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Broken Love

(Love Stings #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  573 ratings  ·  142 reviews
As a young woman, Abby Carmichael had it all—until the night a stranger tore it away…A year and half after the brutal sexual assault, Abby is finally starting to feel like her old self. Teaching dance classes with enthusiastic kids is just the kind of job she needs—far away from probing eyes or vicious intentions of the opposite sex. When she connects with one of her stude ...more
Published February 23rd 2016 by Limitless Publishing
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3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This addressed some heavy issues, but had me rooting for the couple to get their HEA (and they did). I liked the overall family feel around both of the mcs, and I thought the H's daughter was adorable. I thought it was better than "just ok" but not quite "I liked it" -- so I'm going in the middle with 3.5 stars.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Abby and Ben's story. Abby is just getting back to feeling good after being raped, and she meets Ben through his daugh
Big Joe  Rossi
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
18 months ago the unthinkable happened to Abby Carmichael. 12 months ago she was so distraught she almost ended it all. Now she is stronger. Her dreams of finishing college and being a teacher on hold she is finding happiness in being a dance teacher at her family's dance school. While she is miles from the darkness she was in, she is still miles from where she wants to be. So when a sweet 3 yr old student, Natalie's, dad illicit feeling and wants in her she is thrown for a loop. When he gives t ...more
Kim  Brewing
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really forgot how much I enjoy Evan's writing....loved this

I love when we get stories of the next generation of characters we've fallen in love with previously. It was great seeing the gang again.

This is Abby and Ben's story. Abby is trying to recover from a traumatic experience and doesn't deal in the beginning. Ben's is a single dad focused on making a life for himself and his daughter. I really enjoyed how their families are heavily involved with both of these characters. When they first co
Diane plourde
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Title: Broken Love
Author: Evan Grace
Stars: 5

Evan grace is a gifted writer who can drag me right into the heart of her wonderful stories that comes out of her creative mind. I received Broken Love in exchange for an honest and a spoiler free review.

We have Abby, a young woman who has been through a very traumatic experience. In order to cope with it, she made the wrong self destructive choices that brought her down to rock bottom. With the help of her very supportive family, she was able to cli
Sassy Southern
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Within the first chapter I was absolutely gutted and in tears with this book!! And from there it was a roller coaster of emotions throughout the entire book. But oh how I love books that make you feel like that. Because let's just face the facts here if a book doesn't make you feel something then it's not worth the time you put into reading it. And with Evan Grace you don't have to worry about not feeling anything. But lord this book really brings out those feelings!! And I also love how she had ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
After Abby is raped, she falls into a downward spiral of drinking, drug abuse, and random hookups to feel better. Finally she tries to commit suicide. After lots of rehab, Abby is finally on the road to recovery. She moves back in with her cousin/best friend and is trying to get over her past. Abby works at a dance studio where she teaches little girls to dance. One evening she meets the father of one of the little girls and feels an instant connection. As she wonders if she’s ready to be more s ...more
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
Broken Love is a lot of things. Heartbreaking, touching, heartwarming and even sexy!! When we meet Abby she is a broken young woman who has been victimized in the worst possible way. Trying to put her life back together, she is teaching dance and learning to trust again. Enter Ben James. Ben is a single father, raising his daughter alone after her mother decided she didn't want her. With the help of his mother he has a job that he loves working for the Sheriff's department and a nice life with h ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This books concept is a heartbreaker from the start. While it does not give you the grisly details of what happened to Abby but you do get a sense of the pain and the emotional turmoil that she goes through after it happens. She is a shattered soul but fights her way through oblivion to try and come out on top.
Abby is a beautifully written character. I found it to be realistic and emotionally gut wrenching, mostly because I have felt those feelings before. While never going through in the long r
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Broken Love
Series: Stand-alone Novel
Author: Evan Grace
Genre: Romance
Stars: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Annamaria
Published: Feb 23, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Pages: 188

5/5 Touching Stars! Abby was the victim of a brutal crime and is slowly trying to get her life back to normal. She starts teaching dance classes which she enjoys doing. Abby meets Ben when his daughter joins her class. Ben is a single father and just what Abby needed. Ben is handsome but more importantly patient, caring
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying that Evan Grace is one of my absolute must read authors. I LOVE her Starting Over series and I really couldn't wait to get my hands on Abby's story. For those of you that don't know who that is, she is Journey and Dylan's adopted daughter. And really there is much more to that whole situation than just that but to find out you really should read well honestly, I think you should read all the Starting Over books. But ok so back to this one, Abby had some horrific thing ...more
Gwen Shafer
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One word Tears. Have tissues ready when you read this book. I cried more than once reading this. This is an amazing book that you cant put down until you find out what happens to Abby and Ben. Abby is a strong woman fighting for her life in more ways than one. Ben is a single father who wants to help her in more ways than one. The love that grows between the two of them is just amazing. This is a book that i will recommend to anyone who wants to read an amazing book, but you will cry when you re ...more
Amber Britten
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I've never been disappointed with any of this author but but I have to say this one tops all her books amazing
Mandy hawkins
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautifully written. Once I started reading it I didn't want to put it down. I'm so glad they got a great a happy ending. I am looking forward to reading more from the series.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can always cound on Evan Grace to provide me with an emotional read, and Broken Love definitely falls in that category.

After suffering a brutal attack, Abby has struggled with moving forward. Ben is working hard, trying to provide a good life for his daughter. They meet when Ben picks up his daughter (Natalie) from dance class and meets her teacher. From the start, these two want more, but Abby's past is still fresh.

I am a sucker for a good single parent book, and I loved how much Ben loved
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has lots of emotions. There is the devastation of Abby dealing with the sexual assault and feeling so low that she tries to commit suicide. Then the hope that she is finally moving out of her parents home and moving on with her life. More hope when Ben asks her out. The joy of Abby and Ben being happy to spend time together and Abby getting close with Natalie. Then the devastation of Abby pushing Ben away because she feels broken. Thankfully Ben does not let her and they seems to be fi ...more

Abby and Ben's book started out with such heartache. Evan Grace wrote such a powerful book about what happens to to many women in this country . She wrote about the fallout from what Abby went through and finding her way back. With the help of her family and Ben she finds her way. It was a great book and definitely recommend this book💖
3.5 Stars

A well written, emotive story of learning to heal after being the victim of sexual assault.

Abby Carmichael had it all—until the night a stranger tore it away. Self medicating on a cocktail of alcohol and drugs to take away the pain as well as one night stands. Now out of rehab a year and half after the brutal sexual assault, Abby is finally starting to feel like her old self.

Teaching dance classes with enthusiastic kids is just the kind of job she needs—far away from probing eyes or vi
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for an honest review; this is my first book that I’ve read by this author. This Broken Love by Evan Grace it’s a standalone.

“I can’t stand being touched anymore, especially by my family. I’m so dirty now and I don’t want any of that to rub off on them. I can’t remember the last time I let my dad, Dylan, or my real dad, Cash, hug me. I used to love hugs from Gramps, but now the thought of his hands on me makes me want to vomit. My entire family changed after I was attacked si
Twinsie Talk Angie J
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 but rounded up

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WOW!! This book hits some tough issues head on from the first page. Abby was raped one night when she was coming home from work. This rape left her a mess needless to say. She tried to cope with it through drugs and in the arms of
Mignon Mykel
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 / 5 stars

The brokenness that is Abby is so incredibly palpable in this story... you cannot help but feel for the girl. In the beginning, she's having a terribly difficult time moving on from a sexual assault, and she is so lost in her head. My heart ached for her. For her family. For the few friends she had left.

Watching as she learned to battle her demons, fight for what was right and fight for those who wanted to fight for her, was what made this such an intriguing read. Evan Grace did suc
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Stars!

This author on the scene Evan Grace is newish to me. The blurb of this new standalone drew me in and now I am so glad I took a chance. This book was so different than anything I have read in a while and the author did an amazing job giving us a heartbreakingly beautiful love story.

What a beautiful book full of second chances, forgiveness, healing, and love. This book will speak to your soul... deep into your bones. This author took touchy subjects and showed the power of healing and love
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Touching, heartbreaking, heartwarming and a very satisfying book. Ms Grace is a new author to me, however she won't remain so. Abby is recovering from a devastating assault and reaction. Recovery didn't come easily and she almost gave up completely. After a long fight she is starting to recover and believe she may get her life back.

While the author shows us the angst and pain of recovery, she also shows how a strong family support system can help. Not every effort works but remaining there for h
Fiction  Vixens Blog
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This the first time reading anything by Evan Grace and I must say that I thoroughly enjoying this great story. Ms Grace is such a good writer who can grab you and pull us into the pages of the story from start to finish, and leaves you wanting much more. This is Abby's touching story. Abby is beautiful young woman who's been through a terrible ordeal, but for her to get through it she makes the wrong discussion and it bough her down like a rock. But the love from her parents and their support sh ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for another tear-jerker by Evan Grace. This is the first book in the Love Stings series and it starts out with one heck of a debut. While this book is a beautifully written love story there were dark times for our heroine which may be considered slight triggers.

Abby Carmichael was made a victim in the worst way and while trying to heal from her attack she made some bad choices in regards to not just her physical health but her mental health too. The love and urging of her family has her
Charity Foster
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me start out by saying that this book will certainly be placed on my re-read shelf. I fell in love with Abby when we were first introduced to her in the Starting Over series and couldn't wait to read her story now that she has grown up. Evan did a wonderful job writing a story that reaches into your soul and will leave you struggling not to cry your eyes out.

Abby is a STRONG woman, even is she doesn't realize it. She has been through so much and each day she works to make herself better. Whe
Jody Pardo
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of March Madness Challenge. I didn't know what to expect and didn't read the blurb before I started reading.

This book starts with Abby who goes through a horrific assault and suicide attempt that leaves her a shell of herself. On the road to recovery with her very loving and supporting family by her side her path crosses with Ben, one of her dance students' dad. Ben is smitten by Abby and even though he works for the police Dept he is unaware of Abby's assault or past.
Brandy Castenada
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This Broken Love by Evan Grace is a standalone read. I really enjoyed reading this book it was very interesting and captivated my attention right from the start and held on tight until the very end. I think Evan Grace did an awesome job writing this book. Broken Love is a beautiful, Emotional, and touching love story about two people who have their current paths derailed and end up taking a whole different direction than they had ever planned on and I loved reading this! This is the most realist ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW JUST WOW! I LOVED EVERY minute of this story. Abby Carmichael is a beautiful young woman who had it all, until the night she was brutally attacked. She lost herself in the aftermath, with drugs and random hookups. Finally, a year later, she's starting to put her life back together and finding her self again. Ben James is a single father on the police force. The only females he has time for is his family, and his daughter, until he sees Abby for the first time. She's his daughters dance teach ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
In a beautiful and harrowing tale about finding yourself after something so tragic. Abby is such a strong character who has overcome something so horrific and was able to move past and continue on with her life. Broken Love touches on so many topics that raise eyebrows – Rape, Suicide, Interracial relationship.

When we meet Ben, he is a strong, dynamic character who is a single father raising a sweet little girl. After connecting with Abby, love soon blossoms between the two and the rest is what
Megan | A Page to Turn
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My rating: 5

This was my first book by this author, Evan Grace. I really enjoyed how relatable Abby was with her insecurities, even though I've never personally been through anything like she'd been through. Her story is dark and a little twisted - and she's come out of it a new person, but still a little broken. Abby is just looking for a chance to heal, and Ben and his love for her give her that chance. It helps that he also has the cutest daughter ever!

I felt like this story was believable a
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A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan a

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