Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley
New Adult Romantic Suspense
Paperback/eBook, 367 pages
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 FictionRecommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.
About the Author
I’m a mom, wife, a lover and a fighter, coffee addict, wicked knitster, Microbiologist, baker of fine yummy treats, and someone who will fight you to death for that last twinkie bag of M&Ms during the zombie-apocalypse. Seriously, my addiction is that important to me. Oh yeah, and writing is cool too!
I'm having a hard time gathering my words together to write this review. Nearly Broken is a dark, complex story with a strong romantic element and a gut-ripping subject matter. What first starts out as a sweet love story between diner waitress Megan and night cook Nick soon escalates into something else. There was a twist in this story I wasn't fully expecting and just as I was wrapping my mind around it, along came another shocking change to blow me away.
In no way do I want to divulge what goes on with Megan and Nick. That wouldn't be fair. I liked how the story began and how it took me along as Megan and Nick drew close. Even when the first twist occurred, I happily went along. But when the next obstacle happened, I thought it went on for too long. I understand the author didn't want to sugarcoat such a despicable topic such as human trafficking, yet as a reader, I felt uncomfortable reading those last chapters.
I liked author Devon Ashley's writing style and her ability to shed light on such a horrendous topic with humility and graceful insight. Megan is a sympathetic character and I adored Nick. What a great guy and supporting boyfriend for Megan. The secondary characters from the diner cast to Claire's parents and her older sister were well created. Nearly Broken is a moving, profound, thought-provoking novel which touches upon the horrors of our world while gently displaying the intensity of the human spirit to persevere, especially when an incredible love is involved. I have a feeling I won't forget this book and the names Megan and Nick for a long time.
A poignant cover.
I received a promotional copy from the author in return for my honest review.
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