Friday, July 5, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley

Today I'm exciting to be participating in the blog tour for Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley. This tour is hosted by AToMR tours.  Thank you for allowing us to participate!
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Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley
Publication Date: June 4th 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: New Adult
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Kindle:  US, UK, DE, FR, IT, ES, CA, BR, and JP; Kobo and Nook.
About the book: We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone?

Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing.


Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan's not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it's a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can't bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan's ever found.

New Adult Romantic Suspense / Dark Realistic Fiction
Recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.

My Thoughts:
Well, here I said I’d never read another book as dark as The Dark Duet series, and yet I find myself again twisting in swirling emotions from the blow this book dealt. To be fair, most of Nearly Broken wasn’t on the level of The Dark Duet series, only the last 25% sucker punched me. While this didn’t leave off on a cliff, it did leave you reeling from the events that happened. Hopefully there will be some mending of this poor broken girl, because if I went through everything Megan went through, I wouldn’t be “nearly” broken, I’d be all the way. A puddle of mumbling incoherence to be exact! I will say I was riveted by this story.

Megan is in an off-the-radar small town in Oregon. She’s there on purpose because her whole life is about staying out of the way. She works in a greasy spoon diner with a loving bunch, making just enough to eke out an existence. She wears baggy clothes, no make-up, hair pulled back and refuses to date. She has escaped the unthinkable, and has the mental and physical scars to prove it. Unbelievably, there is another girl who looks just like her, Claire, that’s been missing for more than two years. 
Things begin to unravel when the diner hires a new night cook, Nick, and she can’t fight or deny their mutual attraction. Can she trust him with her secrets? Will he look at her with disgust when he finds out her past? She’s starting to trust him more and more, but this goes completely against her
self-imposed rules: keep your head down and don’t draw attention. 

My heart hurt for Megan for much of this book. I cried a few times when her past was revealed. Yet, she managed to stay strong and come out of nightmare somewhat intact. There was a twist here I didn’t see coming, and I’m usually very hard to pull a fast one on. I was happy for it to happen!

If I could I’d wrap Nick up in a bear hug! He is just beyond amazing and Megan is lucky to have him. He has his own hurt he contends with which I can only imagine plagues him with blame and guilt on a daily basis, but he made sure to be strong for Megan and look hopefully to the future.

Like I said, this doesn’t end on a cliffhanger more of a “to be continued” sort of ending, but I’m still in shock over the last 25%. I’m hurt and upset, and I won’t stop thinking about this for quite some time. I hope Nearly Mended isn’t as painful. These two need some tender love and care. And some retribution! I hope there’s some of that, too. I guess we’ll have to wait because as far as I can tell from Goodreads, the release date isn’t expected until 2014.
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About the Author: I’m a mom, wife, a lover and a fighter, coffee addict, wicked knitster, Microbiologist, baker of fine yummy treats, and someone who will fight you to death for that last twinkie bag of M&Ms during the zombie-apocalypse. Seriously, my addiction is that important to me. Oh yeah, and writing is cool too!
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  1. Nearly Broken sounds like a gritty tale and I love that! I want to know what happened to her and everything. i wanna know the sucker punch you refer to is!

    Thanks for this review!

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    1. I can't wait for you to read this Jovon so you can find out. Come back and tell me what you think. :)

  2. I have yet to read a dark novel but as you say Nearly Broken isn't that Dark! So I guess I will be reading this novel just to ease my way into that genre! Also I haven't read a New Adult book in Ages so its time I start reading! BTW , great review! Rafflecopter name : Shivani .

    1. The last 25% is REALLY dark and sort of shattered me, so I'm not sure this would be easing in. I'd like to see what you think, Shivani. :)

  3. Nearly Broken sounds like a gritty tale and I love that! i will have to go get the book when i have some money

    1. Maybe you'll win this contest and won't have to come up with the money! Good luck. :)

  4. This looks and sounds like a great and very intresting book awesome review thank you for the great givaway!

  5. Great review, I love when books shock me! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  6. Loved your review. lol I definitely reading this book, now. Thanks dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com Damaris

    1. Thank you, Maris. :) I hope you like it! Come back and let me know what you think.

  7. This sounds like a great story with lots of twists.

  8. Sounds like an interesting book...look forward to reading it.

  9. Book looks really good. Love the cover.

  10. Great review! Sounds like a really good book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I love dark and gritty - this sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. This sounds like the type of book that I love - the darker type of contemporary that deals with real life problems. I'm interested in what happens in the last 25% for sure!! Great review, thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I have been hearing nothing but great things about this book and I am definitely excited to see how it turns out. I really enjoy dark books that make you hurt and overjoyed all at the same time. lol ;p I want to know what the sucker punch is and what happens in the last 25% of the book. You have me completely intrigued! :D And don't you just hate it when the release date for the sequel is next year??? Frustrating!

    Awesome review, Rachel! Glad you enjoyed this one! :)

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair