Broken: New Release by Crystal Kaswell + Giveaway

Title: Broken
Author: Crystal Kaswell
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: August 31, 2018


Some things in life are undeniable.

Trent Stone’s smile is as rare as a rainy day in California.

His eyes are the most beautiful thing in the entire universe.

And the two of us are broken.

For years, we had everything. The kind of love that only exists in fairytales. But it slipped through my fingers. I left and I took his heart with me.

That was supposed to be it. The end. Forever.

Now, I’m face to face with Trent, staring into those soulful brown eyes, choking on all the things I want to say. My heart is begging for his comfort. My body is begging for his touch. My head… my head knows better.

He hates me for leaving.

But if he knew the truth…

This is one secret I’m taking to my grave.

I just hope it doesn’t kill me.

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This is a second chance romance between Trent and Delilah.  At the beginning of the book.  Delilah spends a great morning with her BF, Trent, knowing that she is going to leave him. She loves him, but she believes she has to leave him - she needs to take care of herself and she believes that she is protecting Trent.  Fast forward 2 years and they meet again.

This book is told from a dual POV, which I love because I enjoy getting insight from both main characters.  My heart aches for Trent because he never stopped loving Delilah and he had no idea why she left him and why she did it the way she did.  He was a strong character and you couldn’t help, but love him.  Delilah was a little more difficult for me to warm up to in the beginning.  I found her to be a bit selfish at the beginning - acting like all is well that final morning and then leaves with just a note to say good-bye.  For a huge chunk of the book, you don’t know what it was that made her feel like she had to leave.  Once, it was finally revealed, it was heart-wrenching and very well written.

The book moves between Past to Present.  I preferred the past scenes where we discover and it was fun to watch how their relationship evolved.  The book seemed to move at a better pace during the Past chapters.  The Present scenes, especially during the middle 3rd of the book, dragged on for me and at times I just wanted to skip ahead to find out why she left him. It was a lot of repetitive “I still love him and I want him, but I can’t” and “I love her and I want to be with her”.  Once the author revealed why Delilah left Trent, my heart broke for her.  

The author does a great job of addressing the difficult subject of mental health. I have read all of Crystal Kaswell’s book and thoroughly enjoyed them and while I liked “Broken”, it isn’t one of my favorites - mainly because it dragged on in the middle and I didn’t like our heroine in the beginning.

I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily leave this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Author Bio

Crystal Kaswell writes scorching hot new adult romance. When she isn't writing, she is chain drinking tea, binge watching Law and Order, practicing yoga, or debating which fictional character would be the best in bed. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband.

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