Pretty Broken Girl: An Unconventional Love Story

By Jeana E. Mann

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georgia jordan
This book was surprising in that I wondered how the author could make the female lead sympathic to the reader. In the beginning you know that Dakota was married to Sam and walked away from their marriage taking 1 million dollars in payment from her father-in-law who didn't want her married to his son. Dakota didn't have the status and come from wealth like Sam did, but Sam loved her because Dakota didn't care about Sam's family's wealth. He wanted someone who loved him for himself, but Dakota left him with divorce papers and disappeared. Ten years later they meet again. The story alternates from both Sam and Dakota's perspective as well as scenes from their past together so you really get to know them. Sam wants revenge, Dakota has regrets so you wonder why she chose the money over Sam. Their story drew my interest from the first chapter until the last.
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nikki morse
I loved this book so much that I had to purchase and read through the second immediately after! Delightful story that any woman who has dated even a semi-complicated man can appreciate. Reminded me of 50 Shades of Grey in many respects (if you liked that series you will love this one too).
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damiano
I loved this book. I always enjoy different povs. This time there were 4; both of them when they were young and discovering love for the first time, and them now, as broken adults. Usually with flash backs I find I dread reading one time or the other. Not so this time both ends were equally enjoyable and angst filled. It was so well written that I could feel the sensations myself. I could completely relate to what they were going through. The desire, the love the hate and anger. The need to punish, to show them what a mistake they made. To impress them and try to win them back even though you know its the worst thing for you. This book read like my journal, and I felt like the author had been my confessor. Thank you for writing such an insightful and entertaining book.
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secola
I've received this book is in advance copy this is my voluntarily giving review.

I normally don't use you please read this John drop of a romance so for me it was a little different however but that being said I have to say that I didn't join the book not too much about the ending but I did enjoy the book I'm not going to give you an e Clifton deserve nothing that already didn't read in the blurb you have to read this book on your own and judge it by yourself however I do say that you might enjoy this for Kyle lot
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matt moore
Wow. She has to give up the love of her life to help her family. For over 10 years she can't tell him and she can never talk to him again. Then he becomes her new boss. I'm glad she was finally able to be honest and let him know everything that his dad did. I'm glad he's not with Dahlia. She seems conniving. His dad is a tool and it was sad they felt Dakota was not worthy because she was not the same wealth and social class as them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what happens next.
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debbie teixeira zagorski
This book had me sucked in at the first chapter. Young love, heartbreak, corruption, passion. Jeana writes in such a way that you feel like you are part of the story at times. Real life love scenarios that we've been through in one way or another. My only disappointment was the book ending. I fell in love with Dakota and Sam and wanted more!
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mohammed al humaikani
Pretty Broken girl is about lies and hurt and broken promises but underneath all the layers of mistrust and deceit it's also about love.

" Love isn't always pretty. Sometimes you have to break the thing you love in order to put the pieces back together again. "

I could not put this book down and when I did I resented the fact I had to take a break to eat or sleep, interrupting my link to this world.
Sam is from a very wealthy family and Dakota is from a family that really don't have much at all. They fall for each other and get married straight out of high school and they are happy and in love. Then Sam's father shows up and makes Dakota an offer she can't refuse and by choosing to accept it destroys what Sam and Dakota have.

The book actually begins much later after they are divorce and see each other for the first time and that's when the battle of wits really begins as Sam turns out to be Dakota's new boss. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. The couple had amazing chemistry and being told the story of their previous life had me falling for them as they fell for each other. So much love and hate, passion and anger between this couple as both desperately try not to fall back in love. I did get frustrated with Dakota for her behaviour at times but it did keep me hooked.

A great book and I can't wait to start on Pretty Filthy Lies during my holiday and pick up with this couple again.

10 out of 10 and 3 flames for heat.

Review by Brienne Dubh @ Escapology Reviews. Com
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rina fulcher
Although it took ten torturous years to bring them back together they finally made it. This book is labeled dark on good reads although I didn't find it dark at all. Just a couple of kids learning their way through life making hard choices and living with even harder outcomes of those choices.

This was a quick easy read to start this series. A first time reading this author for me.
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joann rogers
V.C
Communication between man and women always been hard. But put a hating , conniving father into the mix. And a brother who won't own up to his mistakes .How can it be a "death do us part marriage. Still want something
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marcel
I had absolutely no expectations going into this story all I knew was the blurb intrigued me. The entire story toggles between the present and past of the points of view from both our hero, Samuel, and the heroine, Dakota. With no expectations I was able to fully immerse myself in the book and the results were awesome. This is my first Jeana Mann romance and certainly won't be my last.

The premise of entire story is one I enjoy - rich boy, girl from the other side of the world, meddling father, and an inevitable separation. Mann made her story unique in the way she structured the present re-connection of Sam and Dakota. Written with such an open, honest tone the book isn't masked in secrecy in lies but rather a telling of what happens after the those secrets and lies have done their damage. This story is not a guessing game and while I could make an argument for it being a bit predictable however this authors writing kept me engaged from beginning to end so it didn't matter.

These two characters with their rich history of love and betrayal were two people for whom you could feel their connection. Young and carefree they wanted to conquer the world together and believed in each other so much to do so. As mature adults who've gained perspective laced with bitterness and regret over their demise as a couple, their connection still cannot be escaped. A game of cat and mouse ensues. Each guarding themselves, protecting themselves from the hurts of the past and the devastation they could reek on each others futures, Samuel and Dakota's journey is just as fun and unusually romantic as it is emotional. Being first hand eye witnesses to the turmoil inside each of their minds we as readers easily connect to the two of them. Another testament to the writing of Mann.

The way in which Jeana Mann tells us Samuel and Dakota's story in Pretty Broken Girl, the way in which it falls into place, it was a really an enjoyable read that strayed from the usual structure of this kind of love story. I'm quite impressed with the way the plot played out and I'm definitely invested in this hero and heroine. So excited to read the next installment.

Readers Note - Book One of a series. Pretty Broken Girl comfortably leaves you feeling good with Samuel and Dakota's plight, excited for what's to come.
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adam ickes
Pretty good story and great protagonists in Sam and Dakota. Weaknesses included the premise that Dakota chose her brother and mum over her darling husband, especially as he'd given up so much for her; in fact unlike her, he chose D over his own family. I found the reasons behind their breakup, therefore, to be pretty weak. I don't want to spoil your enjoyment, so you'll have to read the book to find out just what specific reasons were behind their divorce. Further I couldn't understand where all the money went; there weren't enough reasons given for it to have all been spent IMO. Or not ones I found believable. S & D had such a loving, trusting and close relationship, that I'm not convinced she wouldn't have confided in her gorgeous, strong and supportive husband. Having said that, I loved the bitter-sweet interaction between the two erstwhile lovers, and it was a tribute to the authors great writing that I had a lot vested in them, and had to keep reading to see how things might end. The author had my emotions all over the place, as it seemed at times they were never going to find their way back to each other. The angst kept me rooting for them both. I would recommend it to those that enjoy a love story gone wrong, but where there is hope of the lovers coming together again, despite huge obstacles in the way.
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jlyons
Pretty Broken Girl is the first book in this two part series by Jeana Mann that spans the relationship between Dakota, a girl with a questionable family and Samuel (Sam) - the boy whose family seemingly has everything. They marry young.. way too young and one day Dakota up and leaves Sam with more questions than answers and he is heartbroken and closed off from that point forward. What he doesnt realize is WHY she left and that reason has nothing at all to do with him.
The storyline toggles back and forth between past and present which is roughly 10 years in the future. There is not a great deal of back story, just that the two of them met and married young. I never really felt all that connected to Dakota. She was just a bit flat for my tastes, especially when compared to how alive Sam's character seemed.
The book was good, if a wee predictable. It was easy to read, the grammar and punctuation seemed spot on and the ending wasn't just a massive cliffhanger, even though I was convinced it was going to be.
If you are looking for a nice, familiar read that wont set you on fire or wreck your soul... Pretty Broken Girl is one I would recommend. 3.5**** Wickedgoodstars!
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lubna
Pretty Broken Girl was a very nice surprise, especially since I went into it with no expectations. The blurb on Goodreads doesn't give much away, but I was intrigued anyway. I found myself really enjoying the characters of Dakota and Samuel, two broken people with a broken marriage and 10 years of silence between them. Jeana E. Mann does a great job of giving you just enough to feel the live chemistry and broken relationship between Sam and Dakota, but not enough to let you really understand it. At first we just see glimpses of Dakota's life now, get a clear idea of Sam's womanizer ways, but overtime as they reconnect as boss and employee we grow to understand who they are apart and the damage Dakota's choice wreaked on both of them. I felt myself feeling for both of them, really sad at how their lives had turned bitter and lonely, even if neither would admit it. I really enjoyed the game they both seem to be playing, especially having Sam show this alpha side of himself, both with no idea of what the outcome would truly be. There's a lot more to the story than just the relationship of Dakota and Sam, though it all is connected. Family and friend relationships were interesting and provided more insight into the past of each character.

While the book was predictable at times, the writing style kept me engaged and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Written in past and present alternating POV's it can seem a bit confusing, especially when a character's POV repeats, but getting inside each head offered a unique look at their relationship. The changing POV brought to light many of the secrets about each character and made the chemistry real. I liked the end of Pretty Broken Girl as well, because it felt final and still left an open door for the sequel, Pretty Filthy Lies. No cliffhanger here! I definitely recommend this to readers looking for a shorter book filled with drama and romance.
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liisa
If you’re looking for the novel that plucks at your heartstrings, brings tears to your eyes and makes you remember what falling in love felt like, then get this one! Beautifully written storyline, and characters that zing off the page along with so hot sex scenes will entrance to the last page. I will definitely read more from this author.
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ashlie
**I was lucky enough to receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
Dakota thought she could move on from her painful past until her ex-husband, the one she screwed over, buys the company she works for. Sam bought the company solely to get his revenge on his ex-wife for breaking his heart until the sparks fly on their love hate relationship. I found myself really enjoying the interplay between the two and was rooting for them to work it out. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a very thought out and entertaining read.
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kouros
Really liked this story. I thought the way the author left some of the big details of what really happened till the end. There are times you were more I don't understand stand why she left and then I didn't care. After it all comes out I really understand why this happened and it was more sad than anything Sam's dad is used to getting what he wants by any means necessary. Sadly he never considered his sons feelings along the way. I really can't wait till the next one thanks to the ending!
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kara bennett
When Dakota runs into her ex at the coffee shop, she should have know that the other shoe was going to fall. When she gets to work she learns that Samuel bought the company she works for.

Dakota broke Samuel's heart 10 years prior. He doesn't know the reason behind their divorce, and he is out to break her like she broke him.

Even after all the years, they still have feelings for each other. Can they get over their past and have a future together?

I can't wait for book two.
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lulyy
Well, this book was a good surprise ! I love to discover new authors and the blurb of this book caught my attention. As it happens, Jeana E. Mann is an author I will definitely follow in the future. Her writing is very engaging, I simply could not put this book down. What really stood out for me is the way she writes sexual tension, and this story has it in spades !

Dakota Atwell and Samuel Seaforth used to be each other’s universe. They believed their young love was stronger than anything else. Against all odds, and despite Samuel’s father threats, they married at 18. But two years later, Dakota left Samuel without a word of explanation. Deeply hurt, Samuel has never been able to forget her.

Ten years later, they are forced to meet again, when Samuel takes over the company Dakota works for. According to his usual ruthless modus operandi, he intends to dismantle and absorb it in his own company. He didn’t count on having to keep his ex-wife on board. As much as he loved her, he now wants to break her. But he is haunted by the thought of her. Dakota has never forgiven herself for what she has been forced to do for the sake of her family. Both of them are trying very hard, but often failing, to hide their emotions. Their struggle was heartbreaking. But can Sam forgive Dakota and give their love a second chance ?

I really enjoyed this book. I must admit I had some problems believing Samuel’s passive attitude when he was confronted with Dakota’s decision to divorce, but apart from that, I found that the author did a great job with this story. She combines past and present storytelling, with dual POV, which helps a lot to understand the characters. Dakota and Samuel’s story continues in the second book in the series, “Pretty Filthy Lies”. And, of course, I hope for an happy ending !
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sophie blackwell
Pretty Broken Girl by Jeana E. Mann, is a roller coaster of a ride. It is so well written and lots of emotions, attraction to each other, can they have a second chance. Dakota broke Samuel hearts years ago and now he wants to hurt her. I highly recommend this book, it gets you on page one and can't put it down. This is my first book by Jeana E. Mann and it will not be my last, she is amazing.
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marjakrishotmail com
received this book from author for honest review and I have to say that this book was such an awesome read that I read it in just a few hours loved the whole love hate situation between Dakota and sam and how they finally somewhat found there way back to each other so to speak thank you for letting me read this spectacular story
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chris doyle
There is a fine line between love and hate. The story/characters are thought-out and developed. I enjoyed this book from page one. I received an arc from the author for a honest review, being new to this author I was intrigued from the start. I loved it and cant wait to see what will happen next.
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kimberley kglan stebner
I liked the book , from the begining it captivated me and I wanted to learn more about Dakota and Sam ,there love story goes past time and betrayel and survives in the first book ,curious to see what will happened in the next book in the series ! In my opinion is worth the read and enjoyable !
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bradyn
I was lucky enough to receive Pretty Broken Girl as an ARC for an honest review & I loved it!!!
Dakota thought she had put her painful past behind her, until one day on her way to work she stopped for coffee & ran into the last person in her life she never thought she'd see again, her ex-husband.
Sam came to take over the next company in his plan for revenge, not expecting to run into his ex-wife, before the meeting letting the employee's of Harmony Developments know he has bought the company. He knows Dakota works for the company & vows to make her life a living hell for the time he is stuck with her, per her contract & take over agreement.
Dakota knows she deserves Sam's hatred for what she did to him so long ago, but she still has feelings for him. Sam wants to hate Dakota for what she & his father did to him, but can he?
Emotion & attraction are pulled in all directions trying to figure out what they both want or need. Can or will things change when Sam finds out the reason why Dakota betrayed him? I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book!!! Get your copy today!!!
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