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Broken (A Paranormal Romance Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David H. Burton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine Gregory receives a letter from her deceased mother. It details a faery curse in which the eldest child in each generation will die in their twenty-fifth year.

Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, a new love interest comes knocking, and her first love has returned - neither men are what they seem, and Katherine may have to choose between them.

Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine must decide if this is all real, or if the strange visions she's been having are just a figment of her imagination.

The race to unravel the mystery begins, and Katherine must solve it – for any day after her birthday could be her last.


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"I don't feel that I can adequately put into words how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  In this case, words simply fail me. So, I will do what I have done only one other time...give it a 10 out of 5."
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5 out of 5 stars: "David H. Burton's talent for weaving an intriguing, engrossing and magnificent tale explodes in Broken."
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About the Author

David H. Burton was born in Windsor, Ontario to parents that instilled in him the love of the written word at a very young age. Throughout his childhood, David read relentlessly, often into the wee hours of the morning. Fantasy and Science Fiction novels have always been David's greatest vice and he has indulged in the likes of Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Margaret Weis, Mark Anthony, J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Robert J. Sawyer, Isaac Asimov, Melanie Rawn, Marion Zimmer Bradley, J.K. Rowling and for interest, some Margaret Atwood and Jose Saramago. David graduated from the University of Toronto with a major in Biology and a minor in Classical Civilization. He also dabbled in Computer Science, to which he owes his current occupation in the Telecommunications world at one of the large banks in Canada. When David isn't writing he enjoys spending time with his partner and three boys: hiking, swimming, kayaking, biking, and reading. David has a great fondness for Portuguese cuisine, good wine, and all things left of centre. Feel free to connect with David online at davidhburton.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 979 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stonehenge Press (June 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055IMQ5O
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your mother's romance novel ;) June 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Broken: A Paranormal Romance by David H. Burton

After thoroughly enjoying "The Second Coming" and the child in me falling in love with Grim Doyle in "Scourge" I was ready to kiss good-bye being a virgin to the genre of Paranormal Romance to embark on a journey with some of David H. Burton's most interesting characters yet.

If you haven't yet read a paranormal romance novel, brush aside any visions of Fabio coming out of retirement, laden with Botox, trying to seduce an alien woman with heaving breasts into some happily ever after - not in this paranormal romance anyway.

Without giving too much away, "Broken" had me hooked by the third sentence. I read through each of the concise chapters of this fast-paced narrative in one sitting!

David H. Burton made me care about Katherine Gregory, who three days before her twenty-fourth birthday receives a letter from her cold hearted, deceased mother which informs her that as the eldest child of the Gregory family, she's cursed and will not see the age of twenty-five.

Between learning of the curse and the fact that she's off her meds - seeing a little green man in her roommate's ficus tree, things might look bleak for Katherine but she's not going down without a fight!

I read Broken eleven days ago and still find myself thinking about it. I haven't passed a ficus tree or anything else lush and green without taking a second, hopeful, glance, I don't think I will for a long time to come.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns September 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In a departure from my normal reading genre, I purchased and read Broken. It is well written, good editing, and takes the reader along for the ride. I could see no overall objective to the story other than to entertain and that in itself is good for readers.

The second half of the book is convoluted, twisting in many directions and the readers is compelled to try and discover who are the good guys and who are the bad. They do not always jump out and ID themselves.

I would read another book by this author, since the writing is well developed.

Gordon Ryan
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read July 18, 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a fast paced fantasy. Very original and different in the best way. Love the premise and the characters. Wish I had a Brokk of my own.

I felt, though, that the ending was abrupt. Lots of major changes happened very very quickly and I didn't feel like I was given enough time in the story to digest it all.

The various denouements were clunky, to me. The twists could have been smoother and telegraphed more expertly. The love conflict was a little muddy as well.

However, overall, very entertaining. You will read this straight through in one sitting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing July 16, 2011
By RedFury
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really liked the basic storyline for this book. But that's really about it.

I don't know if this was something overlooked by the author in editing or if it was intentional, but there were some contradictions in the story. For instance, Katherine figures out who she is, then for some unexplainable reason believes she's wrong (and others seem to agree with her), then realizes her belief that she was wrong was actually what was wrong. Sound confusing? That's because it was.

But the main reason this wasn't a great book was that the writing itself is immature. The narrator kept insisting some things were true (like how heartbroken she was by her first love), but she wasn't convincing. Saying the words, "I was heartbroken," over and over doesn't mean you're actually heartbroken.

This book had a lot of promise, and I guess it would be a decent beach read. I was just disappointed with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Hawt' Sandwiches for your PNR Fix July 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is very easy reading, the story flows smoothly. Steamy without being trampy. Clever twists, although somehow a little soap opera toward the end. Maybe HBO soap opera, even. Overall enjoyed it and would pick up other books by this author.

The characters were youthful but not too trendy. There were not too many pop culture references to 'date' the book too quickly, but just enough to still get a chuckle at a well placed Twilight reference. "My life is going all Twilight on me and I have no idea what I'm getting into."

There are sexual themes, situations, dreams.... positions... you get the idea. Don't pick this up expecting purity and virginity. "Time to put on my big girl pants."

"A letter came by registered mail. It was from my mother. Had she not been dead for three months, it might have seemed less odd."

"This boy could end up being a keeper." And they are. Oh, my, yummy.

I enjoyed all the lovely hot guy eye candy in this book. Oh, my. I wanted more of some of those dreams... much, much more... There were surprises, and I loved the juxtaposition of fairy sight and modern psychiatric medicine. It made the main character more realistic and believable and therefore more sympathetic.

"I looked at him like an idiotic deer about to be plowed down by a Mack truck."

"I was really tired of having to put on my big girl pants."

I think this would be great for adults that love YA but are looking for more spice than YA's have. Not to say that this is YA, but the pacing and characters just have that almost innocent (not pure or virginal innocent) feel. I will most definitely read more from this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Started off really good, had my attention thru most of it
Started off really good, had my attention thru most of it. Then it just got confusing...I was hoping for more paranormal rather then just weirdness...
Published 3 months ago by Janette A. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED!
I absolutely LOVED this book! It's by far one of the best books I've read all year. You've got awesome fantasy, paranormal romance, big surprises that you never see coming, and so... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Brantley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read
keeps you interested.you don't want to put it down.it is like you can feel the urgency and the suspense of what's to come.
Published 5 months ago by Rhonda Adam's
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story, light read, perfect for summer!
This was a great light story, quick read and perfect for fairy lovers and others into fae lore. Loved it.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Story line could have been interesting, but was overshadowed by crude sexual content. It makes me wonder if the author would even have an audience if it was not for the sexual... Read more
Published 7 months ago by BeerSnob
5.0 out of 5 stars a page turner!
One of those happy times when you just happen on a book and then couldn't put it down! Loved every word
Published 7 months ago by chalktoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise read!
This was a really enjoyable adult fantasy read which could have ended there. I was happy to see there was a sequel listed at the end of the book called Bitter to be release in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer D. Gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful lore!!!
I really enjoyed this book. If u like fairies and mythical creatures this book is for you. I only wish it was a lil longer, I was attached to the characters. Read more
Published 13 months ago by K. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it...want more :)
This book happened to be free one day, so I took a chance and got it. I like romance and fantasy stuff, so this seemed a great fit. Read more
Published 17 months ago by rbaker
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable Adventure In Realms of the Fae
This novel held my attention to the end. Once having finished it, I quickly forgot the details and had to thumb around to reorient myself for this review. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Just An Ordinary Gal
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More About the Author

David H. Burton was born in Windsor, Ontario to parents that instilled in him the love of the written word at a very young age. Throughout his childhood, David read relentlessly, often into the wee hours of the morning.

Fantasy and Science Fiction novels have always been David's greatest vice and he has indulged in the likes of Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Margaret Weis, Mark Anthony, J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Robert J. Sawyer, Isaac Asimov, Melanie Rawn, Marion Zimmer Bradley, J.K. Rowling and for interest, some Margaret Atwood and Jose Saramago.

David graduated from the University of Toronto with a major in Biology and a minor in Classical Civilization. He also dabbled in Computer Science, to which he owes his current occupation in the Telecommunications world at one of the large banks in Canada.

When David isn't writing he enjoys spending time with his partner and three boys: hiking, swimming, kayaking, biking, and reading. David has a great fondness for Portuguese cuisine, good wine, and all things left of centre.

Feel free to connect with David online at:

Blog: http://davidhburton.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/davidhburton
Facebook: http://facebook.com/davidhburton


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