Author: J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: February 24, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
My name is Katie Beller, but the world, as of late, knows me as Bailey Swan, the love guru behind my bestselling book.
Want the shortened version? Here it is:
Love was stupid.
A fake. A farce
Love was broken.
Women everywhere were eating up my advice and fighting back against fake love. My book started a relationship revolution. And I stood by my story.
Until I met Charlie Bates.
When I throw all my own rules and advice out the window after a week-long rendezvous, I start to wonder just how real my words were. Maybe love might be just a little more complicated than I thought.
Maybe I’m the one who’s love broken.
J.D. Hollyfield is an author I found in 2018 that I tried to read more of 2019. I like her writing and the humor she includes in her romances. I chose to specifically read Love Broken because I was fascinated by the plot of an author who wrote about falling in love but doesn’t believe in it. It’s a plot for a devoted romance reader for sure.
What I didn’t expect was for that whole author falling in love to take the twist it did. Now, this is probably a MINOR SPOILER, but this book has been out for almost 2 years, so not really… What made this book even more appealing once I started it was that Katie, the author, goes on a book signing tour and meets a gorgeous cover model to fall for. THIS WAS CLEVER AND FANTASTIC! Having been to a couple of book signings myself, it was so much fun to read not only Katie and Bates’s interactions, but her interactions with her readers.
Katie and Bates’s romance was a cool thing to experience. She was so anti love and he was such a force at trying to get her to fall for him. It was funny and sweet…until it wasn’t. Hollyfield went deep into Katie’s head. Katie has some major insecurities and negative thoughts that took over when things weren’t sunshine and rainbows. She drove me a little nuts at time — more than I wanted her to. It made for great character growth, though, and put this story where it needed to be.
Obviously, I enjoyed Love Broken. I think readers who love romance, authors, book events, and cover models will really appreciate this book.