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18 + CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND CONTENT 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 person18 + CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND CONTENT 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… Broken. ...

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ISBN : 18846099
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Number of Pages : 291 Pages
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Broken Reviews

  • Candace
    2019-02-12 16:20

    I'm still working my way through my Audible shelf and 'Broken' was one of the books that I've had sitting there awhile. This was one of those books that I wanted to read, but never seemed to make it to the top of my TBR list. Finally, I decided that I'd give it a go.The heroine, Whitley, has relocated to Texas from New York City. She's on the run from an abusive boyfriend, packing up unexpectedly and hitting the road. By her side is her best friend, Courtney.When Whitley's car breaks down, a sexy cowboy comes to her rescue. Layton and Whitley immediately begin their love/hate relationship with one another. From the start, the two were exchanging verbal jabs and flirtatious banter. There was no doubt that these two would eventually find their way to each other.However, for a story that seems so straightforward, there was plenty of interference. Both Whitley and Layton have their own trust issues and insecurities to work through. Layton's ex-girlfriend, Olivia, has returned to town and is hell bent on keeping them apart. Not to mention the fact that Whitley's crazy, abusive ex, Roger, is lurking in the background.With all of this going on, you can expect a read with plenty of drama. There always seemed to be something going on. Even their friends had relationship drama! For the most part, this was a sweet, heartwarming read. I liked it, but it wasn't a great read for me. For one thing, the hero was a bit emotional for my taste. I think he cried more than Whitley! It just didn't work for me, especially with him being portrayed as such a tough-guy cowboy. I couldn't reconcile the two images.Overall, this one was just "okay" for me.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-21 15:13

    3.5 “Sugary Sweet” StarsBroken by Kelly Elliott is book one in her Broken series. A cowboy who has had everything he has ever loved ripped away from him and an abused young woman running from her shattered dreams hoping to start fresh. Both have issues with trust. Both are completely broken. Can they open up their hearts and learn to trust and be vulnerable? Learn how to love again?Twenty-four year old Whitley Reynolds was raised in a loving home with parents who adored her. When she followed her long-time boyfriend to New York after high school, Whitley’s dreams were finally coming to fruition. No one thought that Whitley would find herself living in a terrifying abusive relationship. Not even Whitley. She manages to escape her abusive boyfriend after he lands her in the hospital. Whitley with her best friend, Courtney, heads to Llano, Texas to start a new life and leave the past well behind her. She is determined to focus on her new career as an event planner and to never open her heart up to another man. When a sexy cowboy comes to her rescue one day, Whitley realizes that she may have a hard time staying away from the opposite sex after all.Twenty-five year old Layton Morris has learned the hard way that you lose the people you love the most. He lost his mother at a young age, his father left, his brother passed away in a tragic accident and the woman he once gave his heart to shattered it by leaving him. Love equals loss for Layton and he has decided that he will never allow anyone to get close enough to hurt and leave him ever again. It simply is too painful. Now Layton focuses all his energy on the ranch he started with his brother, bound and determined to stay away from heartache. When he comes across a beautiful city girl stranded by her broken-down car, Layton’s vow to never let himself fall in love again is the furthest thing from his mind. “When you first met me, Whitley, I was so damaged. I had a broken heart that was still bleeding. When I look into your eyes...I feel...like my heart is healing.”***“I’ll always protect you, Whit. I’ll never let anyone ever hurt you, cowgirl.”***“You told me last night I healed you, but you healed me just as much. I love you, Layton. I’ll love you forever, too.”Whitley and Layton don’t start off on the right foot. They may be undeniably attracted to one another; however, both have some highly erected walls up protecting their hearts. Denying all that pent up lust leads to a lot of heated banter between the pair. But when Whitley and Layton finally give into that sizzling chemistry they share, they both fall for each other HARD and FAST. What ensues is a sweet ride full of sexy cowboys, snarky ex’s, horse racing and some good ole fashion two-stepping. The past is hard to let go of, however, and with so much hurt and pain in their hearts, can Whitley and Layton open up enough to let their love soar?I feel like I need to mention this as it may deter a few of my GRs friends from giving this one a go. Broken is a very sweet book with a big dollop of inst-love. And, by sweet I mean:andFor me, personally, I enjoy books that are over the top when it comes to sunshine, love, happiness, rainbows and unicorns farts. Every now and again it is nice to read a book with little to no angst and simply take in all the cheesy goodness that is love and a happy forever. That is what this book did for me. It put a smile on my face and had me happily sighing wanting my own hot cowboy.All in all, Broken was an enjoyable read. The author sets up the next book very nicely as well. I am anxiously awaiting Reed and Courtney’s book, Broken Dreams. These two have a lot to overcome.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-22 13:17

    You ever read to a certain scene/part in a book that's awkward & you look around like "did anyone else read that", laugh, & feel embarrassed for the characters? That was about 85% of this book. A friend of mine recommended this book and I regret wasting a whole night on it. I found the h (I can't even remember her name) annoying as hell. There's going to be spoilers in this review & personally I don't care. How the hell do you get out of an abusive relationship and 3-4 weeks later you're already in "love" with someone else? Authors need to stop this insta-love bullshit, it's annoying. Olivia (the H's ex-girlfriend) character was unnecessary and he encouraged her stupid-ass behavior. There were soooooo many other ways she could have been written in to have a decent storyline. The supporting characters were annoying as hell with their drama & insta-love bullshit. OVERALL, the whole gotdamn book was ANNOYING AS HELL. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone!

  • Jamie
    2019-02-02 14:03

    5 SWEET TOOTHACHE STARS!!!!Talk about a serious sugar rush! I won't lie... I rolled my eyes about a hundred times at some of the sweetness going on.. but at the same time I had a huge ass dumb grin on my face and couldn't turn the pages fast enough...hence the 5 star rating. Sweet'n sassy Whitley ( LOVE that name!).. she's been hooked up with a major douche ass since high school... followed him to NYC with dreams of happily ever after..it's not long before the fairy tale comes to an end when the dickhead starts knocking her around... he eventually puts her in the hospital and that's when she decides enough is enough.. she she and her bestie Courtney hit the road headed to Texas so Whit can get a fresh start and escape douche canoe Roger..She's been broken but is willing to do whatever it takes to pick herself back up. This city girl is about to take Texas by storm. Whitley...Sexy Texas boy Layton...he's recently lost his brother Mike and his long time girlfriend has been ho'ing around on him.. she's a skank ass bitch..just sayin. His mom died when he was young and his and Mike's dad baled on them not long after she passed.. so it's just him running the ranch he grew up on..raising race horses and cattle.. he's got some hot best buds that keep him company and help him run things. He's broken inside....lonely...hurt..resentful..He's broken too and doesn't see any hope of mending anytime soon. So he's taking it day by day just waiting to the wind to change....Layton...( Lets pause for a minute to appreciate this beautiful specimen of a man.. yummmmmy!)OK... so of course when Whitley and Layton first meet there is definitely a huge amount of physical attraction..but they for sure rub each other the wrong way. Insulting each other, denying their attraction.. he thinks she's a stuck up city girl and she thinks he's just an asshole..“You want me to get on your horse? With all my stuff? How?” I sighed and prayed that someone would just put up a sign outside of Llano that read, No more city folk allowed. “Ma’am, how in the world—” Balancing the box in one hand, she held up the other and shook her head. “Okay, first off, I’m pretty sure you’re older than me, so please stop calling me ma’am. My name is Whitley. And your name, cowboy?” What a bitch!“You so much as touch me wrong, and I’ll knock the shit out of you, cowboy.”Yep, the sparks were flying right off the bat with these two...but they more they try to deny their feelings..the closer they get and it's not long before they've fallen head over heels in L-O-V-E! Not long at all... these two went from fighting..to flirting...to being in love in no time at all.. They were just so freaking cute together!! All the hugging and kissing and sappy ass sugary cuddles and snuggles and bla bla bla.. yea, it was way over the top sweet... But there was some good sexy steamy times too. They could barely keep their hands off of each other..they were both way horny like ALL THE TIME!! And they were constantly telling each other how crazy in love they were with each other. Like ALL THE TIME..My whole body trembled with his every touch. “I think about you constantly, Whitley. I wonder what you’re doing, what you’re thinking about, and who you’re thinking about. I want to take away all of the hurt… all of the fear… I see in your eyes. I want you to lose yourself in my love.”But.. sigh.. they were just so dogone cute!There really wasn't very much angst in this one.. once they realized they were in love, which was by 50%...the rest of the book was them just falling more in love with each other. Yep, it was sappy silly. There was a couple of jealous moments but they got resolved very quickly. The most drama came from the side characters of Courtney and Reed..which will be featured in the next book in this series. Now those two had some DRAMA! Now.. not every happy couple can get their HEA without a little drama of their own.... and Whitley and Layton will have some tense moments to get through... but we definitely get our HEA here.. One of the best riding off into the sunset endings ever! I love how Kelly not only gave us a sweet romantic story of two people falling in love, but she wrapped it up so beautifully. I had such a silly grin on my face through the last 10% of this book. If there was just one teeny tiny little complaint.. I would want longer more detailed sex scenes! There was lots of hot times and they were detailed pretty good.. but they could for sure be longer.. Besides that one thing, I got exactly what I was looking for in this one.. a sweet completely unrealistic happily every after cowboy fairy tale!

  • Natalie
    2019-02-09 10:16

    No no no no no. How many times can a person wink? Also, the phrase "I'm going to come" filled up a quarter of the book. Just, no.

  • ♥Sharon♥
    2019-02-18 16:08

    2 StarsAnother one for my liked it but didn't love it shelf. Actually I only kind of liked it. I decided to read this one as I hit the road for a bit of an adventure with the family to celebrate the New Year. It was a quick mindless read.Layton and Whitley were sweet enough, their relationship was sweet too and they were surrounded by a lot of sweetness. But that was the problem, it was too damn sweet. Needed a little more substance to the story. Almost closed it a few times but ended up finishing it.If you're looking for a shitload of sweetness then pick this one up. :)

  • Sheryl
    2019-02-18 17:13

    OKAY... so MAYBE the reason I added this book was BECAUSE Gary Taylor is on the cover

  • Jurate
    2019-01-30 15:00

    Omg! I see Kelly's Elliott books are getting hotter!Like really hotI read all Kelly's books and I would discribe them all,with few words: sweet , romantic ,lovely with a little bit drama . All sex scenes in authors books are good. But this one! I was surprised! I didn't expected. I thing author read Knight&Play too .Enough about that... Lets talk about other things Layton... Oh Layton!Ok, I didn't love him , but he is lovable. You can understand, that he had difficult childhood without mother That all he had was his brother and how hard was losing him But man! How much you can cry? HOW MUCH? How little have to happen to make you cry?Whitley,If you run from jealous beating ex, who destroyed all your confidence in men, how come you fell in love so fast? I liked her more than Layton so I don't even know what to say about her, just that I don't remember her very well :DDDMost I liked the name Whitley.When Layton and Whitley were together they couldn't touch each other. They always had to be together. They always had to be inside . I mean Layton in Whitley :DDD They always were so happy together , but it seemed too sweetGenerally book was good, and I didn't want to say anything negative , just that earlier books was better ;) What I liked the most , was playlist!My apologies to those who disagree with me, and sorry for spelling ;)

  • Katie
    2019-02-08 11:12

    Ugh, this book. So, I picked it up because it had good Amazon reviews. The story sounded halfway decent. But about 20% in, I started thinking, um... this book is a LOT like that terrible book that I read a while back called Wanted. I mean, seriously. A LOT like it. And the instalove. There are no words for how much I hate instalove. Some books do it better than others, and I can tolerate it, but this book? Terrible, terrible case of annoying, unrealistic instalove. Once I hit the instalove section of the book, I lost interest FAST. There was no conflict. There was no point. All they did for the rest of the book was have ridiculous amounts of sex. So after about 30% in, I skimmed the rest of the book. The story was unoriginal and dull, and I had to MAKE myself finish this book. So last night, I finally finished skimming reading this book, and I got to the acknowledgements. And the author mentions her "Wanted fans." Aaaand a lightbulb went off. THIS IS THE SAME AUTHOR AS THAT TERRIBLE BOOK, Wanted! No wonder it was like I was reading the exact. same. freaking. book!!! So yeah. It's basically like, a second draft of Wanted. I'm giving it two stars instead of one because there weren't evident grammar problems in this book like there were in Wanted, and because it wasn't nearly as long and drawn out as Wanted. And also because every single word out of every character's mouth wasn't "fuck." But it was pretty dull and unoriginal. Don't waste your time.

  • Julia's Book Haven
    2019-02-01 11:06

    I loved this book! Kelly Elliott is one of those great authors that gets better with each book. She writes with so much emotion that her characters seem even more real then others. I loved Whitley and Layton, they were a great couple and so damn cute. I liked that they were friends before they started dating even if it was obvious that they wanted more pretty much from day one lol. And my god this book was sexy!!!Probably her hottest book yet. There were scenes where I was just fanning myself and drooling lol. And great news to anyone who was weary of reading this one before the next book is out because of Ms.Elliott's bad habit of leaving us with soul crushing cliff-hangers....THERE ISN'T ONE! This can be read as a stand alone book, the next book in the series is about a different couple, Courtney and Reed. I'm looking forward to reading their book and seeing them finally get their shit together and just freaking loving each other lol. I can't recommend this book and all other Kelly Elliott books enough! She is just wonderful. So read this!! Right now! XD

  • Nikki
    2019-01-30 12:13

    No likey. DNF @ 52%

  • .chel.
    2019-01-24 14:23

    Broken was exactly that – broken. It’s the same storyline as most, two broken people who vow not to love again, only to fall madly in love with each other. There was potential for this to be a good read but sadly, it just fell all over the place. Between, the insta-love and all the damn ‘winking’ going on, the story just fell flat. Not to mention that certain characters whom the author originally made likable all of a sudden did a 180 which seemed uncharacteristic of them. This abrupt change of character seemed forced on to the reader to set the stage for the next book. Overall, there just seemed to be a huge disconnect between the flow of the plot and the characters itself.

  • Jeanette
    2019-02-20 14:15

    I bought this book because of all of the five star reviews here and on Amazon. Wow was it every cheesy...wink wink cheesy...and seriously how many times can we hear how hard his dick is?? They saved each other after days. barf. Don't waste your time.

  • ~Nichole~Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
    2019-02-06 15:27

    Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews Sizzling Pages @ Facebook Twitter:@Sizzlingpages 4 Sweet Sizzling Stars5 Sizzling Hearts for Heat I was excited to be able to sign up for this Blog tour as I loved Saved and Wanted by Kelly Elliot. I love New Adult books and I think that Kelly knows her way around writing stories with entertaining and engrossing plots where the story just flows and you find your self lost in the characters lives and journey, loving every moment of it.  I think this one was just another great read of Kelly's I loved the way the romance played out with Layton and Whitley. They wanted to hate each other but the chemistry between them was too strong. Whitley was starting her life over after a very abusive past and Layton had been left by everybody that he had every loved. I loved how Layton opened up and showed his feelings without seeming less macho. He just made my heart melt with his memories of his brother and mom. The secondary characters brought a real depth to the story and I really wanted to jump in and shake a few of them. Lot's of drama, passion and amazing love scenes made this one enjoyable read. Can't wait to read Reed and Courtney's story. **Sizzling Pages did not receive an ARC for this blog tour and purchased a copy from Amazon.

  • Beth
    2019-01-25 13:15

    5 Promise Keeper StarsGig 'Em! With Two Thumps Up. Whoop! For those of you not from Texas, that's Aggie Speak For Good Job, Way To Go, Yeah Haw, and Hot Damn. I am all of those things about this book. I love KelEl. I love that she writes Texas characters who are real Texas characters not some cardboard cut out Dallas, the new version, what everyone expects. And this one...Finally has an Aggie. Kelly promised me an Aggie and she delivered. Thank God. Those Longhorns were taking over her books! Whitley begs her parents to let her move to NYC with her high school boyfriend after her high school graduation. She is sooo in love, she can't see that anything else will make her happy. Boy was she wrong. In a big way. Like with fireworks WRONG. Roger abuses, belittles and breaks Whitley. Tonight might be the night he finally kills me.Layton keeps his promises. His mother died, his father left him and his older brother in a house with no running water, heat or air and just left. LEFT. What happened to the implied promise of taking care of your children? His brother was killed and his girlfriend left him. More promises broken. But Layton is determined to keep his promises. He promised his brother he would make a go of the ranch and take care of the family he left behind. He is all about doing that. He is not going to let anyone get close enough to make or break promises to him anymore. Whitley and her bestie move to Texas to get away from Roger and save her life. When she meets Layton it is locking horns, pissing off and smart ass attitude from the beginning. I have never been so attracted to a girl I couldn't stand to be around. What in the hell is wrong with me?There are lots of ex's, trucks, cowboys, two stepping, flat tires, horses, picnics, snippy girls and jealous boys. Whitley and Layton are both broken and distrustful. But boy, is there heat between them. I mean, Yee Haw....heat! Whitley, he whispered against my lips. I want to know every inch of your body. I want to make nothing but memories with you. Every day. Every minute. Every second.Yep...this is a Whoop! of a read. And what else is there to love....the secondary characters. You will love the secondary characters. I want more Reed and Courtney and even Mitch. I can't wait for Broken #2. I promise you will love this book. I promise I will keep you posted on the second book. I promise I will continue to stalk KelEl because she is one of my favorites. Whoop!

  • Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
    2019-01-30 18:11

    4.5 angsty cowboy swooning stars! I will admit that I like a book with some hard lines and some edge and that I am not a big fan of love at first sight/cant live without you story lines. Well, every once in a while I find an author who writes sappy heartfelt romances and I change my mindset! Kelly Elliot is the diva of mushy heartbreaking love stories. I read her work for what it is and I get lost in the emotional uproar. Broken introduces us to Whitley and Layton...two "country" folk at heart whose life tragedies along with a bit of fate put them on a path to forever together.Whitley is a southern girl transplanted to NYC with her high school sweetheart. It does not take long for this romance to turn abusive leaving her broken in a hospital. Her BFF Courtney busts her out and they head to Texas for a new life. Layton Morris is a Texas born boy left to live on his successful ranch alone. Everyone he has every loved has left him one way or another. When a fancy car from NYC broken down on a country road, he sweeps in on horseback to save the day. The meeting of Whitley and Layton is a bit magical and sets the tone for the rest of the story. I cant find much to fret about with this read. I got exactly what I expected and needed from this story. I enjoyed the comedic friendly banter among the characters, the strength finding journey for Layton and Whitley to move on, and the off the charts hot sex scenes. I mostly enjoyed Layton, lol! Horses, tight tee's, faded out jeans, and a dimple for god's sake...enough said!!!! In true Kelly Elliot style she has left us a new story to wait on with Courtney and Layton's bff Reed...ugh, gonna try to be patient with this, but wow these two are a hot mess I cannot wait to read!!!!!

  • Heather in FL
    2019-01-31 14:05

    (Edit: Leighton is Layton... I listened, but it dawned on me that maybe I was spelling it wrong! So I looked at the blurb again. Oops.)This was mildly entertaining, but I won't be continuing the series.Before I listened to this, I looked at a few reviews. One of them was a DNF review where the reviewer's main complaint was that (paraphrasing) Whitley and Leighton are both adamant that they'll never let anyone else in, and they don't even like each other, and then all of a sudden they're in love. I thought (hoped) maybe it was an exaggeration since there were other positive reviews. No such luck. It was dumb. When their profession of love happened, I remembered that review, and I just shook my head. I mean honestly, it's only been a few months since her ex beat the crap out of her, and she's letting Leighton in? It just seems so implausible after what she went through that she'd be so quick to jump into another relationship. And she jumped right into the deep end with this one! And then there were still back and forths -- each not really believing the other had good intentions, so every little slight or side look was totally blown out of proportion. Even the crap that happened with Olivia... yes, she was conniving and was trying to keep Leighton and Whitley apart, but Whitley wouldn't even give Leighton the benefit of the doubt when Olivia got Leighton alone, even when his friends tried to correct her assumptions. Perhaps it's because they didn't know each other well... but then why were they so madly in luuuuuurrrrrrve? Add to that the whole Reid/Courtney thing where they were doing the same flipping thing -- I hate him/her, but I can't stand that he/she is dating someone else, but I can't admit that I might actually like him/her, or really I love him/her... but I hate him/her... no I love him/her... OMG it was exhausting. And annoying. It just seemed so high school when these are people in their mid to late 20s. I'm sure the next story will be about Reid and Courtney, and I just don't care. Another thing, and it's been mentioned in other reviews of other books: when an author includes song names but the reader isn't familiar with them, it loses its (supposed) punch. There was some song that Leighton played when he proposed to Whitley, but it's a country song, so I'm completely unfamiliar. I'm sure it was sweet, but the connection was lost on me. Even brands that were mentioned... they're intended to imply luxury, but isn't there some other way to imply luxury? Whitley's wedding dress designer was mentioned, but if it's someone special, I have no clue. If this hadn't been audio, I'm pretty sure I would have DNFed this a while ago. Even after all the ex-boyfriend crap, there was still so much story. When would it ever end??? Yet it was still mildly entertaining, hence the 2-star rating, but I think I'm being generous.As for the narrators, the guy did a good job... nice accent. I'm torn on the female narrator. I'm not sure if she made the story worse or if the story was just that hard to work with. She made Whitley seem younger, but then that was probably in part because of how the story was going. So I dunno.Definitely not continuing the series.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-12 11:21

    WOW!!!!! Kelly Elliott has done it again. I absolutely LOVED this book. I was afraid it wouldn't be as good as her Wanted series (because I love all those books so much) but boy was I wrong...it was just as good. This book had everything a 5 star read should have. There was angst, drama, love, swooning, and some really sexy steamy scenes ;). I felt a wide variety of emotions while reading this book and I love when a book/author can do that to me. I will say that this book sort of reminded me of the wanted series...in it's writing style, not storyline, but I guess that is why I loved it so much. I love Kelly's writing style and the story/characters she creates. One thing I found to be different with this book was there wasn't that insta love like in Wanted. Yes Whitley and Layton were attracted to each other right away but they were both so broken that they denied what they were feeling. She actually made them work for their relationship :)As for these characters....Kelly is amazing in creating the hot and swoony cowboy!!! I love all her men ;). I will say that it took me a little while to warm up to Layton. He was a little rough around the edges and not very kind to Whitley at first. But like all of her other heroes he won me over. Whitley on the other hand...I loved her character right from the start. She was a strong person who suffered in a bad situation for too long. I was so happy when she finally realized she deserved better. And that all men are not like Roger!!!! Whitley's character didn't annoy me once in this book. I also loved her and Layton together. It was great to see them building each other up and putting each if their hearts back together.As for secondary characters the only 2 that really stick out would be Reed and Courtney. Yes there are others but they were just more like background people. I LOVED Courtney...she reminded me of myself so many times and I loved her friendship with Whitley. I really can't wait to read the next book which is about Reed and Courtney. I just hope they can get their act together :). Reed was another one who had a great friendship with Layton. He was there through it all. I hope he gets his HEA!!!I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet love story about 2 very broke souls who work together to heal each other. If you are a fan of Kelly Elliott's you DON'T want to miss this book!!!!For more reviews go to www.bookbitchesblog.com

  • Brooke
    2019-02-03 16:18

    Well, sadly, for me this one was a disappointment! I got this book because I had seen a number of 5star reviews but sadly i don't think it was deserving of those stars.While i think that the storyline itself was.good, it seemed to be lacking in the depth i crave in a good book. i think there could have been a more depth to the characters than there was, a better explanation of relationships, ie.. Other than a brief mention of Whit's mother at the very beginning she is not mentioned once until the final scenes yet they are portrayed as having a great mother/daughter bond. I also found myself cringing at the over the top, sometimes even gag worthy and overly cheesy lines in this story, especially the dialogue between the main characters. I think in this books case you can say "i love you" too many times. I also didn't find the dialogue realistic. It just didn't seem to flow like it would if you were actually hearing the characters speak the words that were written.The whole story set itself up for a potentially very dramatic scene, the return of the violent ex, but it seemed that it was all just glossed over in a chapter & forgotten. You knew it was coming, but the tension didn't build, and then.... It was just..... Done! I would like to have seen the tension build a little more dramatically in the lead up, even the consequences of the altercation seemed a little lite. Especially since it involves a supposed near death experience. To be honest i found myself slightly more interested in the love/hate relationship between the main characters best friends, whom it seems will be getting their own book next, but sadly, I am just not sure i will be able to go back for more of this seriesI hate being so critical of a writer's work because i know how much hard work goes into releasing a book, so I am sorry for that, but his one was just not for me.

  • Hailey
    2019-02-22 14:06

    UPDATEDOh my this was really bad... I couldn't finish it. The emotional whiplash was too much from all the characters and believe me there were a lot of them and it was like only 16% into the book!! I should have left this one alone. I absolutely despised that Whitley chick and that Layton was a proper douche. I couldn't read past 24%. The characters felt juvenile and every other word was either a swear word or baby. It annoying really fast. Oh my it was like high school all over again! With the he said this and she said that then the whole Courtney, Reed, Mitch thing. Courtney by the way is total b**tch, cannot stand the girl. Why do author's do that? These people are so extreme irs laughable. There is such a thing as too much drama, and this was not drama it was stupid idiotic high school drama! You would never believe these people were in their twenties.I'm in the minority here considering the overall reviews but I don't care... this book was cringeworthy!

  • JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
    2019-02-01 16:24

    Really enjoyed this one!

  • Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
    2019-01-29 15:03

    3.75-4 Stars“The future needs your attention right now. It has something beautiful to offer you, but first…you must let go of the past in order to receive It.” ~ Robert TewFirst off I have to say that I’m in complete cover love with this book. It’s Gary-Fucking-Taylor on the front, people! That right there is reason enough to buy this book. Imagining him as Layton throughout the whole story just put my libido in overdrive. God, the man is gorgeous…so for your viewing pleasure (and of course, mine)….(**All Photos belong to FuriousFotog**)Ok. Sorry for that. Wait…No I’m not. LOL. Anyway, on to my review “When you first met me, Whitley, I was so damaged. I had a broken heart that was still bleeding. When I look into your eyes…I feel…like my heart is healing.”Whitley is running from her ex. Abused and broken, she moves from New York to a small town in Texas. She’s weary of men and is definitely swearing them off. However, thing change when she meets Layton. Layton has lost everyone he’s ever loved. His dad left him and his older brother, Mike, after their mother passed away; they were only 16 & 18 years old respectively. They were alone and had to fend for themselves. Then Layton lost his brother, Mike, while he was on duty in the Marines. Oh! But that’s not it. The love his life, at that time anyway, Olivia, left him the day after he found out about his brother’s death. It was safe to say that Layton, too, was broken. When they first met, the sparks were definitely flying, but not like what you would think. They bantered like no tomorrow, but both couldn’t deny the underlying lust they had for each other. When they finally fall, they fall hard. But what happens when both their pasts are constantly hounding them…will they remain intact?“You told me last night I healed you, but you healed me just as much. I love you, Layton. I’ll love you forever, too.”If you’re a fan of Kelly Elliott’s Wanted Series, then you will absolutely enjoy this new series. If you haven’t read any of her books, then this would be a good time to start. However, you need to know a couple things before diving into this book:One: This is very much an insta-love relationship. As much as they fought each other in the beginning, it didn’t last long - they hook up and declare their love pretty freaking fast. So if you don’t like those, then you will have a huge problem with this. Two: Once again, Ms. Elliott leaves us hanging. No worries, there is a HEA for Layton & Whitley, but the cliffhanger relates to what I assume will be the next book in the series featuring Reed & Courtney. Speaking of this….OH MY GOD!! Ms. Elliott, you never disappointment me, you ALWAYS make me want the next book…like NOW. Ugh. I guess I’ll have to wait (again) to get my HEA for Reed & Courtney. I can’t wait!-----♥♥♥ FOLLOW ME ♥♥♥Blog: www.sweetspotbookblog.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/SweetSpotBookBlogTwitter:@thessamari

  • Jennifer Reyes
    2019-02-16 10:19

    Broken by Kelly ElliottMy, oh my. I must say, Kelly Elliott has done it once again! She always seems to amaze me at just how amazing her books are. I have been in love with her writing ever since I read "Wanted" and have read every book since! I saw that this book was finally out on amazon and on e I had my copy not even my dead kindle could stop me from reading it! Lol. I got the book onto phone and dived right it. Just like all of her other books this one is full of hot steamy scenes as well as many sweet swoon worthy scenes. Having Gary on the cover was perfect, as things that Layton said made me think of him. Even if Gary is the perfect Gunner, he could be a Layton as well hahaha. Reading this book made me fall in love with Kelly Elliott even more! I am an even bigger fan of hers and cannot wait to read her next books!This book starts off with us meeting Whitley Reynolds, a sweet loving girl. She comes from a well off family. She moves to New York following her boyfriend after graduating high school. After moving with him she discovers a side of him she's never seem before. And after months of dealing with it, she decides she's had enough and decides to leave him and move away to a small town far away with her best friend. Layton Morris has not had an easy life. He's had obstacle after obstacle put in his life. It seems as if every one that he loves and cares for ends up leaving him. His mother died of cancer when he was young. Shortly afterwards his dad abandoned him and his older brother. They struggled to survive with just one another. Now years later Layton has to learn to survive on his own after losing his brother and having his heart broken by the one he loved. Layton and Whitney meet. And instantly I loved their back and forth banter that they had going on. You could see how from the beginning they had this easiness around one another. Whitney had just moved to town and Layton became her knight who rescued her when her car broke down. I loved seeing how they both struggled with their feelings. They are both hurt people, who have but up walls to protect themselves from being hurt once again. But they break those down and let each other in. Slowly this relationship blossoms and I love how much Layton wants to protect Whitney and how much he cares for her. And oh my god! The sex scenes!! They are HOT AND STEAMY!! Damn! I loved this couple so much!! How they were broken souls that found one another and helped each other heal! But once things seem to be going great, someone from the past comes to shake it all up. Whitney's ex enters the picture. Will Layton and Whitney be able to get past this or will this damaged their relationship?Apart from this great love story we also get to see the wonderful relationships these two have with their family and friends. Courtney, Whitney's best friend is truly the best friend anyone could ask for. She is always there for Whitney and even moves across the country to be there for her. Then there is Reed, Layton's best friend, he helps him out at his ranch and is also there for him whenever he needs him. There is also Jen and Kate, Layton's sister in law and niece. The way that Layton cares for them is just so sweet! Throughout the book we see all these other friendships and relationships bloom. The one between Reed and Courtney is a very interesting one, I can't wait to read more about it. This book is seriously a MUST READ!! Drop everything you are doing, any other book you are reading and go grab yourself a copy of it NOW!!

  • Angela
    2019-02-14 17:20

    I'll be honest, while I did enjoy this book, it wasn't my favorite from Kelly Elliott. I found it moved too fast for my taste and it was a little overkill with love. Once Layton and Whitley confess their love for each other they can't stay away from one another. They only know each other a few weeks before they jump head first into their affliction. I was surprised that Whitley was so open to a new relationship having just gotten away from an abusive one. Layton has been through hell, his past being like a soap opera. His mom died when he was young, then his dad not being able to handle it leaves Layton and his brother in horrible conditions. Thankfully, they survive pretty well on their own and when their father sends money they don't waste it and make something of themselves. But, when Layton's brother dies four days before coming home from the Marine's, Layton is forced to go it alone. When Layton and Whitley meet both of their worlds start to turn around for the better. If you like a light cheeseballish type of romance then this book is for you.

  • Darcy
    2019-02-17 11:03

    I feel like I have whiplash from the personality change that Whitley has over the first couple chapters. I felt sorry for Whitley at the start, hated that she was being abused and was glad that she made the choice to run, to get away. So I was a bit surprised that after she was in Texas she turned into a raging bitch! This is the reason why I'm giving up this book. I hated how she treated Layton, a random guy that stopped to help her. I know they will end up, but I can't stomach putting myself through her mouthy ways. It is too bad too, because I liked Layton, wanted to know more about what happened to them as kids, and what happened to Mike. But I can't put up with Whitley. In the end this one just isn't for me.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-23 10:23

    I was really looking forward to reading this book after all of the 5 star reviews......what a disappointment. I can't deal with insta-love. It's just beyond ridiculous in this book and extremely unbelievable. No one goes from an abusive relationship to falling madly in love with someone else a few weeks later. Not to mention how corny and over the top some of the situations were. I don't think I would consider reading any of her other books after this one.

  • NightRider
    2019-02-13 18:28

    I have to put this in the DNF column. I couldn't handle all the smiling and winking at EVERYTHING. Brother died? No problem I will just smile and wink, it's okay. Boyfriend beat me almost to death? No problem I will just smile about it, while still sitting in the hospital. Plus the whole time they talked it felt like they were on crack, jumping and clapping and....*sigh*

  • Laura Johnson
    2019-02-03 11:17

    3 "CG "stars. Yes, this story has been told before but I did enjoy the characters. The the plot and writing was fair. However the editing was some less perfect and thee way the story shifted points was choppy. Overall, I really liked it. I won't discount this series.

  • Gena Puro
    2019-02-19 13:22

    DNF @ 41%

  • Nance
    2019-02-11 18:30

    Review to be written soon...