Book Review – Broken by Megan Hart

by Maryse on February 10, 2012 · 23 comments

in contemporary romance, Megan Hart

*clutching my heart* Ohhhh WOW!!!!! Yep there is no other way to exclaim my excitement over this one. This book turned my world upside down, and made me ride it that way, all the way to the end. I went in smug that I’d probably remain unaffected by the obvious erotic storyline, yet came out electrified, alive and buzzing with a need for MORE. But it’s not for the reason you’re thinking. Nope. Nuh uh. I realized this was going to be unputdownable very shortly into the storyline, when something made me gasp out loud and say “OH NO WAY!!!” (to my husband and all of my fellow Facebook readers).

I had just started the book, but I knew I had to share it with you guys ASAP:

“Maryse’s Book Blog: Ok I just started Broken. I’ve already swooned, fallen, and experienced a huge shock. I think I already have a feeling I know where this is going, and I will admit, I’m a bit scared… But I can’t stop reading.”

I went into this one having NO CLUE about the premise of the book (other than what was in the “product description” basically letting us know that the heroine was  infatuated with some sort of friend/womanizer that loved to tell her about his “sexcapades”).

He left out not even the smallest detail of sensation. He’d enthralled me, bound me with his words.

I expected the story to go a certain way. In fact, when I started getting many recommendations for me to read it (even more than with her book, “Dirty”) I checked it out.

Tracy: Broken by Megan Hart.  I don’t even know where to begin.  This is just an amazing book….it stays with you!  Has anyone read Megan Hart?

Chris: OK….the book I want you to read next is ….BROKEN!  This book is super intense and will make you cry but it was soooo good.

I had seen it in the past, when I was on a quest for the next big read, and noticed the high number of 5 star reviews for this book. I read the synopsis and thought it would be… well. Just super-sexy erotica. I knew I wanted to read it (I mean, that many raves for a book can’t be wrong) but I simply set it aside in my wish list and continued to look for something deeper. HA! THIS was what I had been looking for all along.

And I only realized it might be, when I read “Dirty“. After that book, I knew that the author had a certain writing style, an emotional, conflicted, realistic yet seriously troubled look into life, love and changes, and I knew this was more than just the “candy” that appeared in the excerpt.

And when I brought this book up to fellow readers (and my early emotional reaction to it),

“Maryse’s Book Blog: I’m in 60-something percent and I love this book sooooo much. Oh my god, I can’t believe how I can’t put it down, and how stressed I am reading it and how magically the author is telling this crazy but realistic tale. I just reached an infuriating part. Ugh! stupid ***! I’m so sad for every moment of her…. This will be in my top list I’m sure of it!”

the response was enormous!

Lauren: It’s the best/worst book ever! I’ve never cried so much reading a book in my life.

Christy: OMG!! I am sooooo glad you are reading this!! It was my first book of hers & got me addicted to her style. But this book just shocked me & broke my heart. Loved it!!

Maryse’s Book Blog: I think you guys are trying to kill me!

Kari: I read this and its really good!

Jenny: You’re making me nervous Maryse! Started Dirty this morning

Barb: I stayed up all night last night reading it. Wowza… Amazing, beautiful book.

Tonya: I’m 50% into Broken. I want to keep going, but I HAVE to get to bed. I’m getting anxious about what’s going to happen????

Christina: that book was just……wow.

Sheila:That book was great!

Chris: Megan Hart is amazing!!!! I knew u would love this book Maryse!

Crystal: I cried and smiled, wow, Broken was an amazing read.

I won’t even tell you what it’s about. I’m letting you go into this one blind, just like I did. Just wait until you get that warm fuzzy feeling, start falling… and then suddenly you get that “virtual” glass of ice water thrown in your face. The shock! There is a moment that will have you gaping, and then all the way throughout, you will be on the edge of your seat, sweating this whole situation with the heroine. Wondering, wishing, hoping, yet feeling completely devastated.

It’s a mess.

… when you’re mad, bad and dangerously in love, many things seems excusable that normally wouldn’t.

This author spins magic when she works a “love” angle, even if she only has a short chapter to make you feel it, and realize it’s happening. Because I FELT it. I was melting with the heroine (and not just where you think one would “melt”). There are unexpected surprises, little sweet and super tender moments, and then times when all of that “warm and fuzzy” is obliterated. And the author has a unique and clever way of handling both sides of the story. The “storytelling” if you will. I’ve never seen it done like this, before but wow, she’s gifted! I didn’t find myself skimming once, and the only reason I put this book down was to sleep (around 3am), and considering my “flu-ish” state I’m surprised I lasted that long. But this book had me adrenalized, and I fought my medicine-head tooth and nail.

“You know putting the onus of your happiness on someone isn’t healthy. But neither is refusing to allow someone to help you gain it.”

And as you read it, you’ll second guess everything. The choices, the soul-searching, how “things” are handled. As you watch this potential train-wreck play out, and you’ll probably cry. A few times. Happy tears or sad tears, I won’t tell you, but just know that while I had a hard time connecting to the heroine in Dirty, I had NO problem connecting to Sadie in this one.

The mirror tried catching my attention, but I ignored it. I no longer knew the woman who lived in there.

And when I finished, I was almost speechless but felt the need to say:

Maryse’s Book Blog: Done. Fan-freakin-tastic!

SO that’s all I’m telling you. Easily a FIVE star read for me, and it WILL make my best of 2012 list for sure. I know it. THIS is the kind of story that stays with you forever. Romance, sure, but… different. Now I’m onto my next Megan Hart! I know, I know, I have two unfinished books to read (that I was enjoying, plenty), but I’m stuck in this author’s world, and I’m not ready to leave it, just yet.

(BTW: read Dirty first, because this book occurs a year after Dirty, and Elle, the heroine in “Dirty” appears frequently in this one).

5 stars!

Interested in the series? Check out the reading order guide!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Aestas February 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Oooooo I can’t wait to read this, Dirty and Fallen From Grace!
Your recommendations are the only ones where I ever go straight to Amazon and buy the books without reading other people’s reviews. I love that I can come to this site and know with 100% certainty that if you loved the book, so will I :)

Maryse February 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Aestas! Awww wonderful! I’m so glad!!! I have no doubt all three of these books will move you as they did me.

Krystal February 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

i just read love unscripted.. and i loved it.. i was gonna shy away from romance a bit but after reading this review.. i can’t. !!!!! i agree completely with Aestas , i don’t trust any one else’s reviews ! so far I’ve loved every book, I’ve tried cuz of you ! Dirty ! here i come :D

arwen February 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

We told you Maryse!! ;)
You are not going back… lol…
Megan Hart to me is the best contemporary fiction writer I’ve come across.
Glad you are liking her writing. There are few more books with stories a characters connected with the Dirty and Broken so, I hope you’ll keep reading.

**Chris** February 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Thanks for mentioning me in your reviews!! U R Sweet ;) .

maryjo February 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Ok, i finished Dirty and i so loved it! i was scared at first but, actually read it again because the first time I was so nervous. I was going to start on Tempted by Meagan Hart but, you’ve totally persuaded me to start on this one! Not going to lie, I’m kinda scared…..

Maryse February 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM

And thank YOU Chris for insisting I read these awesome books from this author!

Maryse February 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Yep Arwen! I’m hooked. Right now I’m reading Stranger, then I’m going to Tempted. I’m on a role!! Let’s call it my Megan Hart marathon.

Maryse February 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Krystal! I’m anxious to see how you like it!! These ae riveting!

Maryse February 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Maryjo… I can’t wait for Tempted!

Krystal February 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Just finished “dirty” . I liked it . I be never read a character like “Elle” she’s just something else. N heart Breakin of course lol it left me staring at my nook like…. Damnnn….. But yay for them … But man .. Lol as soon as I get my kids to sleep I’m starting “Broken” :)

Krystal February 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

ok.. so i finished the book… and “wow” doesn’t even cover it ! i cried when the big shock happened… it was just wow in general. never have i read a book like this.. and I’m not sure id re-read it.. i loved it , don’t get me wrong but i don’t think i can go through the roller coaster again. my hear can’t just go there again… Broken has a new meaning.. life in general has a new meaning. This book was absolutely fantastic !!!! :D

**Chris** February 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM

U dont need to thank me Maryse……I just wanted to share my recommendations with YOU!!!! U gave me Fifty **wink wink**….I owe u.

**Chris** February 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Hey Maryse…Olivia Cunning says she has a surprise for her readers on Valentine day about brian/trey!!!!!!!!!!!! Tipee. Let us know if you notice any early book releases and post it please. Thanks girl. What are you reading now? Which Megan book?

patricia February 12, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Gosh, talk about being careful for what you wish for……intense…mhaaauhhaaaa (that’s my crazy laugh) ……….emotions were evoked despite my unwillingness to part with them……I think Reluctant Dom just got a run for it’s money because this one did me in……….good find chica

Mary jo February 13, 2012 at 2:05 AM

For anyone who loved Elle and Dan like I did there’s a short story with them…Reason Enough. Ahhhhh… I can’t wait to delve in, they are my favorite Megan Hart couple so far!

Cheryl February 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Just finished this last night. I’m emotionally exhausted. I LOVED this book. I want more Sadie and Joe.

Agree Maryse, this goes on my favorite book shelf.

Maryse February 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM

YAY Cheryl!! I love this author and I hear “Deeper” is A-MA-ZING!! That’ll be my next one, after I read Alex’s short story/POV.

Deepika April 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Hi Maryse,

I discovered your blog a few months ago and have loved all your must reads! Loved Fifty, Kellan et al. Just started Broken though, and I have to say, my heart is breaking for Sadie. Since I’m on the verge of setting this aside cos it’s just too sad, please tell me there’s a rainbow at the end!

Jen S July 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM

WOW OH WOW!!!!!!!
I just finished Broken this afternoon at lunch… this is the first book that I’ve ever actually stopped reading and sat down and had a discussion with my husband about it… It just had me thinking so much about what if’s and jeez…. and then without even telling him the title he said to me “hun, sometimes people just end up broken…it’s just sad” and that was it – I lost it! And I was only half way through at that point…

Anyway a great book… it really has my stomach in knots… I loved it.

Patty February 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

OK. I am in about 45% on Broken and just peaked at your review and noticed I should have read Dirty First…I did not….Would it matter if I read it second or just move onto book 3 after Taken. I don’t know ehat to do at this point.

The beginning of Taken was a bit confusing…trying to figure out who’s point of view it was coming from…I have now realized the storyline but I’m not feeling that I-cant-put-down feeling yet….I’m afraid it not going to grab me……HELP

Eesha December 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Commenting for the first time ever. :D hey Maryse! I have been surviving on your recommendations for months now. I used to be a hardcore historical romance junkie, but now my taste is angling towards contemporary angst. :$ Thanks for the tears. I got done with Broken just minutes ago…and …wow…i am pretty shaken up. This is not the type of romance that has me melting but yet it did. One second I am rooting for the rake (historical romance junkie reminder) and the next I am beyond pissed and ready to commit some fictional homicide. :D Roller coaster stuff foshore!

Maryse December 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM

LOL Eesha!!! I know that one is CRAZY good. I love that author. Her stories are very raw… the internal dialogue and the issues they face. Ouch (and still romance…)

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