Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review: Broken Together by BethAnn Buehler

Broken Together by BethAnn Buehler

Publisher: Wild Horse Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 2



It's not about surviving...

When renowned photojournalist Bryn Baxter’s world is nearly destroyed by a mortar attack as she films a documentary in the middle of the Afghan war, her father brings his only child home and smothers her with around the clock protection in the form of a handsome private security escort.

But Beck Reynolds would rather eat dirt than protect another “lost soul”, especially the daughter of his former Commander. Not only does the assignment put a kink in his evening playtime, but despite his every effort, the woman he’s charged to protect hasn’t said a word to him for nearly a month.

It's about how you rebuild...

As Bryn tries to reclaim her life, she throws herself into the dark world of Dominance and submission. A world where, unbeknownst to Bryn, Beck is already an accomplished Master. While Bryn attempts to explore her own sexuality, Beck is forced to save her from one dreadful situation after another, his desire to own Bryn, body, mind and soul growing stronger each day. Little does he know, however, that he’s stirring a hunger in Bryn that she’s denied herself for far too long.

With a soft touch and a wicked approach, Beck is determined to teach Bryn the pleasures of his secret world. But can he save her from herself?

Lia's Review

Broken Together started with a strong heroine, Bryn, and the events that put her in the hospital. She was abused, raped, and almost killed. Her General father hired Beck to watch over her and protect her in her time of need. As soon as Bryn wakes up in the hospital, the story does downhill and fast.

Bryn wakes after a beating and a rape and her only thoughts are about having sex with the handsome Beck. Rather even thinking about the pain she endured, she prefers to think about being a submissive to Beck’s sexual needs. Back at home, Bryn down alcohol and gets drunk often, which makes me wonder why the author never took the time to acknowledge her alcoholism. I think the author’s intent was to make it seems like Bryn was burying her pain in booze, but her constant thinking about having sex, and all of her childish lashing outs only made me feel that she was too dumb to even realize her life was in jeopardy.

Beck wasn’t any better. Throughout the whole book he sulked around dreaming about how he wanted Bryn to be his submissive and he her master, but when it actually came to doing anything, he wimped out until her best friend told him how to please Bryn. I also found it unrealistic when Beck went to Bryn’s father to resign from his babysitting duties because he wanted to make her into his sexual slave and the father’s reaction was pretty much “Okay son” (by the way, that scene was written twice, as if the author forgot she wrote it the first time). Although the whole book is about sex, there were very few sex scenes in it and only one of them displayed dominance and submission like it’s intended.

Besides poor characterization, the author repeated the same information over and over. There were many plot holes and inconsistencies. The head hopping drove me crazy as every paragraph took you into the mind of a different character.

However, I’ll give the author props for writing a great opening and one good sex scene. Also, the best friend, Rachel, was a very likable character. She was the only one who had a brain in her head and I would much rather prefer to read about Rachel’s life then Bryn’s.

3 Tea Cups!


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