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NEW-TO-ME AUTHOR REVIEW: “Broken” by Raine Norman



More than Oliver’s leg is broken after a skiing accident. The months spent in the hospital and enduring physical therapy leaves him bitter and insecure. His lover of four years, Joel, represents all he fears his weak and disfigured leg has stolen – the ability to live an active and carefree life.

Joel endlessly tries to lift Oliver from his despair, but after being rebuffed one too many times, he suggests they take a break and moves out.

After a long lonely week, Oliver is both delighted and terrified when Joel suggests they meet to talk things through. He discovers that Joel plans to make amends by helping Oliver realize he can still enjoy the snow. From Joel’s old apartment to the snowy peaks of a Canadian ski resort, Oliver and Joel will face their greatest fears together and with a little luck and a lot of trust, rekindle their love.


I like to try new things. I’m always up for a challenge. Actually, I have trouble denying a bet or a dare so please don’t ever dare me to ride a super scary roller-coaster or eat something icky. I will do it and I will hate you all the while! ;)

So, I get a little giddy during our ‘weeks’ we have periodically on the blog. New-to-me author is always a fun one. Scroll through the list of debut authors from last year and dive in.

I liked this book, I liked the writing, I liked the style…but I didn’t love it.

Plain and simple, it needed more.  I’m not exactly sure what, but something.

Like when you are cruising along going slightly uphill and you just need that extra oomph to get you there.

An established couple teeters on the edge of the point of no return. A few years into their relationship Oliver has an accident. As it often happens, not only was his leg broken during the snowy crash, but his spirit was as well. He sinks into a pit of despair. He hurts, everything hurts and he mourns the loss of his old self. His younger, hotter partner stands by his side; well, he tries to. Oliver can’t fathom why Joel is still with him. The differences between them were easy to conquer when he was complete, but now? He’s a hot mess and pushes his lover away. His self-loathing radiates from him and he finally succeeds in forcing Joel to walk away.

Yet once he’s gone, true panic settles in.

What has he done?

Can he take it back?

Will Joel love him again, or is he too broken?

I honestly believe that a few more chapters would have filled what I was missing. Maybe a bit more history or flashbacks would have done the trick? Or possibly another secondary character to include further justification for why they were perfect for one another, that might have done it.

I certainly felt their struggles, both of them. The emotions were strong and both men drew me in. Returning to the ski village is the moment of truth. Joel knows what to do, but Oliver has to let him. I desperately wanted Oliver to let him.

It was almost there,  a little bit more and I could have easily added an extra star.



B cover (1)Title: Broken
Author: Raine Norman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 66
Release Date: February 19, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Amazon

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