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Arsen: A Broken Love Story

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  16,453 ratings  ·  2,937 reviews
One glance was all it took…

I'm a cheater.
I'm a liar.
My whole life is a mess.

I love a man.
No, I love two men…
I think.

One makes love to me. The other sets me on fire.
One is my rock. The other is my kryptonite.

I'm broken, lost, and disgusted with myself.

But I can't stop. This is my story.
My broken love story.
Kindle Edition, 486 pages
Published December 2nd 2013 by Mia Asher, LLC (first published August 23rd 2013)
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Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-audio
More than 5 Incredible & Intense stars!!!


Arsen is full of angst, love, sex, passion, devastation, heartbreak. I am a little speechless right now. Trying to convey my feelings for this book is proving to be difficult. This was an amazing read. It was just brilliant. Cathy’s story is controversial. It is hard to read at times.. This one really threw me for a loop. It left me with a major case of the feels.

Let me introduce you to Cathy. This is her story...

I'm a cheater.
I'm a liar.
My whole life
Aestas Book Blog

For the first time in my blogging life, I have no idea how to rate a book so I am NOT marking a star rating. My feelings are just too all over the place. Let me try and explain why…

I'm not going to lie, when I first heard about it, I was 99.99% sure that I would hate this book. It basically seemed like the polar opposite of what I might love and truthfully, in a way, it was. It had all of my "no-no's" in it, the biggest one being cheating, which is almost always a deal breaker for me. But... i
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust


Yes, you read that correctly. You see, while everyone was doing the happy dance the day Arsen was published, I was quietly channeling my inner MC Hammer.

God why didn't I listen to my gut? I honestly had no intention of EVER reading Arsen: A Broken Love Story as the story has the top 3 "harmful to my health" items:
*Angst, angst and more angst.
*Annoying heroine
*Love triangle
So why did I read it you ask? Good question. No, I haven't been sipping the
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

Wow Amazing!!!!Mia managed to blew my mind!!!This book is so real!!She really makes me understand and accept Cathy's behaviour!!

This is Cathy's story..


She is married to Ben who met him in college and fell in love..From the flashbacks we can see how they met and how they fell in love..But now in the present one bad moment breakes Cathy..and now she feels empty..and lost..


She doesn't feel like when she met Ben..sometimes she feels like they are two friendly strangers who live in the same house..
Alexis *Reality Bites*
SPOILERS AHEAD -mature content reader discretion is advised.
5 STARS out of 5
Genre: Adult Romance Erotica

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(9-5-13) Review Completed


Well you see what this book did to me in the top half of this review… Now here are my thoughts.

‘I can feel myself withdrawing from him. From his love. From my marriage. And there’s nothing I can do to stop it. Nothing.’ -Cathy
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it

Maybe 3.5 stars.

This one is difficult to review. First half of the book I was just thinking “C’mon, something happen!” Life isn’t perfect. It might seem perfect to people looking in – Cathy has a great job, perfect husband, gorgeous house, good friends…. BUT .. yes we know what her “buts” are and it is heartbreaking. Marriage is hard work – been doing it myself for 21 years. Luckily, I never went through what THEY went through. But it should be a

I am married to a “nice” man – should I do someth
Oh, What A Web We Weave...

I procrastinated a lot while I was reading this book, trying to postpone the inevitable tear-fest that I knew was coming. I may have delayed it by a day or two, but eventually, I had to just give in, find out what happened, and grab the Kleenex. Then, I cried...A LOT.

Cathy is unhappily married to a wonderful husband, who worships the ground she walks on. She loves her husband, Ben, immensely, but the devastation of multiple miscarriages has left her a changed woman. The
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Love can destroy you.
Love can erase you.
Love can heal you.
Love can reinvent you,
And, if you are lucky enough,
Love can make you whole again..."

The End. I'm finished. I'm ruined. I'm crying.crying.crying so bad. I'm a fucking mess right now. God, that woman knows how to crush my heart. :( I'm broken and I'm so sorry for Cathy, for Ben and even for Arsen too... Before I start to read this book, I didn't think it is going to wreck me just like this but God, I'm out of words in here...

This was one
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts
** Second time reading **
Buddy read with Liz. I knew what was coming... and still I sobbed at the key moment.... the place that hurt my heart the most when I first read. The angst in this story is as sublime as the first day I read it. LOVED. MY. RE-READ. <3


#6Stars for this incredible, powerful, gut wrenching story....

“If only I had known that it takes more than love to make a marriage work, then maybe our story would be different.”

I really don't know where to start with my
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This Review was posted at Angie's Dreamy Reads!

"A gut wrenching, heart breaking, painful story of love, betrayal and forgiveness. Pulse pounding, anger inducing and emotionally draining. Simply magnificent. One of my favorite reads this year." - Angie's Dreamy Reads

“Love can destroy you.
Love can erase you.
Love can heal you.
Love can reinvent you,
And, if you are lucky enough,
Love can make you whole again." - Arsen by Mia Asher

This book is a DOOZY to review. Damn….I don’t even know
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
If I'm being completely honest, I didn't love this book. I'm not even sure I liked it. But to explain myself, I have to include major spoilers, so read on at your own discretion...

Before everyone starts throwing things, let me be clear. I love love love a good love triangle. I love a bad boy. I love cursing and bad language and dirty sex. I love an angst-ridden emotional roller coaster. I love darkness and pain. I love my heart to break. So before you think I read a book outside of my genre of
Pearl Angeli
I've fallen in love with another man. But can you love two men at the same time? Because I think I do.

I AM A COMPLETE MESS RIGHT NOW. My emotions have never been so conflicted. What did this book do to me?


This is the kind of book that I should not have loved, yet I ended up thoroughly appreciating it just because... the ending!

I have to give the author Mia Asher a lot of credit for giving me all kinds of emotions all throughout the book. This book is clearly WRONG when it comes to it
Alessandra Torre
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book took me through a rollercoaster of emotions. I didn't enjoy it the entire time, but I felt the entire time, and for that reason, I give it 5 stars. I would def recommend it - especially for readers that like cheating, love triangles, and angst.

Note: I didn't develop an attachment for Arsen, and never really cared for the female lead, but despite those major stumbling blocks, I still really enjoyed the book.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
To be fair I am rating this book as I do all of my DNF books.

DNF at 46%. Let it be known that I DNF'd this book PRIOR to any cheating taking place. I knew going in to the book that it had cheating--which I hate--and decided to give it a shot based on all of the high ratings. However, the cheating was not my biggest issue.

Unfortunately the heroine Cathy was my biggest issue. She was one of the worst book heroines to date. I didn't like the Cathy in the past or present chapters. She was annoying,
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*


Reviewing this book isn’t easy. Talking about Cathy, Ben & Arsen without spoiling this roller coaster isn’t easy so I’ll just let you know the premise of the book and then I’ll bore you with my thoughts.
The premise is easy. Ben & Cathy fell in love more than ten years ago. Their first encounter put a silly grin on my face every time I think about it.

He is the everything to my nothing

After all those years together their relationship is not the same.

Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Thank God that's over! I finished it!
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***Review edited after long deliberation and my inability to get this story out of my head. Any book that knocks my world off its axis deserves a five-star rating versus my initial no-rating. Nothing has changed but my revelation that this author deserves my five stars......

Now for my review.....

Sweet Jesus, gimme some Prozac, wine, anything to calm my nerves! I struggled so much with this book. Why? Because I hated "their" story yet I still think it's an
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, arc-s, 2013

**ARC provided by an author in exchange for honest review**

‘How can something so wrong feel this right? Like it was meant to be?’

Do you know the temptation of forbidden fruit? The taste of it? It’s hypnotizing, thrilling, captivating, you start to feel like deer in the lights, the need is so deep it runs through your veins, limbs, heart, you can’t breathe, and then suddenly it is just you and vivid imagination, what if.

Why I’m asking this? Because of two things. Firstly, well,
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 “You Are Mine” Stars!
*Recommended by Berry Nice*

-Sometimes not being in control, not being able to think, just losing yourself in the moment, is the greatest feeling in the world.

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Cathy meets Ben Stanwood when she’s 18 at college. He’s her soulmate & the love of her life. They have been together 11 yrs., and married for 6 when they hit a rough patch they can’t seem to recover from. Lately Cathy feels broken inside, and like she can’t breathe. There’s an emotional disconnect that continues t
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing

What a ride!
A rollercoaster of emotions

** ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review **

Arsen, Arsen, Arsen...
After the first few pages it got me hooked, line and sinker and all.
That was when I knew I was in for the ride. Where do I get from here? Well, first of all this is one of these amazingly broken stories as I use to call them, that you just don't go from to the next one right away but it occupies your thoughts for a while. But what's gotten to me at first was the sense
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cry-baby-books
4 1/2 Stars


First thing first, YES this book contains cheating. Now that that’s out of the way, Mia Asher can write! Will all readers relate to the main character, Cathy? No, not all will. I however related to Cathy and was sucked into this LOVE TRIANGLE.

The story contains, Cathy’s pov, Ben’s pov, past chapters which bring readers back to the beginning of Cathy and Ben’s relationship and Arsen’s pov . I found that the first 50% of the story was on the SLOW side but the last half of the book mo
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
5+++ Stars!

Wow, just wow. It's almost 2am and I've just finished this story. I'm feeling so emotional from this book! I literally feel a physical pain in my chest. It's such a heavy, gut wrenching, gripping story. I didn't know if my heart could see this one through to the end, but I couldn't stop reading this if my life depended on it. This is my first Mia Asher and I don't know why it took me so long to read this. I feel like I need to sort my head out a bit after reading this. So many feels..
Mia Asher
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

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I might be a bit biased since I wrote it... LOL <3

Arsen is a story about a broken woman who makes mistakes in her life. She doesn't listen to the voice of reason when she *
Aug 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dark, love-triangle
Not sure how to rate this book because I actually read Arsen back to back with 53 Letters for my Lover and had I not read the latter, I most certainly would have given this book a higher rating.

Notwithstanding, it was superbly written, and I dare say you will either love or hate it but I guarantee you won't be indifferent.
p.s. I don't think there are spoilers but just in case...

This is a wonderful story. You will feel so many emotions and you should be able to understand... Cathy and Ben have a perfect marriage. Both have amazing careers, a beautiful home, they're healthy and in love and have great family and friends. Unfortunately, they cannot have a baby. Cathy gets pregnant but loses the baby each time. It becomes devastating to their marriage...

"I love him.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful story.I know many don't like this for the cheating that takes place, and many feel hatred for Cathy. I was definitely angry with her actions, but I also felt bad for her.Yep, I said it. There will be no pictures, no gifs in this review. It's just me. Spoiler free, so I hope you read this whole thing.

Cathy- Did she cheat? Yes. Did she do some despicable things? Absolutely. But this book was more than her cheating. If you take a good hard look, its a situation that many women face
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
5 taboo gut wrenching stars
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MARRIAGE vows are sacred, but TEMPTATION is a powerful thing..

One glance was all it took…

I'm a cheater.
I'm a liar.
My whole life is a mess.

I love a man.
No, I love two men…
I think.

One makes love to me. The other sets me on fire.
One is my rock. The other is my kryptonite.

I'm broken, lost, and disgusted with myself.

But I can't stop. This is my story.
My broken love story.

This is not your everyday love story, this is one mother fucker of an emotional read, like
Lise *friends don't flag*
***5 stars with Dimples***

Josh Holloway has nothing to do with this book, I just like his dimples

Okay... so what did I think about this book-
I loved/hated/steamed/stewed/wept/tingled with excitement and was shocked by this story. I am still feeling this one, so I know it will be one I remember and talk about for some time.

While reading this book, which was an addictive type read (up all night) I just knew the train wreck was on the way. But I could not look away, I had to know, I had to feel w
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
My Thoughts:

♡ I liked the book, I didn't like the book, I couldn't put down the book and I'm conflicted about the book but....

Frick!! it was intense!


♡ I liked Cathy, I didn't like Cathy, I had compassion for Cathy and then I respected Cathy.

♡ I LOVED Ben, then I was disappointed with Ben and then I almost couldn't stand him but then I fell in love with him all over again!

♡ I couldn't stand Arsen, I really couldn't stand Arsen and basically I just really didn't like Arsen but he did redeem h
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to rate this. I'm torn between I loved it and I hated it.

What I loved? This makes you THINK. Makes you try to justify what's going on, makes you want to put yourself in Cathy's and Ben's and Arsen's shoes. Try to understand why Cathy does what she does.

What I hated? Well, Cathy. Yes, I hated her. She annoyed me, and she made me want to strangle her at times. Her actions were childish, her mind and thoughts were immature and she had some serious depression/compulsion issues. I t
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
"Falling in love with the wrong person is easy. Falling in love with the right person is easier. But falling in love with your soul mate is easiest."


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I'm going to be frank here, 'this story is a broken love story, an affair and has cheating in it' But please don't let that put you off this is sooo much more, it is gritty, it is powerful, it is emotional, but I will never EVER forget the effect th
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