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Exquisitely Broken

(A Sin City Tale #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  83 reviews
What happens in Vegas…?

Sinclair James wasn’t from my world.
She didn’t have my pedigree or family money.
She was everything I never wanted,
Everything I now realize I needed.
I loved her for six years, her soul, her body, her music.

Until I threw it all away.

One decision changed everything.
One decision destroyed what we had.

She slipped from my life as quietly as she had stolen
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by WBB Press (first published June 3rd 2019)
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★


What happens in Vegas…?
Sinclair James wasn’t from my world.
She didn’t have my pedigree or family money.
She was everything I never wanted,
Everything I now realize I needed.
I loved her for six years, her soul, her body, her music.
Until I threw it all away.
One decision changed everything.
One decision destroyed what we had.
She slipped from my life as quietly as she had stolen my heart
But now she’s back.
Sinclair is still min
Wow! What an emotional ride! This is one angsty story and I can’t believe this is Ms. Granberry’s debut novel!


Sinclair unwillingly returns to Las Vegas, a place where she experienced the truest form of love and then the most devastating lash of heartache. It’s been four years since she saw the man responsible for both, but Vegas is a well populated city and the odds are she won’t run into Jacob Johnson. Unfortunately, the odds aren’t in her favor. When her initial reaction doesn’t play well to
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"More than anything, I want to repent at the altar of Sin. Sink to my knees and beg forgiveness. Worship her body with my body."

I honestly can't tell you what it was that drew me to this book, it wasn't the author because this is her debut novel. Most likely it was the title, I'm very drawn to broken characters. I guess I was just lucky to find it, because it's amazing, and I'm so glad I didn't miss out. The author's writing style is very smooth and the characters just jumped off the page and
Mia Thee-Diva
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so excited for this book to come out! I’ve been following the author for some time now and can not wait to get my hands on this!
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pure, heart-pounding, knee in your gut emotion…

This debut novel was amazing! Sin and Jay’s story was a second chance romance with drama and emotion to spare. Jay was the rich, entitled boy and Sin the struggling artist when they met years ago. Told through a bouncing timeline of then and now, their tale of love and betrayal, of passion and anger was a one-sitting, no time for water closet breaks, read…

The backdrop was Las Vegas and the audience included the people who loved them as well as the w
Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)
I so desperately wanted to give this book 5 stars because of the stellar writing (especially a debut author... wow, just wow) but this book has one of my hard limits and as much as I tried to move past it, I just couldn’t.

Sinclair James and Jacob Johnson once had something special but Jake messed up and Sin left. Fast forward 4 years and Sin is now a rock star with a huge following and has just signed a residency deal with a hotel in Vegas. The hotel turning out to be the one where Jake is the C
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 STARS

M. Jay Granberry is an ingenious author who has created flawed characters with redeeming qualities! This book is a MUST read!

Exquisitely Broken was exquisitely written! Jacob Johnson and Sinclair James, theirs is the story about second chances and whether or not you can move on from past hurts. When I began the book, I was upset with Jake’s actions that essentially caused the breakup, but in the end those feelings lessened as the story progressed since he was able to acknowledge his
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By M. Jay Granberry
4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟
Release Date June 11

This second chance romance had my heart in palpitations. The issues that tore Jake and Sin apart was hard for me to read but I found that M. Jay Granberry did it in a way where it had to be part of the story for all of it to come together. The actions of what happened in the past touched me. I felt the heartbreak and pain Sin went through because M. Jay Granberry captured my emotions through her words and made you feel as if it we
Cassidy (cassidyreads)
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great debut from an author, Yes Please! This was an emotional romance, with angsty and great characters. I enjoyed Sin and Jakes’s story so much. Their story was very well descripted, I felt like I was actually in it. Jake was a lovable character, even when you felt like you shouldn’t love him. His character had a powerful pull to him. Sin was the strong, who you couldn’t help but be on her side after everything she went through. Both their pasts were a big part of this story, which I absolute ...more
Dina Maio
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars, but rounding up!

It's truly hard to believe that this is M. Jay's debut novel.  The raw emotion and depth in this novel is something expected from an experienced novelist.  But M. Jay does a fantastic job with this book.  I felt every emotion that both Sin and Jake were going through.  The chemistry between them is just outstanding and literally jumps off the page, well my kindle, but you get my point.  I found myself rooting for them from the get go.  The characters are super realisti
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jake's and Sinclair's story will touch your heart and have you in their corner. It is emotionally charged and once you dive into this story you don't want to let it go. They come from different backgrounds but they are so grounded into each other. It goes to that old saying you never no what you have until you lose it and realize what it was you have lost. This is indeed an amazing story!
Patricia Baxes
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Readers choose the books they read for a number of reasons...sometimes the books choose them. Exquisitely Yours is just such a book. Granted I signed up to review an ARC, but I didn’t know that this book would reach out and grab me—and not let go until I reached The End! The storyline is amazing; the characters are well developed and touch your heart with their actions; plot twists and turns keep you guessing as the story unfolds; and the HEA will have you exhaling that breath you’ve been holdin ...more
Courtney Turner
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a bit speechless after this book. Intense is a good word for this book. Heartbreaking is another, tragic too. But it’s also amazing and definitely addictive.

I always find it hard to read second chance love stories. And especially when one character betrays the other. But I also find it amazing when they can forgive this betrayal, because it makes the whole story so much better. You get wrecked from the pain but the author gets to see it back together with their words.

I love the back and fo
Sue's Romance Reviews
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An emotional masterpiece of healing, feeling, forgiveness and love.

How would you react after a devastating betrayal? A betrayal perpetrated by your soulmate, the one you planned out your forever with. Is forgiveness too much to ask? What about a second chance?

Powerful and real, Exquisitely Broken tells the story of a betrayal in a relationship and a couple’s effort to move past or move on from it through tears, pain, effort and undying love.

This book was raw and emotional. It hits you right in t
Emily (Emily Reads)
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

What an incredible debut novel! I really enjoyed the story of Sin and Jake, it was really one of a kind! This book had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and there was so much angst, which I love in a book!

These characters have so much depth to them and the way the author writes, it feels as if you’re right there in the story with them. While Jake may have done something awful, you just can’t help but love the guy and root for him! I know I sure did!

I don’t want to give too much
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rekindling a Broken Romance

Sin (Sinclair) and Jake came from two very different backgrounds but found their way to each other at college. Sin was trying to make it in the music business with her band Sin City and even though Jake came from money he was busy making his own business empire. The distance got to be too much for their relationship and the outcome left Sin devastated.

Years later Sin has made it big and her band is doing a residency at Jake’s hotel in Vegas not knowing Jake has any par
Marisa Scolamiero
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the story of Sinclair (Sin) and Jake. I liked how it flashed back to when they met, the various points of their relationship to now. I really loved that Sin was the lead singer of a band and it wasn't your typical male rockstar who goes off to pursue the music dream and leaves the girl behind. I loved that Sin was talented and strong and knew what she was meant to do. The chemistry between the two of them sizzled off the pages. Jake realizes that he messed up and the only way he c ...more
Wickedly Sweet & Synful Book Blog Synclare Moss

Sin and Jacob...mmmmm.
Second chance romance in Sin City. I was so in awe of Sinclair (Sin). I love her character and her ability to overcome her tough beginnings.
Jacob on the other hand..hmmm. I did not want to like him. I still don’t think I do..I tolerate him because I don’t think he deserves a second chance BUT destiny/love/fate overrides all.
I really hope there’s more to this story... another sin City Tale..Hint hint.. ADAM.
Kudos to the author for excellent writing.
Michelle (sheloveslit)
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4,5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

Well, where do I even start?
First of all, this story was literally the definition of an emotional roller coaster for me! It‘s made me feel so much angst and love for the characters. Although I usually don’t read too many second chance romances this one for sure got me 100%! It made my heart both brake but at the same time swell with happiness.

Even though he‘s done a huge mistake in the past, Jake will for sure make you fall in love with him! Let me tell you, that man is one swee
Isha Coleman
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Exquisitely Broken has so much going on, it's hard to look away. Granberry creates a larger than life fantasy out of heartbreaking reality. At the heart of this emotionally stunning story is Sinclair James. Sinclair is a woman with the courage to follow her dreams, even as her heart was breaking around her. Just when she thinks she's outrun her past, fate steps into to prove her wrong. Can the one that broke her heart, put the pieces back together? Exquisitely Broken brings the heartache even as ...more
The Smutbrarians
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Feels 5
Steam 5
Storyline 4
Overall Rating 4.25
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

This is a second chance love story about broken people with a soul defining love. Sinclair had her heart ripped out from her chest and stomped all over by Jake. When these two have to share space brings to light their undeniable soulmate status. M. Jay's writing was so heartbreakingly honest and true to any type of real relationship. It hurt me to just read some parts. I wanted to shake the char
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the name of the female lead. One of my favorite shows.
Love is not always a storybook romance. There is a lot of work to be done. Push and pull, forgiveness and pain play a large part of a great relationship. Sinclair James is a famous rock star. It was not always that way. she did't have it easy but she managed to make it. Jacob Johnson was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Vegas business royalty. Opposites attract in this book. Young love, betrayal and heartbreak is paramount. It a
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
How do you go back to a man that has cheated on you in the past.
How do you stop living a man that cheated on you in the past?

How do you get the girl back when you’ve cheated on her 4 years ago?

After being together for 6 years 4 years ago Sin thought that she had seen the last of her cheating ex Jake until she sees him at the place she and her band landed their residency. She’ll have to see him everyday for the next year.

They say our souls remember each other and it’s the case her. Their soul
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given this ARC for an honest review of this book. I'm not a fan of celebrity/society type stories, but "Exquisitely Broken" was so well written you can't help but enjoy reading Sin and Jakes story. They met in college and had a karmic connection, spent six years together and one fateful night broke them apart. Four years later they come face to face at a meeting and it wasn't pretty. This story is of heartbreak, growing apart, forgiveness, growing back together and leaning what is importan ...more
Robin Powers
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a second chance love story about broken people with a soul defining love. Sinclair had her heart ripped out from her chest and stomped all over by Jake. When these two have to share space brings to light their undeniable soulmate status. M. Jay's writing was so heartbreakingly honest and true to any type of real relationship. It hurt me to just read some parts. I wanted to shake the characters and make them open up and just have some deep communication and honesty. It's a remi ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-ive-arc
This author is a first time read for me, so I didn’t know what to expect going in but I’d heard from friends that it was an author I should try out. I found the style of the book similar to the Rock chick series, making me feel right at home in this particular book world. Lots of action, suspense romance and drama. Would definitely read this author again!
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I read the blurb for M. Jay Granberry’s debut romance, the two ideas I took away from it…the two reasons why I immediately wanted to get my hands on an ARC, were that Exquisitely Broken is set in Las Vegas and it’s a second chance love story, and if you’ve been reading my reviews, I clearly have a thing for soulmates getting another shot at forever.

Then, as I learned more about Sinclair James and Jacob Johnson’s history as well as where their lives were currently headed, I couldn’t wait to
Romance With A Cause (formerly bookwithahook)
Exquisitely Broken is one of those books that you can't put down until the very last page. And M. Jay Granberry is a author that you want to keep on your book roster! The fact that the book is set in Las Vegas drew me in like a moth to a flame, as it's been quite some time since I read a book set there. Another thing is second-chance romance, which is one of my favorite tropes.

From the very first page, her words draw you into the a rock angel, Sinclair James' world, I didn't want to leave it, h
Tracey's Book Room
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Exquisitely Broken is the M.Jay Granberry’s debut book and what a way to start her writing career!! This story was written beautifully, M.Jay’s attention to detail with the story and characters was a true highlight to this book and a credit to M.Jay’s talent. Her style of writing was smooth, sexy and enticing. The characters are flawed but relatable and loveable.

This is a second chance romance set in the heart of Las Vegas and follows the relationship of Jake and Sin (what a name for a characte
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M. Jay Granberry is first and foremost an insatiable reader.
Among her favorite things are classic fairy tales, smutty books where characters have heart, old lady sweaters (preferably chunky knit), gift baskets (giving not receiving), and charcuterie trays (green olives, smoked cheese, and Genoa salami).
She is a true Las Vegas native, the one in Nevada not New Mexico, and to answer the most freque