Release Date: June 12, 2011
Publisher: Stonehenge Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The Story: Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine Gregory receives a letter from her deceased mother. It details a faery curse in which the eldest child in each generation will die in their twenty-fifth year.
Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, a new love interest comes knocking, and her first love has returned – neither men are what they seem, and Katherine may have to choose between them.
Three days before her twenty-fourth birthday, Katherine must decide if this is all real, or if the strange visions she’s been having are just a figment of her imagination.
The race to unravel the mystery begins, and Katherine must solve it – for any day after her birthday could be her last.
My Review: In November 2010, I had the opportunity to review Scourge, a self-published work by David H. Burton. This was the book that really sparked my love affair with self/indie published books. I had read (and enjoyed) a few self or indie published before Scourge, but something about David's writing really grabbed my attention. Then, a few months ago, I read David's The Second Coming and Simian's Lair, and I realized that David was quickly moving into my top list of favorite author's. So, of course, when I discovered that another David H. Burton work was coming out this year, my excitement knew no bounds.
Though I was excited to read another of David's works, I admit to being skeptical. Broken is a paranormal romance. I had no doubt in my mind that David would nail the paranormal part, but the romance? I had serious doubts. Most writers tend to stick with a particular type of writing, and of the works I had read of David's, I just didn't see how he could manage to pull off a romance novel. Important Lesson #1 from Broken: Never doubt a master writer.
Now, I've given my perspective on the author, let me share a little about the book. Katherine does not have the best of luck. Just before her 24th birthday, she receives a letter from her dead mother telling her that she is the heir to a strange curse in which the first born child in each generation dies in his/her twenty-fifth year. Isn't that a fine "Happy Birthday" from the grave? She has a choice: she can ignore the letter or she can try to unravel the mystery behind this long-standing curse on her family. Important Lesson # 2 from Broken: Beware of letters from dead people.
But the fun doesn't end there. Katherine becomes caught between two love interests. One new and one from her past. Both with secrets that she must uncover, and she must decide which one is truly the right one for her. Can she trust either of them? Or will one or both betray her? Important Lesson #3 from Broken: Juggling two love interests and trying to end a curse is hard work.
This book had me on the edge of my seat as I was reading. I was amazed once again by the sheer brilliance of David H Burton's writing. Broken is an amazing story, not to mention it gets steamy here and there (which is always fun to read). The plot twists left me breathless and had me racing to discover what would happen next. Important Lesson #4 from Broken: You NEED to read Broken. It's an AWESOME book!
I also want to mention that I absolutely love the cover of this book. It is so... enchanting. I just love it when a book cover actually enhances the story. And this cover certainly does. Important Lesson #5 from Broken: An awesome cover can make an awesome novel even more awesome!
And as a side note- this was one of those reviews I had a hard time writing. I don't feel that I can adequately put into words how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In this case, words simply fail me. So, I will do what I have done only one other time...give it a 10 out of 5.
(Yes, it's THAT AWESOME!)