Monday, May 2, 2016

Book Spotlight #review: Broken Girl by Gretchen de la O

 Release Day: April 29, 2016

My name is ROSE NEWTON, and I sell my body on the streets of San Francisco. I’m what you call society's dirty little secret. On the outside, I'm in control, the woman who makes her own rules and gives nothing away for free. Inside, I’m broken and numb. Torn and shattered by my past, my life is nothing more than the lost fragments of what's left of me.

SHANE WEST represents everything that’s foreign to me. He’s brave, kind, funny, gorgeous and persistent. When fate brings us face to face, an undeniable attraction blazes between us. He becomes the constant I've never had and the only man I'll ever trust.

There is nothing simple about falling in love when you're keeping a secret like mine.

*Reader's discretion advised. Certain content might not be suitable for some readers.

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 Broken Girl is the story of a young woman who, although may appear strong and in control on the outside, on the inside she's lost, she sees herself as a failure, someone who is existing but not really living. That all changes the day she meets Shane. She wants him but knows that a guy like him will never go for a woman with a tainted past, a prostitute, a woman with nothing positive to look forward to.

This story is as raw and painful as they come, but what impressed me most about the book is the absolute honesty the author uses to bring Rose to life. Nothing was left unsaid when talking about her profession, when describing the experiences that led her to the path she finds herself navigating, or when describing the fight between the vulnerability inside her and the strong front she puts out for the world to see.

The characters were carefully crafted to bring to life some of the qualities I would use to describe this story, darkness and hopelessness (Rose,) redemption, hope, love (Shane,) indescribable loss (Sybil,) unconditional friendship (Briggs.)

This is an emotional tale of a girl who thought all was lost, that there was no chance her broken parts would be put together again. It's about the man who changed it all and taught her that she was worth it, that her past didn't define her future.

About the Author
Gretchen enjoys self-publishing her work and is truly learning to let go with every curve and bump in the creative process. Gretchen enjoys writing about first loves and first times, in the first person. She is a firm believer that anything is possible if you set your mind to it; and what you expect out of life, always finds a way of showing up.

Social Links
Twitter: @GretchendelaO

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