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Broken Dignity

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As a former adult film star, how do you rebuild a normal life when the world refuses to forget who you were? For Cristal Caprice, it seems impossible. It took nearly a decade for Cristal to escape the control of a sadistic tyrant named Mason, who refused to let her leave the sex industry alive. Three years later, Cristal re-emerges with a new identity in a new home, the sm ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by iUniverse (first published October 1st 2011)
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Nichole
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Before my review, I just want to note that I got this book as a first-reads give away :) Which doesn't affect my review at all, just want to be up front :)
WOW! Just....wow. I was NOT expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. From the get-go, knowing that the main character was going to be a reformed porn-star gone religious, I was skeptical. That is NOT what this book is all about. It is more about a woman's journey, and her inner struggle & turmoil. My favorite thing about this book? T
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Sarah
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel gets the highest compliment that I can pay to a work of fiction. When I finished this book, I actually missed the characters. The author has done a wonderful job creating characters that get into your psyche. While you don't always agree with the choices they make, you can't help turning the pages to find out what they'll do next.

I, myself, am a sucker for a good back story, and this author delivers just that. I got to know the characters and to understand many of their motivations. I
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Jennifer
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I won this book on FirstReads and started reading it almost as soon as I got it. From the very beginning I cared about all of the major characters and was invested in what happened to them. The conflict was set up very nicely and flowed right into the conflict. I didn't like the epilogue because I felt it was not necessary to the story and that the writing style varied too much from the rest of the novel. Overall, I thought this was an excellent book and loved that the chapters had titles!
Ashley
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
The author did a great job at making the characters come to life in this story. Everytime I read about Mason I would feel the other characters fear of him. The author also did a great job shining light into the adult industry. I really enjoyed this story and look foward to reading your next book Mr. Lando.
Michelle Khzouz
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thank you Goodreads for the advanced copy! I admit, I was a little shocked after reading the first chapter. However, it wasn't long before Bianca's story held me captive. This book is magnificent in identifying the inner struggle believers have. Loved this book, you will too!
Tia
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lando's work is an enticing, well-articulated development of characters and plot. I was captivated from the beginning, and I was highly upset when I was spit back out at the end. Awesome first book! I can't wait until the next! I support you, Michael!
Kiesha
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Meet Bianca Nubreze who was formerly known as Cristal Caprice an ex-porn star. Bianca moves to Thornwood to escape the porn industry, and her ex-boss Mason. While Bianca is in Thornwood she runs into her ex-lover. Who is a U.S Congressman. When their past relationship is revealed, Bianca finds herself in the middle of a political scandal. This scandal also reveals Bianca’s whereabouts. Which, leads Mason, to where Bianca is, so he can collect what belongs to him. With all that’s going on Bianca ...more
Jie Hao
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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At first I was only interest in Bianca. I felt for her. I dislike Adrian's mother and him for being so cruel to her. It's sad when people don't accept you for you. It's more sad when you feel like you are alone in this world. The feeling of despair and wish of an end are feelings I understand the most. After learning Adrian married but lost his wife, I forgive him for Bianca's pains a bit. The ending is really satisfying. Although like everything else, Bianca's memories can not be erased. The ex ...more
Vanessa
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book and (most of) the characters. Other reviewers have commented that the book was slow and they are very right, it was a big reason why I only rated 4 stars, the other main reason is that I found a lot of the dialogue very repetitive. Different characters were very similar in their conversations that I had to stop and think about whose passage I was in.
The ending was incredibly intense for such a long buildup, if I hadn't been lying in bed when I was finishing up the book I w
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Crystal
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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A slow read with many dark in-depth chapters of sex and violence and a heavy Christian redemption overtone that just didn’t measure up to what this book could have been.

This book had everything to be a great book (human trafficking, sex industry, politics) yet it somehow fell short. The story line, aside from being rather predictable, was good and the book takes a more in-depth look at the industry than most take, but I just could not buy into this story. The author tried really hard to make the
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Melanie
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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If you are prudish, in any way, DON'T READ THIS BOOK! This story is not for the prim hearted. I thought it was HYSTERICALLY FUNNY! I laughed out loud many times while reading it. What a group of characters & what a story line! I would love to know if it's based on actual events & people or if the author's imagination is that twisted. Even though it was a little amateurish in parts, the author shows talent & the story was highly entertaining. I will definitely be reading this author's ...more
Chella
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
The story line was a good one. I just hated the switching of the many characters. It was hard to focus because every few pages I was reading about someone else. That made it extremely boring to me. There were some really good parts but it took forever to get to them. D'Shauna is a pretty girl that comes from nothing who falls in love with a boy who has it all. After becoming pregnant and her belief that he has turned his back on her, she becomes porns number 1 actress and life is never the same. ...more
Amy
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Won through Goodreads but unfortunately I couldn't finish it. I just didn't care if Bianca/Cristal ever found self-esteem and respect for herself. If the book had focused on Adrian, I would have been able to finish it. He was an interesting and well developed character. I found myself skimming a lot until the chapters involving him. The book was detailed and the author obviously has a lot of talent-I just couldn't deal with Bianca.
K Rae
Nov 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
As one reviewer said, if you are a prude, don't read it. I'm a prude and shouldn't have read it.
Yy
Nov 07, 2011 marked it as to-read
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thanks.
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Michael J. Lando is an African-American writer, born in Greenville, Mississippi and currently resides in the Chicago area with his wife and daughter.

Michael attended Columbia College Chicago and Arizona State University, where he studied Screenwriting and Fiction Writing.

Michael currently works for a Fortune 500 company and is working on his next novel.
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