From Ellie Messe comes her Debut Novel Broken
Mama didn’t come home.
Daddy liked to hit.
Brothers followed suit.
So I ran.
I ran from that life.
I ran from myself.
I ran into him.
I have no experience with the game board we’re playing on, and that makes this a lethal game. One wrong move and my heart could land in the fire he’s created inside me. Worse, it could lead my past to his doorstep and it won’t just be my blood that taints this floor.
I should run. I need to run.
My father is the devil in a flesh suit, he won’t be happy until he paints this town red for my betrayal.
I should run. I need to run.
Because despite my feelings for Parker Hayes, the devil is coming and he wants what’s his.
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I made forty bucks at VIN’s which is really good considering it’s just a dive bar, and HEAT is bloody packed tonight. Josh added two additional fire shows to appease the crowd and we’re making a killing. The usual banter between Drew and I has been on fire with all the people giving additional tips for funny bartenders.
Sliding three cocktails down the line, I spin to grab a clean towel when my freaking world comes to a halt.
“Hi Ryan.” Everything freezes.
Not just my body, but the blood in my veins, the heart in my chest, and the air in my lungs, they all freeze at that voice. The stillness is replaced by a vibration in my bones as I slowly turn around.
Messy, overgrown hair falls in blonde locks over familiar gray eyes. Jesus Christ…
“You were harder to find then I thought.” What the fuck, how is it- this isn’t- I don’t. I don’t know what’s happening. “Especially since you’re not blonde anymore.
I don’t speak, all I’m capable of doing is staring. I examine his nose, that despite being broken countless times remains straight. My eyes travel to his strong jaw that’s slightly dusted with facial hair. Jesus Christ, it’s actually him.
“You alight, Hales?” Drew’s hand falls on my lower back, and despite my hate for being touched, he grounds me as I stare into the eyes of my long lost brother. “Move along friend.”
Kaylan lets out a dark chuckle that isn’t friendly. “How about you go back to work, friend. This is important.”
“I’m sure it is, but this is a business and she has work to do. So, I’m going to ask politely that you order your drink and move along.”
“I’m not here to drink, I’m here to talk to Ryan.” I shudder at the name.
Ryan’s dead. She died in that hell hole a year and a half ago.
Wow! What an intense and emotional read! I knew from reading the synopsis that Broken might be hard to read at times. Haley really is a broken individual, and horrible things happened to her. Ellie Messe did an amazing job of showing me what she endured without going into graphic detail.
It’s been hard for me to write the part of this review in which I describe the main character, Haley. There aren’t enough words to adequately express how extraordinary she is. She is broken, and she could have just allowed herself to be tossed aside and given up. No, she didn’t do that. She is the bravest character in this book. Yes, Parker, the man who loves is her brave knight, but she is the bravest knight. She picked herself up from the ashes of her life, and like a phoenix rose again to make a new life for herself, ironically in Pheonix, Arizona. She ran away to save her life, but she had no idea she was running to something she never had…family, love, trust, and a home.
Parker was an amazing character as well. He loved her, and he loved her even when she insisted she was unlovable. He proved to her again and again that he loved her for her. Her past never mattered to him even though he would have given anything if she hadn’t had to endure what she did. I did get angry with him when he called her a coward when she ran, but I can understand his fear for her. Yet, I can understand why she made the decisions she did. That was what made her such a brave and unselfish character.
All the secondary characters, Josh, Maria, and especially Drew definitely added another layer to the story. They were proof that family isn’t always the one that is connected by blood and biology but by making the choice to love each other. I think my heart belonged equally to Parker and Drew. Drew was the best kind of friend Haley could have had.
Broken has to be one of the best debut novels I have read. I didn’t even realize this was Ellie Messe’s first book until I looked for her other books on Amazon. Imagine my surprise!!!! This is a long book, and she informs her readers of that in the first pages of the book. In no way does it seems as long as it really is….yes, it’s that good! You dive in, and time just flies by. I was so glad to see my man, Drew, will be getting his own book! You better believe I will be waiting on that one!!!!!
About The Author
I’m a fun loving book dragon who has the ability to make sailors blush with colorful language and obscene gestures. I love reading, mostly romance, young adult and new age. I’m a part of a BANGerangin’ book club that is guaranteed to be better than yours. I like to spend my days wondering around department stores while reading erotica out loud, scaring the piss out of people, and playing “The floor is lava”. (Adulting is lame.)
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