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- Print Length: 340 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988707489
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- Publisher: K. Elliott Enterprises, INC. (November 16, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GR8QCEM
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The other thing that came off as unrealistic was the overdone internal monologues the male characters would have with themselves. I just do not buy rough and tumble cowboys having high school girl thought processes like these men had on a regular basis.
Finally, I was a bit bothered by how some characters were first portrayed as "good ol' boys" sympathetic to the main characters just suddenly turning into one of the bad guys for no reason. The leap did not make sense. The random way this was done just didn't work for me.
I'm not saying this book was a total waste of time. There's two stories going on here. The love story that develops between the main characters Whitley and Layton is kind of lovely to watch once you get past the immature language. Whitley's best friend Courtney has a complicated love story of her own developing in the background too. Frankly, Courtney's story was more interesting to me. Unfortunately, Courtney's story is the sequel to this book. Due to the raunchy overused f-bombs in this book I really don't see myself spending any money on the remainder of this series.
She and her best friend Courtney left New York and moved to Texas. Her chance meeting with Layton was a hilarious one because she was cursing her car but Layton had an immediate reaction to Whitley. One chance meeting led to a whirlwind romance between the two. All through their relationship correlations were made for the two to see they were meant to be together. This is such a touching story. I had to read this all the way through I could not put this one down.
It takes Whitley from being a severely abused woman who has sworn off men to finding a man who shows her what love really looks like. Layton is broken because the day after his brother died his girlfriend left him for one of his best friends. He is still not really over her but is trying when he helps a stranded Whitley. The his ex starts calling him and coming over all the time confusing him again but he finally decides enough is enough. Can Whitley and Layton overcome their pasts to make a future together? What happens when Whitley's ex comes to town? Will Layton be able to keep her safe from him or will he hurt her worse this time?
I thought the story line could have been a little bit stronger with the H maybe not being so squishy, but I still liked him. The h was just out of an abusive relationship when she and her BFF, Courtney, moved to town and I felt for her and what she had been through. I loved Whitley and Layton are good together when they finally stop to get to know each other and realize they are not who each other thought they were.
Did I already say I hated the drama, cuz I did. And there was a lot of it, so be warned. Would I recommend it? Yep, although I thought it to be drama-tastic, I really liked it. Go figure.
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What a fabulous Author and a brilliant series so far, gosh I've only just finished Broken but don't you just know when it's all going to be so good.!
I loved the whole storyline, the way it's portrayed, the characters, everything, from the very beginning, Whitley and Courtney are great team there's never a dull moment they certainly keep you entertained, but having said that there's a lot of very sad moments especially with Layton and Mike and then when you realise Layton's on his own, ooh dear it's pretty heartbreaking, but it was so beautiful the way Whitley and Layton came together it was defiantly fate, they were made for each other, I honestly couldn't fault a thing about this story, I'm going straight onto Broken Dreams now, can't wait to read Courtney and Reeds story and I'm adding Kelly Elliott to my fav's.
If you love Melissa Foster and Jennifer Foor and all those types of Authors then you'll love this series..!!
Thank you ..
In my opinion, they fell in love way too fast. I felt like I hadn't had the chance to get to know the characters, so I didn't feel like they had had enough time to as well. Yet really soon after them meeting, they were professing their love for each other. It was something that bugged me throughout the rest of the book.
I get so excited whenever I hear one of your books is coming out and then I begin a countdown until release day hoping that this book will be as good as the last... and they always are (although Wanted will always have the most special place in my heart).
When I first started reading I was like Oh know :( this book is going to be a heartbreaker and although it obviously at times leaves you with a BROKEN heart (did you see what I did there..lol)it also makes your heart swell with love. That is one of Kelly's trade marks for me and why I will always love her writing, because she seriously knows how to write love!!
When I first met Whitley my heart broke and I felt some serious rage and hate towards Roger. When I read things about women being hit on it makes me so sad because they always end up thinking they are somehow responsible and Whitley was no different so when she makes her break for freedom you feel elated and hopeful for her.
Then you meet Layton and I have to be honest I may have shed one or two tears when I read his story. He is of course and gorgeous and strong cowboy but when you look closer you see how he is also so very broken. Being abandoned by the people you love whether it is there choice or not can leave you feeling unlovable and make you not ever want to take the leap of needing someone again. Layton is so determined not to allow anyone in so he cannot get hurt, that you worry he may lose what could be his one true love.
I loved this story and as always I loved the characters your meant to and despised the ones that deserved it.
If you have read any Kelly Elliot before and loved/liked/enjoyed then this is a must read! If yu haven't rad Kelly Elliot before then GO BUY HER BOOKS THEY ARE AWESOME!!!!
5/5 Beautiful Broken Stars
I am a HUGE supporter of Kelly from her Wanted series to this series because I truly love everything that Kelly writes. Her style of writing is easy to follow, her character as so real and easy to relate to, and her stories give you many real life scenarios with every emotion to go along with those scenarios.
Whitley and Layton are both literally "broken". Whitley has been in an abusive situation which has left her physically and emotionally marked. Layton has suffered heart break at the deaths of his mother and brother...then his girlfriend leaves him for another man. Neither of them are interested in ever giving their hearts to another again. A chance meeting at the side of a road sparks feelings in both of them but both are denying these feelings...because they had only just met and both vowed to never open themselves up for heartache again.
A very emotional scene has Whitley promising she'll never leave Layton. They embark on a relationship and both feel healed and ready to let go of the past. Someone from Whitley's past has other ideas though. Lives are put in jeopardy and I think I actually held my breath while reading a particular scene!!!! You want to know what happens next???? Get this amazing book!!!
There are some other great characters....Court (Whitley's best friend) and Reed (Layton's best friend). I can't wait to get to know them more. Some questions were left unanswered but Kelly said all will be revealed in book #2!!!!!
This is a MUST read by the very talented Kelly Elliott!!!!!
Within this book Kelly Elliott has given us a sweet syrupy almost toothache inducing story, i found it to be a little too sweet for my tastes, but if you love nothing more than a big 'ole sweet sticky piece of Texas pecan pie then you will love this book.
I did find myself liking Layton more than Whitley, she cried so much i just wanted to shake her.
Layton and Whitley were nice enough characters and their relationship nice to follow, they were surrounded by huge amounts of sweetness.
But that was the problem i needed a little more substance to the story, there was lot and lots and i mean LOTS of gushing exclamations of love throughout the dialogue. When the sex scenes did arise it was all 'i will love you forever' and 'i cannot live without you' on and on, what i really wanted was some dirty talk and some hard fu*king just to temper the sweetness out a bit.
The story line was good but it seemed to be lacking any depth to give it more than just lovey dovey cheesyness
Dont get me wrong if you want a easy read with not much drama in a book you may really like this story, but for me i need more of a range of feelings within a story than insta love and over whelming sweetness.
I have read all of Kelly's books.. waited patiently for this one and again wasn't disappointed.
I loved it from the first sentence she pulls you in hooked unable to put it down..
Layton and Whitley so deserve the happiness they find in each other..
Courtney Whitehall her barriers for herself I just want to shake her to let reed in.
Kelly simply amazing again I don't know how you do it, just never stop..
If I could give more than five stars I would..
A must read..
Simply loved it...
I felt Whitley got over the violence and abuse far to quickly, esp after it going on for to long, and with in days she was falling for another guy! come on!! the whole text and being just friends didnt work for me, because they were over stepping that friends line, and as adults they knew it, then there was how he found out; the DR had coincidentally told someone about her abuse history just so they were aware: i mean come on THAT SO DOES NOT HAPPEN!! then he has spend years feeling guilty over his brother and with in days this girl after a day of her saying you have to let it go, he does and thats that!! there was a bit to much use of bad language that wasnt always needed. Too much of something can spoil it! there was some good humor which i did laugh at, but it lacked that build up towards them getting together and falling in love, it just didnt have that spark or bit of edge to it, the book wasnt gripping enough it didnt grasp me in. What happened to OLIVIA? she just disappears half way through the book. I think the scene where the ex reappears could have gone on a bit longer. I wont be buying the follow on book based on their friends. sorry
The pair if them, Leyton and Whitley had been through so much, to come out the other side! Ooh Roger, so wanted to bash him!
Loved Courtney, straight laced, open honest and loved Whit as only a best friend can do, ready to move at a seconds notice!
Whitley is this fantastic, strong courageous girl, who had the best network of friends and family she appeared to have the love of the town fairly quickly. I loved how sassy she was.
Oh Leyton, such a sweetie, although I thought he was going to be a right royal pain in the butt! after the prologue, but then after reading about Mike, my heart went out to him, and Olivia what a dreadful person, she wears the colour of jealousy badly. I was punching the air when Whitley gave her the news about planning her wedding party!
Reed and Courtney want their heads banging together. can't wait to read all about them.
I loved how quickly intense the relationship was headed but both trying desperately to just stay friends.
I had my heart in my mouth when that dreaded convertible car came driving into town, you could feel the tension!
This book had everything, friendship, fun, frolics, dancing, drinking, tension, passion, sadness, and oodles of love.
So you maybe wondering why I gave it a 3 stars if I enjoyed the book. The simple fact is that I found the book unbelievable in places - with so many of the main characters having things that happened in their past which affected their relationships today. In addition to this I also found it hard to believe if Whitney had just come out of an abusive relationship that she would have fallen in love so quickly and jumped into another relationship. I felt that the author made light heart of someone coming out of an abusive relationship where she could of explored the issue further and made a better book.
Despite my feeling towards this point - the book is worth a read as you can easily get drawn into the love story.
This is a lovely, easy read with a heat, humour and drama all balanced really well. The only slight negative for me was that I felt Layton and Whitley confessed their love a, little too quickly. I would have appreciated just a tad more build up to it. Also, Olivia, Layton's ex just seemed to drop off the planet in the 2nd half of the book.
But, Layton and Whitley's relationship just made me go AWWWW. Layton is one of the sweetest book boyfriends I've read about in a while.
Can't imagine anyone would be disappointed reading this book and I'm hugely excited to read Courtney and Reed's story next!
My heart was in my mouth and I was so emotional whilst reading Whitley and Lawton's story. I totally related to Whitley's past mental and physical abusive relationship with her evil ex, so glad Whitley saw the light and moved to Texas to find her happy ever after with the sexy Lawton. OMG Lawton, the swoon worthy gorgeous hot cowboy certainly made me fall in love with him, what a guy!
Absolutely loved Courtney, Whitley's best female friend, she's a scream, totally cracked me up and I love her guts for life even though behind that big wall is a little sweetie. I'm so glad she was around to make me laugh (think I now have "pissy pants" in between the emotional tears. Can't wait for the next book with Courtney's and Reed's story.
Certainly wanted to bitch slap Olivia, Lawton's ex, she's one helluva a frustrating bitch who wound me up.
Kelly you certainly rocked me with this one and I give it 20+ out of 10! Certainly recommend this book to anyone who loves a romantic chick book with lots of laughs, hot sexy guys and romance - BUY IT NOW!! You'll love it and you certainly won't put it down until you've finished it. Will certainly leave you craving for more, so Kelly get of Facebook, get to Starbucks and get writing because we want MORE NOW!!!
We love you Kelly so hurry up because I've now got withdrawal symptoms and now totally depressed so I'm off to search for my very own Layton ;-)