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Made To Be Broken (Nadia Stafford #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  4,145 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
To the outside world Nadia Stafford is a smart, good-looking, law-abiding citizen. Well, two out of three’s not bad…

An ex-cop with a legal code all her own, Nadia has a secret life as a world-class assassin. She works only for one New York crime family, who pay her handsomely to bump off traitors. But when a troubled teenager and her baby vanish in the woods near her home
Paperback, 398 pages
Published September 4th 2009 by Sphere (first published February 24th 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 27, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
"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
Jul 22, 2009 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
this was a great second book to the series, i totally want more, but have heard its a while until a 3rd book.
Carolyn Crane
Sep 03, 2012 Carolyn Crane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery
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
Nancy O'Toole
Aug 13, 2010 Nancy O'Toole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Mar 25, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
I read this fairly straight through last night, so I was pretty into it! Kind of impatient with the ship, but that might be a flaw in the reader, not the book!

Very thankful that I'm reading them when they're all already out.

Re-read June 2016

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Jun 26, 2010 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2010 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathy Davie
Mar 30, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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
Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
A truely fascinating story that was over too soon. when I finished I found myself wishing there was a third book! I love the characters and the storyline was top notch! A female hit-woman for hire, shes an ex-cop who now takes out the bad guys on her own.
Nov 20, 2011 Liv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 07, 2013 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Damn him. One of these days, I was going to be the first hitman killed by verbal shorthand."

This one I'm bumping up to 5 now, on my second reading. This builds on the great foundation laid by Exit Strategy and just kicks into high gear from the very beginning. What I like is that this feels even more like a police investigation than the last book, really letting Nadia's background as an officer shine through, even while they take the hitman's approach to moving through the suspect pool. And the
Linda Hall
Jan 17, 2012 Linda Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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.
Mar 18, 2014 Lola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-that-i-own
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
Dec 27, 2013 Louisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
Oh, loved this book, so sweet, and yeah, I just have to read Wild Justice now!!!

*First read March 8th 2011*
Great to see the characters again, and great plot, can't wait to read more!
Sep 10, 2012 Felicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
I rather like the Nadia Stafford series.
It's not often that you can find a somewhat realistic story about assassins.
The universe is rather rich with well-rounded characters and various shades of "assassins"

The characters
A) The cape and dagger one : That would be Evelyn, a master in manipulation.
One thing is certain with her, you always get the short end of the stick.
It was entertaining to see how Nadia reacted to her emotional manipulation.

B) The cold-hearted one
That would be Jack. He once sai
Jan 11, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade
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
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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
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.
The Nadia Stafford series is (so far, though only one book remains to be read) my least favourite Armstrong series. There's nothing particularly bad about it but it's just not a series, nor has there been a story, that has really grabbed me. The characters are also.. hard to like, I guess. Not because they are hitmen or have loose morals, but because none of them really shine in any way. MADE TO BE BROKEN gave us shippers a hint of something that I didn't think we'd get after book one and I'm lo ...more
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I really like this series. Kelley Armstrong has created such a fascinating character in Nadia Stafford. A woman who believes that justice has failed her and how she becomes upon herself to free the world from the evil and wicked. Despite that she also does it for a financial reason doesn’t detract one from liking her. We see the soul-searching she does about justifying her kills and wher
Mar 21, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At least three stars for the story on the search for a missing teenage Mom. Not four stars for the love triangle. Can't these people just talk to each other?

Nadia hires a down on her luck teenager to work at the ranch. She's far from a model employee and spends most of her time taking care of her infant daughter instead. When the girl goes missing, Nadia investigates. What follows is a not so pretty story of man's inhumanity to man. And, a lot of emotional introspection and game playing amongst
May 22, 2016 Debrac2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read! I like Nadia and Jack together!
La Mala ✌
I really like Jack. I might be biased, though. I have a weakness for fictional older men.


(Kelley Armstrong writes the best male characters!)

Anyway... *sigh*, about the book...

Great plot! Definitely much better than the first one.


4.5 stars. I just really love this series. I loved Jack being dumb and awkward around Nadia in the beginning because of her and Quinn. And Evelyn badgering him about Nadia and Quinn!!! (view spoiler) And I love how obvious it is that Jack wan ...more
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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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