Broken: The Gallagher Family Book 1
by Annie Jocoby
Nick O’Hara is, for lack of a better word, a man-wh***. Look in the Urban Dictionary under that word, and his name will no doubt be mentioned. The only qualifications that he looks for in a bed-mate is that the person is hot and breathing. Mainly hot. He has no desire for an emotional connection with another person, and that’s the way he lives his life. He has his fabulous wealth and his reputation as a premiere architect, and that’s enough for him.
Until Scotty James.
Scotty is a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City. She’s broken from traumatic experiences from her years in foster care and living on the streets.
Scotty has a dark secret that has led her to protect herself to the point where, at the age of 23, she has never been on a date. She has never even been kissed.
Yet Scotty has a vulnerability that is intoxicating to Nick, because, deep down, he knows that he is as broken as she.
When Nick pursues Scotty, it seems that she is the only woman who doesn’t want to be with him. At first she’s a challenge, but Nick soon finds himself falling in love for the first time in his life. With a woman who wants nothing to do with him.
Can Scotty overcome her trust issues and fear to let Nick in? Or will she prove to be too broken to trust?
It’s my first time to read a book by Annie Jocoby, and after reading Broken, I felt that I missed something fierce in my bookworm life! It seems that Nick has already appeared in the other books written by Jocoby because the story mentioned a lot about his past with Ryan and Iris and other ladies.
Yep, it’s true, Nick here is a manwh0re, he’s got a lot of women on his plate and he devours each and every one of them. He’s super rich, he’s got a mansion and a car, he’s got an architectural firm and he had this attitude that “whatever Nick wants, Nick gets”. Especially after he meets Scotty. He even goes to great lengths to impress her by helping out with her drunk mom and abandoned brother while Scotty works at a bar.
Scotty, on the other hand, is Nick’s extreme opposite. She’s poor, she hardly has time for herself, she shares an apartment with her gay best friend, she works at night and she’s studying at the same time. Oh, and she’s utterly gorgeous, too, although she doesn’t know how to use that beauty to her advantage. Because she had been taken advantage of before and she’s definitely afraid now.
Broken is a titillating book, it covers a lot of wickedly sexy scenes (on Nick’s part, that is) but it also has a plot that can make you seek for a box of tissues and cry ugly. Nick, despite his status in life, knows how to cry, how to shed tears as he pours out his emotions. And Scotty, poor, poor Scotty, is someone you would definitely want to keep. Jocoby’s writing is powerful and brilliant, I have no other words to describe my experience with her book!
Annie Jocoby is the author of 8 contemporary romance novels and 3 New Adult contemporary romance novels. Her motivation to begin writing these novels is that she was interested in writing about rich men who actually love and respect their women. Her heroes are alpha and damaged, yet also genuinely good guys.
Ryan, Nick, Luke and Asher are all complicated characters who have experienced plenty of darkness, yet always seek the light. They would all go to the ends of the earth to protect the women they love. And they’re all sexy, enigmatic, magnetic and great in bed. 🙂
All of Annie’s books have things in common: they all combine a touch of mystery and intrigue with drama, love, and lots of hot sex. Some of the books have action and even some criminal elements in them. Her current book, in fact, is her first book that would be classified as straight romantic suspense, although it also combines definite elements of the thriller genre! If you’re in the market for a book that is fast-paced, where the heroes are beautiful and wealthy, and the heroines are strong, vulnerable and flawed, then try these books out!