Monday, December 10, 2012

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW: Broken (This Trilogy #1) by J.B. McGee

Title: Broken (This Trilogy #1)
Author: J.B. McGee

Gabby's life has been anything but easy. She is surrounded by friends who seem to have everything she doesn't: money, social standing, and happily married parents. While dealing with the loss of her mother, she experiences her first heartbreak. She commits herself to her studies and runs away from any emotions that aren't safe. Bradley Banks, a confident CEO and commercial architect, who has long time commitment issues forces Gabby to feel again, but will he be her next heartbreak?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clairnet. While attending Converse College, an all girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town. 

In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.

In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.

J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series. (Taken from Goodreads)

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My Thoughts:

Broken is the story of college age Gabby, whose life has been anything but easy. Dealing with the devastating death of her mother and the ultimate betrayal of the boy she loves she decides that she will throw herself into her studies and erects some pretty solid walls around her heart after deciding that she can handle no more heartache. But while attending a friends wedding she locks eyes with the devastatingly handsome Bradley Banks. The spark and attraction is instant and mutual. But Bradley doesn't do commitment and Gabby is not looking to open her heart to pain.

Told in past and present tense, it was great to get such a huge look into the back story of what made Gabby so weary of love. So determined to not have to experience that level of heartbreak again. Through those insights I was completely able to understand why Gabby felt the way that she did.

I loved the relationship between Gabby and her sister. Not having a sister myself, I find that I'm always drawn to those sibling relationships. The support and comfort that they offered to each other was heart warming.

And then we have Bradley Banks. I loved him!!! 29 years old. Amazingly successful in business. Extremely confident and slightly cocky. He oozes sex appeal. He is a man who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go after it. And he has decided that he wants Gabby. But will he be that man to break his way into Gabby's heart?

Broken was quite a quick read. Well written with an engaging storyline and characters. Although I admit to there being times when I was frustrated with Gabby. She is a girl who cries easily but there were a few times throughout the book where things from her past that she has buried deep were eluded to and already my stomach is churning wondering what secrets she has buried so deep that even she can't remember them.

I will definitely be reading the next book in the series Mending when it is released in December. Looking forward to seeing what happens next!!

3.75/5 Stars!

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