Nick O’Hara is, for lack of a better word, a man-wh***. Look in the Urban Dictionary under that word, and his name will no doubt be mentioned. The only qualifications that he looks for in a bed-mate is that the person is hot and breathing. Mainly hot. He has no desire for an emotional connection with another person, and that’s the way he lives his life. He has his fabulous wealth and his reputation as a premiere architect, and that’s enough for him.
Until Scotty James.
Scotty is a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City. She’s broken from traumatic experiences from her years in foster care and homelessness. She has a vulnerability that is intoxicating to Nick, because, deep down, he knows that he is as broken as she.
When Nick pursues Scotty, it seems that she is the only woman who doesn’t want to be with him. At first she’s a challenge, but Nick soon finds himself falling in love for the first time in his life. With a woman who wants nothing to do with him.
Nick is a player. He doesn’t want to settle down, ever, and takes his single status very seriously. He only goes out with women who do not tempt him to settle down. So, when he sees his architecture grad student at a bar, dealing with her drunk mother, he comes to her rescue and later offers her a paid internship at his firm. She says no at first because she has a lot on her plate and being tempted by the sexy professor is not something she wants to deal with.
Scotty lives paycheck to paycheck while trying to finish grad school for architecture. When her sexy, but talented, professor offers her an internship at his prestigious firm she thinks it is too good to be true. Not only does she doubt her talent, but she also has a drunken mother to deal with, a toddler brother in her mother’s care, and a dark past. Her lack of self-esteem doesn’t allow her to think of herself as worthy of such a position, but Nick won’t take no for an answer and she relents.
Nick becomes attracted to his newest intern and is the kind of guy that won’t take no for an answer when it comes to anything in life. However, Scotty is so broken and damaged that she can’t love anyone, including herself. There is so much angst and turmoil throughout the story and I love a great angst filled book! The emotional rollercoaster ride between the two made me want to keep on reading and not put the book down.
There were a few things that I did not enjoy in this book – the constant changing POV, the slow moving beginning, and the intense cliffhanger at the end. They don’t make this a bad book by any means, but bothered me enough to call attention to them. With that said, I’m glad I read Broken and I did enjoy it