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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,097 ratings  ·  262 reviews


According to Webster’s Dictionary the definition of the word Broken is violently separated into parts. SHATTERED.

Yup, that pretty much sums me up. How do I handle things? I find my answers at the bottom of a bottle
Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 25th 2013 by Christa Cervone
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Smitten's Book Blog
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

Aaw, what an adorable story. I feel odd saying that this was angst-less, because it deals with alcohol abuse, sex addictions, abortion, debilitating injury and other dark issues... but for some reason, it didn't rip my heart out.

It was a speedy, super easy, loveable read!

Leila says she isn't a slut. She absolutely, 100% is. She has her reasons, granted, but she is still a slut. After having her heart broken by the love of her life, she spirals into a pit of sex and alcohol abuse to sooth her wo
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So I had the great honor of reading this book. Let me start by saying it exceeded my expectations ten fold. Leila is a character unlike any I've read. She is classy/raunchy. I love her. Garrett is one of the most sweetest fictional characters ever. The way he came back into Leila's life and what he did to help her heal and heal himself was incredible. These two clearly loved and love each other with their hearts, souls and bodies. A perfect power couple. The sex scenes were spicy, sexy, tasteful ...more
Lizzeth "Too many books so little time"
1.5 stars

I know a lot of you are liking this book and I may be the odd man out, but I trully didnt like it.

In the beggining I like the heroine but as the story progressed I could not disagree with her, about her being a slut. Really, there are many ways to be broken, but the way she acted...... so, she was a complete wreck unless she was with her man? And she never solved any of her problems, they just magically dissapeared when they got back together. No, not my cup of tea at all.

And in the end
Aestas Book Blog
Feb 15, 2013 marked it as to-read
Oh, this looks good!

BLURB --> According to Webster’s Dictionary the definition of the word Broken is violently separated into parts. SHATTERED.

Yup, that pretty much sums me up. How do I handle things? I find my answers at the bottom of a bottle of Tequila and sleep with random men.

How did I get this way? Well, four years ago I made a decision that cost me the love of my life. I can't undo what I did to drive Garrett out of my life. I haven't seen or heard from him in four long years. But
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
4 stars for the first 40%
2 stars for the last 60%… but let me explain...

The writing was good in this book and it all started off really great. This troubled woman who never got over her past and used sex and alcohol to fill a void. I loved that she bumped into her ex, a marine amputee, at a wedding and he's with another chick. I loved that angst and build. And then...

Nothing. I think my issue was that the happily ever after happened way too fast. By 40% in they were back together and it became j
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Well...unfortunately this one just did not work for me. I was never able to feel a connection to the story or the main characters. It's like I was just reading what happened and not feeling what happened, feeling what they experienced.

I was intrigued by both the cover and the synopsis. Laila and Garrett met in high school (he was older)--but their relationship is shattered/broken by one wrong decision. Laila uses alcohol and men to cope with the loss of Garrett. Garrett uses in pain (in the form
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
WOW! I've just finished an ARC of this fabulous book by new writer Christa Cervone.

It was a privilege and an honor to be asked to read and it did not disappoint. You will fall in love with Leila and definitely add Garret to your book boyfriends. What's best is that Garret is based on a real human being ~ the very sexy Mr Alex Minsky.

Can't wait for its release so that you all get to share a wonderful read
Ena May - Swoon Worthy Books/Enticing Journey Book Promotions
Knowing that you can make 1 decision and it will completely change your life and the path in which you were on is what happens to Leila. In love with Garrett and knowing that she was going to spend the rest of her life with him, or so she thought. She made that one decision, that one choice that changed everything. After she tells Garrett what she did, knowing it can’t be undone, he slowly starts to pull back and shut down. Leila is losing him and there is nothing she can do, the damage is alrea ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it




Four years ago, Leila made a decision that cost her the love of her life.
Over the years, sex and alcohol has almost become a necessity for her to function. It temporarily fills the gaping hole left when her heart was shattered.

Her self-destructive behaviour and self hatred has hit an all time high.
Using alcohol and sex to soothe her pain.
She is lost and wants to get back to old self.

"I've had this empty feeling inside of me for so long, I don't know what it feels like to be whole. I keep search
Swoon Worthy
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

**4 Steamy Emotional Roller Coaster True Love Stars**

Knowing that you can make 1 decision and it will completely change your life and the path in which you were on is what happens to Leila. In love with Garrett and knowing that she was going to spend the rest of her life with him, or so she thought. She made that one decision, that one choice that changed everything. After she tells Garrett what she did, knowing it can’t be undone, he slowly starts to pull back and shut down. Leila is losing him
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to read Christa Cervone’s debut novel Broken. The tale of Leila and Garret was gripping from the start and was a story that had you anticipating every page turn.

Leila is a bit of a complex, hardened character that makes you wonder what has made here that way. The memories of her growing up don’t add up to who she is when we meet her, but when Garret enters the picture, the Pandora’s Box is opened. Their history comes to view and you begin to root
Keri Marshall
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading Broken..a riveting and scorching hot first outing for author Christa Cervone. One of my favorite things(besides the steamy love scenes) about this book is that the featured female character, Leila, is flawed. All too many times the romance/erotica we read features a pure, virginal female who is, in a lot of cases, a victim. That gets boring since that scenario is not a realistic view. In Broken, Leila is exactly that...broken; and somewhat by her own design. Then there's Ga ...more
Jennifer Diaz
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Do you believe that one choice and change everything forever. What Leila made a decision it would break apart her world as she knew it. Four years of drinking and one night stands, Leila finds herself in front of the one love she ever knew. Garrett spent that same four years trying to forget about Leila. They are miserable and broken being apart but together can they mend the hurt and loss that broke them apart in the first place? This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will m ...more
Erika Perez
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is an awesome read. To me, it was refreshing. I'm still processing it lol. Just know that I loved it. Garrett is yummy and understanding and amazing and Leila isnt your typical 'get away you bastard' type of girl. She's open and willing. If you havent read it...please do now....go on....
Kim Person
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was provided an ARC in exchange for my honest review of Broken. Well let tell you ladies the minute you start reading Christa doesn't hold back and your immediately swept into a steamy .......................

Ah Leila, poor broken girl, still carrying the pain of her first love Garrett with her. She turned to sex and alcohol as an outlet to deal with the pain. At first it was something I scratched my head about ~ 4 year relationship that started at the tender age of 16 ended two years prior and
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
the premise of this book was very interesting to me. it was a realistic situation where a couple dates and the girl has an abortion and it breaks the couple up. i like that there was no 25 yr old female virgin with a rockstar (with countless notches in his bedpost) who was pining after her. i also thought it was realistic how she handled it by becoming a self-medicating "whore". i know a lot of people that abuse themselves this way after something as traumatic as an abortion. however, the good p ...more
Kyleigh Jane
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
The little engine that couldnt...
Yeah, not so much. I'm not sure where all these "blew me away" reviews are coming from. This book was extremely underwhelming. I liked the characters, but they were really underdeveloped. I liked the plot, but it felt very rushed. The entire story felt like a train that kept tryyyyying to chug its way up the hill- coughing and sputtering and straining, determined to go somewhere, and damn if I wasn't rooting for it to finally gain the momentum to push it over th
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is so hot. Not a lot of outside drama, but a whole lot of hot sex. The reason behind everything happening was not what I expected. Loved Garrett and Leila. Finally a female character who knows why she flys off the handle. This book is worth reading.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book.... and it started really good... the whole story was just weird for me and I was bored...
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is there anyway to come back from the shattered remains of losing the only person you will ever love?

You have to figure that out pretty quick when you bump into them at a wedding you are working at. Leila's past floods her with emotion when she bumps into her ghost from the past, Garrett.
Garrett is just as thrown off by the encounter and keeps popping up in Leila's life.
Can Leila handle seeing him? Can she handle not seeing him?
Can they forgive each other when their past continues to haunt them?
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read this book a few years ago when it was originally released, when I agreed to review it I was unaware of the fact it was a re-release, probably my own fault though I really don’t recall seeing anywhere it was a rerelease. When I had originally read it I rated it 4-stars on Goodreads: I’m not sure if I meant 4, 4.5, or 3.5 not that it really matters. I did learn a lot about myself from rereading this, years after my first read and having no awareness of what had happened due to the passa ...more
Melissa Novicio
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
First of all, a BIG THANK YOU to Christa Cervone for giving me an opportunity to read Broken. <3
When I first heard about your book I was curious, and when I read the synopsis I knew it was something that I was interested in. Then when I learned that you tweaked the story just a little bit since finding out about Alex Minsky's story the more my curiosity grew, I DEFINITELY had to read this book!!
Its nice to see a story where the heroine is the one that's troubled, the one with issues. Usually
Scott-robert Shenkman
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was unfreakingbelieveably awesome. Wow.

First off, I loved that the necessary Stupid Mistake/Big Misunderstanding was set in the past. This way, when the characters reunite, there are no gigantic hidden obstacles to their (amazingly) happy ending. I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. The other shoe always drops. Guess what? No extra shoes.

Leila is an amazing narrator. She is, in her very own words, a drunken whore. The alcohol and meaningless sex are what she uses to fill the void
Jul 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, hot-buttons
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Genney Blass
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Yes, I am giving this 4.5 stars. Okay, I must admit, I was very pissed with Leila "The Crazy B" and because of her immature stupidity I was not going to be nice in the review. So here goes. She was ruining her life even and knowing that she was doing it. She didn't want to listen to advice, she was in her own rollercoaster. One thing I know for sure Ms. Crazy B. loved her liquor and sex for what to not remember what was going around in her life. Okay, she was depressed for three months, because ...more
Bookhooking (Tanya Childress)
Broken is a story in which I am sure several people can relate too. Leila is Broken and the way she handles this is probably not the way some would, but for her, she just doesn't know any other way. Honestly, until you are put in a certain position, you truly don't know how you will handle it.

Four years ago she lost her one true love, Garrett. Now she is a photographer by day and by night, well lets just say alcohol and men have become a necessity for her to function, that is of course, until Ga

Momma Romance
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

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*disclaimer, I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review*

Christa Cervone did a great job on her first novel and I was pleasantly surprised! I'm always a bit hesitant to read first time authors because I have a tendency to scrutinize everything to the max. That said I was excited that I didn't have many complaints at all. Besides the occasional "his love is a drug and I'm an addict" type cliches it was a great read.

Beeg Panda
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May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2013
I read this on the plane on my way home from a family vacation. I liked it enough that the plane ride went by very quickly yet I didn't love it.

A few things I had a problem with

The way Lelia handled her drinking. It seems she never fully addressed her problem with alcohol. While I appreciate that she did go into therapy I'm not sure what it accomplished for her.

I did love that she and Garrett went to see the therapist together.

While I could feel the chemistry from them as a couple I would hav
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

Well I can honestly say I have yet to read a book quite like "Broken".
Usually the men are the "Man-Whores" well this time it's a "Lady-Whore" & I don't mean she get's money but she is trying to fill an emptiness. I couldn't help but feel sorry Leila she was drowning and just couldn't seem to get her life straight. When she first see's Garrett again oh my it's heart breaking. As the book goes on I couldn't help but wait for the other boot to drop it was nerve wracking because I knew this wasn
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Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Christa is a sucker for young love and happy endings—of all varieties. Her first book, Broken, was written as a tribute to the man she met and fell in love with at the young age of sixteen. Fast forward twenty-something years, they’re still going strong and navigating through life with three children, three dogs, and a lizard.

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“I cannot change the decisions that I have made in the past, but I can learn from them and make the most of the life that I am living now.” 10 likes
“I was here with the most amazing man. He didn’t even care about my past. He wanted me exactly how I was, even if I was broken.” 8 likes
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