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Anything but Broken

(Hurricane Creek #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  428 ratings  ·  160 reviews
After five years, tragedy brings Hannah Casey back to Hurricane Creek to bury what’s left of her family. She’s flunking out of college, haunted by scandal, and the only person who cares is Sean Whitlow, an irresistible bad boy with a soft spot for her. The problem? He’s her dead sister’s ex.

Sean doesn’t bleed red, he bleeds motor oil. During the week, he struggles to turn
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Published August 25th 2015 by Nla Digital LLC
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
3 Stars

I'm the girl who always stands in someone else's shadow. The eternal third wheel. It takes two drinks to loosen my tongue, and no amount of alcohol can thaw me below the neck.

Truth be told, I've been waffling over my rating for this book for over a week now. While I enjoyed the concept of the book, the secondary characters and I'm certainly hooked on the series itself, I honestly can't say that I loved this book. I was bored and found myself skimming the majority of the story.
Geri Reads
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

This was a bit slow, character driven story. That's usually not a problem with me but when you couldn't quite connect with one of the characters, it becomes a problem. I had a hard time connecting with Hannah. I liked her enough but I'm not a fan with the fact that most of her struggles are all internal. It got better towards the end when she finally opened up but her POV was a struggle for me. I did like Sean. It's refreshing to read about a "bad boy" hero minus the cliched bagged. An
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***3 "Broken" stars**

I was torned with my rating of this book...

It wasn't bad at all, but it didn't wooed me...
I liked the concept but something was bothering me....
I think that my major problem was with the main heroine, Hannah!!!
Yeah, she was a broken person and there were plenty reasons about this brokenness, but i think that she was a little bit overreacting...

But let me get it from the start...

After a tragedy that striked Hannah's family, she had to return back to her hometown after fiv
A very nice emotional romance about how tragedy and circumstance brings together two people who fall in love and how in this love can be find strength.

"It’s electricity, it’s fireworks, it’s the thrill I get when Sean takes me out in his car and drives fast— the freedom of flying and the safety of knowing he’ll catch me."

***Quick Review:***

Series: The first in the Hurricane Creek series.
Grade/Tag Tabs: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Racing Romance.
Main characters: Hannah Casey is almost
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Warning: Not very popular review coming up...


DNF 25%


Don't you just hate it when a book starts really promising and you're really digging it but when the moment comes for the characters to get hot and heavy it's just...nothing?


Everything was going fine until their first kiss when a big light bulb appeared over my head and I had a revelation...


...this two had ZERO chemistry and I'm not a big fan of InstaLove or InstaLust but I need something...anything...


But one thing is for sure...I'm not re
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Broken. Having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order. Broken. To have given up all hope. Defeated. BROKEN. In Joelle Knox's Anything But Broken , readers are given a multifaceted look at a fractured, broken, defeated heroine who is just struggling to breathe, live each day, and not be broken when her world and life is crumbling around her as she returns home to Hurricane Creek. So when the
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Anything but Broken is the first book in the new Hurricane Creek series by Joelle Knox, AKA writing duo Bree and Donna who you may already know under one of their other pen names: Moira Rogers or Kit Rocha. I can understand why these authors choose to write under several names because each of their personas have a very distinctive voice and writing style, I'm a huge fan of everything that they write but not all of their books will appeal to everyone and it's good to have an easy way to tell what ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warning: This book touches on suicide and bipolar disorder. It deals directly with mental and emotional abuse, anxiety disorder, and alcoholism. The word "crazy" is also used a great deal.

A harsh reality of adolescence is not all of us make it out alive. Those of us who do survive often carry the weight of those lost lives with us, along with a fair amount of survivor’s guilt. This is one of the quintessent
Aug 28, 2015 rated it did not like it

Looks like I'm in the minority. I was just bored.

Anything But Broken by Joelle Knox (aka Kit Rocha aka Moira Rogers) is an NA romance contemporary that deals with little sister crush, second chances, and some serious subject matters. Two strong well developed and likable protagonists build a sweet and sexy romance while discovering some uncomfortable truths about one another, themselves, and their combined pasts. Angsty, broody, and wonderfully romantic with some delightful supporting characters whose humor and support adds some lovely lig
Aug 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
I'm actually very exited about this book. New pen name, new genre. Interesting... My hopes are high for this one :). ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Joelle Knox’s Anything But Broken is a tale of grief and redemption built around the core of engaging romance and undeniable chemistry.

Hannah Casey has spent her life wearing the Casey mask, being the perfect daughter and living out the life her mother told her she would have. Now she’s back home in Hurricane Creek because her parents were in a terrible car accident. Her father died in the crash, but her mother is brain dead and on life support. Her strained relationship with them doesn’t matter
Jaime Arkin
Have I expressed the excitement I have that the writing duo of Joelle Knox is now writing New Adult? You may know and love them as Kit Rocha or Moira Rogers, but you should be dying to get your hands on this first in their new adult series.

Anything but Broken features Hannah Casey & Sean Whitlow. Hannah is back in the small town of Hurricane Creek to bury her family… what was left of it anyway. She’s spent her life having her mother tell her what to do, where to go, what to be and now that she’
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JavaGirl's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

One of my favorites writing teams, Kit Rocha, have a brand new pen name, Joelle Knox. They created Joelle to write contemporary, new adult books. As excited as I was to hear this news, I admit I rarely read New Adult. I'm not sure if it's because I prefer to read about older characters with whom I might have more in common, or if it's because I have two new adult daughters and I deal with the angst on a personal level. Probably both. Regar
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
ARC received from Joelle Knox in exchange for an honest review.

I think this is a case of it's Me, not You. Perhaps I'm just too old for NA books now because I just couldn't stay focused on the story. I think the pace of the book was too slow for me and left me wanting more.

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I'm sure this story will appeal to a lot of people but for me, I'll stick to the Kit Rocha series.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Very well done NA - heroine is dealing with grief and guilt and losing a lot in her life. Hero is a solid rock for her. And a sexy race car driver ;)

Hero's best friend plays a good role in this book as well

Felt like a different voice than Kit Rocha and Moria Rogers. I love all of their voices and I'm glad they are writing this series now!

Review to come
Jessica Alcazar
holy hell .... 2 am read without even blinking!

I was a little apprehensive when I read the blurb of the book because I'm not usually an NA reader. But then I clicked on the author to find out about them and wham ... Kit Rocha duo! #sold

A few things stand out to me:

~I read this book without stopping. Not because it was overly dramatic or suspenseful or even angsty ... it was easy to read. The language and format used in the story sucked me in from page one. As you can see above, it was 2
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
**** 3.5 Stars ****

I don’t want to use the ‘B’ word, but I have to do it.

I was a bit…. B…. Buh….. Bored.

Hannah Casey lost her family. She is the only one left with the secrets. She's in pain, she's lost, and finds help in alcohol. Sean comforts her too, but he's also her dead sister's ex-boyfriend. Too bad she has a secret involving him.

"Caseys don’t get new lives and happily-ever-afters. We just go faster and faster until we crash into the wall.”

It wasn't her constant grieving and depress
RachelW (BamaGal)
Aug 04, 2015 added it
Shelves: arc, dnf
I'm leaving off this one at 54%. Absolutely nothing has happened, and I'm bored.


First ER, now NA. Great; but I guess Moira Rogers is officially gone forever... :(
Aug 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
Kit Rocha writing as Joelle Knox...can't wait!!

Sheryl C. Nash
Aug 21, 2015 is currently reading it
DNF @ 52%. Boring. The story is moving too slow. The mood is too somber. I don't care about what's happening enough to finish. ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Chachic's Book Nook.

Well, this was a nice surprise. I've been breezing through romance novels lately because I've been in mood for them. I found out about Anything But Broken when the writing duo (Donna Herren and Bree Bridges) behind the pen name Joelle Knox was a guest at The Locker Room Facebook group. I saw some snippets that they posted and was intrigued. Tried a few chapters of the book and I was hooked.

At first I was wary of the premise because I thought it would be m
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
To be a Casey, Hannah must exude perfection in order to keep the facade in place that the Caseys aren’t anything but a respectable family. But that’s not the truth; in fact, it’s far from it, and when tragedy strikes the Casey family yet again, the fractures start to show until it seems like it’s an open sore, festering and oozing pain, sadness, and heartbreak. And all of those feelings threaten to suffocate Hannah until she learns to deal with what’s underneath the surface and the messy reality ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

This is a story of Hannah Casey's privileged life, status being the upmost importance. Filled with nothing but neglect, secrets, lies, and denial.

Hannah hasn't been back to her hometown Hurricane Creek in five years after she and her sister Cait were sent to their grandmother's for summer vacation in South Carolina. That summer would be the last for Cait, the result of a tragic accident. Hannah however, doesn't return home, that is until tragedy strikes again and she has important decisions to
This was a very well written, intense and multi layered read.

This isn't just a romance novel per say,but it's also a story of our heroine's sad, complicated and tragic upbringing and the effects it's had on her life. We touch on alcoholism, suicide and the disease of bi-polar. Some heavy and intense issues.

Our heroine Hannah, is returning to her home town to deal with the death of her Father and her Mother being on life support. We have a family that has portrayed an image in town as put togeth
Isa Books
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it

3.5 'Loving Sean Whitlow' Stars

This was a beautiful slow paced story about Hannah Casey, the girl who lived under her parents expectations for too long, and Sean Whitlow, the small town guy who sees in Hannah the last thing he needs... It doesn't take him long to change his mind though.

The story wasn't anything to write home about. There was a lot of mystery and expectations that lead to nowhere. I mean, not nowhere, but it lacked something big in the mystery department (and Yes, I am fully awar
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Struggling to pinpoint why, but this took me a bit to get into and didn't blow me away. Still, it was an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday evening.

Hannah was broken and sad, but still had agency and strength. Her emotional arc was great. I loved Sean full stop. Sexy and sweet and strong. I kind of wish the racing had been more of a Thing, though. Seemed like an after thought.

I think Hannah's issues were handled with grace and realism, and I appreciated that they weren't immediately e
Abby ~ Bringer of Chaos
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I knew nothing about Joelle Knox when I requested this book. So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that Joelle Knox is another pen name for the writing duo I LOVE, Kit Rocha. If you are one of the people I have forced convinced to read Beyond Shame, you can pretty much guarantee that this will be the same.

Hannah's world is not a happy world. She has returned home for the first time in 6 years. The f
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Joelle Knox is the penname of co-writing team Donna Herren and Bree Bridges. Best friends for years, they’ve been collaborating and publishing together since 2008. As Kit Rocha they write the award winning dystopian erotic romance Beyond series, and as Moira Rogers they’ve penned dozens of paranormal novels, novellas and stories.

Anything but Broken is their first contemporary romance and their fir

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“God, it’s been a terrible idea the whole time, hasn’t it? What are we even doing?” His smile is slow, but it carries a promise behind it—absolute, unspeakable joy. “Falling in love.” “Oh.” The words warm places I’d forgotten were chilled. I touch my thumb to his lips and trace that smile, dizzy with the realization that this is real. This is my life. And there are no secrets left to ruin it. “Are we going to keep doing it?” “Yes.” He leans closer, until his breath kisses my lips. “Every second of every day.” 1 likes
“I make your hands shake.” I can’t stop the goofy smile that tugs at my lips. “I like it.” He moves his hands a fraction of an inch, enough to tease me with a sweet taste of friction. “How much?” I arch my back with a hiss, trying to push into his touch. “How much do you like it when you make me tremble?” “I don’t.” He buries his face in my neck, stubble and teeth and soft, soft lips. “I love it.” 1 likes
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