Review + Giveaway: Broken by Christa Cervone

Posted October 4, 2016 by Jennifer D in 5 Star Reviews, Giveaway, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review + Giveaway: Broken by Christa CervoneBroken by Christa Cervone
on October 4th 2016
Pages: 310
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According to Webster’s Dictionary the definition of the word Broken is violently separated into parts. SHATTERED.
Yup, that pretty much sums me up. How do I handle things? I find my answers at the bottom of a bottle of Tequila and sleep with random men.
How did I get this way? Well, four years ago I made a decision that cost me the love of my life. I can't undo what I did to drive Garrett out of my life. I haven't seen or heard from him in four long years. But he still haunts me in my dreams or should I call them nightmares at this point? No matter how much booze I drink and how many men I sleep with, nothing fills the void. I feel like I am existing but I’m not really living.
I’m trying to get my life back on track. Well that was until. . . . Garrett walked back into my life. His reappearance threw me into another tailspin. How do I put the pieces of our broken hearts back together? All before he walks out of my life again... this time for good. Or am I simply destined to just be Broken?

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Excerpt

I hustle across the lobby, wanting to get as far away from those two as humanly possible. Passing by a set of double doors, I peer in as the wait staff hurries about, placing final touches on each of the tables. I overhear a familiar voice and then a laugh that stops me in my tracks. My damaged heart seizes inside my chest and the breath I’d been about to take lodges in my throat. It couldn’t be. I remain motionless in the middle of the lobby, waiting to hear it again. Radio silence. Don’t be ridiculous, it’s just your imagination.

Either I’m a dumbass or a glutton for punishment, but curiosity gets the better of me, forcing me to inch my way to the door. Peeking around the corner, I catch a glimpse of a male in the reflection of the mirror and like an anchor sinking to the bottom of the ocean floor, my heart follows suit to the pit of my stomach.

Garrett Levine, the one who got away—the man who’s been the root of my self-destructive behavior. We’d once been happy—so in love, I secretly deemed us to living the happily ever after little girls dream of.

Well, until I pushed him away.

Four and a half years ago, Garrett vanished from my life. Poof! Gone. Without a trace. The ol’ “now you see me, now you don’t” trick. But not before he took the last fragment of my heart and smashed it into twenty-thousand pieces. “I love you, Leila, but I can’t be with you.” That phrase. The day. The time. The exact moment is branded into my broken heart.

I don’t blame Garrett for his Houdini disappearing act. Given the choice, I would’ve left me, too. In fact, I have left me. Hurting the only man I ever loved had never been my intention, but do people ever really set out to hurt the ones they love? Are there people in this world who wake up one morning, and say, “I think I’m going to go out and break someone’s heart today”?

I hadn’t thought about the ramifications of my decision and never stopped to think about Garrett or his feelings. I could chalk it up to being young and dumb, though some could argue my decision making skills have never been the best. Prime example: my horrible lack of judgment or self-control when it comes to drinking and spreading my legs. Those two usually come hand-in-hand for me. Tack on barely knowing any of these men, and the cherry on top of the slut-tastic sundae I’m serving: I can’t remember half of their freaking names—and I’m the damn poster child for shitty decisions.For four years, I’ve tried to forget, to erase the memories lurking in the deep depths of my brain. While alcohol and men managed to get the job done for a short time, today isn’t one of those days—no, today, I’ve obviously pissed off the universe. Her sick, twisted sense of humor hasn’t only thrown me into the pits of hell with Bridezilla, she’s given me Bridezilla’s younger, prettier, basket case of a sister for shits and giggles, and the man I loved, longed for—the one who fell off the face of the earth—has returned. Well played, Universe, well played. It seems the purgatory of my present and the sins of my past are about to collide.

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My Thoughts on Broken….

I first read Broken three years ago. I absolutely loved it!! Just love love loved it!! Recently I saw the author post looking for people who read it originally as she was re-releasing and she made some tweaks to the story. I jumped at the opportunity to re-read this story as I had remembered it being a favorite. Reading again made me realize why I loved it! It has it all! The characters are amazing: a spunky female lead and a total swoon worthy male lead that is a Marine. The writing is funny, sexy, and hot! The flow was flawless. I was wrapped up in the story and I never wanted it to end! This was a huge 5 star read that I would VERY HIGHLY recommend!

Do you believe that one choice and change everything forever. When Leila made a decision it would break apart her world as she knew it. Four years of drinking and one night stands, Leila finds herself in front of the one love she ever knew.  Garrett spent that same four years trying to forget about Leila. They are miserable and broken being apart but together can they mend the hurt and loss that broke them apart in the first place? This was one that will get you, it will have you rooting for them to find their happy place. To rekindle the love they once shared so long ago. But so much has happened in four years. They are not the same people they once were. Can time heal all?? You will need to read to find out!!

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About Christa Cervone

Born and raised in New England, Christa is a married mother of three. She began writing her first book, Broken, in October 2012, as a love story to her husband, Frank. During the writing process, Christa managed to keep her book a secret from the majority of her family and friends, including her mother. She finally revealed that she had written a book on her personal Facebook page just two weeks before Broken was released.

Broken was released in February 2013, and within twenty-four hours of its release, it was on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list as well as in the Top 20 Erotica. Christa released her second novel, On the Ropes – Book One in the Down for the Count series, in February 2014. On the Ropes has also climbed the charts on Amazon, hitting the Top 10 Sports Fiction and the Top 20 Romance Sports Fiction lists. Book Two, Going the Distance, was released July 2014 and claimed the number 3 spot in the Interracial category as well being in the top 20 in Erotica on Amazon.

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