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4.10.16

Review: Broken by Lisa Edward


Book Title: Broken Author: Lisa Edward 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: October 4, 2016 
Publisher: Forever & Forever Yours | Grand Central Publishing 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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For Evie Rivers, eight weeks in the Hamptons is the perfect opportunity to get her dreams of being a romance writer off the ground. She's planning to keep to herself and finish her first novel. But then she meets Adam Walker, and everything changes.
He was so at ease, walking into my house wrapped in a towel, that I had to remind myself we had only just met. Scurrying in, I quickly busied myself scrunching up newspaper and stacking the fireplace with kindling and logs while Adam gazed around the room. Max sniffed at everything that was within reach before finding the rug by the hearth to be the most comfortable place to flop down.

“Here, allow me.” Adam squatted beside me, the movement making his towel flap open dangerously high. I quickly averted my eyes, then took a sneaky look back down. The towel was only just covering the good bits, as the muscles in his legs flexed to support his weight and hold him stable.

I racked my brain, trying to think of something to say, but it had been a very long time since I had been this close to an attractive man, and never this close to a nearly naked one, other than my ex-husband Charles. Being with Charles had never given me these butterflies; he was comfortable to be around, like a friend you felt safe with. This guy made me want to run away and launch myself at him all at the same time.

Adam looked down at his lack of clothing. “We’d better head home. I need to get dressed.” He moved for the door. “Come on, buddy, let’s go.”

Max’s tail thumped once. His eyes opened for a moment, then closed again.

“Come on, Maxie.” Adam patted his thigh. “Max. Come.”

I stifled my snigger as Max settled in, relishing the comfort of the rug and open fire after his swim in the freezing water.

“He can stay here. It’s no trouble,” I offered. “I can bring him over later or…”

“I’ll come back in a little while after I get some clothes on.” His eyes swept over me. “I’ll see you soon, Buttercup.”

The door closed and Adam’s broad back descended the stairs to the beach and disappeared around the corner.


Did he just call me Buttercup?

Lisa Edward is the author of The Songbird trilogy, the novella Duty of Care and a contributor to the collation of short stories in Hook & Ladder 69. While Lisa has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel.

By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression. She can't write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke those of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.

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*ARC is obtained through Book Enthusiast Promotions in exchange for an honest review*
My Rating: (4 Buttercup Stars)
Broken is a lovely and heartwarming read that will makes you feel giddy, swoony and maybe on the verge of tearing up sometimes. This is a love story between a British guy who is a painter-slash-English teacher with a romance writer that comes from Southern America.

Firstly I must say that I am truly surprised and delighted upon realizing that Adam Walker is portrayed as the hot British hero because I am such a sucker at those dreamy accent. *Sigh* And by the way, this guy love to skinny-dipping! *Double sigh*

Besides having those divine and heavenly attributes, I am also loving the fact that Adam is so understanding and supporting to Evie especially when Evie is working on her novel. That is totally in contrast to Evie's ex-husband and I dig that.

I am also loving Evie Rivers as the heroine because I find myself immersed in her journey to finish a romance novel right from the start when she was struggling towards the end when she is writing the acknowledgements. I like the meta that was happening in the book specifically the time where I am reading this incredible romance novel and the character inside it is also reading a romance novel. That is wickedly genius and I love it a lot.

I think Broken gives off the vibe where strangers meet on a vacation and the falls in love during that vacation time. Except it is not really a vacation for both characters as Evie is there to finish her writing after her marriage fails and Adam is there because he wants to run away from having to deal with his illness. I love the part where Evie and Adam gradually falls in love with each other, the anxiety of their upcoming separation, the super long but needed separation and the reunion along with the miracle that comes.

(or in other words, Things that I love about the book)

1. The part where Evie secretly watched Adam skinny-dipping and hilariously got caught by him. That is really funny and I was a bit embarrassed for her but only for a bit because I love that scene.
2. I love that Adam called Evie Buttercup! I love endearments so much and I am swooning like a schoolgirl every time he calls her that. And I like the part where he takes her buttercup-yellow sweater during the separation. 
3. The scene where Adam is teasing Evie in one of their early encounters about her using funny words for the man and lady parts in her old works. LOL. The type of words she used really cracked me up!
(or in other words, Things that I can live without from the book)
1. Annabel! She is not really hateful when compared to other hateful characters in the literary world but I still don't like her. I don't like her during the first time Evie met her and I really don't like her when she doesn't let Evie visit Adam at the hospital. But yeah I can understand the significance of her character but I still don't like her. 
2. Adam's twin.Okay. it is not that I dislike Will, in fact I like his character but I was kind of thrown off guard when Will suddenly appeared in the story. I wish I was somehow introduced to his character before he made the appearance.

All in all, I think that Broken is really a fabulous love story that I really enjoyed reading and I would recommend it to romance lovers who is seeking for a good time to be engrossed in lovely romance fiction.

Hopefully you guys will have a good time reading Broken as much as I do.

Yours truly,
Abby
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