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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  13,355 ratings  ·  961 reviews
Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home, no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other.

When a tragic accident takes Mike away from Layton, and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked aw
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Published November 19th 2013 (first published November 1st 2013)
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I'm still working my way through my Audible shelf and 'Broken' was one of the books that I've had sitting there awhile. This was one of those books that I wanted to read, but never seemed to make it to the top of my TBR list. Finally, I decided that I'd give it a go.

The heroine, Whitley, has relocated to Texas from New York City. She's on the run from an abusive boyfriend, packing up unexpectedly and hitting the road. By her side is her best friend, Courtney.

When Whitley's car breaks down, a sex
Nov 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
You ever read to a certain scene/part in a book that's awkward & you look around like "did anyone else read that", laugh, & feel embarrassed for the characters? That was about 85% of this book.

A friend of mine recommended this book and I regret wasting a whole night on it. I found the h (I can't even remember her name) annoying as hell. There's going to be spoilers in this review & personally I don't care. How the hell do you get out of an abusive relationship and 3-4 weeks later you're already
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Talk about a serious sugar rush! I won't lie... I rolled my eyes about a hundred times at some of the sweetness going on.. but at the same time I had a huge ass dumb grin on my face and couldn't turn the pages fast enough...hence the 5 star rating.

Sweet'n sassy Whitley ( LOVE that name!).. she's been hooked up with a major douche ass since high school... followed him to NYC with dreams of happily ever's not long before the fairy tale comes to an end wh
Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No no no no no. How many times can a person wink? Also, the phrase "I'm going to come" filled up a quarter of the book. Just, no. ...more
Sheryl C. Nash
Oct 27, 2013 marked it as to-read
OKAY... so MAYBE the reason I added this book was BECAUSE Gary Taylor is on the cover ...more
2 Stars

Another one for my liked it but didn't love it shelf. Actually I only kind of liked it.

I decided to read this one as I hit the road for a bit of an adventure with the family to celebrate the New Year. It was a quick mindless read.

Layton and Whitley were sweet enough, their relationship was sweet too and they were surrounded by a lot of sweetness. But that was the problem, it was too damn sweet. Needed a little more substance to the story.

Almost closed it a few times but ended up finishi
Julia's Book Haven
I loved this book! Kelly Elliott is one of those great authors that gets better with each book. She writes with so much emotion that her characters seem even more real then others. I loved Whitley and Layton, they were a great couple and so damn cute. I liked that they were friends before they started dating even if it was obvious that they wanted more pretty much from day one lol. And my god this book was sexy!!!Probably her hottest book yet. There were scenes where I was just fanning myself an ...more
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Omg! I see Kelly's Elliott books are getting hotter!

Like really hot
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I read all Kelly's books and I would discribe them all,with few words : sweet , romantic ,lovely with a little bit drama .
All sex scenes in authors books are good. But this one! I was surprised! I didn't expected.
I thing author read Knight&Play too .


Enough about that... Lets talk about other things

Layton... Oh Layton!
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Ok, I didn't love him , but he is lovable. You can understand, that he had difficult childhood without mother
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Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, new-adult
Ugh, this book. So, I picked it up because it had good Amazon reviews. The story sounded halfway decent. But about 20% in, I started thinking, um... this book is a LOT like that terrible book that I read a while back called Wanted . I mean, seriously. A LOT like it. And the instalove. There are no words for how much I hate instalove. Some books do it better than others, and I can tolerate it, but this book? Terrible, terrible case of annoying, unrealistic instalove.

Once I hit the instalove s
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
After reading a blurb, i thought this book is going to be promising good. But then i am disappointed.

The whole story is promising. But it needs a good editor especially on wording. The wording is repeating and becomes very boring. And i also have problem connecting with Layton. He cries a lot. And again how many times a guy can feel his heart being broken? Everytime he sees a women cries, his heart broke. It makes me rolled my eyes.

However for some reason i still managed to get this book done.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was good
Nov 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because of all of the five star reviews here and on Amazon. Wow was it every cheesy...wink wink cheesy...and seriously how many times can we hear how hard his dick is?? They saved each other after days. barf. Don't waste your time. ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Promise Keeper Stars

Gig 'Em! With Two Thumps Up. Whoop! For those of you not from Texas, that's Aggie Speak For Good Job, Way To Go, Yeah Haw, and Hot Damn. I am all of those things about this book. I love KelEl. I love that she writes Texas characters who are real Texas characters not some cardboard cut out Dallas, the new version, what everyone expects. And this one...Finally has an Aggie. Kelly promised me an Aggie and she delivered. Thank God. Those Longhorns were taking over her books!

Nov 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Broken was exactly that – broken.

It’s the same storyline as most, two broken people who vow not to love again, only to fall madly in love with each other.

There was potential for this to be a good read but sadly, it just fell all over the place. Between, the insta-love and all the damn ‘winking’ going on, the story just fell flat.
Not to mention that certain characters whom the author originally made likable all of a sudden did a 180 which seemed uncharacteristic of them. This abrupt change of
Apr 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I have to put this in the DNF column. I couldn't handle all the smiling and winking at EVERYTHING. Brother died? No problem I will just smile and wink, it's okay. Boyfriend beat me almost to death? No problem I will just smile about it, while still sitting in the hospital. Plus the whole time they talked it felt like they were on crack, jumping and clapping and....*sigh* ...more
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3.75-4 Stars

“The future needs your attention right now. It has something beautiful to offer you, but first…you must let go of the past in order to receive It.” ~ Robert Tew

First off I have to say that I’m in complete cover love with this book. It’s Gary-Fucking-Taylor on the front, people! That right there is reason enough to buy this book. Imagining him as Layton throughout the whole story just put my libido in overdrive. God, the man is gorgeous…so for your viewing pleasure (and of course,
Heather in FL
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
(Edit: Leighton is Layton... I listened, but it dawned on me that maybe I was spelling it wrong! So I looked at the blurb again. Oops.)

This was mildly entertaining, but I won't be continuing the series.

Before I listened to this, I looked at a few reviews. One of them was a DNF review where the reviewer's main complaint was that (paraphrasing) Whitley and Leighton are both adamant that they'll never let anyone else in, and they don't even like each other, and then all of a sudden they're in love.
2.5 Stars

This one was disappointing, I was expecting a much better story with all the 5 star reviews both here and on Amazon.

I usually like this plot, damsel in distress, escaping from an abusive relationship and starting over. The hero had a tough life too, but had worked hard and became very successful.

Layton is the hero, and at the start of the book he is trying to get over his ex, Olivia. He's really devastated, she left him for one of his best friends and is brokenhearted. There is even
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, sadly, for me this one was a disappointment! I got this book because I had seen a number of 5star reviews but sadly i don't think it was deserving of those stars.

While i think that the storyline itself was.good, it seemed to be lacking in the depth i crave in a good book. i think there could have been a more depth to the characters than there was, a better explanation of relationships, ie.. Other than a brief mention of Whit's mother at the very beginning she is not mentioned once until th
Kelli C
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 angsty cowboy swooning stars! I will admit that I like a book with some hard lines and some edge and that I am not a big fan of love at first sight/cant live without you story lines. Well, every once in a while I find an author who writes sappy heartfelt romances and I change my mindset!

Kelly Elliot is the diva of mushy heartbreaking love stories. I read her work for what it is and I get lost in the emotional uproar. Broken introduces us to Whitley and Layton...two "country" folk at heart w
Feb 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I feel like I have whiplash from the personality change that Whitley has over the first couple chapters. I felt sorry for Whitley at the start, hated that she was being abused and was glad that she made the choice to run, to get away. So I was a bit surprised that after she was in Texas she turned into a raging bitch! This is the reason why I'm giving up this book. I hated how she treated Layton, a random guy that stopped to help her. I know they will end up, but I can't stomach putting myself t ...more
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to reading this book after all of the 5 star reviews......what a disappointment. I can't deal with insta-love. It's just beyond ridiculous in this book and extremely unbelievable. No one goes from an abusive relationship to falling madly in love with someone else a few weeks later. Not to mention how corny and over the top some of the situations were. I don't think I would consider reading any of her other books after this one.

Jennifer Reyes
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Broken by Kelly Elliott

My, oh my. I must say, Kelly Elliott has done it once again! She always seems to amaze me at just how amazing her books are. I have been in love with her writing ever since I read "Wanted" and have read every book since! I saw that this book was finally out on amazon and on e I had my copy not even my dead kindle could stop me from reading it! Lol. I got the book onto phone and dived right it. Just like all of her other books this one is full of hot steamy scenes as well a
WOW!!!!! Kelly Elliott has done it again. I absolutely LOVED this book. I was afraid it wouldn't be as good as her Wanted series (because I love all those books so much) but boy was I was just as good. This book had everything a 5 star read should have. There was angst, drama, love, swooning, and some really sexy steamy scenes ;). I felt a wide variety of emotions while reading this book and I love when a book/author can do that to me. I will say that this book sort of reminded me of ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I'll be honest, while I did enjoy this book, it wasn't my favorite from Kelly Elliott. I found it moved too fast for my taste and it was a little overkill with love. Once Layton and Whitley confess their love for each other they can't stay away from one another. They only know each other a few weeks before they jump head first into their affliction. I was surprised that Whitley was so open to a new relationship having just gotten away from an abusive one.

Layton has been through hell, his past b

Oh my this was really bad... I couldn't finish it. The emotional whiplash was too much from all the characters and believe me there were a lot of them and it was like only 16% into the book!! I should have left this one alone. I absolutely despised that Whitley chick and that Layton was a proper douche. I couldn't read past 24%. The characters felt juvenile and every other word was either a swear word or baby. It annoying really fast.

Oh my it was like high school all over again! With the
3 "CG "stars. Yes, this story has been told before but I did enjoy the characters. The the plot and writing was fair. However the editing was some less perfect and thee way the story shifted points was choppy. Overall, I really liked it. I won't discount this series. ...more
Review to be written soon...
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Enjoyed this much more than I did the Wanted series
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Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just

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