Title: Broken Love
Series: Love Stings #1
Author: Evan Grace
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 23, 2016 Publisher: Limitless Publishing
As a young woman, Abby Carmichael had it all—until the night a stranger tore it away…
A year and half after the brutal sexual assault, Abby is finally starting to feel like her old self. Teaching dance classes with enthusiastic kids is just the kind of job she needs—far away from probing eyes or vicious intentions of the opposite sex. When she connects with one of her students, Natalie, it isn’t long until she meets her father, Deputy Ben James.
Ben James is just a regular guy, working to make a life for himself and his daughter…
That’s what Abby tells herself when her sudden attraction for Ben catches her off guard. Abby has been steering clear of men for obvious reasons, and the idea of wanting that kind of relationship is more terrifying than intriguing. But with his doe-eyed daughter tugging at her dance uniform, Ben takes notice.
He’s ready for love, but does her past hold too many secrets?
After the assault, Abby coped by using heavy medication and fell into an ugly chain of one-night stands. But now that she’s out of rehab and finally on the right track, it’s only a matter of time before Ben finds out.
Will Abby be the true love Ben has always wanted? Or is she a tangled challenge, leading to yet another…
Abby is a beautifully written character. I found it to be realistic and emotionally gut wrenching, mostly because I have felt those feelings before. While never going through in the long run what Abby did, I felt a kinship with her as a survivor. When Ben unexpectedly enters, her world is tossed upside down and she starts to feel that she is worthy of love. That she can have a normal life. The sweetness and romance between these two is beautiful. I love how protective Ben is of Abby right off the bat and wants to be the one that’s there for her even though with everything that happened to Abby spooks him, he cannot walk away. Natalie is beyond adorable. The way that her and Abby bond was beautiful!
What I loved about this book is that the flow was perfect, and that the storyline was engaging. Also that there is closure in a lot of ways at the end. There are moments where I wanted to yell, scream or cry, but the beautiful moments outweighed them. This book is emotional and it will take you on an unexpected ride but it’s also a really beautiful one as well as it is a tale of taking charge, finding yourself, and feeling worthy of love and worthy of living.This books concept is a heartbreaker from the start. While it does not give you the grisly details of what happened to Abby but you do get a sense of the pain and the emotional turmoil that she goes through after it happens. She is a shattered soul but fights her way through oblivion to try and come out on top.
A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.