Most of you guys are familiar with the names Moira Rogers and Kit Rocha. Under Rogers this writing duo pen paranormal romances and under Rocha dirty, dirty dystopias. Now they’ve branched out to NA contemporaries with their newest release, Anything but Broken.
Hannah Casey only comes home to Hurricane Creek in order to bury what’s left of her family. Still haunted by a tragedy from the past, her life is a mess and she doesn’t know how she feels about her current situation. Angry. Sad. Confused. Maybe even a little desperate. Growing up in the Casey household didn’t prepare her for all the thoughts and feelings she’s trying to work through. Taught at a very young age that appearances are all that mattered, she struggled with a cold, distant mother, a father who seemed to be slowly drinking himself to death and then there was Cait. Cait. Her older sister who burned bright at as the sun at times and then fell to dangerous, out of control depths that eventually led to her untimely death. The only person who seems to know what she needs is the one man who she shouldn’t involve in her problems. But she can’t seem to help herself.
Sean Whitlow has been in deep with one of the Casey girls already. His up and down, on again then off again, crazy relationship with Cait in high school nearly drove hin mad. He didn’t know how to help her, or what she needed from him and in the end she died and left him wondering if he could have done anything different. Now there’s Hannah who he can’t seem to stay away from. She’s broken, almost defeated by her circumstances, and he wants to make it all better. If she needs his shoulder to lean on and a man to show her how to feel free and maybe a little bad so be it.
Being a huge Kit Rocha/Beyond fan, I was excited to see them branch out to a genre that I’ve enjoyed a lot lately. Though I’m not sure I was expecting such an emotional, heart-wrenching read. Hannah is quite simply a mess. She’s broken and raw and has no idea what to do or how to deal with her past or the present shape of her life. I don’t think every reader will relate to her, but they will empathize with her struggles. Sean is a little bit of bad boy with the heart and soul of a hero. He’s so good to her and offers unreserved amounts of comfort and kindness again and again in the exact right way she needs them. I thought these authors did an excellent job of slowly building their relationship with just enough heat to keep readers on the edge of their seats, without taking things too fast or throwing them into bed too soon. I think this couple, with all their past memories and intertwined relationships, needed that. I think Hannah needed to grow and heal and make peace with herself. I will admit to wondering at the beginning if I would find it maybe a bit awkward, or troubling, that the hero used to be in a relationship with the heroine’s sister, but I can tell you that was never a problem. Hannah and Sean had a palpable chemistry from the moment they reconnect and their romance is layed out in such a way that I felt like they truly belonged together.
I am simply in love with the secondary characters. All of them. Every single one. I want each of Sean’s brothers and their friends to have their own books, especially Gibb. He stole my heart at the end when he stepped up to the plate and proved to be a wonderful friend. Final Grade- B
It’s true and it’s raw and it shouldn’t make me laugh, but it does. “God, it’s been a terrible idea the whole time, hasn’t it? What are we even doing?”
His smile is slow, but it carries a promise behind it— absolute, unspeakable joy. “Falling in love.”