Title: Broken (This Trilogy #1)
Author: J.B. McGee
Publisher: Indie Author, 143 Pages (September 28th, 2012)
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Note: This is an "New Adult/Adult" Title
Synopsis: Gabby's life has been anything but easy. She is surrounded by friends who seem to have everything she doesn't: money, social standing, and happily married parents. While dealing with the loss of her mother, she experiences her first heartbreak. She commits herself to her studies and runs away from any emotions that aren't safe. Bradley Banks, a confident CEO and commercial architect, who has long time commitment issues forces Gabby to feel again, but will he be her next heartbreak?
Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.
Review: 3 Stars - Broken, the first in a trilogy by author J.B. McGee tells the story of a collage age girl dealing with her past while guarding her present and future from any additional heartache. In the synopsis it says that Gabby hasn’t had an easy life and throughout the story we learn a bit about her past and why she’s as guarded as she is. While some of her past is a mystery, you get enough of her back story to understand why she is this way.
She has a wonderful relationship with her sister that was a highlight throughout the book. It’s always a pleasure seeing siblings lean on each other and have a healthy relationship when it comes to unconditional love and support for one another.
One thing that I loved about the book was that it was written in past and present tense. Often a story just gives you a characters history in little pieces sprinkled throughout, yet with Broken half of the story has already taken place in Gabby’s past. And while we do get a chance to see what really happened to Gabby there’s still so much of the story that we only get a slight insight into. There’s other trouble there and I’m anxious to see what else comes up in the next two installments.
Broken is a title that I found myself blinking and the book was finished. In one sitting, in what felt like such a short period of time I had finished the story and was left hanging by a cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers. I wasn’t expecting to come face to face with the ending. I just wasn’t ready for Gabby’s story to end right then and there. It did leave me feeling ready for more.
Gabby has walls that are so strong, you’d think they are there for good and no one will be able to take them down when in walks Bradley. The two are strangers yet captivated with each other without even knowing their names. He’s the type of guy who knows what he wants and goes after it. He likes things his way and doesn’t like to bend for anyone. One of the main things about Bradley is, while he isn’t used to having someone like Gabby captivate him, he’s willing to see what might happen next. Needless to say, Gabby has gotten under his skin BIG TIME!
Now, while I did really enjoy the book and can’t wait to read the next – Mending – you’re probably wondering why I gave this one 3 stars? Well, there are a couple of things to explain that. First off, it was all over way too quickly. It’s not a novella and at the same time, it’s not a full book. I felt that there were a few places throughout the story that could have been fleshed out a bit more making the characters richer and the story and book even more rounded as a whole. The story is good, characters interesting and intriguing, but there were just times throughout the book that I felt there could have been more.
All in all, Broken is a book that’s a quick, engrossing read that’ll leave you more than ready for the next installment. With great characters and mysterious backgrounds the budding romance between Gabby and Bradley will make you sigh and swoon. Once you pick up the book, you won’t be able to put it down and before you know it you’ve hit that cliffhanger ending. Thankfully you won’t have long to wait for the next book – Mending – which is set to release December 26th, 2012. However, I’m lucky enough to have a copy here that I’ll be starting as soon as I can. I mean, I HAVE to find out what the heck is going to happen next! Check out Broken to see exactly what I’m talking about. Enjoy.
FTC Disclaimer: I did NOT pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this HONEST review.