by Lauren Layne
Series: Redemption #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: September 2, 2014 by Flirt
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Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both... or destroy them.
When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.
Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.
Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?
The first thing I have to say is…PAUL LIKES BOOKS! I highlighted it while reading and wrote a note saying, “He likes books!!” Mr. Paul Langdon has a library filled with books and he will always be found in the library. I love it!
If you have read Isn’t She Lovely, then you briefly met Olivia Middleton. She isn’t the bitch that you met in that book. In Broken, we see her for who she really is and how saddened she was about the mistake she had made. What I like about her character is how outspoken she really is, isn’t afraid of anyone (except, maybe Paul once or twice) and how determined she is to help Paul recover mentally.
Paul is an interesting character. From the start of the book, he is already portrayed as a broken soul who went through a traumatic experience and doesn’t know how to deal with it, except for liquor, hiding in his room and library. He thinks he will not get better, physically nor mentally. He has scars inside and out.
Olivia is there for him as a caregiver, one he doesn’t want yet he can’t seem to push away. They have their ups and downs…more downs than ups, that’s for sure, but Olivia doesn’t give up on him and I am glad she didn’t.
This book is more on the serious area than the humorous. This book shows that scars really run deep inside us, whether we want to admit to them or not. It takes someone else to help us recover like Olivia did with Paul, but not only that. Paul had to put an effort into getting better, otherwise, Olivia’s help would have been for nothing.
It’s official: I don’t get women. Olivia should be pissed at me. Just a few hours ago, I would have sworn that she was. But now she’s changing it up, and I don’t like it at all. I don’t trust forgiveness I didn’t earn.
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