Review: Broken by Kelly Elliott

Broken (Broken #1)
by Kelly Elliott

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 and…


A book that starts with a woman suffering from domestic abuse is sure to get my attention and gut me deep inside.

New York city girl Whitley Reynolds thought she’d be spending wonderful memories with her boyfriend, Roger, but the future looked bleak and dark and bloody when he started hitting her. On the country side of Texas, Layton Morris still hadn’t move on from his brother’s death, and his girlfriend leaving him for another man. Both characters had had their hearts broken and never wanted to fall in love nor trust anyone ever again.

At first, I was kind of emotional because of the domestic abuse suffered by the female lead character. Whitley had endured much from her ex-lover, so it was understandable if she turned away from men after her ordeal. What I didn’t like was how she acted ungrateful and inconsiderate when she met Layton, who did nothing but help her. And then there’s Layton’s ex-girlfriend who I abhorred so much.. I never felt so mad before, I want to strangle Olivia. And those men pining for Courtney, Whit’s BFF, ugh.. why can’t you guys just be true to yourselves and choose the one who you really love.

So sorry for the emotional outbursts.. maybe the story just got to me.. That’s a good thing, right? It means the story and characters got a strong impact on the reader. But I just can’t shake off this feeling that something was off. I can’t explain. I wish I could further elaborate. Maybe it’s because the story was quite predictable? Maybe. Or perhaps because I lost the momentum on the middle part of the book? Either way, I still enjoyed the whole premise and the writing was simple and easy to read. I just wish Courtney’s story could have been told another time?

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