So another book that I have read in the past week is called Broken by Kelly Elliot. I am really excited to do the review on this book because I really loved it. But you know the drill, I have to do the synopsis so you all can get an idea about what the book was about first.
Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home, no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other.
When a tragic accident takes Mike away from Layton, and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focuses all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of. He makes a vow to himself to never let love in again. The last thing Layton needed or wanted was more heartache.
Whitley Reynolds grew up in a privileged home in upstate New York. When she landed the star football player in high school no one was surprised, not even Whitley. She dreamed of a life with Roger living in New York City and happily followed him there.
The first time Roger hit her for arguing with him about a dinner party, she forgave him. The more it happened, the further Whitley withdrew from her friends and family. One fateful day things go to far. Whitley makes a promise to herself and finds the courage to do the one thing she thought she’d never be able to do.
Fleeing with her best friend Courtney, Whitley was determined to put her past behind her and start a new life in the small town of Llano, Texas, where no one would ever find out about her past.
Will they both ever learn to trust and love again, or will their pasts come back to haunt them, keeping them both alone
This book was really amazing. I loved the way that the author was able to put real situations that people face, such as abuse, abandonment, and loss. The story starts out showing Whitley's past and how happy she was to be moving off to the big city with her boyfriend and her convincing her parents to be happy with her not starting college and going to med school. Then the book jump to Layton's past and how he and his brother are trying to survive after losing their mother to cancer and their father taking off and leaving them alone in a house that isn't finished.
It then skips to years later showing Whitley being beaten by her boyfriend. He beats her so bad that she ends up in the hospital. When she wakes up she and her best friend Courtney plan to run away. With the help of her father and Courtney she ends up in Llano Texas where Layton lives. Layton is trying to deal with a major loss, even after 6 months. He is also trying to get over a broken heart. he meets Whitley when her car breaks down near his property. He offers to get her a tow truck and take her to her appointment that she is running late for.
From here Whitley and Layton start a relationship that starts as a love/hate type of thing and quickly progresses to more. The more that they talk and hang out the more they fall in love. When Whitley's ex shows up trying to take her back, Layton comes to her rescue at the risk of his own life. I love the way the progresses and the slight cliffhanger on behalf of Courtney and her love interest leaves you trying to wait patiently for the next book to come out. All in all this is one of the best books I have read this month! That is why I gave it a 5 star rating!
Link to buy book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GR8QCEM/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title