Broken Glamour by Maggie Marr
Publisher & Release: NLA Digital LLC, April 20, 2014
Time and setting: Present Day, LA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 272 pages
Heat Level: 3 Flames
Story: 4.5 Gold Crowns
Narrative: 3 Gold Crowns
A Hollywood Romance
Amanda Legend is a Hollywood princess whose glam life is destroyed when her new step-mother, (also her former best friend) has her cut-off from the plush Hollywood lifestyle. Ryan Sinclair a bad-boy star with a multitude of bad-habits nearly dies and must turn to the one woman who loathes him, Amanda Legend, for help. Down on her luck with nowhere to turn, Amanda Legend takes a job she doesn't want from a man she doesn't like and unfortunately and inexplicably is wildly attracted to. Now she must fight her overwhelming urge to fall into Ryan Sinclair's arms because this bad-boy addict is not the kind of man Amanda wants in her life.
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After I read Hard Glamour, I just had to read this next book in this amazing series. I’m so glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed Amanda and Ryan’s romance. I was not sure how the author was going to turn Ryan into a hero since he is not shown in a good light in the first book, but let me assure you, Ms. Marr does, and I was truly rooting for him to find the strength to overcome his addictions so he could have a happy ending with Amanda. They both richly deserved it!
Broken Glamour is a well-written book, and the angst is handled fairly well without becoming too over the top. Both these characters definitely had issues from their past that explained their behavior. Now, I would have liked to have more of Ryan's backstory to fully explain why his character was so tormented. I’m not saying some is not there. I personally would have liked a bit more depth. Amanda’s character does give just the right amount of backstory, though.
I listened to the audio by Nina Sumter. Her narrative had a bit of a sing-song tone to it which after a while became a bit annoying. There is also a male narrator, and he had the same tone quality. I did enjoy that the dialogue was read by the female and the male regardless of which POV the book was in.
This is an emotionally-charged story that gave me a true picture that an individual’s struggle to accept that addiction does not just go away because the person is no longer using. It is a daily effort to keep away from the substance, and that a support group and getting a sponsor are the keys to recovery. Ms. Marr handles this in a spectacularly vivid way.
I'm glad I read Broken Glamour, and I enjoy Ms. Marr's writing style a great deal. I highly recommend this book and the series. It's a story that will pull you in and keep you involved until the end. Happy reading!