So, book 51 of my Goodreads Reading Challenge is Pretty Broken Girl by Jeana E. Mann.
‘Have you ever done something so horrible, so shameful that you can’t look at yourself in the mirror? I have. I divorced the love of my life. I thought I was doing the right thing for him and for my family. I had no idea he’d walk through my office door ten years later as my new boss, more handsome than ever, determined to make me pay for my sins. My knees go weak every time I look at him. Too bad he hates me. He’s determined to make my life hell. The only thing I know for sure? We can still heat up the sheets. He thinks he can break me, but I’m not the girl I was.
From the bedroom to the boardroom, Sam and Dakota are locked in a battle of wits and desire. One of them will break. One of them will pay. Both of them want to win. Neither of them expects to fall in love—again.’ (Thanks Amazon)
So I grabbed this whilst it was a freebie on Amazon for the Kindle (and it still is, so grab it while you can if it takes your fancy)
Pretty Broken Girl is the first in the Pretty Broken series and is about Dakota Atwell and Sam Seaforth. Dakota and Sam had a forbidden love – Dakota’s mother was the ‘help’ in the Seaforth house, and as such, Sam’s father disapproved when they fell in love. Despite this disapproval they continued to see each other, breaking away from the Seaforth family and getting married. Their love was all they needed, until Sam’s father made Dakota an offer she couldn’t refuse.
Ten years later, divorced, Dakota finds herself confronted by her new boss: Sam. The feelings of hurt and betrayal bubble back to the surface as they are forced to work together, making each of them confront the love that never really left either of them.
This was a good easy read, and it was free which makes it even better! I found the story a little silly in places (without giving anything away, I’m not convinced Dakota would have chosen to divorce Sam considering how much he had already given up for her but that’s just my opinion). There were very few surprises, but you don’t always want surprises in your novels so this is not necessarily a problem. The characters however were well-rounded and believable, making them enjoyable to follow. The ending rather predictably set up the book for the next in the series. I won’t be rushing to get the next book, but it doesn’t mean I won’t read it at some point in the future.
Rating: 📖 📖 📖