TeriLyn's thoughts: **Pretty Broken Girl generously provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
I had absolutely no expectations going into this story all I knew was the blurb intrigued me. The entire story toggles between the present and past of the points of view from both our hero, Samuel, and the heroine, Dakota. With no expectations I was able to fully immerse myself in the book and the results were awesome. This is my first Jeana Mann romance and certainly won't be my last.
The premise of entire story is one I enjoy - rich boy, girl from the other side of the world, meddling father, and an inevitable separation. Mann made her story unique in the way she structured the present re-connection of Sam and Dakota. Written with such an open, honest tone the book isn't masked in secrecy in lies but rather a telling of what happens after the those secrets and lies have done their damage. This story is not a guessing game and while I could make an argument for it being a bit predictable however this authors writing kept me engaged from beginning to end so it didn't matter.
These two characters with their rich history of love and betrayal were two people for whom you could feel their connection. Young and carefree they wanted to conquer the world together and believed in each other so much to do so. As mature adults who've gained perspective laced with bitterness and regret over their demise as a couple, their connection still cannot be escaped. A game of cat and mouse ensues. Each guarding themselves, protecting themselves from the hurts of the past and the devastation they could reek on each others futures, Samuel and Dakota's journey is just as fun and unusually romantic as it is emotional. Being first hand eye witnesses to the turmoil inside each of their minds we as readers easily connect to the two of them. Another testament to the writing of Mann.
The way in which Jeana Mann tells us Samuel and Dakota's story in Pretty Broken Girl, the way in which it falls into place, it was a really an enjoyable read that strayed from the usual structure of this kind of love story. I'm quite impressed with the way the plot played out and I'm definitely invested in this hero and heroine. So excited to read the next installment.
Readers Note - Book One of a series. Pretty Broken Girl comfortably leaves you feeling good with Samuel and Dakota's plight, excited for what's to come.