Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Broken at Love by Lyla Payne

"When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.

College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.

But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?

Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.

To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good." (Description from Goodreads.com)

I discovered Broken at Love through Book Bub which is an daily email of ebooks that are on sale. (You can click here to signup for your daily list as well) The box set from Payne was on sale for $0.99 offering 4 stories (whole stories not novella's) based in Whitman College, as super fancy rich school. My love of New Adult and a good deal had me clicking on it right away. Even if the story was so-so, it was only $0.99 and I would get 4 stories out of it. The box set actual sells for $9.99 on Kindle so it was a amazing deal.

Lucky for me, Broken at Love was a great story and not so lucky for my husband since I stayed up late reading wanting to know what happens next. While you can say the the HEA is predictable, getting there wasn't and that's what I liked most about the story.

We first start with Quinn's POV and the setup to the entire story. After hurting his knee and ending his tennis career, he's now at college feeling sorry for himself and all about taking revenge on his ex through his fraternity's game. I loved how he explains his thought process and the different strategies to the game. I don't love the game but I liked reading his POV and how he got there.

From there we meet Emilie. Right away, we know she the next girl in the game (but she doesn't know this). Since we read the first "match" you know how it's going to proceed forward. Emilie's reactions to the game setup and usual lines were awesome. From there Quinn's POV comes back in and alternates with Emilie throughout the rest of the story. Quinn is so planned out in the match that he knows each action a girl will take or so he thinks. Emilie is like no other girl in the game and it was fun reading her blow him out of the water on it.

This is where you would think that's the story. Game, set, match or how to get to match. But then Payne layers in addition to the story revolving around family, friendship, love, and trust. I liked how these layers added to the overall story which gave us a stronger sense of the main character as well as the support cast. The additional layers made me want to continue reading the story to see how we would get to the HEA. I would note that this story is in the New Adult genre and does have some sexy bits to it.

Now, I'm going to dig into the next three stories from Whitman College and enjoy the fact that I got this great 4 book set for $0.99!

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