Friday, July 3, 2015

Broken by Annie Jacoby (Broken, #1)

by Annie Jocoby

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Broken - Book 1
Publication Date: January 6, 2014
Publisher: Tobann Publications
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 258 pages
Available from: Amazon

Nick O'Hara is, for lack of a better word, a man-wh***. Look in the Urban Dictionary under that word, and his name will no doubt be mentioned. The only qualifications that he looks for in a bed-mate is that the person is hot and breathing. Mainly hot. He has no desire for an emotional connection with another person, and that's the way he lives his life. He has his fabulous wealth and his reputation as a premiere architect, and that's enough for him.

Until Scotty James.

Scotty is a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City. She's broken from traumatic experiences from her years in foster care and homelessness. She has a vulnerability that is intoxicating to Nick, because, deep down, he knows that he is as broken as she.

When Nick pursues Scotty, it seems that she is the only woman who doesn't want to be with him. At first she's a challenge, but Nick soon finds himself falling in love for the first time in his life. With a woman who wants nothing to do with him.

Can Scotty overcome her trust issues and fear to let Nick in? Or will she prove to be too broken to trust?

 Broken by Annie Jacoby (Broken, #1)

Life in the fast lane in New York, the movers, the shakers, the rich, who know no limits in their quest to be entertained. Meet Nick O’Hara, a sexual “loose cannon,” so to speak, if it is breathing, beautiful and falling at his feet, alone or with a friend, count him in, the more often, the better! A famous and successful architect with the deep pockets to prove it, Nick is a player.

There is another side to New York, those living paycheck to paycheck and even then they are in fear of falling through the gaps between checks. There are millions of stories about the people in New York and Scotty James’ story is a painful one that has colored her life to this very day. A brilliant and gifted architectual student, Scotty was hurt so badly in her youth she avoids men at all costs, no one will make her a victim again.

This is how two worlds collide, the haves and the have-nots in a hurricane of emotions, each fighting against what they feel, each hunkered down in their own safety zones. Nick is a man of action, a man of privilege and he knows how to throw his weight around, except his attempt to claim Scotty keeps falling short and she won’t tell him exactly why.
Can Nick break down Scotty’s walls? Can he become the kind of man she needs? Can he learn to be a one woman man? This simple girl is beautiful beyond compare, but about as substantial as a puff of smoke. When one of Nick’s rejected “harem” takes aim with her cruelty and viciousness, how can Scotty stand up for herself against a powerhouse on a broomstick?

Do you like drama, angst by the bucketloads or one non-communication after several miscommunications? How do you feel about men who KNOW they can have whomever, whenever they want without emotional attachments? What about downtrodden women who fail to see their own worth and fail to stand up for themselves at the most crucial moments? I have to hand it to Annie Jacoby and Broken, I was so involved in this tale, I was taking mental turns at who I disliked the most, and yes, I found a winner. But what I noticed was, I was so involved, that these people became frighteningly real to me, while I can’t say I would want any of them for friends, their plight was gut-wrenching, and frustrated the heck out of me! Ms. Jacoby forced me to connect and take a rollercoaster ride into the lives and insecurities of people in their personal lives. Are people ever as they truly seem or do they do what is expected of them by others? Sweet romance potential, lies by omission, lack of faith, it’s all here, but watch your last step at the end…

I received this copy of Broken from Annie Jacoby in exchange for my honest review.

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