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Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Review: Broken by M.L. Young

Broken by M.L. Young
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: April 20, 2014
Publisher: Self

Bailey Wrenn is a small town girl with a big back story. Her mother left when she was young, leaving her in the care of an out of touch alcoholic father that barely noticed her existence. After trudging through life with no clear direction, she begins to wonder if she needs to leave this scarred memory of a town behind and finally move on. When Bailey hears from her friend Julie that life in Chicago is great and she should come out sometime, she takes that open invitation, and comes to visit her old friend with no idea of when she’s going to leave. 

One night, after Julie drags her from the apartment to see a local fight, she sees Kyle, a mysterious MMA fighter with a winning streak and an elusive personality. He doesn’t talk to anybody after his fights, and disappears faster than Bailey can blink. One day during a chance encounter filling out job applications, Bailey runs into Kyle at his work, and the electricity between them is bright enough to light up the city. 

It’s only when they begin to get close, though, that things are turned upside down. An old boyfriend and a brutal and devastating past makes Bailey believe she can’t be close to another man ever again, even if he seems perfect. She feels alone. She’s broken. 

HEA and no cliffhanger! This is a standalone novel. 
*This book is recommended for readers 17 and up for violence, language, and some adult situations.*

Broken by M.L. Young is a love story with a good premise. Bailey has had a rough life. Not just at home, but last and only relationship was very traumatic. I expected Kyle to be this rough and tough fighter guy, but he was a big ole teddy bear. He was cute, and not what I expected at all. Sometimes it felt like Bailey and Kyle were a lot younger than what they were. They're conversations and behavior was more like a teenager rather than people in their 20's. It always didn't feel natural. I felt like there were a few things that didn't make sense within the details and history of the characters. There were areas that were fleshed out pretty well within the plot, while others? Not so much. I think with some tweaking, this could be a pretty great story. All in all, it was cute.

Broken by M.L. Young was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

M.L. Young is an author currently living in Illinois. She is the author of The Stipulation Serials. To find out more and to stay up to date on all things related to the books, follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

To learn more about M.L. Young and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

1 comment :

  1. This book had potential. I found it odd how the 2 main characters talked...a little too formal to be college students. I also felt like at times it was way too detailed, like when Bailey was retelling a story...she literally retold it even though we already knew what happened. I found myself skimming through a lot. I just thought it was ok.
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