Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Broken - Review


Releases Oct 25th

When River’s already broken
life shattered further on her sixteenth birthday, she was forced to be with the
wrong best friend of her brothers. She was meant for Sammy but circumstance and black mail forced her into a relationship with Danny, a troubled, abusive
partner. Leaving the only boy she ever loved to flee. Now four years later he
has returned. When her feelings and missing parts of herself that left with him
return also, loyalty, restraint and love will be tested. Can she find a way to
leave the threatening clutches of Danny, to finally be saved by her childhood
love? Or will Danny’s hold on her tighten when more life shattering events
consume their already troubled lives? 

When Sammy returns home, after four years of being away from the girl that broke his heart, he’s not prepared for all his old feelings to force their way straight back into his heart. Questions that were left unasked when he left begin to plague him, when the sudden relationship between River and Danny all those years ago seems all the more confusing now. Secrets, mistrust and Danny’s possessive behavior sends up red flags and Sammy begins doubting himself for leaving in the first place. When the spark between Sammy and river finally ignites it will leave explosive consequences for everyone.

“Sammy!” I call out.
Once we’re alone, he turns and rushes towards me,
his hand swiping across my mouth to wipe Danny’s kiss away. “I know why you’re with him.”
My heart begins in drumming against my ribcage flashes of my past echoing in my mind.
“Blaydon told me the kind of love your dad had for you, River. That’s not love, and neither is guilting you into being with someone just because he knows your secrets. I love you. I love everything that you are.”
I stumble backwards, shaking. My mouth opens and the scared girl’s voice tumbles out. “Do you love all of me, Sammy? Because this,” I point down at myself, “this is a lie. This is the lie I show to you and Blaydon; the lie I wear every day for you and for everyone so you won’t have to see the damaged, broken girl underneath. This smile, these clothes, they’re not me. I’m tainted, Sammy. I’m shattered. My mother took some of me with her when she died, my dad took some when he made me sit on his lap while he violated me, and more when he beat Blaydon for stopping him from raping me, and then you left, taking the rest of me, leaving my soul bare and exposed for Danny to capture and hold hostage. Can you fix me, Sammy? Can you want something so ruined and destroyed? Can you put me back together and make me whole again? Because whatever is left of me, the real me, you have her. You own all of her, all that’s left. My thoughts, my body, and my heart. Can you save me? Sammy, please save me. Please save me.”
I collapse to the ground and sob. Sammy bundles me into his lap and strokes my back. “Shh, don’t cry. I love you, and I’ll try every God damn day to save you, River, I promise. I’ll save you, baby.”


Ker Dukey
When not lost in her mind of characters Ker can be found reading or spending time with family.
She has a passion for music, attending concerts with her sister and enjoying the occasional nights out with girlfriends.
She can also be found having in-depth chats about book boyfriends on face book in some amazing groups and blogs.
Author Interview:
Q. What inspired you to write this book?
A. I have many stories and characters that
plague me and demand to be written. Life is not always a fairy tale, some
people’s stories, lives are darker and inspire just as much as the lighter
romantic ones.

Q. If you were a character in your book,
who would you be?

A. Although she has been through a lot it
would have to be River. She’s strong, a survivor, a fighter…..and she gets
Sammy ;)

Q. When did you start writing?
A. I have always loved writing stories
since I was a little girl. In My teens I loved to write lyrics, it grew from

Q. Favourite book boyfriend?
A. Has to be the delicious Kellan Kyle

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My Review

The title tells it all.... full of broken characters but a captivating story.

This novel had it all....angst, regret, heartbreak, true love, sibling dedication, hot passion and tragic events. The characters in this novel were broken into pieces but were living the best way they could. The book starts from River's POV on her 16th birthday. You learn then partly why River is so broken and just walks through life not feeling like herself anymore. It isn't until later that you learn the rest of her devasting history. One thing is true though, River will go to any amount of suffering to protect her brother Blaydon. He is all she has left and he means everything to her.

River is currently dating Danny and they live in her childhood home with her brother. To say I despise Danny is an understatement. He isn't just abusive, there has to be something mentally wrong with him. Everytime he would be in the part of the book I was reading I would cringe.

Blaydon has an addiction. He needs pills to help him sleep and keep the nightmares away. You don't realize until closer to the end the extent of how much Blaydon suffers. He always tries to protect River whenever he can but most of the time he is so high on pills he is oblivious to what is going on around him. There were times you love Blaydon because you know he would go to any extent to keep River protected but then you want to shake him and say.."REALIZE WHAT IS GOING ON UNDER YOUR NOSE". It was a little frustrating!

The Sammy comes back into the picture. Sammy is wonderful. He has always loved River since they were children. He was completely heartbroken when he thought that River chose Danny over him on her sixteenth birthday. Things aren't always what they seem though. Can Sammy realize the whole story and help save River from the turmoil she is in??? Sammy has passion and brought me happiness while reading. Although he was broken too he at least knew what he wanted and tried to go after it. 5 stars for Sammy!

I loved Sammy's friend Jasper. He brought a little humor into such a dark story. His life had been better than the others so I am kinda surprised he didn't turn and run when he was confronted with everything that was happening.

The story was definitely captivating and kept me reading until the very end. I wasn't sure how it was going to all end happily when you have so many broken characters but sometimes happy is what you make of it.

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