Saturday, June 14, 2014
REVIEW: BROKEN BY M.L YOUNG
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.*
*I was gifted a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review*
If you are looking for a sweet moving forward story, this is the book for you. Broken is about Bailey, small town girl who moves to the big city, and Kyle, MMA fighter who keeps to himself. A chance encounter brings these two together and the rest, as they say, is history.
There were times I wasn't sure Bailey was strong enough to make it to the end of the story. She appeared very fragile. Kyle, on the other hand, was well focused and knew what he wanted. Both of them are going through their own personal struggles, Bailey's much worse than Kyle's.
Their relationship evolves slowly, which is expected. Kyle is the perfect gentleman and it never appears that Bailey is stringing him along, the poor girl truly has suffered. That is how I felt overall toward Bailey. My opinion changed a bit toward the end, when she started taking more control of her own life. Kyle, stood by her through everything. The guy is a real gem.
The main theme of the book is move forward, learn from the past but don't let it drive you. I think it accomplished that well.