18 June 2014

Broken Review

by M.L. Young

What they say: 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.*

Author Spotlight: M.L. Young is an author currently living in Illinois. She is the author of The Stipulation Serials. To find out more and to stay up to date on all things related to the books, follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: First up I have to say how much I like the cover, and the blurb sells the story well. I had seen a lot of reviews criticising Broken but I like to form my own opinion and try my hardest not to let other reviews sway my view of a book. However, like so many other reviewers out there I'm going to class Broken as being a book full of potential.

The story focuses on nineteen year old Bailey as she struggles to build a life for herself. Bailey has a lot of issues and problems but the uber patient fighter Kyle is there to help her. Bailey isn't instantly likeable and I found it difficult to form a connection to her. I think one of the reasons for this was because she had so many problems that they seemed a bit glossed over and not developed. I didn't feel as sympathetic towards Bailey as I had expected to but I did want her to resolve her issues and find her HEA!

I liked Kyle and felt he was extremely patient with Bailey in terms of both the everyday and physical aspects of their relationship. She was often distant and immature, where he seemed to be supportive and caring. She's disconnected from people and society in general. I do think a lot of this was down to her troubled upbringing and isolated childhood.

The sex is kept to a minimal up until near the end (there is some detail here so younger readers you've been warned). The dialogue is a little awkward at times, but I appreciated what M.L. Young was trying to do. I have to admit I was expecting more of a Travis/Remy, alpha-like MMA fighter. However, sometimes it's good to be taken away from the norm and this toned down version of an MMA fighter was more fitting to Bailey and her story, which was sweet.

3 Stars in my Sky!


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