My name is different every month—Brandy, Honey, Amy…sometimes Joe doesn’t even bother to ask—but he never fails to arouse me with his body, his mouth, his touch, no matter what I’m called or where he picks me up. The sex is always amazing, always leaves me itching for more in those long weeks until I see him again.
My real name is Sadie, and once a month over lunch Joe tells me about his latest conquest. But what Joe doesn’t know is that, in my mind, I’m the star of every X-rated one-night stand he has revealed to me, or that I’m practically obsessed with our imaginary sex life. I know it’s wrong. I know my husband wouldn’t understand. But I can’t stop. Not yet.
If Broken is erotica than all the erotica I’ve read in the past is gratuitous, hardcore porn. To be fair most of it was kink so maybe I’ve been spoiled for anything else, but in my experience erotica is a story with sexually graphic scenes spread throughout. Broken ended up being far deeper and darker, as well as far more emotional, than just a titillating romp.
Almost a whole day later and I can’t quite let go of Sadie’s story. Broken is told in first person and we learn a lot about what is going on with Sadie. We’re placed in her head basically, which I found helped to build an even stronger connection and create a sense of what this woman is going through.
While that’s fantastic, when the world expanded upon the story going further than Sadie and Joe’s meeting place, I think the emphasis on Sadie’s emotional state left her surroundings to come across as vague. Often a scene would be taking place and at one line they’d be standing and then the other sitting, or be in one room, only to be in another room very soon after. That doesn’t sound like anything important to influence the writing, but there was no description of the in-between getting from A to Z. Usually a sore point for me, I found myself too wrapped up in how Sadie was feeling to let lack of scenery stop me reading.
I did have an issue with the ending as well. It makes me think of those movies where you feel as though the ending is coming or has been and you keep waiting for it. I felt as though Broken was going to end at least four times before it actually did. These two elements did bring the story down a notch for me, unfortunately, but I know in general it doesn’t make me want to re-read Broken any less.
I’m so grateful Hart used certain descriptive words for penis, vagina, and arse. It has been awhile since I’ve read erotica, but I still remember horrible words like ‘flower’ being used for vagina and don’t even get me started on penis… I would find it far easier to read erotica if the writer just went all out and used stupid terms like cucumber and donut. It would make it far less awkward and probably more amusing because sex isn’t perfect and always smooth. Not only did Hart use bearable words, but not once was I distracted by sexual perfection so many stories seem to contain.
Granted Joe is some sort of sex god, or more like crazy-experienced, but having Sadie fill in the mental and emotional side of the women Joe interacts with downplays it and I don’t think it makes it smooth. If anything it shows Joe’s confidence and his facade, as well as Sadie’s sense of self.
This is where the dark and emotional side comes in. Broken is one of the most depressing and heartbreaking pieces of erotic fiction I have ever read. I was not expecting such an emotional read or my reaction to it. It’s a horrible experience these characters have to go through and knowing people would be going through something like this makes it worse. So while the story is interspersed with detailed sex scenes, eventually it becomes more of a contemporary romance than anything else. That’s not a bad thing; I think that’s what helped me to enjoy it even more. I had trouble putting Broken down and, as is my habit now, I couldn’t wait till my pre-sleeping ritual of an hour’s reading so I could discover what happened next.
As for the titilating aspect to the story? Well, I’m a bit hard to please when it comes to erotica. Unless it’s kink or full of ladies getting it on, than I’m going to get bored. Fortunately Broken does have a good plot and plenty of character development so will be readable by those who need more than something to, ah, whet their appetite with…
- Genre: Erotic Fiction – Contemporary Romance
- Rating Out of Five: ♥♥♥♥
- Meet The Author: Megan Hart – Twitter – Facebook
- Format: eARC Published: March 2013 by Harlequin Spice
- Special Thanks To: Harlequin Books Australia
- Find At: The Book Depository UK – Book Depository US – Amazon US – Amazon Kindle – BookFari AU – Bookworld (ePub)
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