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Broken by Lies

(Bound and Broken #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,991 ratings  ·  337 reviews
I had no idea how much I would love Alex the day he walked into my life.
He changed everything.
The way I breathed.
The way I thought.
The way I loved.
He brought me back to life.
He gave me strength and a safe place to land.

And then he broke me.

Finding Emilia was a chance to do something good for once in my life.
I wanted to change.
She believed I was her savior.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Rebecca Shea Author LLC (first published February 11th 2015)
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Jennifer Kyle
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Lying Stars


This is my first time reading this author and I must say that I did enjoy her writing style. I also liked that there is a few povs incorporated giving us the full scope into this suspenseful read.

After losing her mother, Emilia heads out to Phoenix, Arizona to find her father. She’s all alone with practically no money to her name and hoping the man she has never meet will offer some sort of assistance.

Emilia meets a hot and handsome stranger who offers her a place to stay till
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it


After she loses her mother in a tragic way, Emilia leaves Illinois for Arizona to search for her father she has never known. The reunion doesn’t goes as she planned. Her father doesn’t want to do anything with her. She’s lost, broken without any family or friends. She meets Alex, a handsome man who wants to help her. He offers her a place to live in his condo until she figures out what her next step is. Alex doesn’t have bad intentions. He really wants to help her. Something tells him s
~ Becs ~

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Wow! This was quite the roller coaster! And what an ending! When I finished the book, I stared mournfully at the page, my hands seemingly surgically attached to the sides of my Kindle, heart pounding lost in a sea of bewilderment. How can it just end like that? I knew it wasn’t going to conclude – I was counting down the remaining percentage on my Kindle with an increasing sense of doom – we were going to be left hanging, twitching for the next instalment like a addict awaiting a fix. Rebecca Sh
I listened to this audiobook over the course of a few days during my commute. While it was straightforward and easy to follow, it lacked the intensity and darkness that I would expect from a book in this sub-genre. For a Mafia story, the Hero was more teddy bear than lion. Alex was supposed to be this bad kingpin, but he seemed emotional and overly "soft". I didn't find his character to be very convincing in that regard.

As for Emilia, she had to be incredibly naive. However, given her backstory
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
4 Stars

Well this is a very plot driven story, suspenseful slow burn, yet uputtadownable as I just wanted to know what was happening next the more I read.

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So what's it about?
Emilia has been brought up in a trailer van in a poor area, not much of a rich lifestyle but she was rich in love by her mum. Who gave up everything to take care of her. Yet one day her mum got shot and so she's alone with no friends, not much money and know where to live. So she gets on a bus and travels in the heat to
Feb 18, 2015 added it
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No rating.

Is it the book? My mood? The timing?

*sighs* I don't know. But I know that I tried twice to read this book and couldn't get past 25%.

I don't like the heroine or hero. The timing. The instant everything. I'm not buying it. I can't say third times the charm cause I'm officially done. My reading time is too valuable and precious to a full time mom, wife and working woman. Moving on.....
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Broken by Lies (Bound and Broken #1) by Rebecca Shea
4 stars!!

“…but I’m drawn to the danger – attracted to the stranger.”

Wow!! That was some journey, I think I have whip lash, my brain has been bounced around a bit and I cannot think straight, but what an ending! One that I never saw coming! The last 25% of this book is fast paced and action packed and leaves you catching your breath, a lot happens, there is a lot to digest and it has taken me a while to comprehend what I have read a
Wow! Ok, so romantic suspense isn't my favorite. Suspense of any kind really. But I was totally enthralled with this story from the beginning! The pace was perfect for me. Enough angst with enough information to not make me go crazy with questions. I so enjoyed these characters. Emilia is such a strong girl who has endured more than her share of heartache. And Alex, my word, he is absolutely tortured on so many levels but he is so good despite it all. I love him and the way he takes care of Emil ...more
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Review: Surj Harvey 3.5 Stars

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What do you get when you throw together a small town country girl brought up on the brink of poverty with a very sexy as sin, wealthy business man? Well, you would hope it would be a rags to riches, match made in heaven, they fit so perfectly together kinda fairy tale. Yeah well, that only happens in romance novels... lol. Kidding as
Jessica Viteri
I'll be right back.
I'm going to go take a breather.


“You were the brightest star in my darkest moment. Every wish, every dream, every hope I had that vanished was replaced with something better—you.”

What. A. Book.

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I could NOT put this book down. I stayed up til almost 3am wanting to find out what happened next.

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Emilia and Alex were all sorts of CALIENTE! It was one of those things where sparks and hot, sexual attraction flew from the very start. It wa
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars.... ARC Received in exchange for an honest review

Oh the lies! See the thing with lies is that the truth is always right around the corner ready to come out. Broken By Lies is a pretty good story that included some added suspense which helped keep the story moving. This is my first read from this author and will likely not be my last.

We meet Emilia who is down on her luck. She has been left alone after the passing of her mother. Emilia travels to Phoenix in hopes of connecting wit
It was not a bad listen. The narrators did a good job. All the "connections" were an interesting twist.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ana 4 stars After losing her mother, Emilia goes searching for her father and, although that turns out differently than she expected, her life will never be the same again. By chance, she meets Alex and this is when the roller coaster ride begins. This is a very quick moving story. Everything about the storyline, the twists and turns, and even the romance moves at lightening speed. That is, until it hits the end and a very big cliffhanger. As always, Rebecca Shea’s writing is wonderful. Smooth a ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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4-4.5 stars

After losing her mother, Emilia strikes off on her own in search of the father she has never known. It takes her from Illinois to Arizona, but does not go as she hoped. Fortunately for her she meets Alex Estrada and he takes pity on her and tries to help the lost girl alone in a new city. He lives in luxury, is mysterious, but is kind and helpful to her. But she has no idea what he does for a living or that danger surrounds him.

Everything about her is pure--good, and for every moment
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What an intriguing storyline and a huge cliffhanger that is now hanging in the air making me desperately want book 2!
Sandra Cortez
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 I'm intrigued to see where this one is going. It had a decent plot but I would have liked more details. I needed more of the lifestyle. It was sort of grazed over.
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Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 amazing and gut wrenching stars
I sit here in awe of Rebecca Shea 's talent; she has woven a complex ,thrilling and beautiful story .I am in agony because like many other reviewers I have to wait patiently for the next novel in the Series to find out if I will sigh in happiness or scream in agony.....God give me the strength '''

In this novel we meet Emilia who has just lost her mother due to tragic circumstances ,having no other relatives she decides to go to Phoenix to locate her father who
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspense, Suspense, Suspense!

Sweet-gosh-dam-OMG! A suspense story with a cliff-hanger never pens to my desire need to read ASAP but gosh oh-mighty I trademarked Rebecca Shea as one to one-click ALWAYS, so when her upcoming release Broken by Lies came out a month early, I had a break in my schedule to pick it up and read fully knowing I might regret it. Do I regret it? Yes and No. Blatantly speaking there is a cliffhanger, so if your not a fan of them don’t pick it up. I’m unlike most can usually
Margie   'CSR' Fite
this is one of the best books i have read this year.. it should be on TBR list!!! LOVED.. LOVED....
AMELIA is raised in a trailer by her single mother in poverty.. abandoned by her father she never knew.. and her mother loved her yet suffered from depression and one day.... Emelia came home and her mother was dead.
She leaves for phoenix to find her father with very l ittle money only for him to slam the door on her and tell her never to return.... Emelia is lost and devastated !! she is back at
Nov 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
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The Junkie's Fix is Reading (it's CecilEmely)
5555+++ STARS!

REALLY??? I MEAN, REALLLLLYYYYY???? COME ON?? that's just tooooo mean! The meanest!

Aside from my inconsolable emotions right now, I'm having so mannnnnyyy theories in my head!!! I hope Ms. Shea is working fast for book2!


Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Hot, Sexy, Suspenseful Stars!!!!

Wow, what a book. I adored Emilia, Alex and oh my, yep, LOVED Sam, hehehehe:) This story was full of twists and turns and for the sake of not giving anything away, I will keep this short. Action packed, suspense-filled roller coaster ride for sure and the characters, loved them!!!!!

On to the next book out today!
Bookworm ♥
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jan 10, 2015 added it
I love Rebecca Shea's books, but unfortunately this one didn't work for me. The instant attraction and some of the actions of the heroine just didn't hit the mark. I will continue to read her books in the future.
Heather C
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. There's something about both Alex and Emilia that just make you want to root for them, no matter what. The last part of the book moved so fast that I kept swiping my kindle begging the page to turn and give me more. Seriously, I need the next book. Like, now!
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a great story! It pulls you in from the very beginning and makes you want more. Major cliff hanger! Can't wait for book 2!
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Shyte!

Speechless is not often used to describe me...but I have no other words!!

Must buy this book, must read this book, you MUST!! So good... So. Darn. Good!!!
Maree Repa
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story. I love it! It just wouldn't stop. So well written too!!
Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe



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Books in the series (should be read in order):
Broken by Lies (Bound and Broken, #1)
Bound by Lies (Bound and Broken, #2)
Betrayed by Lies (Bound and Broken, #3)

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I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and currently reside in Phoenix, AZ with my family.

Aside from reading and writing, I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking, watching my boys play football, my daughter dance, and baking (not cooking...those are two very different things!)

I am obsessed with margarita's, coffee, and diet coke and can't live without my iPad.

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