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Broken (This Book 1) by [McGee, J.B.]
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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3517 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JFTSE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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By Blondie - 184 on January 16, 2013
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The book itself in one word: typical. It was cliched and overdone. There really was not anything new to this book. The hardest part about the book was how wordy it was. Some descriptions were overdone and redundant. Each male character in the book was gorgeous with no flaws and tanned skinned, yada yada, it's too much.

The absolute most annoying thing about this book was the dialogue. HOLY $^&*! For some of the scenes, "freakin" and "dammit" just really did not work for me, it reads juvenile. It's also a pet peeve of mine for dialogue to read perfectly, example: "Oh, I did not understand just exactly what you may have meant by that," to me should be written "Oh, I didn't understand what you meant."

Lastly, the "giggles." I couldn't take it. Every phrase and sentence should not be started and stopped with giggling. I am imagining this stuff in my head and it is literally annoying me. How old are we?

Overall, it was ok. It was sent to me by a friend and was something to read on my commute to work, but I will not be continuing on.

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By Beth on November 17, 2012
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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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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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