Nick is a manwhore. Scotty’s only previous sexual experience includes being raped by her foster-father. Well…this should be an interesting combo.
What’s it About?
Nick O’Hara is, for lack of a better word, a man-wh***. Look in the Urban Dictionary under that word, and his name will no doubt be mentioned. The only qualifications that he looks for in a bed-mate is that the person is hot and breathing. Mainly hot. He has no desire for an emotional connection with another person, and that’s the way he lives his life. He has his fabulous wealth and his reputation as a premiere architect, and that’s enough for him. Until Scotty James.
Scotty is a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City. She’s broken from traumatic experiences from her years in foster care and homelessness. She has a vulnerability that is intoxicating to Nick, because, deep down, he knows that he is as broken as she. When Nick pursues Scotty, it seems that she is the only woman who doesn’t want to be with him. At first she’s a challenge, but Nick soon finds himself falling in love for the first time in his life. With a woman who wants nothing to do with him. Can Scotty overcome her trust issues and fear to let Nick in? Or will she prove to be too broken to trust?
Honestly, I felt like I was missing a big part of Nick’s story throughout the majority of this novel. We learn so much more about Scotty’s troubled past, and there is barely any mention to the fact that Nick has two daughters and an ex-wife. References are made to past events revolving around his best friend Ryan, and Iris, the love of his life, but they were never explained in full detail. Turns out Ryan and Iris are the focus of another trilogy, Illusions, by the same author. I feel like it is sort of assumed that the reader has already read the beginning of this other series, so the link between the characters isn’t focused on too much. However, as someone who hasn’t read this other series, I was left feeling a bit lost and confused.
Scotty comes to intern for Nick’s architectural firm, and a rivalry quickly ensues between her and one of Nick’s former lovers, Portia. This woman is a bitch with a capital B, and is out to get rid of Scotty. Portia insists that if she were a man her behavior would be commended. Um, sorry, but no. Then you’d just be a dick instead of a bitch. Anyway, something I really didn’t care for was that Nick always had to come to Scotty’s rescue when it came to Portia, as well as other moments when someone bothered Scotty. I wish that she would’ve stood up for herself at least once instead of having Nick constantly defend her. I understand that her past has a heavy influence on her shying away from confrontation, but you have to develop a back bone at some point in life.
Another aspect of the story which kind of bothered me was towards the end when Nick is so frustrated with Scotty that he becomes convinced she’s been teasing him all along. Her refusal to date him also has him questioning if she was ever actually raped. As a form of retaliation, he goes out on a date with another woman and immediately screws her brains out. Uh, I understand the whole saying that the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else, but my God! Maybe give it a week or two before you employ that line of thinking. Nick claims to love Scotty, but he sure has an odd way of showing it.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: Broken, book 1. As in true Annie Jocoby style, the book ends on a huge cliffhanger, so consider yourself warned.
Should you read it? I would probably recommend that you read Illusions first, just so you have a better sense of who Nick keeps referencing throughout the novel. It’s an interesting tale, but honestly I found it hard to like Nick at times.
Smut Level: Nick puts the mutt in smutty, but because of Scotty’s sexual past the two hold off on acting on their desires until the very end.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. The Kindle version is free! Tobann Publications. 258 Pages.