Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review of Broken by Annie Jocoby

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Synopsis: "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 homelessness. She 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?"

My Review: Several of my blog followers really enjoy the New Adult genre, and I have enjoyed a book or two in the genre as well but would like to branch out a little more. So I jumped at the opportunity to read this book. The book started out a little confusing, jumping around a bit and it took me a while to settle into the characters and storyline. There are some pretty intense issues and even trigger issues discussed in this book, but unfortunately I feel like they were glossed over. I understand not wanting to drag the story down but at the same time there is the need to dive into those emotions to connect and care for the characters on a more personal level. I am not sure if it was this issue or the characters in general but I felt a pretty big disconnect with the story and characters on a whole. The viewpoint of the story also jumped between characters but I don't feel like the voice changed enough to distinguish that change. Maybe this book will connect better with someone closer to the age of the characters or situation but for me there was a little too much disconnect, I would have preferred to feel more with the characters.
My Rating: Unfortunately this book and I didn't work well together. With such tough issues I really want to feel but I didn't feel with or even for the characters. I give it a rating of Two Paws.
Broken was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
You can find out more about Annie Jocoby and her work on her Goodreads Page or her Website.
You can also obtain your own copy of Broken in digital format from Amazon (hint: it is currently on sale and free to download)


  1. Yeah, I need to connect to a character to really enjoy a book. With all the issues these two had I would hope they were discussed. Sounds like it skimmed them. What a let down.

    1. I agree, if you are going to have such tough subjects and expect sympathy for the characters you really need to dive deep.