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Broken: A Paranormal Romance

Broken: A Paranormal Romance

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by David H. Burton

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Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine Gregory receives a letter from her deceased mother. It details a faery curse in which the eldest child in each generation will die in their twenty-fifth year.

Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, a new love interest comes knocking, and her first love has returned - neither men are what they seem, and


Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine Gregory receives a letter from her deceased mother. It details a faery curse in which the eldest child in each generation will die in their twenty-fifth year.

Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, a new love interest comes knocking, and her first love has returned - neither men are what they seem, and Katherine may have to choose between them.

Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine must decide if this is all real, or if the strange visions she's been having are just a figment of her imagination.

The race to unravel the mystery begins, and Katherine must solve it - for any day after her birthday could be her last.

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"I don't feel that I can adequately put into words how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In this case, words simply fail me. So, I will do what I have done only one other time...give it a 10 out of 5."
Romancing the Book
5 out of 5 stars: "David H. Burton's talent for weaving an intriguing, engrossing and magnificent tale explodes in Broken."

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Stonehenge Press
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5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

David H. Burton was born in Windsor, Ontario to parents that instilled in him the love of the written word at a very young age. Throughout his childhood, David read relentlessly, often into the wee hours of the morning.

Fantasy and Science Fiction novels have always been David's greatest vice and he has indulged in the likes of Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Margaret Weis, Mark Anthony, J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Robert J. Sawyer, Isaac Asimov, Melanie Rawn, Marion Zimmer Bradley, J.K. Rowling and for interest, some Margaret Atwood and Jose Saramago.

David graduated from the University of Toronto with a major in Biology and a minor in Classical Civilization. He also dabbled in Computer Science, to which he owes his current occupation in the Telecommunications world at one of the large banks in Canada.

When David isn't writing he enjoys spending time with his partner and three boys: hiking, swimming, kayaking, biking, and reading. David has a great fondness for Portuguese cuisine, good wine, and all things left of centre.

Feel free to connect with David online at davidhburton.com

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Broken: A Paranormal Romance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
MysticKim More than 1 year ago
This was not your typical romance novel. David Burton has once again amazed me with a truly enjoyable reading experience. I read this book in one day, I just couldn't put it down! I was drawn into it on the very first page, and the draw never waned. The characters are well developed, entertaining and believable; I particularly enjoyed getting to know Katherine as she journeyed into a world where she was "cursed" to die in her 24th year, and her birthday was just 3 days away. As she struggled to sort things out we were taken on a journey that was unforgettable. I also enjoyed Brokk, a fun and simple character that made the faery world connect to the "real" world. I will never look at my houseplants quite the same way again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont really read a lot of male authors but David Burton is awesome Broken was one of the greatest books I have read and I can not wait for Bitter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't sure what to expect with this book but loved it!!!
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Whoa! Awesome reader’s hook! I knew from the blurb I was going to like this book, and the opening lines just cemented that intent. That reader’s hook is just the beginning, though, and very shortly the initial intrigue is followed by some even more intense shockers. Soon, the mysteries deepen and pile atop each other, and just as one clue is extended, more tentacles of concealment shift in the shadows. I liked the author’s approach in this, of entangling several different skeins of possibility and probability, both as reasons for Katherine’s background, and as issues with which she absolutely MUST deal for the future-if she is to have a future at all, that is! Fast-paced and intriguing, intricately plotted, with good characterisations-and a subtle, delicate hand at interweaving the paranormal, supernatural, and just plain mystifying, “Broken” is a joy to read and most readers will probably want to race through it in one sitting-or if not, will spend the intervening time away pondering its intrigues!
BibliophileJG More than 1 year ago
You will love this book! The twists and turns and wonderfully different story line are great. I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!! Wish i could find more like this one!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by April: David H. Burton's talent for weaving an intriguing, engrossing and magnificent tale explodes in Broken. When I had first read about this novel, I was instantly intrigued. I love a great paranormal story and even though Broken is sub-titled as a paranormal romance, there is not an excessive amount of romance. So those who may be looking for gushy love, no need to apply here. However, there is a bit of a love triangle twisted throughout the story, as well as some steamy scenes which leave the pages sizzling. The main character, Katherine Gregory, has always felt as though she was different. Beginning as a young child, she had strange visions; complete with that a little green guy trying to communicate with her. Her mother was never the loving, caring type (though doting endlessly on her brother) and she just never felt as though she completely "fit". After a doctor prescribed her medication, the hallucinations fled and life was a bit more normal, or at least as much as it could be for Katherine. It is when she runs out of her prescription and shortly after her mother dies that the visions once again begin. Add to this a cryptic note left within a lockbox at the bank and Katherine is about to make an unnerving and horribly frightful discovery. A pawn in an unthinkable scheme by her mother, Katherine learns that her life will end anytime within the year, from the day that she turns 24. Her birthday is only 3 short days away and time is quickly running out. With the help of a long-time friend/recently turned lover, Katherine embarks on a journey to uncover truths, save her life and break a long standing faery curse that has blanketed her family in a shroud of darkness and death for generations. In Broken, I truly felt myself sinking into the story; the descriptions and characters are incredibly vivid and captivating. David H. Burton presents his readers with a world of faeries, paranormal, darkness and intrigue. He uses his words seamlessly to paint images and scenes upon the reader's minds which leave a lasting impression, even after the last word is read. The love triangle between Katherine, her current lover and a long-lost first love brings sizzle and heat to the novel as well. The fight against time and meeting the maker of her death adds excellent intrigue and suspense. I truly loved the characters within this tale and felt that the character development was wonderfully done. Full of twists and turns, highs and lows and plenty of surprises, Broken is a story that will appeal to many readers, male and female alike. Anyone looking for an entertaining and multi-dimensional read will do well to pick up a copy of Broken by David H. Burton. Favorite Quote: James continued dancing around the room, kissing my nine-month-old head and cheeks. I remembered that of my mother, she never touched me unless she needed to. She had never fawned over me like she had Geoffrey. Tears slid down my cheeks as I realized someone had loved me after all. I didn't think a ghost could cry. I wiped my tears.
Poesy71 More than 1 year ago
I was nicely surprised with this purchase. It's a well crafted fantasy, easy to read and just suspenseful enough to keep your interest. I will add this author to my list and check out some of his other writings.
WyattMills More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it! It was a quick read, perfect for a Sunday afternoon. The Author David Burton did a wonderful job in writing this tale, fast paced, mysterious, and full of romance. I was transported to another reality and constantly trying to figure out the puzzle. In the end I was completely surprised. I love books like this and look forward to reading more. I only hope he has more planned for Katherine, would love to see how she grows knowing what she has discovered. If you love paranormal with a twist of romance and mystery than this is the book for you!
vvb32 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun summer mystery read filled with schmexy moments and fae lore. Along with solving the main character's predicament, love triangle goings-on kept me interested.
NikkiBeland More than 1 year ago
I was very cautious going in to this book ..... paranormal romance has some great names in it. But I was very surprised that it was one of the best books I have read this year. The fey in the book are very true to all the stories I have heard about them. I loved the flow if the book. I find it hard to keep my interest in most books but this one did it without me realizing it was going on. And for that alone I highly recommend this book. There are a lot of books in this genre that leave you feeling like there was no conclusion --- unaswered questions if you will ---- I think that is why so many are long series. It was really nice to read something that could be a stand alone book. I am hoping to see these characters again but even if I don't at least I know how it ended. And that made me love it. Everyone needs to read this ---- just the twists in it were awesome ---- I didn't see most of them coming. I never wanted to stop reading this and I was left wanting much more.
julieannfelicity More than 1 year ago
3 days before her 24th birthday, Katherine receives a letter from her mother telling her of a family curse in which the first born Gregory child is destined to die within their 25th year. With a key to a locked box and new knowledge her mother has secured for her, Katherine must find a way to stop this curse from happening... or else she will be doomed to die like her ancestors. This family secret takes her to the UK where she must not only find a way to end this curse, but also decide between her new love and her former beau, whom was love lost and never forgotten. I found this book to be absolutely enchanting. I picked it up and didn't want to put it down, reading for nearly 8 hours straight. I enjoyed the mix between fantasy and reality, where I cared for not only Katherine but her friends along the journey as well. David H. Burton tells a tale that brings adults back into the fantasy world we so often forget when we grow up, and keeps you guessing to the very end. Why is their family cursed and will Katherine be able to put an end to it ... or will she just be another victim? That is for you to purchase this book and find out! I highly recommend you do!
MysticEtain More than 1 year ago
Broken: A Paranormal Romance by David H. Burton After thoroughly enjoying "The Second Coming" and the child in me falling in love with Grim Doyle in "Scourge" I was ready to kiss good-bye being a virgin to the genre of Paranormal Romance to embark on a journey with some of David H. Burton's most interesting characters yet. If you haven't yet read a paranormal romance novel, brush aside any visions of Fabio coming out of retirement, laden with Botox, trying to seduce an alien woman with heaving breasts into some happily ever after - not in this paranormal romance anyway. Without giving too much away, "Broken" had me hooked by the third sentence. I read through each of the concise chapters of this fast-paced narrative in one sitting! David H. Burton made me care about Katherine Gregory, who three days before her twenty-fourth birthday receives a letter from her cold hearted, deceased mother which informs her that as the eldest child of the Gregory family, she's cursed and will not see the age of twenty-five. Between learning of the curse and the fact that she's off her meds - seeing a little green man in her roommate's ficus tree, things might look bleak for Katherine but she's not going down without a fight! I read Broken eleven days ago and still find myself thinking about it. I haven't passed a ficus tree or anything else lush and green without taking a second, hopeful, glance, I don't think I will for a long time to come.
Julie-K More than 1 year ago
In November 2010, I had the opportunity to review Scourge, a self-published work by David H. Burton. This was the book that really sparked my love affair with self/indie published books. I had read (and enjoyed) a few self or indie published before Scourge, but something about David's writing really grabbed my attention. Then, a few months ago, I read David's The Second Coming and Simian's Lair, and I realized that David was quickly moving into my top list of favorite author's. So, of course, when I discovered that another David H. Burton work was coming out this year, my excitement knew no bounds. Though I was excited to read another of David's works, I admit to being skeptical. Broken is a paranormal romance. I had no doubt in my mind that David would nail the paranormal part, but the romance? I had serious doubts. Most writers tend to stick with a particular type of writing, and of the works I had read of David's, I just didn't see how he could manage to pull off a romance novel. Important Lesson #1 from Broken: Never doubt a master writer. Now, I've given my perspective on the author, let me share a little about the book. Katherine does not have the best of luck. Just before her 24th birthday, she receives a letter from her dead mother telling her that she is the heir to a strange curse in which the first born child in each generation dies in his/her twenty-fifth year. Isn't that a fine "Happy Birthday" from the grave? She has a choice: she can ignore the letter or she can try to unravel the mystery behind this long-standing curse on her family. Important Lesson # 2 from Broken: Beware of letters from dead people. But the fun doesn't end there. Katherine becomes caught between two love interests. One new and one from her past. Both with secrets that she must uncover, and she must decide which one is truly the right one for her. Can she trust either of them? Or will one or both betray her? Important Lesson #3 from Broken: Juggling two love interests and trying to end a curse is hard work. This book had me on the edge of my seat as I was reading. I was amazed once again by the sheer brilliance of David H Burton's writing. Broken is an amazing story, not to mention it gets steamy here and there (which is always fun to read). The plot twists left me breathless and had me racing to discover what would happen next. Important Lesson #4 from Broken: You NEED to read Broken. It's an AWESOME book! I also want to mention that I absolutely love the cover of this book. It is so... enchanting. I just love it when a book cover actually enhances the story. And this cover certainly does. Important Lesson #5 from Broken: An awesome cover can make an awesome novel even more awesome! And as a side note- this was one of those reviews I had a hard time writing. I don't feel that I can adequately put into words how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In this case, words simply fail me. So, I will do what I have done only one other time...give it a 10 out of 5.
Maurice_X_Alvarez More than 1 year ago
I am not new to David H. Burton's tales, having read "Scourge" and "Simian's Lair" to my children and the online chapters of "Billy Bones". So I was not surprised by the easy flow of David's prose in "Broken". The story is well-paced and engaging from the start as the reader follows Katherine through her struggle to make heads or tails of the mysterious curse that has been dropped in her lap. And Katherine does not disappoint. She is written very well with a wittiness and spunkiness that you can't help but connect with. Broken is an entertaining read that keeps you guessing to the riveting conclusion.
Kiki_Howell More than 1 year ago
I know I say this a lot, but once I read and like an author's book, when I read the next one, I kind of hold the author up to a certain standard. In this case, David H. Burton had quite a challenge ahead of him because his novel, Second Coming, was one of the best books I read last year. Even though Broken is quite a different type of story, I was not disappointed in the least! The depth of character Mr. Burton creates is just one of the wonderful things about his writing. His heroes and heroines are fully fleshed out, as well as many of his supporting characters. In this story, Katherine is just that, broken, but never defeated. Just days before her 25th birthday, she is immersed into a new world of faeries, one hidden for a long time from her. Yet, she meets the challenges of learning and surviving this world head-on. With romantic entanglements and all, I promise you that you will keep turning the pages. Another thing David is just brilliant at is creating a world of his very one. Clear and fantastic descriptions only heighten the well-devised rules of his fictional universe, full of a rich history, a unique setting, and strong creatures. While his story captures you, it also is easy to follow while leaving the reader with enough questions to keep reading. Without giving anything away, just let me say Mr. Burton will surprise you time and again. The phrase, I didn't see that coming, entered my mind a couple of times. So, obviously, plot, another strength! Really, David H. Burton is truly gifted, an extraordinary author I am grateful to have found.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! It's by far one of the best books I've read all year. You've got awesome fantasy, paranormal romance, big surprises that you never see coming, and so much more. This is one of those books that every time you think you'll stop reading for the day, the book throws something big at you and you just have to keep reading. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and to read more of the author's work!
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Enjoyable easy read
Charlayne More than 1 year ago
Katherine Gregory’s mother is dead and Katherine is finding it hard to mourn her. Never really close to her, her little brother inherited the estate and Katherine received nothing in the will. So she was very surprised when, three days before her twenty-fifth birthday, she gets a letter from her mother that has a key to a safety deposit box full of documents; documents that prove that Katherine was adopted to keep her brother from being the oldest child who would die when he turned 25. This curse would fall on Katherine instead, as it had the firstborn of every generation going back five generations. Katherine and her friend Chris fly to England to visit her Aunt Marigold to try to find some answers about the curse and what it means for her. She has been seeing little green people all her life, her mother has had her believe she is insane and had her on medication. Aunt Marigold tells her that she is not insane, that she sent the little man to her, that she sent Chris to her, and that she needs to… Then she dies without explaining further. Katherine has to unravel the mystery about who she is using magical emerald earrings, Chris, and an old ex-boyfriend name Jonathan as she races across the English countryside one step ahead of the blonde woman who wants to kill her as she has killed Katherine’s family before her. David Burton has created a tight, wonderfully woven tale of fairy courts, time travel, and special powers in Broken. A richly imagined novella, the story does not lag at any point and I became very interested in how Katherine was going to find out what was behind the Gregory family curse and what happened to her father, grandfather, and great-grandfathers. The ending was a twist I was not expecting, which was quite a nice surprise and left me wondering if Burton didn’t have another book in this world coming out. Broken is a fun novella and an easy read.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.) “A letter came by registered mail. It was from my mother. Had she not been dead for three months, it might have seemed less odd.” 23-year-old Katherine can’t understand why her extremely efficient mother would arrange for something to be delivered three months after her death; that is until she reads the letter her mother left for her. Firstly she learns that she is adopted, and secondly she finds that a family curse means that she will die soon after her 24th birthday, which is a matter of 2 days away. Shocked and saddened, she begins to go through some papers that her mother had enclosed with the letter, and finds something that truly surprises her. The little green men that she has seen in the past and attributed to a mental health condition have in the past also plagued her adoptive grandfather too. Realising that something odd is going on, Katherine turns to the only member of her adoptive father’s family that she remembers – Aunt Marigold, and jumps on a plane to England to talk to her. Once there she realises that there is a lot more going on than she realised. The curse was placed on her family by an angry faerie, and this faerie is out for blood, already stalking Katherine and her boyfriend and trying to kill them. Katherine must figure out a way to outsmart the faerie and fast, if she wants to break the curse and live past her 24th birthday. I enjoyed this book, and I absolutely loved the opening line (At the top)! I really felt for Katherine. First she learned that she was adopted, and then she found that her mother had purposely adopted her so that curse of the first born would fall on Katherine rather than her biological son Gregory. Poor Katherine really had nobody else to turn to in the world, and if she hadn’t have started a relationship with the lovely Chris, she really would have been all alone. I liked the interaction between Chris and Katherine, he seemed to really care about her, although I would describe this more as a fantasy book with an erotic scene, rather than as a paranormal romance. The addition of the ex-boyfriend added a love triangle to the story as well. I did get a little confused at one point when time travel was discussed, and I'm still confused now to be honest. Thankfully this didn't spoil the story though. This book wasn’t very long, but was well written and the characters well developed. The story didn’t feel too short, and was an enjoyable read. 7 out of 10.
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