Book Review: Broken

Broken (Broken #1) by A.E. Murphy: Caleb is perfect in every way, almost too perfect and Gwen has never felt so happy. He is hers and she is his. Life can't get much better and their love can't get any stronger. That is until mistakes are made and their world comes crumbling down. She's left alone with no money, no home and a growing person invading her stomach. How will she survive?

Forced to leave culinary school, the job she needs and the home they made together. Gwen finds a knight in the most unlikely source. Caleb's brother Nathan. A complex man with a phobia she doesn't understand and mannerisms that aren't of this day and age, will she be able to melt his seemingly frozen heart and become his friend? Or will he forever push her away and wallow in his loneliness and self loathing?

What an emotional ride this story turned out to be!!! This book started off looking like a typical insta-love NA story and ended up being one of the best two books (Broken and Connected) I’ve read this year. This story had parts that were not easy to read in the slightest, so be warned, but don’t let it stop you. It is worth every last tear you will shed. It is a story of love, forgiveness, hatred, acceptance, grief, and second chances.

The first of the two books, Broken, lets you fall in love with Gwen and Caleb. They have the sweetest relationship, until it ends. My heart broke in two for Gwen. I felt her devastation and loss completely. The characters are written perfectly. The story flows well and moves at the right pace. Some relationships have to develop slowly; these are the best kind to read. The characters really get to know each other and go through real struggles. This allows the reader to really know them, understand them, and form a connection with them. You will love Gwen, Caleb, and Nathan, at least I did. You will also hate Gwen’s mom and Caleb’s family.

A.E. Murphy does a brilliant job of making you feel so many emotions throughout the story. I laughed, cried, swooned, and got angry. The steamy scenes were as steamy and toe-tingling as you could want them to be. I loved watching Gwen fall in love with Caleb and loved even more watching her relationship with Nathan develop.

There were so many mysteries in this story; I couldn’t put it down. I read until I finished the first book, well after midnight. As soon as I finished it, I purchased the second book, Connected, and read it until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I woke the next morning and started reading again, before I even got out of bed. I read all day, until I finished it as well. This was the most unproductive and satisfying Saturday I’ve had in a long time. I highly recommend this book to those who love NA stories that take you on an emotional journey.

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Lori L. Clark

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