After five years, tragedy brings Hannah Casey back to Hurricane Creek to bury what’s left of her family. She’s flunking out of college, haunted by scandal, and the only person who cares is Sean Whitlow, an irresistible bad boy with a soft spot for her. The problem? He’s her dead sister’s ex.
Sean doesn’t bleed red, he bleeds motor oil. During the week, he struggles to turn his auto repair shop into a profitable business. But when Saturday night rolls around, he’s the reigning stock-car king of the local race track. He doesn’t know how to lose–or how to walk away and leave Hannah alone with her grief.
Between her grades and her wealthy family’s dark secrets, Hannah’s barely holding her life together. And the last thing Sean needs is to get tangled up with another Casey girl. As the attraction between them spins out of control, they’ll either find a love with no limits–or go up in flames.
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Hurricane Creek #1
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Anything but Broken by Joelle Knox (aka Kit Rocha aka Moria Rogers) is a New Adult story. While I didn't used to read many books in that genre, I do have several NA authors I love and while Kit Rocha doesn't write NA, I love their books so much, I couldn't wait to read Anything but Broken.
I really enjoyed Anything but Broken. Both Hannah and Sean are really strong characters and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow over the course of the story. I will say that due to Hannah's past, she isn't as strong as Sean in the beginning, but she did become stronger as the story progressed.
Hannah has come home because her dad died in a car accident and her mom is dying in the hospital due to injuries from the car accident. The fact that she was raised in a house with money doesn't change the fact that her life has been rough. Her older sister died and Hannah has carried the burden of keeping the secrets from her sister's death all these years. She has started drinking to dull the pain and is going down the same path as her alcoholic father. Running into Sean starts to set Hannah on a path to both hope and happiness.
I really liked Hannah and Sean together as a couple. They have great chemistry together, but they also seem to understand each other on a level others don't get about them. I felt their emotional connection and loved they both just enjoyed being together. I do think being with Sean is what starts to help Hannah deal with her past, but it isn't the only thing. We also get to see Hannah reconnect with her friend Evie and see Hannah interact with Sean's best friend Gibb and all of Sean's family. I loved Sean's family accepted Hannah from the moment the met them, as I felt like she hadn't had that type of acceptance since her grandmother and sister died. Evie was super protective and supportive of Hannah, which is exactly what Hannah needs as she deals with her family's drama. Gibb however, is the one person who gives Hannah the kick in the pants she needs most. I think I fell a little bit more in love with him for taking care of his best friend's girl the only way he knew how.
Anything but Broken is a wonderful start to the Hurricane Creek series. We met so many characters that I already want to learn more about and see them get their stories. Joelle Knox has become another must-read author for me.
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