Title: Broken at Love (Goodreads)
Publication Date: 12 Mar 2013
Series or Standalone: Series
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Place(s) Traveled to: Anytown, Florida
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: “And Alexandria Ikanova, the eighteen-year-old from Russia, takes her fourth-round match in straight sets, knocking off the reigning U.S. Open champ.”
Whitman University Series Order
Book 1: Broken at Love
Book 2: Untitled (01 Jul 2013)
Lately I’ve really been into reading new adult books and so when I heard about Lyla Payne’s Broken at Love I was immediately intrigued. The story takes place at the fictional Whitman University in Florida that is inhabited by the uber rich elite and is told in alternating POVs between the two protagonists, Emilie and Quinn. Quinn is your stero-typical bad boy…the rich boy who is a player and essentially treats girls like crap until he meets Emilie. Then there is the usual push/pull and messing up and all those moments that one expects to find in a bad boy contemporary romance.
What sets Broken at Love apart is the supposed fact that Quinn’s cousin is supposedly a sociopath and is forcing Quinn to do his bidding. Now I don’t know a ton about sociopaths…just what I’ve read in other books and what I learned in my General Psych class in college an eternity ago but nothing that Sebastian did ever came across as sociopathic to me. He could be one but I am a reader who much prefers that an author show me something instead of telling me over and over. The more I’m told something is the less inclined I am to believe it.
As for Quinn and Emilie’s story it was just ok. Their whole relationship was choppy and hinged on lies and Emilie willing to let someone treat her like crap under the guise of love. Which just bothers me as she just didn’t seem to have a ton of self-respect. And if Quinn really was forced by Sebastian (and I never got a clear indication on why he was doing so) then he doesn’t have much of a backbone and yet is still a d**k for how he treats so many girls.
Broken at Love wasn’t a horrible book but based on what I’d been hearing about it prior to my picking it up I just expected something more. I think I would have enjoyed this one more if I had no expectations on it. This was also a quick read and so you know that I wasn’t totally driven crazy by the actions of its characters. Also, while I wasn’t 100% in love with this story I am still curious to see where other books might go. I am pretty sure that at some point Sebastian will probably get a story and so be changed from being evil to a misunderstood soul who just need the love of a good woman to redeem him.