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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,607 ratings  ·  394 reviews
Mama didn’t come home.
Daddy liked to hit.
Brothers followed suit.

So I ran.

I ran from that life.
I ran from myself.
I ran into him.

I have no experience with the game board we’re playing on, and that makes this a lethal game. One wrong move and my heart could land in the fire he’s created inside me. Worse, it could lead my past to his doorstep and it won’t just be my bl
Paperback, 602 pages
Published December 22nd 2017 by CreateSpace
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'BROKEN' is the first book in Ellie Messe's 'Broken' series. In this we meet Haley and the Hayes boys (Parker & Drew).

I'd been struggling for a while lately, picking up books (and arcs) and they just haven't been pulling me in and I've put them down after a few chapters. If this was a reading funk I wanted out of it! And thank god this was the book that pulled me out!!

A while back this one was recommended to me, so without further ado I jumped into it and never looked back!! As soon as I st
Ellie Messe
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it so obviously I’m going to give it 5 stars! 😂
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Woah !!!! Broken is a book that will have you reading and consuming each page until it’s done. This is probably one of the longest books I’ve read but the writing in this book is absolutely amazing.

Ellie Messe comes out with a bang. I’m blown away by just how amazing this book was. Every detail is so meticulous you can’t tell that this book was written with emotion.

The flow of this book is amazing and even though it’s long there isn’t one moment where I wasn’t completely engrossed in it.

The h
Emma Johnston
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had me consumed from page one. Consumed. Hooked. You name it, I felt it!

Haley was a brilliant heroine. I felt every emotion throughout her story. She was strong, independent and knew what she had to do survive. Parker was definitely my favourite in this story. He was quiet, but when he spoke, my goodness did he say something worthwhile. He was incredibly sexy and it was mega swoonworthy in his efforts towards Haley.

Their story was a rollercoaster of emotions. I was on the edge of my se
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You can run, but you can’t hide from the engulfing storm of emotions in Broken. Along the way you will experience love, hope, and trust just to be hunted down by hatred, fear, and betrayal. When you’ve reached the end and finally stopped running-you will demand more from the talented Ellie Messe.

🙌🏻❤️🙌🏻💔🙌🏻❤️🙌🏻 AMAZING!!!

Initial Reactions:

*I think I’m in love with Haley, this bish is my spirit animal.
*Parker...🔥🔥🔥🔥 hot mama
*Drew-everything he says and does has me FREAKING DYING, found my favorit
Pammy Shepherd
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where to start, Broken is my favourite book of the year, in fact I would go so far to say it’s my favourite read of this genre in a long time. Haley feels like she is unworthy of being loved, after escaping a life of horrific torture. She has had a life full of abandonment. Then she meets the Hayes boys.

Drew is absolutely hilarious, seriously belly laughing funny. He is Haley’s BFF the first she’s ever had and her rock, then she meets Parker and her world is turned upside down. So much love and
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Dnf at 65%

So, yeah.. I'm among the people who think that this book started so strong at the beginning but lost its way towards the end.

I'm not going to talk about the grammatical mistakes or the misplaced punctuation because the author already warned us in the book's introduction about that. What confused me, was why force the story to such a length where it could've been 40 to 50% shorter and way more enjoyable.

♡ One Click Romance ♡
This is a debut book and wow! Ellie Messe has blown my frigging mind.
I am in love with this book. I went through so many emotions. I laughed, cried, laughed again, fell in love, got my heart broken. And, I couldn't get enough of this book.

The characters, the way the author tells this story, I was hooked from the very first sentence. Haley is my bookwife. I loved everything about her, her heart, her flaws, how naive she was, who she was, what she represented. I didn't expect everything this boo
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
A debut author. Wow. The author hit the ball outta the park with this one. Pure perfection.

Haley’s such a brilliant character. She’s so strong and courageous. My heart broke for her. Parker is awesome. I want my own Parker. Along with the main characters we have some wonderful secondary characters that added so much more to the story.

This book sucked me in from start to finish. It’s a big read which I was super happy about. I loved how it pulled on so many of my emotions. Great praise to the a
Jennifer Juers
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm drawing a blank because there's so much I want to say but I don't want to take away from your own experience! GAH! What if I said, "Just read it! You won't be disappointed!" will that work? ;-)

New authors are my favorite! Why you ask? Because they take you on a journey you never expected. You have no idea who they are. How they portray themselves on social media, etc. You don't know their writing style. They are literally an open book. They are taking a huge risk!! All in the hope that the c
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, just reading the blurb I was a little hesitant to read this book. Not normally one of my go to genres. I'm so thankful that not only I had to opportunity to read this, but that I took the chance to step out of my comfort zone and give it a chance. Such an amazing story, amazing characters and such a fantastic writing style. I was willing to forgo all responsibilities and human contact just to stay in this book. I laughed, cried, swooned, yelled out and basically felt like I had ...more
S.M. Yair-Levy
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What a steamy surprise! I picked this book up on a whim. I had never heard of the author but the cover and intro intrigued me enough to download. (I'm all for a writer that gives zero f--ks 😆) The only thing that made me hesitate was the 600 page shocker for a contemporary romance. I could see where the author was coming from in keeping two novels one. So if anyone else is daunted by the number of pages, don't worry! Just think of it as two books in one. It's seriously worth the
Kayla Bartolet
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully broken love story of Haley and Parker kept me captivated and intrigued. I could not put it down and was up till the middle of the night taking in their story! It brought me tears, laughs and even anger! This is a must read and cannot wait till Ellie continutes their story!
Chasing The Words  Book Blog
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think I am totally Broken...

Heart Stopping...
Heart Breaking...

Just a few things that came to my mind while reading Broken. This book captured my heart from the beginning and held it until the end. Page after page I was drawn into the story of Haley and her struggles.

Jeez, my heart shattered into a million pieces for Haley. What a strong and shattered individual she is. The tug or war she had with herself was so hard to read because you knew sh
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know that book that completely grabs you and you just silently tell yourself one more chapter. You're up into the wee hours of the morning still reading that one more chapter. Your eyes are so gritty feeling because you've strained them, you are so sleep deprived.

Broken is so captivating that it sucks you in and without being aware, you've read all night. Your emotions are all over the chart and you have to take a break in fear of constantly yelling dumbass and waking up the whole house.
Terri Handschumacher
Holy Hell what can I say about this book that can truely show how good this book was. I went into this book like I do most, blind. This time being because this is a debut for this author, so I have not read anything by her previously. What I found once i started reading was a book that I could not put down till I was at the end. And even at the end I was wanting more. Each of the characters were ones that grabbed you and held on to you till the last page. There wasn't a part of this that didn't ...more
Tricia Bartley.  #AuthorStalker
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
They found her...she did everything to hide her identity. How did this happen? She was sooo careful. She used a fake name, gave a different birthday, didn't even use her social security and moved far away...but the found her anyway!!

"Mama didn’t come home.
Daddy liked to hit.
Brothers followed suit.

So I ran.

I ran from that life.
I ran from myself.
I ran into him."

Broken really sucked me right in and kept me wanting more. The beginning of the book kept me on the edge of my seat and then when sh
Missy Brown
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this!! Do not miss this wonderful book!

I freaking loved this so much. The storyline, the characters, the well written scenes. The fun banter between them and the sexy times, oh lord were they hot! But in all, I seriously could not put it down until I finished, loved it so much
Bloggers From Down Under
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** Provided on behalf of the author for an honest review **
** Review by Gayle from Bloggers From Down Under **

I came across the synopsis all by accident and I have to say it completely grabbed me. So there was no question in my mind that I wanted this novel in my life. A debut novel from this author, there was no expectation from me at all, because how do you expect from it when it's a first....You can't...So for me it was a case of simply going in blind, and hoping that it would live up to the
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Over the weekend I did a reread of Broken by Ellie Messe. Let me tell you this book is still Soo friggin amazing! I still absolutely love it. It's emotional and raw. One of my favorite reads of 2017. Seriously if you haven't read this book yet, what are you waiting for?
The story follows Haley who ran away from home with nothing but a wad of cash and a fake I.D. she boards the first bus out of town, landing her in Arizona- where the unexpected happens. She makes friends, and a home. Now with trou
Helen Power
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I absolutely loved this book! The entire story is told in Haley's POV. She's a great protagonist, and her backstory is quite heartbreaking. The novel itself is a little long--but this really gave me the chance to get to know and fall in love with her new family--particularly her best friend Drew and her love interest, Parker. I absolutely adored the little bonding scenes, like when Drew and Haley go shopping for ugly Christmas sweaters.

There are comments about the typos in this book, but, honest
Monica Holloway
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was so surprised by this author.. I was told about this book New Years Eve!! I bought it New Years Day!!!! And sooooo very glad I did... This author had a very well developed story.. Had me laughing one minute and in tears the next.. I'm so very I started my new year off reading a new author to me!!! I can't wait for the next book!!!!! I hope the wait isn't long!!!
Novel Grounds
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

GUYS, I FOUND ONE. One of those books that you can jump into and spend a whole day lost in? One of those books that you can start and just KNOW it is going to emotionally wreck you while it also throws you into a plot that you can't turn away from. This is one of those.

Not only did I get lost and fall in love with these characters, I also hurt so forcibly while reading.

The author tells you at the start that she put it all on the table with this book. Pushed everything in the plot to the limits a
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite book. Even it was 600+ pages haha.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the feels. I loved the feisty but broken Haley. Loved the strong and quiet Parker and his funny and lovable brother Drew.
So many great dynamics. So many different emotions.
I laughed, cried, and got mad.
Highly recommend.
Mar 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 The complete Broken Series (4 book series) is FREE on Amazon today (3/22/2020)! 🎁
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Excuse me for a moment while I try and find my words. . . . . Please do not let the size of this book or the fact that this is Elle Messe’s debut novel keep you from reading it. She is an amazing writer with an amazing talent and I am lucky to have found her. I was captivated from the very first page till the very last. As long as the story was, it never dragged or had a moment where I was ready for it to be done. This book is a roller coaster of emotions. It is written in a way that makes ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As far as debut novels go, this one is one of my faves. The book was rather long, but honestly I LOVE long books with lots of story and depth. I loved getting so much background and all of the emotions that this book brought.
Haley is running from a horrible past and starting a new life. She finds a home and friends who become family. She finds Parker. Holy hot mess! I know Parker is taken, but a girl can still dream! There's so much darkness, but Parker brings the light. I devoured this bo
Jamie Ellis
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will stay with me for a long time to come!!!

First off this book deserves more than 5 STARS in my first I wasn't going to read it but was told it really was 600+ pages of just this book and my gosh it was brilliantly written. This is one of those books where you will cringe, cry, blush from the hot AF sex scenes, cheer and where your heart just breaks for Haley and the atrocities and horrific things that she went through. And what makes it even more horrific is because of
2OCC Reviews
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jessica
This is the first book that I’ve read by this author and I know it’s not her normal writing style but I think she did awesome. She added parts of suspense, sadness, humour, heat and so much more into the story that made it feel more like a movie then a book. The characters are amazing. Not only is Parker a sweetheart but he could totally be an alpha jerk when he needed to be. I really loved that he pushed Haley out of her comfort zone but did it slowly.

Haley was tough. I get why she’s so closed
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