Broken by Annie Jocoby
Series: Broken #1
Published by Self Published on January 6th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Source: Finished copy from author
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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?
Nick is very wealthy and doesn’t do the dating thing. He’s what many would call a man-whore. Scotty is a college graduate who happens to be one of his students. Little does he know how she really is outside the classroom. She’s a broken woman who had a rough childhood. She was tossed around in foster care, none who really wanted to keep her as their own. She doesn’t like to get close to anyone except her roommate.
I was feeling the “Fifty Shades of Grey” look to this story, but let me tell you first that the ONLY similarity is the rich, “man-whore” type deal. Let me also say the reason why I have a 3.5 and not any higher stars is because Nick does something towards about 70% that I was not okay. It really through me off for him.
I really did like their relationship- it was very different and I liked that aspect. Scotty had a lot to work through and trusting someone like that was hard for her. I really like how her character developed so much by the end of the story.
Some of the events that happened throughout this story I wasn’t expecting at all (Especially around the 70% mark). Though I’m not okay especially with that one scene, it made for an interesting turn of events. Nick may not be one of favorite book boyfriends, but he was an interesting person. I loved how incredibly sweet he was to Scotty especially when they finally decided to start a real relationship.
Overall enjoyed the book, great twists and turns and a likable romance!