on April 29, 2016
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My name is ROSE NEWTON, and I sell my body on the streets of San Francisco. I’m what you call society's dirty little secret. On the outside, I'm in control, the woman who makes her own rules and gives nothing away for free. Inside, I’m broken and numb. Torn and shattered by my past, my life is nothing more than the lost fragments of what's left of me.
SHANE WEST represents everything that’s foreign to me. He’s brave, kind, funny, gorgeous and persistent. When fate brings us face to face, an undeniable attraction blazes between us. He becomes the constant I've never had and the only man I'll ever trust.
There is nothing simple about falling in love when you're keeping a secret like mine.
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“I will never stop fighting for you, never. You’re soaked into the marrow of my bones, and you’ll be there until the day I take my last breath”.
This was an amazing read. This is one of those books that captivate you since the first word and grips your heart all the way to the end. The tittle of this book is pretty self-explanatory; Broken Girl is about a broken girl. A very broken girl that has endure so much on life from a very early age and at the point that we encounter her she’s at the lowest of lows. But she is so much more than that, she’s strong, courageous and a fighter.
I know I say this a lot, but this is definitely a book that you have to experience for yourself to understand the story and the struggles of the heroine. If I spoil it, then it would be a disservice to the author. There’s a lot of this story, loss, pain, struggle, passion and love. I will say that this is not your typical hooker story. It is more raw and gritty than erotica, something I definitely appreciated since I was not expecting.
More than anything, this is Rose’s story. Rose stole my heart from the prologue. She had such a hard life from childhood. Poor thing went through unimaginable things. She’s so lost and broken, but yet she’s hopeful and longs to be loved the way everyone should be loved.
“My whole life, I was never anyone’s number one.”
Enter Shane. Oh, how I love Shane! He was so great in general and so amazing to Rose. He’s definitely swoon-worthy.
“You’re my number one, Rose. You’re my number one, my number two, every number that exists in my number line.”
Obviously, because of her past, and her profession, Rose feels like she’s unworthy of love and unworthy of Shane. The rest of the story you have to read to find out, but I promise this is a great read. This is my first book by Gretchen de la O, but it definitely won’t be my last. Her writing is very beautiful and very engaging. Her descriptions of things and events are so vivid and raw; it makes you feel like you’re there. My only (little) complaint is that I wanted more! More Rose and Shane, an epilogue would’ve been great. Regardless, this book is great. I absolutely recommend!!!
“It didn’t matter who we were, everyone at one point or another has been broken, and you could either sweep up the pieces and throw them away, or find some crazy glue. But through our unspoken words; his-the injustice of war and mine-the hidden marks of abusive parents we found a safe haven in each other’s company.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author and InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review**