Before I start my review, I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept and NetGalley for allowing me to review Visibly Broken by Chelsea Camaron and MJ Fields.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Visibly Broken from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept through NetGalley as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**
Now onto my review:
Title: Visibly Broken
Authors: Chelsea Camaron and MJ Fields
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Date of publication: September 20th 2016
Number of pages: 195
Where the book can be found: Amazon
Part of a series: No
Book synopsis (via Goodreads):
In a powerful, smoldering novel from the bestselling authors of the Caldwell Brothers series (“Bad boy heroes to die for!”—Tracy Wolff), two tortured souls team up to overcome the past, finding the courage to heal . . . and to love.
Jason “Cobra” Stanley was born to fight. With a father like his, he had to toughen up just to survive. Now Cobra tries to take out all of his frustration, all of his anger, and all of his pain in the MMA cage. But after he receives one too many hits to the head during a match with Jagger Caldwell, the cycle of violence comes to a screeching halt. Cobra wakes up in the hospital, under the care of a nurse whose blond hair shines like a halo—and whose pure heart touches him on the deepest level.
Lorraine Bosch is a fighter too. Having escaped from her own controlling father, she prides herself on remaining professional, despite the chaos of the ER. But Cobra is the ultimate distraction. Lorraine knows she should run away screaming from his rippling muscles and shattered psyche. And yet how can she deny this broken man a second chance—especially since she knows exactly what he’s been through? Lorraine’s used to playing guardian angel. Now it’s her turn to find heaven in Cobra’s arms.
Do not let first impressions ruin this book for you. Seriously, don’t. The first couple of chapters of this book are very hard to read. Jason and his girlfriend beat each other up, hardcore. To stop from hitting her, he starts doing MMA style underground cage matches (NOT what the synopsis says). During one of those matches, he gets hit on the head pretty hard and is dumped at the ER. Where he meets Lorraine….a nurse who is severely damaged by her past (again NOT what the synopsis said).
Like I said above, you need to get past the first couple of chapters in order to really feel the book. I couldn’t understand why the authors would start the book like that but the more we learn about Jason and his childhood, the more I understood WHY he was the way he was and it is heartbreaking.
It took a while for Jason to grow on me and to realize that through helping Lorraine, he was actually helping himself get over his past trauma. He found someone he could protect in Lorraine. Someone who accepted him or who he was and accepted his past with no questions asked. Someone who stilled the rage and violence in him and made him think that he wasn’t the monster that he believed he was.
Lorraine was just as damaged as Jason. It took me a while to realize how damaged she was because of the way the book was written. In hindsight, it was very clever of the authors to do it the way they did because I honestly thought, at one point, that there were two people instead of one. But the more you read and the more she has interactions with Dr. Bennett and his family, you come to understand why and it is pretty sick.
The sex scenes were out of control hot. The only thing I didn’t like was that Jason was going bareback with Lorraine within days of breaking up with Missy. It just bothered me for some reason. Also the fact that he basically moved her into his condo without even asking her. That bothered me too. But, in his way, he was protecting her.
The ending wasn’t what I thought it was. The twist fit in with the plot and I was a little surprised by it. The epilogue was what got me. I was crying at the end.
How many stars will I give Visibly broken? 4/4.5 stars
Why? To be brutally honest, the only reason I didn’t give 5 stars was because of the beginning of the book. Other than that, this is a great story about two broken people finding each other and helping each other heal.
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range? Adult
Why? Sex, a lot of rough sex. Also scenes of domestic violence, child abuse, and underground MMA fighting