by Megan Hart
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This month, my name is Mary.
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.
I've been pondering a few questions since I finished Broken. Did I love it? I don't know. Did I enjoy it? I don't know. Did it leave a mark? Hell Yes! There has only been one other book that affected me the way this one did, Suzanne's Diary to Nicholas. While they are not the same, in a way they are. They both deal with a family matter that is both intense and heart breaking. When I read Suzanne's Diary and I got to THE PART, I cried and cried. I had to stop reading so I could just cry. I thought of my family and what if? Did I love that book? I don't think so, when I really think on it. It's so sad and so tragic. It's the same with Broken. One event can change our lives forever.
I commend Megan Hart for stepping so far out of the box with Broken. She told a story that my husband and I have jokingly talked about. What would happen if he became bed-ridden. Of course we laugh, and I tell him, "Dude, you are on your own!" But what would I really do? I don't know. I wonder if I would be as strong as Sadie. Even though at times she feels like she's not because of her monthly meetings to hear Joe tell her a story. She still is a strong woman, and faithful to her husband, considering all that she's lost. Imagine never being touched, or held. No hugs. We all need that bit of contact from the one we love and have chosen to spend the rest of our lives with.When I'm having a bad day, my husband gives me a hug and for that little bit of time everything feels better. But what happens when that can't happen anymore? But the person is still there? You see them everyday, can talk to them everyday, but can't feel them touching you?
Broken was the second most intensely emotionally draining book I've read. I loved and hated it. I loved it for the amazing and brilliant writing. The execution of the story and how it was told was mind-blowing. As much as I was over-stimulated emotionally, I could not stop reading about Sadie and Joe and Adam. I wanted Sadie to have more in her life than what she's had the last four years, but to have that...well, I hated it. I hated what had to happen. It makes me want to cry all over again for her, for Adam, and even for Joe. My husband asked me if I liked the book when I finished and all I could say was that it was sad. Very sad.
I've read a few Megan Hart books, but this is my second Spice book, the first was Stranger. I thought Stranger was heart-breaking and emotional. But it's nothing compared to Broken. She is an incredibly talented writer. And Broken dealt with an issue that any one of us could face at any time in our lives. And whew, was I impacted. Would I recommend this book to some one? Absolutely. But don't think you are getting some warm fuzzy romance. Think gritty, disturbing, lumps-in-your-throat scenes. That's what you get in Broken. There is so much need and heart-ache felt between the three people involved, it can be utterly overwhelming to your senses.
I did not love this book. It's filled with too much tragedy and pain. But I felt every lonely ache that Sadie, Adam, and Joe felt. I respect the author, and this book. It's compelling, well-written and one hell of a journey into Sadie's life. And I will not hesitate to pick up another of Megan Hart's books! But I will be a bit reluctant to read another one any time soon. And I think that's a good thing. I think to be able to write like that, with such intensity, is a gift. An amazing talent.
So kudos to Megan Hart for writing such a provoking book as Broken!