Review: Exquisitely Broken by M. Jay Granberry

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Author: M. Jay Granberry
Series: Sin City Tales #1
Pages: 278

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What happens in Vegas…?

Sinclair James wasn’t from my world.
She didn’t have my pedigree or family money.
She was everything I never wanted,
Everything I now realize I needed.
I loved her for six years, her soul, her body, her music.

Until I threw it all away.

One decision changed everything.
One decision destroyed what we had.

She slipped from my life as quietly as she had stolen my heart
But now she’s back.

Sinclair is still mine, she just doesn’t know it yet.
This time I’m not letting her go.

So, what happens in Vegas…?

A second chance to repair what was broken.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I do need to recheck my TBR lists, because I had this book under my M/M category. So, when I discovered that Sin was actually a woman I was a tad disappointed. But that is totally my fault, so I rearranged my mindset and read this book without thinking about my mistake. That didn’t make it any better, though.

From the slap to about 60% of the story, we are in front of a hot mess that made me so angry, that I was ready to throw the book into the fieriest fires of Hell and move on. Sometimes I should force me to quit. That would be more fair for everyone, but I just can’t. You never know when a book is going to change its course and wow you. The biggest issue I have with this one is Jake himself and how the cheating episode is treated. The “I love you so much so I cheated on you as a wake-up call” crap, or the “You are the coward for not figthing for us even though I was pounding your roommate” bullshit and other shameful and disgusting comments that put Jake in a position of being the bad guy and not the hero. But he is treated as the latter way sooner than emotionally healthy, which makes Sinclair look like a weak person who is easily seduced. Where is that woman who has steeled herself against Jake? That shell melts waaaaay too fast for my taste.

Thankfully, the book gets slightly better when Jake’s behaviour changes abruptly. He goes from blatantly consider himself the victim to own his mistakes and try to make amends the good way. Maybe it is too little, too late; but at least it makes the final push somehow bearable. Sadly, the book also lacks in closure. I’m not talking about the romance, that is tied with several jumps forwards. I’m talking about the other details that were dropped and never had proper development: the evil mother-in-law, Trina’s intentions, Jake’s illegal deals… All of those things could have an impact in the relationship between Jake and Sinclair, so I do not like that they are discarded without further explanations.

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