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Friday, April 26, 2013

Broken at Love by Lyla Payne Blog Tour Review Giveaway & Excerpt


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.

4 out of 5 Stars!

Wow at first glance I felt sorry for Quinn, yea that lasted about 2 minutes he was behaving like your typical rich womanizing jerk. Emilie is a sweet art student, who is in fear of her parents cutting her of if she doesn't change her major. Emilie doesn't immediately fall all over Quinn like he's used to when he plays his twisted game which intrigues him yet simultaneously pisses him off. But what Emilie doesn't know is Quinn feels broken in more ways then one. I instantly felt for Quinn his actions were blatantly fueled by hurt, and Emilie I want to protect her as soon as I realized she was in Quinn's sites.

 Payne has such a beautiful way of painting a visual picture with her words you just can't help but fall in love with the story as well as its characters. If you love damaged characters as much as I do I promise you Quinn doesn't disappoint. Go and grab Broken at Love you won't regret it.

MY Casting

My anger had risen to a boil by the time I returned to our beachfront estate. The afternoon wore on, bringing more and more overnight guests to life in the rooms and on the grounds, and the lack of privacy made me snarl at everyone who crossed my path.
What pissed me off the most was Emilie’s accuracy. I was content to be the monster.
I found Sebastian in the library, a blissfully silent room off-limits to guests. Fewer than a hundred people received overnight invitations, the majority of them frat brothers, and most of the people milling around were quiet. Nursing hangovers. Cleaning up.
The smell of glue and old pages combined with furniture polish in the darkened room. Sebastian smoked a cigar behind the glossy mahogany desk, his dress shoes propped near the keyboard attached to a dusty desktop computer.
I flopped onto a terribly uncomfortable designer couch in a godawful shade of red, rubbing my eyes.
“I take it the wooing is not going according to plan?”
“Not exactly, no. What is it exactly that some girls have against sleeping around, anyway? I find it invigorating.”
“They cling to the ridiculous ideal of marriage and commitment, and the assumption that one day the man who sweeps them off their feet will be disgusted by multiple sexual partners in their past,” Sebastian guessed.
“I think you’re wrong. I just think they like the control.” I sat up when the library door creaked, surprised to see Toby’s face peek around it, and even more surprised that my irritation with him had grown since this morning.
Sun streaked through the gauzy white curtains, illuminating specks of dust on the air like flecks of glitter as the two of us stared at one another. Finally he cleared his throat. “Um, Q, can I talk to you for a minute?”
“What about?”
“It’s about Emilie Swanson.”
Of course it was. What wasn’t these days? “What about her?”
Toby licked his lips and flicked an anxious glance toward Sebastian. My half-brother made most people nervous. Probably because he was a fucking lunatic one bad decision away from exile to Canada or death row, depending on what exactly went down. Toby would probably rather talk alone but I wasn’t really in the mood to be accommodating, especially with the guy who seemed intent on fucking with my Aussie Open top seed.
God help him if he was literally fucking her.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Sebastian drawled. “So talk to Quinn or don’t.”
“I wanted to know if there’s any chance of stopping this round. With Emilie.” He swallowed so many times in a row his Adam’s apple reminded me of a basketball.
“I mean, what if we chose someone else and everyone agreed to the change so you guys wouldn’t lose any money, and…” He stopped, a defeated air crawling over him as he looked at my face, which probably appeared at least half as livid as I felt. “She’s a good girl, Quinn. Sweet and funny.”
“And you like her, is that it?”
He nodded, swallowing a few more times before raising his wary gaze to mine. “I agreed to go to this theme party with her tonight. Before Sebastian picked her. I want to go, but I know…she’s part of all this right now.”
Sebastian’s silence started to unnerve even me. I stood and crossed to Toby, patting his shoulder. “She’s a beautiful girl, Toby. I can see why you’re interested.”
Hope filled his face for a second before I leaned down to mutter in his ear.
“You stay the fuck away from her. Don’t look at her, don’t let her help you in class, and so help me Jesus, if you tell her anything about what’s going on here you’re going to regret it.”
Anticipation fell away from him like the discarded shell off a cracked nut. He nodded, keeping his eyes on the carpet, and turned to go.
“Oh, do stay a moment, Toby. Quinn has to be going, but I’d like to speak with you.” Sebastian turned his smile, the one that never reached his eyes, on me. “Grab Scott and Adam for me, will you?”
“Yeah.” A thought occurred to me, making me almost thankful for Toby and his ill-advised puppy crush on my opponent. “What’s the theme of the party tonight?”
His eyebrows shot up but he didn’t question me. “Eighties prom.”
Great. Fucking fantastic.

Author Bio:

I’ve long had a love of stories. A few years ago decided to put them down on the page, and even though I have a degree in film and television, novels were the creative outlet where I found a home. I’ve published Young Adult under a different name, but when I got the idea for Broken at Love (my first New Adult title), I couldn’t wait to try something new – and I’m hooked. In my spare time I watch a ton of tennis (no surprise, there), play a ton of tennis, and dedicate a good portion of brain power to dreaming up the next fictitious bad boy we’d all love to meet in real life.


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Twitter: @lyla_payne

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Blog Tour Dates
April 15th
I Love Lady Porn
The Book CellarX
April 16th
Whirlwind Books
The Secret Book Brat
April 17th
Shhh Mom’s Reading
The Book Goddess
April 18th
A Bookish Escape
Mostly YA Book Obsessed
April 19th
A Life Bound By Books
April 20th
The Book Whisperer
April 21st
Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
Defiantly Deviant
April 22nd
I Love Indie Books
Snuggling on the Sofa
April 23rd
My Secret Romance
April 24th
Books Over Boys
Hesperia Loves Books
April 25th  
Book Bitches Blog
Total Bookaholic
April 26th
The Bookish Babe
Book Addicted AA
April 27th
A Book Lover’s Review
My Guilty Obsession
April 28th  
Romance Addict


  1. I love reading new books by authors I haven't learned about yet!

  2. it sounds good, and it's a new author i haven't read yet.

  3. The story sounds like it might be diff from the "norm" of what is out there right now. I've been interested in reading this for a while now. My TBR list is so long I don't know that I'll ever finish it.

  4. I liked the excerpt from the book and the review draws me to it even more!

  5. Seems like it will be a good story. I haven't read any of this author's books although I have some books by her. I own way too many books and have a ton I want to read. Eventually I will but I get new books all the time.
    Thanks for the giveaway!