May 21, 2014

ARC Review: Broken by M.L. Young

Title: Broken
Author: M.L. Young
Pages: 219
Publisher: Author
Source: Netgalley 
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Bailey Wrenn is a small town girl with a big back story. Her mother left when she was young, leaving her in the care of an out of touch alcoholic father that barely noticed her existence. After trudging through life with no clear direction, she begins to wonder if she needs to leave this scarred memory of a town behind and finally move on. When Bailey hears from her friend Julie that life in Chicago is great and she should come out sometime, she takes that open invitation, and comes to visit her old friend with no idea of when she’s going to leave.

One night, after Julie drags her from the apartment to see a local fight, she sees Kyle, a mysterious MMA fighter with a winning streak and an elusive personality. He doesn’t talk to anybody after his fights, and disappears faster than Bailey can blink. One day during a chance encounter filling out job applications, Bailey runs into Kyle at his work, and the electricity between them is bright enough to light up the city.

It’s only when they begin to get close, though, that things are turned upside down. An old boyfriend and a brutal and devastating past makes Bailey believe she can’t be close to another man ever again, even if he seems perfect. She feels alone. She’s broken.

HEA and no cliffhanger! This is a standalone novel.
*This book is recommended for readers 17 and up for violence, language, and some adult situations.*

Ugh, so here goes. 

One, I hate giving bad reviews but seriously there isn't any other way to put it with this book. I requested an ARC copy because the plot had so much potential but sad to say, the book did not deliver. 
The dialogue was so awkward and seemed to me to be too scripted/forced. The scenarios in the book were so unreal that most of the time it was just exasperating to read. Especially how Bailey divulges or deals with what happened to her.  I would like to read it after it goes through a very very good editor because as I mentioned earlier, the storyline does have potential. But overall, it just didn't do it for me. So no, I would not recommend it.

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