something I felt Quinn should’ve had the balls to do himself! I look forward to the next story in this series, we met a great bunch of characters in Broken at Love and I am intrigued for what lies ahead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't do reviews I truly enjoyed this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, very likeable characters and a sweet romance with a touch of humor and a Christian touch throughout that weaves just the right tone. I enjoyed every page and you should do yourself a favor and grab a copy!! You won't be sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, nice live story, great characters, no cliff hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read! Looking for more by this great author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Really enjoyed this book! Great plot and characters! Cant wait to read the next book! Ps. Needs a lil editing, nothing major.
BookBosomed_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Quinn Rowland is a man scorned. His tennis career is over (a result of an injury), his girlfriend doesn’t think he’s good enough any more, and his family situation has left him with a ton of self loathing.  Down on his luck and feeling sorry for himself, Quinn channels his anger at the females of Whitman University via a bet with his twisted half-brother Sebastian. Through a rouse meeting at each tennis open party, Quinn must bed the selected girl, win her heart, and then dump her. And the score is on his side till Emilie Swanson comes along. Emilie isn’t buying Quinn’s lines, but she’s also not convinced that there isn’t more substance to Quinn than parties, booze, and women. And when she pushes back, she might just manage to turn the game around on him. Is Emilie in over her head? Will she let Quinn take her heart and end up broken like him?  Will either of them get the careers they want even when their fathers don’t support them? Or will Quinn succumb to Sebastian’s blackmail? Can Emilie save Quinn from his downward spiral? Emilie is a strong, level-headed female character. She has guts and doesn't let a bunch of testosterone driven frat boys intimidate her.  For the most part she trusts her gut instincts, and yet at the same time leads with her heart. She’s someone you’d want in your corner as a trusted friend. Quinn is more complex. He has a ton of issues, treats women like dogs, and yet still manages to ooze sex appeal and be the guy you root for to get his act together. And he needs a girl like Emilie to help him uncover his inner prince. There’s plenty of chemistry, and they have some cute banter:  “Following your moods is like watching a tennis match. Go away. Sleep with me. Go away. My head’s going to fall off.” You'll definitely be left wondering 'will they or won’t they,' but the ending is sweet and shows the growth of both characters. Told via Emilie and Quinn’s alternating point of views, there’s the right amount of drama and a slightly sweep you off your feet style HEA. This is book #1 of the Whitman University series but can also be read as a stand-alone. The next book, By Referral Only, features Emilie's roommate, Ruby, who tackles grading the university boy's performances (and we're not talking on the tennis court or on stage).
BecsL More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars - Broken At Love is a creative, fun and heartwarming story. First of all, who doesn’t love a book where the player gets played?! I loved the storyline of this book. The fact that Quinn was a retired tennis pro who was forced to return to a life he never wanted to begin with creates the perfect backdrop for a journey of angst, pain and self-discovery. Especially with an evil half-brother who is determined to ruin everything and everyone. The house parties that Quinn throws around the major tennis tournaments and the colorful cast of characters that run in his elite and entitled circle provide all the drama, awkward situations and intense moments you could want in a book.  Emilie and Quinn are unique and interesting characters. I appreciated the lack of drama in Emilie’s past and I empathized with her very real challenge of living up to her parents’ expectations. She is strong and determined to stick to what she loves, even if she can’t afford to lose her parent’s financial support. She is sassy and a bit fierce. I loved seeing her with her friends and I was ecstatic to see her hold her own with Quinn. That guy needed to be knocked down a peg or two. Lyla Payne did a fabulous job creating unique and well defined characters and she made their journeys of self-discovery and personal growth exciting and emotional. There were moments of legitimate hatred, intense frustration, exhausting sadness, and overwhelming joy. I enjoyed Quinn and Emilie’s story as they struggled to figure out who they were and what they wanted. With so many intriguing characters being introduced throughout this book, I can’t wait to read the next book in the Whitman University series!
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I absolutely LOVED this book! I came across it by chance and read the synopsis and bought it. I am so happy that I did, because I could not put this book down once I open it! If you are on the fence about buy it, let me save you the energy.....BUY it!! :) Once you have finished this book, read the next book in the series because it is just as good!
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TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
Ok, I'll just get right down to it. I really liked Emilie. However, I had a hard time liking Quinn. I think I just had a tough time getting past the bet. I felt that it was cruel, which I know was the intention, but still. One of the only things that made me irritated with Emilie was how easily she forgave Quinn once she found out. It unsettled me a bit. Don't get me wrong, there were parts of the story I really liked. I liked seeing Emilie break down some of Quinn's walls. During those times, I had to try to forget about the bet, so I could appreciate the developing relationship. In the end, I did feel like Quinn somewhat redeemed himself and after getting know him a bit more, I grew to like him. It also helped having dual POV's. I understood where Quinn was coming from a bit easier.  I had a tough time rating this one. I really wanted to love it. Looking back through my notes and the quotes I picked out, I felt like my 3 rating was fair. What made the story work was: I was happy with the ending, I liked Emilie, the supporting characters were great (except for Sebastian), and the writing was good. In fact, I liked the supporting characters so much that I bought the second book in the series, which is Emilie's friend Ruby's book. I'm anxious to read it, because I loved Ruby and the love interest is a Scottish swimmer! SOLD!  If you're a fan of NA Contemporaries, check this one out! Quotes: ~There was something between our bodies that went beyond chemistry. I couldn't remember the last time I lost myself in someone that way; I had no idea if we'd moved together for thirty minutes or an hour, only that it had been the perfect amount of time. ~"Because you deserve a good man, Emilie Swanson. And I'm a floundering boy who only just realized how much has to lose. I know you're right about this thing between us not going away. But I can't ask you to be mine unless I'm worthy." 
Clarista More than 1 year ago
Not Bad This was a decent book. Nothing earth shattering happened, but it was good.  The story reminded me a lot of the movie Cruel Intentions.