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Broken (This Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.B. McGee
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Book Description

Gabby's life has been anything but easy. She is surrounded by friends who seem to have everything she doesn't: money, social standing, and happily married parents. While dealing with the loss of her mother, she experiences her first heartbreak. She commits herself to her studies and runs away from any emotions that aren't safe. Bradley Banks, a confident CEO and commercial architect, who has long time commitment issues forces Gabby to feel again, but will he be her next heartbreak?


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I can't say enough good things about Broken other then I want and need more! - Wolfel's World of Books

I felt that this author took her time developing the story, and revealing the important moments as I was getting further involved with the story and connected to these characters. I was swept away. The character development worked out well with a deliberate and seamless pace. Throughout the story we get to know them but are left feeling there is so much more to know and looking forward to it. -Book Crush

I will certainly be reading the next two books and can recommend it for a really good and fast read. - Romantic Reading Escapes

This was a quick read and will not take you long to sit down and devour. There is some warning though....be ready to dive right into the second book of the story when you finish. J. B. left me dying to find out where the story was heading next! - The Indie Bookshelf 

The way J.B. McGee explains the emotions flying between Gabby and Bradley astounded me. The way she used "THIS" to explain how they felt was simply amazing.  Broken will most defiantly have you reeling and aching for more. - Lives and Breathes Book Blog

About the Author

J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clairnet. While attending Converse College, an all girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town. In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer. In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments. J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series.

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  • File Size: 3466 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JFTSE6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Novel! October 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Every once in a while a book makes me feel a little bipolar. Let me explain...When I started reading, I quickly noticed that the book was written in alternating third person point of views. One minute you are getting Gabby's thoughts and then it may switch to her sister or Bradley without much warning. I am not a big fan of this because it can get confusing and feel a bit impersonal. That being said, by the middle of the book, I completely forgot about this as I started to enjoy the story line. It alternated between the present and her meetings with Bradley to her past relationship that broke her heart; I liked this because it helped me to understand Gabby.

Gabby is damaged. She doesn't have a relationship with her father and has blocked out things that her father did to her as a child. Her mother, who sounded like a wonderful woman, died when she was in high school and all she is left with is her sister Sam. Gabby does not let her guard down often and when she did in high school, her heart was crushed into a million pieces. She has a lot going for her but has low self-esteem and doesn't always see herself as others see her. She doesn't think she is pretty and therefore cannot understand why a handsome man would be attracted to her.

I did not get to see enough of Bradley in this book to get a real clear picture on him but this is the first of three books and I am sure everything will be clearer in book 2! I do know he is a playboy and doesn't do the whole relationship thing. He is successful in his career but wants to keep his personal life simple. He is also a guy that goes after what he wants and does not get rejected. There is also a kind, considerate side of him that made him very hard to resist.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. November 17, 2012
By Beth
Format:Kindle Edition
We so rarely see the true consequence of heartache and betrayal. It is often the victim who suffers the longest for it creates cracks of doubt. This a beautiful accounting of how finding the right person can give you the strength to move forward.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read! October 3, 2012
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{Broken}

I read this book in little over 2 hours, and must say that I was very happy that I chose to read this book. When downloading it, there are not alot of other reviews so I had nothing to help me with my decision.

I loved this book other than the fact that it seems to be written in the 3rd or 4th person, I have never loved that type of book but have gotten into a few of them.

The first in the series for this new and upcoming author, and I believe her first short story.

She grabs our hearts with in the first few chapeters and leaves you needing more. It is a book that shows the depth of love with out sex and what it is to be a emotionl mess. Girl is a hot mess, guy of course Gods gift to womenkind with deep amazingly blue eyes (hot)! The chemesty between these two cant be decribed less than a power plant blowing up; with out even knowing each other they find themselves needing to just be in the same room as the other one.

Although I find it similar to other books it really has its own spin in the romance community. I cant wait until the next book comes out in the series and hopefully the author will make it into more than a short story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reviewers, You Failed Me! January 18, 2013
By ST
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I feel bad for writing this review because I'm sure the author put a lot of work into this book. But, it is bad. It feels like it was written by a middle schooler. The writing is so stilted and cliched. This is the first book I have ever read that I contemplated not finishing.
***CONTAINS SPOILERS*** It sets the ground work for a dramatic romance, but basically Gabby's first boyfriend cheats on her when she is a junior in high school. Put on your big girl panties and move on! It is high school for crying out loud. I know Gabby has much deeper issues, but those are never really felt deeply. She is never a likable character for me. Partially because the author never gives her a chance. Any kind of depth for any of the characters is pretty much nonexistent. Also, she is a twenty year old who cries and spews her baggage the first time she talks to Bradley on the dance floor... What the heck is wrong with his 29 year old professional self for not turning around and high tailing it? Also, why the heck does this story need to have three books? I would have liked a conclusion, but I care so little about these characters that I will not be reading any further. That says a lot about this book because I always see even mediocre books through to get to the happy endings.
Basically, the bones of this story contain everything I love about this genre: broken girl is saved by handsome hero who helps her work through her issues while rocking her world. The dialogue, descriptions and characters are so awful that it falls way, way short of what the description and the reviews promised.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Ok where do I begin? I found it really HARD to read this book. The third person writing irritated me to no end, because I felt like all the characters were just being browsed over, and you don't really get to feel like a part of the main character or get into their skin and understand their thoughts and feelings. It kept jumping all over the place and was confusing at times.

The writing style aside....OMG I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. The characters were the most unrealistic and in Gabby's case pathetic I've ever read about!

Gabby - soooooo insecure and cries for everything, and acts like an injured baby all the time and everyone has to tiptoe around her....she was so weak and pathetic and irritating, I was rooting for Ian to kick her to the curb! And all because of a high school break up? Really? If everyone who had a boyfriend or girlfriend cheat on them in high school acted like Gabby, everyone would be single forever and the population would die out.

Ian - if a man like Ian exists, prove it and put him in a museum on display. He has the patience of Jobe and the tolerance of a saint. there is such a thing as unbelievable and a man does not go from being a player to desperately wanting the attention of a virgin who he will wait for until marriage and comfort as she cries every time he sees her and whines about how pathetic she is. Seriously, I have no idea what he found interesting about her because all of their conversations were about her insecurities and uselessness and included crying! The day they met she bawled and told him she can't give him what he wants (a roll in the sack) and from that he fell in love with her?

Ugh... Gimme a break...I didn't feel any romance or relationship development, or ever figured out the reason they were even interested in each other....

Would I recommend this book? No
Would I read another book written in third person? Never. This book turned me off for life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good story
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars "Anything worth having is never simple or easy, Gabby
"Anything worth having is never simple or easy, Gabby."
Broken is about Gabby, a sweet naïve, immature 20 something who is dealing with loss, betrayal and not knowing... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sonya Byrd
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time to read
This is a lovely romance. Nice character development. Some aspects a little predicable but a very enjoyable read. The main character is delightful.
Published 10 months ago by Juleinny
5.0 out of 5 stars I've received a complimentary copy from the author for an honest...
Gabby's life has been anything but easy. Then enters Bradley Banks, a confident CEO I totally enjoyed this series, love lost, love found. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Books and Beyond Fifty Shades
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 10 fave
This is a story about a girl who's had her fair share of loss and turmoil and the man she falls in love with though it's not the kind of easy love you expect. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jeni2948
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
They would go from past to now and I loved it. It showed how Gabby and Bradley meet and fell in love
Published 10 months ago by Ann
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
The book was just okay for me. The plot is too generic without any distinguishable characteristics. The dialogues were lame. The POV was confusing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bewaji
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks complexity
Light read - characters not very complex -- read if you want something not very challenging - one for the beach
Published 12 months ago by jo gannon
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me
I can handle instant attractions. It was the instant devotion in this book that was hard to handle. I had a difficult time feeling empathy for a rather immature 20 year old young... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carrie J
5.0 out of 5 stars Love loss and healing
Love and betrayal should not close off your heart. Prince Charming can always find his way in and heal your heart and soul.
Published 17 months ago by lawless66
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More About the Author

J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. She is the mother of two beautiful children and a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. She finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2011, it was discovered that both of her children, she, and her husband have Mitochondrial Disease, a disease that has no cure or treatments. Being a writer allows J.B. to remain close to her family, work on raising awareness for this disease, and to lose herself in the stories that she creates for her fans.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia. She is an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of her debut series, the 'THIS' Series.

She is represented by Stacey Donaghy with Donaghy Literary Group

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