Review of Perfectly Broken by Maegan Abel

The book cover and blurb intrigued me a lot and drove me to read and review Perfectly Broken. Okay, before I go to my review, I must say, my assumptions about this book were proven wrong. I can't believe the number of times I was thrown in for a loop and ended up saying, "I was not expecting that." Should I give examples? Let me think about it for a bit

Title: Perfectly Broken (Broken #1)
Author: Maegan Abel 
Publication Date: June 16, 2014 
Published by: Forever Red LLC
Genre: Dark, Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Source: Copy Given by Netgalley


Zane Tishler moved in with his brother after his nightmare divorce to find that his brother had taken in a “stray”, a punk chick with a bad attitude. Liliosa Cortez found a place to start over in a city built for hiding. But when her roommate’s brother moved in she pegged him for a pretty boy with enough baggage to fill a semi and major hostility toward women. But now, after two years, Lili and Zane have become best friends and the perfect “wingmen.” They’ve developed a system for tagging and bagging tourists. No strings attached. They are partners in crime who have managed to have the time of their lives in the City of Sin.

Life would be perfect if they could keep it this way, but a new player in the game makes both Lili and Zane face the feelings they had not been prepared to notice. What happens when dangerous shadows from a forgotten past find their way into the neon spotlights? What happens when the fuse is lit on all those emotions they have deeply buried?

Can they survive the explosion or will the backlash tear them and everyone they love apart?

When two pasts become one present in the searing Nevada heat…

When two realities collide under the lights of Vegas…

When two lives are threatened due to secrets and lies…

What do you do when you find out your perfect world is Perfectly Broken?

**This is a New Adult Romance with dark themes**


Liliosa Cortez, a.k.a. Lili, a.k.a Pixie, a.k.a. Lee, a.k.a. Something-else-I'm-not-aloud-to-say is a strong, independent, and confident woman, who is not afraid to take what she wants. She's very comfortable with her sexuality, and Get In, Get Out, Get a Move On is one of her mottos in life. But underneath the tough exterior, lies a fragile, insecure, and scared girl. One who is trying her damnest to run away from her past, and the people who want her back.

Zane Tishler likes sex. He's even become more "adventurous" when his ex-wife pulled the rug from under his feet and ruined [almost] everything that is good in his life. But he's getting better now and is discovering new things about himself and his heart. Will he be able to love again though? And will he be loved back?


Okay, the first thing that I loved about the book is Lili. Second thing, the relationship Lili and Zane have. Third, the tight bond that their "family" has. Fourth, the entire story. Fifth, the sex. I can go on and on, but I'd like to delve deeper into the reason why I loved these things. Let's begin!

Lili just made it in my list of favourite heroines. She's just...AWESOME! She's witty, sexy, a wonderful friend, tough, and mysterious. There's no dull moment with her, and one cannot simply predict what she's going to do! Example...and also spoiler alert: she insists that she doesn't dance, but when Zane needed rescuing, she saved him by dragging him onto the dance floor. She dances horribly for a moment until the she-devil started gyrating on Zane. That's when she showed her true dancing abilities. She's freaking wicked! I was totally picturing a Step-Up type of dance-off happening.

Next up, Zane and Lili's "relationship". It would seem as though they are in a contest of "Who has the most sexual partners", but they're also each other's buffer. They flirt, they kiss, they grope each other--almost everything short of actually doing "something". However, their dynamic change and things become sweet, painful, and complicated between them.

The "Family Affair". No matter how small their group is, their bond is unbreakable. They have each other's backs, they never leave anyone behind, and they will do anything for one another. It's a beautiful thing, really.

The story is full of surprises. There weren't a lot of people introduced, making the plot concentrated and not at all confusing, but the author was able to twist things around and she managed to shock the heck out of her readers. I know I didn't expect a couple (or more) of events in the story.

Lastly, the sex. Spoiler alert again!! Here's the deal-y-o, Lili and Zane never had sex in the book. They never did anything remotely close to being that intimate (i.e. oral, intense groping), but they did do the deed with other people, and it was deliciously described. It was simple, yet very intense. I absolutely loved it.

One thing though: Why did Zane's sister have to make an appearance?! I understand that she wants to protect her brother, but she's a little too much. She's causing extra drama that is not at all needed because there are too many things happening already. What else? The cliffhanger...why did it have to end there?? I need more!


The book is the perfect mixture of romance, suspense, and drama. It's well-written, engaging, and entertaining. I will probably read it again, and I can't wait to read the next instalment in the series.



Maegan Abel was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she still lives today. She has been an avid reader from a very young age and the top goal on her list of things to accomplish was to write and publish a book. During the summer of 2013, while working backstage on The Lion King, she read eleven books in four weeks. After reading her first New Adult book and being introduced to the genre, she felt she could totally relate to it. The idea for Perfectly Broken and the character of Lili was born backstage during that time.


Twitter: @MaeganAbel

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