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Broken At Love (Whitman University Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lyla Payne
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Book Description

When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.

College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.

But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?

Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.

To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.

Editorial Reviews


If you like Abbi Glines, you'll love Lyla Payne...Broken at Love is a sexy New Adult novel that will leave you breathless for more! - Denise Grover Swank, bestselling author of The Chosen series 

Broken at Love is sexy, engaging, and unputdownable! Emilie and Quinn sizzle on the page! - Jennifer Iacopelli, author of Game. Set. Match. (Coliloquy, May 2013)

From the Author

Broken at Love is my first New Adult novel, and I loved writing it!

If you enjoy Young Adult science fiction or fantasy, please check out my series, The Last Year, published under the name Trisha Leigh.

Product Details

  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Author Published (March 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Hot Romance March 18, 2013
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. I did read a so-called "New Adult" novel, and not even one that's trying to actually make NA a real age grouping rather than just a sub-genre of romance. Broken at Love is a straight-up romance set in college, complete with the super-experienced guy that every single straight woman in the world wants to sleep with. Even weirder, I liked it.

Broken at Love doesn't bring anything new to the table. Romance plot lines have been done to death, and I didn't espy anything particularly original here. You've got the guy who sleeps around to show that he can, because deep down inside he's a lonely little boy scared no one will ever love him because of his deep-seated daddy issues. And, of course, the love of the only woman ever to turn him down for sex can change him. You're probably rolling your eyes right now, and, believe me, I get it, and feel the same way.

On the other hand, though, I could not put this book down. It's like when I watch kdrama: I know exactly where the story is going, but I am SO TENSE waiting for it to get to that point. Lyla Payne does a marvelous job keeping up the sexual tension. Actually, she even does a good job with the sex scenes, because none of them made me laugh at their ridiculousness. This book is hot, so if that's what you like from NA, then you'll want Broken at Love.

What I appreciate most about Broken at Love is that for all Quinn is a player and a bit of a douche, he has lines he won't cross that keep me from completely loathing him. Quinn doesn't lie to women and he would never force a girl to do anything with him that she didn't want to, nor will he stand for his frat brothers to take advantage either.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing must read! March 17, 2013
By Andy
I absolutely loved this book! It was awesome how the fame of tennis was worked in to describe certain things in the story. Also, the characters are amazing! Quinn makes you really mad at first but the as the story grows, he becomes an amazing and hot guy that you root for! Emilie is such a strong and awesome character! you can't help but fall in love with both of them! I would totally recommend this sexy story to anyone who really wants a nice, cute, and sexy romance!
Absolutely amazing!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!! FAN FREAKING TASTIC! March 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Broken at Love is a MUST READ! Five Stars of complete and utter perfection! The characters are unique and total opposites. Quinn is on the path of self destruction until he meets Emily..even then, it gets worse before it gets better. He is Whitman University's player all women should avoid but his charm is too irresistible, until Emily. Emily, the beautiful girl chosen for Quinn and his sadistic brother Sebastian's game, resists least at first. Broken at Love is full of unexpected twists, love and hate, and moments you will never forget. The love/hate relationship I have for Quinn is insane. I found myself screaming and laughing and crying and unable to put this book down! You have to get your hands on this and read it for yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm...MAJOR SPOILERS!!!! May 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
OMG, how whiny and pathetic is this guy??? He cannot admit to having feelings for her so he constantly pushes her away and then is about to go have sex with another girl, which he would have if he did not spot the heroine while he was walking upstairs!!! Such a great man (eye roll). The heroine was pathetic as well. She let him run right over her nonstop and just kept coming back for more. Really??? Grow a backbone, both of you!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Quinn - I love him! And you will either love him or hate him or maybe both but I doubt he will leave you indifferent. To say he is the troubled and tortured hero is an understatement. He is damaged, maybe even beyond redemption. Blessed (or cursed) with uncanny beauty women, young and old have pursued him since adolescence. Playing his brother's debauchery game, embracing the role of the privileged campus playboy was easy. He is smart, calculated, ruthless and detached. He has long ago mastered reading people and perfected his seduction.

But to better understand Quinn we need to dig a little deeper. We soon learn that he was abandoned by his mother at birth and his billionaire father resented him, always told him he did not measure up. The only person who ever showed him love was his nanny, Ang and she is the only person who is allowed to hug him uninvited, though he never hugs her back.

Tennis became his savor, the one thing that gave him hope and that he could succeed at regardless of his father's contempt. But all too soon his career ended after a knee injury and on that same day his tennis superstar girlfriend dumped him and his father shipped him off to the exclusive Whitman College. He hates college, he hates himself, he hates his life. He is bitter, jaded, bored and yet he is still looking and hoping for his father's approval.

"Quinn Rowland. God could not be serious with that face, on that body, with those eyes..."

Enter Emilie Swanson, a smart, vivacious, sweet and kind art student majoring in graphic design. This is by no means a Cinderella story. Emilie has also grown up privileged, though not to the extent of Quinn's father's fortune. Her father is a renowned surgeon who married a Peruvian beauty.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I loved this book. I will read more of her books. She is a great author. I will recommend to friends and family
Published 1 month ago by janet
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I have read better books
Published 2 months ago by Barbara and Lowell Moxley
5.0 out of 5 stars and figured hey I kinda remember what happened in Broken at Love (read...
I finished reading all of the series.. and figured hey I kinda remember what happened in Broken at Love (read it back in summer 2013) and once I started reading felt like I didnt... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Ruiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Kelly Durst
4.0 out of 5 stars Antihero goes good
Ms. Payne created a complicated love story with a lot of character growth. Quinn started out as a totally heinous character and turned around into an engaging hero. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C.C. Sowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected

The book wasn’t something overly original or had some plot devices that managed to surprise me or did anything remarkable to get out of this typical NA plot... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sugar Spice
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a must read
This is one of the best books I've read this year.... It has everything, a broken love that flares in unexpected ways and the hottest guy... Whoa yea
Published 7 months ago by christi cino
3.0 out of 5 stars I felt like there was still some missing closure but I understand ...
3 Star book for me. I felt like there was still some missing closure but I understand because it is part of series of college age characters so we couldn't get to far into their... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Guera
5.0 out of 5 stars Who will win the bet when the new wager is love?
Quinn Rowland is a man scorned. His tennis career is over (a result of an injury), his girlfriend doesn’t think he’s good enough any more, and his family situation has left him... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Book Babe
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More About the Author

Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us - past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla's hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

If you want to know more, please visit her at

If you're a fan of Young Adult fiction--science fiction or otherwise--please check out her work that's published under the name Trisha Leigh.

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