Blog Tour: Broken At Love

Welcome to my blog tour post today for the NA contemporary romance Broken at Love by Lyla Payne. Check out my review for the book here.

 

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When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.

College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.

But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?

Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.

To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.

Interview with Emilie

Today I welcome to you the star of Broken At Love, Emilie.

Welcome Emilie! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi, thank you! Well, I’ve just turned twenty years old and started my junior year at Whitman U. I’m
back to being an art major and I switched my minor to business after my fellowship last summer –
I’m dying to be a museum curator one day!

We learn that you initially majored in art, before changing it to graphic design after the disapproval
of your parents. Do you think the lack of support from your parents has made you more
determined?

Hmm. I think the lack of support from my parents made me really assess whether or not art was
what I wanted to do with my life…and it is. If I had been any less passionate, their constant pushing
would probably have succeeded.

How do you think the death of your younger sister changed your outlook on life?

Anabel’s death changed everything about my outlook on life. I was such a goody two shoes in
middle and high school—not really because that was me, but because I was too afraid of what other
people thought of me. Spending those last month’s with Ana, talking about all of the things she
wouldn’t have time to do, ever, made me realize that life is just too short to worry about what other
people think of your choices.
 
Do you think this has made you feel guilty with regard to your decision to pursue an art career? Do
you feel the need to please your parents in replacement of her?

Haha, not at all. Ana was the rebel of the two of us, and usually went out of her way to not please
our parents. She would be furious with me if I quit painting, or if I let our dad make my decisions
for me. I hope that, in the end, my life honors her memory.

And do you think this makes you more empathetic towards others?

I think most artists are empathetic in some way. Art is a way to try to make sense of the human
condition—of pain, of life, love, the horror—and I’m no different. My best paintings are done after
my most emotional moments.

What attracted you to Quinn?

I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t his physical, um, package, at least at first. We had a connection that
could only be chemical from the very beginning. It’s not something that comes along every day—or
every lifetime, I don’t think.

I was already attracted to the guy I’d watched play tennis for years. On the court, Quinn was all go,
no quit, even to a fault. I think that he’d lost that along the way intrigued me, too. I wanted to know
everything about him from the moment we met.

Do you feel sorry for girls like Annette, who fell for Quinn’s charms?

Well, “feel sorry for” maybe isn’t the right way to say it. I’m more sorry that happened to Annette,
or anyone else, for that matter. But we have to learn to be strong, and to make peace with our own
choices.

What made you fall for Quinn over someone like Toby?

I guess I’m someone who believes that we don’t choose who we love. It starts out as chemistry—
lust—and if we’re very lucky, that physical connection turns into an emotional one, as well.
Would it have been smarter (and easier) to fall in love with Toby? Probably. But he wasn’t the
one I wanted.

Hopefully that has got you very excited to find out more about Emilie and Quinn, and gives you a sneak peak into their intense relationship. Luckily, you can enter the giveaway for a New Adult book bundle including Broken At Love, as well as Picture Perfect, After Math and Game Set Match. Not to mention lots of swag to go with it! Unfortunately it is US and Canada only.

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Book Review: Broken At Love

Broken at Love (Whitman University, #1)

When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.

College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.

But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?

Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.

To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.

I received Broken at Love by Lyla Payne as part of the blog tour (post coming tomorrow, Monday 22nd). I was intrigued by the ‘frat house game’ described in the synopsis. We do not have ‘frats’ here in the UK, so it is an area I know very little about. And indeed, I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Emilie is different from the other girls, so when Quinn is given a bet that he can’t seduce her, he has to pull out all the stops. In the beginning Emilie is presented as quite a strong, not afraid to be different girl. When Quinn pulls his trick to get girls into bed, Emilie doesn’t fall for it. At this point I am rooting for her, and I was really intrigued by the story and where it was going to go.

Unfortunately it kinda peaked too early for me.  I was expecting some epic revenge which didn’t really happen. Emilie was so un-loyal to her friends, and she kind of lost all the respect I had for her. She turned into yet another girl falling at the feet of men, and it angered me. She started out really strong, and both her and Quinn had really good background stories; you can tell that the author had put a lot of thought into them as people, as opposed to just characters in books. 

Parts of the main character were just frustrating though. I mean, yes players can be people too, but did she not stop to think what diseases he could be carrying? Eww. This is one of the constant problems with society; everybody knows they should be taking precautions, but unless it is shown in books, movies and tv shows, the message just isn’t going to get across. I don’t know what the frat community is really like, but this books just gave such an icky feel to society. A game where boys bet who the player can seduce? Not cool. I know this is what attracted me to the book, but the guys never really got any punishment for it, and the game probably continued. 

However, if you enjoy steamy romance, and girl falls for boy NA stories, then this is definitely for you. Or just read the first half, which is funny and sexy. 

3 sofas! 

Letterbox Love #16

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

Welcome to my 2-week haul post! I got an amazing amount of books this week. My pile is never going to disappear, I just have to admit it!

First my library/print book piles 

P1050176  We will start on the left, which is my library pile. Last week I collect all adult titles. I ordered ‘After The Fall‘ by Charity Norman and ‘This Beautiful Life‘ by Helen Schulman. I enjoy books that confront issues not normally talked about, and this is common in Jodi Picoult’s books. After The Fall tells the story of what happens when a 5-year-old falls from an upstairs veranda. Only his mum knows what happened, and she’s not telling. This Beautiful Life describes events unfolding after a sexually explicit video goes viral among teenagers. Both sound really intriguing, so I am looking forward to reading them.

I have heard lots of people talk about ‘The Night Rainbow‘ by Claire King, so I had to see what all the fuss was all about. With such a pretty cover, it looks like a book to be read with a nice hot chocolate. Throw ‘How We Met‘ by Katy Regan into the pile, and you could see my strange tastes in books! I love me some romance, and this sounds quite similar to PS I Love You, which I adored.

Another three books to collect on Saturday. I’ll be starting Pandemonium on Monday or Tuesday because I want to try and finish it before the Lauren Oliver event on Tuesday evening. I’m psyched to find out how the trilogy end, though a bit nervous as people seem to have had mixed reactions. But it will be really good to meet her and hear her thoughts on the books, and hopefully she will talk a bit about the tv series as well.

Everybody knows I am a huge Robert Muchamore fan. While I love his original Cherub series the most, I will still pick up anything by him, including ‘Scorched Earth‘, the latest in the Henderson Boys series. Full of war and action and teen spies, this will be a nice break from all the contemporary stuff I’m reading at the moment! And last but not least, ‘The Library of Unrequieted Love’ by Sophie Divry. Any librarians or exlibrarians or book lovers will read this on the title alone, not to mention the quirky cover.

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So I received my first ARC from a publisher this week. Nina Douglas from Indigo kindly sent me a copy if ‘If You Find Me‘ by Emily Murdoch. It has a rating of over 4 stars on GR, and everyone I know has loved it, so I thought I’d see what it was like. Many thanks to Nina for sending me this copy with a lovely cover! I also was sent ‘This Is What Happy Looks Like‘ by Jennifer E Smith by Headline. Thanks to Sam Eades for this. I have already read it and ADORED IT. My review should be coming out by the end of the month, but it was just amazing. I am in love. Definitely one to covet on my shelf!

This is certainly a fortnight for book packages! I was in the middle of reading a library copy of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, when I received a copy in the post! There was no note or return address, so I can only presume it came from the lovely people at Hodder. Thank you very much for this, as it means I can get her to sign it on Tuesday! And it is great to have my own copy. And lastly, on Saturday I got a steamy package through the door. Not literally; ‘Losing It‘ by Cora Carmack arrived. Thanks to her and Ebury Press for sending me a copy. I have already read it (check out my review here) and I thought it was amazing. My favourite NA title so far! I’m also doing a giveaway, so if you fancy checking this out then enter here. The odds for you are very good at the moment!

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In other bookish news, I met Stephenie Meyer this week, and she kindly signed my copy of ‘The Host‘, ready for the film release at the end of the month. She was really nice and posed for pictures with everyone, but it just seemed like the moment was over too soon. I much prefer book events where you get to hear the author speak, even if it is a promo spiel about their new release. 

Now for ebooks:

Daynight

I received Daynight by Megan Thomason from Laura at Prism Book Tours. I’m taking part in the blog tour for this, so come and visit on the 23rd April for my post. I was psyched to read this because there has been a bit of a dip in the dystopian world, and I do love me a good dystopian. It’s been getting amazing reviews, so hopefully I will enjoy it too! Broken at Love (Whitman University, #1)

Broken At Love is a new adult debut by Lyla Payne. A love triangle between a girl and two frat boy brothers, I know I will just devour it. My blog tour stop is on April 22nd, and I think there is also a giveaway for NA books or swag, so make sure you check that out. Thanks to Kelly from InkSlingerPR for letting me take part.

Dirty Little Secret

I was very excited to get an email from the lovely people at Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss to say I have been approved for Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols. Although I haven’t read any of her books before, I have heard lots of good things. I am on a contemporary fix at the moment, and this looks so adorable! Thanks you guys, I can’t wait to read this. And music in it too! *squeals*

    

As a side note, I’ve got lots of things coming up on the blog this week. On Tuesday I am taking part in the book blitz for Picture Perfect by Camille Dixon. Thursday is the arrival of the Ever book tour by Jessa Russo. And finally, the end of my giveaway for Cora Carmack’s Losing It!

What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile? I’d love to hear from you!