Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Broken Love by Evan Grace


Title: Broken Love
Series: Love Stings #1
Author: Evan Grace 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 23, 2016  
Publisher: Limitless Publishing


As a young woman, Abby Carmichael had it all—until the night a stranger tore it away…
A year and half after the brutal sexual assault, Abby is finally starting to feel like her old self. Teaching dance classes with enthusiastic kids is just the kind of job she needs—far away from probing eyes or vicious intentions of the opposite sex. When she connects with one of her students, Natalie, it isn’t long until she meets her father, Deputy Ben James.

Ben James is just a regular guy, working to make a life for himself and his daughter…
That’s what Abby tells herself when her sudden attraction for Ben catches her off guard. Abby has been steering clear of men for obvious reasons, and the idea of wanting that kind of relationship is more terrifying than intriguing. But with his doe-eyed daughter tugging at her dance uniform, Ben takes notice.

He’s ready for love, but does her past hold too many secrets? 
After the assault, Abby coped by using heavy medication and fell into an ugly chain of one-night stands. But now that she’s out of rehab and finally on the right track, it’s only a matter of time before Ben finds out.
Will Abby be the true love Ben has always wanted? Or is she a tangled challenge, leading to yet another…
Broken Love?






3.5 STARS

A well written, emotive story of learning to heal after being the victim of sexual assault.

Abby Carmichael had it all—until the night a stranger tore it away. Self medicating on a cocktail of alcohol and drugs to take away the pain as well as one night stands. Now out of rehab a year and half after the brutal sexual assault, Abby is finally starting to feel like her old self. 

Teaching dance classes with enthusiastic kids is just the kind of job she needs—far away from probing eyes or vicious intentions of the opposite sex. When she connects with one of her students, Natalie, it isn’t long until she meets her father, Deputy Ben James.

Ben James is just a regular guy, working to make a life for himself and his daughter…

That’s what Abby tells herself when her sudden attraction for Ben catches her off guard. Abby has been steering clear of men for obvious reasons, and the idea of wanting that kind of relationship is more terrifying than intriguing. But with his doe-eyed daughter tugging at her dance uniform, Ben takes notice.

He’s ready for love, but does her past hold too many secrets? Will Abby be the true love Ben has always wanted? Or is she a tangled challenge, leading to yet another… Broken Love? 

This was a well written story that I thought the author did a great job conveying Abbys feelings without actually giving all the gorey details of the assault. I was instantly pulled in and connected to both characters, actually I liked all the character's. I enjoyed the plot especially the suspense interwoven throughout. Told through multiple POV's although mainly Ben and Abbys. Overall a well rounded plot with depth, characters the were likable and all tied up in one book.

This is the first book I have read by this author and will definitely check out her other works. Looking forward to book two in this series.

I would recommend. To confirm even though the main character suffered a sexual assault at no point are the details of that assault mentioned so readers who would normally forgo reading this sort of story can rest assured and give Broken Love a chance.

** Arc provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review - Vickie, Words Turn Me On Book Blog reviewer **

5 STARS

Touching, heartbreaking, heartwarming and a very satisfying book. Ms Grace is a new author to me, however she won't remain so. Abby is recovering from a devastating assault and reaction. Recovery didn't come easily and she almost gave up completely. After a long fight she is starting to recover and believe she may get her life back.

While the author shows us the angst and pain of recovery, she also shows how a strong family support system can help. Not every effort works but remaining there for her she begins to recover. I really enjoyed this part of the story. So often the victim is shown only by herself with her struggle and everyone either abandons her or she leaves them. This family was having none of it and remained her anchor.

Working with children is satisfying and she meets a single dad of a student and they feel sparks. As a deputy sheriff, she does feel safe with him. When he shows an interest she doesn't make it easy. The first man she has even considered letting close but her insecurity may just make him give up.

You will fall in love with little Natalie, Abby's family which is a convoluted group of people with one thing in common, they are a family after many personal struggles, failures and successes.

As life would have it, just when it looks like she may have a future, her attacker who was never caught may be after her again—or is he after Ben?

Thank you Ms Grace for showing victims there is hope and with much effort they can live and love again. I strongly recommend this book.

I was provided an ARC for an honest review.

~ Cheri, WTMO Reviewer ~












A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.



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