Release Day and Review: Broken Girl by Gretchen de la O

My name is ROSE NEWTON, and I sell my body on the streets of San Francisco. I’m what you call society's dirty little secret. On the outside, I'm in control, the woman who makes her own rules and gives nothing away for free. Inside, I’m broken and numb. Torn and shattered by my past, my life is nothing more than the lost fragments of what's left of me.

SHANE WEST represents everything that’s foreign to me. He’s brave, kind, funny, gorgeous and persistent. When fate brings us face to face, an undeniable attraction blazes between us. He becomes the constant I've never had and the only man I'll ever trust.

There is nothing simple about falling in love when you're keeping a secret like mine.

*Reader's discretion advised. Certain content might not be suitable for some readers.

**** 4.5 Star Review ****

We always have this image of authors. Each one is an individual, a person. At the same time they are like superheros, known for the words they put to paper. Gretchen is one of those authors who seems to be toting a villain cape this time around, and I couldn't be any happier.

This book was it for me. I am always searching for that next book that will mess me up on the inside, that will make me cringe and cuss. I am always searching for that book that leaves me dumbfounded and speechless. I always want to be blown away. This book was more than I expected. It was dark. It was raw. It was gritty. 

I sat down a week ago to write this review. I wanted to give Gretchen all of the words. Every last word. She deserves it after all; after writing this story. But then, I couldn't find the words. Words just don't seem to be enough. But I wanted to write this long eloquent, deserving review. But I can't seem to put words to describe my thoughts. 

I had anticipated this book for over a year. I waited on bated breath. I stalked Gretchen's pages to see if there was word on this book on a regular basis. I knew I needed to read this book. And now I have. And now I want a rewind. I want to go back to waiting so I can eventually experience all of the words and emotions all over again.

By day Gretchen teaches computers, by night she dons the cloak of motherhood, wifehood, and authorship. She is making her way through self-publishing and is truly learning to let go with every curve and bump in the creative process. She enjoys writing about first loves and first times, in the first person. She is a firm believer that anything is possible if you set your mind to it; and what you expect out of life, always finds a way of showing up.

Gretchen happily lives in Northern California with her amazing husband, their three terrific boys, her talented mother, one goofy black lab, two crazy kitties, and seven happy chickens. Even though it sounds like it, she doesn't live on a farm.

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