Broken at Love by Lyla Payne

Broken At Love (Whitman University)


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'm not really sure what I think of this book. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't think the writing was that great. The story was...well it had parts I really liked and parts I didn't. It was just...I just don't know how I feel about it as a whole. I have even taken a few days to let is sit and see if I could resolve my feelings, but it just isn't working. So let's see we have Quinn who is gorgeous, but has major issues. I actually liked him. I got his whole he actually likes Emilie so he should stay away from her thing. I know he was actually trying to do right by her and it made it really nice (even if it started off as one of his games). 

Emilie was...well I guess that is one of the things I didn't like. She was just like every other girl in the book and couldn't keep her hands off Quinn. She just gave in so easily just like every other girl and slept with him (though I guess not exactly as easily since she waited a few days, but still way too easily for her no I am not going to do this! stance). Her whole sister died before she could live rational for why she should sleep with him was just...annoying to me. I mean just do it or don't. Do you really want to be just another notch on his bedpost? No? Then don't sleep with him. I know you are totally attracted to him, but come on girl! Get with it! Oh well. She did turn out to be pretty great for him and was an amazing friend when he needed it so I can almost forgive her, but it still bugged me. 

Overall it was an enjoyable read. A little unbelievable for me, but not bad. There was just something missing that didn't make me love it, but I am not sure what. 

Rating: ★ ★1/2


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