AN UPDATED VERSION WAS RELEASED ON OCTOBER 4, 2016.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
**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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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? ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
As a writer, Christa expresse ...more