I was hoping that this would be like Alma Katsu's book, THE TAKER -- lush, dark, atmospheric, historically relevant. And that cover, it's so beautiful!!! Unfortunately, it was a porned-up work of historical fiction whose flippancy actually made light of what was a very dark time in history.
Alia is a fallen angel. She has one act of grace, one miracle, at her disposal, although she hasn't used it yet. She resides in Paris at the time of German occupation, chumming around with various famous people like Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, Salvador Dali, etc. She has two lovers, a musician and a bullfighter, both of them part Jewish. Alia fears for their safety, as well of that of her neighbor and best friend, Suzanne, and her young daughter Cecile.
My problem with BROKEN is that it is too flowery to be erotica, but too erotic to be literature. It falls in a shadowy middle ground.
To make matters worse, Alia is a Mary Sue. Hearing all these famous people talk about how beautiful she is, and how much they want to have sex with her (again), got old fast. Even when the Nazis get involved, they have nothing but good things to say about her, such as how beautiful and Aryan she looks, and how much they want to fuck her, too. Uhhhh, great.
I don't mind erotica, but I didn't like how sex was portrayed in this book. I felt like it was meant to shock and horrify, which was not very fun to read about. Her rape by the Nazis made me cringe. The ending was good, but I was so impatient to get to the ending that this doesn't really credit the work much. I feel like this author could do good work if she focused less on using fancy words and more on actually telling a decent story.
1 to 1.5 out of 5 stars.