Made to Be Broken (Nadia Stafford, #2)
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Made to Be Broken (Nadia Stafford #2)

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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...more
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Bantam
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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
Meike
The second Nadia-Stafford-book, and I loved it as much as I loved the first one. It has equally great storytelling, equally great worldbuilding, very nice protagonists and...

Okay, it's as good as the first one, now let's cut that stuff and talk about the love triangle.
Nadia and Quinn. Quite nice, the two! An intelligent, caring, good-looking, interested guy, well educated, well mannered - and they are so alike!! Same character treats, same thinking, same hobbies, same anything - if you wouldn'...more
Felicia
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...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...more
Lisa
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...more
Lola
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...more
Jennifer
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...more
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...more
Molly
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
Liv
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...more
Alicia
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...more
Gina
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.
Kris
1.5 STARS

"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...more
Heidi
this was a great second book to the series, i totally want more, but have heard its a while until a 3rd book.
Vontel
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
Stella
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...more
melissa
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
Cheryl
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...more
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...more
Robin
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
Larou
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...more
Lizzie Hayes
‘Made to Be Broken’ by Kelly Armstrong
Published by Sphere, March 2009. ISBN: 978-0-7515-3813-7

I found this an unusual book. Maybe because I am so used to the black and white of good and evil – the good don’t kill and the evil do. However, that turns on its head with this book as the protagonist Nadia Stafford who, as she puts it, moonlights ‘as a hitman to keep my business – a wilderness lodge – open’ .

When Sammi Ernst, a single mother who works at Nadia’s lodge as a waitress, disappears, no one...more
Chelsea (Books for Thought)
It’s probably completely unfair of me to review anything by Kelley Armstrong. Everything she writes get 5+ stars. I just can’t help it! She’s just such a good writer! This book is no exception.

I liked that the mystery or case in this book wasn’t random like a lot of crime books. Something happens that hits close to home and Nadia takes it upon herself to do something about it. I thought the case was kind of different too. Someone selling babies on the black market? What a cool idea. Not literall...more
Nancy O'Toole
Nadia Stafford spends most of her time working as a nature lodge owner in Canada, but twice a year she moonlights as a hitwoman, taking down gang members for the Tomassinis. She manages to keep both parts of her life nice and separate until one of her employees, a teenage mother from a bad family, goes missing. After looking at the facts, Nadia knows that Sammi has been kidnapped, but the local police, giving the girl's background, refuse to take it seriously. Nadia, with the help of her mentor...more
Sarah
This is my second time reading this series and I loved it even more the second time around.

I don't think any 2 characters have ever captivated and frustrated me as much as jack and nadia! In this 2nd book, they tag-team it to find a missing employee of nadia's and have quite a bumpy ride. First off, jack has been keeping his distance ever since learning that nadia and quinn have been staying in touch...and nadia of course mistakes this for just being too busy for her. That's the start of many mi...more
(´*•.¸ღBexღ¸.•*´)
This is the sequel to Exit Strategy and it is very good. The story picks up a little bit after Exit Strategy ends so it is helpful to have read the first book, but not necessary. Nadia is a lodge owner, former cop, and a hitman (or more technically a hitwoman) for a small crime family. She has her own sense of right and wrong. When one of her employees disappears Nadia takes a personal interest and finds herself in a far more convoluted plot than she imagined. She gets help from Jack, her mentor...more
Erin
I enjoyed "Made to be Broken" much, much more than "Exit Strategy." Truthfully, although I didn't dislike the first book, I considered dropping the series and not continuing on to MTBB after finishing ES.

Something made me reconsider, though, and I forged ahead. I was not disappointed. While ES was slightly too graphic (when describing the murders from the serial killer's perspective)and a little bit of a slow-starter for me, MTBB was practically perfect! I think I devoured it in about 3 days, w...more
Sandra
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
Grete
Nadia Stafford, with her dual lives of hitwoman extraordinaire and outdoor pursuits lodge owner, gets worried when one of her employees, a young girl with a baby goes missing. Neither the local police nor the girls own mother seem to care. Jack comes to stay at the lodge after breaking an ankle following a job and he wants to help. Quinn comes on board confusing Nadia further where he is concerned and then Evelyn invites herself into the mix, hinting at a vigilante organisation she thinks Nadia...more
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