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Made to Be Broken (Nadia Stafford #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,663 ratings  ·  187 reviews
The author of the acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series returns with her latest novel featuring an exciting heroine with a lethal hidden talent. This time she’s hot on the trail of a young woman no one else cares about—and a killer who’s bound to strike again.

Nadia Stafford isn’t your typical nature lodge owner. An ex-cop with a legal code all her own, she’s known only
ebook, 248 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Bantam
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The second installment in the Nadia Stafford series was phenomenal! Better than the first book, which was good but didn't move fast enough. This book was like a shot of adrenaline. From the intelligent writing, fast paced scenes and amazingly tight plot, I was thoroughly impressed. Nadia is trying to solve the disappearance of a young, single mother that works at her lodge. The town doesn't care, the police don't give a rat's ass and the girl's own mother seems to be in a position to re
Julie (jjmachshev)
"Made to Be Broken" is a taut read by Kelley Armstrong. It's book two in her series about a female contract killer and is a far cry from her 'Underworld' paranormal urban fantasy series. These books are a combination of murder, mystery, action, and suspense that grab you from the first page and carry you along as you delve into, not just the mystery, but the psyche of the lead characters and their decision-making processes. As a fan of her 'Underworld' books, when I picked up "Exit Strategy", th ...more
Carolyn Crane
You wouldn't think a book about a hitwoman could be a comfort read, but I am finding Made to be Broken, book #2 in the Nadia Stafford series, to be deeply satisfying and comforting for two reasons:

1. The absolute expertise of the heroine Nadia.
2. The deep sense of understanding between Nadia and Jack, her hit man mentor

It is such an enjoyable world to be in for these two reasons. Of course it's also great fun to see these two use their hit man know-how solve the crime.

Basic setup: Nadia (who s
I haven't actually READ Kelley Armstrong, which is stupid considering she has one of the best werewolf books out there so I hear? Next on my list, except they're charging 9.99 for a PAPERBACK THAT'S 3 YEARS OLD ON THE KINDLE! So...yeah. Maybe I'll get that book LATER.

THIS BOOK is really interesting, I accidentally picked this one up, the second in the series, and it was easy to find out what was happening. There is a LOT of killing in this book, I mean, they're hitmen, but I really liked it. May
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars

I love the character, Nadia Stafford! Yes, she's a disgraced ex-cop. She's a part time hit man and full time lodge owner. She has a moral code - she only kills bad guys like the Mafia thugs her employer wants dead. She's been toying with Evelyn's suggestion that become a vigilante assassin; especially after pulling the trigger on Quinn's latest job. She can do a long shot. Her feelings for Quinn haven't changed since Exit Strategy. She hasn't talked to the monosyllabic Jack in months. S
3.5 really...

When your flat has been transformed into a biohazard thanks to a touch of stomach flu, there is one positive, at least - you get to spend days seeking refuge in your Kindle and back-to-back Kelley Armstrong. And so we're back with Nadia Stafford, AKA Dee, former cop and current hitwoman, as she investigates the disappearance of her least favourite lodge employee. Being both from a bad family and a teen mum, when Sammi and her baby don't make it home from work one night even the poli
After reading the first book in this series early this year I couldn't wait to get back to this series. Made to Be Broken is just as good as the first book, maybe even a bit better. It's another story, another investigation, but there are also plot lines that continue and develop more in this book. And probably will continue in the next book too.

In Made to Be broken things get a bit more personal, a case reminds Nadia of her own sister and she starts to investigate. Then Jack comes along and hel
Nadia is a genuinely unique character, a female assassin who occasionally manages to show a little weakness. She has her own demons, as most assassins (especially female ones) in novels do, but she often thinks about her cousin's rape and murder instead of pushing it aside. She seems less hardened than other characters in the same types of books.

Nadia's relationship with Quinn progresses slightly further but she is also beginning to view Jack as a potential love interest. When considering who is
Kathy Davie
Second in the Nadia Stafford suspense series, the title is a theme, which runs throughout the series and particularly applies to this installment.

The Story
The disappearance of a local young girl and her baby triggers a flashback and the need to know for Nadia. The girl is not from a respected echelon of society and she can’t get the cops interested enough to look into it even though there are just too many clues indicating foul play. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough of the right kind of clues
I actually liked this better than Nadia Stafford #1 because there was less chance that the utter ridiculousness of a semiromance/supernatural genre author knowing anything about hitman society would come to the fore. The book focuses on Nadia's emotional problems regarding her childhood that make her need to kill rapists/murderers of the innocent, and how she hunts down and kills people who are killing teen mothers in order to take and sell their babies. So it's much more "believeable" and the s ...more
This book was the second instalment to the Nadia Stafford series, and I enjoyed this one much more than the last one.

Kelley Armstrong positioned this series as that of the mystery genre, with Nadia as the heroine who struggled with the emotional scars left by her past. The book picked up quickly and early on in the story, with the disappearance of the teenage employee on Nadia’s staff at her lodge business. Nadia enlisted the assistance of her mentor on the “killer-for-hire” profession, Jack, an
4.5 stars I couldn't quite give this book 5 stars because it's not the best book ever written (and I try to be very stingy with my 5 stars) but it's definitely a strong 4.5 and I LOVED it! I can't even really say why. It's pretty long so you would think it drags at some point, but I was constantly involved and interested without it being non-stop action. The story/mystery portion in this book and the first one were extremely well developed (did not see where they would end up) without being over ...more
Highly enjoyable romantic suspense with a chilling yet believable plot centered around black-market adoptions. Dealing with themes of slut-shaming, teen pregnancy and how rape culture influences the justice system, there was far more substance in Made To Be Broken than there was in the first Nadia Stafford book, which had a less original plot involving the standard thriller fare of psychotic serial killers.

Nadia's gentle sarcasm and her banter with Jack and Quinn just manage to keep the book fr
Interesting story. I liked it, though I wanted to smack a couple of the characters upside the head for being so ignorant. In personal matters, not the mystery. Though I knew what it was about well before the heroine apparently did, but then she doesn't seem to read newspapers like I do.
Mike Finn
A unique idea, strong characters, a fast pace and well written scenes made “Made To Be Broken” a pleasure to read and showed that Kelley Armstrong is just as good at writing about thoroughly human monsters as she is at writing about werewolves, witches and demons.

“Exit Strategy” introduced Nadia Stafford, a disgraced ex-cop who moonlights as a hitman to keep her wilderness lodge business open, tracking down a rogue hitman with the help of her mentor, Jack and Quinn, an FBI agent who occasionally
Frank Smith
I'm perfectly OK with the idea that this wasn't going to be like Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin books and that this character had a lot more moral battles going on and fully accepted the love triangle with Jack and Quinn, but it really did seem as if three quarters of the book was taken up with conversations about these subjects, mental gymnastics during these conversations, thinking about these conversations, analyzing and reanalyzing these conversations, looking for second meanings and on, and ...more
Book 2 in the Nadia Stafford trilogy begins about 6 months after the events of book 1. Nadia is working with difficult guests at her wilderness retreat and trying to get a full day's work out of her new employee, Sammi (a 17 year old single mom). When Sammi disappears along with her baby, Destiny, Nadia's hitman instincts tell her she didn't just run off as everyone in town seems to think. But what did happen to her? And why hasn't Jack called her in 4 months? And why did Quinn need help on this ...more
Linda Hall
This is the first book I've read by Kelley Armstrong, but certainly won't be my last. I loved the story and the characters. This btw was one of the first books I read on my new Kobo Touch.
this was a great second book to the series, i totally want more, but have heard its a while until a 3rd book.
I'd rate this one as a 3.5 for sure. More interesting premises, this time continuing with Nadia moving further into the world of 'hitpersons', although with a conscience. This time, the underlying topic relates to good-looking but poor young women being murdered and their beautiful babies disappearing. The first inkling we hear about is a young employee of Nadia's who disappears. Nadia tries to find out what has happened to her, since no-one else in the small town, including her alcoholic mother ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Nadia Stafford isn't your typical nature lodge owner. An ex-cop with a legal code all her own, she's known only as 'Dee' to her current employers: a New York crime family who pays her handsomely to bump off traitors. But when Nadia discovers that a troubled teenage employee and her baby have vanished in the Canadian woods, the memory of a past loss comes back with a vengeance, and her old instincts go into overdrive.

With her enigmatic mentor, Jack, covering her back, Nadia unearths si
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Carissa Williams
Made to be Broken is the second book in the Nadia Stafford trilogy from Kelley Armstrong. You can read this book without reading the previous book, but for a better understanding of Nadia's story I do suggest that you read it. In this book we pick up about six months after the last one ended. Nadia now has a girl working for her to help with the cleaning. The girl is 17 and has just had a baby, her father had left, and her mother is a drunk so Nadia wanted to help her out but she had been having ...more
This is the second novel in Kelley Armstrong's new series about ex-cop turned hitwoman Nadia Stafford. It is even better than the first book, Exit Strategy. The writing flows more smoothly and tt is obvious Kelley Armstrong has found her voice and became more comfortable in Nadia's skin.

- Armstrong's characterzitaion is always one of the strongest and best traits of her novels. Her characters in Made to Be Broken are no exception. Those who read Exit Strategy couldn't wait to see Nadia, Jack, Q
I have never read any other of Kelly Armstrong’s books, although I am aware of her other world series. It was never my cup of tea, so I never had any interest. In fact, I never realized this was the same author when I brought the first one home. I can’t compare this to her other writing, just the first book in the series. I was attracted to this book at first, because of the female hitman angle. I wasn’t sure how they would keep this up in the second book, especially when it’s based around her h ...more
This was either my second or third read of this book, and I still love it (although, to be honest, I like Exit Strategy, book 1) a bit more.

The story: It's 8 months since the end of Exit Strategy and nothing has progressed between Jack and Nadia - except that Jack is even more distant. In fact, Nadia is almost certain that Jack has ended his mentorship of her. On the other hand, Nadia and Quinn have become better friends, speaking mainly online.

We get to see more of Nadia's real life in this bo
Barb Lie
Made to be Broken, is the second book in Kelley Armstrong's Nadia Stafford series.

Nadia Stafford returns in “Made to be Broken, and she is still hit woman in her spare time. Nadia works hard to hide her secret life. She is known as ‘Dee’ to the crime family that pays her to eliminate traitors. Nadia is working at her lodge, when a teenage girl and her baby, who works for her vanishes. Though the people in town think the girl ran off with her baby, Nadia suspects something is not right. She mana
Although there aren't any supernatural elements in the Nadia Stafford books, if you like Armstrong's writing style, you will probably like this series. There are less "rules" to the world to deal with so she doesn't have to spend as much time with that, and she can focus more on the characters. Also, there are fewer characters clamoring for attention so she can fully explore them. If you're looking for resolutions for any relationships in this book, you won't find them. In fact, they just get de ...more
I love Kelley Armstrong mostly for her credible characteriations, and think that her skill in keeping her characters plausible even in a supernatural setting - I don't think anyone but her could have believably pulled off a pregnant werewolf.
While not featuring any supernatural elements, a cop-turned-hitwoman is almost as high on the improbability scale as werewolves, witches and vampires, and again one has to admire Kelley Armstrong's talent in being able to depict a heroine like Nadia Stafford
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“I love that woman. The only thing I want is for her to be happy. I'll do whatever it takes to see that happen. Do you get that?” 6 likes
“F--- off. It's not like that. Her and me. I'm just saying--"
"That you hadn't left her for good. I never said you had. You just wanted to withdraw long enough to get used to the idea that you'd lost your chance. Lick your wounds, suck it in, and bounce back to being her friend and mentor, and be happy with just that."
"I am happy with just that. It's all I want."
"Is it? Or is that what you're telling yourself because you think you never had a shot in the first place? You'd better wake up fast, Jack, or she's going to settle for Quinn, and let me tell you, it's settling, because it's not Quinn she--”
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