Today we are participating in the blog tour for Devon Ashley’s Nearly Broken. Nearly Broken is a new adult romantic suspense book that was released June 4, 2013.
About the Book
by Devon Ashley
Release Date: June 4, 2013
We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone?
Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing.
Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan’s not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it’s a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can’t bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan’s ever found.
New Adult Romantic Suspense / Realistic Fiction
Recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.
If I could sum up this book in one word, it would be: intense.
This is going to be an incredibly hard book to review, because most of the things I want to talk about would be considered spoilers. SO I am going to try really hard to talk about how amazing this book was without giving anything away. Okay, here goes.
As soon as I read the synopsis, I HAD to know what happened to Megan and who Claire was. I have to say, I thought I knew what was going on, but I was taken by surprise when I learned about Megan’s past. Devon Ashley created an amazing back story for this girl.
I almost thought about this book in two different parts. Once you read it, you will understand. The tone of the beginning was thrill/mystery/romance, while the second half was thrill/mystery/horror. Yes, horror. This book is not for the weak-hearted and is definitely not for someone under 17. There are serious subjects covered in the book. Please do not let your teen read this without reading it first.
Mature audience in this book is not merely a suggestion.
That being said, I think Devon Ashley realistically and excellently portrayed the issues she covers. I had a hard time remembering that this was not real. I was almost happy it WAS fiction, but the sad truth is this happens to so many people. It is definitely not a topic I’ve ever read before, but I think it is one I needed to see played out on the pages.
I was happy that there was a romantic element involved. The book IS intense, but there are some excellent romantic and just plain happy scenes. Megan definitely deserved all of the happiness she could get. She is an amazing protagonist, a strong female, and someone I really admire for her ability to overcome some really messed up situations.
I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here, but I most of all hope that Megan gets a little peace and security in her life.
Overall: Four out of five stars
About the Author
Devon Ashley was born in Huntington Beach but has spent most of her life residing in Texas. She spends a great deal of her time taking care of her husband and son but always seems to find time to write, knit and create unique decorative pieces. She particularly likes to write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.
Interesting Fact: Devon Ashley shares her birthday with her favorite author, Jane Austen.
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There is a tour-wide giveaway going on! Enter to win 2 signed paperbacks and 2 e-books (epub or mobi) of Nearly Broken, open Internationally!
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