Thursday, January 15, 2015

Swoon Thursday #122 ~ Broken at Love (Whitman University #1) by Lyla Payne

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My Swoon for this week comes from:

 Broken at Love
(Whitman University #1)
Lyla Payne  

First - The Blurb:

When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.

College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.

But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?

Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.

To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.

Second - The Swoon(s):

I thought I’d won the match when she’d fallen into my arms, heart and all. The truth was, she’d beaten me. Snatched my soul and shattered all the lies I’d built around me to keep the pain of connecting at bay.
... Quinn

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"I’m afraid you’re going to break me, Quinn."
"Don’t let me." The challenge in his eyes intensified, heating up and pouring strength into me."Don’t you let me f***ing do that, Emilie. Don’t let anyone break you. You’re stronger than that." 
... Emilie

At first, Quinn seems like a complete Douche. Not the kind of guy you'd want to fall in love with. But as the story unfolds and you discover the truth behind why he behaves the way he does, you can't help but change your mind about him. I know I did.

Emilie is sweet, smart, and not afraid to go after what she wants. Although attracted to Quinn, she doesn't fall for the game he and his half-brother have conjured up to seduce women. Instead, she manages to keep him at arms length (at least for a little while).

Not used to being rejected, Quinn sees Emilie as a challenge. However, the closer he gets to winning the game, the more exposed his true feelings become.

I quite enjoyed reading Quinn and Emilie's story and look forward to reading more books written by Lyla.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?
If you liked my Swoon, please leave a comment below!


  1. Awww, I like the second one! I wish boys in real life were that smart ;) Awesome swoon choice! :D

    Check out my swoon post!

  2. OH! That first one! My heart! And lord, that second one!
    Both made my heart squeeze!

  3. So glad you enjoyed this one. Sweet swoon you picked. Quinn definitely seems sweet.

  4. I love that appearances can be deceiving! Great swoons! I think I would like Quinn!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  5. Thanks for that swoon, Marilyn. And I'm glad to see that you liked Broken at Love. I happen to have it on my kindle. ;)