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Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both... or destroy them.

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter soci
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Published September 2nd 2014 by Flirt
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• Lisa •
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

"Not so long ago, I was a bona fide romantic. I believed in true love and happy endings. And then I grew up."


It's been around a year now, maybe less since I discovered my addiction to Lauren Layne. It was a whirl wind example of love at first read and since that first book by this author I haven't once looked back. Everything this author puts together suits my tastes perfectly and I've made it no secret that Ms Layne is ones of my most treasured favourite authors. Those
Aestas Book Blog
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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"...the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both..."

SQUEE!!!! Fun, sexy, and heart-wrenching, with a unique modern-day "Beauty & The Beast" twist to it, this was exactly the kind of book I was looking for!! A story of redemption, forgiveness, healing, and love. With its brooding, tormented, and scarred hero (LOVED him!!) and strong, sassy heroine who would NOT take any of his shit (LOVED her too!!), th
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**** 4,5 stars ****

Once again Lauren Layne delivered wonderful love story with wonderful characters. As much as I loved Isn't She Lovely, I didn't think this one would be as good, mainly because of Olivia. I didn't have much sympathy for her after what happened with Ethan in the first book and was very sceptical about her redemption. But oh man, was I wrong, because this book was beautiful.

This is a story story about rich, spoiled, fed with a silver spoon her whole life, preppy princess fro
4,5 Redeeming Stars.

In this modern twist of the “Beauty and the Beast”, Paul is an ex-marine who was badly hurt in a mission, and now lives recluse in his own mansion ashamed of how he looks and his physical complications. Olivia is a girl who made some mistakes in the past and now she’s looking for redemption. She decides that that best way to get it is to help a war veteran to recover. What she wasn’t expecting was the veteran be close to her in age, and quite good-looking despite the scars a
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4.5 Beauty and the Beast Stars

I almost want to laugh at how messed up we are.
Two completely shattered souls doing a weird approach-and-recoil dance around each other.

Remember Olivia from Isn't She Lovely? She was Ethan's ex girlfriend who broke his heart. Ring a bell? What started out with a lighthearted take on Pygmalion, now continues with an angsty and emotional take of Beauty and the Beast with Broken. This is the story of 2 damaged souls, Olivia and Paul. One is seeking penance
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Title: Broken
Series: Redemption #1
Author: Lauren Layne
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Rating: 4. 5 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

Broken is another sweet, cute and totally off the charts hot read written by Lauren Layne. Just like in Isn’t She Lovely, Lauren delivered fabulous new adult read that consumed me from the beginning. I flew through this story quickly: only pausing for a minute or two when emotions started to overwhelm me or when I couldn’t stop laughi
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
3.75 Stars - 4 Stars

”I had two best friends in the world, and I managed to treat both of them like garbage: Ethan by betraying him, Michael by walking away.”


Attention fans of Isn’t She Lovely Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5) by Lauren Layne this is Olivia’s book (Ethan’s former girlfriend) who got caught kissing his best friend. Olivia is completely down on herself since things fell apart with Ethan. She decides to drop out of NYU and do penance for her sins by taking care of a war veteran in Middle-of-Nowhere Maine.

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Wow this was really good! I loved it! The truth is these kind of books are my favorite! A guy with scars in his face is exactly what I'm looking for. From the beginning I couldn't put it down! The sexual tension between Paul and Olivia was off the charts! I loved the writing and the story was interesting! This is my first book from Lauren Lane and now I'm sure I will read her other books too!

This is Olivia's and Paul's story. Olivia has made a mistake and now she needs an escape. She wants to g
Sandy ღCoffee Addict Booksღ
“5 Disney stars”

I loveeeeeed it!!!

It was everything I needed, everything I was looking for in a book- it made me feel soooo romantic. This happens to be my second 5 star book this year (Ya, no surprise there!) and for once, I didn’t want to judge a book, just wanted to feel the love and enjoy it. Story was simple yet so full of life, there was so much depth to it and characters were so real and relatable, not all gooey or charming; the kind that makes you want to cuddle with them but the one
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

“It’s just so romantic. The beautiful angel swooping in to save the surly dickwad who’s quite possibly a murderous recluse.”

We have the beauty, Olivia....who we met in Isn't She Lovely, though I didn't remember her at all. Olivia cheated on her long time boyfriend Ethan, with their best friend Michael. As a result she drops out of school and signs on to be a caretaker for Paul, the beast.

Paul was injured at war and for the last two years has lived a life of seclus
Em Lost In Books
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010-19, 2018, 1-star
Paul is a war veteran and Olivia was on way to earn a management degree from a prestigious college but fate had different plans for them and throw them together for three months.

Paul's face has seriously damaged and now want to stay away from crowd. After multiple tries on his father's part to bring him back to normal fails and Paul was given a deadline of three months to keep the next babysitter else he would be cut off from his wealth. Paul has a secret and he couldn't manage to scare away Oli
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
(ARC Provided by Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept via Netgalley)
{BR with Melissa}

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Lauren Layne has done it again!
I am always pretty positive when I pick up one of her books, it is going to be a really good story that keeps me entertained.
She normally writes romantic comedies, but "Broken" was definitely a bit darker than her usual stories.
I didn't realize this story was linked to "Isn't She Lovely", which I ADORED!!!

Olivia Middleton, is looking to change her life.
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult
4 Redeeming Stars

I will confess- I have had this book sitting at NG for quite awhile. Why I didn't read it soon is a mystery but boy was I pleasantly surprised by how good this book was. It was a book that made me feel good all over.

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This is a wonderful beauty and the beast story. Paul is a war veteran from Afghanistan who returned home with both external and internal scars. He has been hiding from the world, only living to help the families of the men he served with who didn't come home. His
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Broken Stars

Olivia Middleton is an only child and who grew up with wealth and privilege. For years she was what everyone expected her to be the perfect student, daughter, and girlfriend to Ethan. Then one day she made a mistake. A mistake she can’t forgive herself for, so she decides to drop out of NYU the summer before her senior year and pursue a more philanthropic life. Her parents find her to a job in Maine caring for a wounded veteran, this
★★★ 3 Stars ★★★

This was my least favourite book out of the 3, I'm sorry to say it but I just didn't connect to Paul or the romance. Olivia was an OK heroine, but nothing that stood out. I still love Lauren Layne though!

Isn't She Lovely & Crushed had a completely different feel, this was much more serious and sombre and that's probably what put me off.

This is a standalone, told in dual POV

[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
3 stars

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Olivia leaves her secrets behind and starts work as a caretaker for injured veteran, Paul. One has scars. One has secrets. Will they be able to help each other?

I liked the way Olivia stood up for herself. Now Paul, I understand he has PTSD but he was such a moody ass!!! I just wanted to kick him. Strangle him. Slap him. Maybe (view spoiler)Just a thought!

There was good bickering, maybe a
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

After making some bad decisions, Olivia Middleton is trying to ease her guilty conscience. So she leaves her glamorous Upper East Side life behind and accepts a caretaker position for an injured veteran. Hoping to find redemption.


Paul Langdon is a 24 year old, broken man, with internal and external battle scars. He is surly and defiant, refusing to move forward. He just wants to continue he being a broody recluse.


From the moment Olivia and Paul meet, they realize this arrangement is
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!

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I just adore this author! Lauren Layne has become my go to author when I need a fun, sweet, steamy with a bit of angst read. This one had a little more angst than the other books I have read by LL but she gives you just the right amount of everything. The story will tug at your heart yet keep it in tack. ❤

Broken is a story about two people who are damaged. Olivia is damaged by a choice she made. But she wants her redemption. She wants to feel better about herself. Paul is damage from
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts

3.5 Stars

Broken is a story about hope; one man’s journey to survival and a girl who’s made mistakes.
“Carrying for a war veteran isn’t about
philanthropy. It’s about penance.”
Paul Langdon returns from war a shadow of the man he once was, both physically and emotionally. Everything has changed, the way he moves, the way he looks and the way he feels. His father sends him carer after carer to help rehabilitate his body, and more importantly, his mind.... But to accept help, to move on, Paul ha
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 Lauren Layne Stars

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone thinks that Olivia Middleton is the default nice girl. The girl that do can never do wrong to anyone. Everyone is wrong. Olivia did a terrible mistake that hurt three people very much, including herself. Now Olivia is determined to do penance and what better way than doing a good deed and helping an elderly war veteran reenter society? Only when she gets to Bar Harbor, Maine she doesn't find an elderly,
WOW, I completely and utterly loved it ♥

It was such a refreshing new adult read and I couldn't put it down till I was finished.


The story is about Olivia and Paul, who both are broken in different ways. After a bad decision Olivia leaves her life at Park Avenue for a small town in Maine, where she is supposed to be a caregiver for an injured war veteran. What Olivia is not expecting is that 'injured war veteran' is stunning 24-year-old man and he is not welcoming Olivia in his home kindly. Paul
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.5*** Stars

Two completely shattered souls doing a weird approach-and-recoil dance around each other.

Who just discovered a great author sitting on their kindle??


I can't believe I've let Lauren Layne sit on my kindle for so long!

I decided to start with this book since I'm a sucker for a good Beauty and Beast-esque story and let me tell you, Lauren Layne created that beautifully here.

Olivia could have easily come off as a spoiled and entitled rich bitch from New York, but she didn
Kelli C
*ARC provided per publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review*

This is my first time reading Lauren Lane, and I have to say I was very impressed! This read was a swift modern day take of Beauty and the Beast and it was executed beautifully!

This is the tale of a young rich girl where everything is given and an injured soldier where nothing is wanted. Olivia Middleton is blonde perfection. She comes from an affluent family and is on the path to greatness, but one mistake wrecks her with g
"I love his darkness and his shadows. I love his smile and the kindness he tries so hard to hide. I love the boyish quarterback beneath the war veteran, and I love the scarred right side of his face even more than the perfection of his left"

I ended up really loving this book, and I even find myself thinking about it today even though I finished it last night. It's been a while since I read Isn't She Lovely, so I have to admit I didn't remember who Olivia was, but it did slowly come back to m
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love broody beasts.....
Especially ones who have libraries ❤️❤️
aksana  -  4 - 8 - 15 - 16 - 23 - 42 -
4.5 Stars

- a moody grade-A asshole
- sassy heroine
- great banter
- sexual tension

This story is about Olivia (ex-girlfriend of Ethan). She has done something terrible and is now feeling very guilty.

She is looking for redemption. So she takes up on an offer to be a caretaker for an injured veteran.

But she never expected to take care of the 24 year old Paul, who is, apart from his scars, more injured from the inside than outside.

Paul has scared away a lot of caretaker over the last mon
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge fan of Lauren Layne because she shines in writing witty, chemistry laden romances guaranteed to tug at your heart! I loved the first in this series, Isn’t She Lovely, so I was thrilled to have Olivia’s story. Even though she was technically the cheating girlfriend (not as bad as it sounds, I promise) I felt bad for her.

Olivia is trying to escape and redeem herself for a mistake that cost her longtime boyfriend. Taking a job as a caretaker for an injured veteran satisfies her need for
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 You're Beautiful Stars!
(ARC provided by Netgalley)
(BR with Patty)

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Olivia Middleton is a 22 yr. old woman from a prestigious wealthy family in Manhattan, New York. She recently dropped out of NYU, and split up with her boyfriend. She has all kinds of personal drama going on, and wants to escape her Park Avenue life, & run away from it all. She flees NY after taking a job in the middle of nowhere as a home care specialist. Her family spins her leaving town as some big philanthropic thin

"I want her. But more than that, I want her to want me."

I’ve heard praises for Lauren Layne’s writings, so the inevitable finally came & I decided I should pick up one of her books and tried it.

Broken starts off with Olivia Middleton, the beauty from the Upper East Side but chooses to leave that life behind as she drops out of school to be a caretaker for a war veteran in Maine. Everyone thinks she’s out doing philanthropy, but she’s on her way looking for redemption.

*ARC received by Netgalley*

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover: 6/10
Writing: 7/10
Heroine: 7/10
Hero: 7/10
Humour: 1/10
Hotness: 3/10
Romance: 5/10
Extra book Details: Dual POV; 1st person. Stand-alone.

After a horrific ordeal in Afghanistan, scarred and broken 24 year old Paul hides himself away in his father's isolated mansion. Refusing to live in society, he's living with guilt, his deformed face and leg, and shutting everyone out.

22 year old Olivia is tormented by her own actions. S
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Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Hot Asset, Hard Sell, and Huge Deal in her 21 Wall Street series, as well as her Central Park Pact series. Her books have sold more than a million copies in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is bas ...more

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