I’ve been in the mood of an erotic contemporary for awhile but was having a hard time finding one. Yesterday I was blog hopping and read an article at Romance Around the Corner about Brie’s take on erotic romance and she happened to mention Broken by Megan Hart where she says, “Broken is one of the most complex and even romantic -in a very unconventional way- romances I have read.”
Brie and I have similar tastes in books and I know Helyce, Tori and Sophia (who give me many recs) all love Megan Hart. So I grabbed my Kindle thinking I would read this book here and there over the week as my “fun book.”
Yeah. No. I started reading and literally did not put the Kindle down until the very last page. This book is one of the most dark, intense, erotic books I have ever read. It has completely wrecked me (in a good way).
I decided not to do a normal review of it because I’m so emotionally drained and affected I don’t think I can properly write down my thoughts. I will say it’s the story of Sadie who by chance meets Joe one day as they share a bench for lunch. They start talking and get into the habit of meeting on this bench for lunch the first Friday of every month. Joe loves women, and has numerous one night stands. When they meet, Joe tells Sadie in detail about one of the women he recently had sex with. This is how each chapter starts out – as I said, this book is so erotic as we get intimate details of Joe in bed with a different woman each chapter. It might sound sleazy, but it is done very well. This author can write a sex scene like no one else.
Although Sadie and Joe don’t share many other details about their lives, Sadie is in love with Joe from these stories, and likes to imagine herself in the role of the random women Joe sleeps with. So you think you have the story figured out and then all of a sudden she goes home to her quadriplegic husband. OMG! He is paralyzed from the neck down from a skiing incident four years ago.
From here the story plays out as we watch Sadie and Adam go through extremely painful times, Joe and Sadie go through extremely painful times. No one is perfect, everyone is flawed and it is done so well. I loved the ending too. I loved everything about this book. Everything. Sadie is just desperate for someone to touch her. Her husband can only move his head. And while she truly loves him, and has devoted her life to him, what they are both going through is so hard. The fights they have are so, so painful. And the addiction she has to Joe – AHHH. This book is so complex I could spend pages just babbling about it. But I’ll spare you.
I’m at the point where I want to read every single book by Megan Hart, (as this is my first) but I also need to wait a little bit. I’m not ready to let go of this one yet. It was too emotional for me to jump into another one right away. But soon.
I can see this book not working for some though. It is not an easy book to read. Have you read Broken? Did it work for you? What other Megan Hart books do you recommend?