Friday, September 5, 2014

BROKEN, Book One in the Redemption Series, by Lauren Layne with giveaway


Lauren Layne’s New Adult 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?


Redemption # 1
By: Lauren Layne
Releasing September 2nd, 2014
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I thought I was prepared.

Hell, I was prepared.

I was prepared to greet whatever matronly, pious do-gooder was next in line in my father’s endless supply of babysitters, and make her feel right at home. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But I had every intention of not being a dick. I was going to show her my good side—my right side. Maybe even force a smile. Welcome her. I’d spent all night telling myself that a washed-up hag wouldn’t care what I looked like.

But the woman on the other side of the door? No, the girl. She’s no washed-up hag. This caregiver is . . . beautiful.

And I don’t think it’s just the fact that I haven’t been with a woman in longer than I want to think about, and haven’t seen a girl my own age in longer than that. She’s hot. Big green eyes, long blond hair that I want to tangle my fingers in. A wide, lush mouth that I want . . .

No. No fucking way.

She can’t be more than twenty-two. All of the others were at least in their mid-thirties. This woman—this girl—is exactly the sort of person I exiled myself to Maine to avoid.

She’s tempting. Not just in the sexual way, although yeah, there’s that. But with that briefest of glimpses, she tempts me with something worse: she makes me long for normal.

She has to go. Now.

Author Info

Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

My Thoughts:

This book brought with it an emotional upheaval for me. Paul was a moody soldier who was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Many times I thought he was an a**. I understand that he was struggling with his demons but I call them like I see them.

Olivia was a privileged girl trying to do penance for wrongs that she's committed. She thought that she would be helping an older man and was caught off guard when she seen Paul.

These two get caught in the insta lust type of scenario. I really liked the banter between the characters.

Both characters have issues to work through and much of this book deals with that.

Along with romance, there was angst, guilt, drama, and some steamy action.

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my opinion. If it ain't broke don't fix it. It may have been titled BROKEN, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with this one. :-)

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  1. it sound good, no cliffhanger or would you have told us so i'm quite tempted as i'm curious about what she want to make penance for still first book in a series^^;; so not a hurry

  2. Another one for my list. :) I have a thing for soldiers. (yes Miki on top of shifters and everything lol) When I'm looking for a good emotional read I'll grab this. :) Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the review, adding to my tbr list