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Thursday, April 14, 2016

✯BLOG TOUR:✯ Broken Down by Amanda K. Byrne {REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!}

Broken Down by Amanda K. Byrne

Release Date: April 12th 2016 by Radiodemon Publishing
Series: Hidden Scars #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

The one thing he could do for her was let her go. Until he couldn’t.

When Thieves’ guitarist Shane Jones lost his close friend to a freak accident, Krista Conner helped him through the worst of his grief. He kept their late-night trysts a secret to protect her from the tabloids, and when she broke up with him, he let her go.

But he never got over her.

Months later, his world is rocked again by the death of his brother mere weeks before the biggest Thieves album yet. Grieving and desperate for peace, he tracks Krista down, craving the salvation he found in her sweet spirit. Only this time, he’s determined not to leave.

Krista left Shane because her life was a mess. She’s rebuilt it, piece by challenging piece, making some hard decisions along the way. She’s settled into a new city and a new life, and for the first time in a long time, she’s content and happy. Then Shane turns up, promising to stay, promising to care. Promising everything.

Shane’s the one she wants, but the toughest choice she made could drive him away for good.

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Broken Down is about pain, loss, and new beginnings. 

At the beginning of the book we get to meet Shane Jones, Thieves' guitarist, whose recent accidents have completely changed his life. After the passing of his friend/band mate and brother, Shane doesn't know what else to do with his life. Ever since his friend died in an accident he would always turn to his friend with benefits, Krista Conner. Their connection is what helped him when he was going through some rough times. Yet, even though their sex life was great, he knew that he wasn't ready for a real relationship like Krista was. So they parted ways, but as the fame started to grow for his band, the pressure ended up killing his brother. Now Shane is ready to make a change in his life, and he wants Krista in it for the long run. As he sets on to go to Portland for a few weeks, his mission is to make Krista understand that he is willing to give them a shot at a real relationship and that he is not going anywhere. 

Right when Krista met Shane it was exciting and surreal. He was not only a handsome guy, but he also happened to be in a famous band. When the two became friends things slowly started to change for her. When his friend passed away it changed their relationship, they became friends with benefits, and when she wanted something more out of their relationship, Shane pushed her away. Feeling completely devastated, Krista moves to Portland where she works as a freelance web designer. But just as she was starting to move on, Shane comes back into her life and this time she wants to make sure that her heart is protected or she will never be able to move on from another heartache. 

It's evident from the very beginning that both of the characters have struggled to move on in their lives. Not only do they have pasts that have hurt them, but they also have hurt each other when they were together. Shane is not your typical rock star, he doesn't like the media attention and he kind to others. He truly wants to change his life, and he is willing to give anything to get that. On the other hand, Krista has been just as hurt. She has a past that she hasn't really been able to move on from, and when she meets Shane she wants to start a relationship with him. I liked the story, the author did a good job with twists and turns that I was expecting when I was reading the book. There were some scenes that felt unnecessary, but it all ties together in the end. There is character development that changes over the course of the story and as the characters learn to move on we get to meet other secondary characters that made the story that much more interesting to read. Overall, if you're looking for a romance story filled with twists and steamy scenes than I would highly recommend this story. : ) 

***ARC provided by the author in exchange from an honest review.***



When she’s not plotting ways to sneak her latest shoe purchase past her partner, Amanda writes sexy, snarky romance and urban fantasy. She likes her heroines smart and unafraid to make mistakes, and her heroes strong enough to take them on. If she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking hot chocolate, and trying not to destroy her house with her newest DIY project. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and no, it really doesn’t rain that much.


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