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Title: The Broken
Author: Shelley Coriell
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: April 29th 2014
Rating: 5/5 stars
As a fan of romantic suspense the likes of Kay Hooper, I was looking forward to reading this book “The Broken” by award winning Author Shelley Coriell. After researching her background, I discovered that this is her first novel outside of the young adult world and only her third novel. What I found left me pleasantly surprised.
“The Broken” has an emotional rawness that does not hide behind pretty words when some horrors or disturbed actions call for blunt harshness. I really appreciated that, because it allowed a deeper connection to the feeling of the character, rather than trying to find a round-about way of describing loss and despair. While that bluntness made me at times flinch, it was perfectly placed and appropriate.
Vivid, lively and multi-layered characters, combined with a fast-paced story that pulls the reader into its web, without letting go, “The Broken” is an intense read. The connection between the two main characters does not come across as forced, but rather than logical, danger seems to bond – this aspect making this book particularly a great one for me, as the physical relationship in many romance genre novels are without any real depth or reason. You can believe and root for this relationship, and ache with them. There are no moments that drag, the action feels neither rushed nor slow. A suspense romance, just the way I prefer it.
This is the first book in a series called “The Apostles”, second book to be released in October and the third in the series in January 2015. You can find out more about the upcoming books, which I will absolutely purchase, at her website, here.
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