In Broken by Annie Jocoby, Scotty James is a struggling grad student working on her Masters in architecture at Columbia University. When the new semester starts she can’t help but notice how attractive her new professor, Nick O’Hara is. One night Nick comes into the bar where Scotty works and witnesses her dysfunctional family up close and personal. Nick decides to give Scotty a break and hires her as an intern at the firm he works at. It soon becomes clear that there is more between the two than just a professional relationship. Scotty has trust issues after years of being a foster child and Nick is nothing but a player. Will Nick give up his wild ways to be with Scotty?
I felt so sorry for Scotty to begin with. The title of the book says it all. Scotty was dealt a horrible hand in life. But Scotty is also a fighter and that completely endeared her to me. She absolutely refuses to settle for just the minimum in life.Nick took a while to grow on me. I didn’t quite trust him to give up his wild ways (and he was VERY wild). Once he decided Scotty was the woman for him, he sat about winning her trust, which redeemed him in my eyes.
I have to mention Portia in my review because hate is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel about that character. Portia works with Nick and has a crush on him. She sets out to make Scotty’s life miserable. If I could have reached through my Kindle and slapped Portia I would have.
What is interesting about this book is the build up between Scotty and Nick being intimate. It’s strange because I honestly would have been okay with Scotty and Nick not sleeping together. Jocoby does such a great job delving into their relationship and their characters that I didn’t miss the heat at all.
I really enjoyed this book (already downloaded the next in the series! ). If you have read Jocoby before but haven’t read this series, do so. For those new to Jocoby, if you enjoy Jasinda Wilder, you will enjoy Jocoby as well.
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About the Book:
Title: Broken (Broken, #1)
Author: Annie Jocoby
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Category: New Adult Romance
Source: Copy received from Author, but also available Free at retailers at the time
Nick O’Hara is a veritable womanizer. The only qualifications that he looks for in a romantic connection 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?